Classes 2020-2021 -

Year 1 @ West Wick

Welcome to  Year 1 @ West Wick

Class Teacher: Mrs Dance

LSA:  Mrs Sheppard

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Term 3

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Term 2

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Information for parents – Year 1

Learning Theme

This term we will be looking at the different features that creatures have. We will include these features in to our own creature design and then go on to make it with Modroc. We will learn about the different habitats of animals and minibeasts and how we could attract them in to our garden. We will include our learning in to designing a bug hotel and a garden that is a paradise for creatures.


In English we will be embedding our knowledge of phonic sounds and learning which spelling of the same sound is used in different words. Reading will remain a high focus, where children will read and listen to and discuss stories.

We will be creating a writers toolkit that includes the skills we need to be using every time we write, such as: capital letters, full stops, spaces between words, correctly formed letters, writing on the line, correct size difference between capital letters to lower case letters, applying phonics sounds, sight word spellings. We will also be using adjectives to make our writing interesting.

Please continue to listen to your child read and practise phonics daily.

Sight words / high frequency words that have gone home this term should be used to practise both reading fluency and spelling.


In maths we will be practising addition, subtraction, finding a part and fact families. We will be learning about place value. We will also develop our knowledge of 2D and 3D shape.

Religious Education

In religious education we will continue to look at our wonderful world. We will reflect on the Christian and Hindu creation stories and compare them to each other as well as the humanist view. We will start to ask questions about the world and the beliefs of others and develop our own thoughts and ideas.

Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education

We will be celebrating the similarities and differences between all of us and how it is great to be unique.

Physical Education

In P.E we will practise jumping and landing. This includes jumping forwards and backwards, 90˚ and 180˚ rotation jumps and tuck jumps. We will also be developing our seated static balance.

PE will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Term 2 – Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you all had a good time over the two week break. It have been excellent start as every single child arrived back with a fantastic attitude and ready to start learning.

In religious education we have started to look at the value of trust. This is the church value that we will be focussing on this term. We enjoyed Mrs Hardy Smith’s worship on Monday where we learnt lots of new words that have the word trust within them such as trustworthy.

In PSHE we have looked at similarities between us and our friends. We created a gingerbread person that represented ourselves. We drew lots of pictures inside that included things about us and the things that we enjoy. We then discussed these things with a partner. Even though we are all unique there were still things about us that are the same. We found that we had different things in common with different people.

In maths this week we have been adding. We have been challenging ourselves to use different strategies to help us with our calculating such as using counters, drawing dots and using number lines. We then had a problem to solve, a number taker had taken numbers out of our number sentences! We had to try and find what number had been taken (6 + ?  = 15)

This week in phonics we have focussed on the sounds au (August), y (mummy), ey (donkey), a-e (cake). Next week our sounds will be (a-e (cake), e-e (athlete), i-e (bike), o-e (home), u-e (cute)

In English this week we have thought of adjectives to describe the different features of the creature that we had previously designed. We included these adjectives in describing sentences. We have also written about the diet of our creature. We had to use the conjunction ‘and’ to put two ideas into one sentence. Our creatures have superpowers, different habitats and enjoy doing many things. Many of us went on to write all this information too.

We had such a fun (and messy) time making the creatures that we designed. We used newspaper, wire and modroc. We then used paint to add colour and stuck on the details. We had to follow our plan carefully. The children will be evaluating their work before taking them home to live with you next week.


Term 1

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Information for parents – Year 1

Term 1 – Week 7

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We have had a super but short week. The children have blown us away with their continued enthusiasm and commitment to improve.  During this week we have learnt information about a hedgehog and used actions and pictures to help us learn the information off by heart. We had to verbally present the facts first. It was like we had made our own documentary! We finished the week writing facts about the hedgehog. We had to write independently so that our teachers could see how to help us next term.

We learnt about the different features that different animals have, their super skills, diet and habitats. We then created a new creature to live in our world. Next term these creature will come to life as we make them using wire and Modroc.

In maths we have been using different strategies to add. We used counters, drew dots and used a number line. We have also been comparing addition number sentences.

In Religious Education we reflected on our church value of thankfulness. We also thought about why our world is special to us and thought of ways to make the world cleaner, healthier, happier, fairer, peaceful and fun.

Have a wonderful break. See you in November!

Week 7 in photos…


Term 1 – week 6

Week 6 completed already! I cannot believe how quickly the weeks have gone by! We always try to make the most of every moment and it has been another week full of laughter and learning.

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to our year 1 families this week about how the children have settled into year 1, their learning attitudes and the progress that they have made so far. Thank you for all your continued support, it really is through working together that we can help the children to be the best that they can be!

We are always here if you have any questions or concerns so please feel free to email or catch us on the door at the start of the school day.

