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Year 1

Our teacher is Miss Ioannou and our teaching assistant is Mrs Todaro.  

This week in Year 1... 22/01/2021

'Go as far as you can see and you will see further'

-Zig Ziglar

It's been another wonderful week in Year 1, full of fun learning activities! You continue to amaze me with your positivity and resilience everyone; you truly bring the sunshine to our online classroom! 

In English, we started off our week by learning how to add the '-ed' suffix to verbs to show actions that happened in the past. We also started to work on our new story, 'Oliver's Vegetables'. We imagined that Oliver gave us a phone call from Grandpa's farm and wrote recounts. We then retold the story by creating a timeline and described the story's setting. To describe the vegetables from the story and our own choice of vegetables, we wrote some really fun riddles! 

In Maths, we continued our work with addition and subtraction. We  found the difference between two sets of objects, we subtracted by counting backwards, we started adding by making 10 first and we also solved word problems by using addition and subtraction.

In Computing, we read the story of Smartie the penguin and identified what things we should keep safe and not share on the Internet. In RE we looked at the Jewish holy book, the Torah and how it is used in Judaism. In Art, we created tints by adding white to a hue: we used those tints to make ice cream paintings!

Notes and reminders

Next week's learning

Phonics: we are going to learn the three different spellings of the /oo/ sound as in 'book' , /u/ as in 'put' and  & 'oul' as in 'could'.

English: we are going to finish off our Unit with 'Oliver's Vegetables' by creating our own version, with a new picky eater as a main character and a new story setting!

Maths: next week we are going to introduce multiplication and division. We will start by counting sets of objects in twos and tens and write our counting as repeated addition. We will identify doubles and use  repeated addition to introduce multiplication.

Google Classroom

Starting next week, we will be introducing 'Focus Groups' on Google Classroom. The sessions will take 15 minutes and they will run from Monday – Thursday, 14:30-14:45. This will give the children the opportunity to catch up with their peers and share their news!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we will also have a chance to meet on Google Classroom for a lovely story time from 15:00-15:15.  

I really look forward meeting you all for these activities.


Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1... 15/01/2021

'Remember, you are the one who can fill the world with sunshine'

-Walt Disney

It is the end of Week 2 of Online Learning, and as the quote above says, you can and you did fill our online classroom with sunshine this week! You have blown me away with your perseverance, hard work and good cheer! For every single day you have all tuned in our live lessons with big smiles, great mood and lots of excitement for learning. I could not have asked for a more enthusiastic class! 


In English, we have completed our work with 'Handa's Surprise'. We created our own baskets for a friend and described all the fruit and vegetables with some really effective adjectives. Shiny,  red cherries seem to be a popular choice for fruit baskets in Year 1! We also created plans for a new version of the story to help us with our writing. The plans were indeed very useful because they helped you write such amazing stories! I have seen lots of interesting animals coming to get fruit from your basket. After checking your work, I can also say that we are all pretty confident in using apostrophes for possession too!


In Maths, we have been working hard on addition and subtraction. We discovered that we can swap the numbers in an addition without changing the result. We also practised jumping backwards on a number line to find the answer to a subtraction and then we jumped forwards to create additions. We called those related facts 'Fact Families'. 


In RE we continued our work on Judaism and found out more about the purpose of some Jewish symbols and artefacts. In PSHE we had a look at 'local heroes': we learned about all the people in our community who work to help other and made information posters about them and appreciation drawings. 


In Science we looked at familiar garden plants and completed a plant investigation as well as a garden design. I have also received lots of pictures of your bean plants- they are growing so fast! 


Notes and reminders

Next week's learning

English: Our next unit will be based on the book 'Oliver's vegetables'. It is a book about a fussy eater! We will follow Oliver's journey as he discovers what different vegetables taste like!  

Phonics: /ie/ as in pie and its alternative spellings are /y/ as in fly, /i_e/ as in time/ as in flute and /igh/ as in high.

