Ms Wood is the class teacher for 1 Haydn.
Spring 1 2023-2024
This half term has flown by, although it has only been 5 weeks we have crammed in a lot of fantastic learning! In English we have looked at 3 different books from the same author- John Burningham. We started off with Courtney and loved exploring a new type of poem, acrostic poems. It was a lot of fun making up ones using our own names as the title. We have also looked at the Magic Bed and Simp. Our writing has improved such a lot since Christmas, our brains and hands are getting very strong! Alongside English we have been consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 20. We started off looking at each “teen number” and now we are looking at addition and subtraction using these numbers. We are really good at using counting cubes, tens frames and number lines to help us. We can now explain what the correct answer is but also how we know.
Next half term, we can’t wait to show you our work in our “Seasons and Weather” exhibition. Science and Geography have been closely linked as we have studied the four countries of the United Kingdom and the weather patterns we can observe. We even learnt how to present data in a graph! When exploring the United Kingdom and specifically Scotland we learnt lots of interesting facts. Did you know that Edinburgh is built on an extinct volcano?
We have been so lucky to explore a farm, build castles in a DT workshop and even connect with our partner school in Spain. We looked at some photos of their school and had so many questions about what life is like in school there. We wrote a long list together and can’t wait to hear back from them.
Autumn 2 2023-2024
We have had an incredibly busy half term in Year One. The children have a wonderful attitude towards learning, with an enthusiasm for discovering new knowledge. We have written a vast range of non-fiction pieces in English. We have explored fact files which really embedded our passion for animals and a strong desire to share facts. We have also written a biography of Helen Keller and a set of instructions on “How to decorate a Gingerbread Man.” All that alongside our maths where we have been consolidating our number knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction. We have studied how addition can be commutative and how numbers are linked in number fact families.
This year we celebrated Bonfire Night. We were lucky enough to have an expert visit us and teach us all about the significance of Guy Fawkes and what happened on the 5th November all those years ago. Then it was International Week, where, in Year One, we learnt all about France. We already had some experts in our year group so it was lovely to see them sharing ideas with their friends. We looked at the French Painter Seurat and painted our Parisian scenes with dots just like him. We celebrated our learning with a French Party where some people were very brave and tried new French foods.
In our curriculum lessons, we have explored the animal kingdom and how to support domestic animals in our homes, as well as starting to discover history and learn about all the disciplinary skills we need to become historians. We got to go on a trip to the National Portrait Gallery where we looked at how portraits can also teach us about the past. We also visited a church which was a wonderful way to explore the Christian culture. And of course, this term has also been busy getting ready for our nativity, Honky Tonky Donkey! We were delighted to perform it to so many of you and felt so proud of all our hard work.
Autumn 1 2023-2024
As we go through our first half term in Year One we are all so incredibly proud of how all the children are settling in. New routines have been established and everyone is fully aware of the expectations and rules of the school. The children are sitting beautifully, they move sensibly around the school and line up quickly and quietly.
In our classes we are all feeling extremely proud of what we have achieved so far. We have learnt lots of new sounds in phonics. This has helped us with our creative writing and English work. In English we have been studying the lovely story, Peace at Last. As I’m sure the children will have told you, it is a story about Mr Bear who can’t find a comfy, quiet place to sleep. We have used this story to write diaries, character and setting descriptions. In Maths we have been working on our knowledge of number and place value. We have now started on our addition and subtraction skills and looking at different methods to solve number problems.
As the classes are finding their confidence and individuality at school, it is important to discuss diversity. We celebrated just this with a special Creative Write session where we considered what makes us unique and if differences in how we look should impact how we treat others. This has tied into our science topic of the 5 senses. We have learnt that although our eyes, skin and different features may look slightly different our bodies all work in the same way. In Geography we have learnt all about map making and what makes a successful map. Our learning about spatial sense has allowed us to make more sense of the world around us.
In Year One we had our first DT day where we were learning about textiles. We had an amazing time making sock puppets and refined our fine motor skills whilst we were at it. These butterflies have now “flown” home so we hope they are still being enjoyed there.
The week of the 9th October was Charities Week. We loved learning about Guide Dogs and how amazing and clever dogs can be! Did you know it takes two years of training for a puppy to become a working guide dog? We all had a lot of fun getting sticky decorating our biscuits and were so excited to meet Upton, a real life Guide Dog.
Summer 2 2022-2023
We have had an amazing final term in Year 1, looking back to the autumn you can see just how much the children have all grown and how much progress they have made. Everyone is feeling very ready for the new challenges ahead in Year 2, not to mention a long relaxing summer holiday!
