Year 1 Blog

Precursive Handwriting

In Year One, we have been learning how to use the new handwriting scheme – precursive handwriting. You might like to practice this at home with your child. The only real difference is the guide in, which will really help when the children begin joining. You can find resources on if you would like more […]

Copper Coin Race

Thank you all for the donations of Copper Coins at the end of last term to help support our funding for the mini-pitch. It has taken a lot of counting, but Mrs Plant and her ‘Plant’s Angels’ have been working around the clock (break and lunchtimes) to count every last coin. The final total is… […]

#MiniPitch Raffle!

On Friday, all children took home a book of raffle tickets and a letter explaining about our #MiniPitch fundraising! So far, we have raised over £3,5oo and we still need to confirm the money raised from the Copper Coin Race before Easter! Our fundraising page is Please follow the page to keep updated and […]

Year One have Green Fingers!!

This afternoon, we planted the seeds for flowers – Calendula’s (left) and Lavatera’s (right). The children enjoyed getting their hands dirty, and we had lots of fun in the sun. We discussed what is needed for germination – water, oxygen and warmth. We are going to explore how a plant grows over the next couple of […]

Year One’s Children’s Mile

Yesterday we completed the Children’s mile. Due to the heat, we didn’t manage the whole mile though! The children were very impressive runners and enjoyed a celebratory Tip-Top! Year

Copper Coin Collection!

Wow-thank you for your generosity in bringing in copper coins today for our race. Well done 4H on winning, but what an epic effort by all! Thank you all so much… it may take a long time to count, but it’s very much appreciated for our mini pitch fund!  

The Much Awaited Sea Life Centre Blog

Recently, Year One ventured out to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. We had such a fantastic time! We got stuck in traffic (which is obligatory for any school trip). We split into different groups – Sharks, Jellyfish and Seahorses. These groups did different things at different times, but all got to do the same […]

1R’s Poetry Recital!

What a fabulous afternoon we have had! We had a wonderful time listening to our favourite poems today in our poetry recital.  The children were so brave to get up with the microphone and say their poems.  We were really impressed that children managed to remember their poems by heart!  Well done 1R, you should […]

Active Communications Donation

We are very pleased to share that Active Communications have donated £100 to the #MiniPitches fund! Based at 10 Unicorn Avenue, Eastern Green, we quick to support the community when we got in touch and it helps our totalizer creep towards the £1000 mark! Please visit their website for any telephone systems, computer / wireless solutions, […]

Miles 4 Money & The Children’s Mile

Dear parents / guardians,   As you may know, children within school have signed up to take part in ‘The Children’s Mile’ in association with the Coventry Half Marathon. In total, 111 children have signed up for the event! (More information will be sent to you in due course if you are taking part.)   […]

All weather pitch fund raising

Yesterday, we set up or ‘neighbourly’ page for our new all weather pitch (it’s similar to a ‘just giving’ page). Please use the link below and sign up and ‘follow’ us, as well as sharing it with your family and friends, as the higher our ‘activity score’, the more attractive we are to businesses and […]

Clubs Crazy!

At Park Hill we are clubs crazy! With 15 clubs on this half term, including dance, gym, taekwondo, basketball, tennis, table tennis, football, dodgeball and netball. In total, 217 spaces were filled which is just under 88%! Well done to all of the children who have been taking part in clubs so far. If anyone […]

A sneak preview of 1R’s assembly…

You might just learn something new! Tuesday 13th February at 9am!

The Children’s Mile!

On Tuesday, all children from Y1 to Y6 will have brought home a letter about a Children’s Mile on Sunday 18th March. The aim of the event is to increase participation in regular physical activity alongside promoting a healthy lifestyle. In addition to this, we are raising money for both the school sports pitch and […]

Go team 1R!!

Yesterday we had a crazy amount of fun working on our team-building!  One of our school values is perseverance – and we certainly did a fantastic job! The children worked together to pick up a hoop using just their fingers – they took turns to listen to each other and did not give up when […]

Fund Raising Bike Ride

As part of the fundraising for the new sports pitch, we are organising a bike ride from Park Hill to Wembley, as it is the FA who provide the majority of the cost. We would like to invite as many people as possible, no matter what their experience, to cycle the 110 miles on Saturday […]

Year One explore perseverance 

One of our school values is Perserverance. Today we explored this and teamwork through various activities.  We tried to move a large ball down a line using only our feet… This was hilarious.    We also tried to lift a hula hoop above our heads as a team, with only one finger. This was a […]

Transport freezeframes

In PE this week we have created freezeframes of transport using our bodies. We have been exploring different ways to balance in PE recently and we used what we had learned to create these.  First, we made the penny farthing. See the big wheels and the small wheels.                We then explored […]

Year One can count to 100

This week we have learned to count forwards to 100 and backwards from 100.   You might like to practice counting to and over a hundred. You might like to challenge your children, by counting to 100 in 2s, 5s, or 10s.         Your children would also love the ‘Jack Hartmann Count and Exercise’ […]

Clubs for Schools Booking – Spaces Available!



