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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Hello from Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Holman,

We wanted to send you a letter to let you know that we are thinking about you and your families and we hope you are keeping safe and healthy.


Home Learning Packs

We hope that you enjoy working through the packs with your parents and look forward to hearing about what you have been doing with your families when we see you soon. Please remember you can contact us through the school email if you have any questions.


Daily Tasks

As well as your learning packs, we will also be adding daily tasks onto the class page. Please feel free to complete these in any way you wish and we will make sure these are fun and practical for you to do together. Mrs. Hunt will be posting tasks on a Monday-Wednesday and Mrs. Holman will be posting tasks Thursday-Friday. These will include all areas of learning including spellings. We will also be looking out for any exciting websites that you can access from home and will be putting some links on the class page. Here are some we have found already:


www.twinkl.co.uk – Free join up and resources available to download.

www.phonicsplay.co.uk – Free join up! Lots of games aimed at Phase 5.

www.topmarks.co.uk – Lots of lovely free games for most areas of the curriculum.


https://mumsdotravel.com/2020/03/how-to-explore-londons-top-museums-from-home/ - explore London Museums at home!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nrtd2/episodes/downloads - History of the world podcasts

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ - Explore the world from home!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/preview?fbclid=IwAR2lN47dK-NtjWUJUPchpdxJSS_kvqLn2kTa_Oa3g1WWvEIZGiEEZ1J4KoQ&pru=AAABcQQzAQc*j_OXW40DQiYeT7z8bagfiA – Virtual zoo tours!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=K6r99N3kXME&app=desktop – PE with Joe Wicks!

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/?fbclid=IwAR3TBFi91-dQa06dGztyZ5leTPyBQIod4jEnVUhH3-ENo8GW93ruVU7CpAo – Lots of free resources for many subjects!

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ - Lots of fun games for math’s and English




It won’t be long until we are all back together as one big group of friends ready to learn, play and have fun together. We are still working behind the scenes planning new exciting experiences ready for this time.


Great Kimble Community...We are all in this together.



Mrs.Hunt and Mrs.Holman

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to the Year One class page. Our class teachers are Mrs Laura Hunt and Mrs Helen Holman. Mrs Hunt teaches   Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Holman teaches Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.

We hope you all had a relaxing Half Term. We have a very exciting and busy second half of the term with so many events and activities taking place! During our first week back there is the WOW afternoon with the class hosting their own ‘Transport of the Future’ Exhibition.  Also both Mrs Hunt and Mrs Holman are looking forward to meeting up with parents to discuss their children’s progress during Parents’ Evening. In week two we have a whole school Maths morning on Monday 2nd March. The children will work in mixed year groups and carry out a range of fun investigations and problem solving activities. During the week we will be holding a book Fair to promote reading and on Friday 6th March we will be dressing up as our favourite Roald Dahl character for World Book Day.  During week three the children will enjoy carrying out a range of activities in the afternoons during British Science Week.  In week four the class will be going on our next school trip on Wednesday 18th March to the Oxford Bus Museum to enable the children to study bus, car and cycle exhibits, photos and artefacts displaying two hundred years of road transport.  This will really help them to find out about how transport has changed throughout history and consolidate their recent learning about travel and transport. Then towards the end of the term the class will be taking part in a Cross Country competition on 24th March. 

This half term, we will be asking the children “The weather changes all the time … How do we change?”  This question will feed into all areas of the curriculum to enable us to get really involved with this enquiry question.


In English we will be...

Reading, retelling and adapting familiar stories; The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch, Rosie’s Hat, The Sun and the Wind, The Cloudspotter, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. We will be exploring a range of non-fiction texts linked to our topic and creating a non-chronological report based on the weather.


