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Place Value in Maths, Hot Seating in English, Robotics and Celebrating Tu B’Shevat This Week

Friday 21st January 2022


Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had another busy week in Year 1! On Monday it was Tu B’Shevat and the children had a delicious fruit party. They enjoyed arranging their pieces of fruit and vegetables to make a work of art before eating them.


In English, we continued to explore the picture book ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. The children used their drama skills to ‘hot-seat’ as characters from the story. In hot-seating, someone sits in a chair acting as a character and they answer questions in role. This allowed the children to develop their understanding of the events in the story and think from different character’s perspectives. Later in the week, the children imagined their own endings for the story before reading the real story ending. Luckily, Beegu’s mother finds her and takes her home! They then wrote postcards from Beegu’s perspective to her Earth friends, imagining what they could see in space. 


In phonics, we learnt three new alternate pronunciations for graphemes (letters) the children are already familiar with. These new pronunciations were ‘c’ (as in city), ‘u’ (as in unicorn) and ‘ow’ (as in grow). The children already knew how to read these graphemes as ‘c’ (as in carrot), ‘u’ (as in umbrella) and ‘ow’ (as in cow). They also learnt to read and spell the tricky words ‘little’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘do’, ‘one’ and ‘out’.


In maths, we revisited number and place value with numbers up to 20. The children explored different ways they could represent two digit numbers, using equipment such as bead strings, numicon and counters on ten frames. They developed their understanding of ‘tens’ and ‘ones’ and used this to help them identify numbers being described, in addition to finding one more and one less than a given number.


In Science, the children learnt about the properties of different materials. They learnt the definition of key vocabulary, such as ‘opaque’, ‘transparent’ and ‘absorbent’. Then, they used these words to write sentences describing the properties of a range of materials on their tables. 

This week we learnt about the inventions of cars in History. The children found out how the first motor cars did not have roofs and were not much faster than horses. They then learnt how Henry Ford changed the way cars were made by manufacturing them in factories, making them cheaper for people to buy. Finally, they compared images of a range of older and more modern cars to see the similarities and differences between them. 


The children had a fantastic time at their second robotics session, working together in partners to build a moving ferris wheel model. They were very excited to use the electrical components (such as a motor and switch) in order to make their models move. They really impressed us with how they collaborated with their partners and followed the instructions carefully! 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team! 


Paper Weaving in Art, learning about money in Maths, using drama in English and building a model in Robotics

Friday 14th January 2022

Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had a busy and exciting first full week of the Spring Term!


In English, we began to explore a new contemporary fiction book called ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. This is a lovely picture book about an alien that crashes into Earth and struggles to find anyone to help her return to her mother on her home planet. The children started by exploring a cropped image of the alien Beegu lying on her side. They had to analyse the illustration and predict who her character could be, where she was and how she had ended up there. They then looked at the full image which revealed a crashed flying saucer and developed their predictions about what they thought would happen in the story. Later in the week, the children used the drama technique freeze-framing to replicate Beegu’s body language as she tried to ask characters for help. This allowed the children to better understand how Beegu was feeling and use this understanding to write thoughts from her perspective. On Wednesday, the children each imagined what they thought Beegu’s home planet would look like. They had very creative ideas and thought of lots of powerful adjectives to describe the settings they had created. Finally, the children created a ‘wanted’ poster on behalf of Beegu, to help her find a friend. They considered what type of friend Beegu needed to have and listed these qualities on their posters. Some examples of the qualities the children came up with included being kind, helpful and generous. 


In phonics, we have begun to learn the alternate pronunciations for graphemes (letters) they will already recognise. For example, the children are already familiar with the hard ‘g’ sound (as in goat) but this week learnt that this same letter can often be read as a soft ‘g’ (as in giant). They also learnt the long ‘i’ sound (as in mind) as an alternative to the short ‘i’ (as in pig), in addition to the long ‘o’ sound (as in hero) as an alternative to the short ‘o’ (as in orange). We discussed how trying out both alternative options in an unfamiliar word can help the children to find the option that makes the most sense and ensure they read the word correctly. 


