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Tiger art- optional task

The manager of Stanley Square has asked for any children who would like to, to create pictures of a tiger for their Lunar new year tiger hunt. If your child would like to, they can create a picture of a tiger and we will submit it to the Stanley Square manager. 

What a wonderful week of learning! We have been exploring numbers up to 50 in Maths as well as writing all about Winter. ❄️

Week Beginning 17.1.2022

Happy Monday!

Due to rising numbers of Covid, we are keeping children in their classes this week. This means we are not running RWInc groups or Maths sets. Both of these lessons are going to occur in classes. Please note, this also means we have not set a RWInc book on Oxford Owl for your child to read.


If your child is isolating, our English is centred around the story "Owl Babies". This links to the history of school and Mrs Spencer, a former head-teacher who left us her beautiful owl carving. Please see below for links to the story and possible home-learning opportunities. 


This week in Maths, we are exploring numbers to 50. The children have enjoyed counting in tens so far to make different numbers up to 50. Please feel free to follow this link to play games and consolidate the children's understanding of numbers up to 50.



Owl Babies Activities (For children isolating only)

- Can you act out the story? What does each character say?

- Can you think about how each owl feels at the beginning, middle and end of the story?

- Where does the story take place? Who are the main characters?
- Can you re-tell the story? Can you write a re-count, remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces? Think about your beginning, middle and end.

- Can you spot the "ed" endings in the story? Can you make some sentences in the past tense?

- Look at the red words in the story- practise writing these: Once, there Thought, they, mother, one, gone, was,  Sarah, Percy, Bill

- Can you find out more about owls? Could you write an information/non fiction text about owls?

How did the Owls feel, speech bubbles

Spellings for this week can be found in the Spellings file above.

Handball fun! Year 1 were very lucky and had a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a handball session with a sports coach.

Measuring in Maths- Non-standard.

Year 1 COOL Time: We Challenge Ourselves to Learn

Happy New Year!

P.E. will continue to be on a Monday and Tuesday in the Spring term. Children will be having cricket with Toby on a Monday outside on the MUGA and gymnastics on a Tuesday.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!


Thank you to all our parents and carers for your support during what has been a challenging, yet successful first term. The children have settled in brilliantly and we cannot quite believe their first term in year 1 is already complete.


Thank you for your kind words, cards and very generous gifts and support in the run up to Christmas. We hope all our Springfield families enjoy and restful and peaceful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022!


Festive wishes from your Year 1 Team

Mrs Newell, Mrs Gardner, Mrs Houston, Miss Rundle, Miss Ryan, Mrs Carroll and Miss Houghton

Please enjoy our 'Year 1 Christmas Song' on Teams/Twitter.  Thank you for all your help with encouraging the children to learn the words and we hope it brings you some festive cheer!

Christmas grotto, Santa dash and Christmas fair

Photos from Goldfinch- December

Today we visited St Paul's church and chatted to Reverand Becky. The children learnt about worship in the Christian church and the importance for some people in being part of a religion. They had the opportunity to explore the beauty of St Paul's Church.

Token Treat!

As a reward for the children receiving enough tokens for their work on the Springfield school values, this Thursday will be our Token Treat morning, followed by our Church visit in the afternoon. The children do not need to bring anything in, we will be playing games and watching a Christmas film for their token treat. Thank you!

Nearly there!  Final weeks events!

  • Christmas Party Day Wednesday! Please come dressed in your party clothes ready to have some fun!
  • Christmas jumper and toy day Friday.  Please wear your Christmas jumpers and bring in your favourite toy to play with on Friday.


Church Visit - St. Paul's Sale

This Thursday, we will be taking the children to visit St Paul's Church as part of their R.E. learning about who is a Christian and what do they believe. The children will be walking as classes with their teacher and our Year 1 teaching assistants to experience the Church and how Christians follow the religion. 

Target Booklets

Your child will be bringing home a target booklet this week. There will be at least 3 targets highlighted (one for Reading, Writing and Maths). This is a follow-up to parents evening and shows what we are working on with your child at school. 



