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Welcome to Sparrowhawks!

Sparrowhawks is a Year One class taught by Mrs Doble which is supported by Mrs Dando and Mrs Herd. We have a bright classroom with doors that open onto the top playground. We are fortunate to able to make use of a shaded outdoor area which provides opportunities to extend our learning in the outdoor environment.

Tuesday 8th May - Bridge building afternoon!


We had a great afternoon designing, building and testing bridges. We enjoyed working in teams of 'engineers' on our Brunel inspired cardboard creations.


The children reflected at the end of the afternoon...


"We did good sharing."   

"We designed it [the bridge] all together."

"We persevered!"

"We worked together as a team and listened to all the ideas."

"We just got on!"

"We shared our ideas."





Science - we explored the school grounds looking for signs of Spring. A helicopter flew over interrupting the peace and quiet!

We have been learning about Brunel. Look at some of our designs! We worked hard together sharing our ideas.

We enjoyed a Clifton Suspension Bridge building game online, below is the link. There are lots of other activities to explore too!




w/c 16th April

Literacy - Writing our own stories inspired by 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne.

Spelling - words ending -y


Numeracy - Counting in 2s and 5s.

Starting our shape topic - recognising and naming 3D shapes.

Welcome back to the Summer term!


w/c 9th April

Literacy - Handwriting focus - are our letters sitting correctly on the line? Can we improve the neatness of our work as we begin our final term in Year One?

Discussion and writing linked to an adventure story.

Spelling - ear (hear) / ear (bear)


Numeracy - Place value - comparing numbers to 50 and counting in 2s.

Place value - tens and ones.

Place value - tens and ones. 1
Place value - tens and ones. 2
Place value - tens and ones. 3

Using the 'tens frame'.

Using the 'tens frame'. 1
Using the 'tens frame'. 2

Measuring length using cubes.

Measuring length using cubes. 1
Measuring length using cubes. 2
Measuring length using cubes. 3

Easter collaborative artwork.

Easter collaborative artwork. 1
Easter collaborative artwork. 2
Easter collaborative artwork. 3

Our performance of 'Hansel and Gretel'

Our performance of 'Hansel and Gretel' 1
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w/c 12th March - 

Literacy - To use inverted commas (speech marks) to show spoken words.

We will be continuing to rehearse for our production of 'Hansel and Gretel'.

Spelling - words with  ire  (fire) and ure (pure)

Numeracy - Finishing our work on measuring length and height and using rulers accurately. Starting to work on place value in numbers up to 50.


w/c 26th February

Literacy - Using the simple past tense in our writing. Creating a class version of 'On the Way Home' by Jill Murphy. We will also be rehearsing for our performance of 'Hansel and Gretel'.

Spelling - oa/oe

Numeracy - Subtraction: counting on the find the difference. Exploring number facts for numbers to 20  and finding all the +/- sums.


Term 4 w/c 19th February


Literacy - Using noun phrases and adverbs in our sentences. Writing a class poem.

Numeracy - Subtraction within 20. Using and applying number bond facts.

Spelling - ow (cow), ai (rain)





w/c 5th February


Literacy - Writing stories based on 'Sammy The Fire Dog' (a story about a dog who witnessed the Great Fire of London).

Spelling  ur (nurse) / er (better)

Numeracy - Using our number bonds to 'make 10' to help with addition and subtraction.

We enjoyed writing a class poem using some amazing words!

We enjoyed writing a class poem using some amazing words! 1

I am…


High Shining

Sky Shimmering

Body Shivering

Light Flowing

Cheeks Glowing

Fingers Tinkering

Water Sparkling

Birds Singing

Kites Flying

Branches Floating


I am Winter Sun


w/c 29th January

This week we will be working on our sentence construction to ensure that we know where each sentence starts and ends. We are also going to write some poems based on the weather.


Our spellings are 'aw' (dawn) and 'are' as in 'care'


In maths we are going to be working on addition within 20 and using and applying our number bonds.

w/c 22nd January

We have enjoyed another busy week of learning. The children enjoyed listening to and talking about the story 'Smiley Shark' and writing their own versions. We were very excited when Alaric brought in a real shark's jaw (complete with several rows of teeth), Molly brought in some individual shark teeth and Dylan brought a model of a shark tooth fossil! We have also enjoyed looking at some of the shark information books that many children have brought in.


In maths we have been working with numbers to 20 to understand their value and compared numbers using greater than > and less than < symbols. We understand that for example 13 is 10 and 3 more and what each digit represents in a 2-digit number.


We drew and painted houses and boats to make our Great Fire of London display. We also enjoyed a visit from a fireman and talked about how we can stay safe. 

Next week w/c 15th January

Maths - Working on place value to 20 - reading, writing, spelling numbers to 20 and understanding their values.

