Year 1@Hewish 2017-18

Term 6 – Week 7

What a lovely last week we have had together.  We have played rounders, baked and iced cakes and had a picnic.  We have also recapped addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and completed missing number problems in Maths.   The children wrote some lovely instructions to help others know how to make delicious cakes too.

Yesterday we had our Year 1 awards ceremony where the children were awarded outstanding achievement medals.  The children thought about which subject they thought they had made the most progress in – often it was the same answer as mine.  It was lovely to see how proud the children were of the progress they have made in every subject.  I have been particularly impressed by the progress made in reading.  This is due to the amount of reading that is being done at home as well as in school.  Thank you so much for reading with your child at home, please keep this up over the holidays when you have a quiet moment as this really does help their spelling and writing.  I have put several  reading books in your child’s book bag.

Finally, thank you all so much for your kind words, cards and gifts.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to teach your children this year and to get to know all of you.  I will really miss everybody.  Please have a safe and fun-filled family time.

Mrs Poole (signing off).



Term 6 – Week 6

The children did a wonderful job leading whole school worship on Monday.  They spoke clearly and confidently, remembering all of their lines.  Their singing was magnificent too.  I am so very proud of them all.  Well done Year 1.

This week we have also been preparing for our enterprise sale and learning all about what life was like 150 years ago when St. Anne’s Primary School was first opened.  The children looked wonderful in their Victorian costumes and enjoyed spending the day in a Victorian classroom on Thursday.  They enjoyed using slates and chalks instead of pen and paper but found it strange to sit in rows of twos and to have the cleanliness of their hands checked frequently!

There was a lovely atmosphere during the Victorian afternoon.  Thank you so much for supporting this wonderful day.  The children are still asking questions about the Victorian period and were particularly fascinated that the toilets were often positioned at the end of the garden.  They still can’t believe that the Victorians did not have mobile phones, X-boxes, nerf guns or kindles or ipads!  The children made presentations in groups about how  many things had changed in 150 years.

The children had an opportunity to walk around the museum and look at Victorian artefacts.   They noticed that the shoes and clothes were very different to what we wear today.

Some children found their parents as children in old school photographs in the museum which they found funny but quietly reassuring I’m sure.

Year 1 made a profit of £52.00 selling their Victorian marble game. The children will decide how they want to spend this money in Year 2.

Next week we have PE on Monday and Wednesday so the children can take their PE kits home on Wednesday afternoon.

Children have their reports in their bag tonight if they forget to tell you!

Have a lovely weekend.   Thank you for all your support.


Term 6 – Week 5

In English this week we have been learning about imperative verbs (bossy verbs), time words and adverbs.  We then wrote instructions to go with our Victorian marble game that we will be selling at the Victorian afternoon on Thursday 12th July at the bargain price of £2.00 for which you get a decorated glass jar of 20 marbles, a piece of chalk, a paper circle and full instructions.  The children played the game several times before writing their instructions so they were able to write from first hand experience. The marble jars will be on sale from 2 pm – 2.30 pm during the Victorian afternoon.

In Maths we have been revising place value.  The children played the ‘guess my number’ game using only the words of tens and ones when asking each other questions.  We have also been challenging ourselves to record our knowledge of counting in twos, fives and tens.  The children made 3D shape buddies from play dough and used them to revise positional and directional language, for example, making whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.

The children had the opportunity to dance around a maypole in PE this week which they thoroughly enjoyed.  They have also had to concentrate really hard to become computer programmers.

Your child has brought their lines home to learn for our class worship.  Can you encourage your child to practise speaking in a loud, slow and clear voice please so the people at the back of the hall can hear them?    We look forward to seeing you at our class worship on Monday 9th July at 2.30 pm and at our Victorian afternoon on Thursday 12th July.   Children have been asked to dress up for our Victorian day on Thursday.  

Many thanks for your support.   I can’t believe we only have two weeks left together.

Term 6 – Week 4

What a sporty week we have had in the sunshine.  On Monday we enjoyed an afternoon of multi-skill sports which was wonderfully organised.  The children had ten events to complete and showed great sportsmanship.

Sports Day on Thursday was another fantastic day with all children taking part in a variety of races.  The children particularly enjoyed the egg and spoon race and the sprint to the shiny red ribbon.  They cooled off with an ice pop in the classroom before joining their families and friends for a picnic in the shade.  Thank you for coming to support this event.

In Maths this week we have been revising telling the time, completing missing number problems, recapping place value and counting in twos, fives and tens.  We have also added 10 to any number to 100.    A few children asked for a super challenge and managed to add 10 to 3-digit numbers!

In English we have been recounting the story of the wise man and the foolish man  from the Bible.   The children know the story really well and will be using this story when they lead whole school worship on the morning of Monday 9th July.  Parents are invited to come to the hall for 2.30 pm on Monday 9th July to watch Year One’s performance.  Tea and cakes will be served afterwards.  Hope to see you then if not before.

Thank you for all your support, especially listening to your child read at home and helping them with their handwriting.  I have seen an improvement in handwriting and spelling recently.



Term 6 – Week 3

This week the children have had different provocations to inspire them to write.  On Tuesday the children had fun catching bubbles and made some wishes.  They then wrote about their wishes – which made for interesting reading!  On Wednesday the children were shown a hole that an animal had made to burrow under our classroom.  The children wrote a letter to Mrs Binns and the children in Busy Bees to tell them about what they had found.  We think the animal has been eating their strawberries.  The next morning a small door appeared in the classroom and there was evidence to suggest that the animal or animals had been inside and played with some of our toys.  They left some muddy footprints.  We looked up the footprints on the internet and we think they could belong to a badger, fox or a kangaroo!  The children wrote a letter to the animal describing themselves and asked the animal questions to find out more information about who they are.

In art the children used chalks to make bubble paintings and wrote their wishes for Year 2 in one of the larger bubbles.  Some of the children wished for a nice teacher.  That wish has come true.  The children will be meeting their new teacher, Mrs Stone, on Wednesday next week.  Mrs Stone will be teaching in Year 1 to cover my preparation, planning and assessment time every Wednesday until the end of term.   This will really help with their transition to Year 2.

In Maths we have been learning to read the symbols for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing and completing calculations accordingly.  We have also revisited missing number problems.  The children have used all the resources available to work independently to find the answers.

The children asked questions about the items in the Victorian box on loan from Weston Museum.  The children made some good guesses as to what the item was used for in the past.

I have sent some handwriting sheets home if your child wants to practise their handwriting.  Our spellings for next week are: our, are, brought, bought, thought, something.   Please continue to read with your child and ask them questions about what they have read.  If they make predictions and then see if they were correct this will help their comprehension skills.

Many thanks for all your support.  Please can you ensure all PE kit is in school for Monday 25th June as the children have a multi-sports afternoon.  They also have their sports day on Thursday 28th June .  This will be held on the school field from 10.30 am  to 12 noon and will be followed by a family picnic.   The weather forecast looks like it is set fair for the week.  The children have been practising this week and are really excited.



Term 6 – Week 2

I am so proud of all the children in Year 1.  They have done brilliantly in the Government’s phonics screening test this week.  Their individual scores will be attached to their end of year reports.  Thank you for all your support in helping your child to prepare for the test by reading regularly with them, going through past papers and looking at the laminated phonics wall mat with them.  Our focus for homework now turns to handwriting.  I will be sending home some special handwriting paper that will help your child to form letters the correct size in relation to each other.  Thank you, your support is much appreciated.

In English this week the children have retold the story of ‘No-bot’ and written the whole story, almost word for word!  Their memories are better than mine!   The secret was to act out the story several times before they came to write it in their books.  The character masks helped the children to get into role.

The children are  now reading through and editing their story to make it the best it can be.

In Maths we have been learning to subtract and multiply.  The children could choose the strategy that worked best for them after all concrete and pictorial methods were revised.  Some children chose multi-link cubes, some chose bead strings, others just preferred to draw  their calculations with dots and circles or arrays.

Thank you for sending in objects for the children to make their robots.  Every child designed, labelled,  made and evaluated their own individual robot, we had a wide variety of shapes and sizes.  The children showed great problem solving skills when joining materials together.  We did have a few legs drop off but it was great to see the children helping each other to put robots back together again and sharing their resources from home.


We also had a special visitor from Weston Museum this week who answered questions from the children about what life was like 150 years ago when St. Anne’s school was built.  We are looking forward to exploring the Victorian box from the museum next week.