In maths, the children continued to develop their understanding of money. Throughout the week, they learnt to recognise the 50p, £1, and £2 coins in addition to the £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes. The children made thoughtful observations about the similarities and differences between the coins and notes and used these to think of tips for being able to tell them apart. They learnt about the difference in value between pennies and pounds and were able to categorise coins accordingly. They practised adding up the pounds and pennies separately to find the totals from different assortments of coins. They were also introduced to the £ symbol and learnt to place this in front of the pound total (eg. £5), noting how this is different to placing p after the pence total (eg. 5p). 


In science, the children continued to learn about materials. This week, they learnt to differentiate between objects and the materials they are made from. For example, a window is an object that is made out of the materials wood, glass and metal. They listed various objects and wrote about the materials they were made out of.  


In history, the children learnt about the invention of trains and how they have developed over time. They followed the journey of the different types of train, from wagons that were pulled by animals on tracks to the steam trains  (first known as locomotives) that were invented during the Victorian times. The children explored images of these trains, noting the differences between the first, second and third class carriages. They wrote down everything they could see in these images and then considered whether they would rather travel in a modern train or a Victorian train. It was also lovely to see the excitement the children are feeling about our upcoming trip to the London Transport Museum! 

In art, the children learnt about weaving and its uses across different cultures and countries. They looked at woven art by the artist Gunta Stölzl and admired how she was able to create patterns and pictures through her weaving. They then had a go at making their own woven placemats using card and paper strips.


On Tuesday, we had our very first robotics session, which is replacing computing lessons for this term. The children had a fantastic time learning about the importance and uses of robotics. They then had the chance to build different models in partners, working together to follow each step of the instructions. It was incredibly impressive to see the children using their problem solving skills to find the correct pieces and construct their final models!


In PSHE, the children discussed the meaning of the word ‘responsibility’. They shared examples of different responsibilities they hold both at home and at school, such as laying the table or collecting siddurim. They then considered how they could ensure that they are organised and ready for school everyday. Some of their ideas included getting a good night’s sleep, or making sure they had a Kippah on (if they were a boy). The children agreed that these ideas were things that they could take more responsibility over.  


This term, we will be visiting the library as a class every Monday afternoon. The children will have the opportunity to borrow books and return them once they have finished reading them. They can then return them during our next class library session, or during a lunch break if they choose to visit the library then. To do this, they must place their borrowed book into the returns box in the library. Please do ask your child if they have brought a library book home that they might like you to read to them. It is important for them to listen to stories that are beyond the level they can read independently alongside their own reading practice books, to help them foster a genuine love of reading. These library books offer a lovely opportunity for the children to listen to and enjoy a new story with you, in addition to the stories you have at home.


Please note that our PE days are now on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please continue to send your children in with 50p coins in case they need to replace any stationary from their pencil cases.


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!

Dear Parents and Friends,


This week in Jewish Studies, we caught up with the Parashiot of the Torah that we missed whilst on holiday (Shemot ~ Bo). They teach us about the hardships of the Bnei Yisrael, whilst living as slaves in Mitzrayim and how HaShem out of his love, rescued us with 10 plagues. We acted out scenes from these Parashiot. Please take a look below.


This week’s Parasha is Parashat Beshalach and it teaches us specifically about Kriyat Yam Suf. The middot we learnt, were Emunah and Bitchaon, the abilities to believe in and trust HaShem.

Mazel Tov to those who changed Aleph Champ levels this week.


Lastly, we spoke about Tu Bishvat and how HaShem has entrusted us to look after His planet. We spoke about how trees teach us to collaborate with each other and have good middot, as these come naturally to trees in their environments and linked these discussions to our Kerem Characteristics.


Shabbat Shalom,

Mr Salter

Parasha Video

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This is video of the last plague

Recognising coins in Maths and our Materials Scavenger Hunt this week

Friday 7th January 2022

Dear Parents and Friends,


I hope you all had a lovely and restful holiday. It has been wonderful to have Year 1 back in school this week! 


