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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 1


Dear Parents,

This week we have reviewed the sounds 'ue'- blue, argue, value,  'ew' - flew, new,  'u-e' - cute, rule,  'aw' - claw, straw. Tricky words- today, their, people, your, any. 

In maths we have almost finished the book and we are revisiting maths topics from now on to remind us what we have learned through the year. 

Rio de Vida- The children have been recalling the story about the Legend of Vitoria- Regia and they have used their own words to write the story. I have seen fabulous writing from all the children and Mrs Streatfeild was very impressed. 


The children sang beautifully at the Maypole Dancing event. I was very proud of them. A huge well done children! Now onto learning the next song for the end of year performance. 


For sports day on Monday, please don't forget the hard boiled egg, a sun hat, water bottle and put sun cream on your child before sending them to school. 


Have a wonderful weekend, let's hope the sun continues to shine. 


Mrs Clare and Team. 







Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have been recapping 'ie' -pie, lie, tied, cried,   i-e- time, like, ripe, o- go, post, so, both, o-e, home,  woke, explode, stone & note.

The tricky words- were, one, says, here, & today. 

In maths we have been looking at mass ie using units to weigh objects, using language such as lighter, heavier, as heavy as. 


The children have been busy making masks and learning the La di da carnival song. It has been a busy week. 


At this year's summer production of Mary Poppins YR and Y1 will be toys. All children can choose between soldiers, teddies and dolls. 


By Friday 8th July please could you send in the following items in a named plastic bag (with handles so it can put on their pegs).


Teddies: children to wear black tracksuit bottoms and a plain brown t shirt (any shade).

 Dolls: children to wear a dress or smartish trousers, shirt / blouse and, if you have one, a waistcoat (please don't buy one, this is optional). 

Soldiers: Please provide black tracksuit bottoms (School will provide the red t-shirt). 

In school we will make / provide teddies ears and soldiers hats. We will be adding buttons to red t-shirts.  

Please could you communicate with each other to be sure there is an even amount of each of the toys.


Times tables- please help your child learn the 2 x tables in random order. 


Thank you. Enjoy the weather, long may it last!

Mrs Clare.

This week

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the last term. 

This week we have enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations, the Pentecost activities and a drumming workshop. It has been full on already. 


In phonics we have been recapping all our digraphs and trigraphs, and focusing on 'ay- play, spray, tray,   a-e- made, same, game,

ea-bread, sea, read, treat, e- fever, secret, being.


In maths we have covered capacity and volume. The children have been counting how many units (cups or beakers) are needed to fill a container, using words such as full, half-full, quarter full & empty. We are also focusing on 2X tables. They are stuck in the children's spelling books. Please help them to learn them. 


We have already looked at our new topic, introducing the capital city of Brasilia in Brazil. Did you know it is shaped like a plane? 

The children have also begun their mask designs for a carnival. Watch this space!


Please remember to use the Collins e-library. I have attached the next books. 


We will be recapping adding 'ed', 'ing' 's ies & es' on the ends of words. If you go onto Twinkl you can find a powerpoint resource that will explain the rules. This would be helpful as some children are still adding a 't' instead, for the 'ed'. 


For next week, please could you send in a yogurt pot, or kitchen towel tube, or a clean empty baked bean tin (please make sure there are no sharp bits once opened) or any small plastic bottle, elastic bands or anything SMALL that would be suitable to make instruments. Thank you.


Enjoy the weekend.


Mrs Clare and the team.









Dear All,

Here we are at the end of another term. 

This week in phonics we have covered 'ch' -school, echo, chef.

'ze' -freeze, squeeze.

All the sounds that 'a' makes in words such as wasp, father, water & baking.

Longer words such as celebrate, astronaut, playful, pudding, octopus, picture, adventure, creature & feature.


In maths we have been looking at and recognising money- coins and notes. It would be helpful if the children could look at some real coins and notes. Notice the colour and what is on both sides of the coins and notes. They are not expected to add amounts at this stage. 


Topic- this week the children have been making their animal enclosures. They have continued to write their stories about the creature they invented and created with plasticine. 


On the ecollins site, I have added two books for the holidays. Do keep reading other books too. 


Please don't forget to keep looking at the phonics mats I sent by email. Five minutes each day to go over the sounds would be beneficial, so that the children don't forget the sounds. 


Spellings are attached below. 


Next term the topic is Rio de Vida! Here is a little insight to what we will be learning at school.

Dancing feet, step to the samba beat. Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air. Come join the party down in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker. Bright colours, patterns and feathers. Can you make a headdress or party mask? Meet magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too. Be as fancy as you like. Let’s get down to Rio where football is king, and practise our skills on golden beaches. Now we need to plan a celebration with fabulous music and song. Let’s invite parents and friends to come along. Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos.


Have a wonderful half term and a good rest. 


Mrs Clare and the Team. 


