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Year 1 - Lavender

Dear Lavender Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find:


1. Parent messages

2. E-safety information and our class rules

3. Website links to help with home learning

4. Information on topics covered in class along with weblinks to support these

5. A week by week class diary


I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.


Love from Miss Jennings smiley

PS Please remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. More information about our Lavender e-safety rules are below. For other information on how to stay safe, visit the main school e-safety page.


Parents Section

Parent Messages


  1. Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.
  2. My maths login details have been sent home. If you have lost your login details, please let me know so I can print you off another letter.
  3. Espresso which supports learning across the curriculum can be accessed at with the username: student4307 and the password: espresso
  4. Please check the newsletter section of the school website for our latest updates.
  5. Please look at the base of this page to see our weekly class diary. You can find out what we have been learning about in class and how you can continue the learning at home via fun website links. 
  6. If you need anything additional, please email me using

General Class Information


  • Class Teacher: Miss Jennings
  • Other adults in Lavender class: Mrs K and Miss French
  • PE is outside on Tuesday and Thursday. Please come to school dressed in your PE kit. Children will stay in their PE kits all day long.
  • English homework in Year One is daily reading.
    • Please try to write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read at home.
  • Maths homework in Year One is set through the My Maths website.
    • I will let your child know when another task has been set.
  • Please remember that water bottles should only contain water

For more information about how to help your child at home, please visit our Key Stage One Curriculum page:

What is your child learning at school


Please click below to see our curriculum overview documents for the year:

Topic website links and general curriculum website links can be found further down this page in the children's section. 
E-safety in Lavender class

Lavender Class Acceptable Use Policy

  1. Ask an adult to stay with you and help to keep you safe.
  2. Keep water bottles far away from computers.
  3. Use the laptops, computers and tablets gently and carefully.
  4. Only talk to people you know in real life. Strangers are not always nice!
  5. Never share things about your life such as where you live or your phone number.
  6. Use nice words and be polite. Leave nice comments to make the readers happy.
  7. Only play on things that are okay for your age.
  8. Tell an adult if you see anything that makes you feel weird.
  9. Keep passwords a secret.
  10. Be smart! You need to remember your e-safety rules at home and at school.

Lavender acceptable use policy as a video

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Filmed using a voice changer and the tellagami app

E-Safety Song

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Use this song to help you remember your e-safety rules.

Advice from your classroom technology equipment

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Children's Section

Our Three Class Rules


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Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best!

Home Learning Website Links

Here are some other websites that you may want to visit to help with your home learning. Please remember your e-safety rules when visiting these websites (especially on YouTube)!

Daily Lessons (mixed areas):  

English (including phonics):

Reading – eBooks and audio books:

Twinkl also has lots of eBooks. You will need to sign up for an account first though by going to the website below and using the code: CVDTWINKLHELPS or UKTWINKLHELPS. Twinkl has lots of other great resources to help with home learning too!










Mixed curriculum areas:

Topic Information and Website Links

Here is some information on our current topics and also some other websites that you may want to visit to help with your home learning. Please remember your e-safety rules when visiting these websites (especially on YouTube)!

Autumn 1 Topic - The Enchanted Forest

Autumn 2 Topic - Bright Lights, Big City
Spring 1 Topic - Memory Box
Spring 2 Topic - Moon Zoom
Summer 1 Topic - Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Summer 2 Topic - Splendid Skies

Our Class Diary 2020-2021

Week Commencing 7th September 2020

We had our first week in Lavender class. We  had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We enjoyed reading a book called 'While we can't hug.' We made pictures of the main characters. We also did lots of counting in maths and we started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly. 

Week Commencing 14th September 2020

This week we read a book called ‘Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?’ We thought about animals that were not in the story so that we could make up our own book pages following the same word patterns. In maths we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 20 at first and then to 100. In the afternoons, we started our new topic all about the enchanted forest. We went on a walk around school to look at the trees, leaves, flowers and wildlife. We also tried hard to identify some of the leaves and we measured the circumference of trees to try and work out their ages. We think we have a tree that is over 100 years old! We also went bird watching and we made tree boggarts out of clay.

Week Commencing 21st September 2020

This week we thought about non-fiction information books. We made lists of autumn objects and then had a go at writing factual captions to go with them. We had a go at reading and spelling our 110 keywords. Although we found it a little challenging, we never gave up! In maths, we worked on comparing numbers using <, > and = symbols. In science, we sorted animals by where they lived and also made lists of questions about woodland animals that we could find out later. In DT, we pretended to be birds and had a go at using natural materials to make nests and dens. In art, we explored colour mixing and had a go at painting some woodland animals.

Week Commencing 28th September 2020

This week we read a book called ‘Wolf Won’t Bite’ We thought what other animals would do and made up our own sentences based on the ones in the book. We also explored reading the book using different voices for different characters. In maths we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 100. We looked at ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and we also worked on using number lines. In science, we learned all about deciduous and evergreen trees. We went on an autumn walk to have a look at our school trees. We investigated pinecones to see what happens to them when they get hot and cold. We also worked on sorting things into living, non-living (dead) and never been alive.

Week Commencing 5th October 2020

This week, we read a book called 'We're going on a bear hunt'. We had great fun making our own video of it by going around our outside area and acting it out. We then had a think about what other animal we could use instead of a bear, what size and what type of day. Some examples of our new stories included:


  • We're going on a crocodile hunt. We're going to catch a medium one. What a rainy day! We're not scared.
  • We're going on a cat hunt. We're going to catch a tiny one. What a snowy day! We're not scared.


