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Year 1@Hewish 2018-19

Term 2 – Week 5

This week in our phonics lessons we have looked at all the different ways of spelling the long ‘e’ sound (ee (deep), ea (tea), e-e (evening), ie (chief), ey (donkey) and y (Billy)).  We were amazed at how many children’s names in Year 1 finished with a ‘y’ to make the long ‘e’ sound.  Perhaps you could look out for these sounds with your children when they are reading at home.  It is a little confusing as ie also makes a long ‘i’ sound as in pie.  Ask your child to try the long ‘i’ sound for ie first as this occurs more frequently, as in pie, lie, then if this makes a nonsense word try reading the word with the long ‘e’ sound.

The children attempted to spell the dictated words containing these sounds and some children really challenged themselves to write sentences remembering to use a capital letter at the start of a sentence and a full stop at the end with clear finger spaces and correct letter formation, something we have been working on all week in English.   I am always amazed at how the Year 1 children love to learn without limits, they feel safe to have a go and really push themselves to be the best they can be.


In Maths this week we have been concentrating on numbers to 100 and place value.  The children enjoyed playing the game ‘guess my number’ with their partner.   One child wrote a two digit number within 100 on their whiteboard and their partner asked questions, for example, ‘Does it have 5 tens?  Does it have 3 ones?’  If the answer was no the child guessing crossed out all the numbers on their 100 square that contained 5 tens or 3 ones.  I observed some very clever questioning with children using their place value knowledge to articulate questions that ruled out certain groups of numbers until they only had one possible number left that it could be.  This is a good game that children can play on a tablet, ipad or computer at home too.  If you google ‘100 square splat’ they can choose a colour to splat on the numbers they want to cross out and it makes a great noise too and it’s free.   The children will find maths much easier as they progress if they truly understand the value of numbers.  Thank you.



Rehearsals for the nativity play next Tuesday are coming along nicely.  The children in Year 1 really know their lines well.  Thank you for practising them at home and supplying their costumes, they love wearing them.  We have tried the costumes on a couple of times to avoid being over excited on the day!  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 11th December at St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury, either at the 1.30pm or 6pm performance.

Next week’s sounds are: oo (zoo), ue (glue), u-e (rude), ew (blew) and sh (shrew).

Next week’s spellings are: eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty.

Keep reading at home – it makes all the difference to their reading and writing.

Thank you.

Mrs Poole



Term 2 – Week 4

In English this week the children told their innovated story based on Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Snail and the Whale’ using some great story language and adjectives to practise their oracy skills.  The children then wrote their story using their ‘every time we write’ skills.  We have also been adding s to words to make plurals and adding the suffix ing to words as well as er to compare, e.g. tall = taller.   We also looked at words that start with a silent k, e.g. knight, knife, knee.

In Maths we have been recapping the value of numbers by looking at numbers to 100.  We have discussed how many tens and how many ones there are in each number and drawn sticks of ten and dots for one to help us remember.  We then used the greater than, less than and equals symbols to compare numbers.

We have spent time with Year 2 and Busy Bees to practise our Nativity performance.  Please can we have costumes in a named carrier bag in school by Wednesday 5th December so that we can have a full dress rehearsal.  If you have any questions about your child’s costume please let me know if I can help.

Next week’s sounds are: ee (deep), ea (reach), e-e (evening), ey (donkey), y (Billy).

Next week’s spellings are: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.

Many thanks for your support.  Keep reading at home – it makes all the difference!




Term 2 – Week 3

This week we have been learning to solve missing number problems that involve subtraction.  The children used number lines successfully to find the missing number by counting the number of jumps between the whole and the remainder to find how many had been taken away.  They also pictorially represented the whole number then drew a line around the amount that was left and counted those outside of that group to find how many had been taken away.  On Friday they recorded their answers in their Maths books and really thought about their presentation.   I was very impressed!

In English we have continued reading the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson.  The children have written about two destinations that their innovated characters visited.  They had to decide which continent their characters would visit and what physical and human features they would see.  The children have also written about the problem their characters faced and thought about a solution.  Next week they will be using their story map to write their whole story. I can’t wait to read their stories.  We will be publishing them for our library.