Mrs Brown will no longer be taking the class on a Wednesday as she is now teaching the Year 2 class full time.   The children gave her a card, some plants for her garden and some chocolates yesterday to say a big “thank you”.   Mrs Hall will be covering Year 1 when I am out of the class for my planning, preparation and assessment time.  The children know Mrs Hall very well.

Next week our sight words are: could, should, would, walked, talked.  We will continue to revise all of our phonic sounds.

Many thanks for all your support.  It really is making a big difference to your child’s learning.



Term 6 – Week 1

Welcome back.  I hope you had a lovely half-term break.  I can’t believe we are starting our last term.  This year has absolutely flown by.

This week we have been very busy practising our phonics for the national screening test next week.  I have put a past paper in your child’s book bag if you would like to practise with them over the weekend.  They have all worked so hard; I am very proud of them.

In English we have been reading the story of ‘No-bot’, a robot who lost his bottom.  The children have drawn story maps and thought of actions to help them remember the story.  They will be retelling and writing the story next week.  They will also be designing and making a robot next week.  Please could you discuss with your child the materials they would like to use to make their robot and send the materials into school on Monday in a named carrier bag.  Many thanks for your support.

In Maths the children have been recapping the strategies they use for addition and subtraction.  They have used bead strings, unifix cubes, counters, number lines and 100 squares to support their calculations.


On Wednesday we enjoyed the sunshine whilst practising our skills for rounders.  The children used tennis rackets rather than rounders bats to start with.  I was very impressed with their bowling, hitting and catching.  We did lose a couple of balls in the bushes because the tennis rackets were rather springy but we had great fun!

We will be recapping all phonic sounds next week.  We will be learning to spell words containing ‘all’, (ball, call, fall, hall, tall, wall).

Term 5 – Week 7

In Maths this week we have been learning to multiply using our ten, five and two times tables.  We have also used our multiplication knowledge to solve reasoning problems.  Ask your child to show you how they can count in tens, fives and twos.

In English we have been writing a diary as if we were one of the naughty seagulls featured in ‘The lighthouse keeper’s lunch’ story.  We have used different sentence starters and concentrated on writing in the first person.

The children also wrote up their science experiment very carefully from last week and added their conclusion.

Please continue to listen to your child read as often as you can during half term.  There are a couple of online resources too that will help to support the revision of phonic sounds:  ‘Alphablocks Phase 5’ and ‘Mr Thorne does Phonics Phase 5.’  If there is a certain digraph (2 letters that make one sound) or trigraph (3 letters that make one sound) that you child is unsure of, you can type it in at the same time as Alphablocks to ensure that sound is covered in the short film.   The national phonics screening test is week commencing 11th June (2nd week back).  We will be practising all the sounds during the first week back but any revision over the half-term holiday will really benefit your child.

Many thanks.  Have a super half-term.


Term 5 – Week 6

In Maths we have have been revising our knowledge of place value.  The children represented the value of two-digit numbers by drawing a straight line to represent one stick of ten and single dots to represent the ones.  Some children challenged themselves and represented three digit numbers by drawing a square to represent one hundred.  They even managed to represent the value of coins in this way and found the totals of coins in their purse.  Please continue to let your children pay for small items when shopping so they are able to recognise coins and know their value.  Many thanks.

In English we have enjoyed the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.’  The children were amazed at how naughty the seagulls were in the story.  The seagulls stole the lighthouse keeper’s lunch every day until his wife had the great idea of putting mustard sandwiches in the picnic basket.  The children used their adjectives to describe what the seagulls looked like and used conjunctions to write a paragraph on their wanted poster about why the seagulls must be caught.

The children then investigated different materials to design their own lunchbox.  The children looked at various examples of lunchboxes first and wrote one positive comment (on a pink post-it note) and one negative comment (on a green post-it note)  about each lunchbox using their knowledge of the properties of materials.

The children then designed their own lunchbox and used paint to carefully add colour to their design.  They gave reasons as to why they had chosen that type of material.

In Science the children undertook an experiment to find out which make of nappy would be the most absorbent when 400ml of water was emptied into it.  The children made their predictions, then marked each nappy with either A, B or C.  They carefully measured out 400ml of water and poured the water onto each nappy to make sure it was a fair test.   After one minute they tipped the nappy upside down to see if all the water had been absorbed.  The majority of groups found that nappy B (Morrison’s own brand!) was the most absorbent.  The children could decide how they were going to record their results.  Some groups used a tick or a cross, some wrote whole sentences.  Great team work was shown by all groups.

On Friday we celebrated the forthcoming Royal Wedding by having our own wedding buffet.  The children enjoyed heart shaped jammy biscuits, a variety of savoury snacks and some healthier food, such as strawberries and grapes.  We raised our glasses to the royal couple.  The children also gave some good advice for a happy marriage, my favourite comments were: ‘Dads should vacuum’, ‘Take turns washing up’, ‘Play together’,  ‘Have fun together’, Love and help each other’, ‘Have peaceful times’, ‘Snuggle up together and watch TV’, ‘Buy presents for each other, especially on birthdays and anniversaries’, ‘Invite your friends for a barbecue when it is sunny’ and ‘flush the toilet!’   How wise your children are!

Next week our sounds will be ue (blue), ir (whirl), i-e (hide) and o-e (home).

Sight words: their, there and they’re and to know when to use which spelling.

Next Thursday (24th May) is our Sports Day at Hewish.  Please can we ask that all PE kits are in school every day and that children have water bottles, hats and sun cream on.  The weather forecast is looking good at the moment.   Don’t forget your picnic!

Please keep reading with your child during next week and over the half-term holiday.  Research shows it is what parents do with their child at home that makes all the difference.  Many thanks for your support.



Term 5 – Week 5

In Maths this week the children worked out the capacity of different containers using non-standard units. They compared the capacity, ordered and challenged themselves to find the difference.

The children also accurately estimated the size of the puddle the different containers of water would make when poured onto the paving slabs.  They drew a circle with chalk to show their prediction, then poured out the water to see if it would reach the edge of their circle.

The children then had to measure an amount using standard units (ml) at the same time as their partner. Only accurate measuring by each partner would allow the scales to balance.

Finally the children measured 50 ml of each squash to mix ‘cocktails’ in the sunshine.

In English the Year 1 crew have been editing their first draft of their innovated story with purple pen, paying particular attention to their use of punctuation, their spelling of sight words, their use of sentence openers and exciting adjectives.  They then published their story on special writing paper.

On Wednesday the children enjoyed having a cricket coach for their PE lesson and learnt how to bowl overarm.

Next week in maths we will be looking again at place value.  It is important that children understand the value of each digit in a two-digit number.   Please also continue to look at coins with your child at home so they understand their value too.

In English next week we will be starting our new story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and learning all the skills we will need to design a wanted poster for the seagull who keeps stealing the lighthouse keeper’s lunch.

We will be recapping the following sounds in phonics: ew (few), ea (mean), ure (pure), au (author) and air (fair).

Keep reading!  It makes all the difference.  Many thanks for your support.


Term 5 – Week 4

This week we have been learning to measure, record and compare weight.  We have also been solving problems involving weight.  The children were really interested to see how much they weighed on the electronic scales.   Next week we are looking at capacity and undertaking a few investigations and experiments outdoors.

I have been really impressed with the children’s story innovations this week.  They have remembered to use full stops and capital letters, question and exclamation marks and I have even seen some speech marks used correctly.  Some very interesting adjectives have also been used appropriately to describe their characters and the properties of the materials used to build the houses for their characters.  After describing the characters and the three houses in their story the children designed and made them using a variety of materials.  They painted the scene and made puppets so they can retell their story.

Our phonic sounds for next week are: ue (rescue), ur (nurse), ea (clean) and ai (snail).

Sight words are: going, after, because, little, they.

Please read as often as you can with your child at home.  Next week I will be sending home a laminated A4 photograph of our Phonics wall so children can refer to it when reading at home.    During week commencing 11th June children in Year 1 will take part in a statutory phonics screening check.   This consists of 40 words.  The children are expected to know at least 32 out of the 40 words.  Some words are normal words and some are nonsense words so the children will need to know all of their phonics sounds to decode the words.    If you have any questions about the Year 1 phonics screening test please do come and see me.

Many thanks for all your support.






Term 5 – Week 3

All of this week in our maths lessons we have been concentrating on recognising money and understanding the value of money.  The children sat back to back in pairs.  One child described the coin in their hand, the other child used a printed sheet to eliminate possibilities depending on size, shape and the colour of the coin.

