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17th January 2020

The children have been amazing this week and I have been blown away with the amount of work we have achieved. We have a teaching student, Miss Machin (pronounced May chin), who is with us from now until March 20th. She is on her final teaching practice. It means we have an extra adult in the classroom all the time and gives us more time for intervention and discussion with the children.

English: We have started the story book, “Katie Morag Delivers the Mail” and we have written sentences to describe Katie Morag’s appearance. We went on to read the first part of the story where Katie Morag falls in the pool with all the mail, the children recorded how Katie Morag might be feeling, their vocabulary was amazing! They then suggested what Katie Morag might do next, for example; “Katie Morag feels wet, she could get a towel to get dry.” “Katie Morag feels scared, she could go and tell her parents what she has done.”

Phonics: This week we have looked at ir as in bird, skirt, squirm, ue as in glue and blue, oy as in boy and annoy.

Maths: We have finished work on number patterns to 20, counting forward and backwards, and one more and one less than a number. We have begun the next chapter which is addition and subtraction within 20, which we have been exploring practically.

Science: We introduced our new topic of animals. We had a great debate about whether humans are animals. I love the Year 1 logic, such as:“I know they are not because my daddy told me.” Miss Machin asked the children to sort a variety of different animals according to their own criteria. She then taught the groups fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The children re-sorted their animals according to these criteria. The children later talked about whether they would like to change any of their animals into a different group. I loved the thinking, “I put reindeer as a mammal, but I should have put it as a bird.” (Because they can fly – think Rudolf - Christmas Eve!)

RE: The children thought about different Special and Sacred Places. They talked about where they feel safe and places that are special to them. The children created their own picture of their special places

We have read the book, ‘Only One You’, which is such a lovely book. The children have designed their own, ‘Only One You’ fish pebble which they will create later this year. We have also copied our favourite design to make a display in class.

Have a lovely weekend, I hope the sun shines!

Sara Welsh

10th January 2020

Happy New Year to you all.

I hope 2020 is an amazing year for each and everyone one of you. Can I start the blog by saying a really huge, “Thank You”, from all the staff who work in Year 1 for your really kind, thoughtful and generous gifts and your kind words this Christmas. They were very much appreciated. It certainly sounds from what the children said that everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday. The children certainly did!

We have had a fun packed four days and worked incredibly hard, the children have come back refreshed and ready to learn. I can’t believe how much work we have managed to fit into 4 days!

On Tuesday we discussed our holiday news and favourite presents, I am so glad that Father Christmas visited every child, I never had my doubts! The children wrote their Christmas holiday news in their old topic books (we are getting new books for our new topic!).

It was lovely for me, on Forest School morning, to be able to take the children for a wellie walk where we looked for signs of winter. The children impressed me with their knowledge. They were able to identify the oak tree from the fallen leaves, stinging nettles, brambles, crab apples, holly, ivy and many more plants and animals. We recorded some of our findings in various ways back in school.

We used the light box in science to look at how much we can see with varying amounts of light. Then we helped Father Christmas pick the best nose so that Rudolf could be seen in the dark and fog of Christmas 2020!

We have had an RE day today finishing our question, ‘Why is Christmas important to Christian’s?’ The children finished recording the nativity story. They also wrote and drew what they were thankful for over Christmas, I was so impressed as they said they were thankful for their mummies and daddies, spending time with family, seeing family and friends, their Christmas dinner, oh and presents!

In maths we have started revising the numbers to 20, remembering that we group 10 then count on. We looked at sets of objects and numbers and ordered them from greatest to smallest and visa versa.

Have a lovely weekend, hope it is relaxing.

Sara Welsh

10th January 2020

Happy New Year to you all.

I hope 2020 is an amazing year for each and everyone one of you. Can I start the blog by saying a really huge, “Thank You”, from all the staff who work in Year 1 for your really kind, thoughtful and generous gifts and your kind words this Christmas. They were very much appreciated. It certainly sounds from what the children said that everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday. The children certainly did!

