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Welcome to 1CC!

25th June 2019

Just a quick note to say that the updated Summer 2 timetable is available at the bottom of the page.

PE has changed to Tuesdays and Thursdays so please ensure all jewellery is removed on these days.

Mrs Croton


16th June 2019

What a busy first 2 weeks back Year 1 have had. The very first day back we started with our wonderful Phonics Bootcamp. This was an excellent opportunity for the children to show off their amazing skills in preparation for the screening the following week.

In English, we have been reading Peter Pan. The children have been immersed in the story of the boy who didn’t want to grow up and have written some brilliant descriptions. This week, we will be trying to persuade people to visit Neverland.

In Maths, we have been revisiting some of our number skills and making sure that we are confident using a 100 square. We have also revisited telling the time to o’clock and half past. The children were confident reading the time but found drawing the hands on the clock more challenging. This week, we will be revising halves and quarters of shapes and amounts.

Over the past term, we have been completing whole class reading sessions where we read and discuss a text together rather than smaller group guided reading. Therefore, I have not been signing in all 30 diaries each time the children read but please be assured the children continue to read regularly in school. As always, the children are free to change their books when needed.

Many thanks for all of your support with Phonics Screening last week. The results will be attached to the children’s end of year reports. I am so proud of all the children and the aliens certainly didn’t fool them 😊 We are now in the process of reassessing all the children so we can reallocate phonics groups for the final few weeks of term. Therefore, there will be no new spellings until 28th June.

Finally, a reminder of a few important dates:

Thursday 20th June – Sports Afternoon (Weather permitting!)

Thursday 4th July – Reserve date for Sports Afternoon

Tuesday 2nd July - Wolseley Centre Trip

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Mrs Croton


Summer 1


Welcome back to the Summer Term and it is definitely going to be busy. We kicked off our new text called ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ last week and the children have been captivated by this tale ever since. It tells the story of Max who sets sail on an adventure to an island. The children have completed a description of a ‘wild thing’ and retold the story using our talk for writing story map.

In Maths, the children have been using 100 squares to add two numbers together and then working out the inverse number sentence.

For example: 41 + 6 = 47

                        47 – 6 = 41

This week, the children will be revisiting position and direction. We will be moving whole turns, half turns and quarter turns.

In Science, we have begun our topic of Animals including Humans. To begin with we thought of questions we would like to ask Ryan who is a zookeeper at Bristol Zoo. He will answer all our questions ready for our next Science lesson.

Phonics screening is the week commencing 10th June so we are reading lots of alien words in preparation. If you have any questions about the screening, please don’t hesitate to ask.

PE has returned to Tuesdays and Wednesdays so please ensure all jewellery is removed on these days.

Many thanks,

Mrs Croton



Welcome Back!

I hope you have all had the most wonderful Easter break and I’m looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces on Monday. I can’t wait to hear all about your exciting adventures over the past two weeks.

Sadly, there is no more forest school and we will be back to our usual super Science on a Monday afternoon. PE will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

We have so many exciting things happening during our final term in Year 1 and I can’t wait to share it with you. Our final topic of ‘Let’s Explore’ will have us travelling the world and learning about famous explorers from the past. I can’t wait to explore!

Enjoy your final few days of the Easter holiday.

Mrs Croton


Wednesday 27th March 2019

What a busy couple of weeks we have had in 1CC. As always, we have been trying our very best in all of our lessons and aiming high.

In Maths, we have raided purses to find different coins and remember their values. We have then used them to purchase toys from a toy shop and add different amounts together. This week, we have moved onto measuring and even made our own rulers. We have been using centimetres and metres to measure the length of objects in our classroom.

In English, we have been learning how the prefix un- changes the meaning of root words. We have also looked at adding the suffixes –er and –est to root words. Last week, we researched our favourite woodland creature and wrote an information piece about the animal. We then compiled these into a class book for our display.

In Science, we have planted cress seeds in our classroom which we will measure the height of over the next few weeks. We will then use this data in a graph to record the rate of the growth.