Maths: we will continue working on addition and subtraction and we will introduce two new ways to write number sentences: multiplication and division. We will practise putting things in groups and also doubling sets of objects.


Thank you

Without a doubt, the children have worked absolutely brilliantly this week. All your support and feedback have been invaluable and made me smile every single day. Thank you for all your kindness and support. Please know that I am here to support you in any way I can.


It is now time for a well-deserved break! 


Wishing you all a restful, cosy weekend,


Miss Ioannou and Year 1




This week in Year 1... 08/01/2021

'Learning together even if we are apart...' 

Happy New Year everyone! 

Week 1 of Home Learning- check!


I cannot even begin to describe how proud I am for all of you! You have adapted so well to online learning and it is a real pleasure to see you with a big smile every day, trying your very best in every single lesson!  You have all managed to create a happy and positive online classroom for all of us! Seeing you sharing your work, answers and ideas with such enthusiasm is a true joy- keep it up!

We had a full-on week of learning! In English, we have been working on a new book, 'Handa's Surprise'. We started off by reading and discussing the story and we also came up with some interesting questions to ask Handa! I think we are all interested to know how Handa can balance a basket on her head! We have also started retelling the story by using actions and drawings in a story map.

In Maths, we have been working hard on our Money unit. We identified the various coins we use in the UK, discussed their features such us their shapes, colours and values and  we used them to make various amounts. We also investigated different ways of creating a coin. Did you know that there are 11 ways of making a 10p coin using other coins?

In Science, we have started our Plants unit. We looked at what steps we need to follow to plant a bean. At this point, I am happy to report that your classroom beans have been planted, labelled and some of them have started to open! They will be sprouting in no time! Remember to give your beans a small amount of water every day. 

In RE, we have started our Judaism unit. We looked at various objects that are important to the Jewish faith and wrote questions about what we would like to learn about them. 

Notes and reminders

Google classroom

Of course this would be the first note! Thank you all for being active on Google classroom this week. We are all still getting familiar with it but I am sure it will become second nature soon. A kind reminder to keep your microphones on mute throughout the lesson- it makes it easier to hear everyone's questions and comments at the end.

To upload work, please see this video tutorial, I hope it makes the process a bit clearer.

Next week's learning

English: We will continue our work on 'Handa's Surpirse'. We will be planning and writing our own version of the story, such as 'Miss Ioannou's Surprise!'

Phonics: /ie/ as in pie and its alternative spellings are /y/ as in fly, /i_e/ as in time/ as in flute and /igh/ as in high.

 Maths: we will be looking at  addition and subtraction. We will be focusing on number bonds to 10 and making relevant number facts (e.g. If I know that 2+8=10, I know that 10-8=2). We will be also practising switching numbers in an addition (e.g. 3+4= 7 is the same as 4+3=7). 



Thank you to everyone for showing great support, resilience and patience! You have been exceptional the children has been absolutely brilliant. Your work has been excellent and I am very proud of you!

It is now time for a well-deserved rest! 

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday!

Miss Ioannou and Year 1



This week in Year 1... 18/12/2020

“May your days be merry and bright...

It is Christmas and the new year is just around a corner! I would like to start this blog post by thanking you for all your amazing support with the children's learning during this unusual time. I am really proud of each and every one of them and they should be proud of themselves! 


This week Year 1 took part in lots of festive activities and had a jolly good time! Everybody enjoyed our special Christmas lunch and celebrated the end of term with our Christmas party!

We have completed lots of Christmas crafts and projects which have been sent home throughout this week. We have also completed our Toy Unit in English with a fun poem! The children came up with well-matched actions to go with the verses and they had a go writing their own rhyming couplets! We included them in our performance!


Lastly, I have sent home some optional activities the children can complete during the holidays. Please note that the bigger pack is for you to keep at home: it includes activities and resources we have discussed in our last Parents evening. 


