Rabbits Class Blog


Rabbits Class Blog

Welcome to our Year 1 Class Page

Below are some key pieces of information for parents:

1) Rabbits PE days are Monday's and Friday's each week - Please ensure that your child brings in a full PE kit and appropriate footwear. On Tuesday's this term the children will be taking part in some fun Tennis themed PE sessions with a coach who will be coming in to teach them lots of new skills.

2) New spellings are issued on Fridays with our spelling test for previous spellings also taking place on Friday afternoons

3) Reading logs are checked on a weekly basis so please ensure that when you are reading with your child at home you record how they are getting on in the log. Please ensure that you are commenting in your child's reading log each week to share with the teacher how they have been getting on with reading at home - this communication is very important.

 4) Banded books correlating to the children's phonics knowledge are issued on Friday afternoons. The children are able to choose a new book to take home and share with their adult over the weekend and into the following week - Please ensure these are bought back into school on Friday's for your child to exchange for a new book. We have already had books missing and not arrive back with the child. If the banded book is not returned then we cannot issue a new book until all old ones come back to school.

5) Once the children are given a new phonics book to read at home to an adult, their old phonics book should be returned to school to given to their teacher. It is important that these are returned, as the school have only purchased a certain amount of these. New phonics books will not be issued until the old ones are handed back. 

6) It is important that children come into school with a water bottle which can be accessed throughout the day. This helps them to stay hydrated. Can all water bottles that come into school be labelled with your child's name on.

7) Tuck shop: tuck shop is open Tuesday-Friday every week. If your child would like to purchase something from the trolley then please ensure they have the correct change.

Update 5 - Wk beg 16/5/22

Spellings for next weeks test are as follows:

girl, shirt, burst, first, church - These spellings contain the digraphs 'ir' and 'ur'.

Please ensure you practice these spellings daily before our test commences on a Friday afternoon

This week there has been some infromation sent out to parents regarding the phonics screening check which will take place wk commencing June 6th. Please do have a read of the document and support your child at home over the next couple of weeks to practice their phonics by using the attached resources sent out with the letter. 

During PE this week we spent some time on ball skills. The children partnered up and practiced passing a big and small ball to one another using 2 hands, 1 hand and then a controlled kick. The children thoroughly enjoyed practicing hand eye coordination and keeping control between themselves and their partners. In the last week of term we will be playing some football typed games whereby the children have to try and get the ball into each others goals. The children will then be applying the skills learnt to a game which will be set up for them to play. At the end of our PE sessions the children have time to reflect on what they have learnt and share their thoughts and ideas with one another - this allows them to not only debrief but to congratulate one another on their achievements.

During Geography this week the children created a key for their own island maps. Every child accessed this independently - thinking about the areas they had included and drew some simple pictures to represent the items on their maps. They then labelled the keys to give an indication as to what was drawn on their maps. I was very impressed with the end result as the children tried extremely hard with this piece of work. Next week we will be looking at comparing our island map areas to that of an area surrounding where we live in the UK. 

Miss Cox

Update 4 - Wk beg 9/5/22

Spellings for next weeks test are as follows:

horse, torn, north, score, more - These spellings contain the /or/ sound

Please ensure you practice these spellings daily before our test commences on a Friday afternoon

As we have now covered counting in: 2s, 5s and 10s, this week I have set up some TTrockstar activities that the children can play along to. This will be a rolling schedule week upon week for example: 2x tables 1 week, 5x tables the next and 10x the next. You can access the website using the following link: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/10918/pin Upon logging in the children will need their 4 digit character code which will be in the front of their reading logs. If this has been lost or misplaced then please do let me know and I can provide your child with a new copy which can go home with them.

During Computing this term we are looking at a unit called 'Moving a Robot'. So far the children have explored ways in which BeeBots (small bee floor robots) are instructed to move by typing in a set of codes in order to tell it which way to turn or go. We have really been updating our knowledge of our left and right by using our 'L's an image of this can be seen below for reference. Once the children understood the instructions and movements they needed to input a code they have put their understanding and knowledge to the test. They have used an ipad application called Bee-bot. This game allows the children to move a robot around a maze of obstacles and get to the object/item needed to collect in order to move onto the next level. Upon completion of a level the game then becomes more difficult - encouraging them to really think hard about how they are going to move the robot around the screen.