The children also used different coins to make a total before using their skills during shop role play.  The children absolutely loved playing shops and this really helped embed their knowledge about the value of each coin.  Perhaps this is something you could play with your child at home.  If you are out shopping together, maybe your child could use coins to pay for one item.  If you use your knowledge you don’t lose it!  Many thanks.

In English the children have designed their own houses for their story innovation of the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.  They have described their innovated characters and house designs using adjectives and have focused on the properties of the materials they have used.   I was very impressed that everyone remembered to use their every time we write skills and added capital letters, full stops and finger spaces consistently.  The children are working hard on improving their handwriting.  Please can you encourage your child to hold their pencil using a pincer grip, this will help them to improve their control of the pencil.

Next week’s sounds are: au (August), aw (yawn), kn (knight) , ie (lie) i-e (hide) and ou (shout).  Please spot ‘special friends’ (two or three letters that when joined together make one sound) within words when reading with your child at home.    Please ask your child questions about their reading book to check their understanding of what they have read.

Our sight words for next week are: put, people, does, goes, have, said, small, call, talk, want, what, who, two.

Many thanks for all your support.


Term 5 – Week 2

In Maths this week we have been learning to tell the time.  We started by playing the game ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’  Then the children had to read the time the clock was showing by each animal displayed around the classroom and record it on their sheet. The children are now able to draw the hour and minute hand on their own laminated clock for o’clock and half-past the hour. They will need to keep practising so please ask them to tell you the time at these intervals.

We have also been learning to measure time.  In groups of four the children discussed and sorted different activities that would take a second, a minute or an hour to complete.  One group decided it would take an hour to make a cake from start to finish because you couldn’t do it all in a minute or a second, however, it was agreed by all that you  can sing the alphabet in a minute and you can blink in a second!  We also described position and direction using whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.  First we programmed Beebots to travel to the cross marked on the mat and then the children became robots and their partner gave them directions to follow outside.

In English we have been looking at an alternative story to the traditional tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’  The title of the book is ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.’  The children have enjoyed this story and have used some brilliant verbs to make some of the sentences even more exciting.  They have also used speech and different sentence starters.   Next week they will be innovating and writing the story using their own choice of animal characters and house designs.

On Wednesday the children enjoyed a visit from a scientist called Mr G.  He led them through a hands-on workshop to investigate the properties of different materials.  The children looked at how sounds travel along metal and string.  The children felt the vibrations using a Tibetan singing bowl.  They used magnets to separate iron filings from sand, investigated which materials float and which sink and made flubber; a slow-moving liquid made from pva glue, Borax and water.

The children have also been on a materials hunt around the school to identify structures made from metal, glass, wood and plastic.  Jacob correctly identified that the window on the PE shed was plastic and not glass like all the other windows, a great observation, well done!

Next week we will be recapping the following sounds during phonics: oi, (coin) oy (toy), oa (boat), oe (toe), ar (car).  Please look out for these special friends within words when you are reading at home with your child.  They are all getting very good at being special friend detectives, it really does help them to read unfamiliar words if they spot these special friends first, then add the initial and final sounds.

During our handwriting practise this week we will be spelling the following words: they, then, some, come, when, where, why, were, all, tall, any, many, there, their, thought, would, should, could and put.  Perhaps you could practise spelling these words at home too.

Many thanks for all your support.




Term 5 – Week 1

Welcome back.  It was lovely to see all the children again after the Easter break.  This week we have concentrated on our phonics, Maths and our every time we write skills.    We have watched different film clips to inspire our writing.  These have been linked to the children’s interests and we have seen the amount of writing increase.  The children have been editing their work to check for capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.  We have also worked hard on improving our handwriting and spelling of sight words.

In Maths we have been practising our number bonds to 10 and 20.  To have fluency in number bonds to 10 is a skill that will support all of your child’s calculations as they progress through the school.  A laminated rainbow sheet will be coming home next week to help your child to practise their number bonds to 20.   We have used red and yellow reversible counters to support our addition and subtraction missing number problems, for example 5 + ____ = 12.  The children counted out the total number in red counters, then turned over the number of counters (yellow on the reverse) to represent the first number given.  Then the children counted the remaining red counters to find the missing number.  This proved to be a highly successful way of solving missing number problems for addition and subtraction. You could easily make these counters at home by sticking two pieces of coloured card back to back and cutting them out. The children were also able to use the counters to solve word problems, for example, Jack had 10 chocolate bars, he gave 4 away, how many did he have left?  Today we have been counting in twos, fives and tens and completing multiplication sentences, for example, 6 x 5 (6 lots of or groups of 5).  The children worked this out by putting up 6 fingers, then touched each finger as they counted in fives.  They stopped at the sixth finger and could say the answer is 30.  I have been very impressed with how hard all the children have worked this week, they may need a bit of a rest this weekend!

Next week we will be learning to tell the time using o’ clock and half past and will record seconds, minutes and hours.  We will also be describing position and direction using whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns and using programmable toys.

In English we will be looking at traditional tales and story language.  We will then innovate our own characters.

In Phonics we will be recapping our trigraphs (3 letters, 1 sound): igh (high), ear (hear), air (hair), ure (pure), are (care).

Mr G, a science expert, will be providing a hands-on workshop on materials and their properties on Wednesday 18th April to launch our theme ‘What will you create?’ There is a small charge for each child to cover the expense of this visit.  Details should have been sent to you.  Thank you if you have already paid.

Have a lovely weekend.


Term 4 – Week 5

In English this week we have been learning the Easter story and in small groups of four we took on the various roles to act out the story.  Mrs Wickens drew a story map to help us remember the sequence of the story.  On Thursday we wrote the Easter story using our every time we write skills.

In Maths we have been learning to tell the time and revising our number bonds to 20.  We have also been solving missing number problems.

We finished the week with an Easter egg hunt and iced cakes for our plant and cake sale to raise money for The Daisy Garland charity that supports children, and their families, with drug-resistant epilepsy.  Thank you to Bunnings in Worle for their very generous donation of purple plants and to all parents for supporting this event.  We raised £75.30 for the charity.

Please continue to listen to your child read over the Easter break and remember to spot the special friends first within words that are unfamiliar.   Please also practise number bonds to 10 and 20 and counting in twos, fives and tens.  Thank you.

Happy Easter to you all.

Term 4 – Week 4

In Maths this week we have been looking at how to find a half and a quarter of an amount.  The children have picked up this concept really quickly.  Next week we will be looking at all four operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide).  The children need to fully understand what the symbol means in order to answer the questions.  Please go over these symbols with your child at home.  The children will progress to using the symbols to solve missing number problems later in the week, for example 18 – ____ = 9 and

15 = 8 + ______.  It will really help them to solve these problems if they can also practise their number bonds to 10 and 20, for example 1 + 9, 2 + 8, 3 + 7 etc.  Many thanks.

In English we have been using our every time we write skills whilst describing places in Africa.  We used a thesaurus to hep us with our range of adjectives.

We compared our town to a town in Sierra Leone.  We were amazed at how far the children have to walk every morning to get fresh water in their bucket and we just walk to the bathroom to wash our teeth.  We are going to be more careful with water from now on and remember to turn off the taps when we are not using them.  We also checked our rain catchers and found that we had much more water this week so we are going to use that to water our plants instead of tap water.

We have had two exciting visitors this week.  Meg from Farm Link told us all about  wild and cultivated plants and how they got their names.  We learnt which plants we must stay away from: deadly nightshade, foxgloves, ragwort, ivy and even lily of the valley.   The children told Meg what plants need to grow and we pretended we were a plant growing in different conditions.  Meg also told us what crops were needed to make different foods.

On Thursday Rob came to talk to us about honey bees.  He has been a beekeeper for 43 years and we learnt so much from him.  Some interesting facts: the queen bee lays 2000 eggs a day, a honey bee can live up to 6 months but they often die sooner because of hard work.  One honey bee only makes half a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime.  We learnt that honey bees pollinate flowers and without them and other insects plants would not be able to produce fruit.  Jacob quite rightly said that without honey bees there would be no orange juice!  The children wrote some excellent persuasive pieces about why we should not kill a honey bee.   Rob told us that honey bees only sting if they are frightened, so if you stay still they will just fly on past back to their hive to feed the queen and the babies with their pollen and nectar.   Rob showed us the smoker that calms the honey bees before he opens the hive and wondered if it would have the same response with children; it did!.