Our term started with Healthy Lifestyles week. We danced, we ran, we balanced we even hula-hooped! It was a lot of fun. Our favourite moment was the carnival where we represented Venezuela and Columbia with our flags, pink dolphins, orchid headbands and troupial bird puppets. However, we also loved sports day and the children felt so proud to take home their well-deserved medals.
After Healthy Lifestyle Week, we really kick started our "Bee Musical" rehearsals so we could BEE ready in time. We loved all the jazzy songs and learnt all the lyrics in record time. Once the big day arrived we got dressed up in our incredible costumes and were so brave to perform to such a huge crowd. Again, it was great fun and a real highlight of our year.In such a busy term, we managed to squeeze in two school trips, Kew Gardens and St Paul's Cathedral. We were lucky to have such a beautiful day at Kew, the sun was out and the gardens were spectacular. We were able to become plant hunters and find out about some of the trees planted there. Do you know sap is like the blood of a tree, transporting the nutrients to the branches and leaves? St Paul's was such a treat too, we got to visit the actual staircase Paddington was filmed on- we were very sensible and didn't slide down the banisters like him- some of us did think we could smell marmalade though.
Last week was Science Week which gave us the chance to do experiments, explore the human body in Explorer Dome and hear from some of our extremely knowledgeable, scientist parents. What a fantastic end to our incredible year together!
Summer 1 2022-2023
This half of term in Year One has been a busy and exciting time!
We celebrated the King’s Coronation with our very own street party – it was such fun! We had wonderful weather, food and games. We also visited the Holland Park Synagogue as part of our contextualised curriculum. It helped us further our understanding of Judaism. Shakespeare dress up day was great – even Mrs Tauchert and Ms Cooper got involved and came as William Shakespeare and Titania from A Midusmmer Night’s Dream. We had a fantastic two weeks learning all about William Shakespeare and his work. We had a brilliant workshop from Adrian who taught us all about A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After all that fun, we then had two weeks where we used film to help us write some incredible stories – one focusing on a villian’s origin story which was brilliant. We got to visit The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace to add some context to our understanding of Kings, Queens and Leaders in History. That was an amazing trip – we even saw some of the famous Windsor Greys. Lots of us killed teachers because we didn’t want homework! We were really inspired. In Maths our understanding of groups of equal numbers, fractions of shape and quantities started to become really embedded. All in all, it has been a brilliant half term! Our Year One clubs of Arts and Crafts have also been very busy this term – we made butterflies in Arts and Crafts and performances really started to come alive in Performance club.
Spring 2 2022-2023
Over the Spring Term we have been exploring our new Science topics of Electricity and Plants. These have provided us with brilliant opportunities to work on our scientific enquiry skills: in Electricity, we constructed circuits and made observations and predictions of what happens when additional components are added; in Plants, we conducted an investigation to find out which factors are the most important for seeds to grow. In Geography, we have learnt about the different countries that make up the British Isles. We noted the different alliances within the isles, for example Great Britain and the United Kingdom. We have used atlases to help us create our own maps that represent geographic information, both human and physical. We also made a comparison between London and Cape Town and noted the similarities and differences between these two cities on opposite sides of the world from each other. In History, we remained in the British Isles with the Tudor Dynasty. We were extremely interested in learning about the differences between how the rich and the poor lived and how that compares to present day. Additionally, we were thrilled to visit Hampton Court Palace – the home of King Henry VIII – and to take part in numerous workshops around the topic. These topics provided us with a wealth of knowledge to show off in our English writing, which included and instructional text on how to construct a circuit, a biography of Henry VIII, and an information text on the lifecycle of a plant. A big highlight of the term was Reading Festival week. We were busy with workshops, theatre performances, and dressing up as our favourite characters. It was also exciting to be able to show parents and carers all the work we’ve been doing during the open morning and our History Festival on the Romans and Tudors.
Spring 1 2022-2023
We have had a very busy term in Year One –it has flown by! We have created some amazing writing based around the works of John Burningham alongside consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 20. In Science we got to explore seasons and the weather. We even learnt how to present data in a graph! In Geography, we explored the United Kingdom and learnt lots of interesting facts. Did you know that Edinburgh is built on an extinct volcano? In PSHE Day, we explored healthy choices and made fruit and cheese kebabs. They were delicious and it was lots of fun. Our lunchtime clubs have been loads of fun too with pompom making with Mrs Tauchert and performance with Ms Cooper. We can’t wait for next half term.
Autumn 2 2022-2023
We have had an incredibly busy half term in Year One. The children have grown in confidence and it is wonderful to see how their attitude to learning is flourishing. We have written an amazing range of non-fiction pieces in English and consolidated our number knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction. We have written a biography of Helen Keller, a book review of Peace at Last and a set of instructions. In math’s we have explored how addition can be commutative and how numbers are linked in number fact families.
