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Year 1





Our teacher is Mr Richards and our teaching assistants are Mrs Wallington and Miss S Gammell.   


Mr Richards can be contacted on:

Daily Messages from your teacher during school closure:




Good Morning Year 1,

Did you manage to sort out your sock draw yesterday and throw all the odd socks away? I hope you are starting to get used to arrays now because they really help when doing division number sentences.

Today’s task is to choose your favourite book in the house and read it or get a grown up or older sibling to read it to you. Once you have read the book then I would like you to do a book review, we have done quite a few of these in the classroom. The things I would like you to cover in your book review is;


The author of the book.

Rate the book by drawing how many stars out of 5.

Write about your favourite character in the book and why?

Write about your favourite part in the book and why?

Remember to underline your headings and leave a line for a new heading, really work on your presentation. Can you get a monster point for your presentation today! Please send myself or Mrs South your lovely pictures to let us know how you are getting on.

Remember to look every day for new photos if you can send any photos to me or remember to check out the Home Learning page too.

Please remember if you have a computer and Internet access at home, to go on TT Rock Stars and practice your 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables. Phonics Play have offered their new site free to parents which works better on tablets and mobiles for children to go on and play games.

Username: march 20

Password: home


Please try and read at least once a day and record it in your home reading books, we should have plenty of time now! You can read your own books that is fine.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will try and get back to you as soon as I can.


Please keep safe.

Fun learning.


Mr Richards

Out topic this half term is Superheroes.


This term we will be looking at real life heroes as well as superheroes. Our role play area has lots of costumes for the children to act as their own superhero or real life hero. In our topic lessons we will be focussing on Florence Nightingale and how she changed nursing for the better. Our Science focus is light and sound this half term. We have a trip to the fire station booked for the end of the month -picture will follow.


Last half term our topic was Rio. We learned about where Rio de Janeiro is in the world and compared this city to our own. We made some traditional Brazilian dishes. Our role play area was full of materials for the children to design and make their own carnival costumes. These were paraded around the school during our Rio Day whilst performing samba. The aim of the day was to bring Rio de Janeiro to Warren Dell School! 




Previously, our topic was dinosaurs. We wrote fact files, narratives and non- chronological reports. In Maths, we continued to explore place and numbers as well as shape and we learnt about fossils in Science. We learnt about when dinosaurs existed, compared different paleontologists and went on a dinosaur hunt!




We also visited South Oxhey Baptist Church on Gosforth Lane and the Priest showed us all areas of the church. He got the children to write down what objects were where in the church and they did a song at the end with actions about the Christmas story.



Curriculum information can be accessed here:


Reading and talking together

Get your child to tell you about what they are reading. Who is their favourite character and why? Is there anyone like that in your family? What do they think is going to happen? What have they learnt from their reading? Does it remind them of any of their own experiences?

Help your child with any words they don’t understand – look them up together in the dictionary if you need to.

Read recipes, instructions, manuals, maps, diagrams, signs and emails. It will help your child to understand that words can be organised in different ways on a page, depending on what it’s for.

Read junk mail – your child could compare costs, make their own ‘advertisements’ by cutting up junk mail or come up with clever sentences for a product they like.


Writing about their heroes, sports events, hobbies and interests helps your child to stay interested in what they are writing about.

Help your child to leave messages in sand on the beach, send a message in a bottle, do code crackers, word puzzles, crosswords, word finds – these are all fun to do together.

Make up a story about The Zoo and act it out with costumes and music. Write down the names of the characters.

If you or someone in your family has a computer, encourage your child to use it to write, email and publish or print for pleasure (emails, birthday cards, poems, jokes, letters, and pictures with captions). Or you could use a computer at the library.

Remind children to use a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop in all their writing.


Find and connect numbers around your home and neighbourhood – phone numbers, clocks, letterboxes, road signs, signs showing distance.

Count forwards and backwards (starting with numbers like 100, 99, 98, 97 then back again).

Make patterns when counting – forwards and backwards, starting with different numbers (73, 83, 93, 103, 113, 123… or 128, 118, 108, 98, 88, 78…).

Explore patterns through drumming, clapping, stamping, dancing.

Find out the ages and birth dates of family.

See patterns in the numbers in their times tables.

Keep practising forming your numbers the right way.


This term year 1 are learning about superheroes and what special powers they have, we will be demonstrating some of these super powers on Superhero Day.

Within this topic we will also be learning about real life heroes and our visit to the fire station will help us understanding how hard these heroes work.

What an exciting half term ahead.


Please ensure your child has a PE kit on their peg every day! They need a yellow top, blue shorts (or tracksuit bottoms) and black plimsoles.

 Every day activities

Making lunch or a meal for a party– make sandwiches in different shapes. Can they cut their sandwich in half? Can they cut the other sandwich in half a different way?

Helping at the supermarket – choose items to weigh – how many apples/bananas weigh a kilo? Look for the best buy between different makes of the same items (e.g. blocks of cheese) – check on the amount of sugar or salt per serving

Telling the time – o’clock and half past.

Deciding how much money you will need to put into the parking meter and what time you will need to be back before the meter expires.

Thinking about how many telephone numbers they can remember – talk about what they do to help them remember the series of numbers.

Reading together – help them look for numbers and mathematics ideas.

Looking for shapes and numbers in newspapers, magazines, junk mail, art (like carvings and sculpture).