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Class 1B 2020 - 2021

Mrs Bateman

Welcome to Year One

Mrs Bateman and Miss Marshall

We have been talking about the 4Bs.

If we follow these 4 school rules we will keep our school a happy and safe place to be for everyone.

Days to remember 

Monday bring in reading books to change (keep Reading racetrack books at home) PE - Please make sure PE kits (black/navy shorts, white T shirt and black pumps) are in school.

Tuesday (alternate weeks) return library books

Wednesday PE - Please make sure PE kits (black/navy shorts, white T shirt and black pumps & trainers until Whit half term) are in school.

Thursday talk topics will be set in the pupil area of the website. Please login to complete. Last week's talk topics will be checked.

Friday bring in reading books to change and reading racetrack books, signed 4 times.



It has been so lovely to see you all back in school again. It has been strange not seeing everyone on a small screen!

We have had a fabulous first week back and I have been so impressed with how quickly we have all got back into the swing of things. I have added a gallery of a few highlights from this week, so please have a look!


8.3.21 This week in phonics we are recapping our Phase 5 sounds ay, ea, ie and aw.


11.3.21 Miss Freeman (our English lead) has shared a video of the correct formation for the cursive letters. This is attached. It may be useful if you wish to have a look.

forming cursive lowercase letters



15.3.21 In phonics this week we are recapping our Phase 5 sounds ue, e_e, i_e.


26.11.20 This week in phonics we have been recapping our Phase 3 digraphs and completing some assessments. We will be sending home copies of the sounds and words that we need to keep working on before the holidays.


24.11.20 Today the children had their flu immunisations. They were all very brave and left smiling! :)

We also visited the library and now have a new library book to keep for 2 weeks. Please return on Tuesday 8th December, when we next visit the library.


20.11.20 Today we painted our diva lamps. They are now looking very bright and colourful. After they have been quarantined, we will bring them home as a reminder of one way to celebrate Diwali.


18.11.20 Today Mrs Johnson popped in with the fantastic news that we had won the reading racetrack trophy after an AMAZING 100% of us moved 8 or more times around the track. Well done everybody and KEEP READING!!! :) :) :)


17.11.20 We had great fun in our music lesson today. During the listen and appraise part of our lesson we looked at how songs are put together. It was great fun listening to the classic hip hop track Me Myself and I by De La Soul...it took Mrs Bateman right back to her childhood and made her feel very old!! We got very good at identifying the verse, chorus and instrumental solos in the music. We even correctly identified the saxohone, drums and synthesiser parts.


17.11.20 As part of our RE work on Diwali, we made diva lamps out of clay. We learned how to pinch the clay to shape it into a pot and then smooth the edges so that it wouldn't break when it dries out. When they have dried we will be painting them. Watch out for the gallery coming soon to see our work.



11.11.20 Today the children were really respectful during our 2 minute silence at 11 o'clock. We talked about why we wear poppies and what they represent. We also read some poems about poppies and thought about how they make us feel.



6.11.20 A HUGE thank you for your fantastic efforts in reading. I am so proud to say that every single person in our class has moved 6 times around the reading racetrack and completed their first lap. You have really earned your prize 1B so well done. Mr Redmond even popped in to say well done. KEEP READING!!! :).  :).  :)

I think that trophy is going to look very good in our classroom in January if we can keep this up!




This week in phonics we are learning the sounds

ar,   or,   ur,   ow   

We are practising reading and writing words with these sounds in.



This week in PE we started to learn our Magic Toys Dance. We imagined that we were one of the toys asleep on the shelf in the dusty old toy shop. We came to life when the magical moon beam opened the magic chest. When we had come alive, we moved around the toy shop in the style of our chosen toy. We were soldiers, fairy dolls, clockwork mice, robots, teddy bears, elephants, and baby dolls.  See if you can tell your grown up which toy you were.



This week in phonics we are learning the sounds

er,   ear,   air,   ure   

We are practising reading and writing words with these sounds in.



Today we had lots of fun for Treat Time. All the tokens we had collected added up to give us 3 hours of treat time (which we used over Thursday and Friday) so we did some gardening, had hot chocolate, dressed up, decorated biscuits and watched Room on the Broom as well as lots of free choice time to use our areas of provision.  It just goes to show "Success comes through personal effort" See some of the fun we had in the gallery.




We helped out Mr Moulton by clearing some of the lockdown weeds from the Key Stage 1 eco beds (made from the eco bricks children have made). There was lots of digging, raking, weeding and pulling to be done. We were rewarded by finding some potatoes in the beds from earlier in the year. We had lots of fun getting muddy. We all had some hot chocolate to warm us up then went for a walk through the school grounds. We looked out for signs of autumn and even found some apples in the orchard. It was a great morning! Have a look at the gallery to see us in action.




This week in phonics we are learning the sounds

oa,   oo,   oo(u),   oi,   

We are practising reading and writing words with these sounds in.




This week in phonics we are learning the sounds

ng,   ai,   ee,   igh,   

We are practising reading and writing words with these sounds in.




This week in phonics we are learning the sounds

w,   qu,   ch,   sh,   th

We are practising reading and writing words with these sounds in.



This week in phonics we are identifying the short vowel sounds in words. We are also learning the spelling rule for using

ck,   ff,   ll,   zz,   ss   after a short vowel sound. 

(eg. dress, fuzz, clock, hill, glass, sniff) We are practising reading and writing words with these sounds in.



This week we have had lots of fun learning in lots of different ways. 

In our areas of continuous provision we have been:-

-counting, doubling and comparing in our dough area...

-retelling our favourite stories in the reading den... 

-listening to some of our favourite stories and following the words in the book in the Listening centre...

-setting up our very own school in the role play zone!..

and that's just when we were "playing"!


We have also started to complete special challenges set by Mrs Bateman whilst in our areas, such as:-

-making a book with our very own name as the author and including illustrations and a story or information in the Writing Area.

-using the magnifiers to look closely at things in the classroom to decide which one is best in the Investigation Station.

-decorating our names, to help us recognise and remember how to spell our surnames with lots of different materials in our Creation station. 

-completing a daily maths challenge (this week about representing numbers in different ways and counting on and back).

-creating a special place for our mini me's to visit in the Construction Area.


As if that wasn't enough, we also took our learning outside and used our magnifiers to complete a nature scavenger hunt in the wildlife area. It was a lovely afternoon in the sunshine and we found most of the things on our lists!


We also had our very first PE lesson which due to the rain had to be in the hall. So we practised lots of fun warm up games like being a butterfly and making a pizza! Then we played some games that would be good to play on the playground.


What a busy week it has been! We should all sleep well this weekend after our first full week in Year One! - even Mrs Bateman and Miss Marshall! ;) 


Reading Racetrack 


Every Friday the children need to bring their reading racetrack books into school for us to check how often they have read. If they have read 4 or more times in a week they get to move their car around the reading racetrack. Please just date and sign so that it is easy for us to check.


6 moves around the racetrack means that they have completed a lap and have earned a prize.

Each term the class with the most laps completed gets to keep the trophy.

At the end of the year there is a very special treat for children who have completed the maximum number of laps!

As well as being great fun for the children, this also provides encouragement for them to read as regularly as they can. This helps to maximise the progress that they make in their reading.


Welcome Back! 


We had a fabulous first day together in Year 1 today. Have a look at our gallery for some of our highlights!

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