In our English lesson, the children wrote from their personal experiences by reflecting on 2021. They wrote about their favourite parts of the last year in addition to what they are looking forward to in 2022. We revised the phase 5 sounds and tricky words that we have learnt so far this year and it was fantastic to see the children feeling so confident with these! 


In Maths, we started learning about money. The children learnt to recognise the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins by exploring the similarities and differences between the coins. 

This helped the children to think of some useful tips for telling them apart and they had a wonderful discussion about whether the size of a coin affects its value. They then looked at different combinations of coins and compared their values using the greater than (>), less than (<) and equals to (=) symbols. Finally, the children had to work out which coins they could combine to buy items with different prices. 


We began our new History topic ‘Travel and Transport’. The children discussed the different modes of transport that are commonly used today and learnt about the modes of transport that people used before these existed, such as a horse and carriage, canoes and even camels! They then organised different modes of transport into a table by deciding if they were used in the past or in modern times. The children also considered if any of these modes of transport could be placed in both sections, and why. 


Year 1 were excited to start their new Science topic ‘Materials’. We went on a scavenger hunt around the classroom and playground to identify materials such as plastic, metal and wood in our school environment. The children described what these materials looked, felt and sounded like and explained how they could tell these different materials apart from each other. 


Please note that our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday for the Spring Term. Please send your child into school wearing the correct PE kit on these days. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!  

Art, Measuring in Maths and Forest School This Week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had a lovely week in Year 1. 


In English, the children have been exploring free verse poetry. We read and explored several examples, discussing how some poems have rhyming words and all poems have rhythm. The children enjoyed the fact that some poems can be ‘silly poems’ whilst others can be serious and descriptive. They then thought of ‘wow word’ adjectives to use in their own poems about winter. Each child had the chance to create actions for their poem and read it aloud to the class, resulting in some wonderful poetry performances. 


In phonics, we continued to revise the phase 5 sounds, making links between sounds that are spelled differently but sound the same (for example, i_e as in bike, ie as in tie and igh as in night). 


In maths, the children continued learning about lengths and heights. They learnt how to measure objects in centimetres with their rulers and record these measurements using the symbol ‘cm’ for centimetres. They then solved addition and subtraction problems involving lengths and heights. 


The children enjoyed their last Forest School session this week. Please note that next term, the children will not need to wear their PE kits on a Thursday as we will no longer have Forest School on Thursday afternoons. 


On Monday 13th December, we will be sending the children home with one piece each of their English, Maths and Ivrit work. The children were proud to choose the pieces of work they would like you to see and are very excited to show you them. You will also receive your child’s report via an email on Monday. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team! 


Dear Parents and Friends,


This week in Jewish Studies we have learnt all about the different food Brachot and how they teach us to be appreciative towards HaShem. We have also continued with our Hebrew reading lessons and Mazal Tov to all those who have changed Aleph Champ levels.


On Thursday and Friday, we learnt about this week’s Parasha which is Parashat Vayigash. The Middah that we learnt from this was keeping our promises that we make with others.


Shabbat Shalom,


Mr Salter

Measuring with cubes, the Chanukah Fair, making Chanukah decorations and Forest School This Week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


Chanukah Sameach! We have had a fun-packed week of learning and celebrations in Year 1. 


The children took part in a ‘maths morning’ on Tuesday, designing decorations for a Chanukah party that will take place at the end of term. They explored the properties of some 2D shapes. Then, the children could choose either a magen david or dreidel outline. They had to cut and stick 2D shapes within these outlines to create a ‘tangram’ shape puzzle. The children had fun working out how they could fit their pieces together to create bright and colourful decorations for the party. They have also been learning about heights and lengths this week. The children have compared the lengths and heights of different objects and have used non-standard units to measure different objects in the classroom. (For example, using cubes to measure the height of their table, or lolly sticks to measure the length of their maths book). 


In English, the children have planned and written their own recounts of their first night of Chanukah. They used each of the features they had learnt about last week in these recounts, including the first person, the past tense and time words. It was exciting to write about all of the lovely Chanukah celebrations that the children took part in on the very first night! 