Literacy - We are going to be researching sharks and writing interesting, factual sentences about them.

 Spring term


The children have had a busy first week back after the Christmas holidays. We have been working on our handwriting - thinking about how each letter is formed and how they 'sit' in the line. We have been thinking about our sentence construction and the importance of using capital letters and full stops. We have learnt to say each sentence out loud before we write it which helps with this. In maths we have been working on addition and subtraction within 10. We enjoyed looking at a world map and a map of the UK. We colour-coded our own maps to show the different countries in the UK. We enjoyed our PE session with Mrs Price too!



Literacy - We are going to be researching sharks and writing interesting, factual sentences about them.

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w/c Monday 27th November


Maths - We will continue to work on addition using part, part, whole. This week we will be finding the whole from two parts. We will continue to work on learning our pairs to 10 so that we are able to recall them at speed. We will also begin to work on subtraction.


Literacy - We will be walking into Kilmersdon village to look at some of the features. We will be talking about what we have seen and writing recounts. We will continue to work hard on correct letter formation and how our letters 'sit' on the line.

w/c Monday 20th November


Maths - We will compare number bonds using greater than and less than and equals symbols. We have a crocodile on our maths wall to help us understand how to use  the < and > symbols.

We will be using part, part whole to explore number bonds and find the total. 


Literacy - We will be working on some familiar nursery rhymes and following the Jack and Jill trail up the hill. We will read 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and talk about the use of adjectives. We will do our own writing linked to the story.

w/c Monday 13th November


Maths - We will be learning a range of number bonds and how to solve them using counters and the part, part whole model.


Literacy - We will read 'Dear Zoo', a story which many of us may already know. We will think about the author's choice of animals and add alliteration - for example a slithery snake or a playful puppy. We will be using the book to inspire us to write sentences or retell the story in our own words.

Monday 30th October - Welcome back to Term Two...

This week we will be bringing home spellings to practise ready for our weekly spelling test (every Friday). We will practise in school on Monday so that we know how to complete the sheets at home for the rest of the week.


Literacy - We will continue to work on our sentence construction, remembering to use capital, letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will be working on writing using correct letter formation and how the letters 'sit' in the line.


Maths - we will begin to work on addition and continue to think about recording neatly and neat numeral formation.

We had a very busy final week of term. The highlight was on Thursday when we all baked our own Gingerbread Men which were yummy! 

Hawks - This is our 'I am special song' from our Jigsaw lessons. Can you spot Jigsaw Jack?

Still image for this video

Next week (9th October)

We will continue to prepare for our Harvest Festival which is on Thursday.

Literacy - we will be working on improving our handwriting so that our letters are formed correctly and look at how they 'sit' on the line.

Numeracy - we will be counting in 2s and looking at number sequences.

Friday 6th October

We have had a busy week this week. The children have enjoyed working on the story 'Rosie's Walk'. They are beginning to use 'Fred talk' and 'Fred fingers' more confidently in their independent writing so that they sound out and write the sounds in words. It has been good to see many children have learnt to read more 'red' words and how many children have been practicing from their sheets at home! 


In maths we have been working hard to form our numerals correctly (and learning the number spellings from one to ten too.) We enjoy counting rhymes and singing 'Ten Magic Beads' (our own version of 'Ten Green bottles') which we sing using the bead strings.

Next week (25th September)

Literacy:  Completing our writing on 'Little Red Riding Hood' adding our own changes - for example Little Green Hood meets a dragon!

Writing sentences linked to 'The Enormous Turnip'. The children will be working hard to construct sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. They will continue to work hard to sound out words using 'Fred-talk' and choose 'red' words from the red word card.


Numeracy: Place value to 10 - reading, writing (numerals and words) and counting activities so that they are fluent in counting forwards and backwards from any number. We will also be singing a range of number rhymes.


The children will of course continue to work in small groups and have lots of opportunities for learning through play-based activities.


Friday 22nd September

We have had a busy week,  and the days have flown by! We have enjoyed a range of learning opportunities and the children have been focussed and happy. We have started to talk about one of our school values - Friendship. We have also learnt a new song about each one of us being special and belonging, video to follow next week!


The children have all been anticipating who will take one of the class pets home for the weekend. Children are chosen to have a turn with the dogs when they have had a particularly impressive week in school - Flopsy (the brown dog) comes with a diary. Bumpy (who is very old) and Baby Bumpy enjoy coming to play, and Kind Kitten likes to go home with someone who has been noticed for being a kind member of the class.


15th September 

All the children have settled well and are getting used to the new routines and expectations in Year One, and we are pleased to welcome three new children into our class. It has been good to see new friendships developing. This week we have all worked hard in our Read Write Inc groups, which make a great start to the day!