This week we have also planted our Easter gardens.  We used purple flowers to represent lent and golden daffodils to represent Jesus coming back to life again on Easter Sunday.   The stone is at the side of the tomb in the garden to show that Easter is both a sad and happy  time of the year.   The children collected sticks to make their crosses and used cress seeds to sow the grass.  Hopefully the ‘grass’ will have grown by next Friday when the children will be taking their Easter gardens home at the end of the plant sale after school.

Please come and support our plant sale after school next Friday (23rd March); the children have worked hard to plant many seeds and bulbs.  Their daffodils have gone over but they have planted some freesia bulbs around them for the summer.  We have also got sweetpea, sunflower, mint, tomato and  bean seeds planted in pots to buy.  We are hoping for some donations of purple plants from Bunnings to sell on the ‘purple’ table, along with a selection of homemade cakes, to raise awareness and funds for The Daisy Garland charity.    This local, family-run charity offers support and advice about childhood epilepsy and has supported Oran and his family and we would like to raise funds to say thank you.

Our sounds for next week are all trigraphs (3 letters = 1 sound): air (hair), are (care), ure (pure), ear (hear) and ore (more, shore). High frequency words: what, when, where, there and their.

Please keep reading daily with your child, it makes all the difference!

Thank you for your support.




Term 4 – Week 3

This week in English we have been asking questions in role play based on our text ‘Lila and the secret of rain.’  The children took it in turns to be the main character in the story and answer their partner’s questions.  We then had a go at writing these questions and answers in our books using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks and some of the children even added speech marks.

In Maths we started the week looking at multiplication and division questions.  We had to decide whether we needed to divide or multiply by looking at the symbol in the number sentence.  We also made jam sandwiches and then had to cut them into halves and quarters.  We wrote our own explanation of a half and a quarter.

In RE we learnt about the special book for Jews, the Torah.  We couldn’t read the writing on the Torah scroll because it was in Hebrew but we learnt that the first 5 books of the Christian bible are in the Torah and it is important to Jewish people because it shows them how to live a good life.

On Wednesday 7th March we celebrated World Maths Day by linking it to our 150th celebration of St. Anne’s.  The children managed to do 150 jumps in their PE lesson, they made 150 in different ways using the Numicon pieces and joined 150 cubes together.  Thank you for sponsoring your child for doing their times table, they all did so well.

The children have enjoyed gym coaching and playing hockey this week too.

On Thursday the children came into school dressed as their favourite book character.  They all looked amazing.  Thank you.

As a class we made a list of our favourite 150 words.  Each child chose 8 words from their book that they really liked and we shared our lists to double check we had 150 different words – the only word we had twice was pirate!

On Thursday we checked our rain gauge to see how much water we had collected over the last week; Sam had the most with 10 cms.  I think a lot of the snow must have fallen in his and melted.

On Friday we looked at the work of Eric Carle, who wrote and illustrated The Hungry Caterpillar and The Tiny Seed.  We watched a video clip about how he illustrated his books.  First he drew the image and then traced over it using different coloured tissue paper and then stuck the tissue paper down.  He didn’t use paint or colouring pencils, he just used tissue paper to produce the colour in his books.  The children were very careful when tracing over their design and cutting out and produced some wonderful pieces of artwork.


Next week we will be recapping the following sounds: ir (stir), ie (pie), au (launch), ea (tea), ew (chew).  Please look for these special friends in words when reading at home with your child.  Many thanks.

We will be concentrating on spelling the days of the week correctly and number names to twenty.

In Maths we will be looking at fractions of shapes and amounts.

In English we will be writing a letter to invite you to come to our plant sale in the Year 1 classroom after school on the last day of  term (Friday, 23rd March).  The children have been busy growing bulbs and seeds to raise money for Water Aid to help places around the world that do not have clean water to drink or wash in.   We are only asking for a small, voluntary donation.   The children will also have made their Easter garden by then which they may need help to carry home.

Thank you for your continued support.  Wishing you all a Happy Mothering Sunday.  Don’t forget to buy the Weston Mercury this weekend to read your child’s Mother’s Day message to you.

Term 4 – Week 2

Although we have only had 3 days in school this week due to the severe weather, it is amazing how much we have packed in.  The Year 1 Crew have smashed division and are very confident mathematicians in this area.  Next week the children will be reading symbols in number sentences in order to work out which calculation they will have to do, it could be divide, add, subtract or multiply.   We will be having our sponsored times table quiz on Wednesday 7th March.  Can you please practise the two, five and ten times table with your child.  Thank you.

In English this week we have been learning to predict.  The children were shown a couple of pictures from our new book ‘Lila and the secret of rain.’  The children talked at length about their predictions in small groups and then wrote their ideas in full sentences using our every time we write skills.

We are very lucky to have a professional gym coach on a Tuesday afternoon this term.  The children are learning many new skills, including forward and backward rolls, stretching skills and how to use a springboard to jump onto a box and then land safely on the crash mat.  This week they were taught the skills needed to complete a cartwheel.  Please can you ensure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.  Many thanks.

In Science we have been observing and classifying different types of root and learning about their function.  We found out that the root is the anchor for the plant and  it seeks out water for the plant.  Some roots store food for the plant, such as a carrot.  Some roots have tiny root hairs but Jacob noticed that our runner bean root was the odd one out because it did not have any tiny root hairs coming out of the side of the root, but the root was just very, very long and in a big tangle.

In Art we have been studying the artist Vincent Van Gough.  We used  our observation skills and oils to paint our own vase of sunflowers on canvas using short flicks of the paintbrush to paint the petals.   I was very impressed by the quality of the art.

Advance notice: Your child has written a Mother’s Day message to you.  The messages will be published in the Weston Mercury on Friday 9th March; don’t forget to pick up a copy of the newspaper.

Next week we will be looking again at the split digraphs during our phonics lessons as these are the sounds most children are struggling to recognise when reading: a-e (cake), e-e (Pete), i-e (five), o-e (home), u-e (huge).  Please help your child to spot these special friends in words when reading.  If they look for these special friends first, then sound out the letters that come before and between them this will help them to read unfamiliar words.

Another good website to help support phonics is Alphablocks.  If you put ‘alphablocks a-e’ into Google it will take you to a really good video that supports phonics.  Repeat with the other split digraphs ‘alphablocks e-e’, ‘alphablocks i-e’, alphablocks o-e’ and ‘alphablocks u-e.’  The videos only last about 6 minutes each and are great fun to watch.  The children can sing along, this will help them to remember all the different ways to read and write the long a, e, i, o and u vowel sounds.

Sight words for next week will be: their, want, what, where, water, some and come.

Please keep reading everyday with your child at home if at all possible; this has a massive impact on their writing ability.






THURSDAY 1st MARCH – Due to the severe weather warning we will close tomorrow at 1pm on both campuses.  We expect to be open in the morning but will continue to monitor the weather and let you know as early as possible if the situation deteriorates.  

No World Book Day costumes tomorrow please.  Warm clothes instead.  We will arrange the whole day once the weather improves.


Term 4 – Week 1

In Maths this week we have been learning how to divide amounts equally by sharing objects into groups.  I was very impressed with the way all the children recorded their division number sentences in their books.

On Monday we planted sunflower seeds and took photographs of each stage of the process to help us write instructions to help others know how to plant a seed.   We thought of different time conjunctions and imperative (bossy) verbs we could use so our instructions were very clear.  The children used their ‘Every time we write’ skills (Capital letters, full stops and finger spaces).  We have also been working hard on improving our handwriting.   If your child does any writing at home can you please remind them to use a capital letter and full stop and keep their letters small and a uniform size.  Thank you.

This week we have also made our own rain catchers.  Thank you for sending in the 2 litre bottles.  The children had to decide where to put their rain catchers and explain why it was a good place.  We talked about the possibility of strong winds blowing the bottle over so some children decided to dig a whole in the stones to secure their bottle and Harry tried to blow his bottle over to test whether it would withstand the wind.  Great problem solving.

We have also been talking about ‘Why it is good to be me’ and realised we all have a lot to be thankful for.

Next week we will be recapping the following sounds: ar (car), oa (goat), ear (hear), ai (rain), air (hair).  When looking for these special friends whilst reading with you child can you please remind them that we need all the friends we can get.  For example, if the word contains ai just check it is not followed by an r, therefore, it will be the air sound and not the ai sound.

The sight words this week for your child to read and spell are: were, there, said, was, because.  Thank you.

Another good website for phonics is ‘’ .  Not all the games are free but Picnic on Pluto is and it will help your child to determine whether the word they are reading is a real word or a nonsense word.  Please click on Phase 5 on the left hand side.