We have had a fun packed four days and worked incredibly hard, the children have come back refreshed and ready to learn. I can’t believe how much work we have managed to fit into 4 days!

On Tuesday we discussed our holiday news and favourite presents, I am so glad that Father Christmas visited every child, I never had my doubts! The children wrote their Christmas holiday news in their old topic books (we are getting new books for our new topic!).

It was lovely for me, on Forest School morning, to be able to take the children for a wellie walk where we looked for signs of winter. The children impressed me with their knowledge. They were able to identify the oak tree from the fallen leaves, stinging nettles, brambles, crab apples, holly, ivy and many more plants and animals. We recorded some of our findings in various ways back in school.

We used the light box in science to look at how much we can see with varying amounts of light. Then we helped Father Christmas pick the best nose so that Rudolf could be seen in the dark and fog of Christmas 2020!

We have had an RE day today finishing our question, ‘Why is Christmas important to Christian’s?’ The children finished recording the nativity story. They also wrote and drew what they were thankful for over Christmas, I was so impressed as they said they were thankful for their mummies and daddies, spending time with family, seeing family and friends, their Christmas dinner, oh and presents!

In maths we have started revising the numbers to 20, remembering that we group 10 then count on. We looked at sets of objects and numbers and ordered them from greatest to smallest and visa versa.

Have a lovely weekend, hope it is relaxing.

Sara Welsh

13th December 2019

I was so proud of the children in our play on Tuesday and the dress rehearsal on Monday, they were amazing. They showed such confidence; acting, singing and talking in a packed church. Well done everyone. Mrs Medlicott and I were also impressed with the children’s behaviour during all the practices and rehearsals as well as the real thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and loved the way the children contributed their own ideas and lines to our performance.


We had the traveling theatre production of Jack and the Beanstalk on Monday afternoon which the children enjoyed. We have continued with making Christmas cards and calendars and have also been practiving our cutting skills which is an important skill that some children seem to find quite tricky.


Maths: In Maths we have completed our work on sposition and begun our numbers to 20 unit of work. This follows the same formate as the work we did back in September to 10 but just up to 20. In Maths no Problem they teach numbers up to 20 as having a full ten and then 4 more which is 14, we group objects into 10 then count on holding the 10 in our heads. We have also ordered Christmas items into small, smaller, smallest and big, bigger, biggest, some children went on to write other ‘size’ words they could think of such as huge, massive etc. 


English: The children wrote about the Christmas Play, the character they were, any lines they had and their favourite part of the story. The early part of the week was spent performing our play, speaking confidently and clearly to an audience.


We have another busy week coming up, Wednesday is Christmas jumper day and Christmas dinner on Wednesday, party day on Thursday - remember we still go outside for playtimes so sensible footwear and warm enough clothes and on Friday we have our carol service with some of our favourite songs from reception, Key stage 1 and key stage 2’s productions.


Have a wonderful weekend Year 1 only 5 more get ups until the Christmas holidays.


Mrs Welsh

8th December 2019

Gosh, what a busy time we are having in Year 1! The children were so excited when they came into school on Monday. They knew it was the start of advent and many children had been to see Father Christmas, been ice skating and seen trees and decorations going up. It is a very exciting and magical time. Also in school there are times when we are not following our normal routines, with play rehearsals and watching the dress rehearsals for reception and Years 3 and 4.

We have talked a lot about kindness in Year 1. All children in school know our first Tardebigge rule is, ‘kind hands and feet’ and ‘hands and feet to yourself’ and one of our Christian values is kindness to others. We are now talking in class about how our words can hurt and how our words can make others feel very unhappy. Many of the children at this age do find ‘toilet humour’ very amusing, however, they need to realise that calling someone a ‘toilet humour’ name can be upsetting. I hope we have stopped this and would like to thank the parents who brought this problem to our attention. Please remember that unless you or your child tells us that something is going wrong, we may be unaware. Please, if there are any worries, problems or concerns, let me know so that they can be dealt with in class. I do take any concerns very seriously.

