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Academic Year 2018-2019


Welcome to Year 1’s weekly blog.


It has been such a pleasant few weeks getting to know your child. I’d like to thank all parents and children for such a great start to the academic year. Stay tuned in our weekly blog,  I know it will be a great year.

Mrs Burbage

Monday, 15th July 2019

A special thanks to all families and children for such a great year.  A huge thank you to all parents and carers for their continuous support through out the year.

-Mrs Burbage. 

We are enjoying the last few days as Year 1 students. As we think back over the year, it’s safe to say we have achieved an incredible amount. We looking forward to being Year 2 students and are more than ready for next years challenges! 

This week in D&T, we learned how to prepare pizza. We listened attentively to a series of instructions and we wrote our own steps according to our own taste. We enjoyed reading and writing the set of instructions and we impressed ourselves with our pizza products!

In history we learned about Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon and we were excited to hear it in the news as it has been 50 years since he landed on it.

Monday, 8th July 2019

Such a pleasant week this week. We are beginning to wind down for the year, lots of loose ends being tied up. In geography, we delved into the world of explorers. We learned about the famous explorer Christopher Columbus and we were intrigued to learn about the impact of his exploration on the world.

In maths, we got to grips with the importance of place value in two and three digit numbers.  

In RE, we listened to the story Noah Arc’s and we made our own lovely art works depicting the story.

Monday, 1st July 2019

I think it’s fair to say, we blew everyone away with our end of year assembly last Friday. We made ourselves, our families and Mrs Burbage extremely proud of our wonderful performance. It gave us a chance to demonstrate how jam packed our year has been and how much we have achieved. We eagerly await for our next learning journey in Year 2.

This week, we have been enjoying the outdoors and take every opportunity to take our learning outside of the classroom. We thoroughly enjoy role play activities in the splendid sunshine!

In geography, we conducted research on the continent of Antarctica and we found out a lot of interesting facts.

In science, we started our new ‘Animals including humans unit’. It got us thinking about different categories of animals and we discussed lots of common animals and their physical traits.

Monday, 24th June 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Belmont Farm and we made lots of connections with our science unit ‘Animals’.

We excitedly took part in our Sport Day. We made our teachers and families very proud with our fantastic team work, determination and resilience in competing in the sporting activities. 


Monday, 17th June 2019

In maths, we explored lots of ways to measure things using standard units of measurement. It got us thinking about milliliters and liters in bottles and we enjoyed measuring ourselves and objects around the classroom using centimeters and meters.   

In RE, we made endearing Father’s Day cards that tied wonderfully in our unit of ‘Belonging’.

Monday, 10th June 2019

Despite it raining cats and dogs, we had a great week!

In literacy, we started our new unit non fiction unit of non- chronological reports. We were paying attention to how to identify non fiction features in reading and started to think about how we gain information from them.

In art, we continue to learn about impressionism. We recapped on Picasso and we delved into the world of Van Gough.

In science, we enjoy observing the growth process of our plants.

Monday, 3rd June 2019

It’s so wonderful to see great, big smiles returning to school after a restful half term. By the sounds of things, everyone had a lot of fun.

We delved into our learning for this term. In maths, we got stuck into fractions. We made good connections with halving and quartering shapes. It got us thinking about equal and unequal portions.

In science, we planted our seeds. We were surprised to learn there were so many different types of seeds for plants and flowers. We are keen to observe the growing process and are keeping an eager eye on our plants.

Monday, 20th May 2019

A lovely week to end our half- term. I think it’s fair to say we all deserve a break from all the hard work we have been putting into our lessons!

Presenting our Home-Learning projects was the highlight for us this week. We are always keen to present our projects to each other and it’s wonderful to see how we have such a positive influence on each other. Here are some examples…

In literacy, we got our creative juices flowing in order to write our fairy-tales using our four main story elements; character, setting, problem and solution. I think it’s fair to say, there’s lots of budding authors in Year 1!

In maths, we have been learning how to solve division problems using our grouping strategy. We made great connections with our multiplication from previous lessons and we applied our reasoning skills.


Monday, 13th May 2019

Such a pleasant week with such beautiful weather.

This week, we continued to read in our guided reading groups. We paid particular attention to story elements in our fiction books and we recorded and recalled a list of facts from the non fiction books. We absolutely love reading and we are becoming quite the confident readers as you can tell with our reading homework!

In P.E, we have been practicing our passing and receiving skills in football and hockey.  We even squeezed in some Cosmic Yoga in the classroom, a healthy mind is a healthy body!

In RE, we have been learning about precious books in different religions. We loved sharing our own special books that are very precious to us for lots of different reasons. 


Monday, 6th May 2019

What a great week we had!

