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Welcome to Year One!


Show Respect, Work together, Aspire and Nurture

Mrs Chiasson, Miss Dery and Mrs Nicholson



A warm welcome to the Year 1 class page. We are all looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, 3rd September.  Please find some useful information below and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Year One Class Team

Mrs Chiasson (class teacher) and Miss Dery (a.m. teaching assistant) and Mrs Nicholson (p.m. teaching assistant)

Mrs Potter and Mrs Nicholson will cover PPA (Planning, preparation and Assessment) time on Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Lambert will teach PE.


Transition and entry to school

Year 1 will be starting school at 9.00am and finishing at 3:30pm. An adult from the Year 1 team will meet the children at the small gate with the keypad at the front entrance. We will then check their temperature using a thermometer to the wrist. When the children arrive in the school building, they will be washing their hands and provided with hand sanitizer. This will be repeated throughout the day.

Together, with the Foundation Stage team, we have carefully organised a transition period to support the well being of your child on their return to school.

Thursday, 3rd – Friday, 4th September - Your child will go in to their familiar Foundation Stage 2 classroom with their previous teachers Mrs Williams and Mrs Hopewell, as well as Mrs Chiasson, Miss Dery (am) and Mrs Nicholson (pm). During this time, the children will also visit their new classroom.

Monday, 7th- Friday, 11th September – The children will go into Reception in the morning, then Year One in the afternoon.

14th September onwards- The children will start full time in Year One.


Learning and well being

Our main focus will be on developing relationships with the children so they feel safe and settle back happily into school after such a long period out of education. There will be many opportunities to share and discuss their lock-down experiences, worries and support with gaps in learning.

Our topic this term is ‘We are going to Africa’. We have lots of exciting learning planned across all subjects linked to this topic.

The Year One team are all experienced in teaching the foundation stage curriculum so will plan activities to develop fundamental skills, which they perhaps missed learning during lockdown. We have created areas in the classroom for the children to explore their learning and practice skills, both independently and with support, during ‘discovery time’. We will also support them in their learning in phonics, maths and topic during group work and carpet times. We will prepare them for more formal lessons as the year progresses. Resources in the classroom will be cleaned regularly.



Your child only needs to bring a clean water bottle filled with water please (no juice), their bookbag which will have their reading book and reading record inside. They DO NOT need anything else – no pencil cases, toys, teddies, swapping cards etc.



PE will be on Wednesdays and the children are to come in school on this day in their PE kit: school jumper, plain navy/black/grey jogging trousers or shorts and a plain white/navy/black/grey T-shirt with trainers. PE will be done outside, weather permitted. We will review the additional indoor PE session over the term, alongside government guidelines.



Year One children will be provided with a free packed lunch to eat in the classroom. Your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch if you prefer.



Your child will be given a reading book once we have assessed all the children on their phonics. They will have a book on Mondays and change them on Thursdays. The Read Write Inc. books need to be read on three separate occasions so they are able to read it fluently. The books have to be quarantined which is why we are setting days to change reading books. More support on phonics at home will come later in the term.



We are following government guidelines to ensure the safety of the whole school community, so our communication with parents/carers will be different. If you have any questions or need to pass on information please do not hesitate to contact me via email: schiasson and I will get back to you at the nearest opportunity.


Finally, we want to reassure you and your child that it is normal to feel anxious about the return to school. We are doing everything possible to make sure the transition back is as smooth as possible and we know the children will be excited to see their friends and start learning again. Please see the link below to a story about returning to school.


We look forward to seeing you all back at Lovers’ Lane. 

Kind regards,

The Year One Team

Please find two pictures of the Year One Classroom below for you to share with your child.

Use the following email to send photos of work or to let me know you are ok:


As I am not seeing you all daily and I miss you all lots can you send us a weekly email just to say hello and let me know how you are. I appreciate that you are busy but this will only take a moment of your time. Home learning isn't easy and from those that have sent me pictures or contacted me you are doing a fantastic job, this is important to us and more so your child. Keeping them busy, safe and happy is key and I am here to help you in any way I can.

Tuesday, 21st July, 2020

Can you put these pictures in the correct order?


Can you make a paper plate fish?

