Year 1

Year 1 - Exploring volume with water


Another lovely week weather-wise and Year 1 have been working extremely hard.

We have been very excited about the summer fayre; it was lovely to see so many of the children participating in the fun and games on the field after school today.

In maths, we have been using our knowledge of fractions to learn about capacity, and investigating how many half or quarter litres are in a litre, 2 litres etc. We were fortunate to be able to use our outside area during the beautiful summer weather to explore the capacity resources and water.

Following last week’s visit from Witch Sims, the children wrote a ‘thank you’ letter to her for coming to see us. We have also revisited using ‘ed’ to show the regular past tense and worked on our editing skills. Next week, we will be planning our letter that we will be writing to a family friend or relative, to showcase the incredible grammar, vocabulary and punctuation that we have learned this year.

In Geography, we reminded ourselves about the different maps and why we use them. We went outside and made a 3D map of the route the Jolly Postman took, then acted out the story. Thank you to Nora for being an excellent narrator! We have started to map out our classroom and create a key for some of the features. 

The children have been learning about the importance of following instructions in our ICT lesson, which is an introduction to algorithms. I was particularly impressed with the speed that most children are able to log in with – this is a huge improvement and allows us to get through more learning within the lesson. Many thanks to everyone who has supported their child in learning to type in their password!

We continue with our phonics and reading daily. We are concentrating on the alternative spelling of different phonemes in phonics, as well as learning to read and spell tricky words. 

Stanmore’s Got Talent

At the end of each academic year, the children are invited to audition for Stanmore’s Got Talent, to be held in the school hall.

Each class will be holding auditions, with the children voting which act they would like to send forward (1 act per class). If your child (or a group of friends) would like to audition, that would be great! We ask that we have no fighting or wrestling acts, and acts must be suitable to be performed safely on the school stage.

Breaking News!

Juniper Class have won the £100.00 prize for selling the most raffle tickets! Many thanks to everyone who has supported this. The money will be spent on the class party which will be on Monday 22nd July in the afternoon. A letter about the arrangements for the end of term and class parties will be issued shortly. 


Dates for your diary

Thursday 11th July – Meet your child’s new teacher straight after school. The teacher will be in their current classroom.

Friday 12th and Monday 15th July – INSET days 

Tuesday 16th July – Ukulele concert in the hall. Exact times to be confirmed, but the provisional times are doors open 2.15pm, Y1 concert from 2.20pm – 2.40pm, Y2 concert from 2.40 – 3.00pm.

Thursday 18th July – Stanmore’s Got Talent class auditions (Y1)

Friday 19th July – stamped addressed envelopes to a family friend or relative to be handed in today

Friday 19th July – Trays cleared and PE kits sent home (please bring in a large, named carrier bag!).

Monday 22nd July – Home learning due in (map of your route to school)

Monday 22nd July – Stanmore’s Got Talent (morning), class parties (afternoon)

Year 1 - resilience and persistence paying off

The Year 1 children have shown resilience and persistence in their learning this week. We have had an exciting time, despite Sports Day being cancelled, and have had some fantastic experiences!

In writing, we posted off our books of spells to the witch, who paid us a visit to say ‘thank you’! She was very impressed with the children’s instruction writing, and even made one of the spells in a beautiful round bottle! We have started to recap on our grammar ready to write some stories for the Year 6 children. We have been practising the prefix ‘un’, contractions and the use of exclamation marks.

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Multiplication and division has been on the maths menu this week. Many of the children are becoming fluent in these calculation strategies, and are able to prove their answers using equipment and in different presentations, such as the bar model or the part-part- whole model.  We are looking forward to revisiting fractions next week!

In science, we conducted an experiment to find the most suitable material to make a new bag for the Jolly Postman. This included prediction skills, planning and carrying out the experiment and writing a conclusion. It was pleasing to see so many of the children using scientific language during their experiments.

In phonics, we are looking at the alternative pronunciations of different letters (ea/ie/ow and er), as well as learning to read and write tricky words. We are now resetting spellings on a Thursday, to be tested the following Wednesday. 