In literacy, we delved into our new unit of Fairy tales. We enjoyed retelling and recounting fairy tales and paid close attention to the features of fairy tales; the good and bad characters, the imaginary story settings, the problem and solutions. We thought about some character profiles and had wonderful discussions about the appearances and personalities of traditional characters.

In geography, we excitedly started our unit ‘Around the World in 80 days’. We looked at the seven continents of the world and located Europe and Asia on our world map. We were very enthusiastic to use our atlases and world maps in class. We even made connections with our ICT lessons and researched these countries and continents on Google maps!

In PSHE, we have been discussing the importance of rules and how they keep us safe. We revisited the importance of turn taking and why it’s fair to take turns.

Monday, 29th April 2019

I think it’s finally safe to say Spring has sprung. Since the weather is warming up, please ensure your child has their name on every article of clothing. Children are taking off their school jumpers and cardigans at break time and lots of misplaced items are going unclaimed due to no name on them.

This week, we started our new science topic ‘plants’. We began to think about what exactly is  plant and what does it need in order to survive. We started to think about all the living and growing things all around us including wild plants and planted ones.

In maths, we started to learn about multiplication. We started to learn how to solve multiplication problems by using arrays. We made connections with sharing odd numbers in unequal groups as well as sharing even numbers in equal groups.


In art, we started our new unit ‘Self portraits’. We enjoyed looking into mirrors and drawing our self portraits. We started to think about the position of our facial features and how they align to each other.


Monday, 22nd April 2019

Judging by all the smiling faces coming to school, it seemed everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves over the Easter! It’s wonderful to start our final term with such enthusiasm.

We blew our teachers away with our Easter bonnets, we certainly got our creative juices flowing!

We kicked off the term with Science week. Our topic was ‘The night sky’ and it got us thinking about what happens at night. 

We were amazed by the beautiful owls that were brought in school. We listened and watched with such interest to the owl presenters and were excited to learn a lot about these beautiful birds of prey. We were stunned to see how they spread their wings so wide and swoop down so silently. We particularly loved the barn owl, the eagle owl and the tawny owl. We were inspired to complete some owl portraits with torn up pieces of paper.


We did some research on the moon and were very curious to find out the different moon phases. We made some moon phases models using play dough and it generated a lot of interesting questions.

We were very excited to find out about star constellations and made some of own models of The Plough and Leo.



Monday, 1st April 2019

We have been tying a lot of loose ends together this week. We finished off our Design&Technology projects and we were delighted with our final products.

We presented our Home-School Learning projects with each other week. We listened and responded well to each other and it’s wonderful to see how unique each project was. Here are some of the projects;


Monday, 25th March  2019

We are delighted to see spring has finally sprung! We looked for signs of spring around our school grounds. In our nature reserve, we discovered lots of signs of new growth such as; budding trees, daffodils, crocuses and we even discovered a hidden ladybird in a tree stump getting ready to wake up from hibernation!


In history, we learned about hot air balloons. We were thrilled to find out they were first invented in 1783 in France by the Montgolfer brothers. We enjoyed designing our own hot air balloons.

In Design & Technology we excitedly made our vehicle projects. Watch this space for pictures of our final products next week!


Monday, 18th March  2019

We were extremely excited for our school trip to the RAF Museum. We represented Hartsbourne in such a wonderful light and we thoroughly the ‘Journey of Discovery’ that we went on with our tour guide Toni. We made lots of connections with our topic work ‘Transport’ and were able to recall lots of historical facts regarding Handley Page and the Wright brothers. We eagerly spotted lots of aircrafts we have been learning about such as the Spitfire, Halifax and Concorde.

In maths, we paid close attention to number patterns. We skip counted in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. 

Monday, 11th March  2019

Our highlight this week was our Dodgeball tournament. We made our teachers and ourselves very proud with all of our fantastic team work. Our resilience and perseverance certainly paid off as we won!! It’s wonderful to see how we got on so well and shone so brightly!


Monday, 4th March  2019

I think it’s fair to say World Book Day was the highlight of this week! We impressed ourselves and our teachers with our creative character costumes. We loved showing off our costumes and our passion for reading was very evident. We loved seeing our teachers dressing up as their favorite book characters too! Here are some of us sporting our best looks! 

(If you did not send in your child’s updated photo consent form, we cannot upload their pictures on the blog due to GDPR regulations. Please come by the office to give permission for you child’s picture to be uploaded.) 

In ICT, we continue to learn and discuss the importance of keeping safe online. E-safety is becoming increasingly important, we made a lovely window display using all of our ideas to present the rules of staying safe online.

In literacy, we are working on recounts. We are learning how to write a recount using lots of time conjunctions and ensuring we use sequencing steps. We recounted our World Book Day and came up lots of ideas as to why we need to recount.

Monday, 25th February 2019

A very warm welcome back to school after such a pleasant and restful half term break. It’s wonderful to see how the weather has considerably picked up, can we safely say Spring has sprung?!

