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Year 1 – Rabbit

Welcome to Year 1, this year finds us starting the National Curriculum.

Suddenly we are very busy with Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, D&T, Music, RE and PE.

We follow the letters and sounds approach for phonics and use Oxford Reading Tree Scheme for Reading.

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like more information about the curriculum.

  • Practising our Christmas Play

    This week in Rabbit class we have been very busy. We have been practicing and performing our song for the Christmas play. In maths, we have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. We had a shape hunt organising them into the correct hoop. We have also been writing all about Christmas. Using Christmas pictures to write down what we can see and then reading it to the rest of the class. 

  • Lots of maths

    This week in maths we have been making equivalent values using addition and subtraction. The children explored using Cuisenaire rods, choosing a number, and finding different ways of making the number. For example, they learnt that to make 7, they could add 6 + 1 or 5 + 2 or even 8 – 1. 

  • Winter poems

    This week in English we have been looking at Winter poems. The children learnt a poem by heart with a partner and performed it to the rest of the class. In science, we have been recording the changes from Autumn to Winter. The children have been using the weathervane and rain gauge to add data to their weather reports. 

  • Artists

    This week in computing, we have been recreating the work of Wassily Kandinsky using iPads. We have learnt which tools are better to use. We have also been practicing our Christmas songs ready for the Christmas play!

  • Autumn

    This week in Rabbit class we have been exploring signs of Autumn in science. We went outside to spot different signs such as finding different colour leaves, acorns and pinecones. In Computing, we learnt about the famous artist Henri Matisse, exploring his pattern pictures. The children used an iPad to create their own pattern. They learnt what tools are more successful to use. Some children were so inspired by his work that they created their own pattern picture using paper. 


  • Weather

    This week in Rabbit class we have been very busy. In science, we are learning about the seasons. We did an experiment measuring the weather. We learnt about a rain gauge and weather vane and have used them to record data. 
    In English, we role-played the story ‘Mr Big’ by Ed Vere. We learnt what a freeze-frame is and acted out being the characters in the story. We have also been writing sentences about how Mr Big feels, using the conjunction ‘and’ to join words and using it to join two clause sentences. 
  • Mr Big

    This week in Rabbit class we have been reading the story ‘Mr Big’. The children got to act out being Mr Big and play jazz on a piano. We discussed how the music made them feel and they wrote sentences using the conjunction ‘and’.

    In maths, we have been using a part whole model to work out subtraction calculations. The children have learnt that subtraction is different to addition, learning that it is not commutative. 


  • Colour counters in Maths

    This week in Maths, we have been learning how to fill out a part-whole model. The children worked in partners and found the two parts by using two different colour counters on a tens frame. They then had to work out the whole by adding the parts together. 

  • Gruffalo Crumble

    This week in Rabbit class, the children followed simple instructions to make ‘Terrible Tusks’ from the book ‘Gruffalo Crumble’. They then worked hard to write their own instructions using bossy verbs such as cut, chop, mix and eat.

  • Technology

    This week in computing the children have been learning about technology. We have been talking about the main parts of a desktop or laptop computer. They practiced logging on to a computer and applied their knowledge of the different parts of a computer, to complete a mouse-based task.