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

Please continue to read with your child on a daily basis and try to encourage comprehension skills as well as de-coding skills in the books you share together. The children will be consolidating Phase 4 and progress with Phase 5 Phonics, focusing on alternative spellings. We will be working with the children to help them apply their phonic skills to their writing in English. Common exception words are available on the website. The children will have a spelling list sent home each week on a Friday which will reflect the phonics they have learned, and they will be tested on these the following Friday. Please also focus on letter and number formation at home.


In Maths we will be...

Focusing on identifying and solving problems involving 2D and 3D shapes.  They will be using arrays and sharing circles to solve one-steps problems involving multiplication and division.  The children will be solving problems involving position and direction.  They will also be investigating length, mass and capacity.


In Science we will be...

Identifying the four seasons and matching the months to the correct season.  The children will investigate the season of Spring; identify the months within it, signs of Spring and how it affects daylight, the clothes we wear, animals and plants in the local area.  We will also carry out long term observations in our Weather Station area.


In addition to all of this we will be developing confidence in using laptops; to start and shutdown devices, use simple applications and save work. In DT the children will be designing and creating their own lunchbox, then testing and evaluating their products. In RE we will be discussing what makes Jesus a leader and recognise similarities with other leaders.  The children will be sequencing and retelling the Easter Story and we will all be looking forward to attending the Easter Service on the last day of term.


A full breakdown of this term’s topic web can we found below on the attached topic web for Spring Two.


General Information

  • Our school day starts at 8.45 a.m. Please ensure that your child is in the playground by this time for registration. Children arriving after 9.00 a.m. will be marked as late.
  • P.E. is on Wednesdays and Fridays and P.E. kits need to be in school at all times. Every fortnight there will also be an additional Sports session on a Monday afternoon with an Inspire Sports coach.
  • We will be visiting Smokey Row on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has named wellington boots in school and a suitable coat as we will be going, even in inclement weather!
  • Home Learning will be given out over a two week period. The Learning Logs will go out on a Friday and should be returned on a Thursday.  Their homework will comprise reading comprehensions to develop their ability to answer questions about what they have read.
  • Our Christian value this half-term is 'FORGIVENESS'.


We hope that you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to pop in and see us at the end of the day if there is anything else you would like to know. We are looking forward to a fun and interesting term.


Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Holman


Useful Websites

Year One Learning Journey

Science - We do love to investigate in Year 1! We have been extending our topic on 'Materials' by planning and carrying out an investigation into 'What Materials will Float or Sink?' The children decided on the choice of materials, decided on how to carry out a fair test and wrote up their experiment. We then talked about our findings and wrote an evaluation. It was so much fun!

Maths - We have been looking at Number and Place Value. The children took part in an Investigation where they had to solve clues based on all their previous learning. They used their skills in oracy, metacognition and growth mindset to solve the tricky challenges. We then shared their findings to the class. Year 1 are true Math Masters!

Art - During the Spring Term we have been studying various artists under our topic 'Colour Chaos' The children have been exploring primary, secondary, tints and shades of colour. Here are some of our creations based on the work of Mondrain and Rothko.

Year 1 - History 'Transport through Time'. The children have been enjoying learning about transport throughout history. We looked at how the Vikings constructed their Longboats and we had a go at making our own.

Art - Self-Portraits

Maths - Shape Investigation: The children worked in groups to sort 2D shapes in as many ways as possible and shared their criteria with the rest of the class.

English - Drama: The children worked in groups to act out a scene from 'Eliot Midnight Superhero' The children then performed their scenes to the class.

PSHE - Health and Wellbeing: We talked about the importance of keeping our mind and bodies healthy. The children came up with lots of ideas on how we can do this. We recorded it on a class mind map.

History - Florence Nightingale: The children enjoyed researching the important work that Florence Nightingale did. We made lamps and compared Florence to modern day nurses.

Science - Our Senses: The children carried out a range of experiments to explore our senses. We also did some research using non-fiction texts and shared what we had found out with the class.

Thank you letters to the builders & architect.

Mrs Mafuta's nurse visit

Year One had fun making and decorating festive gingerbread men to take home and enjoy eating.

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