In our curriculum lessons, we have explored the animal kingdom and how to support domestic animals in our homes, as well as starting to discover history and learn about all the disciplinary skills we need to become historians. We got to go on a trip to the Design Museum where we looked at the fantastic art of the surrealists. This term has also been busy getting ready for our nativity, Honky Tonky Donkey!
Autumn 1 2022-2023
Autumn One has been a brilliant first term for Year One. We are so proud of how everyone is settling in to their new routines. The children have all grown up over the summer holidays and are now able to sit beautifully on the carpet, move sensibly around the school and line up quickly and quietly.
In our classes we are all feeling extremely proud of what we have achieved so far. We have learnt lots of new sounds in phonics. This has helped us with our creative writing and English work. In English we have been studying the lovely story, Peace at Last. As I’m sure the children will have told you, it is a story about Mr Bear who can’t find a comfy, quiet place to sleep. We have used this story to write letters, diaries, character and setting descriptions. In Maths we have been working on our knowledge of number and place value. We have now started on our addition and subtraction skills and looking at different methods to solve number problems such as the part, part whole method.
The week of the 10th October was Charities Week. We loved learning about Guide Dogs and how amazing and clever dogs can be! Did you know it takes two years of training for a puppy to become a working guide dog? We all had a lot of fun getting sticky decorating our biscuits!
This term we have also been really lucky to get to go to Forest School. Here we have learnt how to look after nature, be creative with our natural crafts and safely make fires- we even baked some apples on it. Forest School is perfect for developing the children’s gross motor skills as it gives them the opportunity to climb, run, jump and explore the tree swings. It is a lot of fun.
As the classes are finding their confidence and individuality at school, it is important to discuss diversity. Towards the end of this half term we have been celebrating just that. We have been looking in class about what makes us the same and what makes us different. This has tied into our Science topic of the 5 senses. We have learnt that although our eyes, skin and different features may look slightly different our bodies all work in the same way. In Geography we have learnt all about map making and what makes a successful map. Our learning about spatial sense has allowed us to make more sense of the world around us.
Summer 2 2021-2022
Summer 2 was a brilliant term here at Southfield, and a fantastic way for us to mark the end of Year 1.
The Summer 2 half-term began with our Phonics Screening Test, and we are so proud of the amazing results achieved by the year group. The children have worked diligently at their phonics all year, and it was amazing to see the fruits of this in these results!
Week 1 and 2 of this half-term were also busy because of our Jubilee Week (Week 1) and Healthy Lifestyles Week (Week 2). From garden parties to painting wind chimes, Zumba to boxercise, these were two action packed weeks and the children had a whale of a time during both. The Sports Day was a particular highlight of our Healthy Lifestyles Week, and we were very proud to see each and every child taking part, trying their best and – most importantly – having fun!
Our much anticipated trip to the Natural History Museum was another highlight of the Summer 2 half-term, as we all had a great day out learning about the past. The children took part in the dinosaur-themed ‘Super Stegosaurus’ workshop, where they had the privilege of getting up close and personal with the famous Dippy the Diplodocus.
In terms of our curricular work, ‘Materials and Magnets’ was the theme of our Science work this half-term, while the children learned all about ‘Parliament and Prime Ministers’ in our History lessons, which proved to be more topical than we might have anticipated at the beginning of the term! We covered a range of different non-fiction themes in our English work this half-term, while in Maths the children continued their work on multiplication and division, before moving on to Measurement. Length, Weight and Capacity were the focuses of this work.
Overall, it has been an unbelievable year in Year 1. We are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing group, where each and every child brings something special and different to our Year 1 family. As teachers, we are so proud of how the children have grown over the year. We will miss you all, but can’t wait to see you all flourish in Year 2; Ms Tamber and Ms Kemp are lucky to be getting such a wonderful group.
Summer 1 2021-2022
The children were incredibly excited for our first school trip of the year to Kew Gardens, and it did not disappoint! From the tube journey there and back to the fun in the ‘Children’s Garden’, the children had an amazing time in what was an action-packed day! The children took part in a fascinating ‘Plant Scientists’ workshop, where they learned all about the amazing variety of plants which are housed in Kew Gardens, from the different parts of plants to the ways in which different plants disperse their seeds. ‘Plants’ was the theme of our Science work this half term, so it was amazing for the children to have the chance to see in reality what they had been learning about in class.
In terms of our curricular work, ‘The Seven Continents’ was the theme of our Geography work, while the children learned all about ‘Plants’ in Science, as was mentioned above. Dyan Sheldon’s The Whales’ Song was this half term’s class text, and this wonderful book acted as a brilliant context around which to centre our English lessons. Maths saw us continue our work on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, while the children were also formally introduced to multiplication and division for the first time.