In phonics, the children learnt their final phase 5 sound, e_e (as in theme). We then began to revise the phase 5 sounds, drawing comparisons between the ones that sound the same but are spelled differently (for example, ee, ea, e_e and ey). We also revised the tricky words there, their, people, Mr, Mrs and were.


On Wednesday, the children listened to a talk about E-safety. They learnt about the 5 key bits of information they should never tell anyone else online, and that they should always ‘stop, think and ask’ about anything that seems strange or too good to be true online. Do ask your child to tell you the five things they must not tell anyone and see how many they can remember! (The answers are: their name, age, address, school or password). 


The children enjoyed their penultimate Forest School session, playing teamwork building games that required them to collaborate in groups. In Geography, they learnt all about London and its famous landmarks.  


Year 1 sang brilliantly in the Chanukah sing-along concert and had a fantastic time at the Chanukah Fair! Many thanks to everyone who was involved in running the fair. 


Wishing you a Chanukah Sameach and Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team! 

Dear Parents and Friends,


This week in School, we have had a fun, jam packed week learning about Chanukah and taking part in Chanukah activities. Thank you to all those who were involved.


In class, the Chanukah excitement continued. We played Chanukah games including a Chanukah Bingo and with our Dreidels. We watched an exciting Chanukah adaptation from Rabbi Perez Goldstein and learnt what the letters on the Driedel represent. Please see pictures below.


Mazel Tov to all those who have changed Aleph Champ Levels this week.


Lastly, on Thursday and Friday we learnt about this week’s Parasha ~ Parashat Miketz and took part in a Parasha Treasure Hunt. Famously in this Parasha, Paro dreams and struggles to interpret them. Yosef interprets them and becomes a ruler in Mitzrayim. There is a famine and his brothers travel to Mitzrayim to buy food. In spite of what his brothers did to him, Yosef was now face to face with them and is kind towards them instead of showing resentment. The Middah we learn from Yosef is how to care for others.


Wishing you and your families Chanukah Sameach and Shabbat Shalom,


Mr Salter

Chanukah in Year 1

Maths and Forest School this week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had a busy week gearing up for Chanukah! 


In English, we have been learning about all of the features that we need to put into a recount. The children learnt how to write in the First Person, using words like ‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘we’. They then learned how to add the suffix ‘ed’ to verbs to write in the past tense. For example, adding ‘ed’ to turn play into played. Finally they learnt how to start a sentence using a time adverb in order to make sure they retold events in the right order. For example: First I went to the cinema with my sister. Then we went to a cafe. 


We learnt the new phonemes ‘a_e’ (as in cake), ‘u_e’ (as in flute), and ‘u_e’ (as in cube) in our phonics lessons this week. Finally, we learnt to read the tricky words ‘there’, ‘some’ and ‘come’.


In maths this week, we have counted in 10s, 5s and 2s. The children have explored the patterns created as we count in these sequences on a hundreds square and made some really interesting observations. We have also been learning about how to share equally into groups. The children investigated how many ways they could share the numbers 12, 14, 15 and 16 equally, using cubes. They then learnt how to add equal groups together to find a total. This is called repeated addition. An example would be: 2+2+2+2=8


In art, the children learnt how to add white to make colours lighter, and black to make colours darker. They had the chance to mix a range of shades in either red or blue paint, using only their chosen colour to create an abstract painting. In Geography, the children explored the differences and similarities between the four countries of the United Kingdom, including their landscapes and national foods. The children had fun playing a range of team sports in PE and learning about their animal tribes in Forest School.


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a Chanukah Sameach, 


The Year 1 Team!  


Dear Parents and Friends,


This week in Jewish Studies we have continued learning about Chanukah. In particular, we have learnt the correct sequence of events in the Chanukah story and learnt why we eat oily foods during the Chag. We have also created a beautiful Chanukah craft, Latke Men and pictures will follow next week.


Mazel Tov to those who have changed Aleph Champ levels.


Finally, this week’s Parasha is Parashat Vayeishev. One middah we learn from this week’s Parasha is having sensitivity towards others.