Last week term 5


Hello everyone,

This week in phonics, we have covered;

'ear', learn, search, rehearsal.

wr- wrong, wrist, wrinkle.

st- listen, whistle.

sc- science, muscle, scent.

The schwa at the end of words, actor, sailor, collar. 


In maths we have been looking at calendars. We have looked at how months begin on different days, how many full weeks are in a month, how many days in a month and how many months in a year. The children have learned the poem 'Thirty days has September' to help them remember how many days in each month. Please look at calendars at home if you have one. Perhaps they can find their birthday. 


We have also looked at the painting, Tiger in the Jungle, by Henry Rousseau. The children each painted a small section and then joined the sections together to replicate the master piece. 



There will be no forest school next week, so the children will need to come to school in their uniform. 


Have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs Clare






Hello everyone,

This week we have had a full on week, even though we are squeezing it all into 4 days

Tuesday we listened to an amazing author, Chrissie Sain, who wrote the Jam factory series and brought her books to life using props. The children really enjoyed listening to part of the story and finding out how to become an author. 


An exciting time at Chessington Zoo was had by all, learning about where animals live in the wild and whether they are prey or predator. The children took delight in travelling on a bus through the safari to spot giraffes, zebra and rhinos. Walking down pathways, they found gorillas, a variety of cats including lions and tigers and meandering through underwater tunnels to spot ocean creatures. The children were impeccably behaved as always and a joy to take on a trip. 


This week in phonics, we have covered, 'a' in water, want,  'ear' in bear, pear & 'ere' there.


In maths we have finished the review. Please keep looking at 100 squares to notice where numbers are placed. Which number goes under, above, next to, before and after a given number?  Look at patterns, for example 10 more than a given number, 10 less than a given number. Can they see the pattern of twos in even and odd numbers? 


Enjoy the weekend. 

Mrs Clare and the team. 


P.S Enjoy the photos.








Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have covered sounds; 'tch' match, 'ture' picture, 'al' half, 'a' father. 

Tricky words- once, laugh, our, because & eye. 


In maths we continue to order random numbers to 100 and find how many 10s and ones large numbers have.


Today we have enjoyed creating our yellow and blue pictures for the Ukraine. 


We look forward to the literary festival on Tuesday and our Chessington trip on Wednesday.

Have a super weekend.

Mrs Clare and the Team. 


Welcome back all, to term 5. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and a well earned break. 


This week, Y1 have begun their new topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers, by studying animal prints, for example the pattern and colours on a giraffe, tiger, tortoise or a parrot. Using pastels, they recreated the animal prints.


We have started the new sounds from Little Wandle, 'or' (ur) in 'word, worm & worth, 

'u, & oul' (oo) 'awful, playful & could,

'are' (air)  share, square, stare',

'aur, oor' (or), door, floor, author. 

Grow the code- 'aur' , dinosaur, 'al',  'walk, talk, chalk', 'aw' claw, draw. 

Our English language is rather complicated, isn't it? 


In maths we are counting and making larger numbers up to 100. For example, in 67, there are 6x10s and 7 ones etc. We have also been looking at a 100 square and noticing number patterns.

We have been working on P.84-86 in the MNP work book. Some children found this a little challenging, so if you have time this weekend to go over larger numbers, that would really help them. I think you all have the login for Maths No Problem. 


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Clare and Team.



Week 1 Term 5


Hoorah! We made it. 

This week in phonics the two new souds are 'ui' as in fruit and juice, and 'ou' as in youth, soup and group. We have recapped all the tricky words learnt so far. Please see previous class pages. 


In maths we have continued to look at fractions; halves and quarters. 


All the children have the next spellings in their spelling books. 


To finish off the dinosaur topic, we invited our Y5 buddies to our classroom museum. The children showed the Y5s around to look at what they had made and read their dinosur stories to their buddy. 


Next term's topic is Paws, Claws and Whiskers. 

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.


Please send in a cereal box for the children to make an animal enclosure the first week back. 


Don't forget to keep reading the collins book online. It is important that the children show off their reading skills. 

Next term, please could the children come in their PE  kit on Tuesdays instead of Monday.

Have a super break everyone. 

Mrs Clare and the Team.



Dear Parents,

Just a week to go and the children are looking forward to a break and the Easter Bunny!


This weeks sounds in phonics are o-e,  o, ou ( all making the 'u' sound, eg, brother, mother, nothing, done, son, won, some, come, love touch, young above.

se- making the z sound- cheese, noise, praise.

se- mouse, house, horse, purse

ce- fence, dance, 

ey- (ee) key, valley, donkey

Tricky words- thought, through, friend, work

Spellings are attached, if your child has been away and they don't have them in their spelling book.


In maths we have been looking at whole, half and quarters of shapes and looking at fractions of numbers. Practise at home will really help some children. Using objects to share will help them visualise what a fraction of a number looks like. 


We had an amazing time at Godstone farm and I have attached the photos for you to enjoy. 


