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Crondall Primary School

Year 1



Mrs Rebecca Harbord Class Teacher  Year 1
Mrs Ruth Pearson Teaching Assistant  Year 1
Miss Lauren Croucher Teaching Assistant  

What happens in Year 1 at Crondall

In Year 1 we support the children through the transition from The Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. We gradually increase the children’s exposure to more structured, whole class learning and longer lesson times. Whilst ‘choosing time’ is gradually reduced, the children still engage in lots of practical, hands on activities, using a range of resources to develop different concepts, for example using objects to support addition and subtraction in Mathematics.

Our topic this term: A Time for Change

Our learning journey: All Abroad

Letters Home

YEAR 1 2021-2022

Wednesday 8th June

Welcome back to the last part of Year 1!  I can't believe how quickly the year has flown.
Below are a few photographs of some of the fun things we did before half-term.

Balance Ability

 Science Day - Biscuit Investigation

  Science - Plants






Wednesday 6th April

Today in Year 1 we enjoyed sharing our work during a ‘Fabulous Finish’ whole school exhibition.  The children displayed a piece of writing they were proud of, their clay pinch pots, traditional Kenyan necklaces, landmarks from around the world and their London buses, complete with axles and wheels.  
The children then got the chance to visit the other classrooms to share in their learning.  It was lovely to see the delight on their faces as they discovered what the rest of the school had been learning about.
Below are some of the comments from Year 1 about the other classes:
Y2 – “Their work is amazing!”
Y3 – “I love the video on plastic pollution.”
Y4 – “We love the descriptive writing.”
Y5 – “The cam toys are great fun.”
Y6 – “The Banksy art is brilliant.”

Below is a short video of the Year 1 class exhibition:

Wednesday 16th March

In maths this week we have been learning to add and subtract numbers within 20, crossing ten.  We used lots of different resources to support our learning.

In science we have continued our learning on Animals and learned about the different parts of the body and our senses.  The children had fun drawing around a friend and labelling the body parts.

On Friday, the children enjoyed sharing their homework projects with Year 2.  We were so impressed with the variety of different landmarks and the creative way they were made from recycled materials.

Wednesday 9th March

This week in Year 1 we have been learning about traditional poetry.  The children read and discussed the features of traditional poetry, learned the nursery rhyme ‘London’s Burning’ and used the pattern of sounds from this poem to compose their own version.

On Tuesday the sun was shining down on us for the school trip to Marwell Zoo.  The children learned lots of new facts about different African animals and impressed the Marwell staff with their science knowledge!

Wednesday 16th February

What an exciting day for both adults and children yesterday.  In a soggy and cold top secret mission, the children were taken to Hook Meadow.  They tried their hardest to guess why we were there but not one of them could guess what we had in store for them until the Chinook actually landed in front of them!  I’m not sure who screamed with delight, more!
It was lovely to meet 18 Squadron and take a look around the Chinook.

Friday 11th February

This week the children have enjoyed taking part in Health and Safety week.  We started the week with a visit from the police to talk about stranger danger and then we discussed, in class, ways we could keep ourselves safe online too.
We learned, through the NSPCC and their friend Buddy, that children have the right to speak out and stay and we also enjoyed learning about road safety from our very own Junior Road Safety Officers.

Today we took part in a Yoga session and learned about keeping our bodies and minds healthy.  We particularly liked breathing along with the breathing ball.

Monday 7th February 2022

Over the last few weeks the children have been learning how to retell a familiar story using their own words.  They wrote the ending of their story during a Write Away session with calming music playing in the background, shoes off and candles on the table.

The following day we visited the editing stations, Punctuation Place, Spelling Street and Vocabulary Valley, to make our writing even better!

Here are some examples of our writing:


Wednesday 12th January 2022

Happy New Year and welcome back to Year 1.
We began the week with our Stunning Start.  We listened to the sounds of African music and images from the African continent.  The children were introduced to Atlases and found Africa on the map.  They identified the Kenyan flag and looked at photographs of traditional Kenyan necklaces.  The children then created their own necklaces based on these designs and colours.

The children were then introduced to a modern class story, based on a girl called Handa, from the Luo tribe in Kenya.  The children have been practising the story by using a story map and actions.  Why not ask your child to retell you the story?

In geography we have been learning to name the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world.  You may have heard them singing all about it at home!  QR codes have been added to our class map so the children can find out more about the continents.

Tuesday 14th December

What a busy and fantastic few weeks it’s been!
We are so proud of the children and the amazing performance they put on for you all last week.  They worked extremely hard to learn their lines, the songs and actions and on projecting their voices across the hall.  Thank you for supporting your child in learning their lines.

In English, over the last couple of weeks, we have been learning how to write instructions.  We learned about some of the features of instructions and identified them in different texts.  We then watched a demonstration of a jam sandwich being made and created a plan to make our own.  We had great fun making our sandwiches and finding our whether our instructions made sense!

Friday 19th November

Children In Need
The children arrived at school today looking absolutely fantastic.  From spots and stripes to superhero costumes!  Well done Year 1.

This week, during our Anti-Bullying discussions, we thought about ‘One Kind word’ and what that meant.  We realised that the word wasn’t a specific word, but something that is said to make a positive impact on someone’s life.  We thought about something nice to say to our friends and created a wave of kindness across the classroom.

Today the children presented their train station projects to their friends.  The children were asked to think of one kind word to give as feedback.  It was so lovely to hear the positive comments and the smiles on everyone’s faces.  The creativeness of the projects has been amazing!

