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Over the next three weeks, we are going to be studying traditional tales in English. This week, we are focusing on The Little Red Riding Hood.


The children worked really hard to identify lots of adjectives (describing words e.g. the fierce wolf), verbs (actions words e.g. skipping) and fairy tale language (e.g. Once upon a time and happily ever after) within the story.


Can your child find any adjectives, verbs or fairy tale language in their books at home?


After reading The Little Red Riding Hood as a class, the children had a go at acting out different scenes within the story. This drama activity really supported the children's understanding of all of the characters within the story and the plot (story line). This will really support the children when writing their own version of The Little Red Riding Hood later this week.


Today we had a special visit from the local Lollipop man Paul. Yesterday the children used our 5 question words; who, what, where, why and when, to write lots of interesting questions about the lollipop man's role in our local community. The children were really excited to interview Paul and he gave the children lots of tips on how to keep safe such as holding onto our grown up's hand, standing on the pavement not the kerb, waiting for the lollipop man to wave at you so you know it is clear to cross, and walking sensibly across the road. The children then sang a Road Safety song with Paul to help them to remember all of the important facts they learnt about keeping safe when travelling to and from school.

15/11/18 - Phonics Meeting

Thank you to the 14/30 parents who attended one of our three Phonics meetings yesterday. This was an informal meeting to demonstrate to you the way we teach your child Phonics with some resources to help you support at home. As promised, we have attached the PowerPoint so you are able to remind yourself of the terminology etc.


Any parents that were unable to attend are welcome to the resources, if you ask a member of Y1 on the door, we will ensure the pack goes into your child's book bag.


Thank you again for your continued support, it is so important to your child's education


Y1 Staff


Today in phonics, we focused on alternative graphemes (alternative ways of writing) for the same phoneme (sound). This week we have been learning that the digraphs ai and ay and the split digraph a_e all make the long A sound.


For example:

ai in pain

ay in today

a_e in cake


Today the children worked in groups of six and organised different words containing the long A sound into the correct column on their sheet.


Can your child find any of these long A sounds when reading their books at home?


As part of our topic 'The only way is Hornchurch', we have been learning all about people who help us in our local area. This week we have been focusing on the role of a lollipop man. The children thought of lots of verbs to explain what the lollipop man does as part of his role e.g. helping people to cross the road, wearing a fluorescent jacket, stopping the cars, etc.


Today, the children worked in groups and wrote questions in preparation for our interview with the local lollipop man. They all worked really hard to include all 5 of our question words; who, what, where, why and when. The children came up with some really interesting questions and are excited to find out all about the lollipop man's role in our community.

13/11/18 - Phonics Meeting for Parents

Please do not forget to attend our Phonics meetings tomorrow. We have offered 3 different sessions, 9.15am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm. Unfortunately, as this will be held in a classroom and we will be limited on space we are unable to allow toddlers and younger children to attend. This meeting is to give you an overview and insight into how we teach your child Phonics in school and the government expectations for the end of Y1 to help you support at home.


We strongly recommend you attend this meeting if you are able to and thank you once again for your continued support.


Y1 Staff


This half term our topic is The only way is Hornchurch. As part of this topic, the Puffins have been writing lists of all of the people who help us within school and within our wider community. In English, the children wrote questions to ask different members of staff about their job role. The children tried hard to remember to use question marks and use all 5 question words; who, what, where, why and when. The children then went into the hall and interviewed Mrs Morris about her role as a headteacher, Mrs Matthews about her role as a midday assistant, Mrs Millar about her role in the office, Mrs Golden about her role as a teaching assistant and Mr Prouse about his role as a caretaker. The children really enjoyed finding out lots of interesting information about each member of staff's roles and their contributions to our school.

08/11/18- Diwali dancing video

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Today the Puffins completed a dance workshop with Darren in celebration of Diwali. They learnt two styles of dance; classical Indian and Bollywood. The girls were given beautiful scarves to dance with and the boys focused more on stretching their arms to create strong, powerful movements. The children had a wonderful time learning these choreographies and Mrs Orr and I were so proud of their efforts today.


This week in Maths we are focusing on Money. Today we practised naming and ordering the coins and added together the values of 1p, 2p and 5p coins. The children really enjoyed the practical lesson and they did such a fantastic job at adding together different totals.


