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A huge thank you to every single one of you!  Thank you for all of your support, help and good wishes this year.  I have loved teaching this class and will really miss you all.

Thank you from Miss Butterfield and I for all the lovely cards and presents we have received.

Have a wonderful summer holiday!

Mrs Coulstring and Miss Butterfield 



Lots of you have been asking how you can help at home, we really appreciate this and would like to give you a few suggestions.


This is the phonics scheme we follow - it has a sound and a saying to help with handwriting:



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Welcome to Leopard Class




From the Teacher: Mrs Coulstring


I am looking forward to a new school year and can’t wait to teach year 1!  I have been teaching for 10 years as an Early Years and Key stage 1 teacher in the UK but also in China and Qatar!

When I am not in school, I love to keep fit and healthy and to travel.




Year 1

Please ensure you encourage your children to be as independent as possible in the mornings, e.g. putting their belongings away and hanging up their own coats. We encourage parents to remain in the foyer and not to come into the classroom, this ensures the children settle well in the mornings.

Please do not hesitate to speak to a teacher about any concerns or questions you may have!


Things to remember...


PE will  be on a THURSDAY

Please ensure children have a full ‘named’ PE kit including daps or trainers. (All earrings to be removed before school) Please ensure they have suitable outdoor kit for PE - white T shirt and  black shorts or jogging bottoms, white-shirt, jumper/jacket, trainers or daps.


Book bags should be in school every day.  The children will be encouraged to put all letters to go home in these bags. 


Reading books should  be in school every day! Please ensure the children are reading to a family member at home at least 5 times a week – more if you can! Please place books to be changed in the ‘reading book box’ (in the foyer) . Please ensure a parent/carer comments in the yellow reading record every time the child reads. If your child reads 5 times they will receive a READING STAR sticker in their book. 


Wellies will need to be kept in school and kept on the Welly trolley in the Year 1 foyer. Please ensure Welly boots are NAMED and are put on the trolley pegged together with a named (wooden) peg.


Website pages will be updated regularly - so please keep an eye on our year page to keep up to date and well informed!


 *Please remember to label all of your children's clothes and shoes with their name (including PE and swimming kits). 

Healthy Snacks can be bought into school.

The children can eat their HEALTHY snack during morning play and they will be offered a piece of free fruit during the afternoon. 

Maths Week - Art

This week Year One have explored shape through creating their own representations of Kandinskys famous ‘Squares with concentric circles’. They mixed their own secondary and tertiary colours and used white and black to create light and dark tints.

Maths Week - PSHE

Year One created a ‘All About Me’ maths poster. They wrote their own numbers to represent their age, birth month, birth date, number of family members and pets, shoe size and house number.

Maths Week - Shape

We created tessellating patterns using 2D shapes and repeating colour patterns.

Maths Week - Buddy Session

Year One buddied up with Year 4 to find halves and quarters of real life objects.

Maths Week - Cooking Experience

A group of children walked to Sainsburys and bought ingredients to make fruit kebabs. They even used the self service checkouts! In class we made our own kebabs and chopped grapes, oranges, strawberries and apples. It was a yummy morning snack!

Maths Week - Forest School

In Forest School this week we used natural objects to create different shapes and patterns

As this will be our last post of the school year the Year One team would like to wish you all a very happy holidays and thank you for all the support you have given us this year! We know your children will continue to blossom and rise to the challenge in Year 2!

Wild Place! 7.7.17


This week we continued our animal topic by writing our own animal shape poems.  

In maths we consolidated all previous learning and remembered how to add, subtract, use number facts and problem solve.


We had an amazing time at Wild Place and really enjoyed seeing all the wild animals - especially the new giraffes.  

Next week our writing will be based on the trip and don't forget it is maths week!


It is our last swimming session so we will be getting all the floats out and having a good splash around!


Have a good weekend

The Year 1 Team

Mr Men and Little Miss 30.6.17

This week we have explored the classic children's books  - Mr Men and Little Miss. The children have discussed new names for the characters and will choose their favourite character and write a story about them in Big Write. Next week we will be learning to write animal shape poems!

