Home Page

Badgers - Year 1

WB  20/01/2020


English - This week we will be finalising our plans for our adapted version of 'Avocado Baby'. We will also be practising our sentence writing in preparation for writing our final story. 


Maths - we are continuing to look at addition and subtraction within 20. This week we will focus on subtraction by counting back on a number line and by crossing out. 


Science - we are looking at the uses and functions of our key body parts. 


Phonics - our focus sounds are: wh, ph, ew/ew, oe

17/01/20 - Music - Singing 'In the Groove'

Still image for this video
In out first music lesson of this term we have been listening and appraising blues music as well as learning and performing our own blues song.

15/01/20 - English - We looked at lots of different fruits to help our planning for our own version of 'Avocado Baby'.

14/01/20 - C4L - we had a very special visitor today from Metro Bank! All of the children loved discovering information out about the bank and designed their own dream bank.

13/01 History - We are learning about Florence Nightingale and how she helped nursing. We pretended to be Florence Nightingale by cleaning and bandaging patients.

10/01 BOOK MAN! Book Man came to visit us today we congratulate all the children who completed the Christmas challenge and reveal that he will be setting a new challenge!

WB 13/01/2020


English - we are looking at our focus text 'Avocado Baby'. Take a look at our text map below and practise retelling the story at home. We have been looking at verbs and changing them to the present tense by adding -ing and the past tense by adding -ed. We will also be looking to plan our own story by adapting Avocado Baby. We will be changing the fruit baby eats and what the baby does. 


Maths - we are looking at addition and subtraction within 20 using our previously learned methods of counting on using a number line, making 10 first to count and using number bonds. 


Science - we are looking at naming parts of the body. 


Phonics - our focus sounds are: oy ir ue/ue ph


RE - The story of David and Goliath

Still image for this video
We learned and acted out the repeating part of the religious story David and Goliath. We discussed how David and had been brave and reflected on how we could be brave.

Acting out Avocado Baby

Welcome back Badgers! 


Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have had a lovely break and are ready for an exciting term ahead. This term our topic is Nursing and all information can be found in our Spring Curriculum overview below. This term we will be doing PE every Wednesday. Please ensure the children have the appropriate PE kit and take into account the weather as the children may go outside.  

Take a look at all of the exciting things we will be learning about with our Spring Curriculum!

RE Day - Why does Christmas matter to Christians? We explored this question and thought about things we are thankful for at this special time of year and made a thankfulness chain.

BOOK MAN! We had a very special visit from our school superhero Book Man to introduce our Christmas reading challenge. Let's get reading!

Computing - We have been creating and debugging computer programs using the beebots.

Nativity! We were all very proud of all the children with their amazing singing in our school nativity. Well done Badgers!!


We are doing lots of work in class on quick recall of our number bonds to 10, please keep practising these at home and see how quick your child can get at recalling them all without using their fingers! 

We are also learning to count in 10s. Have a look at some videos on the internet to support this. Here is a link to the one we enjoy in school.



Our new text in English is 'Cops and Robbers'. We have shortened the story to create our WAGOLL which the children are learning to support their writing. This unit we are looking at using the conjunction 'and' in our writing. Ask your child to retell the story to you using our text map. 


RE Identity Afternoon -We were very lucky to have a visit from Zoe who explained how special it is that we are all different and unique. We then explored how we are all different in our class.

Science - We have been creating a coat to keep rabbit dry! We have explored which materials are waterproof and then used this information to design and make a coat for rabbit.

Parliament Week - We had a debate in our class about what we should turn our outside den into. Should it be Santa's Workshop or a Castle?

Computing - We used the iPads to research words we came across in our Talk for Reading book 'Isaac and Iris'. We look at the Northern Lights, Arctic Fox and Eider.

RE - Exploring symbols of Judaism

WB 28/10/19 


English - This week we are learning the different between fiction and non-fiction books and the key features of each.


Phonics - we are beginning to look at phase 4 blends. We will be focusing on final consonant blends e.g. nk in ink, nd in bend etc. 


Maths - we are looking at writing addition number sentences and completing missing part-part-whole diagrams. 


Science - This week we will be taking our knowledge of what materials are waterproof and using this to desgin a coat to keep rabbit warm and dry in the winter. 


Phonics - we are beginning to look at phase 4 blends. We will be focusing on final consonant blends e.g. nk in ink, nd in bend etc. 



Welcome back Badgers! 


I hope you have had a lovely break over half term and are ready for a fun filled half term with lots going on in the build up to Christmas! 


This term in English we will be writing an information text as well as a narrative. We will be focusing on using capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and adjectives. 

In maths we are looking at adding and subtracting within 10 using lots of different methods to support this. 

In science we are continuing to look at materials and applying the knowledge we have learned. 

This half term in geography we will be looking at our local area and thinking about the physical and human features that can be found in Eye. 


This half term Badgers will be swimming every Thursday. Please ensure your child brings in the appropriate kit for this. I ask that you still send the children in with their PE kits as these can be used as spare clothes in case the children fall over in the wet weather. 



A Teddy Bear's Picnic - Badgers had a fantastic morning making jam sandwiches for their bears.

Harvest Service - we loved performing 'The Bean Song' in church!

Poet Visit - Neal Zetter

WC 07/10/19 


English - this week we will be looking at our WAGOLL instruction text on 'How To Get Ready For Bed', Take a look and ask your child to retell it to you. We will be looking at and analysing the key features of instruction texts and will get very bossy using our imperative verbs (bossy verbs) e.g. get, put, cut etc. We will then be having a teddy bear's picnic on Thursday 10th which we will make jam sandwiches for. We will be using this as our stimulus to then write instructions on 'How To Make a Jam Sandwich'. 


Maths - we are looking at the part-part-whole and using this to write addition numbers sentences. 


Science - This week we are looking at the properties of fabric and plastic. 



Art - Sketching a teddy bear using shapes! The children loved spotting shapes in our bear and tried extremely hard with their sketching.

DT - Creating sliders for the tiger who came to tea!



Your child will have come home with a purple home learning book today. Inside are a range of activities for your child to complete over the half term. I will stick in our focus sounds each week that we are learning in phonics. The children will need to hand in their home learning book on a Monday and I will return it on a Wednesday.


Any questions just pop in and ask.   

WC 23/09/19


English - This week will be adapting 'The Tiger That Came to Tea' to our own animal that is coming to tea! We will be focusing on using adjectives to make our writing more exciting and using the phase 3 sounds we have learned. 


Phonics - This week our focus sounds are the long oo (moon), short oo (book), ar and or. 


Maths - This week we will be looking at finding 1 more and 1 less of numbers within 10. We will then be introducing the part-part-part-whole model, ask your child about this at the end of the week to see if they can explain. 


Science - this week we will be focusing on the properties of materials. 

Science - We are exploring materials and went on a hunt for objects made of different materials in our classroom.



Our focus text for our current English unit is The Tiger Who Came to Tea. To help us remember the text we drew a text map and created actions. Here are some pictures of us practising in class. Ask you child at home to act out the story and see what they can remember.  

Snap Happy! We have been learning to take photos using the iPad so that we can independently capture our learning.

Welcome to Badgers!


It is hard to believe that the Summer is 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. We are very lucky to have two teaching assistants in our class, Mrs Hobbs and Mrs Naylor. 


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 and completing art and design activities linked to toys.


In English we will be using texts such as The Tiger Who Came To Tea 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. 


Your child will read regularly 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.  They will 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.


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 the Badgers' outdoor area from 8.45 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.


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


Miss Cockle