Year 1 - Howzat!

Year 1 have enjoyed a busy week of learning again, which concluded on Friday with an active taster session from Hampshire Cricket. The children practiced throwing, catching, batting and bowling during the session – I think we have some budding cricketers among us!

In maths, we have been working on fractions, focusing on halves and quarters. We have been using a bar chart to show how we can find a half or a quarter of an amount, and then writing number sentences about what we have discovered. There were some tricky challenge questions to get the children thinking about their understanding of halves and quarters – some children noticed equivalent fractions in one of the questions and were able to independently show this in a fraction wall – fantastic learning! Next week, we move onto learning about 3D shapes.If you have any empty cardboard boxes (cereal packets, jaffa cake boxes etc.) please could you bring them in for Tuesday 26thMarch? Many thanks.

We have loved our new English text, Oi Frog!, which we will be using as a base for writing our own rhyming poems next week. Miss Norris has invited the Year 1 children into Year R to share their final pieces of work when finished. We can’t wait! Features of the poems will be plurals and prepositions, so these have been the focus of our grammar learning this week. 

To bring our geography learning (countries of the UK) alive, Year 1 welcomed Mr Thomas into Juniper Class, who introduced the children to the magic of Wales, including practicing the Welsh language and alphabet. He also shared with us the traditional foods and costumes of Wales and explored some of the beautiful Welsh castles. Maple Class were very fortunate to have Mrs O’Mahony, who shared her extensive knowledge of Ireland, including the traditional dress, games and language. Our thanks to you both for sparking the children’s curiosity and answering the many questions that they had!

We are only two weeks away from our recorder concert (Tuesday 2ndApril – approx. 2.30pm but the EXACT time is to be confirmed). We have been very busy working on our breathing and fingering of the notes, as well as making sure that we are in time with the rest of the class. 

As always, we continue to teach phonics and guided reading daily. 


Pyjama/ Onesie Day – Friday 29 March 

On Friday 29th March, the children may come into school dressed in their pjs or onesie in return for a small donation. Monies raised will be split between the SPEAK charity of the year, Winchester Young Carers, and the FOS. 

PLEASE NOTE – Year 1 have PE on a Friday, so if you are planning on your child wearing a onesie, please make sure that your child is able to INDEPENDENTLY take it off and put it on again, as well as being able to manage going to the toilet during the day (trailing sleeves, tails, getting it undone and done up again). Many thanks.

Recorder concert 

Tuesday 2ndApril in the hall. Approx. 2.30 – 3.00pm (exact times for Year 1 are to be confirmed). 

Advance notice

For our next topic after the Easter holidays, each child will need a 2l soft drinks bottle which has been rinsed out, dried, had the label removed and then clearly named with your child’s name. If you have any spare bottles, we would very much appreciate having those too. 

Please bring these into your child’s classroom after the Easter holiday. Thank you.