I would also like to say goodbye and send my all of my best wishes to a wonderful member of our class. We wish you the best of luck to your new adventure; you have have really flourished this term and  I am sure you will continue to shine anywhere you go! We will all really miss you, it has been a privilege being your teacher.


I wish you all a wonderful and safe Christmas, Year 1. May your holidays be filled with moments of laughter and joy. 

Looking forward to meeting you again in 2021! 

Miss Ioannou and Year 1



This week in Year 1... 11/12/2020

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”

Oh, what a jolly good time we had in Year 1 this week!  Let's start from the highlight of the week: our Nativity! The children performed their lines with great expression and they have put on a  truly outstanding show! The show was filmed on Thursday and you will be able to enjoy it next week. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped film and edit the play and also to all of you for your support. 


Year 1 have also been busy with their learning! In English we have completed our non-fiction unit. The children planned and wrote their own fact files about spinning tops. They included pictures, captions, headings and fun facts! Did you know that nature has its own spinning tops? Shells and acorns have the perfect shape to twirl round and round. 

In Maths, we have been partitioning 2-digit numbers. We used part-part whole models to find the tens and ones in a number and then wrote the number as an addition.

In Science, we explored our sense of sight and learnt all about how our eyes work.


In RE, we continued our work on the story of the Nativity. We discussed the importance of all the characters, we described their role and wrote questions we would like to ask them. 

Notes and reminders

Next week is looking very merry! Year 1 will have a special Christmas lunch, a Christmas party and we will also get to watch our Nativity. 


Next week's learning

English: We will have a look at poems with rhyming couplets. Our focus will be the poem 'Teddy bear Teddy bear turn around'.

Phonics: oo/ as in moon and its alternative spellings are /ew/ as in blew, /ue/ as in blue, /u_e/ as in flute and /o/ as in do.

 Maths: we will continue our work with place value and we will start looking at different coins. 


Celebrate Me Book

The ‘Celebrate Me Book’ is an opportunity to share your authentic and unique self with the rest of your class. Remember, there is only one you and you should have the chance to shout out about it and celebrate! You are wonderful!

Every Friday, one child will have the opportunity to take this book and record something inside. You could share something you love, share something you are proud of or ultimately, just share something that makes you, you!

The book will be due back on the Monday.


Sporting News

Next week, within our PE lessons, we will be running Christmas themed House Competitions. The competitions will be snowball (dodgeball) competitions which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.


I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.

 Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1... 04/12/2020

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”
D. Parton

 Year 1 is getting into the Christmas spirit! Our Nativity rehearsals have been in full swing, thank you all for  learning yourlines.  Our final performance is coming up this week, so keep practising your words and songs over the weekend in big, confident voices!


In addition to our Nativity practice, we have been learning lots of new things.

In English, we have started looking at non-fiction books for our new topic, ‘Toys’. We compared non-fiction and fiction books and identified the differences and similarities between them. We have also identified the features of non-fiction books and as the week progressed, we wrote questions about the toys that we wanted to find the answers to. We finished the week by retrieving information from non-fiction text so that we could answer our questions.


In Maths, we have started looking at time! We investigated what activities we can do in 1 second and 1 minute. We then ordered activities starting from the ones that take the least amount of time -like blinking our eyes!- to the most amount of time –like our summer holidays-. We have also completed work about the days of the week and the months: we ordered them, identified the missing month or day and used calendars to respond to word problems.

In Science, we investigated our sense of touch: we looked at how are skin protects the inside of our bodies by feeling different temperatures and textures of objects. We worked in groups and felt various materials and used accurate vocabulary to describe them. We really enjoyed stepping on the squashy sponge!

In RE, we looked at the visit of the angel to the shepherds. We spoke about what the shepherds experienced and what they felt when they saw the angel and heard the message about the birth of Jesus.

Notes and reminders:

Next week’s learning

English: we will continue our work on non-fiction texts and we will plan and write our own fact file for a toy. It would be really useful to look at any non-fiction books you might have at home. 