This half term our topic is "The Only Way Is Hornchurch". We will be learning all about our local area and community. Today, the children discussed what form of transport they use to get to school. They then drew their routes to school.


Today your child will bring home their lines to learn for the class assembly which will take place next Tuesday (6th November). The children do not have to memorise these lines as they will be able to read these on the day but please practise these lines whenever possible at home over the next week to ensure your child reads as confidently and fluently as possible. Thank you for all your support!


Well done Puffins! You have completed your first half term in Year One!



Maths- Today, your child will bring home their first piece of maths homework focusing on number bonds to 10 e.g. 0+10, 1+9, 2+8, etc. Please complete this sheet with your child and return to school on Monday 29th October.


Spelling- The children will also take home the 44 Year One Common Exception Words to have a practise of reading and spelling at home. The children will be tested on all 44 words when we return to see if they can beat their score from September.


Reading- Please continue to read at home whenever possible over half term. I have also listed some online reading games below if you would like to further support your child's segmenting and blending skills. - Phases 2 and 3


Thank you for all your support! Have a wonderful half term!


This week, the Puffins have been learning their number bonds to 10 (0+10, 1+9, 2+8, etc.)


Today, we played a game where the children had to write down a number smaller than 10 on their whiteboard and then find someone to match with to make 10.


Tomorrow, the children will take home their first piece of maths homework for Year 1. This is to be completed for Monday 29th October when we return to school.


As part of our 'This is Me' topic this term, we have been learning a lot about how to take care of our bodies. We have been discussing the importance of healthy eating and exercise and completing lots of activities relating to these themes. Today, the children made their own delicious fruit salads in Design and Technology and also completed a fruit sorting activity in Computing.


Thank you so much for all of the wonderful Harvest donations! The children have been really excited about their contributions and it is wonderful to see how enthusiastic they are about helping others.

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In maths we have been learning about measuring. We learnt that each cube of multilink is 1cm long so we used lots of cubes to practising our non-standard measuring skills before using rulers to practise our standard measuring. The children measured their length of our bodies, their hands and feet, the lengths of different pictures and the lengths of some plastic measuring worms. The children also used a software called Its All About Length on the computers. The children really enjoyed all of the activities and were very good at remembering to write cm for each measurement. Well done Puffins!

02/10/18 - Mathletics and Reading Eggs Meeting

Thank you to those of you who attended the refresher meetings.  If you were unable to attend and would like a copy of the information sheets, please put a note in your child's yellow diary. 

Just a reminder, on our school website under Parents Information, Useful Information, there is our school Calculation Policy.  Please refer to this when supporting your child at home.

Thank you for your continued support

Y1 staff

26/09/18- October Parents Evenings

Thank you to everyone who has handed in their parents evening slips. Please do not worry if you still need to bring in your slip, however, unfortunately, due to popularity, all time slots between 1.30pm and 2.50pm on Tuesday 16th October have been allocated already on a first come, first served basis.


I have had to allocate the 9 times slots betweeen 1.30pm and 2.50pm on Tuesday to the first 9 slips I received, so if you also asked for one of these time slots, I have tried my best to offer the earlier after school appointments on Tuesday where possible.


Once we have received all reply slips, we will aim to send home letters with your allocated time slots next week. If you have any problems or queries regarding your allocated time slot, please see me and I will try my best to allocate a more suitable time.


Thank you,

Miss Boardman


Today we had our first History lesson! We learnt that the term history means anything that has happened in the past, whether it was something that happened yesterday, or something which happened millions of years ago!


In talk partners, the children discussed any famous historical people or events they already knew. Some of the ideas the children came up with included: The dinosaur extinction, the Ice Age, the Great Fire of London, the Vikings and the Romans, and the building of the Egyptian pyramids!


Today, we focused on our detective skills. We had bags of pictures on our tables of objects that belonged to someone and the children had to use their detective skills to guess what the owners of the bags might do as their job. For example, one table had a bowl, wooden spoon, ingredients and cupcake cases in their bag and the children guessed that these items belonged to a baker.


The children then drew and coloured in their own mystery bags based on what they want to be when they are older. The children loved this activity and it was really interesting to find out more about the children's interests and aspirations!


