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Our beautiful sunflower!

We hope that you like the picture of the magnificent sunflower in our outdoor area.  It is more than 2 metres high!    We have been learning about the lifecycle of the sunflower and below are some examples of pages of our booklets detailing how they germinate and grow.


We hope that you continue to see lots of sun during the summer holidays and that you are reminded of this fabulous flower!

Thank you so much to all the parents, family and friends who turned up for our sunny afternoon tea.  Your children had lots of fun preparing delicious biscuits and sandwiches and decorating our outside area with bunting and making colourful table cloths.  We had over 80 people at our picnic - surely that must be a record!
Look how busy we were at the museum today! We worked super hard at being trainee nurses and kept the hospital clean and the patients fed. We had a super day and used our ears, eyes and thinking hats to help us to learn about hospitals long ago. 
We have made an enthusiastic start to our new topic, Can you make me better?  We thought about how many body parts we could name and labelled our large outline.  Can you guess who we drew around?

This half term our topic is 'Can you make me better?' which has a dual science/history focus.  We will be learning about the life of famous nurses such as Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell and we will visit Peterborough Museum on Thursday 3rd May to experience life as a nurse in the past.   We will find out about our bodies, focusing on the senses, naming body parts and finding out how parts of our body work and how to keep them healthy.   In English we will be reading and writing biographies and autobiographies.  We will now be paying special attention to our handwriting and spelling in our writing.  In maths we will be looking at word problems and consolidate our knowledge of larger numbers up to 100.  In the second week of term we will have a 'Healthy Me' focus week when we will think about keeping mentally and physically well. 


The week beginning 11th June all children in Year 1 will take part on the national phonics screening check - please keep working with your child on their phonics skills by reading, playing phonics pack games and allowing them to play on Teach Your Monster to Read.


It is going to be a busy but fun few weeks!



We were really lucky to have a visit from rapper Karl Nova on World Poetry Day.  He taught us a little rap he had written and we performed it together.  We were great!  We were doubly lucky today as Mrs Fewtrell also came and taught us two raps - Ninjabread Man and Doubles!  We really enjoyed performing these too.  Thank you Karl and Mrs Fewtrell - we had a brilliant day!

100 Day!

This morning the children took part in 6 different activities in the hall exploring big numbers. We counted 100 dragon steps to see where we ended up. We measured lots of objects to see whether they were 100 cm long. We grouped objects into 10s to count to 100 as a group. We looked at how full a cup would be with 100 drops of water in.

In the afternoon we continued our theme day, finishing with a maths museum displaying our 100 objects from home and showing them to our friends from Foundation Stage.

Thank you for supporting this day, we hope the children have enjoyed it and will continue their great counting skills at home. Take a look at our day:


We have been working super hard on our homework over half term in Badgers.  These children went 'above and beyond' with their holiday work.  We are so proud of all our hard working Badgers and say thank you to their parents for supporting them so well!
On the last day of the term we turned our classroom into a castle making workshop and got busy sticking, gluing and cutting to create our castle designs. We had a great time but there was a lot of tidying up to do at the end! 

Making our castles!

We were really lucky to be invited into Reception to see their animal visitors. We were looking really closely at the skin of snakes and lizards - we think we will be able to use our memories of these fabulous creatures to help us with our dragon writing after half term!



Our animal visitors!

We have started our new Traditional Tales English unit.  We are loving learning about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk!  We have done lots of drama as part of our Talk for Writing and we have made moving Jack and the Beanstalk pictures which are fantastic!

Jack and the Beanstalk moving pictures

Jack and the Beanstalk storytelling

We have had a fantastic Knights and Princesses Wow day to launch our new Castles and Dragons topic.  Take a look at our fabulous costumes and pictures of us at our royal banquet below.  We loved 'banquet soup' (chunky vegetable stew) and soda bread and we were fantastic at Medieval dancing.  Thanks to all the mums, dads and carers for their fantastic help with costumes.

18th December 2016


Dear Parents/Carers,


Spring Curriculum


During the spring term in Year 1 the learning will focus around the topic ‘Can you train a dragon?’ This will be launched with our Wow Day on Monday 8th January when we will be holding our own medieval banquet!


In English we will start by looking at the traditional fairytales of Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk. We will continue to develop our sentence writing in order to produce our own fairytale. Next we will move on to non fiction reading and writing about castles. Our daily phonics lessons will continue with lots of Phase 5 phonemes being introduced.


