Hammond Academy
September 25 2019

Year 1

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Welcome to Year 1

We are excited to start a new year with our team, which is made up of Mr Lacey & Mrs Humphrey in Pearl and Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Godbold and Miss Young in Jade class.

We start the year with our brand new autumn topic, ‘Toys From the Past’. The children will be exploring toys on a timeline, the tradition and history of nursery rhymes and teddy bears picnics. We will also be exploring the oldest toy in our homes, focusing on teddies. This links with our Autumn trip to The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green on 18th October, volunteers are always welcome. Please contact the office if you wish to attend with your child.

As always, Maths plays a key part in the year 1 curriculum and we start the term exploring number. The children will continue to build on their important problem solving skills that they developed in reception, which ensures that they not only can calculate an answer, but can explain why and how they have achieved this. Times tables will be taught this year as ‘groups of’ and ‘lots of’ so helping your child at home, such as practicing drawing equal groups of quantities.

In English this half term we have been learning about the gingerbread man which the children have enjoyed learning. Please come to our Gingerbread afternoon on Wednesday 16th October. We have also been learning instructions to wash our hands. Ready for Wednesday.

In maths we have been looking at practicing writing our numbers finding the whole and the sum of its parts.

We are able to take brief questions on the playground, but please do ask for an appointment should you wish to discuss any matter in more detail. Please do come and see us, as we welcome opportunities to discuss your child’s learning.


We had our gingerbread decorating afternoon where children and parents shared in the fun of decorating biscuits. Thank you to all the parents that came.

We also looked at developing kindness to the natural word by making wormerys.

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We continue to develop literacy through our excellent ‘Talk for Writing’ project and start the term focusing on ‘The Gingerbread Man’.  As always, supporting your child at home with reading, handwriting and spelling will complement their learning in school and will allow your child to achieve the best that they can. We will soon be providing opportunities for you to come into school to see how the children’s hard work and effort is paying off and we look forward to seeing you there.