During our daily phonics lesson we are now applying all of the sounds we have learnt by writing words and even sentences containing our sound of the day.   Some children are also going home and writing words containing our sound of the day and when we have our story at the end of the day under the visualiser children are still spotting our sound of the day in words as I read.  I love the enthusiasm for learning that all of your children show.  Well done to all for the massive support with phonics; it is making such a difference. Thank you.

We have been practising our Nativity performance and all of the beautiful songs.  Thank you for helping your child to learn their lines at home.   The shepherds have some excellent accents.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am enjoying rehearsing it.

Our phonic sounds for next week are: igh (high), ie (pie), i-e (like), ou (shout), ow (brown).

Our sight word codes to get into the classroom will be:

Monday = do

Tuesday = they

Wednesday = today

Thursday = of

Friday = one

Please can you help your child to read and spell these sight words.

Have a great weekend and thank you for all your support at home.

Mrs Poole




Term 2 – Week 2

This week in Maths we have been solving missing number problems that involve addition.  The children were given the total (the whole) and one of the parts and had to find the other part.  They used unifix cubes to support their learning.

In English we have started the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson.  The children have used adjectives to describe their innovated characters.  They have also used the conjunctions ‘and’, ‘but’ and ‘because’ when writing about what they would pack in the suitcase for their journey.

The children have used their bridge designs to make their bridge.  They spent an afternoon being engineers, just like Brunel, with some great results.

We have also had a visit from the NSPCC this week about how to stay safe.  They bought their mascot Buddy, the speech bubble, to remind children to always speak out about any of their worries.

We have finished introducing all of the phonic sounds so we are now applying them in our writing.

Our sounds for next week will be: ay (play), ai (snail), a-e (whale), oy (toy), oi (coin).

Our sight word spellings will be: all, are, ask, does, going.

Please can you continue to read with your child daily at home, it makes such a difference to their reading and writing.

Next week we will be practising our Nativity play.  Your child has a letter in their book bag about the costumes they will need and the lines they need to learn.  Our Nativity will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury on Tuesday 11th December.  We may need some extra adults to help during the day.  Please let me know if you would be available.  The coach will be leaving school at 9.45am and returning at 2.30pm.  The performance times are 1.30pm and 6pm at the church.

Many thanks for your support.

Mrs Poole


Term 2 – Week 1

This week we have been learning about why we celebrate and remember certain days.   On Monday the children enjoyed hearing about the original gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes and his friends.  They asked many questions and wrote a sentence or two about why we have bonfire night still today.   The children also designed a firework safety poster to keep safe on bonfire night.

On Wednesday we watched a shadow puppet story of Rama and Sita to understand why Hindus celebrate Diwali.  The children made diva lamps using clay and tea lights because Diwali is a festival of light. They will be decorating their divas with beautiful colours when they are dry.

On Wednesday we also had a visit from a war veteran.  He talked to the children about why Remembrance Day is so special for him.  The children made poppies and we talked about why it is important to wear a poppy and why the poppy was chosen as a symbol of remembrance.

In Maths this week we have been recapping addition and subtraction.  On Friday the children had a mix of addition and subtraction number sentences so had to carefully read the symbol to check if they needed to add or takeaway to find the correct answer.

In our theme learning we are now studying Brunel and his local engineering successes.  We have started by looking at different types of bridges: beam, truss, arch and suspension.  We have discovered that the strongest shape to be used in bridge building is a triangle.  The children have designed their bridges ready to make them next week.

On Friday we had a visit from Tarmac to teach us about road safety.  The children learnt about how difficult it is for lorry drivers to see them if they are too close to the lorry.  The children also had an opportunity to hear the warnings a lorry makes and were able to go inside the cab.  The Tarmac men were very impressed that the children could read the sign on the side of the lorry, ‘Warning – keep clear’. The lorry’s wheels were as tall as Zachary!

Next week’s sounds will be: ow (cow), ou (shout), oo (book), ire (fire), tion/tious (station) (cautious).

Our sight words will be: some, come, said, was, you and your.  The children will need to press the sight word button to enter the classroom.