Finally, Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely Mums! I hope you will be thoroughly spoilt!


Have a great weekend.

Mrs Clare and the Team. 








Dear Parents, 

This week, the new sounds in phonics are le (apple), al (metal), c (ice) & ve (give). 

Tricky words are; school, call, & different.


In maths we are looking at halves and quarters of shapes. 


The children have enjoyed modelling clay dinosaurs, for the topic, and they have painted their models and the dinosaur teeth. 


We have been learning to ad 'ed' on the end of words. As they read their books please find and notice any words with 'ed' and look at the root part of the word.  Many children want to write 'stoppt' instead of stopped. 


We are looking forward to our trip on Tuesday to Godstone Farm.  The children will stay with their team leader as we wander round the farm to look at the dinosaurs and other animals. They will be spotting carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 


Have a good weekend

Mrs Clare and the team.




Dear Parents.

This week, in phonics we have covered new sounds, 'y (fly), ow (snow), g (giant) & ph (phone).

Tricky words, this week are; could, would, should, who, whole, where & two.

Going over these sounds with your child would really help them, thank you. 


In maths we have been learning about arrays, grouping objects in each row to make a multiplication sentence. For example five rows of ten footballs is 10+10+10+10+10=50, or 5x10=50. 

For our science topic, we have studied, herbivores and carnivores and matched the different types of teeth to the correct dinosaur. The children enjoyed making dinosaur teeth with clay. 


The children were very excited to make their 'Sockosaurus' on Wednesday afternoon- please see photos attached. 


Spellings are attached below. As you are aware, some spellings are repeated, as in the Little Wandle programme. This is to secure children's spelling. 


Have a great weekend.  

Mrs Clare and the Team


Dear Parents,

This week we have covered the new sounds 'y (ee at the end of words), ea (head), wh (wheel), oy (shoulder).

Tricky words- want, water, any, many & again.


In maths we have continued to read word problems, so that the children can decide if they are addition or subtraction. 


On Wednesday, the children enjoyed prayer stations in church for Easter/lent all linked to our school values, writing prayers, tasting bread, creating with playdough and making hearts with origami. 


Thanks to Mrs Haysom, World Book Day was a great success and the children were able to choose a book in the book swap. 

Thank you to Anna's Mummy for coming in to read a story at the end of the day. 


In our Dinosaur topic, the children learnt about and drew a portrait of Mary Anning. I'm sure they will tell you all about her. 

Laughter was heard through the school, when the children were telling their dinosaur jokes. I think we have some budding comedians. 


Please do read the book on the Collins e-library allocated to your child, as well as reading other stories. 


Don't forget to give your child a sock, ready for their puppet making next week. 


On Monday, children will come to school in their PE kit, so they don't have to get changed here. 


Finally, spellings are added below. Please help your child learn them. All spellings are part of the Little Wandle letters and sounds. 


Have a great weekend.

Mrs Clare and the team.








Dear all,

Thank you to all who were able to join us for the Little Wandle phonics zoom session. I hope you found it enlightening. 

This week we have recapped all previous sounds. It would help the children if parents could help them to recognise the new sounds so far; 'ay, ou (oo ou), oy, ea (ee), ir, ie (igh, ee)  ue, u(oo, yoo), o (oa), i (igh), a (ai),  e (ee), a-e (ai), i-e (igh) , o-e (oa), u-e (oo, yoo), e-e (ee), ew (oo, yoo), ie (ee) & aw (or). I will add the new sounds to the class page that we have been learning each week, so parents can go over them with the children. We also recap them everyday at school. 


We have entered the first week of term with a big bang, learning about dinosaurs, making dinosaur eggs, moulding plasticine into dinosaur shapes and changing words to familiar songs accompanied by percussion to compliment the dinosaur topic. 


In maths we are looking at solving word problems. If you can do this verbally at home, it would be very beneficial for the children to hear and try and work out if the problem is an addition or a subtraction. Eg, I have to buy 2 ice creams and when your 5 friends come for tea, I will have to buy more. How many ice creams will I have to buy altogether.  I had a packet of 18 sweets, I gave 10 away, how many do I have left. 


This week, we also welcome back our Y5 reading buddies.


I have attached the spellings for next week below. 


For homework, this weekend- please find a dinosaur joke that your child can tell in class.  Write it down, so that they can stick it in our joke book. 

Please make sure your child has a spare pair of socks and pants, named in a little bag (sandwich bag size) to keep in their tray at school, as some times children do have accidents. Also please make sure all clothing is labelled clearly with their own name, not someone else's name if they are second hand. We find lost items far more quickly and easily if they are named correctly. 


Have a super weekend. 

Mrs Clare and the team.


Dear Parents,

Here we are at the end of another term. The children had an amazing time during the virtual reality workshop, exploring and investigating planets in the solar system. They zoomed over to Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Earth and found craters, volcanoes and ice. In class they looked at videos from NASA with astronauts showing them what it is like to live in space. They even tasted space food. 