Reminder: Thursday 1st March is World Book Day.  Your child is asked to bring in their favourite book and dress up as their favourite book character on this day.  Every hour we will stop, drop and read our book.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and thank you for all your support.







Term 3 – Week 6

Safety Week

This week we have welcomed several visitors in to talk to us about how to keep ourselves and others safe.  The Police taught us how to use the internet safely and why it is important not to give any personal information online.   We made a net using a ball of string to show how quickly our information can be passed on to other people.

The Beach Buddies team from the RNLI reminded us how to keep safe on the beach by not wandering off, not walking into the mud,  not swimming when the red flag is flying.  They also said how important it is to apply sun screen and wear a hat.   They taught us how to keep the fish in the sea safe by taking our rubbish home with us.

We also had a visit from one of the Air Ambulance crew members and Charlie Bear.  We were amazed to hear that they rescue thousands of people every year but the helicopter cannot fly at night because they haven’t got enough money to buy the lights it needs; they cost £1,000,000.

The Fire and Rescue Service talked to us about all the different ways they help people.  They showed us inside their fire engine and used the giant hose so we could see how fast the water came out.

The children each wrote a safety leaflet to take home so that they can share all the ways to keep safe with their family and friends.   

It was lovely to see you all at the Learning Review meetings.  Please do come and ask me for anything you need to support your child’s learning at home.  I will be looking into websites/apps to see which ones are best suited to support learning at home.  I have heard good reviews about ‘Teach your monster to read’.  This is free if you use it on a computer and only costs about £4.99 to buy the app, which I believe would be money well spent.  There are different stages depending on your child’s current reading ability.

Please continue to use Sumdog at home to support your child’s maths.   Your child’s user name and password are stuck in their partnership book.

Our sounds for the first week in term 4 are: or (for), au (autumn), aw (saw) and ow (owl) and ou (shout).  Please see if you can spot any of these special friends (your child may also refer to them as digraphs) when reading with your child.

Please also practise spelling the following sight words: when, put, their, could, little and people.

Next week we will be making rain catchers and starting our new book ‘Lila and the secret of rain’.  Please could you send in an empty 2 litre plastic bottle for your child to make their own rain catcher by Thursday 22nd February?

Advance notice: On Thursday 1st March it is World Book Day and this year we will be asking the children to bring in their favourite book and dress up as a book character for the day.

Many thanks for all your support.


Term 3 – Week 5

In English this week we have been extending our vocabulary by looking for alternative adjectives to describe objects.  We started by passing ‘Fred’ around the circle and set  ourselves a target to think of more than 10 different words to describe this puppet who helps us daily with our phonics.  The adjectives ‘fluffy’ and ‘cuddly’ were very popular.  We managed to think of 12 different adjectives.  Then we learnt how to use a thesaurus to find different words that have a similar meaning.  We managed to compile a word bank of 26 words to describe Fred!

In Maths we have been learning to multiply by using groups of objects.  We have been doing a lot of practical work to visualize the multiplication sentence before recording our answers.

We have also spent time outside looking for evergreen and deciduous trees and identifying trees by studying and sketching their leaves.

In RE we have been learning about the Story of Jonah and the Whale and why this story is important for Christians.  The children came up with some very good answers: “God gives everyone a second chance”, “You can say sorry when you have been naughty and God will forgive you”,  “God doesn’t like it when you disobey him”.  The children took on the roles of the characters in the story and thought about what Jonah may have said to God when he was inside the whale.  We had some super drawings of the whale too.  Some children chose to perform the story of Jonah during their playtime outside on the pirate ship.

Next week we will be recapping the phonemes e-e (Pete), i-e (ride), u-e (huge), o-e (home) and a-e (cake).  Please can you help your child to spot these special friends in words when reading at home.   The silent e at the end of the word changes the first vowel from the sound it makes back to its name.  Please could you also help your child to learn the alphabet if they do not know it and help them to write the capital and lower case letter for each of the 26 letters in the alphabet.  Many thanks.

We will continue to learn how to spell number names to 20.  We managed to get up to ten this week so will be learning how to spell eleven to twenty next week.  If your child can already spell number names to twenty, can they practise spelling the days of the week?

I look forward to seeing you at your child’s learning review meeting next week.  Thank you for your continued support at home,



Term 3 – Week 4

This term seems to be flying by.  The children have been working really hard in all areas of their learning.  Well done Year 1 crew, keep up the good work at school and at home.   It is great to see children recognize the sight words straight away when I introduce them because they have been learning them at home.  One child said, “I know that one because that is my password to get through one of my doors at home!”  What a fantastic idea to use the sight words and sounds as passwords at home, thank you.  The children need to know how to spell the number names to 20 so over the next two weeks these will be our key words to learn.  Some of the number names are easy to sound out, for example, t-e-n, however, some may prove to be a little more difficult to learn, for example, ‘one’ and ‘two’.  I would be very grateful if you could practise reading and spelling these words with your children.

Our sounds for next week are: wh (whale), ph (phone), kn (knife), tch (fetch), ew (chew).

In Maths next week we will be looking at repeated addition (2 + 2 + 2 + 2) then looking at multiplication (4 groups of 2,  4 x 2).

This week we have been learning to measure.  We started with non-standard units (multi-link cubes) to measure objects and then moved to using standard units (cm) to measure accurately.  We challenged ourselves by using metre sticks to measure how far we could throw a beanbag.   The longest distance was 14m 26cm.  We used chalk to mark the end of the metre stick before we moved it.  We learnt that there are 100 cm in one metre.


In English we have been learning to write a fact file and a diary.  On Tuesday we researched information on the computer about earthworms to find out more interesting facts to use in our fact file.  We are making a non-fiction book to give to Busy Bees so that they can learn all about earthworms and their habitat too.  On Thursday we became earthworms to get into role for writing our diary entry, ‘A day in the life of an earthworm.’  Children took it in turns to be in the hot seat and answer questions about their life as a worm.  The children then had the opportunity to write their draft diary entry on their tummies, some chose to write underneath the table so they felt like they were underground.  Their diary entries were marvelous and showed how much they now know about an earthworm.  A lot of the children wrote about how dangerous it is to be an earthworm because of all their predators and how it is only their tail that can grow back.  They also found it fascinating that worms do not have any eyes but they do have five hearts.

In PE this week we have been linking our movement to the lyrics of the song, ‘The ugly bug ball.’  The children have been very creative and each group took on the role of a different bug and came up with their own ideas to demonstrate how their bug moves.

In Art we used our measuring skills to attach the correct length of stem and petal to our sketches of flowers.  We dissected real flowers and  can now name the parts of a flower.  We then used these parts in our art.  We had seen the beautiful artwork produced by Year 2 and wanted to try it for ourselves.  The results were amazing.


Term 3 – Week 3

In English we have been reading the book ‘Yucky Worms.’   It is about a little boy who initially says, ‘You can’t be friends with a worm’, however, his Grandma proves him wrong.   Through this book we have been reminded how to use different punctuation, including question marks, exclamation marks and even speech marks.  We have also found out lots of interesting facts about worms and held some worms too.  Did you know that under a square metre of grass there are approximately 14 worms?  After a heavy shower of rain we marked out a square metre on the school field and waited patiently for about 5 minutes, then worms started popping up to get some air.  After heavy rain their tunnels flood and they need to come up for air.  We watched them go back down into the ground ‘pointy end first.’  We learnt that adult worms have a yellow ring around their middle so we counted how many of the worms were adults and how many were children.

In Maths we have had another week working on place value.  We used packs of Chewits to help us understand the tens and ones column.  There are 10 single Chewit sweets in one pack of 10.  The children were then given 5 single digit cards 2, 9, 5, 3 and 7 and asked to make the smallest and biggest 2-digit number they could.  The biggest number they made was 97 and we needed a lot of Chewits to represent this number on the whiteboard.  On Friday the children used their place value knowledge to play ‘Guess my number’ on the computers.  They used an interactive 100 square to help them.  They could only use the language of tens and ones to ask their question to guess the number, for example, ‘Does it have five tens?’ If the number the child had chosen and written down (to avoid any cheating) did not have five tens then the child asking the question could splat all of the ’50’ numbers.  The group could only ask 10 questions so their questioning became more efficient.  This is a great game to play at home to really embed place value.  The 100 square splat game can be found by googling ‘100 square splat’ (it is the first one that comes up for Primary Games). The children loved it.

In RE the children have been discussing and painting their favourite Bible story and learning why these stories are special for Christians.   Some of their favourite stories have included: Noah’s Ark, The Easter Story, Daniel and the Lion’s Den, Jonah and the Whale and the Lost Sheep.