Please continue to read with your child at home.  It makes a huge difference to both their reading and writing.

Many thanks.

Mrs Poole

Term 1 – Week 7

It has been a very busy last week of term.  I so enjoyed meeting you at your child’s learning review meetings.  Thank you for attending and all the support you offer at home, it really does make a world of difference.

In Maths this week we have been concentrating on subtraction.  We started by using concrete objects and then moved on to pictures to support our learning of subtraction.  We even acted out scenarios where the children were horses in a stable.  We used the words first, then and now  ‘First there were 9 horses, then 6 galloped away, now there are 3.’  This picture has really helped the children understand taking away.  Perhaps you could use these words at home if your child writes subtraction sentences.  The children also enjoyed drawing tiny circles to represent the first number in their subtraction sentence and then crossed out the number of circles they were taking away and counted the circles that were not crossed out to see how many were left.   This was their favourite method for completing their subtraction sentences but they have also used a number line to jump back to find the correct answer.

In English we finished our story ‘Journey on a cloud’.  The main character Zephyr (the village postman) jumped on a cloud which took him to lands that he had never seen before.  The children then discussed with their partner whether people should go and see the world or not.  We had several excellent reasons for going: to eat different food, to see different animals, to learn other languages, to find a girlfriend!  Reasons against travelling the world consisted of: you might get lost, there are bombs, they don’t speak English, the food might be poisonous!  The children used persuasive language to convince their partner that they should/should not travel the world.  They then used their every time we write skills to write sentences to persuade people to either go or not to go.

In RE this week we have been looking at our world and counting our blessings.  The children worked in groups to create a poster of all the blessings they wanted to thank God for.  The list was endless, here are some of the highlights: my house, my school, my family, the sun and the rain, the flowers, my cousins and pizza!

In art we finished our Marc Chagall artwork.  The children traced over their sketches of famous landmarks, musical instrument crossed with an animal and their character/s onto the inside of a laminating pouch and then block coloured their features using sharpie pens.  They sealed the colour inside the laminating pouch by passing it through the laminator.   This then appeared like a stained glass window and the children enjoyed seeing the bright sunshine lighting up their artwork and the beautiful colours it made on the floor.

The first week back we will be recapping the following sounds: air (fair), are (share), ar (car), ear (hear) and ure (pure).

Our sight words to read and spell will be: any, once, saw, two, talk.

Many thanks for your support.  Have a wonderful half-term break with your children.  I have put a couple of extra reading books in their bags for the holidays if you get a chance to read with your child that would be great!

Mrs Poole




Term 1 – Week 6

This week we have been adding using a number line to ‘jump on’ to find the total.  The children could choose whether to add two single digit numbers together, to add a one-digit number to a two-digit number or add a two-digit number to another two-digit number.  They recorded their addition sentences on whiteboards.

In English we have been practising our oracy and presenting skills.  We have watched good presentations, for example the BBC weather forecast to help us spot what we need to do.   We used the forecast to look at the weather in the four countries in the United Kingdom.   Scotland was particularly wet this week.

The children then had a character card and described the character to their partner using full sentences.  Their partner had to guess the character.  The next day half of the children learnt about glass frogs and half of the class learnt about green sea turtles.  The children then used full sentences to present facts to their partner about each of their animals.

Once the children had grasped the hang of presenting they then wrote about their achievements and challenges in term 1 ready to present them at their learning review meeting next week.  Please book a slot if you haven’t already done so.  Many thanks.

Either myself,  Mrs Wickens or Mrs Gray will hear your child read every day as part of a guided reading group.  Whilst the children are waiting to read to the adult they read to each other.  One child holds the lolly stick and is the ‘teacher’ whilst the other child reads a sentence and then they swap over.  This helps children to pause at the end of sentences and also help each other with unfamiliar sounds and sight words.  I am really impressed at how quiet our guided reading sessions have become and the children are really good at teaching each other.  Please continue to read at home.  Perhaps you could adopt the lolly stick approach, where you read one sentence whilst your child points to the words and then you swap over.  They love being the teacher.  I have spare lolly sticks you can have!