In Maths we have recapped our understanding of fractions through word problems and mastery questions. 

Next week we are off to the Circus! We will be attending a circus workshop and completing a different carousel of maths activities each day.

There are lots of exciting experiences next week. The children are looking forward to meeting their new teachers on Thursday and we have our Year 1 trip to Wild Place on Friday.

Have a great weekend. Not long left till the Summer Holidays now :)

The Year 1 Team xx

Sports Week 23.6.17


This week has been filled with lots of sports activities. Monday was our Sports Day practise, Tuesday we had a carousel of team activities led by the Play Leaders, Wednesday was Sports Day, Thursday we wrote about Sports Week for our Big Writes and today we completed the whole school mile AND Wake and Shake AND capture the flag in our house teams.


In Maths this week we have revisited our understanding of position and direction. They really enjoyed their learning this week, maybe they could even direct you to school on Monday :) Next week we will be recapping our knowledge of fractions.


Our Talk Topic next week is Mr Men and Little Miss. Our English will be based on these books as we focus on creating a new character. If you have any at home please feel free to bring them.

Have a great weekend, lets hope the sun returns :)

The Year One Team xx

Animals 16.6.17


We have continued looking at animals and finding out information using lots of non-fiction books.  We have written our own facts and made posters to describe our favourite animals.


We have also been concentrating on phonics this week and are very proud of all the children.


In maths we have been finishing off our topic on time and answering questions related to time.  We also went outside in the sunshine to time how many things we can do in 1 minute!


Please remember next week is sports week - the children can wear sporty gear all week but on Wednesday they need to wear their house colour t shirt -lists can be found in the classroom.


If you have any trip forms still to come in please send them in today.


Enjoy the sunshine!

Year 1 Team

Term 6 -Animals 9.6.17


This week we have started a new topic on animals.  We have looked at non-fiction books to find out a few facts and ask questions about what we want to know next.

Next week's talk topic is animals.


In maths we have been looking at the time and learning to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour - please practise this at home!


Next week is phonics week - keep practising real and alien words and please do let us know if you are not going to be here as we need to see all the children!


Please remember to return your trip forms so that we can begin to organise the day.


Have a great weekend!

Year 1 Team

End of Term! 26.5.17


We have come to the last week of term and are really enjoying the warm weather.  We have been outside practising for sports day and making our own beanstalks in forest school.


In English we have been reviewing our learning for the year and wrote about our favourite things in Big Write.

In maths we have been reviewing our addition and subtraction and learning to tell the time.  We really enjoyed showing you our learning in the workshop on Wednesday and would like to thank all of you for coming in.


Over the holidays please practise reading, especially sounding out words they don't know and practise alien words with digraphs in (2 letters that make 1 sound).  Please see the phonics table of sounds at the top of this page for support.

Next term's talk topic will be animals.


We hope you have a wonderful half term.

The Year 1 Team

Fairytale Poetry 18.5.17


This week has flown by and we can't believe it is almost the end of another term.


This week we have continued with our topic of Traditional Tales. In English we have recited and wrote an innovated version of a Little Red Riding Hood poem. The children have even created their own actions to support their retelling.


In Maths we have learnt how to find the inverse of a addition and subtraction number sentence and how to solve missing number problems. Next week we will start to learn about Time. It would be helpful if you could introduce your child to time at home, they could even wear a watch to school :)


Our Talk Topic for next week is a review of what we have learned in Term 5.


We look forward to seeing all the children at the disco tomorrow.


Have a lovely weekend 

Mrs Coulstring :)

Little Red Riding Hood 12.5.17


We have had such a busy week and have had lots of visitors into our classroom who really enjoyed their time with us.

We have been working hard to practise our assembly today and hope you enjoy it!


We are recalling our number bonds to 20 so please practise these at home - any 2 numbers that add up to 20!

Thank you again for all you do at home to support your children in school.


Mrs Coulstring

Jack and the Beanstalk 5.5.17


It has been a busy four days, we hope you enjoyed the long Bank Holiday weekend.