As the Year 1 team are currently trying to organise a way of sharing spelling scores with parents that does not involve sending the books to and from school, if you would like your child's weekly spelling score to be shared with you, please email 


Many thanks for your continued support. We hope you and your children have a lovely, restful weekend. 



Crazy Hair Day in Year 1!

Mastering Maths in Year 1 - Greater Than, Less Than and Equal To

Classifying Animals and COOL Time

Parents Evening 

Parents Evening is now this Tuesday 23rd November to Wednesday 25th November. You have the same slot you booked for last week. Calls will be made on Teams and your class teacher will call you (please do not call them as they will be on another appointment). 
We will be focussing on: 

How your child has settled into y1

Their next steps in English and Maths 


We will send home target booklets with your child's Maths and English targets during the week beginning 29th November.


What a fantastic week!

Well, what a week we have had. The children have been fantastic, we hope you are all proud of them as we most certainly are. 
We have had a brilliant time learning about animal classifications and then applying that to the animals that Lyndsay has brought to show us today. Here are some photos of our learning this week.

Our fabulous outdoor area awaits the children today...

Lest We Forget

Thank you PTA, parents and children for our bonfire cups. Fantastic!

Geography and Science - observing and monitoring changes in the weather and seasons.

Spelling Shed

We have had a large number of children unable to log into Spelling Shed. Please try by adding an _ in front of your child's name to see if it will work. EG _childsname.

We are sticking the logins in again but this is taking some time!

Parents Evening

Parents evening will be Tuesday 16th November- Wednesday 18th November.

This will be taking place on TEAMs. If you cannot access TEAMs you will need to let your class teacher know as soon as possible.

First week back

 Year 1 is always a busy place to be. This week we started our Geography and Science themes of weather and seasonal change. We are observing the weather over time which is our line of scientific enquiry and we have been looking for signs of autumn.
We also learnt about the festival of Diwali and our Hindu children shared first hand their experiences of Diwali. 

In Maths, we are working on subtraction and began a new government initiative with our local maths hub called “mastering number.” This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future. For more information please follow this link to the NCETM website.


Subitising fun!


Happy Diwali

We hope you have a lovely celebration!

If you are celebrating Diwali with your family this week, we would love to hear about it.  Please share photos with us, sending them to our year group email and we can share them with the class.  If your child would like to wear or bring  in and share the special clothes they will wear for Diwali please do so.  Thank you.  
We will be doing this for all our children celebrating special festivals/events at home.  So please also inform us of any other celebrations you will celebrating at home.  Let's Celebrate!

Celebrating Black History in Year 1!

These two super girls from Year 1 Robin had spent time thinking about our discussions during Black History Month and wanted to bring in their own books from home to share with the rest of the class. We enjoyed learning about and celebrating these inspiring people. 

Welcome Back!

It is great to see the children return to school so happy and ready to learn. 


New things for this half term: Spellings and homework. 

We would like the children to practice the spellings by applying their phonics and using "Fred fingers" to spell. We encourage the children to say and count the sounds then write it down, taking note of any "special friends". We would discourage the children learning the spellings by heart, and would prefer them to apply the sound knowledge they have.

The spellings are linked to your child's RWInc book and group- the focus sound and green words in their book will be included in the list. 



We will be sending out spellings for the children on Friday for their first test on Thursday 11th November. 

Please see the spelling star for the weekly words and also access Spelling Shed to allow your child to play games to practise the spellings. 


*Please note some Spelling shed logins were changed by Spelling shed, if you cannot log in please let your class teacher know.


Homework will be given out on a Friday in your child's red folder and will be required back into school on the following Wednesday so we can mark it and prepare the new homework. Please see the Homework star for more information.

We hope you have enjoyed your half term holidays so far! 
Our Year 1s have had such a busy term that we really wanted them all to have a rest this holiday, which is why we didn’t set any specific homework. You can always use the homework page to extend learning at home if you would like to and you have time. Enjoy celebrations over the next week. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures on Monday. And don’t forget to read, read, read those reading books and share books you have at home.  Thank you. 

Singing with Mrs Curzon. A song that links to our topic ‘All about me’.

Still image for this video

Working with our artist Fiona.