In art this week we have been continuing to sketch our images for our stained glass window in the style of Marc Chagall.  The children chose an animal and an instrument to combine in one sketch.  Here are a few examples.  I particularly liked the flamingo crossed with a tambourine.

Next week our sounds will be: or, aw, au, th and wh.

We will be looking at handwriting zig zag letters: v, w, x, y and z and the sizing of lower case and capital letters.

Our sight words will be: does, love, your, going, school.

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs Poole



Term 1 – Week 5

In Maths this week we have been finding number bonds to 10 in many practical ways, including making paper chains in two different colours.  “8 + 2 makes 10, but so does 7 + 3!”  The children soon noticed the pattern.

We have also recapped the addition and equals symbol and have added two or three groups of concrete objects together to find a total.  We then recorded addition sentences pictorially in our maths books remembering to put one digit in each square.

In English the children wrote a diary entry as if they were the main character from our story book ‘Journey’.  They challenged themselves to use I, adjectives and time conjunctions.

This week we have also started our new book called ‘Journey on a cloud’.  We talked about the importance of using a capital letter at the start of a sentence and a full stop at the end of a sentence.  Then we played a game where the children stood in a circle and had to say one sentence about a very busy picture from the story.  If the children repeated a sentence someone else had said they had to sit down.  As well as improving listening and oracy skills this gave the children several wonderful sentences to write in their books.   Maddie asked if she could continue writing after lunch because she had spotted so many things in the picture.  She remembered to use capital letters and full stops all the way through her writing.

On Wednesday we had a visit from Liz from Lower Stock Farm.  She talked to the children about map reading and compass skills.  She explained that maps may be drawn in different ways but they all show you where things are.  She explained that often maps are drawn from an aerial or bird’s eye view.  The children had a go at mapping out our classroom from a bird’s eye view, Briley’s map was particularly accurate.

Liz told us that we also need to know our compass directions when reading a map.  The children were each given a compass and asked to point towards North by looking at which way the red needle was pointing.  Liz set out 3 other cones and asked the children to walk towards the East, South and West.  She gave the children a saying to help them remember the order of the compass points:  Naughty Elephants Squirt Water.


In art the children were taught different sketching techniques and used these to sketch the four emblems of the four countries in the UK.

The children also had a chance to sketch a selection of famous landmarks found on each of the seven continents.   They will be adding their landmark outline to a piece of stained glass artwork to be completed in the style of the artist Marc Chagall over the next couple of  weeks.   Lilly-Mae chose the Taj Mahal and has captured it beautifully.

You may hear the children singing a very catchy song about the 7 continents – they love it and ask for it to be played every day.  We have now adopted it as our tidy up song. We will be moving on to the 5 oceans song soon.

In RE we have been continuing to look at both the Christian and Hindu creation story.  We learnt about the Hindu Mother goddess Parvati who cares for the world.  The  children then made their own world from clay.  We talked about how we must care for our world and the children remembered from Busy Bees how dangerous plastic can be for animals, especially those living in the sea.  How would we feel if someone destroyed our clay world that we created?

In PSHE we sorted pictures of things we would like to see in our classroom and things that we wouldn’t.  The children worked in small groups identifying what we should adopt as good practice within our classroom to ensure it is a safe and calm place to be.

We even had time to fit in designing our own Christmas cards to be printed!

Next week we will be learning to read and spell the following sight words:

could, people, looked and asked.

We will be recapping the following sounds: er (letter), ir (stir) , ur (nurse), ch (church) and tch (fetch).

Learning review meetings will be held on Tuesday 16th October from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and Thursday 18th October from 3.30pm – 7pm.  Please book an appointment online or drop into the office and book a time.  Your child will be practising their presentation of their learning next week to share with you at the meeting.

Please keep reading with your child at home and look out for our focus sounds and sight words for this week.

Many thanks for your support.


Term 1 – Week 4

On Monday the children watched some Olympic races and talked about first, second, third and fourth place.  We then went out onto the playground and had our own Olympic bean bag throwing competition.  Medals were awarded for 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th place.  The children are now familiar with ordinal numbers and can use them in the right context and even know how to spell them.

