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Year 1

  • Year 1 memories

    What a year!

    We have loved our time with Panthers and Lions…you are all superstars and have done soooo well this year!

    We thought it would be lovely to look back on some of our memories from Year 1…

  • Our last week in Year 1

    We have had a fabulous last week in year 1, filled with lots of smiles and giggles!

    We LOVED the sponsored slide! A big thank you to the FOMH for organising it for us!

    We created a huge MH logo outside on the field using natural materials. We were very proud to show this off to Mrs Mitzman!

    We took the instruments outside and enjoyed making our own music in the sunshine!


    We want to say a heartfelt thank you to the Year 1 families for all of your kind words and gifts. Your constant support and kindness throughout what has been a really tough year has meant the world to us. We hope you all have a well deserved break over the summer holiday!

    Take care,

    The Year 1 Team x

  • Happy birthday!

    A very Happy birthday to these children who have celebrated their birthdays in July




    Joseph ((5th)



    We hope you had a special day celebrating!

    A very happy birthday to these children that will be celebrating their birthdays over the summer holidays:


    Jack (15th August), Victory (30th August), Zahra (21st August), Nathaniel (27th August)




  • Playground Plans

    This week in Science, we designed our own playgrounds.

    We applied all of our recent learning about materials to ensure all of the equipment would be suitable based on their properties.

    We designed our 3D plans using junk modelling and also applied our recent Maths knowledge about 3D shapes.

    We invited Mr Hobbs into class so we could explain our designs so he could use some of them when re-designing our outdoor space in the future.

    How to support your child’s learning at home:

    When you are out and about (at the park or playground) discuss what materials equipment is made out of and why.

    Make your own playground designs at home using junk modelling or Lego.

  • Measuring

    This week in maths we have been learning how to measure accurately.

    At the start of the week we used a ruler to measure different items in cm. We had to be really careful to make sure the 0cm end of the ruler was lined up with the end of the item.

    We then went outside to practise recording time using a stopwatch. We got into partners, carried out a simple exercise and recorded how long it took us. We had 3 turns each to see if we got quicker or slower with more practice.

    Click on the link below to try some measuring games:


    How you can support your child’s learning at home:

    • Practise your measuring skills by making some cakes! Measure out each of the ingredients using a weighing scales. Talk to your children about grams and kilograms.
    • Have some fun outside playing with water and measuring jugs! Use the language of: Full, half full, empty. Then challenge the children to measure out certain amounts of water (100ml, 500ml, 1L etc)
  • RE

    This week in RE we shared a Buddhist story called ‘Under the Bodhi Tree’.

    Click on the link below for the story:

    We practised retelling the story using ‘freeze frames’, which we learnt are like real life photos. We found it tricky to stay very still in our acting positions but it was lots of fun and helped us to remember the different parts of the story.

    Have a look at Panther’s retelling of the story below:

    We discussed what the story was teaching us and then compared it to other religious stories we have shared in recent weeks. The children noticed that all of the stories have very similar teachings, even if they are from different religious books. We discussed that everyone must try hard to be respectful and kind no matter what religion, if any, they belong to.

    How to support your child’s learning at home:

    • When you are reading stories at home, discuss what we can learn from the events within the story. Encourage your child to empathise with how the different characters might be feeling and why.
  • Non-chronological Reports

    This week we have been learning about non-chronological reports.

    We read a range of reports and discussed what features they had in common and what we liked about them. Then we highlighted the features of a non-chronological report.

    Have a look at some of our work below:

    We then collected information about our class teachers and used all of our knowledge to collaboratively write a non-chronological report about them. We made sure our sentences were clear and factual.

    Next week we are going to be using our class model to write our very own non-chronological reports about ourselves!

    How to support your child’s learning at home:

    • Explore some non-fiction texts and discuss the features of them (Headings, factual, diagrams, labels etc)
    • Share facts about yourselves during dinner time. Encourage your child to describe their appearance, favourite foods and hobbies using clear sentences.
  • Happy birthday!