It was so lovely hearing everyone’s half term news, what a joy to see so many smiley faces returning to school.

This week, we excitedly took advantage of the pleasant weather by exploring our nature reserve. Since our science topic is materials, we sought out a range of natural materials and presented them in an art design. We really impressed ourselves and Mrs Burbage with all of our creativity.


We also carried out a science experiment to investigate why objects float or sink. It got us thinking about the importance of material properties. 

In maths, we explored lots of problem solving strategies when solving word problems. 

Monday, 11th February 2019

This week, we thoroughly enjoyed presenting our Home Learning Projects with each other. We listened very attentively to each other and were very confident speaking about how we came up with such creative and wonderful ideas. Here are some of the projects that have been presented already; 


In PSHE, we learned how to explore our emotions. We had wonderful discussion about why we need to communicate our feelings and how important it is to tell an adult how we are feeling.

In art, we explored different ways of printing with paint.

Monday, 4th February 2019

In literacy, we published our ‘How to’ pieces. We enjoyed looking back over our writing unit and discussed what we need to included in our set of instructions. 

In geography, we learned how to identify physical and natural features on a map. We got us thinking about all the different features we see in our local area.

In science, we continue to explore different materials. We were keen investigate whether materials we see around us are man-made or natural.

In maths, we continue to solve number bonds to 20 using a range of strategies.

Monday, 28th January 2019

We continued to wrap up tight these freezing cold mornings! 

In PSHE, we have been learning about road safety. The Safe Cross Code impacted our road safety awareness. We enjoyed participating in acting it out… STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! Look to the right, look to the left, look to the right again.

In literacy, we have been polishing off our writing unit of instructions. 

In maths, we have been experimenting with different strategies to solve subtraction and addition problems.


Monday, 21st January 2019

This week, we were snug as bugs being wrapped up tightly due to the snowy showers. We were very excited to see so much snow and even managed to build a snowman in the playground! Despite the snow filled days, learning continued as per usual!

In science, we started our new topic ‘materials’. Our material investigation got us thinking about the properties of materials. We thought about purpose of materials and how their properties have a function. 

In art, we zoned in Geometric patterns and how Mary Henry uses geometric prints in her works of art.

In computing, we eagerly started our programming topic. We discussed how to compose a simple algorithm. We enjoyed programming our Bee Bots.



Monday, 14th January 2019

I think it’s fair to say we have certainly delved straight into this term. This week, we started our new writing unit ‘Writing a set of instructions’. It really got us thinking why we need to follow instructions and how to give instructions. We enjoyed reading ‘How to trap a dragon’ and it got our creative juices flowing.

In maths, we continued to pay attention to place value. We stretched our thinking this week by learning how to regroup numbers to 10 and used ten frames to aid our understanding. 

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We started our new unit in art, we investigated different ways to print. We are eager to learn more about printing.

In geography, we started our new topic ‘My local area’. We enjoyed discussing where we live and paid attention to the location of our homes. We were excited to see our local area on Google Maps!


Monday, 7th January 2019

A warm welcome back to school after such a restful and enjoyable Christmas. It’s wonderful see how everyone came back to school with such enthusiasm and big smiles all round! We enjoyed sharing all of our exciting news and are ready to leap into the New Year!

This week, we jumped straight into maths. We paid particular attention to the importance of place value and learned how to count forwards and backwards using a bead string. We discussed the importance of identifying the tens and ones in two digit numbers.

In science, we observed seasonal changes in our nature reserve. We compared it to our visit from September and we noticed lots of changes. We were very excited to discover lots of living creatures hiding under our tree stumps!

Monday, 17th December 2018

This week we have been winding down and finishing off our termly projects. We had a great Christmas jumper day and enjoyed our Christmas dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed all the fun Christmas crafts. 

On behalf of Mrs Burbage and Mrs Barry, we wish all families a safe and happy holiday. See you all in the new year! 



Monday, 10th December 2018

This week, we had our Christmas performance ‘It’s a baby!’. We took everyone’s breath away with our performance, we impressed all our teachers and family members. We sang and danced beautifully to our lullaby song and we looked very sweet in our pajamas costumes. We truly did ourselves and Hartsbourne very proud.

We continue to practise our computing skills in ICT. We are as still getting to grips creating our shape scenes on the paint program.

Monday, 3rd December 2018

It’s getting colder and colder these days. We enjoy observing seasonal change and have been collecting data for our science topic. We have been learning how daylight changes during the seasons. We are noticing how daylight hours are becoming a lot less these days and it gets dark get early. 


In design and technology we have been learning how to attach materials together. We have been planning and preparing our sock puppet project, which we are very eager to start next week.



