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Welcome to year one.


Welcome to year one. We are very excited to welcome all the children back to school. Please check the class blog regularly as it is updated with lots of photos and information about what the children have been learning in school each week.

Mrs Bodman and Mrs Skinner


Week Commencing 12th July 2021

Even though we are rapidly approaching the end of term the children have enjoyed an action packed week of learning.


We completed our Computing unit of learning this week using the Beebots to consolidate our learning about algorithms. The children  also had to draw on their maths knowledge of positional language to direct the Beebot through different coloured squares.


In preparation for next week the children looked at what fruits would make a good fruit salad. We researched lots of different fruits and thought about where in the world they are grown. The children planned a design for their fruit salad and thought about why they had chosen each ingredient. Next week the children will look at food preparation hygiene and learn some basic cutting skills. A permission slip for this activity will come homes with your child on Monday.


In maths we continued to focus on time and started to think about how we can record time. The children thought about seconds, minutes and hours and learnt how many seconds are in a minute. We used stopwatches to record how long it took our partner to do tasks such as 20 star jumps, writing their name, walking around the classroom and counting to 20. The children did a great job at recording their times in a table.


Take a look below for some pictures from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 5th July 2021

The children had a great time on Friday participating in Sports Day. They moved around a circuit of activities which included races, bean bag quidditch, penalty shoot out and throwing challenges. The children showed great resilience trying out lots of new activities! They are very excited to find out the winning house next week.


This week in Maths the children have started to learn about time. We started the week thinking about morning, afternoon and evening and using vocabulary such as today, tomorrow and yesterday. The children then progressed to looking at calendars and dates before looking at time and clocks. We had lots of practical opportunities to set the time to o'clock and will be progressing to half past next week.


Take a look below for some pictures showing this weeks learning.

English speeches

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The children have used the text “10 things I can do to help the planet” by Melanie Walsh to inspire their writing this half term. They wrote a speech to help persuade people to save the planet!


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Week commencing 28th June 2021

The children have had yet another busy week this week. We have been looking at persuasive speeches in English and the children had to use their skills to persuade me to let them have an extra 5 minutes play time at break. They practised giving reasons using because. My favourite was “Can we have extra break because if you let us we will all work really hard for the rest of the week?”. On Friday the children started writing their speeches to persuade you to do simple things to protect the planet. Watch this space as we will be recording these this week.


In computing the children thought about algorithms. They had to construct a programme that would help a robot tidy up Lego bricks. The children had great fun trying them out and de-bugging them when they went wrong.


Take a look below for a look at some of this weeks learning.

Week commencing 21st June 2021

This week the children have been very busy completing the summer term maths and reading papers but we also managed to fit in lots of other exciting learning.


The children really enjoyed completing their Design and Technology project this week. They used their designs and research to make their own animal hand puppets. I think you will agree the finished products were very impressive.


On Tuesday afternoon we joined in with a whole school day focussing on renewable energies. Our enquiry question was “Where in school would be the best place for a solar panel?” We used maps to visit different locations and talked about where might be the sunniest spot.The children used junk modelling to think about their own design for a solar panel.


In English we have continued to use the book “10 things I can do to help my planet” as a hook for writing. This week the children re-visited their poetry writing skills to create a poem about saving the planet. 


We have continued to consolidate our set 3 phonic sounds and have looked at the split digraph sounds this week. The children did an excellent job of sorting the different words.


Take a look below for some pictures from this weeks learning.



Week Commencing 14th June 2021

This week we started our computing unit of learning by learning the difference between hardware and software. The children were able to use the Ipads to scan QR codes that were hidden around the classroom. They then had to sort these pictures into whether they were pieces of hardware or software.


Miss Sidhu taught a PSHE session to the children this week which introduced them to different languages and cultures. They were able to use talking tiles to hear different languages and even had a go at speaking some of these languages themselves. We really enjoyed exploring the books that Miss Sidhu showed us exploring different languages and thought about how we would welcome a child to our class that didn't speak any English.