Shabbat Shalom


Mr Salter

Forest School this week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had another exciting week in Year 1!


In English we learnt about labels, lists and captions. The children discussed where they would see these forms of writing in the real world, why they are useful and what features they should include in them. They then had a go at writing their own! The children also learnt about the suffix ‘ing’ and how they could add it to a verb to show how the action was taking place right now (in the present tense). For example: play + ing becomes playing. 


We learnt the new phonemes ‘ey’ (as in key), ‘o_e’ (as in bone), and ‘i_e’ (as in slide) in our phonics lessons this week. The children were particularly excited to learn about a new kind of digraph (often called a ‘split digraph’ or sounds with a ‘magic e’). We discussed their similarity to the phonemes ‘oe’ as in toe and ‘ie’ as in tie, and the children also noticed how the split digraphs normally go at the end of a word. Finally, we learnt to read the tricky words ‘so’, ‘were’ and ‘like’.


In maths our focus has been on addition and subtraction to numbers just beyond 10. The children learnt about the concept of ‘making ten’ as a first step for adding or subtracting when crossing the number ten. For example, if you were to work out 15 - 7 =, the first step would be to work out what to take away from 15 to get to 10 (5). Then they would need to partition 7 into 5 and whatever is left over (2) to work out what to take away from 10. Finally, they would solve 10 - 2 = 8 to find their final answer, 8. The children used number lines, part whole models and base ten equipment to support their calculations and we discussed how this method can be a faster method than trying to count back or up in ones. We also discussed how the ‘making ten’ method would be more helpful for mental calculations if the children didn’t have resources in front of them.


In art, we learnt about how we could mix the primary colours to create the secondary colours (purple, orange and green). The children then had a go at mixing these colours themselves, seeing if they could make different shades. They looked at these colours on a colour wheel and observed which pairs of colours were complimentary colours. 


In Geography, the children learnt what an aerial view is and looked at some pictures of the school taken from this angle. They discussed the similarities and differences that an aerial view of the school had to the views they are used to seeing in real life. The children enjoyed their PE sessions and continued to learn about the seasons and the concept of a tribe in Forest School.


As we progress through the term, some things in the children’s pencil cases are beginning to run out and things are frequently being misplaced. Please do encourage your child to replace these items by bringing in 50p to buy new items from the stationary shop. Many thanks in advance for your support with this. Please also continue to encourage your child to practice and learn the words to the songs they will be singing in our Chanukah concert! 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!


Dear Parents and Friends,


This week in Jewish Studies, we have been learning all about Chanukah and its significance. We have been creating beautifully decorated Dreidels and have learnt how the Jewish People went into hiding and played with them each time they were spotted, to make it appear as if they were playing games rather than learning Torah. Please take a look at some of the pictures below.


We have continued moving forward with our Hebrew reading and Mazal Tov to those students, who have changed Aleph Champ levels this week


Wishing you and your families Shabbat Shalom


Mr Salter

Dreidel Making

Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had a busy week in Year 1!


In English we learnt about a final story with predictable phrasing, Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. After discussing their understanding of the story, the children planned and wrote their own versions. They had to choose different settings and come up with objects that made noise effects to keep their main character from sleeping. 


We learnt the new phonemes ‘ew’ (as in screw), ‘oe’ (as in toe), and ‘ph’ (as in elephant) in our phonics lessons this week. Here is a link to a phonics game that your child can play to support their recognition of these sounds: 

You can select Phase 5, and then choose the sounds that we have learnt about this week. The children will need to read words with these sounds in and then decide if they are real or nonsense words. 


In maths, we continued to develop our understanding of the teen numbers. The children explored the concept of tens and ones in 2 digit numbers, using this as a way to describe numbers. For example, the number 12 has 1 ten and 2 ones. They also used their problem solving skills to compare objects and numbers using the language ‘more than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equal too’ in addition to ordering these numbers in a range of contexts. 


In art, we learnt about the primary colours and how we could use these to stand out in our artwork. The children analysed the art of Piet Mondrian and created their own abstract pieces in his style, using the primary colours. 