In maths, we started to learn about parts, wholes and how you can add parts together to make a whole. We also started to learn to write calculations using the + and = signs. In science, we explored what parts make up a plant. We also explored what plants need to grow by using cress seeds in the dark, in the sun, with water and without. In DT we explored making woodland crowns. We worked hard to cut and stick carefully and then talk about our design choices.

Week Commencing 12th October 2020

This week in English we have been learning all about rhyming words. We chose to read books by Julia Donaldson to help us to do that. Some of the stories we have enjoyed are: The Gruffalo, Stickman, Freddie and the Fairy. In maths, we worked on our adding up skills. We looked at different ways to make the same number and we also worked on systematic methods so that we didn't miss any bonds out e.g. 5+0=5, 4+1=5, 3+2=5, 2+3=5, 1+4=5, 0+5=5. In DT, we learned about where different foods come from. We thought about if they were from an animal source or a plant source. We also had a go at chopping fruits and vegetables to make healthy snacks. In science, we planted a bean in some soil. We drew what it looked like now and then we watered our plant. We will watch what happens to them over the next few weeks. In PSHE, we had a special session to help us learn all about mental health and how to look after our own. In geography, we learned all about maps and keys on maps. We had a go at making up our own imaginary maps to show the woodland creatures where to find different things. In art, we learned about Andy Goldsworthy and then had a go at using objects from outside to make transient art inspired by him. 

Week Commencing 19th October 2020

This week in English we read a book called 'This is the tree.' We thought about what a tree must experience over its lifetime of staying in the same spot night and day. We went outside and stood still for a little while just to see how it felt and we saw and heard so many things just in a few short minutes. We then had a go at imagining and writing about what it would be like to be something that stayed in one place for lots of years. What would we see? Hear? Feel? etc. In maths, we worked on our adding up skills. We explored how adding could be done in any order and also how to put a number in our heads and count on. For example since 6+22 is the same as 22+6 we can put 22 in our heads, 6 on our fingers and count 23, 24, 25,26, 27, 28. In science, we thought about what animals we have living at Balliol and what their homes look like. In DT, we drew plans for our own owl masks and wrote a list of what equipment we would need. We then followed our designs carefully. We also had a go at making tents and furniture using large sticks. In art, we made decorations using autumn objects and autumn inspiration. At the end of the week, we had a very quick woodland themed party to celebrate the end of our topic. We put up our decorations that we made in art, we wore our owl masks from DT, we used our stick tent and furniture and we also listened to our favourite stories again.

Week Commencing 2nd November 2020

This week, we started our new topic 'Bright Lights, Big City.' We learned a little bit about Queen Elizabeth II and we had a quick garden party where we learned to bow, curtsy, greet each other politely and we also had fun waving flags. In English, we read a story called 'The Queen's Knickers'. It was very funny! We thought about what our plan would be to get the knickers back and then we wrote letters to the queen. We also designed and described a new pair of knickers too. In maths, we worked on our taking away skills. We worked on using our fingers to help us count back. In geography, we learned about the countries that make up the UK and what their capital cities are. We used google Earth to look at different cities to see what was similar about them. We also looked at different physical features such as coastlines, hills etc. In history, we started to think about remembrance day and we made some poppies for display. In art, we made some artwork inspired by fireworks.

Week Commencing 9th November 2020

This week in English, we read a book called ‘Fortunately, Unfortunately’ by Michael Foreman. It followed a repeating pattern of good thing, bad thing, good thing, bad thing etc. We had lots of fun exploring this pattern and trying to write our own versions. In maths, we worked on taking away by counting back and also by finding the difference. In history, we learned all about Remembrance Day and why people wear poppies. In geography, we learned about human features and had a look around our outside area to see what ones we could find. We thought some more about London and what makes it a city. We also thought about seasonal weather and kept a weather diary for the week. In computing, we tried hard to write an algorithm for how to make a jam sandwich.

On Friday we had a special day for two reasons. We had maths day and we had children in need day. We had great fun in maths learning about shapes, tessellation and making tangram pictures. For children in need, we dressed in mufti and explored mindfulness activities.

Week Commencing 16th November 2020

This week in English, we thought about diaries and how they help people remember things. We wrote our own diary entries. We then read a book called 'Katie in London' and thought about what she would write in her diary. We pretended to be Katie and we had a go. In maths, we learned all about 2D and 3D shape. We spoke about their properties and how 3D shapes have faces, edges and vertices where as 2D shapes have sides and corners. In geography, we learned what a landmark is and had a go at naming different London landmarks. We then used google Earth to look more closely at them. In history, we learned all about Guy Fawkes and why he is famous. We also had a think about famous people and landmarks in Bedfordshire. In art, we had a go at using different pencil techniques to draw famous London landmarks including Big Ben, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and The Gherkin.

Week Commencing 23rd November 2020

This week, we read a book called 'Handa's Surprise.' We thought about the order of events, how Africa is similar and different to Kempston and we also had a go at writing our own versions of the story. In maths, we worked on our place value skills. For example, 14 is made up of one ten and four units or ones. In geography, we worked on identifying physical and human features on aerial photographs of London. We looked at maps of London and explored how to give directions. We also compared the similarities and differences between London and Kuala Lumpur. In DT, we worked on our cutting skills and made a class advent calendar. In computing, we learned how to use the video and photo app on an iPad.