Monday, 26th November 2018

This week, we have have been learning how to tell the time. We were keen to spot different type of clocks and times around the classroom. We made great connections with lots of different devices that can tell us the time such as phones, ipads, car radios, kitchen clocks and many more.


Monday, 19th November 2018

I think it’s fair to say Winter has arrived! Please make sure all coats, hats scarves ect. are clearly labelled so we can return to the rightful owner without any confusion!

We stunned all of our families and friends with our Rangoli pattern in RE last week. We collectively designed and decorated our beautiful pattern using chalk and coloured sand. 

In maths, we carried out some surveys and graphed our data. We particularly enjoyed out the most popular eye colour was in the class as well as the most and least popular fruit choice.


We started our D&T module for this term. We are learning how puppets are made and we have started to plan and make our own. Watch this space!


Monday, 12th November 2018

We have returned from our half term with plenty of enthusiasm and feeling very refreshed.

We kick started the term with our wonderful Remembrance Assembly. We wrote very touching and heartfelt  acrostic poems based on our reflections of the World Wars. We designed and decorated our own war medals and we did ourselves extremely proud in our KS1 performance.

We started our new topic ‘Arctic Regions’ this term. We enjoyed delving into our history unit, getting to grips with identifying people and objects from the past. 

We enjoyed discussing anti-bullying awareness week. We came up with lots of ideas ‘How to be a buddy not a bully’. 

 Monday, 22nd October 2018   

We have made it to half term! This week certainly flew by…

We were very excited to present our home learning projects to each other week. Mrs Burbage was very impressed by how unique and special everyone’s project was. It is a real treat to share our passion with each other. Here are only some of our terrific projects.

Monday, 15th October 2018   

We have been very busy little bees this week!

In literacy, we published our own versions of ‘Monkey and me’ by Emily Gravett. We came up with our own wonderful stories using repeated phrases and paying attention to the patterned language of our story lines. 

In maths, we have been measuring the length and height of an object. We learned how to use standard units of measurement to measure length, we really enjoyed using our rulers and learned how to read centimeters. We made some interesting connections with non standard units of measurements, it got us thinking about a lot of different ways to measure the length of objects.



Next week, we will be presenting our Home School projects. We are excited to present our termly projects to each other, by the sounds of it, it is going to be quite the presentation!

Monday, 8th October 2018

We were very proud to participate in Red, White and Blue Day last Friday. We made lovely connections with our family and friends who are in the Armed Forces. 


In maths, we got to grips with 2D and 3D shapes. We sorted the shapes according to their properties. We enjoyed our shape hunt in the classroom and spotted lots of 3D shapes we never noticed before, it really opened our eyes to maths all around us!

In science, we went on a ‘Senses’ nature walk around the school grounds. We explored each of our five senses to observe the changes in nature. We noticed the crispy leaves, chattering birds, the different colors of the changing leaves, the soft blades of grass and the smell of daisies.

Monday, 1st October 2018

What a great week!

This week, we have continued to read ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We paid close attention to mapping out the story line and ordering the sequence of events. We enjoyed creating our story maps using our bear template. It got us thinking how we could use story maps for different stories.

In maths, we have been consolidating our addition and subtraction. We explored different strategies to solve our sums such as number lines, number grids, counters, using our fingers and mental calculation. 

In art, we learned about secondary colors by mixing our primary colors. It got our creative juices flowing!

We are going on our trip to the theatre tomorrow, photos to follow next week!

Monday, 24th September 2018

Here are some of the things we have been doing this week.

In English, we are looking into repetitive words and phrases in texts. We have been collectively reading ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and have performed the storyline with great enthusiasm!

In maths, we have started to skip count in patterns of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

In art, we paid attention to the colour wheel and learned about the three primary colours; red, yellow and blue. We are looking forward to mixing these colours in our next art lesson. We made great connections with RE and on our nature walk we discovered all the beautiful nature around our school grounds.Here are some of our favourite photos that we took!

Monday, 17th September 2018

I think it’s fair to say we are really getting to grips with Year 1!

This week in English, we have been learning how to write lists, labels and captions. We thoroughly enjoyed reading Funny Bones and made some lovely connections with our Topic Work ‘Marvelous Me’.

We got stuck into our science unit ‘The Human Body’ and have enjoyed learning about our skeleton and our five senses.

In maths, we compared and ordered numbers. We paid particular attention to counting forwards and backwards on our number lines.

In geography, we are zoning in on the UK. We were thrilled to learn where we are on the map and we made wonderful connections with lots of cities around England.

Monday, 10th September 2018

We have had a fantastic start to our academic year. We started off the first few weeks establishing some classroom rules and routines. We made some ‘classroom promises’ and will try our best to keep our promises throughout the year. In Year 1, we strive to keep ourselves proud of our achievements and make good choices all year round.





Welcome to Year 1’s weekly blog.