In English this week we have used adjectives and our animal knowledge to write a ‘Who am I?’ guessing game. The children were very excited to take them home for you to guess the creature they selected. We hope you enjoyed them!

Our phonics sounds this week have been  ea (tea), oy (boy), ir (twirl), ue (glue and argue), aw (dawn). Next week our sounds will be wh (white), ph (phonics), ew (crew), oe (toe).

We continue to read regularly and enjoy listening to lots of stories. This week we have started our class book called ‘Hodgeheg’. Can your child tell you something that has happened so far?

The children will be coming home with some suggested spellings to work on too.

In maths this week we have been continuing to develop our addition skills. We have been successful in finding out the totals. We have also been finding all the number bonds to 10. The children need to know these off by heart so if you get time to practise these that would really help with their maths fluency.

We also enjoy counting in twos, fives and tens and have been getting better at doing this both forward and backwards.

This week we learnt that badgers have a great sense of smell and they can use this to find their family. We all had a scent on a stick and had to use our sense of smell to find our badger family.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Week 6 in pictures…


Term 1 – Week 5

Yet another amazing week here in Year 1.

After pondering over how the world was created last in Religious Education last week, we were very curious to explore other people’s beliefs and different creation stories. Hindus believe the universe was created by Brahma, the creator who made the universe out of himself. After Brahma created the world, it is the power of Vishnu which preserves the world and human beings. As part of the cycle of birth, life and death, Shiva will ultimately destroy the universe. We were intrigued by this story and next week we will explore some more.

In English this week we created our own Pictionaries which helped us to understand and remember the meaning of some difficult words from our book, Prickly Hedgehogs. We also looked at common British wildlife and spoke about them using some magnificent adjectives.

Our phonics sounds this week were air (fair), ure (pure), ay (play), ou (shout), ie (pie). Our sounds for next week will be ea (tea), oy (boy), ir (twirl), ue (glue and argue), aw (dawn).

In maths this week we looked at ordinal numbers. We enjoyed a bean bag throwing event and recorded what colour bean bag came in each position. We have also been looking at addition and the part part whole model.

We’ve been investigating what it means to be a mammal this week. We know there are many species of mammal all over the world, we also know that mammals have warm blood and we know that all mammals have hair (even dolphins and whales!). We also learnt that mammals drink milk from their mothers. We looked at mammals that we would find in the England and then used a range of media to create mammal artwork.

We also had a very fishy Friday where as scientists we used our observational skills to locate different features of a fish. One of the fish we discovered was called a John Dory. Ask your child how the circle marking on the side of it’s scaly body helps them.

In physical education we have continued to develop our ability to listen and follow instructions, move safety and practise different footwork skills, such as hopscotch, galloping, side stepping and skipping.


Every day all children take part in a small guided reading group. The focus of each session could include: decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, retrieval and inference.

Repetition is key to building reading skills, so by reading each day in school and at home (along side daily phonics sessions) will have a positive impact on your child’s reading progress. As your child’s reading skills develop they will increasingly be able to apply their knowledge of written text into their own super sentences too.
Even though we work on reading skills each day, we don’t add a comment in reading logs as every second in the classroom is spent working directly with the children. We will record in reading logs when your child goes up a book band and this will communicate to you that your child is making progress. If we have any concerns regarding your child’s reading we will talk to you personally.
If their is any reading information that you wish to communicate with us please write it in the reading log as necessary, or talk to us on the door, otherwise please sign to indicate you have finished a book and are ready to change.
From next week books can be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Thank you for reading as often as you can at home, by all working together we really will have reading champions!
I know things may feel a little different at the moment with the current situation, however I am always available to discuss your child’s learning or anything about their school life. Catch me at the start or end of the day or send me an email. Thanks for reading our class page. My Twitter account will be being used from next week so please follow me on there too!

This weekend, why not practice your number formation, read your book or practice your phonic sounds. You might want to collect some autumnal leaves, conkers or acorns while you’re out and about. Have a super weekend!

Week 5 in pictures…



Term 1 – Week 4

Another week has flown by and what a successful week of learning it has been!

In Religious Education this week we have been learning the Christian creation story from the bible. We took time to look at some abstract art that each represented a different part of creation. We then created our own art pieces showing our understanding. We reflected on Gods creations and our favourite part of the story. We were amazed at how many different and incredible things there are in the world.

In PHSE this week we have looked at our rights and responsibilities in the class. We have thought about ways to help ourselves and others learn.

In English this week we have been thinking of different action verbs of a bird, moth or cat, such as pouncing, swooping, fluttering and hunting. We acted these out and then selected words that made sense to use with our chosen creature. We used these action words in our written sentences.

Our phonics sounds this week have been ow (cow), ow (snow), oi (spoil), er (term and winter), ear (fear). Next week’s phonics sounds will be air (fair), ure (pure), ay (play), ou (shout), ie (pie).