In Maths we have continued to look at numbers to 100. The children are now really confident at writing and making numbers - they are becoming experts at partitioning the numbers into tens and ones too. Next week we will move on to ordering numbers to 100 before moving on to our unit about money!


Take a look below for some of the photos from our learning.



Week Commencing 7th June 2021

What a wonderful first week back! First of all a big thank you to all the parents who came along on our school trip this week. The children were so excited to see the coach on Friday morning and had a fantastic day exploring Marwell Zoo. We visited the giraffes, meerkats, snow leopards and zebras and the children were a credit to Wellow school!


In English we explored our new text "10 things I can do to help my planet". The children planted sunflower seeds and considered other things we can do to help protect our planet. In maths we have started to look at numbers to 100. We had lots of practise at counting forwards and backwards and have started to partition numbers into tens and ones.


This week in science we explore the human body. We thought about the parts of our body on the outside and the inside and what they do. The children worked effectively in teams to find and label giant human bodies! We were also lucky enough to take part in a drama workshop this week linked to "Under the Sea". The children went on an underwater adventure and had to use their bodies to create the shapes of different animals.


Take a look below to see some of the photos from this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 17th May 2021

Despite the wet and windy weather we have managed to have another action packed week of learning in year one.


The children were very excited to start their Design and Technology project this week which involves designing and making an animal hand puppet. They had the opportunity to explore a range of different puppets and think about what joining methods had been used. Afterwards, they tried out three different joining methods and evaluated which would be the best for puppet making. The children then drew a design for their puppet and thought about the materials they would need.


Miss Watson and Miss Sidhu continued to teach the children about "Rituals and Routines". They then looked at how the River Ganges is scared to Hindu people and acted out some of the rituals that they perform.


Despite the weather the children were very excited to have an afternoon of Cricket with the All Star Cricket Coaches. They were very confident at trying out batting, throwing activities and the session was very much enjoyed by all!


Finally, the children completed their English learning based upon the text the "UFO Diary". After producing their plans last week all the children wrote their own UFO story - I think you will agree that the finished products are wonderful!


Take a look at the pictures below to see some of this weeks learning.

Week Commencing 10th May 2021

In Science this week we continued to find out about animals. The children are now confident in sorting animals by type (reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish and birds) and this week we thought about sorting animals by what they eat. We found out about the terms herbivore, carnivore and omnivore and found out about different types of animals that belong to the groups. We took a trip to the glade and made a lunch suitable for a herbivore!


In RE Miss Watson and Miss Sidhu taught the children about water and how it is used in rituals. They looked at a baptism and we conducted our own baptism on baby Molly!


In Art we finished our learning about Vincent Van Gogh and the starry night painting and created our own nocturnal scenes. The children used lots of the skills that we have learnt about this half term and the results were quite spectacular.


In maths we finished our learning about equal groups and sharing with the children becoming confident in sharing counters into equal groups. We have continued to think about the "UFO diary" in English with the children planning their own story which they will write this week.


Take a look below to see some of the children's learning from this week.

Week commencing 5th May 2021

Even though it was only a 4 day week the children managed to complete lots of learning tasks this week. It has been lovely to welcome Miss Sidhu and Miss Watson to our class, they are both second year trainee teachers from the University of Winchester and will be spending six weeks with our class.


In English the children have continued to look at the text “UFO Diary” by Santoshi Kitamura. They have become experts on the story and this week were able to sequence pictures and use them to re-tell the story to their partner. The children then wrote a wonderful recount of the story using adjectives and conjunctions in their writing.


In maths we progressed from learning about equal groups to looking at arrays. This provides the early foundations of multiplication. The children learnt the difference between a row and a column and were able to sequence counters to make a range of arrays. 


