Kites & Kestrels Class - Year 1

Kites Class Teacher: Miss Calder

Kites Teaching Assistant: Mrs Brett

Kestrels Class Teacher: Mrs Pooley

Kestrels Teaching Assistant: Mrs Stewart

We apologise this page does not contain the most current information, class pages are due to be updated at the beginning of the new term.

World Book Day in Kites

In Kites Class today we celebrated World Book Day with a Winnie the Pooh and Friends theme. We had loads of fun dressing up as our favourite book characters. We took part in lots of fun activities including colouring, making our own book marks, painting and making our own Winnie the Pooh board games.


World Book Day in Kestrels


It was lovely to see all the children dressed up today. There was much excitement in the class as we turned the story of the Windy/Blustery day into a comic strip. The children really enjoyed sitting and chatting whilst creating their comics.

Later in the day we got even more creative as we tried to re-create the 100 Acre Wood with junk modelling and drawing.


Art Lessons

Before half term Year 1 were looking at different illustrators in their art lessons. We looked at the different techniques and processes illustrators go through and the children had a go at being illustators themselves.

In one lesson the children looked at Axel Sheffler. They had squared paper with half of the Gruffalo drawn on and the other half waiting for them to finish. We were really proud of their efforts!

The children also learnt about Beatrix Potter and Quentin Blake and tried their hands at drawing in their style. We gave them pictures with sections missing to see if they could finish them and make them look similar. Slightly challenging but they did incredibly well.

Class Presentation - September 2019

The last couple of months have been very busy for Year One. We have been working hard!
In English, we have been exploring both nonfiction and fiction texts. In nonfiction, we looked at writing a set of instructions. We thought about all the important things instructions need and learnt how to use bossy verbs! In fiction writing, we have been thinking about the story of Christmas. We thought about when Jesus was born and wrote our own recount of the story.
In Maths we have been looking at shape and number. We began by exploring 2D and 3D shapes and seeing where we could spot them around school. We thought about the properties of shapes and could identify how many corners and sides different shapes had. We also have been looking at number bonds to 5 and 10. We had to spot the number pairs that went together to make these numbers.
Topic / Science:
In Science we have been learning all about the human body and the five senses. We explored our favourite tastes, smells, feeling, noise and sight. We also thought about what it would be like if we didn’t have all of our senses.
In November we learned all about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot, understanding why we see fireworks in November.
We also took some time to reflect in November. We thought about remembrance and remembered all the soldiers who died in past conflicts. We took part in a remembrance service and created poppies to display in school.
We have of course been thinking a lot about the Christmas story and have been exploring the different way Christians celebrate Christmas such as giving gifts and lighting an advent wreath.

We are looking forward to a well-earned break over Christmas and hope to come back to school fresh and ready to learn in January.


15th October 2019

This week we have been adapting the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been changing the characters and the setting of the story e.g. Goldilocks and the Three Lions and creating our own versions of the story.

After half term, we will looking at instruction writing and Guy Fawkes, as well as Remembrance Day. To support this, over half term you could try and do some cooking with your children, paying particular attention to reading and following the steps in order of the recipe. Go and see your local war memorial. Visit a firework display. Don’t forget to keep reading with your children – anything counts! Have you been on a conker hunt?


10th October 2019

This week Year 1 have been continuing to use the story of Goldilocks and the three bears to support our reading and writing. The children have been using actions to help them remember the story. They have then been using this to help them write the story, remembering to use their finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We have been reading the story together and using the pictures to think about the characters actions and feelings.

In Maths the children have continued to build on their knowledge of number. They have been learning about number facts to ten and using their number bonds. They have been practicing their 5 and 10 times tables by counting up to 100 and back again.

The seasons continue to be our focus with printing of leaves, sponge printing and looking at the changing colours of autumn. Maybe you could discuss what you see with your child when out walking or go Conker picking. Seasons have also been our focus in science while in Geography we keep the focus around our locality and where we live.

We hope your child has enjoyed their week at school and we all look forward to another busy week next week. Keep an eye out for your child bringing home their tricky words to learning in their reading bag. If your child gets on very well with this you could challenge them with learning to spell them. We will be looking out for them in their reading and writing.





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