It has been such a pleasant few weeks getting to know your child. I’d like to thank all parents and children for such a warm welcome to Hartsbourne. I know it will be a great year.

Mrs Burbage


Week of 16th July 2018

This week, we were putting our finishing touches to our projects, learning journeys and tying up loose ends to our maths and literacy. We really enjoyed looking back over the year and see how much we have accomplished. We are very excited to be Year 2 students and we feel are ready for the challenge!

Making pizza was the highlight of this week. As part of our Design & Technology module this term, we learned how to read, write and follow ‘How to’ instructions. We were eager to put our cooking skills to the test and we impressed ourselves with our pizza making skills!

In music, we worked in small groups and thought about all the music elements we learned this year and combined our dancing skills to perform a piece in front of our class. We were feeling very brave and enjoyed the opportunity to perform on the stage.


Last week, we did ourselves very proud at our Year 1 class assembly. We blew everyone away with our performance and we enjoyed our immensely. We would like to thank all parents / carers and families who came to see us. 




In science, we paid attention to different animal categories. We enjoyed learning about mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish.


In math, we practised our fractions. We close attention to halves and quarters.



Week of 25th June 2018

This week, we had the pleasure of visiting Willows Farm. It was such a wonderful school trip and we made Hartsbourne very proud with our exemplary behaviour and enthusiasm. We enjoyed the marvellous weather and came very well prepared with our sun hats and plenty of sun cream! We loved seeing all the wonderful farm animals and enjoyed petting and feeding them. We particularly enjoyed holding the guinea pigs and cheering on the sheep race!

Week of 18th June 2018

We really enjoyed participating in our Sports Week this week. We put our sporting skills and team building skills to the test with the range of activities that our school arranged for us. We thoroughly enjoyed competing in our Sports Day and made our teachers very proud with our great sense of team spirit, resilience and sportsmanship. We had such a wonderful week.


Week of 4th June 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful mid-term break. It is wonderful to see so many happy faces returning to school. Let’s make this term the best one yet!

As part of our Maths week, we completed many fun maths activities. We really enjoyed putting our problem solving skills to the test. We particularly enjoyed making 2D summer shape scenes and constructing our monster maths figures.

We stretched and challenged our thinking in our money counting activities. We made lovely connections with different coin values and thought about the difference between saving and spending money.

Week of 21st May 2018

It has been a great week leading up to the mid-term. We wish everyone a restful and safe mid-term break next week.

This term we really impressed ourselves with the research skills we acquired in Computing. We spent a lot of time discussing E-Safety and different ways to keep safe on the internet. With this is mind, we discovered some safe apps to use to research our topic ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. We thoroughly enjoyed researching and learning about the countries that consist the seven continents.


In Science, we wrote some very interesting reflections about our ‘Growing seed’ experiment. We gained a lot from our scientific observations and went for another learning walk to our nature reserve to identify evergreen trees, deciduous trees, wild and planted flowers.

In Geography, we paid particular attention to the North American continent and learned some facts about America. We enjoyed identifying America’s famous landmarks.

Week of 14th May 2018

It has been such a great week this week.

In Maths, we revisited solving multiplication problems using arrays. We really enjoyed practising our multiplication strategies when solving word problems.

In Religion, we have been learning about special religious books that have a significant role in a person’s faith.  

In Geography, we have been learning about the continents and oceans around the world. This week, we paid particular attention to the continent of Africa. We really enjoyed learning about the Kenyan lifestyle and its natural environment.

In PSHE, we really enjoyed comparing some of our home and school rules. We discussed how all types of these rules keeps us safe. We also discussed all the different types of people that keep us safe in the world.

Week of 7th May 2018

What a fantastic week we had. We are all so happy with the beautiful weather; it’s great to see those extra happy grins coming to school!

This week in Science, we were very busy observing our growing plants. We were very impressed with how each of our plants has turned out. We really enjoyed writing up our scientific observations, using our scientific terms and diagrams of the different parts of a plant. We were thrilled to finally bring home our plants today; we can show off our planting skills to all of our family.

In Maths, we really challenged ourselves identifying properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We really put our thinking hats on when we tried to make a set of shapes using different materials.

We also revisited our number grids this week, paying particular attention to number patterns and place value. We will be doing some multiplication sums next week, so watch this space!


Week 30th May 2018

A very busy week!The weather has seemed to pick up a bit but please remind your child to come to school in suitable attire for the wet weather.

This week in Maths, we have been paying attention to place value and how to solve subtraction and addition sums. We loved applying lots of different strategies to maths board games and domino collections.

In Science, we have been observing our plants growing. They’re looking great! We have also been learning how to identify wild plants and investigating how they grow in such different places.

In Art, we put our drawing skills to the test when we experimented different drawing techniques by being inspired by a range of artists.