Have a lovely weekend!

Year 1 - the weather won’t stop our learning

Phew – what a wet week it has been, but hopefully the weather looks brighter for the weekend! Happily, Year 1 have bought the sunshine into their classrooms with their enthusiasm for learning. 

In maths, we have been learning about the inverse in addition and subtraction which we can use to check our calculations. The children have shown their working out using the bar model, part-part whole models and a number line. 

In writing, we have recapped on some of the grammar we leant earlier in the year (plural suffixes ‘s’ and ‘es’ and using a noun phrase). We have been exploring amazing alliteration and using it to bring our writing alive. The children have demonstrated their understanding of these grammar skills by planning and writing some super new spells for the witch in The Jolly Postman book; I hope that she enjoys reading and using them!

We are starting a new geography unit on our local area. To start us off, we have been looking at different types of maps, including aerial photographs. We explored an aerial photo of Stanmore and had fun identifying some of the features we could see, including our school!

In ICT, we have continued our work on pictograms; the children have used data to create their own pictograms of farm animals and have started to learn how to interpret the data shown.

We have enjoyed our ukulele lesson – the children are able to strum and pluck as well as sing along to their tunes. We are very much looking forward to performing to you at our ‘Listen To Me’ concert on the penultimate week of term. 

The children have been busy practising for Sports Day on Wednesday 19th June. They will either be sprinting, skipping, in the ‘egg and spoon’ race or in the sprint relay and competing for their house (Kingfisher, Lark, Heron or Buzzard). We are very much looking forward to a fun-packed morning of racing on Wednesday – fingers crossed for good weather!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Year 1 - comparatives, superlatives and senses

Phew – what a week we have had! 

We hope that you have enjoyed the bagels; they seem to have been a success in Year 1 so far. The children have come in quietly and sat sensibly on the carpet to eat and getting on with their early morning work when they have finished. We serve bagels at 8.40am to 8.45am to allow the children time to finish and get ready for their day of learning.

In maths, we have been using the ‘part part whole’model for addition and subtraction. The children have used equipment to help their understanding and have recorded the related addition and subtraction number sentences. We are looking forward to revisiting multiplication and division next week. 

In English, we have been learning to use comparatives (longer, shorter) and superlatives (longest, shortest) in our writing. The children used their skills to write a ‘Guess Who’ information sheet for their friends to play. We have also been learning about the third person singular (he runs, she washes), and the appropriate suffix (‘s’ or ‘es’ ) to use. This forms the English homework this week.

We explored our senses in science, naming the sense, body part, and how it helps us to understand the world around us. Yesterday, we created some ‘sensory mats’ from items round outside and in the classroom, and thought about how animals use their senses to survive.

Both Juniper and Maple classes loved their first ukulele lesson – we are looking forward to performing to you all at the end of the summer term (date to be advised). 

We continue with our reading and phonics work daily. 

Thank you to everyone who has practised their computer login typing at home. Juniper class were all logged in within 5 minutes, which is excellent! We were then able to spend additional quality time in our ICT lesson. 

We hope that you have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend!

Year 1 - Happy Easter!

This half term has simply flown by and here we are – at the end of our second term together in Year 1. The children have stayed focused on their learning this week, as well as enjoying events such as the spring concert and a very entertaining Easter assembly, run by Mrs Laver. 

We have finished our ‘chick’ art project – the children were so proud of their work. They worked very hard in each of the sessions to independently create their chick and making it the best that they could. The finishing touches were added on Thursday, along with a ‘birth certificate’ for each one.

In maths, we have been working on using non-standard units to measure length and height. We had great fun drawing around a partner and seeing how many straws, felt tips and Dienes high they were! We also worked on thinking about how long some tasks might take (a clap, writing a sentence, watching a film), and sorting them into hours, minutes and seconds. We also compared time (hours, minutes and seconds), and asked questions like, ‘Is ten seconds longer or shorter than one minute?’. To end the week, we have been exploring turns (quarter, half and three-quarters), and used our knowledge to give ‘robot’ instructions to a partner. We also looked at turning ‘tiles’ into patters and describing the turns that we made. Many of the children found this quite tricky, so if you are able to have a go at home, that would be great!

