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Raising Aspirations

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

  • Resilience, Responsibility and Respect

Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to our Year One page. We are excited about this year and we have lots of exciting activities planned  so please keep checking this page for updates!  Here you will find all the information that will be relevant for children in this year group. You will be able to see our learning on the weekly blog as well as Twitter.

If you have any questions please contact your child's class teacher or the Year Group Lead. For more details regarding the year group's content for English, Maths and foundation subjects, please take a look under the 'Curriculum' tab.

Thank you in advance for your support!



Who are the Year 1 teachers?

Indonesia Class: Mrs Bhambra

India Class: Miss Jivraj

Cambodia Class: Mrs Patel

Japan Class: Miss Mohamed

Our PE days in Year 1

Indonesia Class: Tuesday and Friday

India Class: Tuesday and Thursday

Cambodia Class: Tuesday and Friday

Japan Class: Monday and Tuesday

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2023-2024

Half Termly Topic Webs

Weekly Blog

Please do visit this page, each Friday, for our weekly blog. You will find useful information, including what we have been learning during the week and important dates. There will also be links to Phonics videos.

Spring Term 2

It's the end of another week in Year 1 and the weather has not been good. Please do sent in rain jackets and welly boots!


History – the children have been learning about the Wright Brother and their plane. This week we made a propeller like the one on the first plane. We learnt how propellers work and how it moves in the air.  


Fairtrade Day – The children spent the day learning about fairtrade products and what fairtrade means. We made banana milkshake using fairtrade bananas. Then we wrote a recipe using our time words. In the afternoon we played fairtade themed games where we practised how to take turn. Finally we made a poster to promote fairtrade and why it is important. 

It was lovely seeing the children back on Monday - we cannot believe we are half way through the year. This week we have started our new English Unit on Room on the Broom and children made their own wands. In Maths we have introduce bar modelling which children used to help with addition. The science topic this half term in all about materials and children were sorting this week.

Thank you to Hillingdon Council who provided some pedestrian training to the Year 1 children.

We've had a lovely last week of this half term. So many fun filled activities.


Children took part in a Mindfulness session. We practised how we can breathe to keep calm. We talked about that no feelings are bad but our actions can be. We then laid down with a eye mask on and listened to calm music as a way to calm down when we are angry. We then made breathing wands using pipe cleaners.

UK Day

In Geography we have been learning about the United Kingdom and it’s four countries. Each year 1 class was a country where the children completed different activities related to the country. The children had a go at Irish dancing, playing Rugby, made tartan weaving patterns and made a dragon. The children had a lot of fun.


In science the children have been learning about different groups of animals and their food groups. The children had a visit from some animals. They could touch and stroke the animals if they wanted too. We saw a tortoise, millipede, tarantula, meerkat, python and owl. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit.


Have a wonderful half term holiday!

Week Ending 2.2.24


In English this week we have been focusing on grammar. Children have been using different pronouns in their sentences.  


This week the children have been learning to read and write the time (o’clock and half past). They had a lot of fun doing it practically!  


This term children have been using the Bee-bots to follow a set of instructions. This week they were coming up with their own algorithms to move the bee-bot around the story mat of The Three Little Pigs.


Thank you to Father Wheeler who joined us for RE day and shared what Christians believe about the 'Ideas of God.'

It has been a very busy week for our Year 1 children. We started the week by having a music specialist come into school to teach us about different instruments. We also visited Windsor Castle as part of our English and Geography Learning. It was an amazing trip and we were able to see the changing of the guards, walk through the state apartments and visit St. George's Chapel. On Friday the parents came into school and joined our English lesson, where we introduce the children to the model text and text map of the recount of the visit. 

This week we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. We learnt about equality, and we held hands together as a class to show how united we are.  



We have been learning our new text map on the Queens handbag.


Author visit  

This week we had an author come to visit us. His name was Banji Alexander. The children were very excited to learn all about his book and to ask him lots of questions.  



We have enjoyed learning about algorithms in Computing using the Beebots! We understand that they are robots and we can give them instructions. 

In geography, we have been locating countries of the UK. It was fun finding the UK in an atlas! 

Week Ending 12.01.24

Happy New Year to you all and a warm welcome back to the start of the Spring term. It has been lovely to see how positively our children have settled. We have enjoyed seeing how the children have dived straight into their learning and are excited to start their topics in their curriculum and begin reading the texts which will drive their learning this term.


To start our new book ‘The Queens Handbag’ we had a go at drawing Queen Elizabeth II. We also participated in Hot Seating - the children came up with some very good questions.