We had a very special visitor in class to help us learn about mammals this week. Mr Snuffles, the school guinea pig, came to see us in year 1. The children observed it carefully and looked carefully at it’s characteristics. They then researched other mammals and labelled the characteristics that meant they were mammals!


On Friday, the children really enjoyed playing some Phonics and Maths Games. The children’s helped Miss Watson learn her speed sounds with a running game, played a true or false number game with Miss Sidhu and played Phonics Splat with me! A great time was had by all.


Take a look below for some pictures from this weeks learning,

Week Commencing 26th April 2021

We have had a very busy week in maths looking at making equal groups and using our counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s to find the total number of objects. The children enjoyed making the groups in a range of different practical ways and progressed to drawing out the equal groups independently to help them find the total.


Our Science learning about animals continued this week. The children thought about ways they could classify animals and grouped them accordingly. We then looked at the characteristics of amphibians, reptiles and fish. The children really enjoyed watching the videos to find out facts and recorded them using pictures, labels and sentences.


In Art, we continued our learning journey about Van Gogh and focussed on his famous painting "Starry Night". We created a whole class collaborative copy of the "Starry Night" painting. Each child had a section of the painting and had to think carefully about what colours they would need to use. Later in the week the children experimented with 3 different ways to create a night sky background using chalks, acrylic paint and a fork and wax crayons and watercolours.


Take a look below to see some of the learning from this week.

Week commencing 19th April 2021

Welcome back to Summer term - I am really looking forward to an exciting term of learning and preparing the children to transition in to year 2.


This week started off with an interesting message from Mr Skinner who told us that something strange had happened in the glade! The children were keen to investigate and quickly discovered a UFO had crash landed. They managed to write some wonderful predictions about what they thought had happened and used conjunctions in their writing to tell me the reasons why.


In Science this week we started our new unit of learning “Animals”. We thought about living things, things that had never been alive and things that were alive and are now dead. We explored the school ground to find some examples and did some sorting activities. Later in the week children enjoyed playing the animal relay game and created some wonderful animal mind maps in their science books.


We started the week in maths by recapping counting in 2s,5s and 10s with the children counting beyond 20. The children completed lots of activities and used bead strings to help them with their counting in tens. At the end of the week we started to look at equal and unequal groups and this learning will continue next week.


Finally, we started a new learning journey in Art. The children were introduced to the artist Vincent Van Gogh and learnt 3 key facts about him. We then experimented using chalks to create some of the lines and shapes that can be seen in the “Starry Night” painting.


Take a look at some of the pictures below to see some of our learning this week.



Week Commencing 29th March 2021

A super busy final week of the Spring term! The children have worked very hard producing some wonderful learning outcomes. In English, the children looked at lots of different postcards. They were detectives and had to use their reading skills to decide who the postcard was to and from and where they had been. After talking about the features of the postcards the children wrote their own postcard from Sunny the meerkats perspective.


In RE this week we continued thinking about times where we were sad and then happy and then looked at the Easter story. The children enjoyed listening to the story and discussing which were the sad and happy parts of the Easter story. They then used this to create their own story boards of the story.


In Art this week we finished our learning journey looking at hold and cold colours. The children applied all of the skills they have learnt to produce a final outcome piece. They selected an animal that lived in a hot or cold place and then used their tinting skills to paint a background or it. I think you will agree the final pieces are very impressive.


Finally, year 1 joined in with a whole school “History in the Making” topic this week where we considered the Census and the Pandemic. The children contributed some great ideas throughout the enquiry and some fantastic discussion was generated from our picture gallery and “line of uncertainty’. At the end of the learning enquiry the children made a commemorative tile depicting the image they felt was most significant about the lockdown period.


Take a look at the pictures below to see some of our learning this week. We hope that you all have a relaxing and safe Easter break.

Week Commencing 22nd March

All the children have shown incredible resilience this week whilst sitting their reading and maths tests. I have been really impressed by the hard work and concentration of all the children. Well done Year 1!