Monday, 20th July, 2020
Science/ Art
Friday, 17th July, 2020

Can you practice telling the poem? Perhaps you could record yourself saying the poem!

Thursday, 16th July, 2020
Watch the video and think about how the story teller tells the story? What does she do to make the story even more interesting?
Can you record yourself telling the story you wrote, or if you prefer you could tell the story of Bob, the bubble who wanted to be useful?
Look at the video and think about all the different types of water transport you might see on the sea.

Seaside transport

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Can you make a boat from boxes and junk materials? Will it float? Is it waterproof?
Wednesday, 15th July, 2020
Bob, the bubble who wanted to be useful
Now write your story!

Talk about the worksheets to do with writing time or practice o'clock and half past on the second sheet.

Tuesday, 14th July, 2020

We are going to use Pie Corbett's ideas in Bob, the bubble who wanted to be useful, to create our own stories. Look at the story map? Can you change the characters or problems to make your own story? Perhaps you could use one of the animals on the last picture, how could Bob help them?


Can you find any example of how technology is used when you go for a walk near your house?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, technology is ‘the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry’ Today, I would like you to look around your house for examples of technology. What did you find? What do you think they do? Can you think how they might work? Draw some of the things you found in your book or on the worksheet.
Monday, 13th July, 2020

Remind yourself of the story. Talk about the vocabulary, are there any words you don't understand?

Can you make character puppets then use the story map to help you retell the story?



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​​​​​​Friday, 10th July, 2020

In the story, Bob meets a Painted Lady Butterfly and a Pool Frog. Read the factfile about the butterfly and see if you can find out anything about pool frogs?


Can you follow the recipe to make some butterfly cakes?


Look at this video from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The water is warm so lots of tropical fish live there. Can you spot any fish you recognise? Is there anyone else you recognise?

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Can you spot any of these fish?

Thursday, 9th July, 2020

Read the story again then complete the story map sheet or draw your own story map.

New daily films:

  • Read longer words: for children who can read Set 3 sounds and words confidently. 
  • Read Red Words 1: for children who are reading Red, Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Reception.
  • Read Red Words 2: for children who are reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. Many children are able to read these in Y1.
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 1 : reading and writing practice for children reading Green, Purple, Pink and Orange Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing with Set 1 sounds confidently and learning Set 2 sounds.)
  • Read and Hold a Sentence 2 : reading and writing practice for children reading Yellow, Blue and Grey Read Write Inc. Storybooks. (For children reading and writing words with Set 2 sounds confidently and learning Set 3 sounds.)

Complete the sheets or practice sharing objects into 4 equal groups/ quarters.


Find out about sea animals.

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020
Alliteration is where lots of words in a sentence begin with the same sound. Can you find any alliteration in the story? 

'Bob was a beautiful bubble'


Can you think of any other words that could describe Bob that begin with 'B'?


eg. bright, bobbing, brave, bold, bouncy, brilliant, blue, busy, big, bad, boring, brainy.


Can you make up some alliterative sentences? eg Bob was a big, brave bubble.

Complete the sheets or practice folding shapes into quarters

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020

How do you know which parts are spoken when you read the story? Can you find all of the inverted commas? Can you match the character to what they said in the final image?

Complete the sheet or practice finding half of a group of objects by arranging the objects in lines (arrays)

Monday, 6th July, 2020

Read the Story about Bob the Bubble then answer the questions.

Complete the sheets or fold paper shapes


Riley- John has been thinking about animals that live at the seaside. Can you draw, paint or make some animals that live at the seaside? Can you label them too?

Friday, 3rd July, 2020
Thursday, 2nd July, 2020

The colour monster is feeling sad, can you give him some ideas of things that make you happy? eg doing something you enjoy, giving someone a hug (or an air hug!), singing, listening to music, calm breathing, going for a walk, read jokes.

Talk about the sheets with a grown up or print them out. You could practice counting real coins.


Design your own colour monster using craft materials. Here are some ideas:

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020

Choose a feeling from the book and write about something that makes you feel that way.. Remember to use a capital letter, finger spaces and full stop. Can you use the word because?

Talk about the sheets or print them out


Look at the clothing and tell your adult which kind of weather you would wear them for.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020

Talk about the sheets or practice sorting and counting real coins.