Forest school continues to be enjoyed every Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child is prepared for ALL weather scenarios. If possible, please send in wellies, warm layers and a waterproof. Please clearly name all items as it is so easy for things to be misplaced or taken home in another child’s bag.

Reminder:  Parents evenings are Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th of April. Appointment times will go home with your children tomorrow.

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Mrs Croton 😊


Monday 11th March 2019

Last week, 1CC were very busy reading The Tin Forest. We read about the old man and his wonderful dreams. On Friday, we wrote a diary entry from his perspective about the day his dream came true.

In Maths, we have been learning about capacity. We’ve used sand, water, cubes and even pasta to see how much different containers or bottles could hold. We then ordered them by their capacity.

However, the highlight of the week must be World Book Day on Thursday. It was so lovely to hear the children share their favourite book with their peers. Some of their creations were very impressive. From marvellous medicine to Stickman, the props were so amazing. The children loved sharing them with the class. The activities throughout the day were enjoyed by all. Paddington had a hoard of marmalade sandwiches made and there were many brilliant brooms created for the witch. What a fantastic day! The school twitter feed @LeasowesPrimary has photos for you to see.

Forest schools continues to be enjoyed every Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child is prepared for ALL weather scenarios. If possible, please send in wellies, warm layers and a waterproof. Please clearly name all items as it is so easy for things to be misplaced or taken home in another child’s bag.

Thank you to everyone who donated tin foil for our forest. The children loved making their own sculptures and I’m sure they enjoyed showing you them at home too.

Reminder:  Wednesday 13th March is our Family Learning so please wrap up warm as we will be outside making some fantastic artwork.

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Mrs Croton 😊


Thursday 28th February 2019

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to 1CC after a wonderful half term. I’ve loved hearing all about the children’s adventures and seeing their smiling faces as we returned to school on Monday.

This half term it is our turn to take part in Forest School sessions. Mrs Wood and her team will be taking the children outside every Monday afternoon. Please can the children bring with them their outdoor clothing and ensure that any jewellery has been removed for these sessions.

In Maths this week, we have been measuring the weight of items. We began with a challenge to make the scales balance and then started to measure the weight of items using non-standard units (cubes). Later on this week, we have been introduced to grams and kilograms. Please encourage the children to raid your cupboards and see how heavy different items are.

In English, we have been describing a bluebell wood using adjectives and similes. The children have wowed me with some poetic similes such as, ‘The water ripples like a butterfly’s wings,’ and ‘the bluebells sway like dancers.’  I can’t wait to read their completed descriptions tomorrow.

Looking ahead to next week, we will be returning to ‘The Tin Forest,’ and thinking about how something beautiful can be made from recycling. In Maths, we will be continuing to focus on measurement but this time thinking about capacity in more detail. In Art, we will also be building our own tin forest out of tin foil. Any donations of tin foil are greatly appreciated.

New spellings will be given out tomorrow and tested on Friday 8th March. I've also attached an updated timetable to the bottom of the page. 

As always, if you have any queries please catch me in the morning or phone the office and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Mrs Croton :) 

Tuesday 5th February 2019

What a busy couple of weeks we have had in 1CC. We have started our new text which is ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne. It is a about a young boy who goes on an adventure into the forest and meets some familiar characters. The children have worked collaboratively to write their own versions of the story.

In Maths, we have been focusing on improving our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We have been answering quick fire addition questions mentally and using our number line to help us with trickier sums.

In Science, we have been naming the parts of a plant and are beginning to discuss the functions of each part. Keep an eye out for an exciting dissection next week. We have also been keeping a close eye on the plants which are growing in our classroom and the bulbs we planted outside.

Today in RE, we celebrated Chinese New Year. We made red and gold envelopes with a surprise inside. Enjoy!

Cosmic Yoga continues to be a firm favourite. Today we discovered the hot air ballooning song. I've attached the link below :)

Please note: The last spelling test of the half term will be Friday 8th February.