Monday 15th November

As part of Anti-Bullying week the children celebrated their uniqueness by wearing odd socks.  We discussed what makes us unique and decided how boring life would be if we were all the same!  We learned the chorus to the 2021 Anti-Bullying Week song, ‘One Kind Word’,  and the children were curious about what that word might be.  More on that tomorrow!

Wednesday 13th October 2021

During our RE lessons, over the last few weeks, we have been learning about Special places.  We discussed questions such as; What makes places special?  Why is the church a special place for Christians?
We visited Revered Tara in her special place and learned about what Christians do in church and why.  She even let us play the church organ!  Who knew we had such budding musicians.

In maths we have been learning to use the vocabulary greater than, less than and equal to so that we can compare amounts.  We also learned about inequality symbols today!

Wednesday 29th September 2021

As part of our English lessons we have been thinking about the order of events during our school trip.  We acted out the different events and learned about time conjunctions and how these words help us to put events into the correct order.  We then used these words to write a recount of our trip.  Can you guess what we did?

Democracy Day
Last week we enjoyed learning about Democracy and how decisions are made.  The children put forward their reasons why they would be a good school council representative or eco-warrior and the class then voted later in the day using our very own voting stations.  We also held our own debates and even debated on whether we should have a teacher in the class.  Thankfully the aye’s won.  Phew!!

Friday 10th September 2021

Welcome back!  It was a real pleasure to greet the children on Monday morning and see their happy smiley faces.  They’ve started the new school year with great confidence and have settled in well.  It has been a busy week getting to know each other even better and learning the new routines in Year 1.
Today we each received a golden ticket to jump on board the Watercress Line as part of our Stunning Start.  We took a ride on a steam train from Ropley to Alton and even got to eat our lunch on the train!  We learned about the history of the station and looked at some of the parts used to build trains.  What a great way to end a great week!

YEAR 1 2020-2021

Wednesday 7th July 2021

Watch out Great British Sewing Bee … here come Year One! Last Friday, we spent the day making our own teddy bear puppets. First we designed them, then we chose the coloured felt and thread ready to sew. The children all persevered and learnt to thread their own needle (at least once) before spending a lovely afternoon learning running stitch. Then, following their designs, the children decorated their creations with googly eyes, buttons and glittery sequins … here are just a few hanging on our washing line while we carry on with our learning. We can’t wait to show them to Year 2 at a socially distanced puppet performance outside later in the week (weather permitting).

After all that rain, it was a lovely treat to see the sunshine today for Year One’s (and mine) first Crondall Sports Day! The children were very excited when they arrived in the morning wearing their PE kit and sporting their House colours. The day events started with Young Voices singing and signing Bill Wither’s Lovely Day which was very touching to hear. All of the children took part in at least 2 races (as well as the Beanbag Throw in the afternoon). They have really taken on board one of our Star Values and demonstrated super teamwork throughout, showering their friends and Houses’ with positivity throughout. During the afternoon we watched Crondall’s Got Talent and of course finished the day with a delicious ice cream. Well done Year One, I am super proud of you all.

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

If you go down into the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise! Yes, Year 1 along with Year 2, celebrated our return to school with a Teddy Bears Picnic. The children were very excited to be joined by their cuddly toys whilst having a healthy snack in the glorious sunshine. The children introduced their animals to everyone, before sharing their super information leaflets about sunflowers. Then it really was time to go into the woods to find some clues for the next book that we are going to read (I think we still have 5 more to find!). To end our Marvellous Middle, we all joined in with some singing – a great time was had by all!

Wednesday 9th June 2021

Wow, we have been busy in Year 1 these past few weeks! We found a wild girl who was a bit naughty and made a mess of our classroom a few times – we think she was feral (one of our Wow words). We have also been learning about parts of our body: we drew around each other so that we had some life sized pictures and then we labelled some of the parts that we knew (occasionally we got our shoulders and elbows mixed up, but we think we can remember which is which now). Finally to finish off our learning about special books, we read some Bible stories and then made our own Torah (a special book for Jewish people). Busy, busy, busy!

Wednesday 12th May 2021

A huge welcome back to you all after our Easter Break. It was so lovely to see all your smiling faces again and even more wonderful to see you running around on the field in the sunshine (although not today). We have been learning about our senses to write a poem and I was so proud of how you used your sense of hearing to listen to Sadie, from Feathers and Fur, and her friends for our Stunning Start. We have also been sharing our special books with each other as well as planting sunflower seeds! Let’s hope the rain stops tomorrow so that we can find the missing girl …

Wednesday 28th April 2021

Wednesday 10th March 2021

Welcome back Year 1. It was so nice to see all of your happy smiles on Monday morning and so lovely that I have managed to keep you all for more than 1 day this time! We have been working hard on getting to know each other again, exploring our feelings and emotions as well as how to work as a team, one of our core values.


We have been designing our moon buggies. We have been decorating the main body and making chairs.                                                                             
Check back next week to see the finished articles.

20th November 2020

We have also made rocket fuel in maths, thinking about capacity and things being half-full as well as having more or less fuel than another rocket. We have made our own rockets and then launched them  – we have been learning a lot and ensuring we have great fun too!

6th November 2020

What a busy  week have had. We have been learning all about newly discovered planets. All the children did so well – here are a few pictures.

23rd October 2020

Happy half-term!

20th October 2020

We had visitors today and had great fun in our Explorer Workshop. Mr Stein and his work colleague came and showed us what they need to have in their bags when they are exploring different parts of the world.

7th October

What fun we have been having…we have been learning about the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom as well as learning about the 7 continents. We have learnt a song about it and made our own worlds – look!
Can you see what we used?

Hello and welcome everyone!

We have had an exciting start to the year as we went to explorer school!

18th November 2020