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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Weekly Learning & Class Gallery

Our Class Gallery

Each week we'll add photographs of our classroom activities and work to celebrate!

Welcome back Year 1 Yellow.  It's a new year and a new approach to our learning this half term.  We're reducing our time in provision areas and slowly introducing more formal learning opportunities along with an outdoor playtime with the children in Year 2 each morning.  How exciting!


As always a huge thank you to all of the parents who have connected to Class Dojo, we are still going to continue adding to the children's individual portfolios to showcase their learning, please click here to join now or if you need any assistance please ask a member of the Year 1 Yellow team.

Our learning this week:


The children have enjoyed reading our new focus text with Miss Sloan this week titled 'One Day on our Blue Planet in the Antarctic' written by Ella Bailey.  Click here to enjoy listening to the story at home.

Throughout the week we have discussed what we already know about penguins and the Antarctic.  Written sentence to define our key vocabulary from the text and on Thursday we explored what facts and opinions are before finishing the week by writing our own factual sentences about the Antarctic.

We have been learning how to subtract numbers within 20 using our partitioning method.  

To consolidate addition and subtraction to 20 at home click here to complete one of our suggested interactive games.

Miss Sloan and Ms Owen's group have been revisiting Phase 3 sounds this week focusing on segmenting words carefully to hear each individual sound clearly.

Miss Connor's group have moved onto Phase 4 phonics where their learning has turned to adjacent consonants and polysyllabic words, the children have been focusing on applying their learning through writing lists and sentences.

Please refer to the parent newsletter assigned on Google Classroom to consolidate further at home.

Polar Places: After learning that the Antarctica was located in the South Pole and is full of deep, thick ice and freezing conditions last week.  Are learning this week built on that and of our Materials knowledge by identifying and sorting what type of clothes a Polar Explorer would need.

The children discussed their ideas and opinions before drawing their chosen items and labelling them.  Warm, woolly hats, gloves and scarves were a popular choice along with lots of warm layers and waterproof coats and boots!

This week our Geography lesson was Oracy based, we discussed where we lived and what was around us in our local area on our route to school focusing on human and physical geography with our talk partners.  We then had the choice of using lego to create this or draw a simple map.

We are super lucky this half term to be taught Music by Mr. Hawkins each Thursday and yet again this week the children in Year 1 Yellow were amazing!

We continued our learning of how to move to the pulse of a piece of music and even learnt the names of notes; crochet, quaver and rest!  To finish our lesson we learnt a new song called Baby 1,2,3.

Stars of the Week were Emaan and Maria.  Well done to both.