In Science we have been observing the results of our plant experiment to conclude what liquid is best for plants to drink.   We found out that a plant just needs plain water to thrive as this was the only rose that really opened up.  The white rose in the red food colouring had pink lines within the petals and the white rose in the blue food colouring had turned slightly blue too.  The white rose in the vinegar had a burnt stem and had not opened and the rose in the oil had gone flat.  Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing some more experiments to find out what else plants need to grow.  We have many budding scientists in Year 1.

Next week we will be recapping the following sounds:

ar (car)

ear (hear)

dge (hedge)

ow (cow)

ure (pure).

When reading with your child please ask them to look out for these special friends within words.  Thank you.

Sight words: could, should, would, all.

Term 3 – Week 2

On Monday the Year 1 crew went on a Winter walk to collect adjectives and nouns to make their own word bank to help them write a group poem about Winter.  It was a very cold day so as soon as we got out of the door the children were able to describe Winter from first hand experience, for example, “My hands are freezing cold and pink!”  We were even lucky enough to see a robin (a red, fluffy and grey robin!).  On Tuesday the children wrote their best noun phrase and added it to their group’s poem.  The group then performed the poem to the rest of the class with actions to help them remember it.

In Maths we have been looking at place value and ordering numbers to 100.  We have been trying to find 10 more and 10 less than a number by focusing on the tens column.

We have investigated what seeds and bulbs need to grow.  We planted a daffodil bulb in a clear plastic cup to watch the roots turn down to reach the water.  This happened overnight.  We made a sleeve to cover the clear plastic cup because we read that roots like to be in the dark.

We have also performed simple science experiments to find out what plants prefer to drink.  We put 5 plants in different liquids: water, red and blue food colouring, olive oil and vinegar.  We made predictions about what will happen to the plants and in particular the white flower.

In PE we have been learning to play tag rugby.  Please can you ensure your child has their PE kit in school.  They will need long trousers and long sleeves because we will continue to have PE sessions outdoors.

In next week’s phonics lessons we will be looking at more homophones (letters that make the same sound):

ee, ea, e-e, y

ow, o-e, oa

ir, er, ur

are, air

Please continue to look for these special friends when reading with your child.  Please also practise the two, five and ten times table and help your child to understand how many tens and how many ones there are in numbers to 100.

Many thanks for your support.


Term 3 – Week 1

Happy New Year!

This term’s learning theme is ‘How does your garden grow?’  The children have thought about the questions they would like to investigate: ‘How does a plant drink water?’  ‘How does a plant go to the toilet?’  ‘Why are most plants green?’  ‘How does the sun feed a flower?’  ‘Why do bees like going to flowers?’ ‘What do plants eat?’ ‘What is inside a seed?’  To start our learning theme we had a day investigating lots of different types of plants.  The children were particularly interested in the carnivorous plants, especially the Venus Fly Trap.  A fly (it was dead) was carefully placed inside the Venus Fly Trap and we watched the leaves close tightly around its meal.  We read a book called ‘Hungry Plants’ to learn about other meat-eating plants and how they trap their food.   We learnt that some plants, like the Bladderwort that live in ponds, suck up their prey as it passes beneath it and the Sundew plant has very sticky fingers so the insects get stuck and can’t escape.  Some plants are slippery and the insects fall into a well of water and drown and are then digested.  The children became these plants by using straws and raisins and honey and rice crispies (see photos below) before designing, labelling and making their own carnivorous plant.  They thought creatively about which of the traps they would use if they were a carnivorous plant and the results were fantastic.  They caught a lot of insects!

Next week we are learning about place value in Maths by ordering numbers and finding 10 more and 10 less than a number to 100.

In English we will be learning to describe and we will be writing our own poems about winter.

During phonics we will be recapping the following sounds: ay, ai and a-e, igh, i-e and ie, oi and oy, or, au and aw, ow and ou to learn that there are several ways to write the same sound.   When reading at home with your child please could you ask them to spot these special friends in words.  Thank you.

Term 2 – Week 7

The children were absolutely amazing during both Nativity performances at St. Andrew’s Church on Tuesday.   They were rightfully very proud of themselves and were buzzing for the rest of the week.

This week the children have taken it in turns to be the shopkeeper and the customer in our Christmas shop.  They have bought tinsel for the tree, carrots for the reindeer and presents for their friends.  They worked with 1p and 20p coins to add up their purchases and give change.

The children also each made a Christingle and studied the meaning behind the symbols.

On Friday, Hewish and West Wick Year 1 children spent the day together at West Wick.  Each class taught the other class how to make a craft.  They then worked together to add links to make a paper chain to decorate the hall for the afternoon disco.  It was lovely to see how quickly all the children made new friends.  The children enjoyed playing outside on the trim trail and scooters before settling down to a traditional Christmas dinner together.

Our phonics sounds for next week will be oe and o-e.  We will be learning to spell the days of the week and number names one to twenty.

Thank you for continuing to read at home with your child, it is having a huge impact.  If you have any time over the holidays to practise spelling the days of the week and number names: one, two, three etc to twenty with your child that would be great.  We are continuing to learn our two, five and ten times table too and recognising numbers to 100.

Next term’s learning theme is ‘How does your garden grow?’

Many thanks for your valued support.  Happy Christmas to you all.

Term 2 – Week 6

This week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes in Maths.  The children drew, then cut out 2D shapes to make their Christmas cards.  We had many interesting designs, Christmas trees made with triangles, squares and a pentagon star and snowmen made with circles, with a triangle for the nose.  We have been on a 3D shape hunt around the school with our clipboards too.


In English we have read the story of ‘The Stickman’ and looked at the differences between the four seasons.  We went outside and looked for sticks to make our own stick men.   We worked with a partner to tell a story about the adventures of our ‘Stickman’ through the seasons before putting pen to paper.

On Wednesday we had a PE coach in to teach us how to play handball.   To warm up we had a game of sharks and fishes.  The sharks were really fast and managed to catch all the fish in the sea before they could put a cone on their head and ‘hide under a rock’.

Thank you for all your efforts to source costumes for your child for our Nativity performance.  We are looking forward to seeing you at St. Andrew’s Church at either the 1.30pm or 6pm performance on Tuesday 12th December.   Please do not park on the driveway up to the church as this needs to be kept clear for access for emergency vehicles.  Thank you.

Next week we will be looking at how Christmas is celebrated in the UK and the history behind some of our familiar traditions.

We will be using money to buy toys in our ‘Christmas shop.’

Our sounds will be ay (play), ai (rain) and ar (park).  Our sight words will be ‘does’ and ‘goes’.

Term 2 – Week 5

We have used, and built on, our mathematical knowledge this week.  We have used different resources to help us, including bead strings, tens frames with counters, Numicon and Unifix cubes to name but a few.  The children find having a concrete way of displaying the numbers involved  helps them to work out their calculations.  At home you could use buttons, dinosaurs or any object to help represent the numbers involved in either addition or subtraction problems.  The children have learnt the composition of numbers 6 – 10.  They learnt that numbers 6 to 10 are made up of 5 ‘and a bit’.   The children represented the number 8 in several ways, using a five and three ones.  We then moved on to number bonds to 10 and played popcorn, where one child said a number from 0-10 and their partner had to jump up and say the other number of the pair to 10.   We also played grow, show and throw to help us practise our number bonds to 10.  Perhaps you could ask your child how this works and help them practise their number bonds (pairs) to 10.  Thank you for helping your child to learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  We are practising these tables every day in school as well.

This week in English we have been making sure that the children know how to break their writing into sentences and use the correct punctuation.  We have had a fidget spinner sight word challenge where children had to write as many sight words from memory as they could before the fidget spinner stopped spinning.  They found this very exciting.

The children also wrote wonderful recounts of their trip to Weston Museum last week, mainly about the bus ride and the cheese sandwiches, but dinosaurs and fossils were mentioned too!

Next week we will be learning about the different seasons and writing our own story about Stickman.  We will also be learning about money and  2D and 3D shapes.

Our sounds for next week are: aw (yawn), au (launch), ew (chew the stew) and ue (vue).

Our sight words for next week are: could, through, your and one.

Please bring your child’s Nativity costume into school in a named carrier bag next week.  The children are working very hard to polish their performance and learn the songs.  Please could you ensure you have returned the reply slip for pick up arrangements from the church on the 12th December.   Many thanks.