Maths: we will look into numbers up to 50 and find ways to partition them into tens and ones.We will also order numbers from smallest to largest and find what is one more/less from a given number. 

 Phonics: our next sound will be /oo/ as in moon and its alternative spellings are /ew/ as in blew, /ue/ as in blue, /u_e/ as in flute and /o/ as in do.



Our school is still accepting foodbank donations. You may bring any items you wish to donate into school by the 11th December.

For a list of food items the foodbank accepts, please follow the link below.


Eco Christmas Competition

Our Eco-Council is looking for ways to make Christmas a bit more eco-friendly! Please check the poster below to find out all about it.

 Please remember to bring in your Nativity outfit on Monday.


Have a wonderful weekend and keep warm,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1... 27/11/2020

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner anywhere

-Chinese proverb

Year 1 Songs and lyrics

It's been another busy week in Year 1, full of new knowledge! Well done to all the children for their motivation for learning! 

In English, we have completed our work on ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’. We had great fun using alliteration to create new titles and find animals that matched different meals of the day. A popular title was ‘The Dog Who Came to Dinner’. On Wednesday, we planned our stories and we wrote the new versions on Thursday and Friday. We have also written and read words with the /ow/ sound (as in town and /ou/ as in found). We practised reading real words and silly, alien words too!

In Maths, we had a look at position and movement. Children used positional language to write clues about where they sit, they followed instructions with two steps (e.g. move the bear 2 places left and then 3 places down) and practised turning clockwise and anti-clockwise.  They turned objects and pictures towards different directions, completing full, half and quarter turns.

In Science, we completed a smell investigation. The children worked in their House Teams and rotated around four stations. Each station had two smelly pots and we used our sense of smell to try and identify what was in the pot. The trickiest smell to identify was rosemary! We then created a bar graph to show how many people liked each smell: cocoa powder was a class favourite- it reminded us of hot chocolate! 


In Computing, we all had a go turning a camera on and off, and practised moving it to what we wanted to record.

In Art, we have completed our self-portraits using oil pastels and pencil. The children worked carefully to replicate their facial features and mixed oil pastels to create the accurate shades for their eyes and hair. The children produced some amazing work; what great artists we have in Year 1!

In RE, we continued our work in the Nativity Story and focused on Mary and Joseph. We discussed what they were like and why they were a good choice to be parents for Jesus. 

Notes and reminders


Our show this year is called ‘A Midwife Crisis’. We read through the script in class and I have sent the words home to practise. .  All the children in Year 1 will narrate the story and sing some of the songs. Please support your child in learning their lines in a clear, confident voice!

You will also find a letter regarding costumes for our show. Our school has an impressive collection of costumes for the children to wear, so you only need to bring (in a bag labelled with the child’s name) what is mentioned on the letter.


Foodbank Advent Collection

Our School Council is currently collecting items to give to the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank to support the local community over the Christmas period.

Children can bring any items they wish to donate into school and give them to their class teacher. We are hoping to make a final collection on the 11th December.

For a list of food items the foodbank accepts, please follow the link below.


Next week’s learning


English: in the next two weeks, we will be looking at non-fiction texts. We will be identifying their features, read various examples and focus on non-chronological reports.We will also learn all about writing questions: we will read and write question words (who, what, when, where, how, etc.) and how to use question marks.


Phonics: /ow/ as in town and /ou/ as in out.


Maths: we will start looking at time in terms of chronological sequence and order. We will explore duration of activities, we will recognise things that happen in the morning, afternoon and dinner and we will name and order the days of the week.


Have a wonderful weekend, 

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1... 20/11/2020

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

-Dalai Lama

It’s been another busy and fun week in Year 1! In addition to our usual work, we had the opportunity to reflect on the important message of Anti-bullying week through various activities.

