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Robins & Finches (Year 1)



 Welcome to Year 1 and The Robins and Finches.


                  Jessica Lamb                                                Claire Lawrence                  

               Finches' Class Teacher                             Robins' Class Teacher             



   Geraldine Earlam        Catherine Oliver      Christine Noakes        Jenny  Uwins

                 LSA                                    LSA                                      LSA                                    LSA                                  

Our Curriculum Overview for the year can be found in the Curriculum section of this webpage if you would like to find out more about the areas we are covering this year.

We have been working like real scientists recently in year 1! After learning about the properties of different materials, we then investigated which material would be best for a snow glove and which material Cinderella should have chosen for her slipper.  We had to make predictions, record our results and talk about what we found out.  Take a look at some of the Finches having fun with water and snow!

We have already learnt so much in 2019. In Maths we have been finding out about place value and how numbers from 10 to 19 are made. We’ve also been busy with our topic, Castle Life, learning about Guildford castle, reading and writing castle poems, sketching the queen and even building our own castles. This week we began investigating different materials and what they are used for in Science.  Can you imagine what would happen if a teapot was made of chocolate? The Robins and Finches decided it would be a very silly idea! Keep looking back at the website  to find out about the rest of our adventures this term.

Thank you to everyone who came to see the Key Stage 1 performance of Straw and Order.  All the children did an amazing job of learning all the songs and sang beautifully in every performance. We had great fun pretending to be soldiers, cows, donkeys, angels, fans, assistants, citizens, sheep and shepherds and our rehearsals helped us to learn about the story of the first Christmas.  Take a look at some of the photos below. 


We have been so busy in year 1 recently! Last week we learnt how to stay safe on the roads. We had a special visitor and planned our own safe routes to school. We have also started learning to join our letters during handwriting.  We are making sure our fingers stay strong to help make our letters look lovely.  We have also been working hard in phonics. Can you spot one of the sounds we have learnt in the pictures below?

During Bonfire Night week we learnt all about the history of the Gunpowder Plot. We acted out the story using real barrels and sneaking around the school! We rewrote the story in our own words and had a go at writing our own fireworks poems, using all our senses. We also produced some beautiful fireworks pictures.  Some of us even imagined what the Houses of Parliament might look like if we had the chance to rebuild them. Look at this incredible construction from a mixture of Finches and Robins children!

This week, the Finches and the Robins have been learning the phrases 'greater than,' 'less than' and 'equal to' in Maths. We have started to learn the different symbols we use and have practised using them when counting out cubes. We have also been listening to and discussing the story of Oliver's Vegetables. We learnt how to read and spell the days of the week, using syllables to help us.  We then started writing our own storybooks about the vegetables we eat each day. Take a look at some of our hard work below!

As part of our topic, 'Amazing Me,' year 1 have been learning about body parts. We pretended to be scientists by looking in a mirror and closely observing the different parts of our face. We then had to sketch what we saw. We have also been drawing around each other and labelling the body parts.  We have even improved our scissor skills by cutting out clothes to dress a body. Take a look at some of our photos below. Can you work out which member of Robins class the sketch shows?

On Tuesday, both year 1 classes were lucky enough to have a ballet lesson.  Look at this picture of Finches class practising their dance moves!

Year 1 have been busy learning how to recognise colours and read and write colour words. We have used Elmer the patchwork elephant to help us! Last week we made colourful Elmers using lots of different materials. Year 1 did a great job of working together in small teams to create their elephants.

Useful websites:

We use some very good websites to support our learning.  Here are some of our favourites: