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  • Measurements in Maths

    In Maths Year 1 have been learning to compare and solve practical problems for length, height, mass and time. We focused on ‘talking like a mathematician’ using specific language when comparing and solving.

    When comparing length we looked at the height of different objects and our class friends. We used key vocabulary like ‘taller’, ‘longer’ and ‘shorter’. We then ordered our chosen objects from shortest to tallest.

    When thinking about weight, we were comparing mass using our hands as a human scale. Then we thought, to make our work accurate we should use balanced scales! We weighed up different household and classroom objects, using key vocabulary like ‘heavier’, ‘lighter’ and ‘equal’. Then we ordered our chosen objects from lightest to heaviest.

    Then we compared time. Firstly looking at ‘quickest’ and ‘slowest’, racing cars down a ramp. We had lots of fun! Finally we used ordinal numbers to order time events. We all went outside and raced. We discussed in our teams who came first, second, third and fourth.

    We continued our learning in mini explorers discussing and comparing the measurements of natural resources.

    How you can help at home:

    Go on a walk outside. Chose 5 different natural resources. Talking like a mathematician, compare the length and mass of each object. For example “The stick is heavier than the leaf.”

    Ask your family members or friends to have a race. It could be a hopping race, a jumping race or even an obstacle course! Discuss who came first, second, third and fourth.


  • Once Upon A Time at Merry Hill

    This week we have been really enjoying traditional tales; The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk! Panthers and Lions have been exploring the traditional tales in a variety of ways- reading, writing, acting, drawing and – best of all- sharing their learning on our online learning platform, Seesaw! If you’d like to see videos of the children acting out Jack and the Beanstalk, log into Seesaw this week. The children were using lots of actions:

    How You Can Help At Home:

    Interview other people in your family, to ask them what their favourite traditional tale is and why.  Do they prefer Cinderella or Goldilocks and the Three Bears?

    Plant your own mystery ‘magic beans’! You can do this by picking up any kind of seeds or beans at your local shop, mixing your seeds up and planting them without labels so that when they grow, it is a surprise! This links into our new spring Topic, Dig a Little Deeper where we will be looking at the features of different plants.

  • Moving in 2022!

    A very happy new year to you from the Year One team at Merry Hill! As we say goodbye to 2021 and moving into a brand new school year, we are celebrating all the great learning the children have been doing since September. We thought this would be a great time to showcase the finished Moving Picture products from our Design and Technology lessons!

    In an earlier post we showed the beginning steps of the children’s designs. The children were designing a moving picture of themselves doing the job they want to do when they grow up. We chose a wide mix of jobs: oceanographers, nurses, farmers, veterinarians all the way to landscape gardeners and musicians!

    We used our cutting and sticking skills to create sliders and levers in our work- can you see us cutting out very carefully? We used a lot of colour in our designs so they would be eye-catching and exciting!


    We look forward to sharing more fantastic work with you in 2022!

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    We have had lots of fun getting into the festive spirit this week.

    On Wednesday we all wore Christmas jumpers! Then we had our delicious Christmas lunch. It was lovely to see the dining room decorated and have music playing.

    To make the day even better we even had a visit from Santa himself in the Merry Hill yurt! The children enjoyed meeting him and even made reindeer food ready for Christmas eve.

    Finally we have enjoyed lots of festive crafts and activities. Including decorating out own salt dough decoration. Thank you to the friends of Merry Hill for organising wonderful activities.

    We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    From the Year 1 team x


  • Panther trip to Reveley Lodge

    Panther class were very excited to go on their first school trip yesterday!

    We visited Reveley Lodge and travelled back in time to live like Victorian children. As a part of our Time Traveller topic, we learnt all about the lives of Victorian children.  First the children dressed up in traditional Victorian smock dresses and waistcoats. They looked so smart!

    We were quickly sent to work washing clothes using a dolly stick, dolly tub and mangle.