 On Monday, Year 1 and St Peter’s School wore odd socks. Odd Socks Day was a wonderful opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique! On Thursday, we attended a virtual Anti-bullying workshop by Chelsea Football Club. The children gave examples of what bullying might look like and discussed this year’s motto: ‘United Against Bullying’. The children suggested ways of encouraging kind behaviour and they all created a ‘helping hand’. The hands were then united to create a wreath and promote this year’s motto.


In English, we started looking at a new book, ‘The tiger who came to tea’. We started off by making predictions and guessed what the characters were saying or thinking. We used our ideas to write some really creative speech and thought bubbles with question marks and exclamation marks. We then performed the story and retold it through a story map.

In Maths, we have continued finding half of numbers and shapes. We discovered that not all numbers can be halved so we carried out an investigation to find more about it. We learnt about odd and even numbers and we tried halving all sorts of things!

In Computing, we looked at filming equipment. We discussed about different devices we could use to film our cooking show and had a closer look at the school camera. We had a close look at the different buttons and identified the play, pause and record buttons.

In Science, we worked in groups to go on a sound hunt- make sure you check this week's gallery to see us being careful sound collectors! We used our listening ears to identify sounds from the Reception play area and the library. Some of the sounds we heard were children talking, leaves moving, a car driving by, the noise of the hand dryer and the wheels of the lunch trolley! We also spoke about our sense of touch and how different objects feel.



Notes and reminders


Next week’s learning

English: We will continue our work on ‘The tiger who came to tea’. We will use alliteration to create a new title for our own version of the story. We will identify different meals of the day and come up with what animals might visit us at those times (e.g. the lion who came to lunch).

Phonics: Our new sound will be /ow/ as in now and its alternative spelling is /ou/ in cloud.

Maths: We will start looking into position and movement. We will use positional language to identify where objects are (between, next to, above, under/ underneath, outside, left, right) and how they can move (one whole turn, half a turn, a quarter of a turn).


Well done for another wonderful week of learning, Year 1. Keep trying your very best!


Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1... 13/11/2020


Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.

-Brene Brown

Let’s start from the highlight of our week: DT Day! We had an amazingly creative Wednesday, where we created 3d models of cars. We discussed about how cars have changed the world and who has helped make cars what they are today. We created a design sheet, where we demonstrated how we want our car to look like and designed its four sides: the front, the back, the left side and the right side. We were inspired by our previous work in Maths, and we drew 2d shapes and patterns to decorate our models. Our materials included Techcard (a recyclable card), wooden axles, plastic nuts and bolts and of course, wheels!


On Monday, we watched an assembly by the NSPCC, where we discussed about children’s rights and who we can talk to if we are worried or nervous about something. We also learnt the NSPCC childline number and met Buddy, the mascot of the charity, which is shaped like a speech bubble, to remind us to ‘speak out, stay safe’.

In English, we have completed our unit on ‘Dogger’. We created our own alternative characters and toys for the story, which we have used to plan and then write our own version. We continued looking at using adjectives and joining words in our work, and also checking our work to make sure the meaning is clear. In Phonics, we wrote and read sentences including words with the ‘e’ sound (as in red, head and said). We will continue our work on the ‘e’ sound next week as well.  

In Maths, we have continued our work in measure and looked at capacity, where we had to estimate and measure how much various containers could hold. We have introduced finding halves of shapes and numbers, which we will continue for next week too.

In Science, we have looked at the five senses and looked at the sense of hearing. We identified what sounds we can hear when we go on a Sound Walk and if the sounds are loud or quiet.

In Art, we have started looking at portraits and used our photos to draw our facial features. We made sure we drew the correct shapes and used accurate colours.

Notes and Reminders:

In terms of our next week’s learning, we will start a new story in English, ‘The tiger who came to tea’. We will also continue looking at the ‘e’ sound and for Maths we will continue our work in finding halves.

Next week will be Anti-bullying week and Monday will be Odd Socks Day, when children have the opportunity to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and make a stand to bullying.


