Year 1

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Welcome to Year 1!

Summer Term 1 2021

Our new topic this half term is ‘Awesome Animals’

Our Key Question is:  Which animals are the most awesome and why?






We will be exploring the characteristics of non-fiction books to support our topic and accessing videos and/ or magazines to create fact files/ top trump style cards about animals.  We will also be reading stories about animals such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Dear Greenpeace and Aesop’s Fables. This half term we will also explore reading, writing and performing simple poems about animals.


In Science we will be learning about how we can classify animals into different groups by considering things like how they look and what they eat. We will also be growing a range of seeds including vegetables and designing and making a healthy snack.

We will be using our geographical skills to make a map of our route to school and considering where some animals live in the world and why.


In French we will be learning body parts and singing French version of heads, shoulder, knees and toes:

Our maths focus is counting in groups of 2s, 5s & 10s.This is in preparation for using arrays which will help us understand multiplication and division. We will also be naming a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.

Bug Club

Please click on the link below to access The Bug Club website.

This is the online reading scheme which allows your child access to hundreds of books at the click of a button. Your child can read them with you or when older & more confident, independently. Each book contains comprehension questions to boost reading skills. Points collected for completing the questions correctly can be used to play games. All of the books can be read to your child by the computer too.

Logins & passwords are held by your child’s teacher and have been sent home in a letter. Please encourage your child to access the website as often as possible.

If you have any problems with access at home, there is a trouble shooting guide held by Jennie on the school Reception desk.


Sophie, Dena and Stephanie


Year 1 parents and carers have been busy raising funds and redeveloping a much under-used part of the playground into a reading garden! It has been a tremendous team effort.  Special thanks go to Nadine and Tom Hadden, Cherie and Olly Taylor, Jo Roper and Lauren Webb.  You are making a huge difference to our playground and the children in year 1 are getting very excited about this project!

Preparations are underway and there is a project crowdfunder for a large hobbit house to replace the existing play house – there is still time to donate to this project until 8th March:

Watch this space for more details on some amazing works in progress by all involved to transform this narrow strip into an immersive outdoor experience for the children.

And of course a HUGE thank you to all the parents, grandparents, friends and staff for donating to the project Crowdfunder, which has currently raised over £2000 towards the garden and is getting very close to the stretch target of £2500!

Kilmorie School would also like to thank the following for their kind donations and support:

Amber Tree Care for their generous donation of bark chippings and log seats for the children

Travis Perkins Forest Hill who kindly donated a train sleeper and a weed membrane

Sydenham Gardens for donating the willow to create the living archway

Lights4Fun who have donated solar powered festoon lights

UNIT Fabrications for their skill and labour to help parents prepare the site

Home Park Community Garden for plant donations and greenhouse use

Superb Gardens for donating a garden sleeper and some building timber

Spring Term 2 2021

Sports Challenge: week of 22.2.21

Below is this week’s sports challenge – don’t forget to submit your scores by Friday 26th February via the London Youth Game website !

The Tate Hear My Story Project

In 2018-19 The Tate ran the Yr3 Photography Project with the artist and director Steve McQueen.  The children who are now in Yr5 had their photographs taken and displayed in the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.  This year The Tate have launched the Hear My Story Project and we are delighted to announce that Kilmorie are taking part in this.  Kate launched the project in a recent whole school assembly and teachers have shared Part One of the project What Makes You, You? with their classes.

The project encourages students to think of themselves – their lived experiences, cultures, histories, ideas and questions – as the starting point for looking at art and making stories.

Here is a video which explains the first part of the project:

(1) Hear My Story: Part 2 – Introduction for Students | Tate – YouTube

It matters whose stories get told.  It matters whose stories we hear.

Part Two of the project is launched on March 15th and in the meantime, The Tate have produced two additional drawing projects. These are Y is for Who Are You? and W is for Who Are We? Further supporting information can be found in the documents below:

Autumn Term 2020

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a little child was learning all about traditional tales…

What is a traditional tale?

We will find out how these stories have been handed down from generation to generation, long before they were ever written down. We will have fun listening to and telling stories. We will act them out and perform them. We will make our own maps to show where the different characters live. We’ll then explore some alternative versions of these stories and even have a go at writing one ourselves.

Are pigs and wolves really like the ones in the story books?

We’ll be finding out more about these animals and hopefully learn that wolves aren’t quite so big and bad after all!

Try this link for a story time treat:


This term we are going to be covering the following:

Number & Place Value

Addition & Subtraction

Remember you can always have fun with maths at this site:

Check out the Kilmorie website for even more ideas:

Kilmorie Website Link

Forest Skills

We’ll be spending some time each week in the wild garden come rain or shine! So please send you child in with some wellies that they can keep in school all year. Your child’s/children’s Forest Skills day will be sent home in next week’s newsletter.

Fruit and Vegetables

Which fruits and vegetables are harvested in autumn? What is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? Can you make a healthy and tasty snack using fruit and vegetables? What art can you make using fruit and veg?

These are just some of the many questions we will be exploring this half term.



Please note Year 1 PE days are as follows and the children will need a labelled PE kit (appropriate for indoor and outdoor PE) from the week beginning 14th September:

Class Indoor Outdoor
Sophie Thursday Monday
Dena Tuesday Thursday
Stephanie Thursday Tuesday

If you need to contact us, please use the following e-mail:

Sophie, Dena and Stephanie

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