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We had a lovely day learning all about Italy. We found out that Italy looked like a boot on a map and that the capital city is Rome. We found out about some famous landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Coliseum as well as finding out about Venice and Pompeii. We tried some Italian food, the pizza was very popular, the olives less so! 



This week we have been looking at maps and finding out about Keys and symbols . Next week we will be trying to draw our own maps. Maybe you could have a practice at this at home by perhaps drawing a map of your garden , route to the  park, a room in the house or anywhere else. 

We have continued learning  about how paper is made and learnt the word pulp. Maybe you could ask the children if they can remember what this is or anything about how paper is made. How. Any different things can you find made out of paper can you find around the house? 

We have been learning about how we can help others if their Harvest fails. We have also started learning a. We song to Thank you to God. 

We learnt how to use the IPad to take and delete photos, as welI taking selfies. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos the children took. 




Thank you for listening to  the Year 1 meet the teacher meeting on Tuesday. If you could not make it then all the information should be in the booklet given out. If  have are any questions please let me know. This week we have started to think about Harvest. We talked about what Harvest and Harvest festival mean.  We went to see if we could find some fruit and  vegetables growing in school and the children were excited to go back and visit the Foundation playground for this. We found blackcurrants, apples, strawberries, carrots, pumpkins and beans. Maybe you have grown something at home and would like to share a photo with us of your Harvest.  

We had our first spelling test and the children did really well. Thank you for your support in helping them learn these. 

We have been drawing self portraits in art. I hope you enjoy looking at them,   I think they have done a really good job. You could see who you recognise from the pictures!

In science we have started our recycling topic by thinking about wood. We will be moving onto learning how wood is made into paper. You could see what wooden things you can find around the house.   

Looking for fruit and vegetables

As part of our Harvest topic we went to see if any of the seeds we planted last year had grown over the summer. We were excited to find beans, pumpkins, blackcurrants, apples and carrots. We were even more excited when Mrs Simm said we could have a play in the Foundation playground! 


Welcome to Year 1. It is great seeing some familiar faces and seeing how they have grown and I am looking forward to getting to know the children I didn’t have in Nursery more. This week has been our first full week in Year 1 and what a busy one it has been. As well as joining in with whole school worship now and continuing with daily maths and phonics, we have also started learning several different subjects.  We have started our Geography topic about Our School.  We have learnt the name of our school and talked about what an address is.   Maybe you could see if the children remember the name of our school. I set the children a challenge to find out their own address. If they haven’t already asked you about this maybe you could help them learn where they live. 


We have started an ongoing Science topic about Seasons, building on what the children already know. We went outside and saw that although many tress have green leaves some have started changing colour. We decided that it the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. We learnt about thermometers and took the temperature. It was nearly 30 degrees, it certainly was a very hot day!


We have also started listening to a song in our music topic called Hey You which we will be working on and appraising. The children seemed to really enjoy this song and you may hear the odd line or two from it added their singing repertoire in coming weeks. 


Our Christian Value for this half term is hope. We talked about our hopes for the year in terms of our class. Maybe you could discuss the children’s individual hopes for home and life with them.     


The children have got used to all the routines and are already becoming much more independent. All the children have been allocated classroom jobs. You could check they know what theirs is!


There will be a meet the teacher meeting next week on Tuesday at 4 pm. This will be via Zoom and I will put the link on Seesaw. I will be going over the curriculum and expectations for the Year as well as providing information on class routines and the Statutory Phonics Screening Check that children will take part in at the end of Year 1.  If you are unable to make the meeting I will send all relevant information and documents after the meeting.  If anyone needs a reminder of their Seesaw login please let me know as we will also be using Seesaw for Homework and notices this year.



This week’s certificates