Have a lovely, restful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1... 06/11/2020

I've been around the world and back

Guess what I have seen!

-Emma Blackstone

A big welcome back to everyone and an even bigger well done to all the children in Year 1! They came to the second term very excited and with a truly positive attitude! All the lovely energy everybody brought in this week was evident in our poetry recital: we performed our poem in clear voices and showed all the moves with great enthusiasm and expression! I am really proud of your amazing efforts!

In English, we have started reading ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes, a story about finding your favourite toy. We wrote questions that we would like to ask the characters, identified the settings and discussed about our favourite and least favourite parts of the story. We then practised using joining words in our sentences and used them to describe Dogger. One of our favourite joining words is ‘because’- we now know a cool trick to remember how to spell it (big elephants can always understand small elephants)!

In Maths, we explored measuring length and weight. We started off our week by investigating length: we used cubes to measure the length and height of various classroom objects and made estimations as well as comparisons. We then moved on to weight/mass where we used balance scales to weigh our fruit of the day and different objects from our desks and pencil pots! Have a look at the gallery to see our investigations!


In Science, we introduced our new topic ‘Using our senses’. We identified parts of our bodies and explained their roles.

In RE, we reviewed the story of Creation and talked about what things we find interesting or puzzling. We wrote questions we would like to ask God and spoke about questions God would perhaps like to ask us! I was really impressed with the children’s inquisitiveness and their creative questions.

In Computing, we started our new unit ‘We are TV chefs’! We are planning to use cameras to film a cooking video! We discussed what healthy recipes we would like to share and identified what makes a good TV presenter.


Notes and reminders:

I have sent a handwriting booklet with the Blue Homework to further support with handwriting and letter formation. It can be kept at home and completed at your own pace.

House Athletics Competition

We would like to congratulate all of the children for their wonderful sporting skills in athletics. Mr Cotton was so pleased with the determination and sportsmanship he saw. We would like to give an almighty congratulations to the children in Keys who received the most points in the competition, well done.

We look forward to running the next house sporting competitions at the end of this term. Thank you, Miss Cook


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1



This week in Year 1... 23/10/2020

The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe.

-Mae Jemison

It's half term! A big well done to all the children in Year 1 for all their hard word and continuous excitement for learning these first seven weeks: they have all been trying their very best every single day!

This week we have been celebrating Black History Month: we looked into the life and achievements of Mae Jemison and how she showed resilience and followed her dreams of becoming an astronaut. We also took part on a wonderful Caribbean dance workshop and learnt about the Windrush generation and its impact on our lives. 

 In English, we have been looking at poetry. We read and created list poems about different animals, using descriptive clues to help the reader guess what animal we are talking about. We also read the poem 'Everything you do' by Mabel Segun and wrote our own verse to continue it. 

In Maths, we looked at 3D shapes: we named  and created different 3D shapes,  identified what 2D shapes they are made of and tested them to see if they can roll or if they can be stacked (or both!), 

In Art, we learnt all about primary colours and we used them in our artwork. We also explored what happens when you mix two -or three!- of the colours.


Notes and reminders:

Home Learning

I have set some phonics homework for this break. Also, an email was sent out with our poem for our upcoming Poetry Recital Assembly, as well as some optional homework. Please see below a video version of the poem for the children to listen to for their poetry practice.

House Competitions

What a wonderful week for sport. Thank you to all year groups for taking part in the house athletics competitions this week; it has been lovely to get the children involved in competitive sport, and they really enjoyed it. It has been a very close call but Mr Cotton will tally up the results and announce the winning house after half term.


Lastly, I would like to thank you all for your continuous support this first half term and wish you a wonderful half term break,


Stay safe and full of smiles,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1... 16/10/2020

We all come in different shapes and sizes, and that's fine by me.

-Kristin Scott Thomas

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1, full of creativity and learning! The children  have been really enthusiastic about all the new things we have learnt these last five days and I am most impressed with both their work and positive attitude!