This week in phonics, the sounds covered were; e-e, ew, ie & aw. Please go over these with your child. They might spot them when reading books. 


Carry on counting to 40, making tens and ones with different numbers. We have also been practising our 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. It is good to know them off by heart to help the children count without always having to start from one. After half term we will begin to add and subtract up to 40. Please make sure the children write numbers 1-9 the correct way round. Some are still reversing the numbers. 


Do keep reading and enjoy books. 


The topic next term- Dinosaur Planet.

Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts. Create a dinosaur museum and invite visitors to see your awesome dinosaur artefacts. You could even do a dinosaur dance or produce some prehistoric percussion. Which is your favourite dinosaur? The Tyrannosaurus, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run!


I have also included the spellings for the first week back. 


Have a good break everyone, see you next term.


Mrs Clare. 








Count down, engines on, blast off!


Dear Parents,

It was lovely to have all the children back in class again this week. We nearly made a full complement for a whole week. 


This week we have have been focusing on the sounds a-e ( made, same, game), i-e (time, ripe, like, inside, prize) o-e (home, woke, explode, note) , and u-e ( cute, cube, tube use), all split digraphs. The tricky words are Mr, Mrs, Ms, ask, could, would. 


In maths we have started Book 1B and have covered pages 1-14, all about making 10's and ones for larger numbers to 40. 


In IT we have used the ipads to draw an alien and write our own stories. 


Using junk, the children have enjoyed making space rockets, ready for painting next week.


Please remember to help your child learn their spellings. See if they can beat their own score from last week. 

I have added the next book on Collins e-library. Please enjoy the book with your child. 


Next Thursday morning the children will be attending a space workshop in the hall, where they will enjoy a virtual reality trip into space.  Using their imagination to become an astronaut they will  zoom into the galaxy to see the planets and stars. Buckle up for a very exciting workshop! 


Enjoy the weekend. One week to go and at least we are heading towards Spring!


Mrs Clare









Hello everyone,

Here is what we have been up to at school this week. 

Phonics- We have covered the new sounds 'o post,  i child, a paper, e being' .

We have recapped oa, oy, ea, ir, ie, oo, u, ai, ay, igh & ee, 

Words- unit, music, glue, three, melt, children, open, post, unicorn, spoil, thunder, stamp, child, tiger, most, spark, blink, shampoo, paper, chasing, wild, broom, sink, read, sing & find. 

New words- Mr, Mrs, Ms & ask. In maths we have mainly been doing some maths checks to consolidate language, such as add, and, subtract, take away, minus etc. Also we have been applying the language to solving problems. For example understanding that if John has 5 apples and he gives 3 to his friend, this is the same as 5-3=2. Please check that the children know the signs -, + and =.    Next week we will begin the next MNP book. 


Spelling- The children have the next lot of words in their spelling books. Please make sure that they have a go at the spellings at home for a check every Wednesday. I will add the words from the phonics lessons to consolidate them. 


I have already added the books for this week on the Collins elibrary. Please continue to read other books at home. Ask the children if they can spot any of the phonemes or recognise any tricky words. 


In literacy, we have continued to write the ending of the story Man on the Moon, using describing words. A good game to play is taking turns to describe something, is I spy. Without saying the word, see if they can guess what it is. Encourage the children to use adjectives such as the 'long, thin, strong, legs' (of a horse) rather than the horse has 4 legs. This will also expand their vocabulary and it's a good game to play in the car on your journeys. 


Thank you to the children and parents for joining us on zoom. I look forward to seeing many back next week. 


Have fun this weekend.

Mrs Clare







Award winners and space buggies.


Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping warm and recovering quickly. Thank you very much for joining our morning zoom for phonics and for emailing in the homework. I will continue to zoom next week if children are still isolating. 


This week we have been covering sounds 'ir, ie, ue, & u'. The words we have read are, 'each, treat, proud, spoon, thump, earring, least, first, skirt, growl, bench, magnet, cried, tie, third, creep, shower, bench, true, rescue, fried, winter, snort & squelch.

Tricky words- 'here, today, one, their, people, oh & your'. 

Sentences- The girl has some birds on her skirt.

I looked at the pie and tried not to eat it!

The clue led us to the blue bench. 

We spied unicorn tracks in the mud.

It is fun to play on the swings. 


I have added our phonics to our page whilst we have a few children off school. When everyone is back and joining our phonics lesson in school, I will just add the sounds so that you can go over them with the children.


Spellings for next week- attached to the class page.

In maths we continue to revise what we have done in the first book, so please continue to go through the book and fill in any gaps. 


Reading- the children have continued to choose books from our library to read for pleasure. Next week could the children bring in their favourite story book about an alien or spaceship and tell us why they enjoyed the story. 


Your child has been sent a password and login for the Collins ebook. I have assigned a book to your child to read online, this weekend. The books contain some of the phonemes we have been learning. Please read with your child and help them with any words they find tricky. Model using expression when reading. 


