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Jays - Year 1

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Welcome to Jays!

I would like to welcome you all to our class page. Each half term I will upload the overview of learning for that half term and also a copy of the latest newsletter. I will aim to update this page every 2 weeks so you can see the learning we have been under taking. 

My door is always open if you have any questions or problems please do not hesitate to see me. However, this is often easier at the end of the day. If it is important, please catch me in the morning. 

Mrs Roberts and Mrs Mcveigh.




Marwell zoo.


What an incredible day we had at Marwell zoo. The children came up close with a giraffe, much to the amazement of a few of them who were shocked how big they actually are. We watched the penguins waiting to be fed and explored other animals around the zoo. 

The children were amazing and we even had a member of the public approach us to comment on how well behaved the children were and in his words "were a credit to their school"... Amazing as always Jays. 

What a fantastic, delayed, World Book Day. The outfits were fantastic and I would personally like to thank you all for the time, money and effort that went in to each one. 


We had a rather crazy day with old people, mermaids and lots of animals running around the classroom but had lots of fun. We discussed our favourite Julia Donaldson books and created a graph to show this. We then completed a book review for our current English book - A dog's day. 

Spring 1 


Almost 5 weeks into 2018... Where does the time go? It has been a short half term but the children have worked harder than ever. We have been looking at castles this half term and focused our learning around this. We have changed characters in Jack and the beanstalk, re-wrote the story, designed and made our own castles exploring ways to fold, cut and glue paper. We have looked at the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and explored materials in science. We have looked at and learnt new phonics sounds, focusing on our split sounds. 

Every person that comes into our classroom comments on how well the children behave, work together and their fantastic learning. They are a credit to themselves!


I think it is safe to say, this has been a very long half term and the children are certainly very tired. However, this has not stopped the fun in Jays. We started the week writing all about The Nativity and creating Christmas Advent wreathes. Yesterday, we baked our very own shortbread and made them into reindeers. Mostly Rudolph. We went to visit Santa, much to the amusement of the children when they realised Coach Glynn was an elf! 

Today was Christmas Jumper day! The children all looked fantastic in their festive outfits and they are certainly very excited for Christmas... 5 days to go! We had Christmas lunch and finished the day with our class party. 


This half term, the children have been incredible and I am so proud of how far they have come and how their learning has progressed. I thank you all for your continued support and for all the lovely cards and gifts I have received. I wish you all a very happy, relaxing Christmas and a New Year with lots of luck and happiness. 


Mrs Roberts 

What a busy day!

We started our Thursday with our final dress rehearsal, we are now prepared to perform to our families next week. The children were incredible and I am so proud of their confidence when performing to older children in school. 

Our day was finished by a lovely visit from our families! The children loved having you all in the class and showing off their learning and the classroom environment. It is so important for the children to see the relationships between staff and parents/carers and I know I had a super afternoon. I hope you did too. :-). 

3D shapes.


In maths we have been looking at 3D shapes. Firstly, we explored different shapes in the environment and what they are used for. We discussed the different names of 3D shapes and their properties and decided to model our own. Here we are hard at work.

What a fantastic morning we had. We have been looking at the story 'Little red hen' so decided in line with Harvest, to make our own bread. 

The children were amazing!! They added the ingredients carefully and took great care when kneading the dough. It was very messy but lots of fun. 

5 weeks in year 1. Where did the time go? We have been learning new sounds and applying this into our reading and writing. We have created story maps to help retell stories, created masks for characters and completed book reviews. In maths, we have explored numbers around the school and developed a good understanding of place value (tens and ones). We have looked at our body and our senses and even explored nature using our 5 senses. 

We have also completed 2 visits to Addlestone library and a visit to St Pauls. The children were amazing and are developing their green cross code. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Our visit to the Church

Curriculum overview - Autumn 1