To find home learning tasks please visit our home learning page below.
We are enjoying being Kingfishers and helping each other to becoming the best they can we in Year 1. The grown-ups helping us on this journey this year are Mrs Lindsay, Miss Hedger, Mrs Redhead, Mrs Jackson,Mrs Laitt and Mrs Reid.
We will making the most of all the learning opportunities both inside and outside. As we move through each term we will add photos, information and home learning to this page so please check back each week to see what we have all been up to.
Should you have any questions or concerns please catch one of us as the gate or make an appointment through the office, alternatively contact us via email:
Your child's reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time in a classroom and in the school. It is taught in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their 'reading' constantly across all subjects too.
Parents can support this 'reading journey' through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'.
The report also offers six tips for reading with your child at home, including:
1. Make time to read- even ten minutes a day
2. Choose different types of books
3. Take turns to read
4. Talk about the book- asking your child questions
5. Pay attention to the language
6. Enjoy reading
The books we send home are designed to complement our learning and develop your child's phonic skills and comprehension. We aim to change this as often as we can, if you need a new book please place it in the clear reading book box in the classroom.
We will visit the school library every week where the children will be able to choose a book to bring home and share. This will be changed once a week so please remember to bring it in on a Thursday to swap it for a new one. If your child is keen to change it more often please let us know and we will happily allow them the opportunity to get a new book.
You should have received some ideas via email about what you could do if you are at home at the moment. I will be updating PurpleMash each week you are at home with some challenges along with this webpage.
The below websites are also work a visit:
Phonics games - https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Oxford Owl - English and Maths information and activities and e-books - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Home learning resources - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
50-fantastic ideas to try at home - https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/
Literacy apps - https://literacyapps.literacytrust.org.uk/
Apps that other parents have recommended:
If you find any other websites and apps that are worth sharing please do let me know.
In Maths this week we have been exploring weight and mass. We have been using the balance scales to weigh different objects and have been using the vocabulary
'lighter than', 'heavier than' and 'equal to'
when making comparisons.
Perhaps you could do some baking at home to explore weight and mass further or weigh different objects around your home and work out which is the heaviest and lightest?
Can you put the objects in order from lightest to heaviest?
Which objects weigh the same?
Have a go at discussing the problems above?
Our PE days will usually be on a Monday and Thursday but please ensure your child's PE kit is in school everyday. PE will take place indoors and outdoors, where will explore Games, Dance and Gymnastics activities.
Spring 2 Week 3
This week we have been sensational scientists.
We had a special visitor, Mr Horne who came to teach us all about invertebrates. He brought us a bug hotel which we are going to use to investigate minibeasts and their habitats. We then went on a minibeast hunt around school.
We would welcome any materials that could be used to fill our bug hotel.
Some ideas are detailed below:
We received a letter from Humpty Dumpty, he needed our help!
We tested lots of different materials and made predictions about which material would protect the egg without it cracking. We then tested our predictions by dropping an egg from the same height with different materials. We recorded our findings and then wrote letters back to Humpty Dumpty with our results. We used lots of scientific vocabulary including strong, bendy, flexible and soft.
It was SPORTSTASTIC to see so many children dressed up in their sporty outfits to help raise money for Sport Relief, thank you for all of your kind donations.
Kingfisher class and Moorhen class spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine exploring lots of different sports equipment, working together to develop new skills, create their own rules for new games and generally being active and having fun.
It was so lovely to see all of the children working so beautifully together and showing our school values of respect, friendship, love, thankfulness and perseverance.
In Geography this week we went out around our school to conduct some fieldwork where we were locating human and physical features.
On your route to school what human and physical features can you spot?
Spring 2 Week 2
What a wonderful World Book Day!
We enjoyed lots and lots of books and had a lovely book sharing time with the Mallards.
It was fabulous to see all of the children working so well together looking at books.
Thank you all for your support with organising outfits, it was great to see so many different book characters.
In maths the children have been using non-standard units, such as cubes to measure length and height. The children have understood that the units they use need to be of equal length. They have made sure the non-standard units are exactly in line with one end of the object with no gaps between them when measuring. We all enjoyed working practically measuring various objects around the classroom.
Have a look at the reasoning and problem solving questions below.
Can you explain your answers to a grown up?
Spring 2 Week 1
Our new topic for this term is
We will be learning all about the geography and history of our local area. We have already thought about what we know about our local area and have thought about what we would like to learn more about by writing some questions.
We looked at a map of Wallingford to learn how to read a key and talked about the different symbols and talked about our journeys to school.