In Geography, we paid close attention to the continent of Asia. We found out a lot of interesting facts about China.


Week of 23rd April 2018

We had a wonderful week this week. It’s great to really get back into the swing of things. Although it is warming up a lot, I would advise all students to being suitable clothing for the weather such a light rain jacket and a sun hat.

This week we went on our school trip to the RAF Museum. We really had a marvellous time. We really enjoyed our guided tour of ‘Fantastic Flight’ and were very engaged with our friendly and attentive tour guide Ruben. We loved learning all the amazing facts about different types of air planes and we particularly enjoyed taking part in the ‘spot the symbol’ hunt and making our own model air gliders.


We represented Hartsbourne in a wonderful light and made our teachers and parents very proud.

In Science, we planted our seeds. We were very excited investigating all the different types of seeds. We are taking really good care of our plants!


In Geography, we started our topic ‘Around the World in 80 days’. This week, we paid close attention to the continent of Europe. We compared how France and the UK are quite different and similar in many ways.

Week of 16th April 2018

A big welcome back to everyone after our lovely mid-term break. By the sounds of it, everyone had a marvellous time, we loved hearing each others holiday news. It’s great to see how everyone is well rested and excited to be returning to school.

This week, we welcomed four new students to our lovely class. A big welcome to Gaheez, Harvey, Betty and Dolly. We are so excited to have them in our class.

In Science, we started our new unit ‘Plants’. We took full advantage of the beautiful weather and went on a nature walk in our nature reserve. We spotted lots of different types of plants. We are very excited to start to grown our own.

In Maths, we started our unit on place value. We identified the tens and units place and applied our skills to different tasks.

In English, we started our Traditional Tales. We really enjoyed retelling some fairy tales, paying particular attention to the story elements.

We are very excited to go on our school trip to the RAF Museum next Tuesday, please remember to return the permission forms if you have not already done so. We will need a packed lunch, water bottle and sun hat.


Week of 26th March 2018

We had such a pleasant week this week, Spring has finally sprung!

In Science, we went on a nature walk around the school grounds to collect some data about seasonal change. We observed lots of trees budding, pleasant sunshine and even little rabbits and squirrels scurrying around. We recorded what we smelt, saw, heard and felt.

In English, we wrote some very endearing Spring poems. We were inspired to write very descriptive poetry using some nature pictures.

In Math, we continued to learn how to solve multiplication sums using arrays.

In History, we finished up our Transport unit and recapped all the flight transport we focused on. We particularly loved learning about the hot air balloon and space shuttle! We are very excited about our school trip to the RAF museum after our Spring break.


Week of 19th March 2018

What a fantastic week! We finally polished off our vehicles in D&T. It really was lovely to see how everyone’s vehicle turned out so well. We did find assembling some parts a bit tricky but we took on the challenge quite wonderfully. We needed a little help with the wheel and axels but we were very impressed with each our unique designs.


In English, we finished publishing our diaries. We did a great job recounting all of our daily routines. We also revisited some poetry this week. We proved to be quite poetic when it came to writing some Spring poems!

In RE, we learned why we celebrate Easter and made some very endearing Spring chickens. We really enjoyed making connections with why we recognise new life and re-birth.

Week of 12th March 2018

We had such a great week! Spring has seemed to finally start to come around and just in time for our observations in Science. We have been busy collecting lots of data this week for our seasonal changes log. We have been taking note how we all dress suitably for the milder weather and we put our results in our pictograms. We have also being discussing the change in daylight hours, it’s certainly a lot brighter.

We made a terrific start to our D&T vehicle projects, they are looking great so far. We particularly enjoyed learning how to make the wheel axels.

Some of us attended the Archery tournament this week. We did Hartsbourne very proud with our performance and we had a wonderful time.

Week of 5th March 2018

What a productive week! Thank you to all the parents that took time to attend the Parent Teacher Conferences. It really is a wonderful time of year to discuss your child’s progress.

Due to the snowy weather conditions last week, we celebrated World Book Day today. It really was the talk of the week and we really impressed ourselves and teachers with our costumes. We immensely enjoyed discussing the book characters we dressed up as and made wonderful connections with each other. We really are passionate about reading.

In D&T we learned parts of vehicles and the functions of wheels and axis. We are excited to start our vehicles next week.


In RE, we thought about other ways Jesus showed how he cared for other people.


Week of 26th February 2018

It has been quite the week this week. We’d like to thank all parents/ carers for their wonderful support and kind patience dealing with the snowy conditions.

This week in Maths, we were exploring how to collect data, measure and compare different objects. We investigated different ways to measure by using standard and non-standard measurement. We learned how to construct pictograms by conducting some surveys in our class such as eye colour, ways we travel to school and our favourite animals.

We also practised how to measure weight and length.

In Science, we learned why some materials float according to their density.