In class we have looked at the story, Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram on You tube. We stopped the story, where Bob the astronaut got back into his rocket to fly home. The children are now writing their own ending to the story. They have written the first draught, adding adjectives to describe aliens, the rocket, Bob's house, the moon etc If children are still isolating next week, please could they have a go at writing an ending as though they are the author. Please email in the homework, by next Thursday. It only needs to be a paragraph long.  


I hope you all have a good weekend.

Mrs Clare and the team. 

Stars and HT awards


Dear Parents,

This week the children have covered the sounds 'ay, oi, oy & ea'. 

The words we have looked at are 'day, play, spray, cloud, about, proud, boy, toy, annoy, sea, read, treat' and the tricky words said, says, you, do, like, little, push, pull, put& full'.


In literacy the children have been studying a poem about an alien and have been using adjectives to describe their own aliens. The children have had fun using plasticine to make Beegu the alien, from the story by Alexis Deacon. Please see attached photos. 


In maths we are continuing to use numbers to twenty in addition and subtraction. Some children need practise to reverse the sum, for example, 17+3=20, 3+17=20,   20-17=3, 20-3=17. 


In IT the children have started to find out about algorithms. Working in pairs they gave their partner instructions to make a robot shape with multilink.



Spellings for next week, are 'said, says, you, like, little, push,put, pull, & full' Please notice the sounds made in the words for spelling. 


Home work to be given in on Thursday 20th

Science- the children will love this! You can add a photo if you like. 


Investigate whether the size of a balloon affects how far a balloon powered rocket travels along a string. Slide a straw onto a length of string before tying it tightly across the garden or a room. Look at balloons of different shapes and sizes and predict which one will travel furthest along the string when the air inside is allowed to escape. Give reasons for their predictions. Let each balloon go and mark its finish point on the floor under the string. Find out which balloon zoomed the furthest. Discuss whether all of the balloons travelled at the same speed and whether they can explain their results.

Note: Blow the balloon up, keeping the air in by pinching the neck. With the help of an extra pair of hands, tape the balloon to the straw on the string, ensuring that the balloon is horizontal and the air can escape freely when the neck of the balloon is released.

Practical resources
  • Straws
  • String
  • Tape
  • Balloons of different shapes and sizes


Science sheet attached. Choose any sheet.


Have a super weekend.

Mrs Clare and the Y1 Team







Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a good rest. 

This week we began our Moon Zoom topic with some excitement in the classroom. The children came in to find an alien crash landing. They all discussed what could have happened, perhaps the spaceship had a malfunction and the alien lost control. There were some wonderful ideas from the children's imaginations and they wrote a report on the crash. 


Moving on in maths, we have used numbers to add to 20. We are also learning to put the largest number in our heads and count on. 


This week's spellings (in the spelling book) are 'the, a, do, to, today & of'. We are starting with very simple spellings this week just to get into the routine of having a spell check and also getting homework. 


For next week, ask your child to bring in a book about space and find out a piece of information that they are interested in. Perhaps rockets, astronauts or the solar system. Help them to write one or two facts about what they have found out. Please send it into school, anytime through the week so that we can make a class information book.  I have attached the sheet.


Just a polite reminder that children should be in class by 9.50am, please, so they do not miss out on the lesson input. 


Thank you

Mrs Clare and the Y1 team.


17.12. 21

Dear Parents,

I can't believe we have reached the end of term 2 already. The children are certainly ready for a good rest after a very busy time learning. They have made sandwiches and the Queen's favourite chocolate biscuit cake to enjoy at the tea party. They stood to attention and sang the National Anthem and addressed the Queen appropriately as she entered the room. They learnt how to courtsey and bow and their manners were impeccable at the table. The Christmas party began with traditional games of musical statues, musical bumps, musical chairs and bug in a rug. Fun was had by all. 


Next term the topic is Moon Zoom.

The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off?

We’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances. We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work.

At the end of our project, we’ll share our learning in a variety of different ways. We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world!

Help your child prepare for their project
There’s so much to learn about space! Why not stay up late and look at the stars? A stargazing app could help you identify well-known constellations. You could also visit the local library and find some exciting space stories and information books to share. 


A HUGE THANK YOU to all the parents who support their children's learning. It is all about parents and teachers working together as much as possible to support the children. 

Also, a big appreciation for the kind Christmas gift from you all, from all of us.


All of us in Y1 wish you all a good rest, a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. 



Dear Parents,

I was so proud of the Y1 children, they sang so well at the Nativity performance. We hope you enjoyed it as much as they did. Well done, children!


This week we have begun Christmas activities in class, all linked to the curriculum. We have been making phase 4 words using the Christmas present game, reading and colouring phase 4 words to make a Christmas picture and making Christmas cards.


In maths we have begun to recognise, count and write numbers to 20, in numerals and words. We have practised counting forwards and backwards. 