Maths: In Maths we have completed our work on subtraction. We have also done a review of all the work completed so far this year and the children have impressed me. A couple of children found the odd blank question earlier in their books and it was great to see that they could just complete these answers with ease. We have worked on positions and the children have done really well with work on ordinal numbers 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

Phonics: We are continuing with phonics and have focused on the trigraph ‘igh’ for shine bright, wh as in whale, when, who and ph as in phone, dolphin and oe as in toe, dominoes.

We have a busy couple of weeks coming up – and I have a feeling Year 1 will be like Santa’s Workshop! We have cards, calendars and decorations to make, Christmas plays to perform and we also have a visiting Theatre Company coming to school to perform Pantomime on Monday. Then Christmas dinner and party day the following week.

We took our play rehearsals onto the stage in church and have practiced singing lots! The children are absolutely amazing, and I think you are in for a treat on Tuesday (fingers crossed!)

Have a great weekend Year 1.

Mrs Welsh

22nd November 2019

Wow! What a busy, fun filled week we have had! We have enjoyed the topic exit point of “Ahoy Pirates!” And we have started our new topic, “Shine Bright”.

Maths: In Maths we have continued our work on subtraction. We have looked at subtraction stories and then worked on the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction.

English: The children listened to and then acted out the story, “How Captain Pike looks after the baby”. Their sentence for this week was then based around, ‘The baby has…’. They also recorded their favourite part of the story.

RE: We have started our new theme, “Why does Christmas matter to Christians?” The children recorded their ideas about why they thought Christmas was important to Christians through pictures and comments.

The children looked amazing for our Pirates exit point. We had a wonderful day drinking pirate grog, making a pirate treasure map with the digraph ‘ar’ as in arrrr pirates! (We had to get the phonics in somewhere!) We made pop up pirates, sung songs and created pirate crafts. We also continued with our printing for our calendars.

We started our new mini topic, “Shine Bright”. We did phonics on ‘igh’ for bright, light, night! We discussed the things we will be doing within our topic over the next 4 weeks and all the Christmas activities involved. We thought and talked about our wishes for the world. The children wrote their wish on a star and we will be displaying these in class.

We have run through the whole play and learnt the words for many of the songs. The children amaze me how quickly they pick it up. We don’t give lines to learn we say to the children, ‘If you were a shepherd and you saw an angel what would you say?’ The children then tell us what they might say and how they would react, and we write the part in for them. Some children are saying that they don’t want to speak on stage and that is fine, however, any children who do wish to talk are being given the opportunity. You should have received a letter about costumes. Please don’t feel you have to go out and buy something, we do have some costumes in school that we can sort out for you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

15th November 2019

So sorry the blog wouldn't load at home so I had to wait until I got into school!

I can’t believe how fast this week has flown by.

Maths: The children have continued working on subtraction. We have covered subtracting using a number line and subtraction stories as well as journaling to show our subtraction understanding. We have continued to use the language involved in subtraction, such as, minus, take away, difference between, left and subtraction.

English: The children made a wanted poster for their pirate. They used some of the words and phrases they had generated last week. We have continued to talk about autumn as part of our daily dashboard and science and geography work. We collected autumn words and they listened to some poems about autumn. The children then had a go at writing their own poems. Some of which were fabulous

Art: We have continued printing, trying out different techniques and using different equipment to create different effects.

We explored Bonfire Night when my mum was a little girl almost 70 years ago (when the world was black and white!). They couldn’t believe she made a Guy with her sister and that they pushed the Guy in a pram around the streets in London where she lived collecting a penny for the Guy. They were even more shocked to learn that they were able to spend the money they had collected buying fireworks in a shop. The children were so interested and had lots of questions, they were able to think of many differences between firework night then and now, such as different coins, safety, low key events held in back gardens, slightly rubbish fireworks but they could also think of lots of similarities too, wrapping up warm, the excitement about the fireworks, eating jacket potatoes etc. They recorded their ideas about the similarities and differences.

We had a 2 minute silence on the 11th for Remembrance Day and the children discussed their thoughts and feelings. We watched a short CBeebies film about a rabbit on the poppy field. The children designed their own medals for soldiers and some wrote a prayer.

We have started looking at our Christmas play. I told the children what part they would play today and they all seemed happy with their part, as the weeks go by the play generally grows and children who want a speaking part have them written in for them. Costume letters will be coming out soon, please don’t feel like you need to go out and buy something, we do have some costumes in school we can sort out for you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

8th November 2019

The children have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn, it feels like they have been Year 1 forever! They have settled down into Year 1 life and they are impressing Mrs Medlicott and I with their learning.

Maths: The children have begun working on subtraction. We have covered subtracting by crossing out and subtracting by using number bonds. When subtracting using number bonds we have learnt the sentence stem, “The whole take away part equals the part.” The children are so good at using the part, part whole model and can see the relationship between addition and subtraction. We have also used the language involved in subtraction such as minus, take away, difference between, left and subtraction.

English: The children shared their holiday news. It was lovely to hear confident, detailed accounts of what they had done during half term. We talked about targets and consistency in our writing. I want to see that the children have thought about what they want to write, have started with a capital letter, used capital letters for I, place and people names, put a full stop at the end of the sentence, used ‘sweeps and flicks’ handwriting, written on the line and applied their phonic knowledge. Not much expected of our 5 and 6 year olds!

Art: We have started to do printing as our art topic for the next half term. We are hoping to produce for you a beautiful printed calendar for 2020 using all the printing techniques we learn over the next 7 weeks.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Sara Welsh

25th October 2019

We have made it! The children have had a brilliant first half term in Year 1. They have worked so hard and we can already see progress in their books. I am so sorry I didn’t get round to posting a blog before but I was poorly last weekend. This one will be a lengthy one!

It was lovely to meet you all properly and talk about your child’s start in Year 1. As I mentioned Year 1 can be quite a step up from Reception. I am absolutely thrilled with the children’s attitude and behaviour. We are going to have an amazing year! I hope you know that if you have any worries, concerns or question I am available to hopefully sort them out and put your mind at rest! I understand some children do not give much away about their day to day life at school and this can be frustrating, hopefully the blog helps.

Talking to parents brought some common themes which I will try and clarify:

Water: We actively encourage all children to drink water and have regular water breaks. We have talked about the brain being like a sponge and it needs to be hydrated to work well and that the human body is made of up to 90% water. We will have a big push on this and keep encouraging them to drink.

Books: Guided reading books; Your child will bring home one or two guided reading books a week to either finish at home or re-read and share with you. The bug club books have a brilliant page inside the front cover with the focus sounds in the book and the tricky words, so it is well worth spending some time on this page. Home readers; we are happy for the children to change these wherever they have finished the books they read, we actively encourage the children to change their books on the days they do guided reading with an adult in the class (which is twice a week) Library books; normally with a silver hologram sticker on the spine and the library label inside. These are usually above the child’s reading level so to be shared, the children get the opportunity to change these books every two weeks.

Team points: Team points are mainly given for home work in year 1; every week the children receive a team point for each time they read at home, 1 for their phonics, 1 for their maths. We record these each week on a class list then transfer them to the children’s individual cards. The points they earn get put into their house boxes, Breadon, Clent, Lickey, Malvern. The team points are collected and counted by the year 4’s and contribute to who has won the team cup in celebration assembly. The children’s individual totals go to team point awards which are little credit card type cards which are also given out in celebration assembly on a Friday. These awards start with bronze, silver gold, platinum, to earn each award you have to get a set number of team point, so bronze is the easiest to get with 20 team points then silver is 40 team points and so on.