    After we did our days work with laundry, the children stepped inside a Victorian classroom, writing their sentences on traditional slate boards. They even had a visit from the  strict school inspector!

    Finally, the children to relaxed after their hard work. We enjoyed drinking a warm cup of tea out of a teacup and saucer! We even had Victoria sponge cake!  Some of the children said snack should be like this everyday!

    We are looking forward to writing a recount of our trip and sharing this with another class at school.

    We are going to be using our time words and writing in the past tense!

    We would like to say a big thank you to the fantastic team at Reveley Lodge and to our parent helpers!

  • The Merry Hill Shape Detective Club

    This term in PE we have been making shapes with our bodies in Gymnastics. In our Time Travelers topic we have been looking at the globe in Geography and looking at shapes from above (aerial view) in our maps.

    In Maths we continued learning all about shapes by becoming 2D and 3D Shape Detectives. We hunted high, we hunted low and we found 2D shapes around our classrooms.

    We found circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, ovals and even some pentagons, hexagons and octagons. One of our friends commented that an octagon shape with 8 sides is like an octopus with their 8 legs!

    We took our learning outside using chalk and natural materials to make 2D shapes.

    The children used the number of sides and vertices to explain how they knew what shape was what. Well done, everyone.

    How you can help at home

    Go on a shape hunt around your house. How many circles, squares, rectangles, triangles and hexagons can you spot? For example your dinner plate may be a circle! Once you have spotted a shape, tell a grown up or friend how you know it is that shape. For example “This is a triangle because it has 3 sides and 3 vertices.”

  • Lion class visited Reveley Lodge

    Lion class were very excited to go on their first school trip yesterday!

    We visited Reveley Lodge and travelled back in time to live like Victorian children did. As a part of our Time Travellers topic, we learnt all about Victorian toys, including the differences between life ‘then’ in the ‘oldendays’ and ‘now’ in modern times.

    First the children dressed up in traditional Victorian dresses and waistcoats. We were quickly sent to work washing clothes using a dolly and mangle.

    Next the children stepped inside a Victorian classroom, writing their sentences on traditional slate boards. They even had a visit from the school inspector!

    Finally it was time for the children to relax after all their hard work. We sat down and were treated to yummy bread and jam, followed by a warm cup of tea and a delicious Victoria sponge!

    We are looking forward to writing a recount of our trip and sharing this with another class at school.

    We would like to say a big thank you to the fantastic team at Reveley Lodge and to our parent helpers!

  • Christmas Has Arrived!

    We were all very excited this morning with the arrival of our Merry Hill Christmas tree.

    We each hung our chosen decoration whilst listening to Christmas music. Thank you very much to the Friends of Merry Hill for organising!

  • Outdoor Maths Fun!

    We have been really enjoying taking our learning outside in Year One and being inspired by our school grounds.

    We linked our learning in Maths with the natural world and the passing of the seasons by doing some ladybird Maths! Ladybirds are one of our first signs of Winter, as in Autumn when our weather starts to get chilly, they will creep indoors to keep warm! Have you seen any ladybird on your windowsills?

    We looked at the number of spots on our ladybirds and wrote addition number sentences for our halves and doubles. It was so fun dipping our fingers in the black paint.

    On Wednesday we continued this learning by taking photos around the school and writing down the doubles and halves!

    Where will our learning take us next?

    How you can help at home:

    If you fancy doing some Autumnal baking, why not bake some ladybird cookies! Make sure your ladybird has an equal amount of spots on each wing. The numbers will need to balance and be equal. Can you discuss the word ‘equal’ with your children at home?


  • Mindfulness Design and Technology

    This term in our Mindfulness Monday sessions we are focusing on Design and Technology, following on from the fantastic learning we did on the book, ‘I Can Be Anything, Don’t Tell Me I Can’t!’ by Diane Dillon.

    We started by looking at a variety of pop up books, and pictures with moving pages featuring sliders, flaps and levers. We then had a go at designing some flaps ourselves. This is the first time we have done anything like this, and it brought out our creative sides! For example some of our flaps said “Open me for a surprise!”


