Year 1


Miss Melanie Tugwell Class Teacher – Monday – Thursday Year 1
Mrs Sam Kestle Class Teacher – Friday Year 1
Mrs Katie Spencer Teaching Assistant Year 1
Mrs Sam Edmonds Teaching Assistant 1:1 Year 1
Mrs Sam Williams Teaching Assistant 1:1 Year 1

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: Wonderful Water!

Our learning journey: Reeds, Rivers and Rippling Seas.

27th February – more surprise visitors!

The visit today was from 2 excitable but very friendly Malamutes.

25th February – our marvellous middle!

Today, we were surprised with some visitors. We had a visit from 2 huskies and their owners.

13th February – Our Class Assembly

Today, we performed our class assembly to the parents in the morning and the whole school this afternoon. We liked being able to share all of our learning and enjoyed sharing it with everyone.

We hope you enjoyed it if you came!

6th February – Solo Author Visit

Mr Paul Geraghty visited us today. He is the author of the book we have been reading in class. He read a few of his books, talked about his artwork and showed us all how to draw a penguin.

We will be having a go ourselves soon and can’t wait to show you them once they are completed.


January 23rd – Measuring Penguins

Today we measured life-sized penguin cut-outs. We learnt to use metre rulers and to be careful with our measuring.

January 14th – Birdworld trip

We had a great day out despite the weather, learning about Penguins, Reindeer and Snowy Owls.

6th January – Who has been living in our class?

We arrived in class today and had to work out who had visited over Christmas.


13th December – Our Fabulous Finish

The children celebrated their fabulous finish today. They had a banquet with the Honey Biscuits they had made and then the parents joined us in class to see all of our work.



12th December – The Nativity

Today we took part in the fourth and final performance of the Nativity Production. We have all enjoyed learning our lines, singing and learning to sign for some of the songs. We are all vert tired – just like Mary, Joseph and the Donkey in the play, but we had great fun and some of us are sad that it is over!

10th December- Honey Biscuits

We are having our Banquet on Friday, so today we had to cook Honey Biscuits. We were very lucky to have some parents to help us. We measured and weighed out the ingredients, mixed them together and then rolled and flattened it to make the biscuits. We can’t wait to taste them.


3rd December  – Dragon Eyes

Today we painted the Dragon Eyes that we have made with clay. We have sketched eyes, then used clay to make them and now we painted them thinking about the colours and textures we used.

29th November – Our first Write Away

We wrote our dragon stories today and to make it different we took off our shoes. We all wrote a lot and were happy with our efforts.

27th November – Ronnie the Bearded Dragon visited

We had a visit from a Bearded Dragon today. We have learnt about what they eat, where they live and that they have 3 eyes! We will use this information to write fact files next week.

21st November – Acting out our stories

We have been thinking about writing our own dragon story. Today we acted out the stories to help our ideas.

18th November – shape hunt

We went around the school on a 2d and 3d shape hunt today. We found many different shapes. The photo below was our favourite as we could see many different ones, What shapes can you see?

24th October – Harvest Festival

Today we went to the Church for the Harvest Festival. Year 3 did an amazing production of The Little Red Hen. We all enjoyed it and thought about the importance of giving thanks for all that we have.

21st October – A Spinner visits

As part of our whole school topic, we had someone come in and show us how to spin wool today.

It was so interesting and all the children enjoyed watching hr and asking questions.


9th October-Paul Klee Art

Today we made our castle pictures using 2d shapes. We based this work on the artist Paul Klee


25th September 2019

We have been busy trying to workout what it takes to be a prince or princess. We have created our own royal name and described ourselves as a prince or princess.



Their Learning 2018 – 2019

Wednesday 26th June 2019

What an exciting couple of weeks we have had!  It was great to see Dads coming in last week to take part in phonics and spelling activities with their children.  Today everyone joined in enthusiastically for our Sports Day, well done to all the children who have been practising hard and put in wonderful effort!  More excitement followed this afternoon with Crondall’s got talent, amazing performances from everyone and a special well done to our Year 1 winners; Amber, Bryony, Juliet and Spencer!

Marvellous Middle!

After half term we received a letter from Bog baby asking us to look after some duck’s eggs! One of the eggs had already hatched and we had a ducking to look after. We were lucky enough to watch some of the other eggs hatch and now have 5 ducklings called Fluffy, Chirpy, Honey, Sunlight and Lucky. We have been looking after our ducklings and watched them take their first swim!


Stunning Start!

Strange things have been happening in Year One… We found a mess of leaves, twigs, straw and blue slime in the lodge. When we investigated further we found blue slime on trees and leaves in the field and a nest! What could it be? Eventually we found out that a bog baby was lost and looking for somewhere to live so we made him a home. We found our bog baby in the special habitat we had created for him and have been looking after him ever since. He looks a little bit sad so we have been writing to him, reading to him and making him pictures and games to cheer him up. We hope he will stay!




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