Today the Puffins continued designing their own self portraits in computing. We used a software called My World 3 and the children practised their clicking and dragging skills by selecting facial features to reflect their own appearance. The Puffins have enjoyed using this software so much that a lot of the children have asked to use it during their decision time as well. It is wonderful to see how passionate they are about developing their computing skills. Well done Puffins!


This week we have been learning all about the human skeleton. In science we labelled the skull, spine, ribcage and femur/thigh bone. Then in art we drew our own skeletons using black card and white chalk.


Reminder- Please read at home every night with your child and sign and date their reading record. Mrs Orr checks the yellow reading records every morning and unfortunately if your child has not read at home, they cannot change their book the following day. Also, if the children do not read at home every night in the week, they will not be able to go out for extra play time on Friday afternoon and will instead have to stay in the classroom and read during this time. We understand if there are genuine reasons for not reading on the odd occasion such as if your child was unwell, however, please do encourage your child to read every night as this will really support their learning in Year 1.


Thank you for all of your support,

Miss Boardman and Mrs Orr


Our topic for this term is 'This is me'. Today, some of the children began their own self-portraits on the computers, whilst other children continued their self-portrait drawings using pastels and wool.


In English, we have continued our topic 'Rhyming stories'. It is wonderful to see the children becoming more confident at locating rhyming words within each story.


Can the children find any rhyming words in any of their own books at home?


I have also linked our class rhyming game below if the children want to play at home.


Today in maths we continued our work on addition. We practised our number formation and practised forming our own number sentences using the dominoes and number cards.


The children use 100 squares to support their addition work. I have linked the online version below if they want to practise at home.

14/09/18- Reading Eggs and Mathletics


Today, your child will bring home a username and password for Mathletics and Reading Eggs. These will be on two small cards inside their reading packets. Please ensure these stay within your child's reading packet following use at home so they don't get lost. Your child can access both Mathletics and Reading Eggs using the web link on the cards or by downloading the Mathletics and Reading Eggs apps.


Please support your child when first accessing these apps/websites as unfortunately the logins are quite difficult but cannot be changed.


As your child begins to feel more confident, please encourage them to login as independently as possible as this will support their pace when using these apps at school.


On Fridays, we check as a class which children have been using the apps and the children who have achieved online certificates will be able to put a picture of themselves up on the schools' Mathletics and Reading Eggs display.


Thank you for all your support.


Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Year One Meet the Teacher Meeting on Wednesday. For those who were unable to attend, a pack has been sent home today with some information about your child's class and the Year 1 routines and expectations. I have also listed some of the key points from the Meet The Teacher meeting below.


  • Labelling- Please ensure all of your child's uniform, coats, PE kits, water bottles and packed lunch boxes are labelled so the children can find their things easily and can avoid taking home anyone else's things.
  • Our PE day is Tuesday and Swimming day is Thursday- Please ensure your child has the correct kit on these days and any earrings have been removed.
  • Green word books- The children will be bringing home green word books with 6 words which they did not recognise during our reading assessment last week. Please practise reading these words with your child but please do not write in this book. We will give your child new words on a weekly basis.
  • Blue spelling book- Every Friday your child will receive 5 spellings to practise throughout the week in preparation for testing the following Friday. Again, please do not write in this blue book as the children will need to use it in school.
  • The school doors close promptly at 8.55 every morning so please ensure your child is on time for school as children can often feel unsettled if they are late.
  • Home time is at 3.20- Please be ready to wave to your child if they are by the door as sometimes the children cannot see you and we are still trying to learn your faces.


Thank you very much for all your support and if you have any questions, please speak to us.

Miss Boardman and Mrs Orr


Another wonderful day in the Puffins! The children have been settling in brilliantly and are learning our Year One routines very quickly!


Today in maths, we focused on counting. The children used the dominoes and number caterpillars to practise their number formation and addition.


We have had a fantastic first day in Year 1! The children came in excited and ready for the new year! We learnt all about our morning jobs; completing the self register, putting our packed lunches on the trolley, putting our dinner tickets in the box and finding our own pegs and trays. Please make sure your child's jumper is labelled as these can be hard for the children to find on the pegs if unlabelled.


Also, our PE day is Tuesday and our swimming day is Thursday so please ensure your child has the correct kit on these days. Thank you!


After completing all of our jobs, we had decision time. The children played together brilliantly and really enjoyed their first day together.