Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Mansouri-Johnson
Student Teacher: Miss McIllmurray
In Year 1 we are enthusiastic learners who try our best in everything we do. We are learning to become more independent and try new things, always embracing a challenge.

We work in a fun and safe learning environment where the ethos is for everyone to try your best ‘have a go even if you don’t know’.

We start our day off the same way each morning. We love going to work with our various adults for phonics and move onto our handwriting and literacy. After a well earned break we settle down to our maths sessions which are fast and full of fun activities. Guided reading comes next where we show off all our reading skill from decoding the text to predicting what will happen next. After lunch we engage in our creative activities.

To find out more about our class and what activities we have been undertaking on a daily basis then please take a look at the details below. This page will be regularly updated with new material so please keep checking back for new information.

1 January 2017

Year 1 Topic Information Autumn Term

(updated 28 September 2017)

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Spellings and Key words

I have sent home new lists for spellings (note in homework books). There is a set of 5 or 10 for each week, clearly dated. Please also help your child learn the read by sight the key words list sent home. They should be able to read this automatically without sounding out. As it takes a long time to get through the whole class, please pop a note in your child's contact book when they are ready to be tested.

Have a great weekend - the children have worked hard this week and deserve a good rest!

Mrs MJ

The Lonely Beast paintings

For our ICT lesson, the children created a scene from our current book The Lonely Beast.

As well as having to remember the story, they practised their fine motor skills using the mouse to control the colour.

Don't they look great? They are all up in our classroom if you would like to see your child's!

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The Lonely Beast

Image result for the lonely beastWe have started reading Chris Judd's The Lonely Beast. The children LOVE accompanying The Beast (they are very rare, you know!) on his travels to the city in search of friends and back home again to his beloved garden.

The children worked in small groups today to plot a story map showing the main events of the story. This also promoted group work, discussion, decision making and collobroration. The results were great!

Jelly Baby High Jinx

Image result for jelly babiesAs part of PSHE, the children have been looking after Jelly Babies for two days. They named them, designed houses for them and talked about how best to look after them.

Ask your child how theirs is - have they eaten it or will it survive to see another day?!

There are rubgy letters in your child's bag, as well as their current keywords to read fluently. They will be tested on a Friday. If you would like them tested earlier, please pop a note in their contact book.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs MJ


We are very lucky to have Keith from the Sidcup Rugby Club in this half term teaching the class Tag Rugby (non-contact you will be pleased to hear!). The children are loving the sessions and demonstrating good listening skills and excellent pair work.

There is a rugby afternoon next WEDNESDAY at the club with a follow-up on the Sunday. Details will be sent home soon!

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