Mrs Sandhu

1 Flamingo

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 1

Mrs Sandhu and Mrs Richardson warmly welcome you to Year 1.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 1, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Richardson

1 Rainbird

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December 2019


In D&T, we have continued with our healthy lunch project. Our design brief is to create a healthy lunch for Mr Grinling, because he has started to eat unhealthily! Our lunch needs to include ingredients from all areas of the Eatwell Guide, look appetising, and have something crunchy or crispy to add some excitement. We have drawn our initial design ideas and finalised our ideas to design the sandwich we will make. We thought about the process that we need to take in order to be successful when creating our lunch. We wrote down all the tools and ingredients we will need and drew a flow chart to show what we will do step by step. Finally, we made our delicious lunches, with the help of some parent volunteers!


In Computing, we have continued with the coding unit this month. In ‘Click and go,’ we were required to position five objects on the design screen using the skills of selecting, dragging and dropping. We then added a code to make these five objects move in different directions when they were clicked. We also had an opportunity to create our own transport scene and to discover if we had been successful in using code to make each of the five vehicles move. We were shown how we could ‘debug’ the code if there was an error.


In English, we have been busy preparing to write our recounts as Mr or Mrs Grinling. We have learnt about adverbs of time and how to use them to order events. Our learning journey in English prepared us well to write our recounts and we were all hugely successful and confident in our writing. We also tried to use interesting adjectives to improve the quality of our work. Once we had written our first draft, we edited our work by checking for capital letters and full stops.


In History, we have been learning about a significant individual called Grace Darling. Grace Darling was a lighthouse keeper, along with her family. One stormy day, Grace and her father noticed that a ship had crashed nearby to their lighthouse. They bravely rowed out to save all the survivors and kindly gave them food and shelter in their lighthouse. Their actions were very heroic and Grace was rewarded by Queen Victoria for her bravery. We looked at the timeline of events around Grace’s life and ordered them. We also created our own fact files which included interesting information about Grace Darling.


In Maths, we have been learning about the number line. We have been ordering numbers from greater to smaller. We also looked at patterns in sequences and noticed that when we count in 2s, 5s and 10s, there is also a pattern of numbers getting greater by the same amount. When then moved on to using the number line to help us to add and subtract. Some of us enjoyed this method because we could count on by jumping forwards or backwards on the number line. We also learnt how to use the ‘make ten’ strategy, where we count on/back to make 10 first, and then continue with the rest of the remainder. We used cubes on a ten frame to do this.


In Music, we have been continuing to link our music learning to inter-related music techniques, in particular dynamics and tempo and pitch. We have been focussing on vocal techniques, including posture, breathing and phrasing. In addition, we have been learning lyrics to traditional carols and linking them to the Christmas story. These techniques have helped us to practise our songs for our concert. We also added some actions in with our singing to make our performance extra special and entertaining. We are so excited to perform our Christmas Concert to all the Year 1 and Year 2 parents!


In Panjabi, we have been learning 2 sets of the Panjabi alphabet and their corresponding sounds. To keep us on our toes we have been using a variety of resources such as magnetic letters and flash cards. Another thing we have been looking at in Panjabi is the weather. We also shared our prior knowledge about the weather in Panjabi and presented to the whole class.  We also learnt about Guru Ji’s family using interactive resources such as pictures. Children learnt the story of The Sacred Thread and to remember the story we took part in some role play and hot seating.  We then recorded our learning in our books using pictures and sentences from the story.


In PE, we have continued learning about teamwork and problem solving.  We have been trying to complete challenges that require us to work together to achieve an objective.  We worked in small groups and had to figure out how to get from one side of the playground to the other using only two large hoops. We challenged the children further in tasks such as River Cross by adding new problems to the task such as blindfolds, so that children could learn about the different forms of communication that may be needed in a variety of situations.


In PSHE, we have been learning about how to be brave. In our topic ‘Zero to Hero’, we discussed all the different types of heroes that we know. We talked about super heroes and everyday heroes. In our story ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’, both Mr and Mrs Grinling are heroes because they are so hard working and never give up. Mr Grinling works in a lighthouse, which means he saves many ships and boats from crashing into dangerous rocks. After learning about so many heroic people, we have decided to start showing more bravery in our own actions.


In RE, we have been learning about the Christian creation story. We thought about our own beliefs and how the world and universe were created. We had a discussion about our own creations and how we would like other people to look after our creations. For example, when we make a Lego sculpture, we would like our friends to take care of it. We realised that this would be similar for God’s creation, so he would like us to take care of his world. We looked at different scenarios and actions and sorted them into things God would like to see and things God would not like to see.


In Science, we have been learning about our bodies and how to eat healthily to keep them working well. We learnt about the Eatwell Guide and the different food groups we need to include in our diet. We noticed that sugar is not on the Eatwell Guide, which is partly because it is very bad for our teeth. We learnt how to brush our teeth effectively and then made instructions to teach others. Next we will be recognising which body part we use for each of our senses. This will be fun because we will get to touch, taste, smell, hear and see lots of interesting things!

Sikh Studies

The main focus of this term has been on Guru Nanak Dev Ji since we celebrated the 550th Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We learnt about Guru Ji’s family using interactive resources such as pictures and whiteboards. Then we recorded our work in our books by using pictures and words. Children learnt the story of The Sacred Thread and to remember the story, we did the role play and hot seating. We celebrated Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Prakash Dehara by doing an assembly. In the assembly Year 6 children were talking about Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life and we sang shabads. Children took part in Nishan Sahib Ji’s seva and Langer which was served that day for the whole school.