Year 1 - Oceans of the world and bar models

Once upon a time…

In Year 1 this week, we have been extremely productive! The children are very much enjoying their Early Morning Work tasks and are showing off their amazing spelling, drawing, writing and maths skills independently.

In maths, we have been using resources to help us with our addition and subtraction and have started to record our calculations on a number line. Towards the end of the week, we were finding the missing number in ‘empty box’ questions, using the part-part-whole model to support our understanding. This is quite tricky, but the children have shown great resilience and perseverance in their learning, which is wonderful! 

Below is an example of the bar model used to find the missing number. 

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We have enjoyed using comparatives and superlatives in English this week, and have used these in our sentence writing about the Enormous Turnip. In addition, we have recapped on prepositions (position words) and adjectives, using the latter to write sentences with noun phrases.  The children have also started to learn when to use an exclamation mark, and today, we were generating similes. We have been blown away by the children’s imagination and creativity in their writing this week! Please see the end of this page for grammar definitions.

In Geography, we have been learning about the five oceans of the world, finding the pieces of our ‘oceans’ map and fact file during a Treasure Hunt!

We became scientists when we dissected animals ‘poo’ (not real…) to investigate what different animals had eaten. From this, we could say if the animal was a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Lovely!

We continue to learn the recorder, this week progressing onto the ‘b’ note, and have started to learn some yoga moves in PE. AS there are so many germs about at the moment, we have been talking about the importance of hand hygiene before eating, after going to the toilet or blowing noses etc. The children are making posters to remind others to wash their hands carefully. 

During our ‘Book Club’ sessions, we have focused on word reading (using a sound mat to support), repeated phrases and the use of contractions (can’t, I’ll etc.). 

We continue with our phonics lessons daily.


Home learning

The date for the home learning to be returned is 7th February.


If your child is bringing in their own recorder on a Tuesday for music, please could you ensure that both the case AND the recorder are clearly labelled. As you can appreciate, it is very hard to reunite the recorder to the right child when they are unnamed.

Show and Tell (Juniper Class)

To ensure that each child has a fair turn to Show and Tell, we now have a booking system. Children can book a place on the waiting list and once they have had a go, will get a tick next to their name. Children who have not had a turn will be offered the opportunity to Show and Tell if they want to (not compulsory!). Once we have been through everyone, we will start the waiting list again for children to have another go. 

PE Kits

We will be having PE on Tuesday and Fridays. Please ensure that your child has their (labelled) kit in school on these days. Many thanks.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments.


Grammar definitions


Compare one person, action, thing or state to another. Add the suffix ‘er’ to the original adjective.

  • This car is faster than that car.


Compares two or more people, actions, things or states. Add the suffix ‘est’ to the original adjective. Sometimes the root word might change.

  • This is the largest box I could find.

  • Did you get the tastiest apple from the fruit bowl?


Are used to describe time or place.

  • The books are in my book-bag.

  • Are you coming home before dinner?