In Maths we will be starting with positional language and move on to adding and subtracting numbers to 20. After half term we will have a special themed 100 day where we will be looking at much bigger numbers!


For Design Technology this term, we will make junk modelling castles and investigate shapes and textures in castle art. We will look at castle location in Geography, thinking about why they were built where they were.

RE during our first half term will be an overview of Sikhism with Easter after half term. Our Curriculum 4 Life lessons will focus on keeping safe, including looking at internet safety, linking with our learning in computing.


IN PE your child will be participating in team games. We will let you know the day of the week when this is finalised - watch out for notes in your child's book bag and on the classroom door.


TLCs will be taking place on Thursday 18th January 2018 – remember to return your slip on your return to school after Christmas.


As always, if you have any questions about the curriculum or your child's learning please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continuing support of your child's learning. It makes such a difference!


The Year 1 teachers.

Here are your fabulous children singing their hearts out at our nativity performance.  We were so proud of them and I am sure that their parents were too. Well done Badger sheep and shepherds!

The Nativity performance - A King is Born!

We have been really busy preparing for our Nativity performances.  Here is a little sneak preview of what we look like in our costumes. Thank you so much to our parents for helping make us look this fabulous!
Today we made our own toy museum with our toys from home. We put all the teddies, vehicles and dolls into groups so they could be displayed together. We loved showing our toys to our visitors from Giraffes and to our grown ups at the end of the day. 
Today we have had a fantastic time at the travelling toy museum!  Take a look at the photos below of us playing with old toys, being archaeologists and making our own toys.  Thank you to all the Mums and Dads who paid towards this fun, educational day - we have found out lots about the history of toys.
Today we visited St Michael's Church in Eye.  We went on a hunt looking for particular things that we might expect to find in a church, reflected on what it felt like to be in there and then we had a  chance to ask Mr Hurst some questions.  We found out lots!

Welcome to Badgers!


It is hard to believe that the Summer is nearly over and it is time for Squirrels to become Badgers. We are really excited to welcome your children into Year 1 and we hope that your children are looking forward to coming back to school, catching up with their friends and learning new things.


Our topic for this term is Toys, a theme I'm sure your children already know lots about! We will be learning about the history of toys, what they are made of and we will be undertaking art and design tasks linking to toys. We have booked a special Toys Day on Monday 9th October, for which we are requesting a parental contribution, to engage your children with a hands on, practical learning experience. Please look out for a letter in your child's book bag during the first week of term.


In English we will use toy texts such as Kipper's Toy Box and the film Toy Story to stimulate our writing. We will be consolidating our ability to read, write and understand numbers to 20 in maths, using practical resources and applying our understanding to real life situations. In RE we will be finding out more about the Christian church and we will visit our local church as part of this topic.


Your child will read weekly with an adult at school, sometimes individually, especially during the first couple of weeks when we will be checking your child's book level, and at other times in a group. We will write in the reading log when we have read with your child. We will check your comments in the diaries and count your child's reads weekly, usually on a Monday. We look forward to seeing how much you have enjoyed reading with your child and to seeing their cars zoom along our reading road! They will receive raffle tickets if they read regularly and work towards certificates for 20, 50 and 100 reads! Your child will also have daily phonics lessons and we will closely monitor your child's progress through our phonics scheme.


PE will be on Tuesday afternoon but please ensure that your child has indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times as sometimes we may need PE shoes or kit for other activities and sometimes our timetable does change from week to week.


Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and should be handed in on Mondays (not the first week of term). Work handed in after Monday may not be marked until the following week.


We will ask you to supply the following items for your child at some point during this term: an old sock to make into a ‘Sock Thing’ and an old toy (theirs or yours) to help us with our non-fiction writing and to go in our class museum before half term. Watch out for notes in book bags explaining when we need these items.


We really look forward to getting to know you and your children better as the term progresses. If you have any comments, questions or concerns we are always available in Badgers' outdoor area from 8.50 in the morning and we can chat after school when we have said good bye to the children.


Please bear with us at home time as we get to know your faces and those of friends and family who pick up your child. It might take a little while for us to check that each child is going home safely with the correct person at the start of term.  It will get quicker as the term progresses!


Here's hoping for a sunny September and lots of fabulous learning experiences!


Mrs Gregg (Mon, Tue, Wed) and Miss Oliver (Thu, Fri)