In English, we have been looking at labels, lists and captions. We have labelled Barnaby Bear, our class teddy, and also a picture of Barnaby's picnic! We have then used the picture to  write simple and detailed captions and create a picnic list!The children had some really creative ideas about what to bring in a picnic and they wrote their own lists. Lastly, we explored various non-fiction books to spot examples of captions, lists and labels. 


In Maths, we have been investigating 2d shapes: learning their names and identifying their sides and corners. We had great fun using the shapes to make patterns and also playing Guess my Shape! 


In Science, we have completed our materials experiment and tested which materials are best for an umbrella.


In Art, we were inspired by the song ‘Ten green bottles’ and we created a watercolour painting with multi-coloured bottles! We used pencil to practise sketching and watercolours.


Show Racism the Red Card

 Today the children wore something red as a way to say stop to discrimination. We have shared all the things that make us special and unique and how important it is to treat others how we want to be treated.



 Have a lovely and peaceful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1... 09/10/2020


If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. 

-W. Clement Stone

We had another full week in Year 1! I have been so impressed with how dedicated the children are in their learning. They have been working really hard and they have produced some amazing work!

In English, we have completed our 'We're going on a bear hunt' unit. The children planned their own verse of the poem, including a new animal and a new setting. We then had an opportunity to perform our work in class! We have been really stretching our vocabulary and have made some excellent choices to describe our animal and the obstacles we found along the way. Very creative ideas, Year 1- well done! 

In Maths, we have been looking at subtraction this week. The children have worked with practical resources to 'take away' , we subtracted by crossing out and used number lines to count backwards.  We have also practiced reading number sentences and focused on using accurate vocabulary such as 'plus', 'minus' and 'equals'. 

In RE we have discussed was in which we can take care of God's creation. We have shared some great ideas about looking after each other and treating people around us with kindness. 

Notes and reminders:

Thank you for your Harvest donations. The children delivered the donations to church on Monday. 

Next Friday, our school will participate in the 'Show Racism the Red Card' movement. Children may wear something red in addition to their school uniform. 

Sporting News

During the final week of school, before half term (week commencing 19th October 2020), within our PE lessons, we will be running sporting House Competitions. The competitions will be house athletics competitions which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

Lastly, please ensure you are reading daily and logging this in your reading logs.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1... 02/10/2020


Our eyes see the beauty of nature. Our hearts see the beauty in each other. 


What a creative and busy week we had in Year 1! 

In English, we have been looking at 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. The children worked in their tables and found actions and sounds to match the settings  of the story. Then we performed the story as a class. We also did lots of work with adjectives: we described the different obstacles of the story and also the bear! Lastly, we wrote some imaginative verbs to show how we would move through the different obstacles. 

In Maths, we did lots of work with addition. We used a part-whole model to split a number into two parts and we used ten frames to make addition number sentences and  bonds to 10. We also learnt how to use a number line to find the answer to an addition. 

In RE, we discussed about our favourite parts of God's creation and reflected on how we can look after them. We also discussed how humans are part of God's creation and shared ideas about how can we help those who might be less fortunate for the upcoming Harvest Festival. In the prayers we wrote, we expressed our gratitude and asked for those in need to be happy and safe. 

In Science, we are testing which materials are waterproof: we made predictions for which materials are best for a Teddy's umbrella. 

Lastly, next week will be 'Walk to School Week'. Please see below a message from Miss Cook that says all about it.

Next week:


Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.
Living Streets, have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

The five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.


Walk to School Week is now scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

The class with the most amount of children and staff walking to school will receive a lovely, sparkly certificate.

Thank you,

Miss Cook - happy walking!


 Have a restful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1 


This week in Year 1… 25/09/2020

Ahoy ma mateys! It's a pirate's life for me!

