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Welcome to our Year 1 class page

Mrs Mortali is our class teacher. 

Mrs Kanani is our TA in Year 1.



Summer Term Planning

This week our focus has been PSHE-Developing good relationships and building our self esteem. The children thought about what they loved about themselves and we put these in a self esteem jar. Another day, we followed different instructions in Literacy and made our super feelings aeroplanes and emotion chatterboxes. After that, we shared our games and played with each other. We discussed what makes a good friend and how to develop good relationships and also who are special to us.

Year 1 had fun learning how to play glockenspiels today and composing their own tunes!

For Maths Enrichment week, the Year 1 children made and shared groups of objects such as cubes, counters, toys and chocolates/sweets. On Friday they shared ingredients and made their own delicious gluten/dairy free biscuits!

The children also adapted the story of Handa’s Hen in Literacy and wrote about their own number of African animals tying in with our Geography topic of Kenya. The children also loved making African pencil cases - cutting around templates and using shapes to decorate with African fabrics.

Lastly, children measured their new bean plants in Science to see how much they had grown in 2 weeks! All in all, the children had a great time and learnt that maths is in everything! We hope you can see their excitement and engagement in the lovely photos.

Year 1 have worked especially hard this half term. They have made clocks, pictures, poems, sensory boards and coded. They have all worked so hard and had fun at the same time!


The children have been creating amazing portraits, making Christmas baubles out of lollysticks and jewelled beads and creating lever Christmas cards with wax crayon snowflakes and a Word message typed up by the children themselves! They have been very creative!
Year One have been doing lots of immersive learning about the features of a recount. Instead of writing in books, children made headbands to describe what they saw at Crabtree farm and describe what they saw using adjectives, conjunctions and prepositions. Using drama and music, they described what they saw in order and acted out their sentences to develop their vocabulary and sentence structure. Finally, we wrote what we would do if we could go back, eg, Go back in the Summer, stroke the pigs or visit the horses! One child said, “I would have a sleep over in a tent.”

On Tuesday 17th November, the Year 1 children visited Crabtree Farm where they explored their senses for a new exciting Science unit. The children were so lucky that Geoff and Sandy could show them around their amazing farm. The children loved stroking the pigs and holding the chickens. Even though the children got quite muddy, they enjoyed finding prickly leaves, smooth seeds and squidgy worm casts.

As part of our Friendship enrichment week, the children have completed a poetry unit focusing on a beautiful poem called Friends by Abbie Farwell Brown. The children explored the poem discussing the theme and how the author turns to nature to find her friends. The children then wrote their own beautiful poems inspired by this poem. We also played team building games and a game called 'Find a friend who' discussing what makes a good friend including having things in common. The children also enjoyed making a beautiful silver badge/medal, the same as the one I use to reward children in class, and rewarded their medal to another child telling them why they thought they were a special star. We talked about how everyone has a special quality.  On Tuesday, the children also went to Crabtree Farm where they used their sense of touch as part of their Science unit but also relating to the poem and enjoying the great outdoors.


Today Sadie from Fur and Falconry came to visit Year 1 and Reception to show us some amazing Birds of prey including a South American Harris Hawk, an Indian Eagle Owl, A British Peregrine Falcon and a British Little Owl which the children got to hold.

The children learnt so much about these beautiful birds including what they eat, where they live, how they hunt, what they were like as babies, the features of their bodies and so on. They learnt that all Birds of prey have talons. The children were very excited and asked lots of good Science based questions. We hope to write up a good recount following this visit.


Black History Month

As part of a broad history theme, Year 1 have been learning about 'childhoods' including those of important and historical black figures in history. They learnt about Bob Marley, Lewis Hamilton and Ruby Bridges. They also listened to many black artists throughout the week including poems by Maya Angelou. In art, they learnt about black history in Australia and America and painted aboriginal art and created their own totem poles. These are the pictures of their beautiful work which is now on display in school.


The children enjoyed learning about Tortoises today. They have been learning about different types of animals in Science so they really enjoyed meeting this very special reptile. They asked lots of interesting questions like, "Does he play football?"

For the children's history topic this half term, children have been learning about childhoods and how they have changed over time, including toy crazes, homes and schools. They have designed and made their own toys and in school created toys out of card, exploring different folding techniques and using lots of fine motor skills. They made helicopters, rolling toy dogs, snails, flapping birds, pecking birds and cup and ball toys. They learnt that toys used to be home made and made out of wood and metal whereas now most toys are made of plastic and use batteries. They really enjoyed playing with their toys!

Jolly Phonics Phase Two

Jolly Phonics Phase Two بوابة الأشرف التعليمية

Phase 3 Phonics Vowel Digraphs and Trigraphs| ai, ee, igh, oa

Phase 3 Phonics Vowel Digraphs and Trigraphs| ai, ee, igh, oa This is a video I use to support the children in my class and their parents with understanding the ai/ ee/ ugh/ oa vowel graphemes and their phonemes, as taught using the Letters and Sounds Phase 3 Phonics programme.


LEARN PHONICS with these fantastic Jolly Phonics songs. Group 4: ai j oa ie ee or SUSCRIBE FOR MORE STORYBOOKS, SONGS, EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS, GIVEAWAYS AND MUCH MORE! Thank you :)

Phase 5 Phonics | Vowel Digraphs ay ou ie ea | Learn to Blend

Phase 5 Phonics | Vowel Digraphs ay ou ie ea | Learn to Blend If you use Jolly Phonics to teach reading and spelling using he Simply Phonics series of blended phonics approach or 'synthetic phonics' might also be useful. This is a short Phase 5 Phonics video to help teach or revise the /ay/ou/ie/ea vowel digraphs.

Phase 4 Tricky Words Song Sight Words Song for said, have, like, come, some, what, when Check out our online phonics games and printable resources! A fun sight word and tricky word song covering said have like come some what and when. In the UK these are considered to be Phase 4 tricky words. For fun printable phonics activities visit

High Frequency hf Tricky Words Phases 2 3 4 5 Princess sight words

High Frequency hf Tricky Words Phases 2 3 4 5 Princess theme High Frequency Words with voice over. Phase 3 sounds | ALL sounds | Segment & Blend This reading machine helps children practice blending the letter sounds they've already learnt with simple phonetically decodable CVC words.

I Know My Number Bonds 10 | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Number bonds for 10 song. Number bonds are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number. Number bonds can also be called number partners or number pairs. Number bonds are a very important foundation for understanding how numbers work. Number bonds create fluency for composing and decomposing numbers for addition and subtraction.

Fun songs with UMIGO - That Makes10 (ADDITION)

Addition was never so much fun!!! Learn all about what MAKES 10! Join us at UMIGO! Learning about comparisons is a great way to enter the world of science and math! UMIGO is all about creating FREE kids education entertainment. UMIGO-yoU Make It GO! Each UMIGO video is part of a FREE LEARNING BUNDLE.

Zingo! is a fun game for early readers

Zingo! by Thinkfun is a matching game that encourages early readers to match chips with pictures and words to their challenge cards. The plastic game piece dispenser is well-designed and fun to use. Players should shout out to claim a piece that comes out of Zinger.
If you fancy buying a new toy - this is fab!

Download Year 1 curriculum overview here.