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Key Stage 1 - Year 1 and 2

Wednesday 22nd March.  Today we followed a set of instructions to decorate our 'alien' fairy cakes and we will be following this up by writing a set of instructions. 
Tuesday 21st March.  Today we have been busy learning how to follow a set of instructions and use standard measures to make our 'Alien' fairy cakes.  We all had great fun and can't wait to decorate them tomorrow. 
Week beginning 20th March.  This week in maths we are learning how to solve division problems by using repeated subtraction.  
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Week Beginning 14th March.  This week in maths we are learning how to solve division problems by sharing and grouping using Cheerios !  
Tuesday 7th March.  Today all the children had fantastic fun taking part in a 'Fairytale Forest' drama workshop run by 'Perform' for schools. They went on an adventure and were completely captivated as you can see from the photographs. 

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Today we made predictions about how things might move on different surfaces.  We then tested our predictions to see if we were right.  

World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March.

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World Book Day characters.

Some of our writing about which book character we chose to be to celebrate World Book Day. 
On Shrove Tuesday we had great fun learning how to make pancakes.  We took turns to add eggs and the milk to the flour, mixing well so that there were no lumps. We all agreed the best part was eating them at the end.  Afterwards we wrote a list of ingredients and set of instructions using some bossy verbs.

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Week beginning 20th February.  Welcome back everyone after the half-term break. This term we will continue to learn all about toys and will be reading the picture book 'Toys in Space' by talented author and illustrator Mini Grey.  We will be finding out what happened to the toys and who the 'Hoctopize' is !

Welcome to Year 1 and 2 - we are ready to learn !

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Week beginning 6th February - 2D and 3D marshmallow shapes.

This week in Maths we have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shape.  We had lots of fun making shapes from marshmallows and cocktail sticks.  We also made some cubes and cuboids from shape nets using careful cutting and folding skills. 

Week beginning 6th February - 3D shapes.

Week beginning 6th February - Phonics

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Week beginning 16th January.  In ICT this week we used the laptops to learn how to stay safe when using the internet.

This week we had great fun looking closely at old toys and considering what materials they were made from.  We found that many were made from wood and metal in contrast to our toys today which are often made from plastic.


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Week beginning 9th January.  This week in English we have been reading the story of 'Old Bear' by Jane Hissey and have used a story map to sequence and retell the story in our own words.  We then wrote our own versions of the 'Old Bear' story.

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Week beginning 9th January.  This week in maths we have been using number lines to add one and two digit numbers and to solve missing number problems.
As our topic this term is 'Toys' we all bought in a favourite toy from home.   In science we talked about the different kinds of materials the toys were made from and found the majority to be either plastic or fabric.  Today in Art we looked closely at the toys and made observational drawings. 
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Happy New Year and welcome back after the Christmas break.  Our first few days back at school have been very busy.  We have been writing thank you letters to Father Christmas and our New Year Resolutions.  We have also been learning about place value in maths and developed our scientific skills searching for objects made of different materials throughout school.  We discussed the changing seasons and created a 'winter tree' scene by blending oil pastels.  The photos below show just how busy we have been!

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Week beginning 3rd January - Scientific Skills 'Materials' Hunt.

Week beginning 3rd January - Oil Pastels Winter Tree Scene

Friday 9th December.  Today we have been very busy following instructions to make salt dough which we then made into stars and plaited wreaths.  Afterwards we wrote down the ingredients and used time connectives to write out the instructions. 

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Tuesday 6th December.  Today we have been busy practising our Nativity ready for our dress rehearsal.  We are really looking forward to performing to our first audience tomorrow.

Today we visited the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock and took part in a Dinosaur Workshop. We learned all about what Oxfordshire was like 168 million years ago and which species of dinosaur lived right here in our county.  We looked closely at fossils, acted out the process of fossilisation, measured fossilised dinosaur footprints and explored vegetation eaten by herbivores.  We learned a lot and had fantastic fun.

Children in Need - Friday 18th November.

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On Friday 18th November we wore our pajamas to school to raise money for Children in Need.

Monday 21st October.  Today in ICT we were learning how to access internet websites related to our 'Dinosaur' topic with a focus on phonic and maths skills. Click below for the links to the sites we were using:




18th November.  In our topic based work we have been learning about what a Paleontologist does and have created our own dinosaur skeletons.  

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Tuesday 15th November.  In science this week we have been learning about what plants need to survive.

Monday 14th November.  Today in ICT we were using the internet to find out information about dinosaurs. Click here for a link to the website we were using 



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Friday 11th November.  We will remember them.  Today we created mixed media poppy fields.
11th November.  This week we have been reading Firework poetry and have written our own 'Acrostic' Firework poems using interesting adjectives.

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Phonics. 8th November. Today we have been learning to apply the ai, ay and a-e sounds within words.

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Friday 4th November.  Today we finished off our 'Doomed Dinosaur' pictures.  We used oil pastels to colour dinosaur silhouettes and then added them to our painted skyscape.  We then used the pastels to create meteors and asteroids.  

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Friday 4th November.  Today in phonics we were thinking carefully about the ie, igh and i-e sounds and applying them within our writing. 
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Week Beginning 31st October.  Welcome back after the half-term break.  The children have been writing about their half-term and learning keyboard skills to type up their news.  They have also completed their non-fiction dinosaur leaflets which are on display in the classroom.  Come in and have a look at all the facts they have found.  In Maths this week week we have been learning about place value and partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and units.  Finally, our phonic focus this week has been applying split vowel digraphs within sentence writing.
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Week beginning 17th October.  In phonics this week we are learning how to apply the trigraph sounds 'air' and 'ure' within our writing.  The children have been writing sentences from dictation and making up their own.