The children were excited to receive a letter from Sunny the meerkat this week explaining that he had gone back home to the Kalahari dessert after his visit to Wellow. The children learnt about how to write a note and have been busy writing to some very special people telling them about Sunny’s visit to your letterboxes!


In science, we continued to look at the properties of materials and the children completed an experiment to answer the question “Which material has the best properties to make a coat for Eddie the Explorer?”. Eddie was off to a very wet destination so the children decided that waterproof, strong and bendy would be the best properties!


Finally, in RE we have started to look at the concept of “Happiness and Sadness” before considering the Easter story next week. The children discussed times when they had been sad and then happy and recorded their ideas carefully using pictures and labels.


Take a look below for some pictures from this weeks learning 

Week Commencing 15th March 2021

The children have continued with their fantastic attitudes to learning this week. On Monday we were very excited to have received a special delivery all the way from the Kalahari Desert. Sunny the Meerkat has spent the week in our classroom seeing what the children get up to at Wellow. We recorded a Meerkat Documentary (this can be seen on Google Classroom) to wow Sunny with all the facts that we had found out about meerkats and have been using the days of the week in our writing to keep a record of what Sunny has got up too!


In Geography we found out about what it was like to visit the Kalahari Desert. We looked at globes and aerial maps to explore what the landscape was like and talked about the human and physical features of the landscape. The children really enjoyed finding out about this area.


In Art this week we looked at hold and cold colours. Firstly, we explored the art work of Rothko and Kandinsky and talked about what we liked and disliked about these paintings. We explored hot and cold colours using our sketch books and thought of words to express how those colours made us feel. The finished products were very impressive.


Take a look at the photos below to see some of our learning this week.

Week commencing 8th March 2021

It has been so lovely to have the children back in school this week and to hear the familiar chatter of them talking and catching up with their friends. They have quickly settled back into school life and school routines and have engaged brilliantly with all the learning activities. 


This week in English the children have been exploring the text Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. We have been busy finding out lots of meerkat facts using non-fiction books and are eagerly awaiting Sunny’s arrival into class. Emily Gravett is also our featured author and we enjoyed some of her other stories on book day. The children used a mon-printing technique to re-create some of the illustrations from her books. This will form part of a whole school collaborative art project which we are very excited to share with you.


In maths the children continued to learn about weight exploring objects that were lighter and heavier and comparing the weights of objects. The children used cubes to weigh how much several classroom objects weighed and recorded their findings in a table.


We also began our “Materials” unit of learning in science. The children had the opportunity to explore different materials and had a sorting activity to complete in teams. We also played a very exciting game of “materials relay” which the children really enjoyed.


Take a look at the pictures below to see some of our learning this week.

Week commencing 7th December 2020

This week the children have continued with their learning journey in English and have been working on their final outcome pieces. These are where the children write independently using all the skills they have been taught so far. The children have produced some wonderful descriptive sentences describing the Wild Things and the settings from the book.


In maths this week we have completed the unit of learning about place value (11-20). This included the children comparing two numbers using the inequality symbols and saying what is the same and what was different between the two numbers.


The children are very excited about Christmas and are looking forward to the Christmas lunch, parties and other festive fun we have planned next week. They all looked wonderful in their Christmas jumpers - thank you for supporting Save the Children.

Week commencing 30th November 2020 

Wow what a performance ! On Friday the children finally recorded our short Christmas Production of "The Jolly Christmas Post People". They have worked so hard and really were all superstars. The children all sang their hearts out and each and every one of them tried their very best. I was so very proud of them all. We hope you enjoy watching the show with your children when it is released.


Alongside practising and performing in our play we have been very busy this week. The children have continued to think about place value of numbers to 11-20 and we have been thinking about one more and one less than these numbers. The children made lots of numbers in different ways and we talked about what was the same and what was different.