Spring 2 2021- 2022
This has been an action-packed half-term for Year 1!
Science Week and the Reading Festival were two major highlights of the half-term, and the children hugely enjoyed throwing themselves into the events, workshops, experiments and dress-up days that came with those two weeks. Our World Book Day dress-up and the ‘Explorer Dome’ during Science Week were two particular highlights!
We also hosted our very own History Exhibition, where the children were able to showcase the learning they have been doing on our ‘Kings, Queens and Leaders’ history topic. We showed the parents what we have learned about monarchy as an institution, about Queen Elizabeth, about the controversial King John I and about the Magna Carta. Huge credit must go to the children and parents for the amazing History projects which were completed over the half-term, which the children were so proud to display in our exhibition!
In terms of our curricular subjects, we have been busy in both English and Maths this half-term. In English we have been focusing on non-fictional writing, and the children have produced book reviews, information reports, biographies and newspaper reports to name but a few! In Maths we have been learning about the inverse relationship and how to count in multiples of 2 and 5.
Spring 1 2021-2022
We have had another busy half-term in Year 1, in which the children have really worked hard and excelled in all our different curricular areas. Our English work this half-term has been centred around our class text, The Magic Bed, by John Burningham. Using this book as a springboard, we have written letters, diaries, acrostic poems, adverts, character descriptions and postcards over the course of the half-term. In terms of grammar, we have been focusing largely on verbs, adjectives and exclamation marks this half-term. The children also had the opportunity to further express their creativity in our Creative Writing lessons this half-term. As usual, we used a book as the stimulus for these lessons, with Jack and Nancy, Mister Magnolia and A Huge Bag of Worries being our texts this time around. In Maths we have continued our work on addition and subtraction this half-term, while also learning about 2D shapes, 3D shapes and the greater than and lesser than symbols. Our Geography theme has been the United Kingdom, and we have learnt lots about England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the UK as a whole. In Science, meanwhile, we have been learning about ‘Seasons and Weather’. Our work on this theme has been greatly enriched by the ability to use the school’s Science in the Natural World Wildlife area. In our final week of the half-term, we had our RE, PSHE and Computing days. Our RE day explored Christianity, while our PSHE day centred on the subjects of Diversity and Safety. In Computing, we completed the ‘We are Digital Artists’ unit, where the focus was on creating work inspired by great artists.
Autumn 2 2021-22
In Year 1 this half term in English our writing has been non-fiction based. The children wrote in a range of genres, including book reviews, reports and information leaflets. Our History and Science lessons provided inspiration for this written work, thereby linking our writing to the knowledge which the children had already gained. Alongside their usual English lessons, we will also continued to teach our bi-weekly Creative Writing sessions, where the storybooks ‘Dinosaur’s Day out’, ‘Room on a Broom’ and ‘Zog’ were used to spark the children’s own creativity. In Maths we have been identifying and representing numbers using different pictorial representations, placing numbers from 0-100 on number lines, and learning addition and subtraction number bonds facts. In History we have been learning about the past, our own family tree, Mary Seacole, and archaeologists. We have learnt about animals and their needs in Science and we now have a clearer understanding of animals needs and how to describe and group animals according to their features and diet. We also found out about how to look after pets. In the penultimate week before the end of term we had an RE day where we learnt about different creation stories. We acted out some of these stories and found out which religious traditions they belong to. We then wrote about the importance of the world and why it is important to care for it. We also had a PSHE day where we set a goal for ourselves, we learnt what ‘voting’ is and carried out a class vote, we looked at the importance of keeping clean and the use of medicines, and also explored what ‘bullying’ is. For our computing day we have been working on our computing unit ‘We are TV chefs’ to create simple clear steps to follow (an algorithm) for a recipe. We used different features of a video camera to record a short video about making a pizza(1H)/burger(1R).. During this unit we have been developing our collaboration skills and discussing our work to think about how it could be improved.
Autumn 1 2021-2022
The children in Year 1 have been working very hard this half time, and learning a great deal across all the different subjects.
In English, we have been using the story Peace at Last to write a character description, a diary, a short narrative, a letter and a poem. We have been working hard to remember to use capital letters and full stops in the correct places and include adjectives in our writing.
In Maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards across 100. We have been working to make sure we are writing numbers correctly. We have also been finding one more and one less from a given number.
In Geography, we have been learning about what makes a good map and about the compass points, North, South, East and West. We have learnt about our body in Science and we now know even more about our five senses. In the last week before half term we had an RE day where we learnt about Judaism and the Synagogue.
We also had a PSHE day where we learnt about healthy living, healthy eating and how to keep our teeth healthy.
Below are links to our Welcome meeting and current curriculum overviews.