Week starting 10th October.  This week we listened to different versions of the story of Jonah and the Whale and wrote it down in our own words.  We have also been writing about what we think killed off the deadly dinosaurs. 
Today we used a sponging technique to create a skyscape background for our 'Doomed Dinosaurs' pictures.  We have been thinking about what caused the dinosaurs to die out and have explored different ideas.  We will be adding comets and asteroids to our pictures and some dinosaur silhouettes to finish off the completed piece.
Friday 7th October.  We have had a busy week learning about how to use non-fiction books to find facts and how to solve subtraction problems.  Today we painted our dinosaur fossils.  We mixed the paint to create new colours and took great care using small brushes.
This week in phonics some of our focus sounds have been the 'ar' and 'or' digraph sounds.  We have been thinking about how to apply these sounds in our writing and have been practising writing sentences from dictation. 
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Week Beginning 3rd October.  This week in maths we are learning to solve subtraction problems using objects, number lines and 100 squares to help us.  Our literacy focus is understanding the features of non-fiction texts and how we can use these to help us find facts. 
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Today the children sketched and then painted a picture of a dinosaur.  They thought about the shape of their dinosaur and then carefully mixed and blended colours.  The finished pictures look great !
Dear Parents, your child has today (Monday 26th) bought home a blue spelling book in their book bag.  There are words to be practised each day at home, these will then be tested the following Monday.  Thank you for all your continued support, it really does make a difference. Mrs Hutchinson.

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​This week the children have been learning all about fossils and had great fun making their own dinosaur fossils out of salt dough.  They have also made a Diplodocus out of a paper plate, thinking carefully about colour choices and how to follow a set of instructions.  The finished results look great.  

Multi-Sports Morning at Thomas Reade School.


Yesterday morning the children all thoroughly enjoyed learning new tennis and martial arts skills and how to play 'Cannonball Alley'.  


Welcome to Year 1 and 2.


The children have all settled into the new routines brilliantly and have been very busy.  In English we are reading the story of 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' by Ian Whybrow and have been re-telling the story using a class storymap.  In computing this week we have enjoyed creating an algorithm and programming the beebots to draw outlines of various shapes.  

Practical Maths.

In maths we have been learning about place value and addition and subtraction using hundred squares, number lines and objects to help us.

Welcome back to a new term

Our topic for the Autumn Term is Dinosaurs.We will learn

 about where and when  dinosaurs lived, what they ate and what size they were. 


We will also use dinosaur stories, poetry and non-fiction books as inspiration for our English work.


To view our Autumn Term overview, click on the link below. Scroll down for more information about our curriculum and general classroom routines.

Class Information

Mrs Hutchinson will be teaching Y1 and Y2. Mrs Fell will teach music also on a Wednesday morning. 

Ms Small and Mrs Croft support specific children and the class throughout the week.



Your child will be doing PE on Wednesdays and Fridays, please make sure they have their PE kits in school on these days. We recommend children bring their PE kit on a Monday to ensure it is ready.

Your child's PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers. 

Please make sure all items are named.


Spellings will be given out on a Monday by Mrs Hutchinson ready for practice at home for a spelling test on the following Monday.


Reading practice is essential to develop decoding, understanding and enjoyment of books. Please use the pink reading record within your child's book bag to record when they have read with you at home.


For more information about supporting your child with reading at home, please look at our guidance document.


Homework will be given out on Thursday to be brought back to school the following Monday. Please check your child's book bag for their green homework book for an English, Maths or Topic related activity.



To view our weekly timetable, click on the link below. Please note that this timetable is flexible and may be altered to accommodate special events, trips and extended learning activities.

Curriculum information and website links.



Focus in Key Stage 1 is to acquire skills and knowledge and to learn how to apply them. We are developing our phonic knowledge enabling us to decode texts and apply this knowledge to spelling. We are learning to form sentences correctly with finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. In addition to this, we try to add interesting vocabulary to make our writing more exciting. 

Websites which support English development are:

·         BBC Bitesize Literacy (click here for link)

·         Magic Key Adventures (click here for link)

·         ICT games (click here for link)


When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:

·         the sounds represented by written letters

·         how to blend the sounds together to make words.


Synthetic Phonics is a statutory part of our English curriculum. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent - so, they are taught the letter 'l' sounds like 'lllllll' when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word. Click here to view our school phonics booklet about how we teach phonics at Clifton Hampden.


Phonics is taught consistently throughout Key Stage 1 using Floppy Phonics. For more information about the sounds that each letter, or group of letters creates, please click on this link to the Oxford Owl website.

Websites which support Phonic progression are:

·         Oxford Owl website (click here for link)

·         Phonics Play (click here for link)



Throughout Key Stage 1, the focus in mathematics is to acquire new skills in number, calcuations, shape and space and measures. Topics last for one or two weeks ensuring consolidation of new knowledge and enabling progression within each strand of mathematics. Teaching is often practical with games, activities and computer work offering opportunities to discover new learning and to apply known skills.

Websites which support mathematical learning are:

·         Mathszone (click here for link)

·         ICT games (click here for link)

·         BBC Bitesize Maths (click here for link)