    Next, we took an image of a Remembrance Day soldier on cardboard and gave him moving limbs using split pins! We found pushing the split pins through the cardboard tricky, but persevered well.

    Now we are at the planning stage in our learning where we are designing a moving picture in the style of ‘I Can be Anything, Don’y Tell Me I Can’t!’

    Below you can see our designs for our future jobs of footballer, vet, farmer and doctor. We have included labels in our designs to show exactly where our levers and sliders will be going.


    We will keep you posted on how the learning progresses to the final stage, where we will be creating our final moving pictures 🙂


    How You Can Help At Home:

    Choose your favourite book cover, from a book in your house and copy it out. Can you add a flap or a slider to to your drawing of your favourite book? You only need glue, scissors and paper to do this. Good luck!




    “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

    Charles Swindoll



    The Zones of Regulation is a framework by Leah Kuypers.
    It uses four colours to help children to identify their feelings so that they can work towards regulating them.

    What is self-regulation?”

     “…it is defined as the capacity to manage one’s thoughts, feelings and actions in adaptive and flexible ways across a range of contexts.”

    Jude Nicholas

    We use the ZONES of Regulation in every area of the school  as a resource to support the pupils to self regulate their emotions. You may have noticed all the staff  wearing multi-coloured picture lanyards when you drop off and collect your child each day and wondered why. This is one of the ways in which we have encompassed The Zones at Merry Hill Infant School.


    Another useful way of representing the ZONES is through Pixar’s Inside Out Characters. oMZi000

    The ZONEs teach pupils:

    • Vocabulary of emotional terms
    • How to recognise their own emotions
    • How to detect the emotions of others (read others’ facial expressions)
    • What may trigger certain emotions
    • How others may interpret their behaviour
    • Problem solving skills



    Children are encouraged to identify the ZONE they are in on arrival to school by putting their name in the ZONE that matches their feelings. Over the course of the day they have opportunities to discuss why they are in a certain ZONE  and to move their name into another ZONE if their feelings change over the day. The staff lanyards have also proved a useful tool for children to indicate their ZONE by pointing if they do not feel ready to talk about how they are feeling. They understand that we all experience all the  ZONES but the green ZONE is the best ZONE to be in  for learning as it means we are able to focus and concentrate when in the classroom.

    Something to try:

    We practise breathing exercises in school as a “tool” to get back into the green zone.

    This is called “Lazy 8” breathing. Start at the middle and draw a number 8 on its side in the air breathing in as you draw one side and out as you draw the other. Repeat until you feel calm and able to concentrate.

    Also try to model your feelings by referring to the ZONE you are in:

    I felt sad when I shut my finger in the door. I am in the Blue Zone.

    I am happy you cleared your plate away. I am in the Green Zone.

    I am in the Yellow Zone because it is my birthday tomorrow.

    Give it a go and see if your child can label their Zone too.



  • What to do when you have a worry

    In English this week we have been reading ‘Ruby’s Worry’ written by Tom Percival. Like Ruby, we shared all the things we love to do.

    Working in partners, we focused on our communication skills to interview our friends. Then we wrote what they loved to do! Look at some examples below.

    As we read on, Ruby discovered she has a worry. This stopped her from enjoying the things she loved. Like Ruby, many of us have had a worry and that is ok. Worries are something we will always have. But, the most important thing is to know what you do when you have a worry. Working as a team we created our very own book, titled ‘what to do when you are feeling worried.’ Inside there are lots of things you can do to help your worries disappear.

    Our class worry books will be placed in our mindfulness areas for all to access.

    Next week we will be writing a letter to Ruby, helping her with a new worry.

    What you can do at home

    Create your own ‘what to do when you are worried’ book at home. You can look at this whenever you may feel a worry growing!

    Talk to a family member or friend about a time you felt worried. What did you do to solve your worry?