Year 1

Welcome to Chestnut and Pine classes

The teachers in Year 1 are Sharon Casey (Pine) and Sidra Mir (Chestnut) 

  • Please see the attached newsletter for what your child will be learning about in the  Spring term 
  • And here is what they looked at in the Autumn term: Y1 curriculum letter

See the pictures from our fantastic infant show here.


This week’s reporter was Eva. She said: In maths we have been learning about tens and ones as well as teenage numbers. We have been practising for the infant show. I love the horse dance that we do!”

Our class reporters were Chengiz and Grace.

Chengiz said: “In maths we have been learning about tens and ones. We have been also practising for our infant show. And in English on Tuesday we learnt about the diagraph. Also in Spanish our teacher picked some children to act a Spanish story that we read tres (it means 3) times. And on Thursday we had Mr Hogan (our music teacher) who taught us some music games like ‘I know when the pitch goes down!’ “

Grace said: “This week we have been learning about Monet who painted the Water Lily Pond. We have also been drawing it and painting it. We have also been learning about 10s and 1s and we are grouping them in tens.


Our first class reporters were Jiashunang and Harry.

Harry said: “We have been learning about tens and ones in maths. For example 36 has 3 tens and 6 ones. I’ve been pulling and pushing in science.”

Jiashunang: “She remembered Ten Zone Ones which is numbers like 10, 20, 30 up to 100. She also learnt about 3D and 2D shapes and explained that a pentagon is like a house. There was an interesting activity called ‘We are all different’ where the children dipped their thumb in ink and printed it onto a balloon to see the fingers are different with other children.” 

These are pictures of some of the diyas the children made for Diwali. We used clay to sculpt the diyas and then painted them and added glitter. The children took the diyas home each with a tealight inside to light up.

Here are some of the maths we did from the first half of the Autumn term. The children did sorting, grouping, one more/less, ordering, greater than/less than, part whole and addition facts​.

Over the last school term Year One have been very busy with two Learning Projects.  The first was ‘Arrrrgh Pirates’.  We focused on ‘Class Three at Sea’ and other pirate related fiction and non-fiction books.  We wrote labelled pirates, wrote letters, wrote senses poems about hat it feels like to be a pirate, wrote a re-count of our pirate curriculum day and wrote about our favourite part of the story.  The children acted out pirate role play.  On our Pirate Curriculum Day we had a fashion show showing off our pirate costumes.  We made fruit salad pirate ships, pirate map pizzas, went on a treasure hunt and discovered chocolate gold coins.  The children ended the day with pirate tattoos.  In art we drew pirate ships and painted and made collages.  We also made treasure chests out of clay.  We celebrated different religious festivals including Diwali where we made clay diyas and wrote about the Nativity Story.  

Our second Learning Project was ‘Animals’ where the children learnt about living and non-living things, how to classify animals according to their diet, for example, herbivore, carnivore and omnivore.  We learnt about different animals families including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, birds and insects.  We made modroc animals and then went on to make habitats for them using shoe boxes.  We also visited London Zoo where the children had a chance to see a variety of animals from around the world.

In keeping with the festive season the children sculpted soap as a gift, they made a stencil and used it to make their own wrapping paper.

Over the term in maths we have focused on numbers to 10.  We looked at one more and one less than a number, we explored which numbers were greater and smaller numbers.  We identified odd and even numbers and learnt that numbers are made of different parts.  We learnt the part part whole model and the four addition facts.  We also learnt how to work systematically to find all the possible answers for number bonds up to 10.  wee learnt to subtract in different ways by taking away and counting back and finding the difference by counting on.  The children also learnt how numbers are related to each other through addition and subtraction.

For PSHE we watched the film ‘Inside Out’ in order to understand that we all have feelings such as joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.  The children learnt that it’s okay to have different feelings at different times and each feeling is important however how we react to them has consequences and we need to think about them before we act on them.  We made feelings charts that are displayed in the classrooms where the children are free to move the arrow depending on how they are feeling at that present time.  The adults also made one too so the children understand that adults have feelings too!  We also did lots of different activities based on the feelings characters film.

We look forward to another very busy term in Year One.

This half term Year One’s Learning Project has been about Animals.  We learned about different animal families, whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.  We read story books about animals such as ‘Oi Dog’ and ‘Oi Frog’ and ‘Class Two at the Zoo’ as well as reading non-fiction books about different animals around the world. The children also had a chance to visit London Zoo. They thoroughly enjoyed the trip especially seeing the sleeping tigers, the mother gorilla being greedy and not sharing her food with her baby and an unusual animal called an okapi.  

The children thoroughly enjoyed the aquarium, the reptile house and watching the penguins duck and dive in the water.  We finished off our Learning Project by making animal habitats out of boxes and modroc sculptures of our favourite animals


Year one made lovely displays about the pirate project.  They did some lovely writing and collages

They have also displayed some of their maths work on subitizing (Subitizing is the ability to ‘see’ a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting. Subitizing is what tells you what number you roll on a six sided dice)

They enjoyed a great trip to London Zoo and have displayed the writing they did about the animals.

ARCHIVE – see what Y1 got up to last year

Year One have been learning about Traditional Tales.  We have read several traditional tales and looked at alternative versions.  We have hot seated the main characters and role played the tales too. We have enjoyed changing the endings of the stories as well as settings and characters.  At the end we had a traditional tale dress up day where we came dressed as our favourite characters.  The children had a fashion show and described their characters.  After we made picnic food and ate our picnic in the sunshine.

You can see pictures from the infant show here.

Infant show (2)

Our Y6 Digital Leaders have been reporting on what the children are doing each week. Here is their report:

  • They have been doing traditional stories about Triton the Greek hero.


  • Maths – Chestnut were doing halving in quarters and they were also focusing on days and months of the year.
  • English – They also were reading a book called The Deep Dark Wood and writing their own versions
  • This week in ICT Y1 have been playing games on the interactive whiteboard. They are games that help them to understand more, like maths or English games. In maths, they have been learning how to add and take away. They have been practising for the infant show, ‘The Snail and the Whale’. In English, they have been writing their own version of ‘The Naughty Bus’and illustrated it.


Year One had a fantastic time dressed as pirates for their curriculum day. They enjoyed a range of activities linked to their pirate learning project. First they had a fashion show showing off their costumes and their pirate poses and phrases. Then they received a letter giving them the first clue of the treasure hunt. They followed a series of clues around the school that finally led them to Mrs Hassan’s office where they found a treasure chest full of chocolate gold coins! They spent the afternoon making treasure map pizzas and finished the day with tattoos. The children did some excellent writing about their pirate day in their English books.

We have been very busy this term. See what we have been up to.

This attachment will show you the Holly Park End of Year 1 Expectations.

Y1 Expectations

Mrs Fitzpatrick ran a meeting (which was very well attended) to explain to parents about the Y1 curriculum and what the children were expected to achieve in maths and English by the end of the year.