T-T-9655-Year-1-Seasons-Weather-Chart-Powerpoint (1).mp4

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Monday, 29th June, 2020

Talk about the sheets or if you need to practice numbers to 20, print out the last sheet.


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Can you write the correct type of weather under the symbols? (Answers are on the second sheet)

Friday, 26th June, 2020

Use your ideas from yesterday to write a Seaside Senses Poem!

Thursday, 25th June, 2020

Look at the pictures and imagine you are at the seaside. What can you hear? What can you see? What can you smell? What can you taste? What can you feel?

Or practice More, less and equal to to 20

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Can you make a light house model?

Wednesday, 24th June, 2020

Shirley Hughes has written lots of fabulous stories and poems.Read the poem she wrote below. It is a rhyming poem, can you find the rhyming words?

Can you think of some words which rhyme with the words below?

Complete sheets 1-3 to practice up to 100. Complete sheet 4 to practice numbers to 20.

Sun safety
Learn about how to be safe in this hot weather.

Learn this song!

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020
The Sea by John Foster

Practice reading this poem about the sea. Can you find any rhyming words? Can you learn the poem and read it to someone else? Perhaps you could read it to someone in your house or maybe to someone on the phone or on a video chat? Or, you could send me a video?


Draw a picture of a lighthouse or print it out. Can write some interesting facts about lighthouses then colour it in?

Monday, 22nd June, 2020

This week, we are going to look at a variety of poems. Read today's poem, it is written by a famous author called Robert Louis Stevenson. Can you answer the questions on the second sheet?

The first two sheets are to practice counting to 100, the second two sheets are to help children practice counting to 20.

This is the light house by the harbour in St Ives, Cornwall.What is a light house? What does it do? Can you write everything you know about lighthouses in your book?

Exciting, enabling, educational experiences!

Friday, 19th June, 2020

Attempt 1!

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It's a No-Money Day- Kate Milner

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Thursday, 18th June, 2020

Can you make a list of the foods you would like to take on a picnic?

Talk about the sheets below.

My Family, your family

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Excuse a few mistakes, it's tricky reading through the Ipad!

This Sunday is a special day where we say thank you to a special man in our lives for all the wonderful things they do for us. Can you make a card for someone special to say thank you? Here are some ideas.

You may find this useful to help you access the correct level books from other reading schemes. Please message me if you are not sure of the Read Write Inc level your child was on before lockdown. 
Wednesday, 17th June, 2020

Talk about the sheets or practice sharing objects into equal sets.


Food Technology

Little by Little

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Tuesday, 16th June, 2020
Monday, 15th June, 2020

Remind yourself of the story of Brian Bear's Picnic

Now can you retell the story to someone in your house, or even on the phone? Can you use exciting words and intonation to tell the story?

Now look at the challenges on these sheets and see if you can tell your grown up the answers. Can you practice drawing some arrays in your book?


Who is Andy Goldsworthy?

Can you collect some sticks and leaves to create your own art like Andy Goldsworthy? I'd love to see some pictures!

Friday, 12th June, 2020

Read the story together, then talk about the adjectives on the sheet.


How and where do fruits and vegetables grow?

Can you draw a picture of your favourite fruit or vegetable and write about where it grew?
Thursday, 11th June, 2020

You could play this dice game to practice set 3

Complete sheets 1-3 or challenge yourself with sheets 3 and 4.


Andy Goldsworthy is a famous artist who uses natural materials to make his art. Can you find some stones to make a pattern like in the pictures below?

Wednesday, 10th June, 2020

Or complete the worksheets, just talk about them if you don't have a printer. The last sheet is a bit of a different challenge!

Can you draw a table and draw pictures to show the similarities and differences between the promenade then and now?
Tuesday, 9th June, 2020

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Now read the story about Brian Bear:

Listen to the story

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Complete the first two sheets, just discuss them if you don't have a printer. You could challenge yourself with the third sheet!

What would you like to do if you could go to the seaside? Draw a picture and write a sentence or two to tell me.
Monday, 8th June, 2020

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Brian's friends are called Curtis, Bertha and Gertie. Can you help Brian by writing an invitation to one of them?

