Weekly Note w.b. 9th July

Dear parents/carers



On Monday morning the children will spend another session with their new class and Year 2 teacher.


Gardening Day

The children are looking forward to welcoming you on Tuesday. Please come suitably dressed as there is lots of weeding, clearing and planting to do. The children can still wear their uniform as usual. We also have some other outdoor activities which you can do with the children.


Many thanks

Year 1 team





Weekly Note w.b. 2nd July

Dear parents/carers



On Monday morning children will visit their new teachers again for a short story session. We hope they enjoy these opportunities to get to know their new teacher and classmates. There will then be one more longer session on Monday 9th July.



We will be working on sharing problems, using both practical resources and pictures to help children find the answer e.g. ‘Tom has 15 sweets. He shares them fairly with his 2 brothers. How many will they get each?’ 

We will also be counting both forwards and backwards in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and continuing number sequences

e.g. what comes next?

1, 3, 5, 7 …

34, 44, 54, 64…

95, 90, 85, 80…

Any work you can do on this at home will be very helpful.



The children are really enjoying our work on Captain Cook. We have found out about his discoveries of New Zealand and Australia, made Ta Moko masks and some aboriginal art work and researched Australian animals. Next week we shall be finding out where he went next!


Gardening Day

Just a reminder about our gardening day on Tuesday 10th July. Thankyou to all of you who have already returned a slip. We look forward to seeing you all.

If you have any gardening gloves or secateurs at home then it would be helpful to bring these in to use as we only have children’s sized equipment in school. We also suggest wearing clothes suitable for gardening. There is lots of weeding and de-heading, cutting back and planting to do. The children will also enjoy showing you what we are growing and how they use the resources in the garden.


Sponsored Swim Money

Thankyou for your support with the sponsored swim. Please could all outstanding sponsorship money be returned as soon as possible.


Hats and suncream

Please could we remind you that all children need to have a hat in school. If you apply suncream in the morning but would like your child to reapply this themselves at lunchtime (particularly after swimming) then please feel free to send in a named bottle for their own use. Please note that we cannot apply cream to children.



PE and Games lessons will continue on Wednesdays until the end of term. Please can all children bring in their kit on this day.


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Weekly Note w.b. 30.4.18

Dear parents/carers


We shall be returning to work on place value and reading, writing and ordering numbers.

In the next couple of weeks we shall move from the current Rainbow Maths Targets (doubling and halving) to new targets on addition and subtraction. You will receive a letter to let you know your child’s new targets.



We will be beginning some work on reading and writing instructions using a text called ‘How to Grow a Sunflower.’



Next week we shall be opening a ‘potting shed’ in the Discovery Zone. Children will be able to choose to plant cress, a bean or sunflower seed. They will need to work out how much it will cost them to buy their equipment e.g. pot, seed, soil before following the planting instructions. They will be able to bring home their seeds to watch them grow at home.



We have now opened a ‘self service’ cooking area in the Discovery Zone. We currently have a recipe which children can follow to independently bake one muffin. They are following the instructions and using spoonful measurements (2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of raisins, 1 teaspoon of butter and 30ml of milk) We are then baking the muffins and sending them home to eat.


Victorian Walled Garden

We have arranged a trip to the Victorian Walled Garden at Saumarez Park to find out about the plants growing in the garden and do some practical planting.

Mrs Bramley’s class – Friday 4th May

Mrs Boscher’s class – Thursday 10th May

Miss Horsepool’s class – Monday 21st May.

Each class will leave school on the buses at 9.15am and return by 11am. We will require at least 5 additional adults to accompany each class. Please do let your class teacher know if you (or grandparents) can help.


Visiting Author

Our Guernsey Patron of Reading Ann Bryant will be visiting us for a workshop on Tuesday afternoon. We hope that the children will be inspired by her passion and enthusiasm for reading!


Star of the Week

All the children have now had a turn at being Star of the Week in their class. Thankyou for all the wonderful photographs, show and tell items and stories which have been brought in. It has been lovely for the children to share their special interests and belongings with their class.

This term we shall be choosing 2 children per class per week. The children are invited to bring in some information about either a special place (in Guernsey or the world) or a special person or event in history. We shall then add their information to our class maps and timeline. They could bring in photographs, an information book, objects drawings or writing to help them talk to their class about what they have chosen.

When your child is chosen they shall bring home a letter with more information.


Sunny Weather

Thankyou if you have already sent a sun hat into school for your child. Please can we asked that these are named to reduce lost property. Your child is welcome to either leave a hat in their tray or bring it to and from school every day. Could we also remind you that suncream should be applied before school if possible as we are not able to apply this to children during the day.



A quick reminder that our library days have changed this term and are as follows:

Mrs Boscher – Tuesday

Miss Horsepool – Wednesday

Mrs Bramley – Thursday


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Weekly note (w.b. 19th March)

Dear parents/carers



We shall be continuing to work on money. The children will be applying their understanding of money by solving problems.