In History, we learned about old and new types of trains as well as the history of flight. We really enjoyed making connections with different transport types from the past and present.


Week of 19th February 2018

We all had a lovely half term and shared our news with the class. We got really got stuck into our work this week after such a restful break.

We loved taking part in Cookery Week this week. We really enjoyed our food tasting station and used all of our five senses investigating different tastes. We were very impressed with our healthy wraps and we hope to keep practising our new cooking skills at home!

In Math, we learned how to share objects evenly and started to learn about simple fractions. We applied this skill by evenly distributing pizza toppings on our math pizzas!

In Science, we carried out a scientific experiment to see why some objects sink and some objects float. We really enjoyed investigating the material properties.

We started our History unit this term, we really enjoyed putting car models in chronological order. We made some very interesting connections with the cars we see today and how they compare to older styles in the past.


Week of 5th February 2018

This we week we ran the Golden Mile in the playground. Although it was quite chilly, it didn’t take long to warm up and demonstrate our fitness levels!

In ICT, we have been learning how to use simple algorithms and program our Bee Bots. We were all very eager to demonstrate our programming skills.


In Literacy, we learned how to make connections with our personal experiences. We practised retelling a story and empathising with a character. We really enjoyed taking in our role play for Dogger.



In Art, we really enjoyed experimenting with Printing techniques.

Week of 29th January 2018

This week, we investigated properties of materials in Science. We identified natural and man-made materials and came up with some interesting differences between the two.

We made some interesting connections with materials in Art. We made some beautiful art with natural materials from the playground alongside some man-made art materials. We produced some very creative works of art!

In PSHE, we continued to discuss how to communicate our feelings with people. We came up with very interesting ideas as to express our feelings.


As you may know, some of us took part in a Dodge ball tournament this week. We did our school and ourselves very proud. We came 2nd place and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.


Week of 22nd January 2018

This week, we really stretched our thinking in Math. We started to learn about multiplication. We made many interesting connections regarding counting in patterns and we paid particular attention to counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

In Science, we carried out an experiment to explore different properties of materials.

In PSHE we continued our Road Safety Awareness by learning the Safe Cross Code. We Stop, Look, and Listen. Ask me to show you at home!

In P.E we practised our table tennis skills.


Week of 15th January 2018

This week, we were very eager to continue our research in different types of sculptures in our Art topic. Some of us brought in some pictures of sculptures we came across in magazines, brochures, internet searches. We were very excited to discuss our different views on each of the sculptures and we created our own sketches of sculptures.

In Math, we reinforced our money counting skills! We discussed how different coin values make up the cost of items. We applied our counting skills in our money problems.

In P.E, we really impressed our dance teacher with our dancing skills. We performed our theatrical dance beautifully.

In Geography, we discussed and illustrated the route we take to school, paying particular attention to the physical surroundings in Bushey.


Week of 8th January 2018

It’s great to be back to school after such a wonderful winter break. We have all kick started the New Year with a wonderful back-to- school attitude.

Last week, we had our two creative writing themed days. We discovered very Mysterious Giant footprints in our classroom and we were inspired to write our very own Giant fairy tales. Some of use imagined the footsteps were left by a Giant Ogre, a Cyclops, a Giant Friendly Fairy and more!

In Math, we started our unit on place value. We paid particular attention to two digit numbers and we calculated one more and one less using a range of strategies such as a bead bar and number grid.

In Geography, we started our new unit of Our Local Area. Some of us knew our addresses already and some of us were very pleased to find out our address and P.O Box number!

In Art, we got to grips with different types of sculpture. We were inspired to sketch our own Sculptures and got thinking about sculptures we see everyday.


Week of 18th December 2017

Christmas break is finally here! What a fun week. It really has been such a rewarding end of term. I feel each and every one of us has achieved something very special.

I hope all parents, students and staff have a safe and happy holiday. See you all in the New Year!

We loved supporting charity on Christmas Jumper Day.

We presented our Home Learning Projects with each other, it was wonderful to see how we were so proud of our own work and gave lovely compliments to others.

We also made some Busy Bees!

Lots more learning to come next term!


Week of 11th December 2017

What an exciting week! We were delighted to have performed our Christmas show despite the snowy conditions. Thank you to all parents for your extended support and patience coming along to see us perform, the icy and slippery road conditions were a challenge for all.

Next week, we will continue to present our home learning projects with one another so please make sure to send them in.

We thoroughly enjoyed being little woolly sheep in our performance.

In Science, we learned how some animals adapt to the cold. We loved discovering which animals hibernate, migrate and how others adapt and change themselves to survive the winter months.

In Art, we drew some very chilly polar bears with chalk and we learned how to cut out some snowflakes.

Week of 4th December 2017

What a busy week! We are very excited about our Christmas performance of ‘A Little Bird Told Me’. We have been rehearsing and practising our songs every day. You will get to see us proudly performing next week on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December. 

