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  • Enrichment Day Reminder

    Don’t forget that tomorrow (Thursday 8th Feb) is our PE Enrichment Day! We welcome double Olympian Ashleigh Nelson into the school to lead workshops and an assembly. Please…

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  • Spring term in Reception

    This term the children have been exploring magnets, ice, light and shadows. They have also constructed some amazing hotels with lego and made beautiful crowns. In Angelfish class…

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  • Nursery parent consultations

    Please note that Nursery parent consultations will be held in the Starfish Reception classroom and not the Nursery, please use the side entrance near the main school reception…

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  • Swimming gala triumph!

    We are proud to announce that our swimming team came 3rd last week at the District Swimming Gala! Well done to everyone involved!  

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  • Swimming Gala Success

    On Wednesday 31st January, pupils from Year 5 and 6 participated in the Hoddesdon District School Sports Association Swimming Gala at The John Warner School. Nine schools from…

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News in Year 1


Collaborative Inference Day 

On Monday 29th January the children will become reading detectives and will take part in a fun filled investigative day. They will develop their collaborative and inference skills by solving clues to reveal a mystery person. For this day the children may come into school dressed as detectives to really get into role!



We are expecting some very exciting visitors over the next few weeks. These will be linked to our topic of People Who Help Us! We have a nurse and a police officer planned so far!


Science Day

We enjoyed a great day at Forest School on Tuesday! We have been exploring different materials, what they are made from, what they feel like and whether they are waterproof!

We went to Forest School, got into teams and built hideouts using cardboard, fabric, plastic and wood. Miss Tinsley then poured water over the dens to see if they were waterproof!! We found out that only the plastic kept the water out!

Reading in Year 1


Don’t forget we have shared reading tomorrow morning! (Thursday) We will review this at half term.

We will be changing children’s reading books twice weekly from now on. This will give children the chance to practise their reading with familiar books and build up their fluency.

Home reading books should not be too challenging for the children to also help with their fluency, so please let us know if they are having to sound out every word!

By the time children are in year 2, they should be able to fluently read 90 words a minute.

We would like to offer children the opportunity to borrow a library book as well as their reading book which they will change on their own during their guided reading session. This day will differ for children so please ensure their books are in their book bags every day!

Please let us know if you have any questions!

The Year 1 Team

Happy New Year (Year 1)


We hope you had a great time over the Christmas break!

Thank you for all of our lovely gifts…we were very spoilt!


This term our topic is ‘People Who Help Us’ and we are hoping to have some visits from people in different jobs!

We are going to be thinking about their role and how they help us, basing our topic and writing for this term on this.


This term our Shared Reading morning will be on a Thursday from 8.55-9.10. We hope you can join us to share a book with the children, grandparents and other relatives welcome too!

Forest School will continue to be a Tuesday and PE on a Wednesday.

Please ensure book bags and water bottles are brought to school every day.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team

Forest School fun


As part of our Wellbeing Initiative, Years 1 & 2 went out to Forest School for an afternoon of fun on Friday 24th November. Year 1 are experts of our new Forest School area so taught the Year 2s how to use all of the amazing things out there! We all had a wonderful time riding bikes, playing in the water tray, visiting Goldilocks’ Porridge Cafe (the mud kitchen), building dens, climbing the fort, collecting pine cones and much more! It was a brilliant way to end the week and we all really enjoyed ourselves!

Our next Forest School adventure will be on Friday 15th December 2017.

Take a look at some photos from the afternoon!

Year 1 upcoming events


This half term we have been learning about e-safety and how to keep ourselves safe online. Please talk to your children about the importance of keeping personal details safe and secure and ‘stranger danger’.

It has been great to see some of the fun activities you have been doing at home on Tapestry! Keep us up-to-date!

Christmas is fast approaching and there are lots of dates for the diary coming up soon.

This Friday (17th November) is Children in Need and for a £1 donation children can come to school wearing their pyjamas and slippers. Then come along to the cake sale after school in the Key Stage 2 playground and please get baking and donate some delicious treats for a good cause.

Year 1 are now practising for their Christmas carol concert which will be held at 5pm on WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER in the Key Stage 2 hall. This will be followed by a small treat for you made by the children! There will be no costumes but we would love the children to wear a Christmas jumper. We will send a letter out closer to the time to confirm details.


Thank you for all your support!

The Year 1 Team