We shall be continuing our work on the story ‘Book of Butterflies.’ The children will be using their own ideas to innovate the story, choosing their own animal and describing words, for example they might write the story ‘The book of spiders.’


Reading Information Evening – Monday 19th March

We look forward to seeing lots of you for the information evening on Monday night at 7pm in the school hall. Our Literacy Intervention Teacher, Kelly Child will be leading the session and will outline useful strategies and activities you can do at home with your child.


Easter Service

On Wednesday the children will be watching the Year 4 Easter service in the hall.



Next Tuesday 20th March we shall be having a whole school photograph. Next Thursday we shall be having class photographs taken.


Spring Fayre

The Spring Fayre will be taking place on Tuesday 27th March. Year 6 will create a multitude of fun activities and stalls to raise money for their summer camp in July.

We would very much appreciate donations of used books and toys for the sale (these can be brought in next week and left by the swimming pool) as well as cake donations on Tuesday morning.

Infant children can be collected from classes from 2pm onwards. Juniors can be collected from 2.30pm.


Best wishes

Year 1 team



Following the decision to close schools due to the snow, here are some ideas of things which you might like to do at home to keep those brain cells working (once everyone has finished building snowmen and sledging down slopes!)


World Book Day

Curl up on the sofa, under the duvet or on a beanbag with a good book, magazine or comic.

Remember that re-reading a book several times really builds confidence and fluency. Challenge your child to become an ‘expert’ and read their book (or part of a longer book) to as many different people or in as many different places as they can!

The World Book Day website has a unique selection of audio excerpts of books to listen to – click here http://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/ 


Snow Pictures

Get snapping! We would love children to bring in their photographs showing us what they have been up to during the snow days.

These will be used in class for speaking and listening as well as a writing stimulus. These can be printed or emailed to your class teacher.


Snowball investigation

What can you do to stop a snowball from melting?

Challenge your children to make a set of snowballs and then think about what they could do differently to each one in an attempt to stop them from melting.

TIP – don’t make them too, too big! 

Some suggestions of variables to test are wrapping the snowball e.g. in foil or fabric, putting it under a plant pot, putting it in the shed, putting it in a sheltered spot of the garden etc.Try to encourage your child to explain what they think will happen to each snowball and which one will last the longest (this is what scientists call making a prediction)

Following on from our recent paper spinners activity, they will hopefully be able to talk to you about fair testing. What must be kept the same in order for it to be a fair test? (The snowballs should all be the same size and must be made at the same time)

Children could they record their results in any way they wish, but some suggestions are using annotated photos, making a video clip, drawing pictures or writing down what happened. You could help them draw a simple table with one column stating what they did to the snowball and another column either saying how long it stayed frozen or recording its size after a set period of time.

We would love to hear about what you found out!


Paper snowflakes

This is a great activity for practising scissor skills but is also good practise of folding paper. We shall begin working on fractions in maths soon and we will begin by using the language ‘halves’ and ‘quarters.’

You could introduce this to your child by folding paper shapes into half and then again into quarters, counting how many sections there are when you fold the paper open again.


Please continue the usual reading, practice of high frequency word boards and Rainbow Maths Targets (click here for target related activities). There is also the ongoing paper spinners challenge, Mathletics, Skoolbo and the new app Teach Your Monster to Read (see previous blog post from this week)

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school once the weather improves. Until then, wrap up warm and enjoy the snow!

Best wishes

Year 1 team


Author Visit – David Lucas

Today the author David Lucas came to visit us as part of Book Week.


He read the story of ‘Grendel – A Cautionary Tale about Chocolate’ and then taught the children how to draw Grendel using simple shapes. The children thought about what they might wish for if they were given three wishes like Grendel in the story.

David then showed the children how they can create their own imaginative story characters using combinations of words e.g. an ice and fire dragon, a robot tiger or a class princess.

The children have brought their drawings and ideas home with them and David has challenged them to continue working on these. If they develop their characters further or use their ideas to write a story it would be great to share these in class.

Just a reminder that on Friday it is dressing up day and we will be holding our second hand book sale. Any book donations will be gratefully received tomorrow or Friday and books will be on sale for 50p each.


Weekly Note – w.b. 5.2.18

Dear parents/carers

It was lovely to see some of you on our Discovery Zone open afternoons. We hope that you enjoyed sharing some learning with your child; they certainly liked showing you what they get up to!



We shall be working on addition and subtraction word problems which will allow the children to apply their adding and taking away skills and the language used e.g. ‘How many altogether?’ ‘How many left?’ ‘I got’ ‘2 more’ ‘5 flew away’



We shall be beginning a new Talk for Writing unit on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children will be learning the text using a story map and actions.


Book Week

Just a reminder that this week we are running the Readathon sponsored read.

On Wednesday afternoon we shall be having a visit from author David Lucas.

On Friday children are invited to dress up as a character from a book. We shall then be talking and writing about their characters in our literacy lesson.

Children can also bring in any old books to donate to our book sale along with 50p to buy a book if they wish.


Many thanks

Year 1 team