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Welcome to 1CC!

Friday 9th November:

What an excellent first week back the children have had! I’ve loved hearing all about their Half Term adventures and seeing their smiling faces as they’ve returned to school after a well deserved rest.

In English, we’ve been reading Old Bear by Jane Hissey. The children have loved reading the books and watching some episodes of the TV programme on YouTube. We’ve described Old Bear in detail and also discussed how we must care for old toys.

In Maths, we’ve been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We’ve used socks to help us count in twos, gloves to help us count in fives and looked for patterns on a 100 square  when counting in tens.

Super Science this week involved sorting materials into whether they are man-made or natural. We looked outside for hints to see which materials are natural.

We are getting very excited about our trip to Sudbury on Wednesday. Please remember to wrap up warm as, if the weather is dry, we hope to take the children outside so they can enjoy the adventure area.

Thanks, as always for your ongoing support. Please continue to hear your child read at home as often as possible. Reading any books, labels, road signs are excellent ways to encourage the children to apply their phonics.

Mrs Croton 😊


Friday 26th October:

Where has that Half Term gone? The children have survived their first Half Term in Year 1 and I’m so proud of everything they have achieved so far. This week has been no exception.

We kickstarted with our Black History Month work. JLT allocated each class an influential person to learn about. 1CC flew to Philadelphia to learn about Will Smith and were astounded by his achievements. For display, we created our own graffiti artwork based on some of his aspirational quotes.

In Science, the children evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of their rockets and we ordered them by how streamlined they were. We’ve been recapping number bonds to 10 and 20 in Maths using a variety of concrete materials and pictures to help us. In English, we’ve been learning poetry. We watched some of Michael Rosen’s performances of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,’ ‘No Breathing in Class’ and ‘The Car Trip’ to inspire us to use lots of expression when performing our own poems. As a class, we performed ‘What’s in the Box?’ by Trevor Millum and ‘The Toys’ Playtime’ by Tony Mitton. We then looked at different shape poetry and had a go at writing our own.

On Wednesday and Thursday, it was Parents Evening and it was so lovely to celebrate the children’s work with you. Thank you for all your support and positivity. It is so lovely to hear that the children are enjoying Year 1 and sharing their learning with you at home.

We finished the week with our reward morning on Friday. The children enjoyed different activities such as: Dodgeball, making slime and Autumn art. I’m sure the children will thoroughly enjoy a well-deserved rest over Half Term and I’m looking forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return on Monday.

Mrs Croton 😊


14th October 2018

WOW what an amazing few weeks the children have had. A lot of our activities have had a space theme as we have been busy reading ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey. The children love this story about a group of toys who are sucked up into a spaceship where they meet an alien called Hoctopize. They have been helping Hoctopize search for his precious toy Cuddles by creating lost posters and describing him in detail. In Maths, the children have been applying their addition and subtraction skills to some tricky word problems. They have also been tackling some missing number problems.

In Science, the children have been designing their own rockets. The aim was to work out which material would be best suited to ensure their rocket is durable and streamlined. The big build is tomorrow so we will let you know how it goes. As noted in the letter, if you have any spare materials we could use please send them into school with your child tomorrow.

Parents evening is the last week before Half Term. Letters have been sent home so please complete the form if you have a preferred time slot and I will do my very best to accommodate these. There are still some Sudbury Hall letters outstanding so please complete these and send them in too.

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support. The children are coming into school each day eager to learn and we are really enjoying our first term together as 1CC.

Best wishes,

Mrs Croton


Friday 21st September:

WOW what an amazing first few weeks the children have had in Year 1! The children are becoming increasingly independent with changing their books which is so wonderful to see. This love of reading is something we try our very best to encourage in Year 1. Reading really is the gateway to learning.

Despite it being so early on in the term, 1CC have already achieved some amazing pieces of work. We have dived into Billy's Bucket and discovered so many wonderful sea creatures which have inspired our learning. We've created wonderful collages of underwater lands, described amazing animals and witnessed spectacular scenery. This fantastic work will go on display in our KS1 hall so keep an eye out for it.

We've now moved onto our Toy topic. The children have discussed toys which they like to play with but also toys which their parents and grandparents liked to play with. Many thanks to everyone who has brought in toys from home and discussed toys they used to play with. We will be continuing with this topic until Christmas so feel free to empty your lofts of old toys as the children will be very interested. 

As a class, we have created our very own Toy Museum. The children wrote labels and captions for the toys in our classroom. On Friday, we created a museum and invited Mr Coombs and Year 2 to look around. It was a great success! We are currently reading Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas. Rumour has it that the toys have been exploring the school over the weekend. Find out more on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Croton :) 

Friday 7th September:

The children have settled in really well to their first few days in Year 1. We are working hard to encourage the children to be as independent as possible and establish routines. We have started to read our first text 'Billy's Bucket' and discussed what might be inside his wonderful bucket.

Attached below is our timetable and topic flyer for your information. 

Meet the teacher evening is on Tuesday 11th September between 5.00-5.30 and again at 5.45-6.15pm. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Croton :)  

Important information:

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. This will start with the first set of spellings being given out on Friday 14th September. These will be tested in the children's phonics groups.

Please continue to hear your child read as often as you can and sign their diary. We will give out school reading books week commencing 10th September. 

PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday (weather permitting!) Please can you ensure ALL clothing items are clearly named.

Mrs Croton :)