This week we have continued to learn about Traditional Tales in English. We have written our own versions of Jack and the Beanstalk in Big Write this week. They are fantastic! 


Next week we are moving on to learn about the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. If you have any versions of this story at home, please bring them in for us to share.


In maths we have revisited our learning about Place Value. Lots of the children have been demonstrating our value of perserverance and have challenged themselves to try mastery learning activities.


Swimming is going well and Thursday afternoon's are now the children's favourite part of the week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Coulstring

TERM 5!   28.4.17


This week we have started a new topic of Fairy stories and we have been listening to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We worked together to talk about the setting and the characters in the story.  Next week we will be continuing this and writing our own stories.


In maths we have been learning about capacity and have been measuring different volumes of water.


Please remember spellings books every Wednesday, I am still missing lots when I come to give out new spellings.


Our assembly is Friday 12th May at 2.30 so I hope you can all make it!


Have a great long weekend

Mrs Coulstring :)

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We have had a very busy week getting ready for our play!  We finally performed 'There's a Sunflower in my Supper' to the whole school today and the children were fantastic - we can't wait to show you tomorrow at 2.15!


There are no new spellings this week so please practise all the ones previously sent home.  We will be giving new reading books tomorrow so you have something to do over the holidays!


I would like to thank you all for your support this term and wish you a very happy Easter holiday!

Mrs Coulstring

Easter 31.3.17


The holidays are nearly here and we are so proud of how hard the Year One's are working :)


In English this week we have retold the Easter Story and we are really pleased with the detail they included in their Big Write's on Friday. 


In Maths we have secured our understanding and reasoning about 2D shapes, and will move on to learning about 3D shapes next week.


Our talk topic is still Easter and we look forward to seeing you all at our KS1 play on Friday 7th April at 2.15.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Year One Team

Science Week! 20.3.17


This week we have been exploring changes! We have grown cress and made jelly and have been able to explain the changes we have seen. Our Big Write was inspired by our cress growing as we have all written a great set of instructions!


In maths we have continued to consolidate our learning about number bonds.


We are all busy preparing for our Easter play, we cannot wait to show you.


Our talk topic for the next two weeks is Easter, and we will exploring and retelling the Easter story in English. 


At parents evening many parents asked us for longer books to start reading at home. We have compiled a list for you and we hope to get some to fill our book corners soon. If you have any recommendations of good quality children's books please let us know.


Have a great weekend,

The Year One Team



Recommended book list:

A Year of Rainbow Magic - Daisy Meadows

The a Wonderful World of Dr Seuss

The Brambly Hedge Series - Jill Barklem

Knight in Training series

First Funny series

David Williams series

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart

Mariella Mystery - Kate Pankhurst

Magic Animals - Daisy Meadows

Horrid Henry Early Readers

Dragons 17.3.17


We have come to the end of our topic on dragons.  During the past 3 weeks we have been setting the scene, talking about the characters, drawing story maps and thinking about our grammar and spellings and this week we have put it all together to create our own version of the dragon story.


We are very proud of the children as they have worked very hard on this topic.  


In maths we have continued number bonds and have been particularly looking at the inverse of the number bond e.g 15+5=20 but 20-15=5


Please remember next Friday is Red Nose Day and the children need to bring in £1 and wear red.

Our talk topic will be Science and we will be doing some science experiments to celebrate science week!


Have a great weekend!

The Year 1 Team

Dragons  10.3.17


This week we have continued the story of The Dragon Machine.  We have sequenced the story and written about it ready for our Big Write next week when we will write our own dragon stories.


In maths we have been securing number bonds to 20 and adding numbers on a number line.


Thank you to all of you who came to parents evening, we really enjoyed sharing your children's work with you and celebrating their learning.


Talk topic next week is stories!


Enjoy the long weekend




This week we have celebrated World Book Day. We enjoyed seeing all the children in their costumes and learning about their favourite heroes and heroines. We watched a film called Bubbles, and wrote about our own special place to visit in our Big Write on Friday.


In maths we have been continuing our learning about measure and am now able to compare and measure weight.