Also this week we finished out Art learning about Andy Goldsworthy. The children used plasticine to make their own stamps and added details. They then experimented using these stamps to make leaf prints. The results were really successful as you can see. Take a look at the pictures below.

Week Commencing 23rd November 2020

This week the children continued their learning about 'Where the Wild Things are'. The children created their own story board to re-tell the story and wrote captions for each picture using full stops and capital letters. I think you will agree that the end results were pretty amazing !


In maths we looked at the numbers 11-20. The children learnt that each of the numbers was one ten and some more. We had lots of practice of making numbers and using the stem sentence "The number has ...tens and ...ones"


Christmas preparations have also continued in year one this week. The children were really excited to start practising the play on the stage and using props. We have also been making some natural and environmentally friendly decorations for the school Christmas tree.


Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the learning that has taken place this week.

Week Commencing 16th November 2020

The children have been fantastic this week! I have been so impressed with how quickly they have learnt their words for the Christmas Play and how enthusiastic the singing has been. We are really excited to be able to share our short production with you.


In maths this week the children learnt about 2D and 3D shapes. We explored lots of different shapes and spotted 2D shapes on the faces of 3D shapes. The children enjoyed making repeating patterns with the shapes and identifying which shape would come next in the pattern.


During our English sessions we continued to think about our text "Where the wild things are". The children enjoyed retelling the story using pictures and produced some wonderful writing where they used adjectives to describe Wild things from the book.

Week commencing 9th November 2020

This week as part of our "Where have the leaves gone?" topic the children have looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We started by exploring his art and talking about what we liked and disliked about it. The children then used everyday objects to create their own Goldsworthy inspired art. As the week progressed the children explored colour with watercolours and pencils producing some wonderful final pieces.


In English the children enjoyed writing their Autumn poems and performed them to their friends. We started a new text called "Where the Wild Things Are" with the children having to use adjectives to describe the characters. The children designed and made their own "Wild Things" with some very creative results!


We completed our unit of learning on subtraction this week with the children using giant number lines to practise counting back and finding the difference. Next week we will begin to look at 2D and 3D shapes and start to practise for our Christmas performance. Take a look below at some of the pictures from this weeks learning.

Week commencing 2nd November 2020

Welcome back to what I think will be another action packed half term. Alongside the rest of the school year 1 joined in with poetry week and enjoyed exploring Autumn poetry by Shirley Hughes. The children enjoyed listening to a range of different poetry and recorded Spaghetti by Jack Prelutsky - take a look at the video below of the children performing it!

On Monday the children will be writing their very own Autumn poems.


This week the children also learnt about Remembrance Day. We made poppies for the school statue using a range of different art techniques. Mr Powell joined us on a class walk to the Wellow War Memorial and the children asked him a range of very interesting questions.


In Science we have started to look at trees. We learnt the correct vocabulary to talk about the different parts of a tree and made and labelled our own 3D collage. Take a look at some of our other learning from this week below.


Children performing Spaghetti Spaghetti Poem

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Week commencing 19th October 2020

What a finish to the first half term! The children have really enjoyed all their learning this week. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the children were unable to bake their own Gingerbread this year but really enjoyed using their instructions to tell Mrs Skinner what to do. They used great instructional language to tell Mrs Skinner what she needed to do first, next and last. The children really enjoyed using their designs to decorate their Gingerbread people - they were all very unique !


There was some great teamwork in year 1 this week when the children used their design skills to make a house for the 3 little pigs to live in. They needed to think about strong materials and the house had to include a chimney windows and an opening door. The children learnt about different ways to join materials and the finished results were very impressive. I did my very best to huff and puff them down (with a hairdryer) but they stood strong !


I hope you all have a lovely half term !

Week commencing 12th October 2020

Another action packed week full of learning ! In R.E this week the children have been considering the concept of "Specialness". I shared with the class some places that are special to me and my family and the children participated in a class discussion about places which were special to them. I was very impressed with how well they explained their reasons and listened to each others ideas. Later in the week we considered places that were special to Christians and went on a virtual tour of a Christian Church.