We are looking forward to exploring our local area by getting out and about to do some fieldwork.
Spring 1 Week 6
We have been very busy designing and making our very own wind chimes. We had to follow a success criteria to ensure they were colourful, neatly made and would rattle in the wind. We definitely made sure all our wind chimes matched these outcomes. We used pictures and words to plan our wind chimes, talked about what we wanted to do and used a range of materials. We also evaluated our completed designs, thinking about what we liked and what we do to improve.
Spring 1 -Week 5
In Maths this week we have been exploring Place Value within numbers up to 50. We have partitioned numbers into tens and ones using a range of concrete apparatus including base 10, numicon and place value counters. We used the part whole model to help us too. We talked about how many tens and ones were in each number we explored.
Being able to count in tens was really useful.
How well can you count in tens?
Ask someone at home to help you practise.
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In English over the last couple of weeks we have been reading lots of different
'Percy the Park Keeper' stories.
This week in our writing sessions we have begun to edit and improve a sentence starter, adding in punctuation and more detail.
How well have we done?
Science this week was all about the wind.
We each made a wind sock to measure wind direction and began to use the scientific vocabulary: wind, direction, gauge, patterns, data.
On Thursday there was a light breeze.
How many of you tested your wind socks this weekend?
How would you rate the winds on Sunday using the Beaufort Scale?
Spring 1-Week 4
Purple mash logins have been sent home. Have a go at one of our class 2Dos by clicking on
Please remember to save it so Mrs Lindsay can see what you have completed.
This week in Computing we have been learning about algorithms. We had a go at using Lego to give algorithms to a friend to get them to make a model that matched our own.
We have started a DT project about wind chimes. This week we evaluated some different designs to get ideas about what we need when making our own. We would love any donations of beads, old cutlery, old necklaces and anything else we could upcycle into wind chimes for our outdoor area.
In RE this week we created our own worlds. We then talked about how the world is important to us and what we think is good about the world and why it is important to look after it.
Spring 1-Week 3
This week we have been learning about weather forecasters. We have learnt to describe the weather, to read weather symbols and made recordings using pictograms, words, photos and pictures.
We read aloud our very own weather forecasts and were recorded using the Ipad, just like on the television.
In PSHE we looked at respect in greater depth and discussed similarities and differences. Each child was given a potato to name and make up a story about. Then all the potatoes were jumbled up.
The children were asked to try and find their potatoes, which was a very hard task to do!
Although potatoes have differences, they are still potatoes and therefore similar.
Spring 1-Week 2
In PSHE this week we have been thinking about the value of respect. We talked about what respectful learning looks like. As a class we came up with some ideas about how to work well in a team and then demonstrated them by working together to build a shelter for an animal.
Talk to a grown up at home about what we need to do when working in a team.
Spring 1-Week 1
We have begun our new topic
'Weird and Wonderful Weather'
In Science this week we have begun to look at weather symbols and thought about suitable clothes to wear when the weather is cold, sunny, snowy, wet and windy.
Have a look at the photos.
Did we make sensible choices?
The PE skills we have worked on this week are side-stepping.
Can you show someone how to do it in your family at home?
In Maths this week we have been looking at different ways of taking away or subtracting within the numbers 0-10. We have used objects, pictures and number lines to show our working. Being able to explain how we know an answer is more important than just being able to recall facts as this is what makes us a Mathematician and helps us to problem solve. Can you make us up some number stories for the other children to solve? For example 'Dilbert had 5 apples but he ate 2 how many did he have left?' 'Miss Horne had 6 children in a group, 2 were packed lunch - how many were school dinners?' 'There were 8 sweets in the jar then Sid ate 5! How many were left in the jar?'
This week we are been looking at different ways of making the /oi/ sound using oi and oy. Have a go reading and writing these words:
oil foil toy boy spoil annoy oil destroy join employ enjoy
In English we have been using describing words to think about characters in Traditional Tales. Do you have any Traditional Tale story books you could bring in to share and put in our class reading journey?
Out topic this term will be 'Now and Then' to help us to think about changes in living memory. We will also be having a focus on Traditional Tales in English as well as Subtraction, Shape and Place Value in Maths. In PSHE we are talking about ways to stay safe especially in the event of a fire. In RE this term we will be talking about the celebrations of Harvest, Sukkot and Christmas and discussing which celebration are important to different groups of people. We shall be looking at printing in Art and product design in DT with the hope of making some items to sell at the Christmas Fair. In PE we are continuing to work with Coach James on games skills and will also be starting some Gymnastics skills in the hall.
