Year 1


Mrs Rebecca Harbord Class Teacher  Year 1
Mrs Yvonne O’Connor Teaching Assistant  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: A Time for Change

Our learning journey: All Abroad

YEAR 1 2021-2022

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). 

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

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 9th 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 12th May 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 28th April 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 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.


18th November 2020

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!




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