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We have finished our ‘Oi Frog’ poetry and enjoyed sharing it with the children in Year R. Our poems have made a super display outside Juniper Class, which many children have stopped to look at and read the poetry. Fantastic work, Year 1!

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 In RE, we have been continuing our learning of Remembering- sad then happy, by learning about the Easter Story. After listening to the story, the children created a timeline of the events of Easter week, identifying when those involved would have been sad and then happy. We thought about the messages that the story gives us today, and the importance of Easter to Christians. 

The children loved performing at the Recorder concert on Tuesday; very many thanks for being a wonderful audience! Next term, we will be learning to play … that’s a surprise for after the holidays!

We continue with our phonics and guided reading daily. Many of the children have moved book bands this week – congratulations to you all! We hope that you keep reading and enjoying books over the holiday.

Next half term, our topic will be ‘When I grow up’. As part of the topic, we will need each child to have a named, empty, clean and dry 2l soft drinks bottle with the original label removed (lid needed too!). Please bring these in after the holidays.

We will also be thinking about the different jobs that people do. A letter will shortly be coming out to request parent/carers/family members to come into the classroom and talk to the children about their job. This only has to be for approx. 20 minutes or so, and if possible, we would like to hear information such as what you do, if you need any special equipment/skills/training/clothes and the best thing about your job. Very many thanks in advance if you are able to help!

We would like to wish everyone a lovely, relaxing Easter break!

Year 1 - Chick-loads of fun!

Creating feathered friends

Creating feathered friends

The penultimate week of the term draws to a close, and the children have had a feathery ending! Juniper and Maple had a wonderful time this afternoon creating their feathered friends, which they will be bringing proudly home in time for Easter! 

As well as our DT activities, the children were extremely excited to wear their pyjamas and onesies to school today; happily, no-one fell asleep in class…

Investigating 3d shapes

Investigating 3d shapes

In maths this week, we have enjoyed learning about 3D shapes. We have worked on identifying and naming 3D shapes, exploring their properties and working out how we could sort them, justifying our reasoning. Next week, we will be moving onto measure, using non-standard units to measure height and length, as well as exploring seconds, minutes and hours. We will end our unit of measure by learning about turns and using our knowledge to explore the school grounds!

We have now planned and written our animal poems, which we will be publishing on Monday. We look forward to performing them to Year R later in the week! The children have worked extremely hard on including plural nouns and prepositions in their work – we await the final results!

In RE, we have started to think about the Easter message, and exploring sad and happy feelings. We have shared a lovely book, ‘Badger’s Parting Gifts’, by Susan Varley, which stimulated conversations about when we have been sad and then happy. Next week, we look forward to hearing the Easter story and learning about it in more detail.

The children have been busy practicing for their recorder concert on Tuesday 2ndApril in the school hall. Year 1 will be performing from 2.20pm – 2.40pm approx.., and Year 2 from 2.40pm – 3.00pm approx.. The gate by the school office will be open from 2.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you.

As always, we enjoy our phonics and reading daily. 



Recorder concert: Tuesday 2nd April in the school hall. Year 1 will be performing from 2.20pm – 2.40pm approx.., and Year 2 from 2.40pm – 3.00pm approx.. The gate by the school office will be open from 2.15pm. 

Home learning: Due on Monday 1st April please. Thank you to those who have already returned theirs. 

When I grow up topic: For this topic, each child will need a clean, dry 2l plastic soft drinks bottle with the top on and label removed (labelled with your child’s name). To be bought into school after Easter please. Thank you!

PE kits: These will be sent home this week for the holiday. Please could you check that your child’s plimsolls/trainers still fit, as several children say that theirs are too small. Many thanks.