This week we are been looking at different ways of making the /ai/ sound. Have a go reading and writing these words:
day sail may hail way mail nail rain Sunday Monday clay spray
In English we have started story stepping Goldilocks and the Three Bears as well as the Three Little Pigs. Can you draw a story map at home?
In Art we started out work on printing by using classroom objects to investigate what a print is. Can you find any prints in your home? Can you make any print impressions? You could use objects and paint, objects and playdough, rubbings of surfaces or stamps and ink.
We have been learning to use our voices expressively by learning to rap.
We have also been playing untuned instruments musically.
Design and Technology
We have begun planning our Under the Sea Dioramas. Using a planning template we looked in a variety of books to begin planning what our under the sea dioramas will look like, thinking about plants and animals we may find there.
We used scissors to cut paper and card for our moving pictures and explored different mechanisms including sliders and levers as a way of making our pictures move.
The children have been introduced to the part-whole model in maths this week. We have been learning that a number of parts make a whole, this helps us to understand addition bonds.
We have also been exploring addition fact families.
Can you use your reasoning and problem solving skills to work out the answers below?
In Art this week we have been exploring primary and secondary colours.
We mixed the primary colours together using paints and discovered what secondary colours they made.
Our big question this term in RE is Is Everybody Special?
We have been thinking about what makes us special, how we know we are special, the bible stories The Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep and why Christians choose to be baptised. This week we had a visit from Rev. Rice to talk to us about baptism in the Anglican Church. He showed us what he does when someone is baptised at his church and explained about some of the special items he uses to do this. He then baptised Baby Joshua with the help of some of the Grebes and Kingfishers.
Can you explain to someone at home what baptism means?
In Maths this week we have been learning about ordinal numbers.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Using cubes the children made a tower and kept it hidden from their partner, they then had to ask questions to find out how to make the same pattern.
What colour is the first colour in your pattern?
Is the 4th colour blue?
What colour is the second cube?
The children used mathematical language successfully to match their partners cube towers.
Use your reasoning and problem solving skills to answer the following questions involving ordinal numbers.
This week we have begun using our individual logins to access Purple Mash, a place that is our own space for working and saving work that we do.
We talked about keeping our individual login details safe and what to do if we find another persons login.
We also had a go at creating our own avatars.
In RE this week we heard the story from the bible about 'The Lost Sheep'
We discussed what this story told us about being special and explored 'I wonder' questions.
I wonder what might be dangerous
for this lost sheep?
I wonder why the shepherd cares so
much for the sheep?
I wonder if the lost sheep matters
more than the other sheep?
In conclusion we decided that this story helps to illustrate that everybody is special.
Many Christians call Jesus ‘the good shepherd’. There are even some churches called
‘The Church of the good Shepherd’
Perhaps you could discuss the reasons why?
In PE this week we have been exploring snapping crabs and lobsters and wriggling octopuses through the medium of dance.
We have been skipping, walking forwards and sideways, wriggling and waving arms,
moving with small, quick steps.
We have been moving as lobsters and crabs with snapping claws, doing a wriggling
We have explored different levels (high, medium and low) and changing direction quickly in the
We have been working together to move around the space, making curvy and straight
We have been involved in single and pair-work and small group work.
Mrs Lindsay thought she spotted a penguin in the school pond! In English this week we have been writing letters to the WWF ( World Wildlife Fund) to find out more information about penguins and other animals. We have been working hard to remember when writing sentences to use finger spaces, a capital letter, a full stop and to check our sentences make sense by reading them carefully.
We have also used question marks when writing questions.
In Art this week we have been learning about collage. We have been tearing and cutting paper to create different effects.
We would love to see any collages you create at home, you could practise your cutting skills using scissors.
Can you find out about any famous collage artists?
In Maths this week we have been learning how to count forwards and backwards and have been working more on our reasoning and problem solving skills.
The children showed this by using a variety of maths resources.
Have a go at the problem below.
In Maths this week we have been counting objects to 10 and representing numbers in different ways.
Have a look at the website below to practise counting to 10.
Or answer these questions to work on your reasoning and problem solving skills.
The children enjoyed exploring the classroom today and accessing the 'Under the Sea' activities, including creating sea creatures, drawing pictures of what could be found in oceans and thinking about how different objects could be sorted. The children practised their long legged giraffe letters and should feel incredibly proud of how neat the first page in their new handwriting books look.
Mrs Lindsay was very impressed with how well they all listened and how brilliantly they behaved. I had a truly wonderful day with my keen and knowledgeable Kingfishers! Thank you