This week for our topic we have looked at the weather and used symbols to show the weather each day. 


The children have explored a new medium, charcoal and chalk to draw London landmarks. They have also compared artwork by Stephen Wiltshire and Jenny Leonard. They expressed how the paintings made them feel, using some amazing vocabulary. 


Next week- On Thursday 16th, the children have been invited to a Queen's tea party/Christmas party, in their classroom at school. The children will need to wear warm smart party clothes, as if they were going to tea at Buckingham Palace. The children will have a small cucumber sandwich and the Queen's favourite chocolate biscuit cake. They will be learning how to address the Queen and the palace party etiquette. 


Next term- The topic will be Moon Zoom. More details to follow. Please collect small boxes (tooth paste and bar of soap size) ready to make space buggies and rockets. Please send them in after the holiday ( not before as our classroom has to be cleaned). 


As from next term, and now that the children have settled and know the Y1 routine well, I will be sending home spelling homework. Each child will have their spelling book to bring home to learn spellings. The book will then come back to school each Wednesday ready for a spelling check. 


I hope you have a super weekend. One week to go!

Mrs Clare and the Y1 Team






Dear Parents,

December has arrived and the Christmas fun begins. We have been practising our Nativity songs and actions and the children are singing them with joy! 

In maths this week we have been looking at shapes and patterns. The children used their 3D boxes to make their amazing London buildings. They were very excited about taking them to forest school where Mrs Woodhouse, is hopefully at this moment, recreating the Great Fire of London. 


In phonics we have been recapping phase 3 phonics and working on phase 4 words and common exception words. We have also been looking at formation families, for example letters a, c, d, g, o, &  q, are all formed starting from the letter c. Letters such as b, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, t, begin with the straight line.  


We have been looking at singular and plural nouns in literacy and listening to the words that need aa 's' or 'es' at the end, such as 'cat = cats' and 'bruch= brushes'. 


Thank you for remembering the clothes for the performance. We are in the process of making our crowns.

No homework this weekend, just enjoy reading lovely stories!

Have a super weekend.

The Y1 Team





Dear Parents,

Christmas is coming upon us very fast with only 3 weeks to go. 

This week we have continued to spell words with adjacent consonants such as street, spin, green, fresh, steep, tree, spear, smell. We continue to recap the digraphs and trigraphs in phase 3 and the children have recapped the vowels. 


The children have been cutting and sticking their 3D shapes, ready to make our classroom Christmas tree. 


In the science lesson, the children have enjoyed learning how to make bread dough then bake it for varying lengths of time to see how it changes.


Topic home work- please see attached. Could you please return the work by Wednesday 1st. 


Costumes for the nativity performance: The children will need to wear  plain black leggings/trousers, a  warm plain black jumper/top and their black shoes. Please send in the named items in a carrier bag by next Friday at the latest. The children will be making their crowns at school. 

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Clare and the Y1 team


Marley the Meerkat video 

Topic homework.



Dear Parents,

This week in phonics we have been concentrating on spelling words with consonant clusters, such as 'spring, strap, string, scrap, street,  and scrunch'. We have also been learning to spell the CEW words, 'went, do, when, what, some, come, and does'. It would be useful for the children to go over the CEW words, to become confident in using them in their writing. Children, sometimes find it tricky to apply their spellings to their writing. 

 In literacy, the children have written their ending to 'The Queen's Knickers' story, and have had a go at using 'and' to join two sentences. We will continue to practise this concept in our sentence writing and story telling. 


In maths, we been using language to explain measures, such as long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest, tall, taller and tallest. We have also been measuring objects using our hands and feet, as well as units such as paper clips and multilink to compare the length of objects.  They also measured objects with a ruler, using centimetres. I have attached some fun things to measure for homework. Please choose only one page. 


In this week's topic, we discussed and compared human and physical features of the UK,  and the children enjoyed a walk in the village to look at our local buildings. 


For next week - please look at the London landmarks on Google images over the weekend, eg, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, 

the Shard, the Gherkin, the Monument, the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, etc. Talk to the children about the simplest way of making one of the buildings using junk modelling. What can they use? What 3D shapes do they need? How can they portray the shape of the building? Collect junk to bring into school by Friday in a named carrier bag. Nothing larger than a cereal box please, as we do not have much room in our class. Explain to the children that once they have built their landmark, we will take a photo of their model and then recreate the Great Fire of London, ( safely) so they will not be bring their models home. 


Have a great weekend.


Mrs Clare and the Y1 team. 




London’s Burning

Still image for this video


Dear Parents,

In phonics this week we have been recapping the phase 3 sounds writing and spelling phase 4 words such as 'step, plan, frog, trip, speck, spot & spin'. We have also been having fun playing bingo, using common exception words and tricky words such as 'like, have, children, help, when, what, there, little, it's, just, out, one, said, come, some, were, from, do & so'. Pointing these words out in reading books would be beneficial to the children. As they found the word on the bingo sheet,  they then had to write the word. 


