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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October 2019


In Art, we have been learning about 16th century Tibetan mandalas. We are focusing on developing our drawing skills in this unit. We first began to use crayons to draw around circles, because the mandalas have lots of circles of varying sizes in them. We then developed our mark making skills by learning how to create hard and soft marks. We used a range of materials to create our marks, such as colouring pencils, sketching pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, crayons, chalk and ballpoint pen. Within the traditional mandalas we could see flower designs, petal designs and spiral designs. We learnt how to create these designs and practised drawing them in different materials. These skills will all come together when we create our large collaborative mandala.


We have started to log on ourselves! We have started to type in our own login details using the keyboard, but we still find this a little tricky. We have also learnt how to switch off the computer correctly at the end of the lesson. In ‘Caterpillar Count’, we were encouraged to use the mouse to navigate around the screen. The task was to collect consecutive numbers up to 15 to help the caterpillar turn into a butterfly. In ‘Caterpillar Ordering’, we had to order and sequence numbers by using the mouse skills of dragging and dropping. The game is progressive and introduces children to ordering numbers within 100.


In English, we have been learning about the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ To remember the story, we retold it out loud with actions and also played in our small world area to act out the story together. We got fully immersed in the settings of the story with an outdoor obstacle course! This was great fun and helped us to imagine what it would be like to go on a real bear hunt. We then created our own story maps to order the settings in the story. Once we knew the story really well, we then wrote our own versions of the story.


We have been learning about hot and cold countries. We dressed up as if we were going on holiday to different destinations, for example we wore a woolly hat and gloves if we were going to visit the North Pole. We have also been learning about some of the countries that Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited on his travels. We learnt that he was born in Pakistan and he travelled all around India to spread his message. We also learnt where the United Kingdom is on the world map and are starting to be able to locate it. We discussed how huge some of the countries actually are, and how impressive it was that Guru Nanak Dev Ji walked so many thousands of miles.


In Maths, we been revising numbers up to 10 and representing them using concrete objects. We have practised our number bonds within 10, playing ‘number bond tennis’ to help us to embed these facts. We have looked at halving and doubling, finding 1 more or less than a number and comparing and ordering numbers within 20. We learnt how to find the difference between two numbers using the number line. We used cubes to see the actual difference between two numbers, for example, the tower of 5 cubes is 1 more than the tower of 4 cubes. 5 and 4 have a difference of 1. We used language such as ‘greater/greatest’, ‘smaller/smallest’, ’more/most’, ‘less/least’. We then applied these number skills to write and solve addition and subtraction equations.


In Music, we have been linking our music learning to inter-related music techniques, in particular pulse and rhythm. We have learnt to sing the song related to our class story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, which focuses on marching to the pulse beat, adding different rhythms and using percussion instruments to recreate the sound effects of the story. In particular, we are beginning to change their dynamics, when playing instruments. For example, for the part when they go through the snowstorm, we played our instruments quickly like a flurry, but when they go through the cave, we played our instruments as quietly as possible. To develop our listening skills, we have played music games related to the tempo, pitch, pulse and rhythm.


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 is the weather in Panjabi. The first thing we did is share our prior knowledge with the rest of the class to discuss together. The main focus of this term has been on Guru Nanak Dev Ji, since we are celebrating the 550th Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s family using interactive resources such as pictures and whiteboards.


In PE, we have been learning the basics of gymnastics. We have done this by focusing on balancing and jumping. We have practiced different types of jumps and balances and will progress to trying to put these into a sequence or routine. We have also been taught about the importance of balancing and jumping techniques as they will use these skills in almost any sport they play.


In PSHE, we have been focusing on how to show kindness. This month we had World Mental Health Day and learnt about how different people can have different feelings at different times. We had SEBDOS come in for a workshop, where we learnt a story about a panther and hummingbird. The story taught us to be kind to everyone even if we don’t look the same. This linked in well with our RE learning because Guru Nanak Dev Ji taught us to treat everyone equally. We are trying to show acts of kindness to each other every day.


In RE, we have been learning all about the life and travels of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We have been discussing the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. If we follow his teachings, we will be super citizens! Guru Nanak Dev Ji gave us the Three Golden Rules:

Naam Japna – Remembering God

Kirt Karna – Working Hard

Vand Chakna – Sharing is Caring

We try to follow these rules every day at school. We also learnt about what Guru Nanak Dev Ji was like as a child. We heard the story of ‘The Sacred Thread’, which taught us about how insightful Guru Nanak Dev Ji was even at such a young age.


In Science, we have been learning all about weather and changes across the four seasons. Every day we discuss the weather outside We have been describing what we can see in the different seasons, which has been fun to do in autumn, because some of the leaves turn orange and fall off the tree. We learnt that these types of trees are called deciduous, but the trees that have green leaves all year round are called evergreen. We have been on many leaf hunts to discover deciduous and evergreen leaves. We then sorted these leaves by looking at their colour and shape.