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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January 2020


In Art, we have been learning about our new artist – Chuck Close. He is a photo-realist painter, who uses lots of bright colours within his work. In this unit, we will be developing our painting skills. We looked at the colour wheel and learnt about primary colours and how they mix together to create secondary colours. It was quite exciting to see a new colour be created before our eyes! We then used these colour mixing skills alongside our exploration of pattern making. We used a variety of tools and every day objects to create shapes and patterns with our self-mixed paints.


In Computing, we have continued to increase our understanding of the keys on the ‘Qwerty’ keyboard. We have written the alphabet in both lower case and upper-case letters. We have learnt how to position the cursor on a page using Microsoft Word. We have had an opportunity to compose simple sentences about ourselves and about our favourite toy. We have also used the backspace key to delete text. This helps us to reposition our text using appropriate spacing between the words when editing a sentence. We are also learning the importance of saving our work into a named folder.


In English, we have started learning about our new story – Handa’s Surprise. We have been busy writing about our likes and dislikes and drawing our story maps to order the story. We have learnt a new Alan Peat sentence this term – All the W’s. This is where we write questions using ‘W’ words (who, what, when, where, why) and then punctuate our sentence with a question mark, rather than a full stop. To immerse ourselves more, we tasted the fruits from the story and used our senses and adjectives to describe them.


In Geography, we have been learning about the world map. We learnt where the equator is and where the north and south pole is. On our own world map, we used red and blue colouring to show the hot and cold areas. We have been learning the names of the 7 continents and 5 oceans, and then we had to locate them on our map. We have also learnt where the United Kingdom is and know that it is in Europe. We have also learnt where Africa is, since this relates to our story – Handa’s Surprise.


In Maths, we have started our new unit on time. We have been learning about the months of the year, how our daily routine is ordered and also how to tell the time to o’clock and half past. We have also drawn the hands on a blank clock face to show a particular time. Now we are beginning to realise when morning is and when afternoon starts. We understand the importance of being able to read the time in real life.

‘If somebody invites me to come to their birthday party at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, then I need to be able to tell the time so that I’m not late!’


In music, we have been introduced to call and response songs in relation to our topic ‘Khalsa to Kenya’.

We have learnt to sing ‘Siyahamba’ and ‘Kye Kye Kule’.

In addition to this, we have learnt to follow 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 practised clapping on the beats with a cross and saying ‘shhhh’ on the beats without the cross. Now we have started learning how to play these rhythms on Djembe drums.


In Panjabi, we have been learning about Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s childhood and his life. We learnt about Guru Ji’s family using a variety of interactive resources such as pictures and whiteboards. We then recorded our work in our books by using pictures and words. We also made a family tree of Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s life. In the morning Gurudwara assembly, we have been learning different stories of Guru Ji’s childhood. In Year 1, we learnt the ‘Two Pots’ story and also a shabad from Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s writing.


In PE, we have been learning to play Dodgeball.  This has been really fun! We are learning to think on our feet and react quickly to stay in the game.  We have encouraged each other to take risks and to come out of our ‘comfort zone’, along with learning the basic skills required for throwing and catching.  We have been learning the importance of making eye contact with our team mates and shouting their name during match conditions.


In RE, we have finished our learning of the Christmas Story. We learnt that Christians believe that Jesus is special and like a gift to the world. In the nativity story the three wise men bring Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. This is why we give each other gifts at Christmas time. We thought of gifts that we might give Jesus if he was born in our town.

‘If Jesus was born in Slough, then I would give him a rattle and a teddy bear because that’s what babies like.’


In Science, we have been learning all about animals. We learnt the names for different groups of animals that have back bones (vertebrates) – mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. We looked at different types of animals and sorted them into groups according to their features.

‘This animal has four legs and fur, so I think it is a mammal.’

Some animals were more tricky to classify, but the more we learnt, the easier it was to sort the animal into the correct group. We have been role playing as vets to learn more about the animals and their bodies.