In literacy, we have continued with the story, 'The Queen's Knickers' by Nicholas Allan. The children have been retelling the story using actions to remember the sequence of the story and adding their own ideas. 


In maths, we have finished adding and subtracting to 10 and we will move on to measuring, next week. Continuing with addition and subtraction number problems at home will help the children to consolidate the mathematical language used in questions and understanding how to pick out the important words to write a sum. I have included some problem solving questions on the class page to practise. Encourage the children to draw out the amount of objects and write the sum underneath. 


In our topic, we have been learning about The Great Fire of London. The children have been writing about the event after watching a video clip. The children loved this part of the topic and they looked at photos the Monument building in London which marks where the fire started. 


Last week in forest school, on their walk, the children collected natural objects to make a 'journey stick'. I wonder what exciting learning will happen today?


Have a super weekend. 

 Mrs Clare and the Year 1 team 



Dear Parents,

This term the Y1 children have returned to school with enthusiasm. They are already enjoying the topic, 'Bright Lights, Big City'. We have begun our topic by learning about the Royal family and what the Queen's jobs are, for example working with many charities and planting trees. Did you know the Queen wears bright colours so she can be seen by the crowds? This week the children have also learnt the names of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. They coloured in the maps and labelled the capital cities. The children will be looking closely at some old and modern landmarks of London and learning about the Great Fire of London. 


In phonics, we are recapping phase 3 again, but we have also moved onto phase 4 phonics. This week the children have been learning which letters are vowels and which are consonants. In the phase 4 phonics as well as learning some the consonant clusters, such as 'str, mp, nk, bl' etc, we are reading and writing more phrases. I ahve attached a phase 4 mat so you can use it with the children at home. In literacy this week we have been learning to use 'and' to join two sentences. 


In maths we have begun, taking away from 10. We have concentrated on learning the language for taking away, such as subtract, minus and find the difference between. Please keep up the language at home, perhaps when going for a walk, you can make up subtraction stories, eg, there are 5 trees, 3 are blown down by the wind, how many are left? 5 minus 3 equals 2. 

Pick 10 leaves, leave 5 under a tree, how many are left? 10 subtract 5 equals 5. etc


We have been using the school laptops to learn how to turn them on and off, by logging in and out. The children have also been learning the names of the different parts of the classroom computer, such as mouse, monitor, keyboard and computer tower. 


It has been a pretty full on week, I hope the children will have a good rest over the weekend, ready for next week.


Mrs Clare




Dear Parents,

Already we have come to the end of term 1, and what a term it has been! The children have covered phase 3 phonics and this week we have recapped the trigraphs, 'ear, igh, air and ure'. Next term we will continue phase 3 in more depth and cover phase 4. The purpose of phase 4 is to consolidate children's knowledge of graphemes in reading and spelling words containing adjacent consonants and polysyllabic words. They will experience reading captions, know letter names and spell some tricky words. 


In maths this week we have focused on ordinal numbers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc and positional words, such as left and right, in front of and behind etc. Next term we will focus on subtraction up to 10, again focusing on the mathematical language. 


Next term the topic will be 'Bright Lights, Big City'. This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London. We will also learn about Queen Elizabeth 2nd. 


The children have settled well into the year 1 routine and they have been working very hard. Well done year 1, you have earned a good rest now, ready for term 2!

Have a fabulous rest everyone.

Mrs Clare



This week


Dear Parents,

What a wonderful Harvest Festival! The children sang beautifully and they made us feel very proud of them. Well done class1!

This week we have been continuing to recap the phase 3 phonics and we are using the sounds to write sentences. We have been looking at nouns and pronouns. Our big question has been where and when do we need to use a capital letter? What do the capital letters look like? What size should they be? The children have been practising writing their capital letters in their handwriting books and they know that they are twice the size of the lower case letters. We have also been practising our tricky words, 'I, the , to no, go, he, we, me, be, she, her, they & was. 

In literacy, we have been looking at the story of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, who is a little boy who lives next to an old peoples care home. He has many friends there, in particular Miss Nancy, who has lost her memory. To help her, Wilfred gives her a basket of objects to help her remember things in time gone by. The Y1 children wrote there own ideas about what they would put in a basket to help an elderly person remember. 

In maths, we have continued to learn to count on from a given number to add two numbers together. We have also been learning the use of different words in mathematical language, eg equals, balance, the same as, altogether etc. Knowing the language will help the children understand the questions in the future. 

Have a good weekend. 

Mrs Clare

Well done!


Dear Parents,

Welcome to October, already! Just 2 weeks to go. I can't believe we have almost completed  term 1.

This week we have covered the last few phonemes in phase 3, ' ear, air, ure and er'. Can you please use at least 2 of the books on the ORT website, that I have assigned to the class. Can the children remember the order of the letters for those sounds? 