Phonics: As I mentioned to many of you we have a phonics screening check in Year 1. A website I mentioned to some parents at parents evening, which we use in school and the children love, is www.phonicsplay.co.uk . It has a number of free games which the children can play that really helps with their blending of sounds. We are on phase 3 and you can pick a sound if your child needs extra support with it or just use all phase 3 sounds.

Singapore Maths/ Maths no Problem: Lots of parents would like to help and support their child with their maths and there were many questions about Singapore maths. I have decided that they best way is to show you. Therefore, I am looking at putting on a Maths evening soon, possible to be combined with some information about the phonic screening check. This will really help you to know the principles and practices behind Singapore maths and help support you child in class.

This week and last week…

The children were just wonderful at the Beeline Festival. We watched an alternative production of, ‘The selfish Giant.’ We went to the Hive, where we were told facts about the library and listened to an extract of, ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl. The children got creative making book covers for books Matilda might want to read. We had our lunch then a flying visit around the Infirmary Museum, which was interesting, before getting the coach back to school!

Maths: We have continued with addition we have completed a section on making addition story which the children enjoyed. We also worked on number sentences which many of the children struggled with. They were able to use part, part whole to find the missing number; ? + 1 = 7. They were able to recognise the 7 as the whole, the 1 as one part and work out the other part would be 6. However, when the equation became more complex many children struggled, such as 5 + 2 = ? + 1. The children were able to understand the concept and show how to work it out when supported through the process, however, when left to work independently they had a tendency to do ?=7 as 5+2=7 and forget the = is about balancing the equation.

RE: The children got creative showing the story of Jonah and the whale in any way they wanted. They really impressed me with some of their creativity. The children made puppets, lift the flap whales, drew pictures or created scenes from the story. They really enjoyed these activities discussing happily what they were doing, talking about the story and then explaining the key messages from the story. We discussed what the message behind this story might be in relation to our big question, “What do Christians believe God is like?”

I hope you all have a wonderful week, hopefully the sun will shine. Look forward to seeing the children when we return to school. Remember Monday is a Teacher training day so I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday the 5th November.

Sara Welsh

11th October 2019

We have had a lovely week in Year 1.

Maths: We have begun adding numbers to 10. We have worked on a number of strategies, including using part, part whole and jumping on using a number line. The children have to ‘prove it’ showing their calculation in a number of ways using a wide range of equipment from white boards to the two-sided counters, to ten frames, jumps on a number line and the part, part whole diagram.

English: We finished our whole class reading book, ‘The Pirates Next Door’ by Jonny Duddle. We really enjoyed reading this book over the last few weeks and have several more books written by him so we will be able to compare and contrast the stories. In whole class reading we discuss the story in lots of detail, we talk about the language and words the author uses, we make predictions and discuss how characters are acting and behaving. The children are all motivated and engaged. We have begun to think of our own questions that we would like to ask a pirate. We made a list of ‘question’ words, such as when, where, how, which, why, do etc. We discussed the use of a question mark at the end of the sentence to show a question has been asked. In year 1 we say full stop question mark, so we put the question mark on top of the full stop. In this way we still remember it is the end of a sentence and the next sentence will start with a capital letter! (Full stop, exclamation mark)!

Phonics: The children have continued working on the phase 3 sounds. We have concentrated particularly on the ea and ee sounds and we have looked at words which contain these sounds. They have been reading lots of words and continued to recognise the two letters one sound in words.

RE: We have continued examining the parable of the Lost Son. The children thought of the literal end to the story, the father being happy at his sons return and throwing a party and recorded this on the outside of an envelope. They then thought about the hidden message that Jesus was trying to show in this parable; God loves us and forgives us which they recorded inside the envelop.  

Have a lovely weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting and chatting to you all next week at parents evening.

Sara Welsh

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