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smiley A very warm welcome to Year One smiley




Meet the Team


Miss Wain - Maple Class Teacher

Miss Daniel - Oak Class Teacher

Miss Fitzgibbon - GSA SCITT Trainee Teacher

Mrs Hosker - Teaching Assistant

Miss King - Teaching Assistant

Miss Maitland - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hawker - Reading Teacher

 Miss Winfield and Mr Gooch - PPA Cover Teachers


Dates for your Diary


Thursday 2nd November - Friends of John Clifford Bonfire and Fireworks

Thursday 7th December - Christmas Lunch

Thursday 14th December - Christmas Production 10.30am

Friday 15th December - Christmas Production 2.00pm

Wednesday 20th December - Christmas Party

Friday 22nd December  - Last day of term






Christmas Production Songs

4 Everyone's Asleep.mp3

5 Just A Little Bit Of Room.mp3

10 Something Happened.mp3

18 Three Kings From The East 1.mp3

Grumpy Camel Song

21 Celebration.mp3

Shine Away

22 We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Karaoke Version).mp3


Bug Club has been updated!

Maple Class have received their new logins and passwords today!

If you're having trouble using it, let Miss Wain or MissDaniel know.

Maple Class: Your username is your first name with a capitial letter and the first initial of your last name (with a couple of exceptions due to children in school with the same forename and initial.)

e.g. Missw

and everyone's password is maple. 


Oak Class: Your username is your first name (no capitals) and the first initial of you last name (with a couple of exceptions due to children in school with the same forename and initial.)

e.g. missd 

and everyone's password is oak.


Happy Reading!






Autumn 2 Topic

Would you like to come to a party?


This half term we are learning about different celebrations. We will be thinking about the different celebrations we celebrate with our friends and family, covering lots of different religious and non religious celebrations and festivals. We would love to hear about what you celebrate at home and how you celebrate! If any grown ups would like to come and share their experiences if festivals or celebrations with year one please let your child's class teacher know!



What are we learning about this week?

Week commencing 4.12.17

I Know My Number Bonds 10 | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Number bonds for 10 song. Number bonds are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number. Number bonds can also be called number partners or number pairs. Number bonds are a very important foundation for understanding how numbers work. Number bonds create fluency for composing and decomposing numbers for addition and subtraction.


We have been looking at number bonds to 10 and 20, seeing how many different ways we can represent this!






This week we are looking at a book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg called The Jolly Postman. We will be identifying features of letters and writing our own letters.


Watch the video below to read the story at home.



The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)

We have a big STEM project coming up over the next few weeks! 

Rudolf needs a coat! We will be looking at materials and their properties to find out what materials would work best for him. 


Why not have a go at looking at materials around your house and thinking about their properties.

STEM 6.11.17


This week we have made fireworks in a jar!


Why not have a go at home?

How to do Fireworks in a jar science experiment

This simple fun science experiment can be done with items from your pantry! You will need: 1 x empty jar drops of food colouring warm water 3 tbsp vegetable oil Fill the jar about 3/4 full with warm water from the tap. In a separate bowl or dish, place three tablespoons (approx) of vegetable oil.

Materials and their properties

This video gives a simple explanation of materials and their properties, and the importance of choosing materials carefully when designing and making objects.-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at -- Create animated videos and animated presentations for free.

What are we Learning this term?

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Letters Home

Reading in Year 1


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At John Clifford, we believe that reading is very important. We allow the children to engage in reading in a number of ways, including:


- daily whole class story time

- children being able to choose their own reading book

- open reading mornings and afternoons

- reading buddy classes

- guided reading sessions

- access to a range of text types in the classrooms for children to choose to read. 


We ask that to support your child with their reading that you read with them at least three times a week at home. For each time your child reads at home, they are rewarded with a class bee token to put towards their hive total. 


We are always looking out for reading volunteers too to help read with children at school. If you have the time to spare, please see Mrs Laud who will be able to give you some more information. 



Year 1 Reading National Curriculum Key Objectives

Reading Targets


Your child is given reading targets as part of their guided reading sessions. Their targets are discussed with them. You can see what your child has been working on at school by taking a look at their reading target sheet in their Reading Diary. Please feel free to tick when you see these targets being used at home too. smiley


We teach phonics discretely for 20 minutes each day. Phonics is them applied through reading and writing lessons so that they children have lots of opportunities to apply their knowledge. Take a look at some important information about phonics below.

The Phonemes of the English Alphabet Code - Synthetic Phonics

Writing in Year 1

In Year 1 we encourage the children to write at every opportunity. They may be writing in a book, in sand, with chalk on the playground. It may be guided, modelled, free written. We believe that that more opportunities and experiences they encounter with writing, the more confident they will become as writers. 

Year 1 Writing National Curriculum Key Objectives

Maths in Year 1

In Year 1, we teach Maths through strands in the National Curriculum 2014. You can find links to websites and videos below which we have used in the classroom. Just click on a paint splat! smiley

Year 1 Maths National Curriculum Key Objectives

Weekly Maths Task


Each week we will be setting a 'Math Task' for your child to complete at home. The task will be a skill to practise or a follow up activity to a lesson they have had. We will not be asking for homework to be returned to school but hope that you and your child will continue to practise these important skills. 

What can you do to help?

Here are a few ideas for activities that you and your child can do at home together. We'll keep adding ideas as we come across them to. If you find something great which you and your child really enjoy, let us know! 

Science in Year 1

Year 1 Science National Curriculum Key Objectives

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