Also in Maths the children have been learning how to order numbers by looking at the tens and ones columns.   Some children challenged themselves to order 5 numbers within 100.

Today we have been comparing numbers using the greater than, less than and equals symbols.  The children remembered that when the crocodile’s mouth is wide open he eats the biggest number.

In English the children have been using time conjunctions and adjectives to tell their own story of Mollie’s journey from our text book ‘Journey’.  The book has no words so the children were able to invent their own story to go with the beautiful pictures.   The children practised telling their story to the whole class before they wrote it to practise their oracy skills. MVI_5283 Please click on this link to hear Lacey tell her story.

The children have been great geographers this week.  They have really got to grips with map reading and identifying symbols on a map.  Their challenge was to find our school at Hewish.  They had a few clues and knew they should look  between the railway line and the road.  Zachary knew the name of the road “It’s the A370” he said.  They looked for ‘Sch’ and found lots of schools on the Weston and area ordnance survey map before finding St. Anne’s @ Hewish.  They drew a symbol and then used the key to find out what the symbol represented.

In RE we have been learning about the Hindu story of creation and comparing it to the Christian story of creation.  We learnt that the Lotus flower is a very important symbol for Hindus and that they have lots of Gods who have different roles.  We made a split pin wheel to help us to remember the cycle of creation according to Hindus.

Next week we will be recapping the following sounds so please spot them whilst reading with your child at home:

oa (boat), ow (snow), oe (toe), o-e (home), ph (phone).

Our sight words for reading and spelling will be:

little, there, when, what and were.

Thanks for all your support.  Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Poole






Term 1 – Week 3

In Maths this week the children have been learning the value of numbers.  We started by counting out teen numbers with straws.  When we reached 10 we bundled the straws together with an elastic band to make one lot of ten and then counted how many ‘ones’ we had over.  The children soon got the hang of using the language of tens and ones.  Later on in the week we moved on to representing 10 by using one stick for ten and we used individual cubes to represent the ones.  The children were able to record this in their books by drawing lines for sticks of ten and dots for ones for numbers up to 99.   For example 52 would be represented as IIIII..

In English the children made a word bank of adjectives on post it notes before saying and writing their sentences to describe the pictures around the classroom taken from our book, ‘Journey.’

On Thursday the Year 1 crew used their oracy skills to retell the ‘Journey’ story to their partner.  They used  time conjunctions: first, then, next, after that and finally.  The second partner had to use the same time conjunctions but they could not use the same adjectives in their sentences.  I was really impressed by the complex nature of the sentences and everybody used the time conjunctions in the right order.    Next week the children will be taking on the role of the main character in ‘Journey’ and writing their diary entry using the personal pronoun, ‘I’, adjectives and time conjunctions to consolidate their learning over the last three weeks.  They will also be remembering their every time we write skills: finger spaces, handwriting, capital letters and full stops.

On Thursday afternoon Mrs Collery visited Year 1 to talk to the children about Northern Ireland.  They noticed she had a different accent straight away.  She told the children lots of facts about Ireland and finished with a beautiful story about how the Giant’s Causeway came to be.

On Friday amidst the storms we managed to get outside and learn how to stop the ball before passing in Football.  The children can now dribble the ball with either foot and stop the ball.  They can’t wait until we play an actual match.

Next week’s sight words to learn to read and spell are:

so, do, come, some, one, said.

We will be recapping the following sounds during our phonics lesson:

oo (zoo), ue (blue), u-e (flute), ew (few), sh (sheet).

When reading with your child at home please look out for these in their books.

Many thanks for your support.  Please don’t hesitate to talk to me if you have any concerns.

Mrs Poole


Term 1 – Week 2

This week the children have been solving missing number problems, counting backwards and finding a number that is one more and one less than a given number.  We have been counting to 100 every day.  We have played games of snakes and ladders in pairs to help us to recognize numbers to 100 too, perhaps this is a game you could play together at home.  Next week we will be concentrating on the value of numbers (how many tens and how many ones).

In English we have been talking about the importance of adjectives to add description to the pictures in our book ‘Journey’. Some children recorded the adjectives on whiteboards.