During PSHE this week the children have delved into Loneliness. We had a discussion about what Loneliness means to us and how it makes us feel. The children were given a post it note to record their thoughts on. After thinking about this the children were then handed another post it note and were asked to think about how we could help someone who might feel lonely. There were many brilliant ideas shared in our circle time and it was good to share these with one another in the class. 

left and right


Update 3 - Wk beg 2/5/22

Spellings for next weeks test are as follows:

high, light, tight, bright, fright - These spellings contain the long vowel sound /i/ spelt igh

Please ensure you practice these spellings daily before our test commences on a Friday afternoon

During Maths this week the children have started a new unit of work for Multiplication and Division. We have managed to solidify more of our learning for the 2s and 5 times tables. The children also looked at the 10x tables which were very easy for them to learn. They took part in a range of round robin activities to carry out their learning in this area. They especially enjoyed the physical counting of numbers 10-100 in 10s. Once ordering these numbers they choose a practical fitness card for example jump, leg raises or hop which they would carry out whilst counting aloud in 10s. The children have ended the week looking at how to make equal groups. We also discovered what unequal groups look like and how we would be able to tell when counting the amounts in each group - if there is an odd number then this would show an unequal amount.

During English this week the children have been boxing up a new innovation text for our persuasive writing unit. We carried out a class box up and then the children went off to complete their own version in their books. We have also completed 2 lessons of shared writing where as a class we use our ideas from the boxing up grid, build these into sentences and use our toolkit features to make our invitation come to life. The children could clearly see the features used during our writing sessions as these were pointed out clearly and discussed with them whilst writing our sentences.

Miss Cox

 Update 2 - Wk beg 25/4/22

Spellings for next weeks test are as follows:

book, cook, wood, shook, brook - These spellings contain the short vowel digraph 'oo' as in 'foot' 

Please ensure you practice these spellings daily before our test commences on a Friday afternoon

During History this week - The children have continued learning through their Space and Discovery topic where they have learnt about Neil Armstrong, creating a factfile about who he is and what he did as an explorer. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching the video which told us some more information!

In Geography we have looked at the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world. The children were given some information about each of the continents and thought about which was the biggest and which the smallest. The children will be creating their own imaginative island which will be placed in either a hot or cold area of the world. We are going to be looking at this more in detail next week and we will be able to create our own map of what this looks like.

In Art we have been looking at Portraits. This week we looked at the artist Leonardo da Vinci and some of his most famous works of Art! The children were impressed by his famous piece the Mona Lisa which most of them had heard of before. We also looked in detail at Leonardo's own self portraits which, for one of them, he drew using a red chalk!

self portrait

Miss Cox

Update 1 - Wk beg 19/4/22

Spellings for next weeks test are as follows:

moon, food, spoon, booth, boom 

Please ensure you practice these spellings daily before our test commences on a Friday afternoon


I hope that everyone enjoyed their Easter break and that the transition back to school has been calm and enjoyable. This week the children have been getting stuck into their new Topic of 'Discovery and Space' we have managed to gather some information on explorers and what we think they are as well as thinking about what we want to find out during this unit. The children came up with some great ideas during this session and we can't wait to start our journey through discovery by looking at Neil Armstrong next week!

During English this week the children have continued their learning of persuasive writing through the form of an invitation. We looked at using the conjunction 'and' in many different ways. We worked in teams to produce our own text maps of the model text 'A Knight's Tea Party' and we even compared our model to that of another persuasive text which was in the form of an advert. The advert explained to the reader that there were some Magic Beans for sale, trying to convince us to buy them. It was really interesting to see the similarities and differences between both texts and having the children provide feedback on this through discussion was fantastic!

If you would like to look at the model text at home it is as follows:  A-Knights-tea-party-model-text.docx

During Maths this week the children have continued their learning in Measurement by looking at the capacity and volume of different containers. We had lots of fun in the water tray outside measuring and using the language of 'full', 'empty', 'almost full', 'more than half full' and 'almost empty' when comparing them. The children had some challenges to think about where 1 question asked us to look at 3 different sized containers. All were half filled with a liquid and we were asked if the containers had the same amount in - this was an interesting discussion point as some children replied with yes and some with no. Some of us had a discussion about why they thought that. This will lead to some more investigation needing to be held next week!

If you would like to look at Volume and Capacity further then please follow the links here: https://www.tinytap.com/activities/g3u8s/play/volume-capacity https://wordwall.net/resource/45524/maths/capacity-game https://uk.splashlearn.com/measurement-games


Whiterose has launched a new Maths application for tablets/phones. This is a brilliant home learning resource which allows children to practice 4 main areas of maths learning: subitising, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I would strongly recommend downloading the application and looking at subitising, addition and subtraction with your children as having a deep understanding of these areas will support development in other areas of maths. If you would like more information then please follow this link to find out more: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/1-minute-maths#download

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