Mrs Bhogal

1 Flamingo

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 1

Mrs Bhogal 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

May 2019

What we have been learning so far:


In Art, we have enjoyed continuing to develop our painting skills. We moved on to the last part of our painting journey and used all the skills we learnt in this unit so far. To showcase our skills, we each had a small piece of paper that had a grid drawn on it and some parts shaded in grey. We had to follow the rule of only using tints on the white parts and only using shades on the grey parts. It was lots of fun mixing the colours and we all worked carefully to paint within the grids. We are nearly ready to piece together all of our small artworks to create one big portrait of a famous person.


In Computing we have continued to increase our understanding of the keys on the “Qwerty” board by identifying and colour coding them on an activity sheet.

We have learnt how to position the cursor when composing sentences on a page using Microsoft Word.

We have also used the backspace key to delete text and to help us reposition our text using appropriate spacing between the words when editing a sentence.

We have continued to practise and apply the skills of selecting and dragging in sentence work and to solve age appropriate mathematical games to consolidate number recognition and ordering to 100 and practise number bonds to 10.


In English, we have been busy writing the story of Handa’s Surprise. We found that our roleplaying and story maps really helped us to familiarise ourselves with the story, which made it easier to retell. To begin our writing journey, we wrote our first draft. We are learning that it takes more than one try to make something its best. We re-read our sentences to check they made sense and ensured that we had used capital letters, full stops and question marks. To make our stories really interesting, some of us focused on using interesting adjectives and verbs. After we edited our first draft, we published our work using our best handwriting.


In Geography, we have been looking at the United Kingdom – the UK. We learnt about Mr WISE – Wales, (northern) Ireland, Scotland and England – who helps us to remember the counties that make up the UK.  We are starting to remember the locations of the capital cities and the UK’s surrounding seas. We used atlases to locate the UK’s countries, capital cities and seas and we then completed our own map of the UK. We also worked in groups to arrange the seven continents of the world so that they matched the world map. We used whiteboard pens to write the five oceans in the correct places.


In Maths we have been exploring measure through length and weight. We have loved exploring how many cubes/lollipops long the whiteboard is, or how many hands/feet long the rug is! After looking at length, we moved on to mass. We have used balances to measure the weight of a variety of objects, using cubes and marbles as our units, e.g. ‘the scissors are about the same weight as 7 cubes.’ ‘The rubber weighs roughly 1 marble.’

We have all held a 1kg weight and compared its heaviness with other objects we have felt. ‘The pencil is lighter than 1kg, but the school roof is much heavier!’


In Music, we have continued to play the pulse and rhythm on percussion instruments. We have copied rhythms and followed dynamics. We have shown increased coordination and concentration by playing rhythms on djembe drums simultaneously, whilst singing the song ‘Kye Kye Kule’ (a call and response song to support our topic of Handa’s Surprise). We have also been using the djembes to follow graphic scores which included rest beats. We then showcased our skills in our African assembly, where we sung in turns, kept a rhythm on the djembes, played a pulse on hand chimes, and kept time with shakers. We are all really proud of our performance.

Physical Education (P.E.)

In PE this month, we are preparing for Sports Day.  We have been practicing for events such as 50m sprint, throwing, egg and spoon race and football dribble. We have been learning about the spirit of competition and the Olympics.  We have also been learning about the great efforts professional athletes make to be competitors and the level of hard work and discipline needed to perform at the top level. Perhaps we could become famous sportspeople one day!

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

This term we had our assembly and some of us were feeling nervous about performing. In PSHE, we watched the video ‘Mojo Meets the Beast’ on Class Dojo, which introduced us to the idea that sometimes our emotions can be overwhelmingly powerful. We discussed how the ‘beast’ might rear its head, and came up with solutions to overcome our worries. We played a fun game called ‘Name that Emotion’ to help us identify strong emotions. This activity helped us realise that these powerful emotions are a normal part of life.


We have continued with our Science topic ‘Animals including Humans’. We have been finding out more about the marvellous machines that are our bodies! We looked at the names and functions of different parts of our bodies and labelled our own drawings of our bodies.

‘The skeleton is supporting our body and holding it up.’

When we were tasting the fruit for Handa’s surprised we discussed the five senses like touch, smell, taste, hear and sight. We related these senses to the related part of our bodies.

‘With my ears, I could hear the crunch of the passion fruit!

Sikh Studies

In Sikh Studies, we have been learning about Vaisakhi which translates to the creation of Khalsa. As a year group, we have been focusing on the Five K’s and the symbolism behind them and Khalsa.  We learnt the names of the Five K’s as well as the meanings behind why we wear each one. We used a variety of resources such as pictures of the Five K’s, which we cut out and matched to their respected names. We even had the opportunity to take a look at the Five K’s in real life! We loved exploring these items and had a big discussion on how we use them ourselves or where we’ve seen others wear them in real life.