In Geography, the children learnt all about the United Kingdom. They learnt that the UK is found in Europe, which countries are part of the UK, and which flags belong to these countries. They then had the chance to read a map of the United Kingdom, identifying the capital cities and surrounding seas of the countries in the UK. They used what they found out to label their own maps. We also had the chance to finish our junk models this week. Please do ask your child to show you what they have made, and ask them to explain why their model belongs in either the countryside or a city. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!

Here are the lyrics for the songs the children have been learning for the Chanukah show in their music lessons. Please do encourage them to practice and learn the words!

Junk Modelling, Forest School and Performing Stories this week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had a lovely first week back after the half term!


In English, we planned and wrote up our very own ‘I Want My --- Back’ stories, in the style of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back. The children came up with their own creative characters and an item that had gone missing. After writing their stories, the children had the chance to read and perform their stories aloud to the class, using puppets they had made to show which character was talking. 


We learnt the new phonemes ‘aw’ (as in saw), ‘au’ (as in haunted), and ‘wh’ (as in whistle) in our phonics lessons this week. We also learnt to read the tricky words ‘said’ and ‘have’. 


In our maths lessons this week, we have been deepening our understanding of the teen numbers. The children had the opportunity to explore a range of representations of these numbers and come up with their own representations. We began to explore the concept of tens and ones, as the children noticed that the numbers that were greater than ten all had a number added to ten in their representations. They also used their problem solving skills to solve clues and work out which teen number was being described. 


In art, we began the topic ‘Colour Creations’. The children explored where they could find colour in the classroom and how there could be different shades of the same colour. They then thought about their favourite colours and used these to create patterns in their books. 


We also began a new topic in Geography, ‘Our Country’. Our first lesson explored the differences between life in a city and life in the countryside. The children were excited to begin their junk modelling project, making a model of something they would find either in a city or in the countryside. Thank you very much to everyone who sent in recycled objects, we had plenty for everyone! 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!

Reward Time, Maths, Art and Forest School this week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


What a wonderful final week of the half term we have had!


In English, we began learning about a new story with predictable phrasing, ‘I Want My Hat Back’ by Jon Klassen. The children discussed their understanding of the story and created story maps to help remember the order of events in the story. They then inferred how the characters were feeling and wrote sentences for the character’s thoughts.


We learnt the new phonemes ‘ir’ (as in girl), ‘ue’ (as in glue), and ‘ue’ (as in queue) in our phonics lessons this week. We also learnt to read the tricky words ‘called’ and ‘asked’. 


In our maths lessons, we began learning about time. The children learnt how to organise events using the words ‘before’ and ‘after’, the days of the week and the months of the year. They worked hard to order the days and months correctly and used their knowledge to answer problems. 


In art, the children explored the artwork of Pablo Picasso. They compared his realistic and abstract portraits, and discussed which styles they preferred. They then created their own abstract collage portraits, in the style of Picasso’s cubism. We had a final lesson on Dina Asher Smith for Black History Month, writing up key facts about her and thinking of questions the children wanted to ask her. The class had a lovely time in PE and in Forest School, where they learnt about the Autumn season, took part in a mindfulness session and made some fantastic nature crafts. 


We rounded off the week with a special story reward time, with the children all bringing in a stuffed toy to share their reward with. It was really lovely to see the children feeling so proud of themselves, whilst relaxing and enjoying a story together. Thank you very much to everyone who has brought a book in to share this week. 


We were overwhelmed with wonderful stories that the children had brought in, and unfortunately did not have time to read them all this week. After half term, I will be introducing a ‘Story and Tell’ time on Friday afternoons. Each week, one child will be invited to bring in a book of their choice. They will get to explain why they have chosen this book, and I will read it out to the class. Please only send in a story on your child’s chosen Friday, to avoid any disappointment. 

We will also be starting an exciting new junk modelling project in our Geography lessons after half term, as part of our topic ‘Our Country’. Please could you send in no more than five small to medium-sized cardboard boxes or cleaned plastic containers with your child by Thursday 4th November. Thank you in advance!


