Welcome to our class page! We hope you enjoy reading about our learning and seeing all of the fantastic things we have been getting up to!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the Kingfisher team. Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Fisher, Mrs Head and Mrs Cornish.
In this section you will find a quick reference guide to your class including your Forest School rotation, letters and uniform requirements. There is also a copy of the welcome booklet for your class - please do refer to it throughout the year because it contains lots of useful information about what to expect in this class, how long homework should take each week, samples of age-appropriate handwriting and more.
The teaching staff in Kingfisher class are:
Miss Jade Fisher
Mrs Jo Head (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Kelly Cornish (Teaching Assistant)
You can find your child's Forest School Timetable here.
A full list of the school's uniform requirements is on the school website here. In Year 1, points to note are:
|Core school uniform||No special notes for this class|
1. Book bag with shoulder strap (school logo optional)
2. Drawstring PE bag (school logo optional)
|PE / games||
Trainers not plimsolls. Football boots may be required for some activities.
2. Spelling task
3. Family Learning to include Maths, Literacy and Creative Learning Tasks
1. Daily 10 - minutes
2. Daily practise
This year we will continue to teach the children using materials from our updated Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) scheme. This edition of ‘Teaching RSE with Confidence in Primary Schools’ reflects the recent developments in SRE and the Science National Curriculum. This resource encourages children to develop the skills of listening, empathy, talking about feelings and relationships with families and friends.
All the lessons have a clear structure and are age appropriate. The lesson plans have clear aims and learning outcomes with suggested additional activities and accompanying resources:
Year 1: Growing and Caring for Ourselves-
Growing and changing
Families and care
Maths WB 07.06.21
This week in Maths, we have been exploring arrays. We have looked at new vocabulary such as groups of, lots of, multiply and times.
Outside Learning Day - Thursday 20th May 2021
Kingfisher and Wagtail joined the global movement - Outside Classroom Day. We made a commitment to spend at least half-a-day outside in celebration of outdoor play and learning. We have had THE BEST day and learnt lots of new skills. We used a range of materials and looked at various leaves and plants. Take a look at our pictures!
Tuesday 11th May 2021 - Dacorum School Sports Network Sports Competition
Today, Kingfisher took part in a sports competition run virtually by DSSN. They competed against lots of different schools and the theme this year was the Olympics. The children had fantastic morning and took part in many challenges. Overall, Kingfisher came 2nd! Well done everyone!
Today in Science we learnt about deciduous and evergreen trees. We went on a spring walk around our school to see what trees we could identify. The most common type of tree was sycamore!
Maths WB 03/05/21
This week in maths we have started exploring money. We have looked at all coins and specifically looked at coins 1-20. We have matched the cuisenaire rods to the value and looked how many ways to make a total e.g. 5p can be made by adding 2p + 2p + 1p, as well as 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p + 1p.
Maths WB 26.04.21
This week in maths we have been learning to use comparative language in the context of length and height. We enjoyed finding out who the tallest and shortest person was in our class and we have had lots of fun exploring with scales in our courtyard area. We have also looked at balancing, speed and mass.
In maths today, we made a human pictogram! We made comparisons and looked at the difference. We spoke about our pictogram needing a title and why it was important.
Everyone voted for their favourite ice-cream flavour! We worked out the total amount of votes to ensure everyone had voted and we then found the difference in the favourite flavour and the least favourite flavour.
The ducklings came to visit Kingfisher! Thank you Mrs Patterson for bringing the ducklings down to our classroom.
In Kingfisher, we have been practising our ball skills and how to control a ball. We have been developing our understanding of the meaning 'control' and why it is important to learn this skill.
PSHE summer 1 - Role play
We have been learning how to keep our bodies and mind healthy in PSHE. We have looked at different ways to keep healthy, active and fit and looked at different food groups. We have loved exploring our new yoga health cafe! Our yoga sign up sheet has helped us practise writing the days of the week too!
Science - Summer 1
We have started our new topic - plants! We were very excited to plant nasturtium seeds and learn what a plant needs to survive. We cannot wait to see our seeds grow and hopefully turn into flowers. We have also turned our role play area into a garden centre in our courtyard!
Geography - 19.03.21
In Geography, we have been practising our geographical skills and fieldwork. We went on a letter hunt using a map to find letters scattered around the year 1 area. We had to read the map and work out where the letters might be. We also looked on Google Earth, the 7 continents, the United Kingdom and then found Bridgewater School on the map. It was really cool to see an aerial image of our school.
WB 8th March 2021
This week we have been to the computer suite for the first time in year 1! It was super exciting. We learned how to log on and off, use a mouse and use a paint program. We cannot wait to go back next week!
We were very excited to welcome the children back to school and see everyone! Over lockdown, the children produced fantastic work, kept their spirits high and a smile on their faces. This week at school, we have had a busy week settling back in, adapting to school life and seeing our friends. Keep posted to see what we will be getting up to between now and the Easter holidays!
The Year 1 team.
Christmas Jumper Day 2020!
We wore our Christmas jumpers today to get us into the Christmas spirit and raise money for the Hospice of St.Francis. We made funky party hats for our Christmas dinner too! (photos to follow shortly)
Animal WOW day!
During the Autumn term, we have been learning about animals. We have looked at different species, categories, where animals live in the world, habitats, what certain animals eat, what animals need to survive, sorting and classifying animal groups. Kingfisher turned into Africa and Wagtail turned into Antarctica! We had a brilliant day!
