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Welcome to Year 1!


In Year 1 the team is Miss Hunt, Mrs Smith, Mrs Wallace, Miss Hanham, Mrs Tovey, Mrs Turk and Mrs Walsh.

This week (08.10.18) we have:


  • Read the book 'Peter Spier's Circus.'
  • Used the words 'and' and 'because' to add extra information and detail about pictures from 'Peter Spier's Circus'.
  • Developed our understanding of numbers in both words and numerals.
  • Ordered numbers from smallest to greatest thinking about how these numbers are made.
  • Carried out an investigation on balance and thought about what it would be like to be a tightrope walker.
  • Looked at 'The Clown Egg Register' and designed our own clown faces.


This week (01.10.18) we have:


  • learnt to order and spell the days of the week
  • developed our understanding of naming words (nouns) and completed some activities about nouns
  • created our own brightly coloured split pin clowns 
  • used signs and symbols to write our own piece of music and then played our compositions with untuned instruments
  • thought about and identified our different senses and how we use them





We are really excited to be starting Mathletics at Birdwell! We hope you have all found your child's sign-in details inside their reading record, written after the last diary entry, so that they can access Mathletics at home. It works on a tablet, computer or smartphone but if anyone is unable to access the site, or if your child was away last Friday (28.09.18), then please let us know.


This week we would like the children to become familiar with the programme and have a go at the maths games. We will then begin to assign tasks from next Friday.


Each Friday the children will be set some tasks to complete on the site. As well as this, children can access other games and activities to help improve their confidence and fluency in maths.

We are sure the children will love this new way to explore number and other areas of maths.


This week (24.09.18) we have:


  • learnt to read and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words.
  • explored the language to compare such as greater and less than, fewer, bigger, more, equal to.
  • used the picture book 'Clown' by Quentin Blake to retrieve information and make inferences about the text.
  • used un-tuned musical instruments to help us create rhythms linking to words from the circus.
  • identified and named a number of parts of our body thinking about how we use them with a focus on how we would use them if we were circus performers.
  • used dots, made by the end of paint brushes, to help us complete a circus performer template to create our own George Seurat style painting.

Terms 1 and 2 Outdoor Learning

Please could your children make sure that they have their wellington boots and a coat every Friday (starting next Friday 21st September). We will be taking advantage of our incredible outdoor space, enjoying a story in the Conservation or Forest Area, with a team building game to end.


Book bags

Please could you make sure that water bottles are not put in book bags to avoid spillages. Also please can you make sure that any large items they wish to bring are carried in a separate bag as the book bag boxes have only limited space. They can then hang the separate bag on their peg in the cloakroom. 

Many thanks for your support.

This week (17.09.18) we have:

  • read The Circus in the Sky and used our step 2 and 3 phonemes to spell words.
  • written in short sentences thinking about finger spaces and keeping our writing on the line.
  • been thinking about 1 more and 1 less of numbers.
  • been working on our number orientation.
  • used paint in different ways.
  • thought about what it would be like to be in a circus (through writing, speaking and role play).
  • been to the forest school area and used our senses.

This week (10th September) 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

We have;

  • had an amazing WOW day where, amongst other things, we had a visit from Tom the circus performer, became circus performers, made clown face biscuits and turned our faces into clowns with funny noses and hair.
  • been learning to count forwards and backwards from any given number.

  • read the story ‘The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus’ and used pictures to help us write sentences. We have focussed on finger spaces, writing on the line and capital letters.

  • compared things found at a circus in the past and present day.

  • have looked at the work of George Seurat (who painted a famous picture of the circus) and used our fingers and paint to make different marks.

  • have listened to different songs and sounds from the Circus.

  • used our outdoor sand and indoor circus tent areas and costumes to imagine that we are performers in the circus!

Welcome to Year 1!


In Year 1 the team is Miss Hunt, Mrs Smith, Mrs Wallace, Miss Hanham, Mrs Tovey, Mrs Turk and Mrs Walsh.


We hope you all have a lovely summer. We are all really excited about the term ahead.


For the first week of term we are getting to know each other and developing our team work skills.


We are then moving on to our new topic which is all about the circus - 'The Greatest Show on Earth.'


Please find below our topic web, home school links and some other resources and activities which you might like to use at home.

Transition from Reception to Year 1


When in Reception, Tapestry is used to record observations that then help assess your children against the EYFS curriculum. Tapestry also allowed fantastic regular opportunities for individual and visual feedback between school and home.


In Year 1 the children follow the National Curriculum and assessment is carried out in a different way. However, we still take lots of photos of the children's learning!


From Year 1 onwards the children still enjoy a thematic curriculum where learning experiences are linked across subjects. We share the children's learning at the end of each short term in the form of a 'Celebration of Learning' and 'Photo story'.


For the first few weeks, as part of our transition, we will post a short weekly update about some of the activities that we have been doing. We hope that this will encourage a dialogue between you and your child about their time in school that week.




Week 1: All about me and team building


Check ins

Collaborative play activities (peg board patterns, fine motor sorting, building, sand and water tasks)

Painted self portraits

'All about me' drawing/writing

Plasticine modelling (with a specific focus)

Class contract chats

Values leaves (with how we will be great members of our class 'team')

Lots of opportunities to play and get to know each other






PE Term 1

Both classes will both have PE on a Monday and a Friday this term. Please ensure children come to school in PE kit on both these days.

As the weather becomes colder, please ensure that they are suitably dressed.


If you would like your child to have milk at school, please order it from the school office as it is not provided, without payment, after Reception.