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom and a very happy half term, 


The Year 1 Team! 


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Part 1

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Part 2

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Part 3

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Dear Parents and Friends, 


We have had another busy week in Year 1! 


In English, we finished writing up our own versions of a ‘Hunt Story’, based on the book “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. We practised using a story map to perform the original story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. The children discussed what we would need to make our story exciting, and decided that we should include actions and use expression in our voices. We hope you enjoy watching our final performance!

The children then created story maps of their own Hunt Stories and used these to perform their stories in front of the class. 


We learnt the new phonemes ‘ie’ (as in tie), ‘ea’ (as in beads), and ‘oy’ (as in boy) in our phonics lessons this week. We also learnt to read the tricky words ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’ and ‘looked’. 


In maths, we explored a range of different methods for subtraction. These included counting back on a numberline, finding the difference between two numbers and finding what is left over. 


The children continued to develop their portrait skills, adding a self-portrait to half of a picture of their own face. We created a fact file about Dina Asher Smith to organise all of the facts that we have learnt about her, and shared some stories of some other influential black people. The children have really enjoyed discussing how they can help to make the world more equal for everyone. 


We had a wonderful time in Forest School, working together to build dens and persevering to make beautiful nature crafts.  


For your information:

50p - As you may know, if the children’s supplies run out, they have to pay 50p for a new item. This will help instill a sense of responsibility for looking after their equipment.  We have already had some of the whiteboard pens run out and the children have done their best to remember to bring in 50p.  If I could please ask you to perhaps send in a couple of 50p in your child’s bag so that when they run out, they can use the money from their bag.  This will make it a little easier and quicker to replace the item.


School Council - We will be holding school council elections in our class. If your children choose to apply, they can write a short speech to explain why they should be chosen.

There are three different councils,

Tzedakah (Charity council), Kehillah (Community council), Tikkun Olam (Eco council)

The short speech will be delivered to the rest of the class and we will be holding these elections on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th October so that the councils can start straight after half term.  Meetings will be held at 8.15am on Thursdays. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!


Performing our own ‘Hunt’ stories

Forest School this week

Music, Art, Phonics and Maths this week

Dear Parents and Friends, 


It has been wonderful to complete our first full week in Year 1! 


In English, we have been exploring the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We started by answering comprehension questions about the story and discussed the repetition of certain phrases. We then moved on to planning our own versions of the story. Each child chose the animal they would like to hunt for, and the settings they must go through to get there. Finally, we used our plans to begin writing up the first part of their own ‘hunt’ stories. 


We learnt the new phonemes ‘ay’ (as in crayon) and ‘ou’ (as in cloud) in our phonics lessons this week. We also learnt to read the tricky words ‘oh’, ‘their’ and ‘people’. 


In maths, we have been exploring a range of different methods for addition within the number 10. This has included counting on using a numberline, adding parts together to find a whole, and finding fact families for different number bonds. 


We explored different styles of portraits in art and then had a go at drawing our own self portraits. As October is Black History Month, we discussed the importance of learning about Black History and began learning about Dina Asher Smith, the athlete. The children had a fantastic discussion about treating all people equally and with respect, which was wonderful to take part in. The children enjoyed both PE sessions, in addition to their Forest School and very first music session of the term. 


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom, 


The Year 1 Team!

A snapshot of our week!

Dear Parents and Friends,


It has been another busy short week for us in Year 1!


In English, we used our imaginations to plan a visit to the moon. The children created their own lists of things they would like to pack for their trip. We also learnt about different verbs and how to use these in sentences. 


In maths, we used part-whole models to understand that numbers can be partitioned into two or more amounts. We then used these models to write our own addition number sentences. Later on in the week, we used different resources to represent number sentences. This helped us to solve the addition calculations and check our answers! 


We had a fantastic time with Pepsi at Forest School, learning about seeds and building shelters for Forest Friends. 


I’m looking forward to welcoming you all to the classroom for our Meet the Teacher evening this Monday!


Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,


The Year 1 team!


Maths this week

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

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

Our First Forest School in Year 1

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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