Term 2 – Week 4

This week we looked again at the four explorers we have studied over this term to answer our learning theme question, ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’  The children stood by a picture of the explorer that they thought was the greatest.  They then got into teams to make a presentation to the other groups about why their chosen explorer was the greatest, using persuasive language, for example, I think that, I feel that and in my opinion.   The children then wrote a persuasive piece to convince me that their explorer was the best.  Their writing was amazing.  I think the opportunity to have a debate before writing so their ideas were fresh in their minds and the fact that they had used whole sentences in their speech really helped to improve the quality of their writing, perhaps the competitive nature of the task also had something to do with it!

In Maths we have worked really hard to learn our two times table.  The children have taken it in turns to be the ‘teacher’.  Could you please continue to practise the two, five and ten times table at home.  Thank you.

On Friday we had an excellent trip to Weston Museum to learn more about fossils.  We saw a fossil of an Ichthyosaur, the first dinosaur fossil that one of our explorers, Mary Anning, found and the largest ammonite we had ever seen.

We took part in a workshop that included a fossil dig.  Once we found a fossil in the sand we had to match it to the picture and then we were told all about it.  We also compared the bones of a Titanosaurus, a T-Rex and a human skeleton.   We measured how long a T-Rex  would be – 12.4 metres – the length of the large room we were in.   The children were shown lots of fossils of different creatures and had to guess what they were.  They then had the opportunity to make their own from clay.

The children were exceptionally well behaved and showed their great listening skills.


Next week the sounds that we are revisiting are: ire (fire), ear (hear), air (fair), are (care).

Our sight words will be some, come, here, where, there.


Term 2 – Week 3

In English this week we have been adding the suffix ‘est’ and ‘er’ to root words.  We compared dinosaurs by deciding which one was the longest, shortest, tallest, smallest, highest, coldest, smoothest, strongest etc.  We finished our book about Mary Anning, ‘Bone Girl, Stone Girl’ and found out some more facts about her life.  We were surprised to read she was only 12 years old when she found the fossil of an Ichthyosaur (fish lizard) in Lyme Regis.   We learnt the tongue twister ‘She sells sea shells on the sea shore’ which was written about Mary Anning.  We used this tongue twister to practise our handwriting too, especially our formation of s, e and a.

We have been looking at the artist Andy Goldsworthy who specialises in land art.  We then collected natural objects to create our own Ichthyosaur.  The children really thought about the shapes they needed,  “this stick will make a good backbone.”

In Maths we have been jumping forwards along a number line to find the difference between numbers.  We have also had a go at solving missing number problems and explaining our reasoning.   The children are getting better at the two times table.  If you could continue to practise this at home  that would be a great help, thank you.  We have pictures of pairs of socks to help us count in twos.  We are also continuing to count forward and back from any number to any number within 100.

Thank you for your donations for Children in Need.  We had a lovely day.  The children worked together to weigh out ingredients to make cakes.  They drew a design for the top of their cake and carefully followed it using icing ‘pens’.  The children also worked together to measure the bears head to make a spotty bandage.  Their challenge was to add 50 spots to the bandage.

Next week we are going to Weston Museum on Friday.  School uniform must be worn.  However, Year 1 and Year 2 children at Hewish are able to wear their own clothes on Thursday 23rd November to raise funds for the Christmas Fair the following day.

We are going to be revisiting the following phonemes (sounds) next week:

e-e (as in theme), ir (shirt), ur (nurse), er (slower).

Thank you for all your support.





Term 2 – Week 2

Monday was very exciting because we excavated our fossils with outstanding results.


We were meant to sell our ‘fossils’ in our ‘Curiosities Shop’ but the children wanted to take them straight home to show you so we drew some fossils on rocks to sell instead!  We have been learning to subtract using a number line this week.  This came in useful when we were giving change in our shop.

We have also had a wedding this week as part of our understanding of our ‘Journey through Life’ module in RE.  The children took on the various roles, we made button holes and hats and even threw confetti.

In English we have been breaking our writing into sentences and adding the correct punctuation.  We noticed when it was appropriate to use an exclamation mark and a question mark.  On Thursday we became ‘ed’ detectives by highlighting all the ‘ed’ endings we could find from a page in our book about Mary Anning.  We then put them into sentences to describe what her dog had been doing.  We used words such as curled, turned, bounded, walked, stayed.

We have been using a disco dough gym to make our fingers stronger for writing every morning for the last couple of weeks.  I can see a difference already in the children’s writing, they are able to form smaller letters because they have more control over their movement.

We are revisiting split digraphs a-e (as in cake), i-e (as in bike), o-e (as in joke) and u-e (June) next week in phonics.

We will be learning to spell sight words: when, some, was and where correctly.

Thank you for continuing to read so much at home.


Term 2 – Week 1

Welcome back.  I hope you all had a great half term.  We have had another busy week in Year 1.

In English we have been reading a book called ‘Stone Girl, Bone Girl.’ The book is based on the life of Mary Anning, who found the first dinosaur fossil in Lyme Regis.  We have been predicting what will happen next in the story and writing sentences using a range of punctuation.  We have also written sentences using the suffix ‘ing’ when describing what we can see in one of the beautiful illustrations in the book.

Next week we are going to continue breaking our writing into sentences and learning how to use the suffix ‘ed.’

In Maths we have been learning to subtract.  We have been using sentences to describe what is happening when we take away, for example, First there were 7 birds in the tree.  Then 4 flew away.  Now there are 3 birds in the tree.  This language has really helped the children understand subtraction as they can picture what is happening.   We have used counters to represent the amounts and physically taken them away and drawn circles and crossed them out to show the amount that is left.  We have also used the ‘part, part, whole’ bar model to support our learning.  On Friday, all the children were able to write subtraction sentences independently.

Please can you practise the 2 times table, 5 times table and 10 times table with your child at home and help them to recognize numbers to 100.

Next week we are going to be using money to buy fossils from our ‘Curiosities Shop’ and work out how much change we will need to give using our subtraction skills.  If you have time perhaps you could play shops at home so children become familiar with the different coins.

Our value for this term is Friendship and we have talked at length about what a good friend should be like.  The children used their suggestions to make a ‘Friend Wanted’ poster, outlining all the qualities that a good friend should have.

This term we have a specialist coach for PE on a Wednesday afternoon who will be teaching the children how to play Hand ball.  Can you please ensure all children have their PE kits in school for next week.  Many thanks.

We have learnt a lot about fossils this week.  We made our own ammonites from Plasticine, then we made some plaster of Paris and pretended this was the sediment and covered our ammonites.  It only took about 20 minutes for the plaster of Paris to go rock hard, we couldn’t believe it.  We can’t wait until next week to chip away at the ‘rock’ to find our ammonite.

Our sounds for next week are ‘kn’, ‘tious’ and ‘cious’ ‘tch’ and ‘dge’.  Our sight words are: thought, caught, bought, walk and talk.

The children are really accelerating with their reading – thank you so much for all the reading you are doing at home, it really does make all the difference.






Term 1 – Week 7

It was great to meet you all at your child’s learning review meeting this week.  I am so proud of all the children’s achievements in Year 1 this term and I am really excited about Term 2.   We are sad to be saying goodbye to Jodie and Oliver but we are excited for them as they move to their own farm in Devon and a school with a swimming pool!  This week we had a space picnic to finish our space explorer theme and the end of a very successful term 1.

Next term we will by studying a female explorer called Mary Anning and finding out what she discovered in Lyme Regis.

In our English lessons this week we have used our story plan to write our sequel to Beegu.  I was very impressed with the quality and quantity of writing.  We checked our work to see if we had used the correct punctuation, adjectives and different sentence starters.  We are also thinking carefully about our handwriting and whether we are forming the letters correctly and we are all trying to make our letters smaller.  If your child is writing at home please could I ask that you provide them with lined paper so they can practise writing on the line.  We have also been matching capital letters to lower case letters so that when the children are asked to start a new sentence with a capital letter they know what the capital equivalent looks like.  We have also been making capital letters from play dough to help us.

In Maths this week we have been using our knowledge of addition to solve number problems.  This term we have learnt our ten times table.  Next term we will be learning our two times table and five times table.  Please could you help your child practise these times tables at home.  Many thanks.

In Computing we have been learning to programme to help ‘Blue Fuzz’ get home.  The children helped each other beautifully as some of us found programming a little tricky to start.

We have also been looking at photographs of  the  seven continents at night from the International Space Station.  We could make out where the cities were because of the concentration of lights.  We have been trying to learn the names of all the continents.

In RE we learnt about believer’s baptism and how it is different to infant baptism.

