Houghton Primary School

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Wrens (Y1)

Wrens' Class are our Year 1 group. They are taught by Mrs Wilkinson who is assisted by Mrs Williams, Miss Marshall, Miss Furness and Mr Johnson

Please click here for more information about the Year 1 curriculum for the Autumn term 2017

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1st December2017

Christmas Assembly

We have started to learn the songs we will use in our joint assembly and Year 1 will also be sharing a book we are using in literacy lessons. It isn't a play so there are no individual parts as such.

In Year 1 and 2 we are simply asking that every child wear Christmas party clothes – think sparkles and smartness! Please also bear in mind that the hall does get rather hot during performances.  We’d appreciate it if these clothes could come into school on Monday 11th December ready for our performances on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th– please ensure that all clothes are labelled and in a bag clearly marked with your child’s name. Thank you for your support – we will send performance clothes home on Friday 15th December. 

We have had a very productive fortnight with visits from owls and an expedition across the meadow.The children have written fiction and non-fiction books to put in our role-play library and have have been learning Makaton signs, which are used alongside speech, through the 'I can sing a Rainbow' song. Ask for a demonstration from your Wren-you can find on-line, sing-along  versions of the song if, like me, you can't quite remember the order in which  they appear in the song!

Thank you once again for your continued support-it makes such a difference. Wrens keep Mrs.Williams very busy changing books and continuing home reading as the end of term approaches is particularly helpful.





We have had such a busy week.Thank you for your support -we had a really interesting trip to Cambridge on Tuesday. The roadworks on the A14 were almost as interesting as the museum itself! The staff there were very complimentary about the children's behaviour and their level of engagement. We were fortunate to be able to borrow a 'handling'collection to bring back with us and the children have thoroughly enjoyed touching and trying on vintage polar clothing. They have produced some amazing writing about dressing for extreme conditions and have practised using some very technical words.

Wrens shared work from our previous topic in assembly this morning, everyone playing a part and taking their responsibility very seriously.



After a rather hectic and exciting morning, we had a little fun constructing the skeltons of 3-D shapes with some spaghetti and marshmallows.

3 d shapes

Some great chat and some serious teamwork went on. It took quite a lot of patience and perseverance but it really helped us to understand which 2-d shapes make up the faces of 3-d ones.

We are looking forward to writing the story of 'Reading Dog Buddy' next week and using our role -play library.

10th November

We have been busy learning about 2-D shapes and have now started to look for these in 3-D shapes. We've also learnt about 'less than' and 'greater than' and how to use symbols to represent this in number sentences.We are moving on to working with numbers greater than 10. Practising using small objects around the house to count backwards and forwards from different start numbers can be really helpful in increasing confidence.

We have enjoyed our new text 'Detective Dog'particularly because it rhymes.Rhyming stories and rhymes are great fun and can help with spelling (sometimes!). The story involves a dog who goes into school to listen to children read.Guess who came into our class on Friday ... 


3rd November

Wrens have thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse'and have produced some splendid work comparing urban and rural environments.Our walk around the village and our bus trip into Huntingdon really brought the topic alive. Thank you so much for your support with this-it makes such a differenece when the children are able to experience things first-hand.


29th September

We've had a very busy couple of weeks and have made the most of being able to be outside in the lovely autumn sunshine. As part of our harvest celebration, we read a story from Africa then tasted some of the fruits which appear in the story. 

wrens story in woods

 Wrens also enjoyed their invitation to the woods on Thursday, National Poetry Day, where they found some poems which they enjoyed learning and performing. You may very well have heard  'Silverly, silverly' recited in your house.

food tasting

 We discovered out that our food comes from all over the world and we tried some things we haven't eaten before-like avocado pear! Some of our broad beans have germinated and we have planted them in a trough. We hope that they will survive the winter and produce a crop before Wrens become Kingfishers. That's a long wait...

P.S. We have had an amazing number of reading book returned over the last few weeks. Thank you from all the Year1 team for your support with this-it really does make a difference.



Wrens have made a splendid start to the new term, settling into new routines very quickly.

All children now have a reading book to bring home and we are encouraging children to put their own folder in the box, first thing in the morning, so that books can be changed during the school day.

Our PE days are Monday and Friday and we will be outside this half-term for as many sessions as the weather allows.It is useful if children can have a waterproof and wellies in school and also an old shirt to cover their uniform during messy play or painting activities.

Our focus author for this half-term is Julia Donaldson.Children are welcome to bring a book written by her to share at storytime. Please ensure that this is named then it can be returned easily.

We are learning about weather. Any discussion about this, real or on the news etc. would be veryhelpful.

Home Learning and Big Write will start next term.








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