Please remember to book a time for Parents Evening, we look to seeing you there. Don't forget that Friday the 10th of March is an INSET Day.


Have a lovely weekend.


The Year One Team :)



The Dragon Machine


This week we have launched our new topic with a dragon hunt. All the children really enjoyed finding the dragons nest and the chocolate eggs. We have used oil pastels to draw our own dragon, and we will be writing a description of them for Big Write this week.

Next week's talk topic is castles!


We have learnt to measure length and solve some tricky measuring problems.


Please remember it is the disco tonight - bring some party clothes and £1.


We hope to see you all on Tuesday at 9am for the phonics workshop.


Have a lovely weekend :)


The Year One team

Hoverbike  10.2.17


This week we watched a short film about a little man who found a hoverbike.  We retold the story together, drew a story map and then wrote a recount using our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.


In maths we have revisited number bonds to 10 and then 20.  It would be helpful to practise these over half term.  They are 2 numbers that equal 10 or 2 numbers that equal 20.  eg 7+3=10, 17+3=20.

We have also practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s which we are getting really good at.


Please remember to return your phonics slips as the session will be very useful for you in the run up to the year 1 phonics screening.  Next week's talk topic is dragons!

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs Coulstring


FunnyBones 3.2.17


We have continued our topic of the body and have been learning the story of Funnybones.  We wrote our own blurb for the story during the Big Write this morning.


Talk Topic next week is 'What do you enjoy about school?'


In maths we have been learning repeated addition and how to make groups of numbers.  For example, finding out how many pencils there are if 7 children have 2 each?  We have made 7 groups of 2 and then counted in 2s.  The children are very good at counting in 2s and we are practising counting in 5s and 10s aswell. 


I have put some helpful notes for handwriting at the top of the website, please do let me know if there is anything else that would be helpful for you.

We will be sending some exception words home over half term for you to look at with your children, they are words that you cannot sound out.


I hope everyone will have a restful weekend and fully recover from all the illnesses!


Mrs Coulstring

Chinese New Year 27.1.17


This week we continued our topic of the body and learned some amazing facts.  We wrote the facts and remembered to use our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.  We also read the story of Chinese New Year and wrote about the order of the animals.  


In maths we are learning to count in 2s, 5s, and 10s and can double a number.  We are starting to represent these multiplication facts.


Some of year 1 have been awarded a values badge from Mrs Williams, we are hoping many more will be achieving this badge soon by showing how proud they are of their work and continuing to persevere.  Our talk topic this week is the body, please talk about the facts the children have been learning this week - they will tell you!

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Chinese New Year and have a great weekend!

My Amazing Body 20.01.17


This week we have been asking questions about our bodies.  We wanted to find out how blood goes around our bodies, how our brains work and how we move our legs!  We have started to find out the answers to some of these questions and next week we will be writing facts.  

Today the Fire Service visited us so we would like you to talk about this at the weekend ready for our Big Write next week.  Our talk topic is still people who help us but with a focus on the Fire Service.


In maths we have been finding a half and a quarter of a number by sharing by 2 and by 4.


Have a good weekend!



Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch  13.1.17


This week we have been reading the story of The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.  We have revisited days of the week and have been recounting the story.


In maths we have been learning about fractions! We have found a half and a quarter of a shape and have begun to talk about half of a number.


Next week we are going to talk about the body and would appreciate any magazines you don't want any more so we can use them for collage. (Please do check them!)


Many thanks,

Year 1 Team :)


Welcome back! 05.01.17


We have had an energetic start to the new year!  We have been very busy building outside in our year one area and also with Dave and the play pod materials on the field.  We are also learning dance in PE and followed the movements of a duck to make a new dance.


In English we have been using the past tense to recount our holidays and talk about our celebrations over the 2 week holiday.


In maths we have revisited number and place value.  We wrote numbers to 100 and talked about how many tens and how many ones are in a number.


Next week we will start doing the Big Write and we will use our talk topic to write a recount.  This week's talk topic is food!  So please talk to your children about their favourite food, healthy and unhealthy food and anything that comes up at dinner time!