This week the children have been learning about addition and subtraction stories. The children say the equation by using key words such as first, now and then.    


This half term we learning about the British artist, Bridget Riley. She is famous for creating optical illusion art. She uses different line shapes to create the illusion a picture is moving. We also had a go at drawing different line shapes. This will help us when we create our own optical illusion art.  

Please do remember that we have our author visit next week - please place all orders for books as soon as possible! Banji Alexander, who teaches at a school in south-east London with a large number of students and staff from minority ethnic backgrounds, started writing Lockdown Looms: Reggie's Birthday Party, a book detailing a child's experience of the pandemic, during the second lockdown.

Autumn Term 2:

It's been a lovely last week of 2023 at Minet! We've has a Santa visit, Songs for the Season performance, singing at Triscott House and attendance assembly!

It's been a fun week at school. We have been doing many Christmas activities as well as our learning. It was Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day. We have also been practising for our 'Songs for the Season,' and enjoyed singing to Reception children this week. We have also been making our crafts to sell at the Winter Fayre. In English we learnt about the features of a letter and wrote one to Santa. In Maths we have been learning about our numbers to 20 and place value. We are getting very good at recognising the tens and ones in a number. Children...and Teachers are excited about next week!

It's been a busy week in Year 1. We started the week with a Pantomime Visit. Children enjoyed watching Jack and the Beanstalk - they joined in with lines, singing and dancing.

We also walked to St. Mary's Church and met Father Wheeler. It was lovely hearing the Christmas story in the oldest building in Hayes. 

We have continued our English Unit on Stanley's Stick. We have been using colourful semantics to help with our writing.

Well done to everyone who took part in the Hayes treasure Hunt!

We started this week by sorting old and new toys in our history lesson. The Year 1 Children then had a visit from Chertsey Toy Museum. They were able to explore toys from the past with a range of real and replica toys from 120-60 years ago. They also looked at how different toys work and how they have changed over time.

We've also been getting ready for Christmas by decorating our classrooms!

Children have had a fantastic World Children's Day, learning about their rights! We wrote speech bubbles about our rights, played games without toys, e.g. fox and rabbit, Simon says, rock paper scissors. We made instruments using recyclable instruments and designed our own trainers.

Autumn Term 1:

It is the last week of the half term but the children have still be ever so busy. 

In English we have been using the text map to retell our explanation list on how to look after our world. Children have really enjoyed our science lessons where they have been exploring their senses. This week we explored our sense of smell and taste!

In art this week we completed our Picasso style art portraits and then evaluated them! 

Geography Day in Year 1 this week where we have been exploring Minet Country Park - thinking about both human and physical features of the park.

In math this week we have been comparing numbers. We have been finding out what numbers are greater than and less than and using the symbols. In English we have been practising our text map so we can retell the story ‘I love you Blue Kangeroo’ independently. In science we have been learning about our senses. This week we learnt about our sight and how we see. We then labelled an eye. Our map work continued in geography, were we drew our own maps of the classroom.

Thank you to all the parents and carers that attended the 'Meet the Teacher' event. We do hope you found it informative. 

Week Beginning 18.9.23

The Year 1 children impressed their teachers with their wonderful learning. They have been learning about the importance of presentation and are understanding how to take responsibility for their belongings, including their books. 

Geography has been fun this week; we went on a walk around the school grounds and found the features on our maps. We were able to read the key! 

Week Beginning 11.2.23

Year 1 children have settled into KS1 brilliantly. They are enjoying being in their new classrooms and have been impressing their teachers with their wonderful learning. This week, children have been learning about the names of body parts and labelled their own photograph. Tuesday was a fun day as the Year 1 children participated in toy day - bringing in their favourite toys from home. In Art we are beginning to learn about portraits and this week created our own! Geography was full of fun as children were learning about what an aerial view picture is and created a class messy map!

Year 1 - 2022 -2023

Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome to Year 1. We are looking forward to working in partnership with you this academic year!


Classes and Teachers

Indonesia Class: Mrs Bhambra

Cambodia Class: Mrs Bull

Japan Class: Mrs Bangard and Mrs Rehmanji

India Class: Miss Jivraj


These are our PE Days:

Indonesia Class: Wednesday and Friday

Cambodia Class: Wednesday and Friday

Japan Class: Wednesday and Thursday

India Class: Monday and Wednesday

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2022-2023

Half Termly Topic Webs

Weekly Blog

Please do visit this page, each Friday, for our weekly blog. You will find useful information, including what we have been learning during the week and important dates. There will also be links to Phonics videos.