Our sounds for the week after half term are: ue, oe and e-e.

Many thanks for all your support.  Have a great half term.

Term 1 – Week 6

In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10 and writing addition sentences.  We found that it does not make any difference whether we write 6 + 4 = 10 or 4 + 6 = 10 because the total is the same.  We used a lot of concrete objects to help us in our challenge to find as many number bonds to 10 as we could.

In English we have been planning our sequel to the story of Beegu.  To help us get some inspiration about which other planets Beegu might explore we had a visit from Jo, a space detective, who works with Tim Peake.  Jo told us all about the planets in the Solar System.  We were given a planet and we had to get in order.  We learnt that all the planets go around the sun but the sun is not a planet it is a large star.  The stars we see in the sky are so small because they are so far away from Earth.  Jo was able to answer Oliver’s question, “Which is the largest planet?”  The answer is Jupiter.  The children had so many questions for Jo, they are all really excited about space.  We chose which planet we wanted to make.  The boys who chose Earth used the globe to help them see where the continents and oceans were.   The most exciting part of the morning was to put on the virtual reality goggles and actually blast off into space in our very own rocket.  We saw the bubbling hot sun, other stars, planets and all the controls inside the space rocket.

We have learnt a lot about Tim Peake and what it is like to live in space, for example, how astronauts wash their hair, what food they have to eat, how often they change their clothes and how they sleep.

On Thursday, we had our own infant baptism.  The children took on the roles of the Vicar, Parents and Godparents, the child being christened  was played by a doll as no one wanted to get their head wet!  The parents chose the baby’s names and we talked about the symbols that Christians have at a christening.

On Thursday we also had our first football match after a term of practising our football skills with  Andy, our FA coach.

On Friday afternoon we had great fun making and launching rocket mice into space.  First, we had to make a cone for the body of the mouse.  Then we added eyes, ears and a tail before placing the mouse on top of a plastic bottle.    When the mouse was in position we pressed the air out of the bottle which fired the mouse up into the sky.  We talked about what effect the different sized bottles had on how high the mouse went.  It was agreed that the bigger the bottle, the higher the mouse went because “there was more air in it to push it up”, Evie said.

Phonics – This week’s sounds have been ew (as in chew the stew), ire (as in fire), ear (hear with your ear), ure (sure it’s pure) and tion.

Next week’s sounds are: au (launch in August), wh (which) ie (pie, tie), y (happy, silly), and ph (phone).

I look forward to seeing you at your child’s learning review meeting next week.







Term 1 – Week 5

I have been very impressed again this week by the standard of writing, especially during our phonics lessons.  The children are using their Fred Talk fingers to find the sounds in words before they write.    We are also working hard to recognise and spell our sight words.  This week’s words have been: were, where, their, any and brother.  We have also been learning that there are several alternative ways to write the same sound, for example: er, ur, ir and ow, ou, and ai, ay, a-e and oa, ow, o-e.

In English we have been learning to break our writing up into sentences and use a variety of punctuation, including when to use a full stop and when to use a question mark.   The children each chose a question they had written to ask Beegu (they took it in turns to put on Beegu’s ears and answer a question).

In Maths we have been learning to add  two single digit numbers to find a total and to add a single digit number to a two digit number to find a total, using objects, the part, part, whole model and jumping along a number line.   We verbalised our number sentence before writing it and remembered to write just one digit in each of the squares in our maths books.   We also undertook an investigation to see how many number bonds to 10 there are.

We used our imagination to make a friend for Beegu from play dough.

In RE we looked at what symbols are associated with celebrations and the children made a comprehensive list: balloons, cards, presents, cakes, candles, party food and drew some excellent pictures and labelled them.

We also talked about how to be a good friend to Beegu and what we would do if we were being ignored and feeling lonely.

On Friday we watched real footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon.   We noticed walking on the Moon is different to how we walk on Earth and talked about gravity.  We then tried to walk as if we were on the moon (in slow motion) but we found it difficult to stay in the air when we jumped!  We learnt so many facts about Neil Armstrong that we decided to write a fact file.  See if your child can remember any.  Melissa was particularly impressed that Neil Armstrong was only 15 when he got his first pilot’s licence to fly a plane.  We also learnt that Buzz Light Year from Toy Story was named after Buzz Aldrin who went with Neil Armstrong to the moon.


Term 1 – Week 4

In Phonics we have been learning how to read and spell words containing split vowel digraphs (2 letters that are split that make one sound, for example o-e) and trigraphs (3 letters together that make one sound, for example ‘are’).  A lot of the children challenged themselves and put the words into sentences.  I particularly like the sentence below, ‘We care and we share in Year One.’  The children are also working really hard to make their writing a bit smaller.

In English we have been writing our own space stories.  We have started to use traffic light coloured cups to self-assess.  We show our red cup when we are finding the task a bit difficult and need extra support from an adult or friend, the amber cup when we are happy to have a go by ourselves and green cups when we do not need any help because we can do it independently.

We are reading the story of Beegu, an alien who has crash landed on Earth and is all alone.   We have designed, made and evaluated our very own spaceships to help Beegu return home.  I was very impressed with the amount of effort that all the children put into making their spaceships, it was a very quiet afternoon!


In Maths we have been partitioning numbers using arrow cards to find out how many tens and ones there are in numbers to 100.  We have also been learning about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc).  We had a bean bag throwing competition and became judges to award places in the competition.

We look forward to continuing our space theme next week and learning more about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing.

Term 1 – Week 3

On Monday the Year 1 Crew hid their clay creatures in the vegetation around the school grounds for their classmates to discover.   We had great fun being explorers and finding, sketching and labelling these yet undiscovered creatures.

We have also been learning to represent the value of numbers this week.  We used bundles of 10 straws to help us with place value.

On Tuesday we enjoyed the sunshine and played some team building games that focussed on big movements on the field.


In phonics we have been looking at sounds that sound the same but are written differently, for example oi and oy, ay and a-e, ee and ea.

In English we shared our ideas with our friends before writing our own versions of The Owl and the Pussy Cat poem.


Term 1 – Week 2

The Year 1 Crew have had a very busy week.  In English we have been learning the Owl and the Pussy Cat poem and we are now able to recite the poem from memory with the help of a story map and some simple actions.  We had great fun in our pea green boats when reciting the poem to our audiences.  We then innovated the characters to make our own poem and used adjectives to describe them.

In Maths we have been solving missing number problems, learning to count backwards and working hard to find more and less than a given number.   We found finding less much more difficult than finding more, but when we cracked it, we had a great sense of achievement.

In our art and design lessons we have been using our imagination to paint our own creature that has not yet been discovered by an explorer.  We then used our painting as a template to design our creature from air-dry clay.  We chose our clay to match the colour of the creature we had painted.

We have been taught football skills by a professional coach and have also enjoyed playing team games in PE.

We joined with the Year 2 class to collect natural objects outside to make pictures of the ships that Christopher Columbus sailed in and have used musical instruments to accompany our sea shanty songs.





Term 1 – Week 1

We have had a fantastic first week in Year 1.  All of the children have settled so quickly and now bounce into the classroom in the morning.

On Tuesday we were entertained and educated by a time travelling explorer, called Pedro, who travelled the seas exploring new lands with Christopher Columbus.  We  found out that Christopher Columbus was given some fruit and vegetables that he had not seen before: pineapples, tomatoes and potatoes by a local tribe.    Christopher Columbus gave the local people a ship’s bell in return because they had not seen or heard a bell before.   Pedro taught us a dance from the time of Christopher Columbus.   We then wrote questions to send to Pedro to find out even more information about Christopher Columbus; we  remembered to use a question mark.


We have also been exploring around the school grounds and found spiders, bumble bees, slugs, blackberries and Melissa even spotted a “Cabbage White butterfly.”



    In Maths we have been learning to count and represent objects on  large sheets of wrapping paper.  Jacob found 36 whales and then drew 36 circles to represent the whales.  We placed counters on the different objects to help us remember which ones we had counted.


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We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer break and we look forward to welcoming you to the Year 1 Crew.

On Tuesday 5th September Year 1 will be welcoming a special explorer who will explain all about Christopher Columbus and his travels to launch our theme ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’  It would be great if children could come dressed as an explorer on Tuesday.   Please could you pay via Parent Pay for this session if you have not done so already.  Many thanks.

If you have any concerns please do come and discuss them with me at the end of the day or make an appointment with the office.

I am really excited about this year and look forward to getting to know you and your children during our learning journey together.

Mrs Poole, Mrs Wickens and Mrs Gray.