Multi-sports day was a great success! The children had a very enjoyable morning trying out hockey, golf and cricket. The children had coaching from outside visitors and developed new skills in catching, putting and ball skills. We had several comments from the outside visitors about the excellent behaviour from our class - well done year 1!


We are very excited about the last week of term where we will be making some Gingerbread Men and designing a house for "The three little pigs" this space !

Week commencing 5th October 2020

This week we the children have continued to think about how to write instructions to make some Gingerbread. First of all they had to tell me exactly how to make a jam sandwich which ended up with some very funny results !


In maths we have been looking at the part-whole model and the children have been fantastic at understanding that bigger numbers can be partitioned into smaller numbers. The children have also really enjoyed completing their science investigation looking at the best environment to grow a healthy bean. This week we looked at the results and the children talked about which bean looked the healthiest. They were very surprised to see the one in the dark was the tallest but decided that it didn't look strong or healthy. The children used their observation skills to produce some wonderful and accurate scientific diagrams showing their results.


Finally, we made Christmas cards. We looked at Pointillism ( a technique of painting small distinct dots to form an image) and the children worked really hard to paint their own Christmas this space ! Take a look at the photos below to see some of our learning this week.

Have a look at the PowerPoint below to see all of the amazing beans you have been growing at home. Thank you so much for sending in the pictures - the children have really enjoyed sharing them with the class.

Week commencing 28th September 2020 

It was a very exciting start to the week when the children arrived on Monday and found a crime scene in the classroom. We talked about all the clues and described them to our friends and the children decided that the Gingerbread man might have visited the classroom. Throughout the week in English we explored the story thinking about our favourite part of the story, created a story board and wrote shopping lists of what we might need using our phonics to help us spell.


In Geography we continued to look at our local area using maps, satellite images and Google Earth. The children then drew their own maps of Wellow and thought about how to use a key to identify local features.


In Maths we continued to look at place value and explored how to order numbers. The children then practiced using number lines in class ready to begin looking at partitioning next week. Take a look at the photos below to see some of the learning in year 1 this week.

Week commencing 21st September 2020

The children have been super busy in year 1 this week. We started the week thinking about what plants needed to stay healthy. The children planned an experiment and we are growing four different beans in the classroom with no water, no light, no soil and one with everything the children think a plant needs to grow healthily. The children planted their own bean to take home and look after too!


In maths we have continued to look at place value and comparing numbers using the inequality symbols (< > and =) as well as ordering numbers. The children really enjoyed comparing numbers and objects in the classroom and were very successful at ordering numbers. In English the children finished their work on "The Three little Pigs" and wrote a sequenced story. Mrs Larcombe was very impressed with the children's independent writing. 


Have a look at the photos below from this weeks learning!

Week commencing 14th September

Thank you for all the wonderful pictures on Google classroom of the children sharing their favourite stories. I have really enjoyed looking at them all and sending the children some comments.

We have had yet another action-packed week in year one with the children working hard with all their learning. In English this week we have been learning about full stops and capital letters. The children learnt Kung-fu punctuation for full stops and capital letters and practised forming sentences. Check out the videos below!

During our Science lessons, we continued to find out about plants and learnt about their components. The children then created some wonderful collages to help them remember.

Keep up the great work year 1! 




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Week commencing 7th September 2020

This week the children were very excited to find a treasure map in our classroom. We looked carefully at the map and talked about what we could see. The children decided it was a map of Wellow School. We used the map and found lots of clues which told us the story we would be looking at would be "The Three Little Pigs".

In science this week we have been looking at plants. The children became plant detectives and hunted common plants around the school ground. We also used our observation skills to look closely at plants identifying their roots, stems, leaves and flowers.

Welcome to year one

The classroom is all ready for the children to enjoy. Here are a few pictures of the year 1 learning environment.