Watch the video, then complete the sheets or play the game.

Take 5 breathing

Welcome back, I hope you had wonderful half term and got to enjoy the lovely weather. Let me know if you did anything fun! I can't believe it's the final half term of this school year. I am missing you and can't wait to see you when everything is safer. In the mean time, I look forward to seeing some of your lovely home-learning or photos of your adventures, it really does make my day! Also, remember to contact me every week so i know you are safe and well.
Friday, 5th June, 2020

Can you find and empty cereal box and carefully open it out. Look at all the shapes that fold together to make a cuboid. This is called the 'net' of a shape. Do you have any other shaped containers you could open? What's the same and different? Can you fold it back into a solid shape?

If you have a printer, you could print out the net to make a cuboid fish.


This month, the Wildlife trust are running a free challenge called '30 days Wild', Each day I will post a selection of their suggested activities for you to choose one from. Let's learn about and appreciate the beautiful world we live in.

Thursday, 4th June, 2020

Meet the pirates!  

Aboard a rocky pirate ship

In the middle of the sea

Are a funny group of pirates

Who are as useless as can be

Read these rhyming couplets:

Can you think of your own rhyming couplet?


eg Pirate Jack

who can't row..... 

Find a selection of 3D shapes around your house. (Food packaging, toys) Please be check that they aren't precious or breakable. Will the shapes stack on top of each other easily? Which shapes are best for stacking? Can you make a ramp? Maybe you could use some books like in the picture. If you let go of the shapes at the top of the ramp, do they roll or slide?


Look at the maps to see if you can find St Ives? Is it close to Newark?

Have a look at the second map, how would you travel to Cornwall?

Can you use construction toys or junk materials to make your chosen transport?
Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020

Sayeeda has written a poem about her brother Fergus. Can you solve the riddles?

Find some 3D shapes around your house and see if you can find out how many faces, edges and vertices your shape has.

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020

Can you write a story?


This is a picture of St Ives in Cornwall. See if you can read the labels and tell your adult where they belong on the picture.

You could draw your own picture of a seaside and label it.
Monday, 1st June, 2020

Well, after our half term break, let's remind ourselves of Sayeeda, the Princess Pirate, by reading it again, ready to create our own stories tomorrow.

Pie Corbett has used 'Once upon a time' to start this story, can you think of a different story opener you could use to begin a story?

Which 3D shapes can you find around your house? Use the first picture to help you.

Sending best wishes to our friends and families celebrating Eid-al-Fitr.

Half term Fun!

Can you talk like a pirate?

Can you make your own pirate ship? (Remember plastic bags are dangerous so i suggest not using them for sails)

Pirate Science Experiments

Week 7

Shiver me timbers, the swashbucklers in Year One have been busy again, ooh argh!

Friday, 22nd May, 2020

Pirates use maps to find treasure. Look at these maps, what can you see?

Can you design your own treasure map?


Pirates use a compass and co-ordinates to help them use a map to find treasure. Ask a grown up to help you work out the co-ordinates

Thursday, 21st May

Read (or listen to) the story then think about what happened at the beginning (the waved washed her key away after her father had told her not to open her treasure box on deck), the middle (the dolphin and the whale tried to help) and the end (The seagull helped her get her key back and she never opened her treasure box on deck again).

Talk about the problems on the sheet or play the game.

Geography - The Seaside

What is the seaside?

Have you ever been to the seaside?

Can you draw or paint a picture of a seaside?
Wednesday, 20th May, 2020

Listen to the story, then draw your own or print out these puppets to retell the story to someone in your family. Could you cut up an old box to make sticks for your puppets?

Or you could measure objects around your house with a ruler or tape measure.


Who is Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Can you design your own 'Fruit face'?

Tuesday, 19th May, 2020

Talk for writing- Sayeeda, the Pirate Princess. Read or listen to the story.

Tell your grown up who said what?

Talk about the sheets or .....

Measure objects around your house. You could measure with objects such as pens, feet, hand span, lego or straws,

DT - Make a pirate hat!
Monday, 18th May, 2020

Sayeeda, the pirate princess. Read the story then talk about it using the questions on the last sheet.