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Year 1

Dear Parents and Friends, 


Happy Sukkot! We have had a lovely week learning about and celebrating Sukkot in school.


The children all had the opportunity to visit our school Sukkah in their Jewish Studies lessons. They had a fantastic time learning about the lulav and etrog, as well as the different parts of a Sukkah. Please see the pictures below to see the children enjoying their time in the Sukkah. 


In English, we have been learning all about adjectives and how they can describe things. We discussed how this can make our writing more interesting and the children wrote captions using adjectives for pictures taken from our class book, What We’ll Build. 


In Maths, the children practiced finding one more and one less of a number. They learnt about the greater than, less than and equal symbols and used these to compare different numbers. 


The children enjoyed their second PE and Forest School sessions, working together and using their resilience! 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a good Yom Tov,


 The Year 1 Team! 

Visiting the Sukkah

Week 3.  17.9.21


Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had another busy week with learning going on both at home and in school!


The children enjoyed having their first PE and computing lessons in Year 1. In English, we used drama skills to imagine how we would feel if we were the girl in the story. We then used these ideas to write sentences from her perspective, using the first person ‘I’. In maths, we explored different ways to represent numbers using a place value grid, and recapped how to count forwards from a given number. 


At home, the children did a wonderful job comparing numbers, finding which of two numbers was ‘more than’ the other. I also enjoyed reading about all the exciting products each child would sell in their shop. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,


 Miss Nathan and Miss Fisch

Representing numbers in Maths

Shalom Parents and Friends


Wow! What an incredible week of learning it has been in Jewish Studies and you should all be incredibly proud. The week started learning about Yom Kippur and we consolidated this, with some exciting Yom Kippur games. The week ended, preparing ourselves for Sukkot and with a spectacular Kabbalat Shabbat


Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom


Mr Salter

Our First Forest School in Year 1

Dear Parents and Friends, 


This week, it has been wonderful to see the learning going on both at home and in the classroom! 


The children did a fantastic job using a numberline to count back from 20 as well as writing sentences about the way they show love to their friends and family. I really enjoyed reading these sentences. 


Back in class, we learnt about the different times we must use a capital letter: for starting a sentence, the personal pronoun ‘I’ and for proper nouns (the names of people, places, days and months). The children then came up with their own sentences about the characters from our story, What We’ll Build, using capital letters. They also took part in a memory game where they had to pair up a capital letter with its lower case partner, and sorted some proper nouns into the three different categories. 


In maths, the class had fun sorting and organising different representations of numbers. They then got to have their own turn using a range of resources to make their own representations of these numbers. We continued to practise reading and writing words using the phase three sounds in our phonics lessons this week.


The whole class was very excited to return to Forest School on Thursday! It was so wonderful to see the children working so creatively and collaboratively during the session. They helped each other by making suggestions for improvements, offering to hold or fetch things for each other, and sharing beautifully. 


On Thursday, we sent each child home with their first reading book. We will be using a new reading scheme this year, called Dandelion Readers. The bands and units in this scheme may not align exactly with the bands the children were used to using in Year 1, however we have aimed to start each of your children at an appropriate level for them. Of course, we always welcome any feedback you may have about your children’s reading and the suitability of the books we are sending home. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,   


Miss Nathan and Miss Fisch

Shalom Parents and Friends,


This week in Jewish Studies we learnt all about the halachot and minhagim - the laws and customs - of Yom Kippur, as well as learning about the story of Yonah and the Big Fish. We started making slippers for Yom Kippur, as we learnt that we are not allowed to wear leather shoes during this festival. Please see some of the photos below.


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom


Mr Salter

English This Week

Dear Parents and Friends,

We have had a fantastic start to Year 1 over the last two days!


On Thursday morning, the children were filled with excitement to see the changes to their new classroom. In no time, they learnt where they should put all of their things and where they could find the different resources in the classroom. They particularly enjoyed exploring all of the toys and games we have on offer during ‘choosing’ time, as shown in the pictures. We practised some handwriting skills and the class enjoyed listening to some stories from the reading corner. 


On Friday we had our first English, maths and phonics lessons. In English, we began to explore the story ‘What We’ll Build’ by Oliver Jeffers. The class had a lovely discussion about both the story and the illustrations in the book, and thought about how the little girl may have been feeling throughout the story. We practised counting up to 20 in our maths. During our phonics lesson, the children refreshed their memory of the sounds they had learnt in Reception. They really impressed me with their blending skills and used these to read out a range of different words. 


Here is some general information: 


We have begun to listen to each child read individually, and will be sending them home with a reading book from Thursday 9th September. Of course, this takes some time and we will continue to listen to the children reading their books in school each week throughout the year. Their reading books will be replaced twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. Please could you make sure that these reading books are returned to school on Monday morning, and again by Thursday morning. 


Our PE days are on Monday and Wednesday, so the children are required to come into school wearing their PE kits on those days. This term, the children's first day of PE will be on Monday 13th September 2021.  


The children will continue to have Forest School on a Thursday during the Autumn term. Please also send them into school wearing their PE kits each Thursday, with suitable footwear. They will also need to bring waterproofs and wellington boots with them if the weather looks likely to rain. Our first day of Forest School will be on Thursday 9th September 2021.


As you know on Monday we will be having a remote learning day. To access this, please go to (while logged into your child’s account). If you have forgotten your login details please email me at, and I will send them to you. Once logged in, please click join on the “Year 1 2021/2 Classroom” where you will find the work for the day. The children have also been sent home with the sheet they will need to complete, however it will also be there in our Google Classroom in case the sheet gets lost along the way. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, Shana Tova and a well deserved rest! 


From Miss Nathan and Miss Fisch

Shalom Parents and Friends,


We had a fabulous few days in Jewish Studies, learning all about Rosh HaShanah. We made such beautiful Rosh Hashanah cards, for our families and friends.


Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tovah!

Mr Salter


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