Happy New Year :)

Polar Animals 09.12.16


We continued our learning and found out more information about Polar animals, the Artic and the Antartic.  The children wrote their own fact books and poems this week.


In maths we have been continuing place value and learning how many tens and ones are in a number.  We have used sticks of 10 and cubes for the ones to say how many tens there are.  We are really good at counting in 10s!


We are counting down to Christmas and will have a party on Friday when the children can wear their own festive clothes.


This week we enjoyed Christmas lunch and made our own crowns!

Polar Animals    2.12.16


This week we have been researching Polar animals.  We have looked at where they live and reminded ourselves of North and South.  We learned that the penguins live in the south in Antartica and the males protect the eggs.  The children have worked really hard this week and have written some fantastic facts about the polar regions!


In maths we have been learning about time and finding out what time we do things throughout the day.  We have all learned how to tell the time to the hour and we are starting to learn half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour.


Thank you for all your elf shelf donations today, the children really enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers.

Next week's talk topic is CHRISTMAS


Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Coulstring




This week has been a fun start to the Christmas season as we have been busy making decorations to sell at the xmas fayre!


In MATHS we have been learning about money and despite it being a very tricky concept to grasp, the children have worked well together and enjoyed playing shops - some have even opened their own Pizza Restaurant!


In ENGLISH we have practised our letter writing (we are becoming masters at this after writing to Pirate Pete last week!) and replied to a very special letter we received from SANTA!!!!


Next weeks talk topic is POLAR ANIMALS so please take some time during the week to discuss anything you know about the subject - perhaps help your child do a bit of research of their own on computers or in the library.


Have a great week weekend!

18.11.16 Pirates!


This week Winnie the Witch went to a pirate party so we have been talking about pirates.  Some of the children came in today with facts and stories about pirates for our talk topic.  Next week's talk topic is MAGIC! so please talk to your children about this so that they can join in a discussion on Friday in class.


In maths we have been drawing pirate treasure maps and using compass points to find the buried treasure!  The children have been using the bee bots to go in different directions too.


Today all the children dressed up for Children in Need and we raised lots of money so thank you for your support.


Thank you for making appointments to see us this week, we really enjoyed talking to you about your children's progress and I am so pleased with them all.  We really appreciate all your support.


Next week is the Christmas fair and we will be making decorations to sell.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Coulstring :)

Room on the Broom         11.11.16


This week we have continued our theme of witches and wizards and started the week making our own broomsticks!  We then used the broomsticks for measuring in our maths lesson and compared all their sizes.


Today we observed a 2 minute silence to show our respect for the people who have died for our country.  We are lucky to have members of our class who have parents in the army who were able to tell us more about this.


Next week's talk topic is pirates!  Please discuss this at home and think about any famous pirates you may know about.


Don't forget school photographs are on Monday and please sign up for parents evening on Wednesday and Thursday.

Term 2



Welcome back!  We hope you are finding the new reading system useful and less complicated, each Monday your child will bring home 2 new books for the week.  Spelling tests will now be on Wednesdays so please ensure spelling books come to school on Wednesdays!  The reading books should be in their bags every day as we do read on different days.

This week we our topic has been about witches and wizards,.  We started the theme off by going into forest school and making our own potions using the environment around us and some special spell water from the cauldron!  We have also been learning about Guy Fawkes and learning wow words to go with our firework pictures.


In maths we have been subtracting from 20 using number lines and counting backwards.

PE is now on Thursdays please make sure you have kit in school.




Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Coulstring

 Autumn and Diwali 21.10.16


We had such a good time on our trip to Bristol Botanic Garden this week.  When we came back the children wrote fantastic sentences about their time there and remembered many of the facts we had learned.  Thank you to all who helped!


We have also been learning about Diwali, the festival of light and the children have made Diva lamps to take home.


In maths we have been continuing to learn our number bonds to 20. After half term we will be looking at subtraction.


Please return all reading books on Monday 31st October so that we can start our new reading regime of sending 2 books home on a Monday each week.  The children must bring their books to school every day as we will be reading with them as normal.


