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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February 2020


In Art, we have carried on learning about our artist – Chuck Close. We have been doing a lot of exploring with colour. We explored tone, tints and shades. We learnt how to add white, grey and black to original hues to create tints, tones and shades. Since Chuck Close paints after gridding up his canvas, we also practised painting grids. We had to follow the rule of only using tints on the white space and only using shades on the grey areas. We applied these painting techniques to create a collaborative art piece for our Art Gallery.


In Computing, we have continued to learn how the position of the cursor can be changed on a page using Microsoft Word in order to word process text, and also when using the delete key. We have composed simple sentences about ourselves. We understand the importance of saving our work with an appropriate name that will be easy to retrieve when required. We are now starting to retrieve our work from a named folder in order to edit and finish our work. During Safer Internet Day, we learned how to use technology safely. Through the use of stories, we were able to discus and understand what is meant by personal information and how we can keep safe.


In English, we have continued to focus on the story of Handa’s Surprise. To ensure we were successful writing our own story, we learnt how to structure the story, how to use ‘All the Ws’ sentences with question marks and how to use more adventurous vocabulary. We have been busy retelling the story of Handa’s Surprise, and some of us have innovated the story to create our own version. Tasting the fruits before we wrote has really helped us to describe them in our story, which has made our writing more interesting and exciting. After we wrote our story, we re-read it to check it made sense and edited it to improve it.


In Geography, we have been looking at different maps. We can locate Africa and the United Kingdom on the world map and have moved on to looking more closely at the United Kingdom map. We have been learning the names of the four different countries in the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We were introduced to ‘Mr Wise’, who helps us to remember the names. W – Wales, I – (Northern) Ireland, S – Scotland and E – England. We also learnt about different seas surrounding the UK. To apply our locational skills, we labelled a blank map to show the different countries, capital cities and seas.


In Maths, we have been deepening our understanding of calculation strategies. These strategies include deriving facts from known facts and the ‘Make ten’ strategy. We learnt how to use doubles to find near doubles, which is another strategy we could use. We also did an investigation to explore the idea of the = symbol as an indicator of equivalence. To solve missing numbers on either side of the = symbol, we had to make sure that the expressions on both sides balanced. We then started to look at the most efficient strategies to use for different calculations.


In Music, we have been continuing to sing call and response songs in relation to our topic ‘Khalsa to Kenya’. We have learnt to sing ‘Siyahamba’ and ‘Kye Kye Kule’

In addition, we have perfected following 8 beat grids with gaps against selected numbers. For example:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
x x x x x x x

We would clap on the beats with a cross and say ‘shhhh’ on the beats without the cross. We have followed our rhythms on the djembe drums playing both in unison and 3 different rhythms played at the same time.


In Year 1 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. Children are learning Mukta words. For our new we are using flash cards and magnetic letters. Some children are writing on the white boards and recording in their books.   Another thing we have been looking at in Panjabi is the weather. We also shared our prior knowledge about the weather in Panjabi and shared it with the whole class.


In PE, we have been learning to play Dodgeball.  This has been really fun! We have learnt key words linked to the game such as, ‘dodge’, ‘duck’ and ‘swerve’.  We have also continued to learn the importance of making eye contact with our team mates and shouting their name during match conditions.


In RE, we have continued to learn about Christianity. After learning about the Christmas story, we have now focused our learning on other stories about Jesus. We discussed and compared three stories where Jesus showed friendship. One was about Jesus calming the storm, one was about Jesus and Zacchaeus and the other was about Jesus visiting his friends Mary and Martha. We identified which of the three situations was more easy or more difficult to show friendship in and we reflected on our own behaviours with our friends.


In Science, we have been learning all about animals. We have learnt about the different groups that we can classify vertebrates into, then we moved on to looking at other ways to classify animals.  We learnt about different types of eaters – herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. We researched the types of diets that each of these eaters might have and also related it to humans.

“I am a herbivore because I don’t eat meat!”

“I am an omnivore because I eat vegetables and chicken!”

We then used a Venn diagram to sort different common animals into each of these eater groups.