Hippo – Year 1 Miss Duroe & Mrs Bradbrook

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Hippo Learning

What are we learning about?

We are learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’. Here are some pictures of the houses of Pudding Lane we have made. We even used black strips of paper to look like wooden beams.

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We invited the local fire brigade in to discuss fire safety and how they help us stay safe in emergencies. During their visit we are also burnt our houses as a re-enactment of the ‘Great Fire’.

Hippo Updates and Information

  • We are introducing ‘Mindfulness Morning’ in Hippo Class every Friday morning. During this time we will complete activities such as yoga, relaxation, breathing buddies, the Art of Touch, Spiderman meditation, clever colouring, the power of listening… the list is endless!

  • Our PE day is Wednesday – please make sure you have full PE kit in school on this day.

  • Our Forest School day is Tuesday – please make sure you have your full Forest School Kit (including wellies and a warm and waterproof coat) on this day!

  • Every day children need their reading book, their homework diary “monkey book” and purple HFW books in school. Children earn 1 dojo for each time they read to a grown up at home and their monkey book is signed… let’s get reading!

  • Homework is handed out on a Monday and needs to be completed and returned to school on Friday – 5 dojos are up for grabs if you bring it in on time!

How can I help my Y1 child at home?

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Phonics in Year 1

The phonics screening check in Year 1 is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

What can you do to help?

www.phonicsplay.co.uk is a great, free online resource. It has fun interactive games which the children love playing in our phonics sessions in school.

I recommend getting a sound chart for phases 2, 3 and 5 to practice the sounds with your child. This will be a massive help both for the phonics screening, and for general literacy skills. If at any time you would like one providing please ask a member of the year 1 team and they will be happy to provide one for you!

Maths in Year 1

Maths in Year 1 is very place value based. This is in preparation for year 2 where children will be working with much more complex numbers. For example in year 1 children have to:

  • count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s

The foundations of Year 1 maths are based upon these, so it would be highly beneficial if your child practices these regularly.

If you require any further information about your child’s learning or what we’re getting up to in Hippo Class please don’t hesistate to get in touch,

Thank you, Miss Duroe (Hippo Class Teacher).

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Autumn 2017

We love learning outside – keep an eye on this page for information about the exciting learning we get up to!


  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday – please make sure you have PE kit in school on these days.
  • Our Forest School day is on Tuesday – please make sure you have your Forest School kit (including wellies and a warm and waterproof coat) on this day!
  • Every day children need their reading book, their homework diary “monkey book” and purple HFW books in school.


Our topic is ‘Polar Explorers’. We are learning all about the polar regions, animals in the Arctic and Antarctic, different explorers, Inuit people, how animals stay warm. If you can do any research at home, bring it in to school and we can see what you have been learning!