In literacy we have read the story of Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. Using the story, we have been learning where to use capital letters, at the beginning of a sentence and at the beginning of the names of people and places. Please point this out when reading books to your children. 

In maths we have started to count on from a given number when adding. The children have learnt that they don't always have to start counting from 1, if they know they have 5 cars in a box. They can just count on from 5 to make the total. Perhaps they can practise this at home when laying the table for dinner or playing with their toys. 

This week, we have also finished the topic, 'Mix it!', where the children investigated what happened when they mixed primary colours to make secondary colours.

We look forward to seeing you next week at the Harvest Festival. 

Have a super weekend. 

Mrs Clare

Off to forest school.


Dear Parents,

This week we have covered sounds 'ar, or, ur, ow & oi'. We have been practising to begin our sentences with a capital letter, use a finger space and a full stop. Please continue to practise this at home, by writing postcards, messages, letters etc The phonics that some children forget are the trigraphs, 'igh. ear, air and ure'. We will be recapping these next week. Please notice them in their reading books if they appear. I have also added the next phonic linked books on Oxford Owl. You should still have your child's login from last year. I have added 6 books to the basket so that your child has a choice. They don't have to read all of them, unless they are extremely keen but I suggest they try and read at least 2 books. 

In maths we have been using numbers up to 10 to create number bonds. We call this 'part, part, whole'. Eg How many ways can you make number bonds up to 8? 

One of our topics this term is linked to art and design. The children have enjoyed learning about the primary colours and using them to mix the secondary colours. We then looked at a painting, Colour Study, Squares with Concentric Circles by Wassily Kandinsky. The children painted their own version and now our classroom looks very bright and cheery!

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs Clare


Dear Parents,

Well what a whirl wind week it has been. I have had a super birthday week with the children and I have been totally spoilt by all of you. A HUGE THANK YOU to you all for the very generous gifts and the beautiful flowers and cards. What a surprise! It's not so bad being 21 again after all!  (If only). 


Well, this week at school we have covered the sounds 'ai, ee, igh oa & oo (long)'. We have finished the first chapter in maths that covers numbers to 10 eg counting to 10, counting objects to 10, writing to 10, counting 0, comparing numbers of objects, ordering numbers and comparing numbers. Next week we will cover number bonds to 10. 

Here is a rhyme to help the children use their fingers to remember their number bonds;

0 and 10 are big strong men,

1 and 9 are feeling fine,

2 and 8 are never late,

3 and 7 go to Devon,

4 and 6 like to play tricks,

5 and 5 come alive,

6 and four open the door,

7 and 3 come to tea,

8 and 2 are feeling blue,

9 and 1 have just gone,

10 and 0 are super heroes. 


Roald Dahl day was a big hit and the children enjoyed an inspiring drama class in which they enjoyed acting out the story of Little Red Riding Hood, transforming themselves into the different characters. 


On Monday please send a photograph in, of a special event in your child's life, ( a photo copy if possible, or email a copy so I can print it at school). It could be their birthday, christening, a family wedding etc. It must be an event that is special to them and that they remember. We will use the photos to inspire the children to write about their special event. 


Have a super weekend everyone.

Mrs Clare and the Y1 team.







Ronald Dahl Day -Drama- retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood

Term 1   10.9.21

Dear  Parents,

Well , it has been a very busy week, recapping phonics, learning to spell numbers to ten, and beginning to write our autobiographies. The children have settled in well and though they are enjoying class 1, they are very quickly finding out how different it is to last year. 

This week we have covered sounds 'ch, sh, th, ng & ai'. Please do recap the sounds and find them in words when they are reading or having a bedtime story. 

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Clare

Term 1      3.9.21

Dear Parents,

A very warm welcome back and what a super start it has been!

The children are settling into class 1 really well. 

During the first 2 days we have been getting to know where things are in the classroom and we have set the rules.  I have added them below. To help your child remember them, please talk about what the rules are.

No talking, when it is time to listen.

Use a quiet, whispering voice if you need to ask a question whilst we are working.

Use a normal talking voice (not shouting) in the classroom during discussion times or if we have children's choice. 

Outside, during breaks, you can use your loud voices to cheer on the games. 

Screaming- only in a real emergency, for example if you are in danger. 


We try our best.

We are kind to each other.

We listen to each other.

We respect each other.

We look after things.

We keep our school tidy.

We move around safely and line up quietly.

We aim to stay safe, healthy and happy. 


These rules will make your time at school happy and enjoyable. 


Our topic this term, until Christmas, is all about 'Childhood'. Here is a little information about the topic. 

In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. 

Alongside, the topic, there will of course be the discreet lessons of maths, literacy, phonics (recapping phase 3 and 4), science, RE and PSHE. I will talk about these subjects in more detail when we have our curriculum meeting with parents, date TBC. 

I'm looking forward to the coming full week. For now, have a super weekend.


Mrs Clare

P.S Sorry, forgot to say, PE kits are needed for Monday. 

Thank you