Have a wonderful half term and thank you all for your continued support!

Mrs Coulstring and Mrs Butterfield :)

Autumn 14.10.16


This week we have revisited our topic of trees and talked more in depth about Autumn.  We have learned that the days are shorter and the nights are longer, that animals gather their food for hibination and there are many different festivals to celebrate.  This week we went to the KS2 Harvest assembly and learned all about harvest food and next week we will look at Diwali the festival of light.


In maths we have been learning number bonds to 10 and then went on to 20 - please do practise these at home!


The children have been thinking about purple learning and challenging themselves to learn something that they think might be a bit tricky.  I am so proud of their learning this week, they have been persevering really well.


Please remember our trip is on Tuesday and the children will need to wear wellies - they can change into their school wellies in the morning, and a rain coat with a small bag for their lunch which they will carry themselves.

Have a super weekend

Mrs Coulstring :)

More recycling! 07.10.16


This week we have continued our topic of recycling and thought about what we can do for the environment.  We read the story of 'George Saves the Day by Lunchtime' and found four ways to help:

Reduce, reuse, recycle and repair.  The children have thought of the things that you all do at home that use these four words.


In maths we have been looking at 3D shape and learning the properties of the shapes; how many edges, vertices, sides etc


Please continue to read at home and learn the key words that come home each week - this week we are learning our numbers in words.


Don't forget your trip money -

Many thanks and have a good weekend!

Michael Recycle!  30.09.16


This week we have focussed our topic on rubbish and recycling.  The children noticed a lot of litter on the field on our way to forest school and asked what they could do to help.  We listened to the story of Michael Recycle who helps a town to become more green and think about how to recycle things.

We made posters to put up around the school and sorted all the junk the children brought in into the different types of materials ready for recycling!

In maths we have been looking at shape and talking about the properties of shape.


Please remember to have a go at the book cover competition as it needs to be in by Tuesday next week.


Also we would appreciate it if you could please bring in the trip form and money as soon as possible. 

Thank you!





Leaf Hunt 23.09.16


This week we have been look at the changing leaves and continuing our discussions on deciduous trees.  We read the story 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt' and made up our own version travelling around the school.  In maths we looked at the key vocabulary from the story and used positional language as we moved around the school on our leaf hunt - including words such as 'over, under, around, through, across, up, down' etc.


We continued forest school and collected leaves to make a mandala pattern.


Next week we will be looking at recycling as the children have been collecting litter around the school and have an interest in this.  We would ask you to bring in any junk that you have at home as we will be sorting it in the role play area.


Have a lovely weekend!

Roald Dahl Week 16.09.16


This week the children enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.  On Tuesday we had lots of lovely costumes and we read The Enormous Crocodile together.  The children wrote 'wow' words to describe the characters in the story.


We have also enjoyed our new forest school area and the children learned to stay safe with our fire circle rules.  We then went on a leaf hunt to identify different types of trees and whether they were deciduous or evergreen!


In maths we have been looking the number line and filling in missing numbers together.


This week your children will have brought home key words to practise.  If you are not sure about these please do come and see me.  We will change them every week or when the children are ready.  Please remember to keep reading at home and writing in the record book.  Bear with us while the children get used to the routine - but we hope they have all managed to change their books in the box this week!


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Coulstring

Percy The Park Keeper

All the children have settled into year one very well and have been getting to know their new classrooms.  We have been reading the story of Percy The Park Keeper and looking at all the trees we have around the school.  As part of our forest school we have been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees and what happens to their leaves.  We will continue with this theme next week, please ensure all children have wellies and waterproofs for these activities.  

In maths we have been looking at number lines and next week we will make our own.


As you will have seen the children are bringing home reading books and can change them by putting them into the change box near their pegs.  New books will be placed in their drawers for them to collect at the end of the day.  Spellings or key words will be sent home as appropriate within the next week.


Swimming will commence next week for both classes and we are grateful to any parents who want to volunteer in the future (checks need to be done so we can be ready for swimming in the spring).


Have a great weekend!

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