    A very Happy birthday to these children who have celebrated their birthdays in June




    Grace (19th )                                                                                               Harriet (7th), Bella (27th)


    We hope you had a special day celebrating!



  • Sports Day

    WOW! What a fantastic day we have had today!

    Although it was a little bit different this year, we had “THE BEST DAY EVER!”

    All of the children cheered and encouraged each other throughout the morning and showed off their fantastic sporting skills.

    To top off an amazing day, we were delivered some special treats…an ice lolly AND a shiny medal as a big well done for all of our hard work.

    We want to say a big thank you to Mr Davies for leading the day and designing some exciting activities. Also thank you to the Year 6 children from Ashfield who explained each activity, encouraged us throughout and motivated us to keep giving 100%!

    How you can support your child’s learning at home:

    • Have your own family sports day. Each member of the family can create a different activity for the rest of the family to try.
    • Try out a new sport which you have never tried before. You might like to try out playing frisbee, skipping, tennis or basketball.
  • Armed Forces Day

    We had lots of fun today celebrating Armed Forces Day and thanking members of our Armed Forces community.

    Panthers wrote a selection of forces themed acrostic poems and turned them into a special book for them to take back to Northwood base. Lions made some beautiful thank you cards using water colour paints. Our visitors were so impressed with our work in Year 1!

    How you can support your child’s learning at home:

    • Have a look on the website below and complete some of the suggested activities to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 26th June. Some of the children said they would like to make Union Jack flags to display in their windows for people to see as they walk down the street.

  • Music in the sunshine

    This week we learnt the names of different instruments, explored how to play them in different ways and practised playing repeating patterns using different instruments.

    We then got into groups and rehearsed our own musical patterns. We discovered the effects that tempo had on our performances when we shared them with our friends.

    How you can support your child’s learning at home:

    Make your own instrument at home and explore playing it in different ways. Think carefully about how you can change the tempo of your music!

  • Fraction fun!

    This week we have been learning about fractions. We have been finding half and a quarter of different shapes. We learnt that all parts of the fractions must be equal. We have had fun exploring different ways to find half using practical resources.

    We were really impressed that the children managed to link their maths learning to cutting up their food in the dinner hall this week too!

    “Look! I’ve cut my jacket potato into halves and quarters!”

    How you can support your child’s learning at home:



  • 30 Days Wild

    We are excited to share that we are taking part in The Wildlife Trusts ’30 Days Wild Challenge’, the UK’s biggest nature challenge!

    Throughout the month of June, we will be taking part in daily natural challenges and thinking of extra ‘random acts of wildness’.

    We have loved going outside and completing our challenges. So far we have:

    -Felt the wild between our toes

    -Looked up at the clouds

    -Found a creepy crawly

    -Listened for wild sounds




    How you can support your child’s learning at home:

    • Plant some bulbs and seeds at home. Take care of them to help them grow big and strong.
    • Sign up on the website below for your own 30 Days Wild home pack to continue the fun at home!
    • Complete the challenges on the weekend and upload some of your activities onto Seesaw for us to share in class.


  • Manners and Munching

    The teachers have been challenging the year 1’s to practice their cutting skills in the dining room at lunchtimes.

    The children have been working so hard to ensure they are holding their cutlery correctly, cutting their food independently and using good manners whilst having lunch with their friends.  Mrs Kemp has praised all of the Year 1  children on making the dining room “such a lovely restaurant!”


    How you can support your child’s learning at home:

    • Encourage your child to cut up their own breakfast and dinner, praising their efforts and perseverance.
    • Try to sit down and have dinner together at least once a week to model good table manners whilst enjoying some family time to talk about your day.
    • As a family, set yourself a challenge of trying a new food every week…it might be a food you have never tried before or a food you tried a long time ago. Model to your children that you are being adventurous!
  • Happy birthday!

    A very Happy birthday to these children who have celebrated their birthdays in May

    • Ameilia (11th)
    • Tyaan (25th)
    • Luna (26th)
    • Matthew (27th)
    •  Amelia (1st)

    We hope you had a special day celebrating!