In Maths this week we have been comparing amounts using the vocabulary more than, greater than, less than, fewer than, equal to, and equivalent. We have been learnig to use the greater than, less than and equal symbols, and have played some fun dice and card games.

We have also been ordering not consecutive numbers from smallest to greatest and greatest to smallest.

We have really been enjoying looking at what the children have found in nature around them. Please keep collecting items for our nature display.

We have been identifying common English trees and using our scientific observational skills to look at the differences between then. We enjoy reading leaf man where we were able to pick out some of the common English leaves that we recognised. We then took inspiration from this book to create our own artwork using items from our nature display.

In physical education we have been developing our ability to listen and follow instructions, move safety and practise different footwork skills, such as hopscotch, galloping, side stepping and skipping. We have also been making up a dance sequence to the song ‘The Ugly Bug Ball’. We have tried to incorporate our footwork skills into the routine.

If you get time over the weekend why not have ago at practising correct letter formation on lined paper, read your book or practise your phonics sounds. Most importantly, enjoy your weekend.

Week 4 in pictures…

Term 1 – Week 3

We have had another super week in the Year One Crew.

In Religious Education this week we have thought about our wonderful world and all the amazing things in it. We asked the question is everything in our world good? We also asked do humans always look after the world? We looked at some pictures and discussed our thoughts and feelings. We sorted the pictures into things that make us feel happy and things that make us feel sad. We were really sad to see how much litter was in the sea on one of the pictures and how this can impact negatively on God’s creatures. We really liked the picture of a young plant shooting up from the ground. It reminded us of how we are all born, grow and change.

In PHSE this week we have reflected on our rights and responsibilities as learners. We know that we have the right to learn and that we are responsible for our learning behaviours. We thought about what good learning looks like and sounds like and drew pictures of our friends learning together.

This week we have been asking our enquiry question ‘what is outside my window?’ We have learnt the difference between a human and physical feature and that the view out of a window can change over time as humans develop things. We debated whether humans building is a good or a bad thing? We decided that sometimes it is good for example we need houses to live in or pipes to bring fresh water but we were concerned for the animal habitats that may be destroyed in human development.

We have been identifying common English flowers and the parts of a flower. We made scientific observations of different flowers. We then did observational drawings.

In maths we have been counting forward and backwards and finding one more and one less than a number.

In English this week we have been learning to be descriptive in both our spoken and written sentences. We have thought of adjectives to describe creatures from our book Moth.

We have continued to read lots this week and the sounds that we have focused on in phonics have been oo (look) oo (zoo) ar (car) or (born) and ur (purse). Next week’s sounds will be ow (cow), ow (snow), oi (spoil) er (term) and ear (fear).

Please continue to listen to your child read and read to them daily as this really makes a big difference.

If you can please collect lots of leaves, conkers, seeds, twigs, pebble etc to use in our natural art project next week. We would really like to see lots of leaves in different shapes and sizes.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Week 3 in pictures…

Term 1 – Week 2

In religious education this week we have thought about the beautiful world that we are a part of. We went on a sensory walk and thought about how we use our senses to experience life. We have written prayers of things that we are thankful for.

In PHSE the children have been thinking about ways to keep themselves safe and how to make each other feel welcome and cared for in our class.

In maths this week we have been developing our counting strategies as this helps us make sure we are accurate when finding amounts. We then used counters to represent amounts from within a story. We used counters to represent pictures on wrapping paper. There was also a problem as numbers kept going missing from the number line! Not to worry the year one children solved the problem.

We have looked at how an oak tree changes through the seasons and enjoyed mixing paint to create autumn colours for our autumn tree. We learnt about the many creatures that enjoy living in the oak.

In English this week we used our knowledge to write about different creatures that live in an oak tree. We worked hard to start each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop.

This week in phonics we have been focusing on sounds ng ai (snail) ee (sheep) igh (light) oa (goat). Next week’s sounds will be oo (zoo) oo (look) ar (car) or (born) ur (burn). Books will be changed on Monday and Friday. Please support your child to read their book daily. Bug club is up and running for access to a range of books. Books have been allocated for your child. Passwords are in the front of reading record, if you have any problems logging in then please let us know.

Over the next couple of weeks, we would love it if your child would bring something they have found in nature to add to our class collection.

Have a wonderful weekend

Week 2 in pictures…


Week 1

What an absolutely amazing week of learning the Year 1 Crew have had! They have impressed me immensely with their positive attitude and readiness to learn moving into their new classroom.  We’ve been working really hard to learn the new routines for our classrooms and remind ourselves of our three school rules:

Respect ourselves

Respect others

Respect the environment

This term’s learning theme is ‘What’s around me?’ This weeks enquiry was based on the poem ‘Acorn’ from The Lost Words poetry book. We learned about how a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak. Next week we will be looking at the oak tree as a habitat.