Ahoy ma mateys! What a grrrreat week we had in Year 1! On Thursday we had the most terrific 'Talk like a Pirate' day! The children came in with their pirate costumes and accessories and they were ready for adventure. Firstly, we practised talking like pirates and then we created our treasure chests, filled with gold and gems. We finished off the day by making pirate puppets and learning a pirate dance. 

The rest of the week was just as busy. In English, we finished off our 'Little Red Hen' unit. We used adjectives to create our own characters- I was so impressed by the wonderful word choices and imagination! We then wrote letters to the Little Red Hen, asking her to help us grow some seeds and inviting her for some delicious baked treats afterwards. Strawberries and carrots were our most popular choices! 

In Maths, we counted in 2s and found the missing numbers in a counting in 2s number line. We also learnt about ordinal numbers: we raced toy cars and labelled which car came first, second, third and fourth. We watched the Snail Olympics and recorded the results in number form (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and in word form. 

In Art, we created some Picasso-inspired hens and explored using different colours of wax crayons in different parts of the hen- just like in Picasso's Cockerel. 

In Science, we went on a texture hunt and found things that were hard, bumpy, smooth, soft, and pointy.


Next week we will revise our first two sounds: /ae/ (as in bake, rain and say) and /ee/ (as in we, tree, meal, happy).

Lastly, please make sure you are reading with your child daily at home and signing the yellow reading record. 


Have a lovely weekend and keep warm,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1



 This week in Year 1… 18/09/2020

 A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.

– Dalai Lama


 We had a really fun week in Year 1! A big well done to everyone for a wonderful week! Children are making great progress and are getting back into routine. 


In English, we continued our work with the Little Red Hen. We have been re-telling the story with actions, creating story maps and we have reinvented parts of the story: we shared what food we would like to grow and we have created new main characters. We came up with some great adjectives to make our title interesting for the reader! Next week, we will reinvent the story by creating new characters and a new setting!


In Maths, we continued looking at numbers from 0-50. We have used objects and number lines to find one more and one less, we have located numbers on beaded number lines and we have represented teen numbers in various ways. We have also started making numbers in ten frames and started to observe have many full ten frames we get.

In Science, we continued our work in Materials and we had a look at different textures around the classroom.  



Our next sound of the week is: 'ee

Thursday is 'Talk like a pirate day!' and children can come in dressed as pirates  (or wear something stripy). We will still have our PE lesson, so please make sure you bring your PE kit to school. 

 Have a lovely, sunny weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1


This week in Year 1… 11/09/2020

There is a miracle in every new beginning.

-Hermann Hesse

A huge virtual welcome back to St. Peter’s School; hope everyone had a wonderful summer. It  Well, what an exciting week back we had! The children are settling in really well into the learning routine of Year 1 and also the unique learning environment. I am truly amazed at how well the children have been coming in and already trying their best.

It has been a busy week in Year 1! In English, we have described a memory from our summer holidays and we have been writing sentences focusing on punctuation. We  have also practised our handwriting and made sure our letters are sitting neatly on the line. On Thursday, we have looked at the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’, which will be our first English unit. Today we celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday and the children chose describing words for Mr. Wonka’s outfit.

In Maths, we have been counting objects up to 30, comparing numbers and identifying one more or one less from a given number. We have also practised our number formation.

In RE, we looked at the Bible story of Creation: we sequenced what God did on each day and we shared our favourite parts of Creation. 


Notes and reminders

On Monday we will be starting our PE lessons, so please make sure all children have their PE kits in school (all items of clothing should be fully labelled).

The children need to come to school in their PE kits on Mondays and they need to go home at the end of the day as the children need to come in their PE kits on Thursday as well.

Our Virtual Open Evening is on Tuesday 15th September at 17:00- 17:30. I am looking forward to meeting you then.

Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday.

Blue homework goes out on Friday and is due back on either Monday or Tuesday.

Green homework goes out on Monday and is due back on Friday.


Have a nice, restful weekend,

Miss Ioannou and Year 1