Mrs Croton :) 


Monday 21st January 2019

What an incredible first two weeks back the children have had. We have jumped straight into our ‘Into the Forest’ topic and the children have been enthralled. We have recited the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood and innovated the story to write our own versions. In Maths, we have learned about odd and even numbers, repeating patterns and how to partition 2 digit numbers in tens and ones. What a busy fortnight!

A particular highlight has been Cosmic Yoga. We discovered the ‘washing machine disco’ and it has become our favourite brain break. The link to YouTube is below but be warned it gets in your head 😊

We have started our new Science topic of plants by planting some bulbs outside our classroom. Fingers crossed they will start to shoot up towards the end of Spring as long as we remember to water them.

In RE this term, we are learning about different celebrations. We will be learning about weddings, christenings, Eid and much more.

Thank you to everyone who attended the phonics evening and for the wonderful feedback we received. I’m so pleased to hear it was informative. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing support. The children’s reading is really starting to blossom and I’m so proud of all their achievements so far in Year 1.

Mrs Croton 😊


Monday 7th January 2019

Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and New Year. I’m looking forward to welcoming the children back to school tomorrow and hearing all about their holiday.

Over Christmas, a forest has grown in our classroom which introduces our new topic of ‘Into the Forest.’ The topic flyer is attached below and gives an outline of some of the learning that will take place during the Spring Term.

This week, we will begin by introducing the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. We will immerse ourselves into the story, act it out and begin to think about the forest setting. In Science, we will introduce our new topic of Plants and begin to think about what plants need to grow.

On Thursday 10th January, I will be holding our Phonics Information Evening in the KS1 Hall at 5.00pm. There will be a short presentation followed by the opportunity for you to see some of the activities and games which the children complete. I look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Croton :) 


12th December 2018

1CC have been counting down to Christmas and we have been extremely busy!

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been practising our songs for our Christmas production ‘The Inn-Spectors’ and we can’t wait to perform them to you. The show will take place on Thursday 13th of December at 10am. We hope to see you there! Many thanks to everyone who has sent in costumes so far. 

In English this week, we have been looking at a new text ‘Christmas at the Toy Museum’ by David Lucas. We used our imaginations to write some fantastic predictions of what might happen to the toys. One idea was that the toys might cook Christmas dinner for everyone and eat it all up.

In Maths, we have begun learning about position and direction and had to navigate our way around a treasure map, picking up the pirate’s items along the way. We have been using left, right, up, down to move position. We also began learning about whole turns and half turns. This was rather tricky!

Spotlight on Science  

Wow, we have been super Scientists this half term! During one experiment, a spaceship crashed into a tub of water in 1CC and we had to rescue the superheroes inside. To help them we decided to make them buoyancy aids to help them to stay afloat. We worked in collaboration to discuss which materials would be most suitable for making the superheroes float. The children then selected which ones would be best. We have also been looking at seasonal changes as we move from Autumn to Winter. We walked around the  school looking for signs of Winter.

Thanks for your continued support.

Merry Christmas!

Mrs Croton :)


Tuesday 27th November 2018

It has been a busy couple of weeks in Year 1. On Wednesday 14th November, we visited Sudbury Hall. We had an absolutely fantastic day and I’ve attached some pictures to the gallery on the left for you to see.

In English, we recounted our day at Sudbury using time adverbials. We have since moved onto instruction writing and wrote instructions for how to fix Woody from Toy Story. Yesterday, we made cup and ball toys in D&T and we will be writing instructions for how to make them this week.

Last week, we focused on fractions in Maths and developed our understanding of halves. Firstly, we cut shapes and objects into halves making sure both parts were equal. Then we moved onto finding halves of numbers. This week, we will be practising our addition and subtraction using concrete materials and number lines.

Preparations are now underway for our KS1 Christmas performance. I’m sure the children will give you a sneak preview of the songs from ‘The Inn-Spectors’. Year 1 will be the chorus and a letter will be sent home today with outfit suggestions. If you have any problems sourcing an outfit, please let me know.

Many thanks for your ongoing support,


Mrs Croton :) 


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 :)