We have also been practising forming our letters correctly.  I have been very impressed by how the children have made their letters smaller to fit on the lines in their Year 1 learning journals.

The children enjoyed their music lesson this week, moving to the pulse of the song Hey You!

Our learning theme this term  has a very strong geography focus.  This week the children have studied England and Scotland, next week we will be looking at Wales and we have a visitor coming in on Thursday afternoon to talk to us about Northern Ireland.   We found out that London is the capital city, Queen Elizabeth II lives at Buckingham Palace and a red rose is an important emblem for English people.  The children made some beautiful red roses and wrote two facts they had learnt about England on each leaf.


We also made some tartan kilts by weaving facts about Scotland on each strand.

The children remembered that the thistle was the emblem for Scotland and even found a thistle on the walk to the playground.  They were also fascinated by the suggestion of the Loch Ness Monster and some of the boys had a great discussion about which type of dinosaur it could be.

We have also been learning about the difference between physical (natural) and human (man-made) features.  We went outside to see how many of each we could find and drew and labelled them using our adjectives.

Another very enjoyable week with your wonderful children.  Please keep reading with your child at home, it really does make a difference. The sounds we will be concentrating on next week are: ee (bee), ea (tea), e-e (Steve),  ey (donkey) and y (speedy) – so many different ways to write the long vowel ‘e’ sound.

Our sight word spellings will be: my, are, was, you, they and all.

Many thanks.

Mrs Poole







Term 1 – Week 1

In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening.  So rather than thinking, oh,

I’m going to reveal my weakness, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.

Carol S. Dweck

Welcome to Year 1.  We have had a fantastic start to the term.  The children have been brilliant and I have enjoyed getting to know all of them a little better.

We started the week by identifying what characteristics a learning champion may have.  We have talked about having a growth mindset and the children have agreed to never give up and always try their best.  I have seen all the children have this attitude this week, which has been lovely.  We have looked at our 3 school rules: respect yourself, respect others and respect the environment and as a crew they have added their own ideas of what this will look like and sound like around our school.

The children  signed their Year 1 contract by drawing a self-portrait.   We learnt how to  draw a self portrait by drawing a cross through an oval shape to ensure our eyes, nose and mouth were in the correct position.  The children used a mirror to check what they looked like first.

The morning challenges this week have focused on strengthening fine motor skills for writing.  The children have had a turn at threading cheerios onto pipe cleaners to make a caterpillar, making the largest number they can from play dough, using tiny pebbles to make beautiful pieces of natural art and squeezing the mouth open on a tennis ball so the ball buddy can eat his favourite food, marbles!

In Maths we have been learning to group as many ways as we can using ‘Guess Who’ pictures.  I was very impressed by the reasoning skills of the children with comments such as “I’ve put them together because they have the same colour eyes and hair and their hair is short in that group and long in that group”, “I have grouped them together because they are wearing hats, but those are wearing hats with flowers in them”, “These have big noses and no hair, but they have little noses and no hair.”

The children have also been counting and representing the number of different items on varying sized pieces of wrapping paper with counters.  The children placed a counter on the particular object they were counting so that they didn’t get muddled and over count the items.  Some children recorded the totals.

In English we have looked at the book ‘Journey’.  The children were surprised that the book didn’t have any words so they discussed in small groups what they would write if they were the authors by looking very closely at the pictures.  Their stories are worth publishing.  What great imaginations you have Year 1!

Today we went on an ‘aeroplane’ to Gambia in Africa and then on to Greece.  The children were served refreshments on board by the air hostess and watched for different physical and human geographical features out of the window as we flew over mountains, rivers, bridges, cities, farms, cliffs, beaches and ports.  When we arrived in Gambia the children had a chance to dress up in African costumes, play with African instruments and animals, go shopping with Gambian money and carry their shopping home in a basket on their head rather than a Sainsbury’s plastic carrier.  They also printed a beautiful African design on material to sell at the market.

Then we went to Greece and made Grecian pots, tasted Greek food and tried Greek dancing.

A very busy but enjoyable week, thank you Year 1.  I am really looking forward to next week.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any concerns, however small.  Happy children, who feel confident and safe, learn much better.   Thank you.