Using clay and more fantastic challenges and learning in Year 1.

Addition using a tens frame!

Robin Show and Tell… We have been enjoying hearing all about our different table buildings so far. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Art, Maths, PE and more


The children have had another busy week. Building from our history the theme, we have been creating sketches of our grandparents. The next step is to use clay to create a sculpture of their face from our sketches.  We have also been looking for signs of Autumn and creating observational drawings of autumn objects. Show and tell continues with great success. We are very impressed with the facts being shared. Did you know the Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years?


Home-learning and Covid

In the event that your child has to isolate due to covid, please use the information in the "Home-learning" star to support you at home.

Amazing Maths learning all about the part-whole model and number bonds!

Exploring amazing authors in Year 1 for ‘Black History Month’!

Show and Tell. The children in Starling have done an amazing job with their show and tell. Thank you for all your hard work!

Welcome Presentation

The Year 1 welcome presentation is now live on Teams. You will need to access Teams using the log in which you will find in your child's reading record. Details of how to log into Teams is on the Star at the top of this page. 

Please give the post a like to show you have read it.


This week, we will be beginning our history learning about how life has changed since our grandparents were little. We would usually invite some grandparents in to share their childhood experiences, but we cannot at the current time. Please encourage your child to ask their grandparents or older relatives about what life was like when they were younger. We do have videos to share in class, but it is always good to learn from people who were there and experienced it themselves.


Photographs needed- by Friday 8th October

Please can you send your child in with a photograph of one of their grandparents. This will form the basis of our art project which will begin week beginning 11th October. If the photograph is precious, please make a copy as we sometimes use the photos for our displays. 

History so far…

We love learning in Year 1! Look at what we have been up to so far... 

Our Lunchtime Charter

We had an assembly outside with Mrs Chard to find out about ‘Our Lunchtime Charter’. Lots of things to remember to keep us all safe and happy at lunchtime. Our School Values are so important to remember at all times of the day.

Busy 🐝 in Year 1!

Maths Fun!

Weekly Timetable

This week, we will be beginning RWInc in our groups. The children are used to RWInc from Reception and this will give them all some structure to their morning. We will introduce some Maths challenges during COOL time this week. 

Our first theme is "All About Me", which will then lead into Science, learning about the human body and the five senses. We have already begun to discuss our families and what makes us unique during our settling in week.



On Mondays, the teachers will have their planning time in the afternoon. Year 1 are very lucky to be able to have a local artist in to work with them during these sessions and also a local dance teacher. Miss Ryan will also be reading with the children and doing handwriting/PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) circle times. The artist will work with 1 class for 2 weeks and then rotate so that all three classes will have art this half term. The dance teacher and Miss Ryan will then work with the children on the other 4 weeks this half-term. This means that 1 class will not have PE this week on Monday (Robin)- but we felt it was easier to ask everyone to come into school in their kit rather than alternating who needs to wear their kit every 2 weeks! Every child will have P.E. on a Tuesday with their class teacher.


Reading Books

This week, your child will read with their teacher. We will be assessing where they are and which book band they need to read with us. We will not be sending reading books home this week, so please continue to support your child's reading at home as you did in Reception, by using your own books, the library and the online resources provided by school last year.

Morning routines

Now that the Reception children are arriving at school, please can we ask for the year 1 children to make their way straight through the door when it opens to avoid congestion near the reception classrooms (Mrs Slonecki's Reception class are lining up near our Year 1 door, but please do not join that line and encourage your child to walk through to the door!).


A member of the year 1 team will be on the door to take any messages for the class teacher. 

We also have an email inbox you can contact us on: - the teachers monitor this when we can (after school) but anything urgent needs to go to the office as we aim to respond within 2 days.

Welcome to Year 1!


The Year 1 staff were so impressed with how well the children have settled in this morning. We have spent the day getting to know the children and introducing our COOL time (Choosing Our Own Learning). We will post more photographs over the week but you should all be very proud of your children!

P.E. Days

Year 1 will do PE on a Monday and Tuesday for this half term. PE Kits need to be worn both days.


At Springfield we care, learn and achieve together