WB 07/12/12 Maths
We have absolutely loved Maths this week! We have been learning that = doesn't always mean 'the answer' and understanding it can mean 'the same as' or 'balanced'. We have enjoyed making our own balance scales out of construction blocks, coat hangers and Lego!
Science with Pebbles the snake! 02/12/20
Our Science topic for the Autumn term is 'Amazing Animals'. Over the past week, we have been looking at habitats and what certain animals need in order to survive, be healthy and grow. We were lucky enough to have a real reptile - Pebbles the snake visit our classroom. Pebbles is owned by Mrs Brown and is a Corn Snake.
We have been learning about the 7 continents, the North and South Pole and the oceans. We have loved learning a song to help us remember the continents!!
Art day 1st December 2020
For our art day, we chose to look at the artist Jo Grundy. We loved her Winter picture and the different tones and textures. We had great fun printing, leaf rubbing and using our eyes carefully to create an observational drawing.
Monday 23rd November 2020
In PSHE, we have been learning about people who keep us safe in our community and how we can keep ourselves safe. We were lucky enough to have a real fireman come into Kingfisher and talk to us about how to keep safe and what firefighters do. Mrs Kearney from Wagtail very kindly brought in real military uniform for us to try on too. It was SO heavy!
Maths WB 23/11/20
We have been discovering the difference between greater and smaller numbers. We loved making this practical and turning it into a game! We also practised counting accurately, exploring what more/fewer means and deciding whether there are more or fewer objects.
18/11/20 Cross Country
Kingfisher took part in the DSNN virtual Cross Country event this week. It was very muddy but that didn't stop us!!
18th November 2020
We have been learning about road safety and how to keep safe when crossing the road. We practised this out on our zebra crossing at school.
English WB 16/11/20 - Gruffalo Crumble
This week, we have started a new book in English - Gruffalo Crumble. Our challenge today was to give our partner a clear instruction, in the hope that they would make the exact same Lego model. We had so much fun!
ODD SOCKS DAY 2020!
Our PSHE lesson focussed on Anti Bullying Week and what we could do to help others feel included. We loved wearing funky odd socks to school.
In Maths we have been focussing on addition and subtraction using part, part whole models. We practised using giant cherry models and objects from the classroom. We even had a challenge to write a number sentence to match our cherry models and explored part, part, part whole models!
Children In Need 2020
We had so much fun coming to school in our PJs this year! We cannot wait to find out how much money we raised for Children in Need.
English - Stanley's Stick
Over the past few weeks we have been reading Stanley's Stick. We became real authors and made our very own books. We focussed on writing a sentence with capital letters, fingers spaces and full stops as well as adding adjectives to make our writing more exciting!
Tuesday 10th November - PSHE
Today in PSHE, we made Worry Dolls. We spoke about what worries us, who could help us when we feel worried and what feelings worry gives us. We had great fun making our dolls and used lots of art skills too!
Thursday 5th November 2020
To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, the children spent the morning engaging, exploring and learning outside. We focused on adding and subtracting 1/2 more and less to a given number, ordering numbers and looking at extending our vocabulary e.g. plus, add, minus, subtract.
Take a look at our morning; we had SO much fun!
Wednesday 7th October
In English, we have started a new class booked called Stanley's Stick by John Hegley. The children loved finding a stick in the woods and then using their imagination to decide what their stick would be!
They decided to write their sentences on whiteboards; we focused on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
We cannot wait to continue this story and see what else it brings!
Comfy reading! 02/10/20
Today, we introduced 'comfy reading' in Kingfisher; we loved it!! We took our shoes off, picked a book and relaxed whilst reading!
What we have been getting up to in Maths
Friday 2nd October 2020
WOW! What a busy start to the term. The children have settled into Year 1 life well and they are enjoying being back at school.
In Maths, we have explored subitising, ordering values, sequencing and looking at our number bonds to 10; we even made a giant tens frame! We have loved exploring the courtyard during our Maths lessons and using real life objects.
An Autumn walk - 30/09/20
In Science, the children have been exploring their senses. They went on a walk around the field and used some of their senses and found lots of exciting things! We spoke about Autumn and discussed what changes we could see. The children came up with some fantastic words to describe Autumn.
Maths WB 14/09/20
In Maths, we have been learning our left and right. We have also explored positional language and enjoyed giving our friends lots of bossy directions to follow!
Kingfisher Class 2020-2021
Welcome back everyone!
Mrs Head, Mrs Cornish and I would like to welcome you to our class page.
We hope you all had a lovely Summer holiday and we look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things you did. Throughout the year, we will upload photos, information and post about our learning.
We hope to meet you all soon.
Miss Fisher and the Kingfisher team.
Our trip to the Sports Centre!
We had lots of fun taking part in the Multi Sports competition on Tuesday 25th February. Everyone took part in lots of fun activities such as: bean bag throwing, speed stacking, football, mini circuits and much more!
Kingfisher have had a super exciting week in Science. We've been exploring various materials, looking at their properties, and understanding why different things are made with different materials. We have also been learning how to make predictions and what reflecting on what we would change next time.
We tested various materials to find out what the most absorbent one was and then put those materials to the test! Take a look at our boats that we made.
WB 07.02.20 -
In Maths this week, the children have been exploring odd and even numbers. They have looked at alternating patterns of odd and even numbers and using familiar manipulatives to support their learning.
We LOVED making jam sandwiches! In English, we wrote our own instructions on how to make jam sandwiches. We then followed our instructions to make real life jam sandwiches; they were delicious!!