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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Classroom Teacher: Mrs Edwards

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Boon & Mrs Morgan


We have a very exciting term leading up to Christmas. Our topic is 'Famous Queens' where we will be learning all about what a monarch is and comparing time periods in which they served to today.


To find out what we will be looking at each week please look at the Curriculum News page where you will find the medium term plan for the next half term. Here you will be able to see what we are focusing on and if you choose to do so continue looking at these things at home.


We will be focusing on number bonds to 10 and 20 next week in maths. It is vital that the children become secure in their understanding of number bonds.


Number bonds are also often referred to as 'number pairs'. They are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number.


How can you help your child at home?


  • Give your child ten counters (Lego bricks, past shapes, buttons, sweets) and ask them questions such as: What do you add to 3 to make 10? What do you add to 2 to make 10? Encourage them to use the counters to work it out.
  • Print out number cards and ask your child to match them up into number pairs or number bonds (this can be done as a game of Snap). 
  • Write a list of ten numbers then time your child to see how long it takes them to write down the other number that makes up each pair (2 and 18; 5 and 15; 4 and 16). 

Knowledge of number bonds is essential when it comes to harder calculations involving addition and subtraction (for example, children learn to use the bridging through 10 method to help them add numbers mentally), so it is vital children get a firm grounding in this from the start.


Hope you are all having a lovely half term


See you next week smiley

Miss Edwards 


What a wonderful half term we have had, the children have settled really well into Year 1. 

In maths we have been busy working on our number bonds to 10 and 20, addition and subtraction. 

In english we have been looking at the story of Knuffle Bunny and The Hungry Caterpillar which the children have really enjoyed. They have been using role play to retell the stories in small groups, made story maps and wrote up their story maps! 

In science we have been looking at the human body, identifying our senses and what sense we use for what. We went on a sense hunt outside to explore what we could find using our nose, ears, eyes and touch. We spoke about why we would not be able to find anything in our outside area using our sense of taste and why this was important.

The children have also took part in a special dance work shop once a week, they did 'country' dancing to go with our topic of the UK, and also did a dance to the life cycle of a caterpillar.  


It has been a fantastic start and I look forward to welcoming the children back after half term. 

Miss Edwards.