We will be beginning to present our Home Learning Projects next week, so please make sure to send it with me before Wednesday 13th December.

In Literacy, we wrote some lovely rhyming Penguin Poems. We tried really hard to apply some of the rhyming patterns we learned the week before.

In Science, we learned that seasons occur at different times of the year in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We used very impressive scientific terms!


In Design & Technology, we finally finished our puppets. We were very proud of our end products and are excited about presenting them to the class.


Week of 27th November 2017

We have started our count down until our Christmas performance! Please remember to send my sheep costume to school in a labelled bag.

In Literacy, we have been reading and writing poetry. We learned how to identify rhyming words in a poem and we paid attention to some rhyming patterns.

In Science, we are still learning about the impact of seasonal change. We really enjoy learning how both animals and humans adapt to each season. We explored our school grounds to investigate the change of season.


In Geography, we learned more about the United Kingdom. This week, we learned about Northern Ireland.


Week of 20th November 2017

We have started to rehearse for our Christmas performance ‘A Little Bird Told Me’. We really enjoy singing and practising our little dance!

In Math, we learned how to put things in order, we listed the days of the week and the months of the year in order. We also learned how to carry out a survey and we collected data to put it in a bar graph. We were very enthusiastic about our findings.

In Design & Technology, we practised some techniques to colour material. We are very excited to start our sock puppet project.

In Geography, we are still learning about the UK. This week, we paid particular attention to Wales and we identified it on our World map.



Week of 6th November 2017

We had such a great week this week. We really are busy little Year 1’s! Here are only some of the things we have achieved this week;

In Design & Technology, we started to work on our puppet projects. We learned how to join two pieces of materials together. We loved getting the sticky glue out!

In Math, we learned about capacity. We compared different containers of water and investigated which held the most and least amount of liquid. We put our containers in order and made comparisons. We absolutely love applying what we learn in the classroom to outdoor activities.

In ICT, we created a ‘shape city’ on the Paint Program. We are putting our new IT skills into practise!


In RE, we explored how colour is used to welcome guests during Diwali and we created a colourful Rangoli pattern on the playground using coloured sand and chalk.

We had our Remembrance Day Assembly this afternoon. We enjoyed looking and listening to all of the other class’ presentations. We designed War medals and proudly presented them to everyone. We also collectively read out our acrostic poem  ‘Poppy’ that we composed as a class. We were very pleased with our performance.



Week of 30th October 2017

Lovely to see everyone had a lovely and refreshing half term. We loved hearing about each others ‘news’.  We really got stuck into our week back!

We practised our balancing and climbing skills in gymnastics. We really enjoyed  using the climbing equipment.


We learned how to measure objects using non-standard units such as cubes, our hands, feet and fingers. It was a lot of fun measuring the height of our learning buddies! We also investigated the weight of objects using our balancing scales.

We started our geography lessons this week. We learned some basic map skills and located England and its capital. It was very enjoyable to see where we are on the World Map.

We started our Design and Technology lessons. We are planning to make our own puppets so we investigated lots of different kinds of puppets. Exciting things are to come!




Week of 16th October 2017

What a busy week and exciting week! We submitted our homework projects last week and we were really eager to show and share with each other. It was so lovely to see how everyone brought in something meaningful and unique.  We really enjoyed doing our classroom ‘gallery walk’.

We had a lot of fun learning how to measure objects using a ruler. It was very exciting to compare different lengths of classroom objects and finding out how many centimetres long some things were!

In PSHE, we talked about how we must T.H.I.N.K before we speak. We illustrated some of our ideas why we need to think carefully before we speak. We discussed how we must think before we speak by thinking is it Truthful? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? We shared our lovely ideas and illustrations with each other.



I hope all parents, children and staff have a lovely half term.

Mrs Burbage


Week of 9th October 2017

This week we have been investigating properties of 3D shapes. We really enjoyed identifying all the 3D shapes that we see all around us in the classroom and we made great connections with the 3D objects we see at home. We investigated how many edges, faces and vertices each 3D shape had.

In history, we learned some more interesting facts about Sir Ernest Shackleton. He certainly was such a brave explorer!

In art, we discussed four famous artists and practised drawing our portraits using different art materials.

We are still learning how to use our laptops. We are developing our computer skills each week and today we practised some skills on the Paint programme.


Week of 2nd October 2017

This week we have been learning how to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We love to practice our counting skills outside of the classroom!


We have also been investigating different types of musical instruments, we have been learning how each instrument looks and sounds differently.

Today, we participated in Red, White & Blue Day to show our support to the Army forces.

Over the last few weeks, your child has been getting acquainted to Year 1 classroom rules and routines. Encourage your child to discuss all the wonderful things they learn in school every day.

Mrs Burbage