Please make sure that all children have the correct PE kit or equipment for their lessons. Since returning to school after Christmas, there have been children unprepared for their lessons, which means teachers have to find alternative activities for them to take part in. It is essential that all children bring the correct kit so they […]

Big Box Challenge!

On Thursday we had a lot of fun launching our new topic – Transport!!  In our D&T lesson, we had a special challenge to complete – we had to make our own mode of transport using junk! The children really impressed us with their designs and creations – they worked so well as a team, […]

KS1 Christmas Party

Ks1 have had a fabulous Christmas party today! We got dressed into our party outfits and went into the hall for some dancing. The teachers taught us some party dances, like Superman, Macarena, Saturday Night! Some of us won prizes for amazing dancing. Then we played pass the parcel in our houses, and we had […]

Roundabout Day

KS1 had a lovely time on their Christmas Roundabout day. There was a different activity in each classroom, and the children worked their way round. The activities included making a Christmas card, a Christmas cracker, a tree decoration and a melted snowman cookie in a box! The children all worked hard and produced some fabulous […]

2D and 3D shape

This week, Year One have been looking at shape, both 2D and 3D shape. We learnt all about 2D shapes and looked at different real life objects that are that shape.   We also learnt all about 3D shapes and again looked at different real life objects that are the same shape. If you would […]

School closed- Monday 11th December

Due to the snow, school will be closed tomorrow to ensure the safety of our children and staff. We hope the children are enjoying the weather!

Days of the Week (click click)

This week we are learning all about the days of the week. We have learnt a song all about the days of the week and what order to go in, in the tune to the Addams family. Get your child to show you! There are some games you could play at home with your children […]

Year One love being healthy!

Today in PE, we ran around the newly laid track around the bottom playground. You need to run 16 laps to run 1 mile, I don’t think we ran that far! But we did enjoy letting off some steam and getting our hearts pumping. To calm down after we did some Frozen Yoga. You might […]

1B’s Tremendous Clocks

Year One’s Maths homework this week was to create a clock, as in lessons we have been looking at telling and recording the time. We have had all sorts of clocks; penguin clocks, cat clocks, snowman clocks and lego clocks. Here are a few of my favorites –    Jimmy’s clock was very Jimmy. The […]

Our fantastic playground

What an exciting day we had yesterday! The children really enjoyed the new markings on the KS1 playground. We would like to say another huge THANK YOU to the PTA for supporting this, and of course to all parents at Park Hill for supporting PTA events, meaning that projects like this are possible.

Read Write Inc. Parents meeting

This evening, Miss Norcliffe has explained and described RWI lessons and how children learn Phonics at Park Hill. It was great to see so many parents attend, supported by many of the KS1 and Earky Years teachers. We hope you have a clear understanding of our phonics teaching, and have some useful tips as to […]

Parking – Sign the petition!

The Governors and I are always trying to look for ways to make our school as safe as possible for children and families. Road Safety is high on the agenda. We have been liaising with Local Councilors to raise aware of road safety outside of school. Ward Cllrs we have also been approached by parents […]

SPENCER – Half term Champions!

Tomorrow morning, Spencer will be celebrating their first victory of the year (and the first of many!), when they watch the Lego Batman Movie!  

Pumpkin competition winners

thank you for all of your entries… here are the winners!      

KS1 Fireworks

On Wednesday, the children in KS1 had a fantastic afternoon taking part in our firework party. We had hot dogs…with ketchup!! Watched lots of fantastic fireworks and then came back inside for chocolate and strawberry milkshake 🙂 It was a great afternoon; it has created lots of fantastic conversation and I am sure will be […]

Halloween fun

thank you to all of the children who entered the PTA pumpkin competition. Mrs Timms was extremely happy to see so many entries (and it even scared some of us every time we walked past!). The winners will be revealed in Friday’s star of the week assembly.

Happy Halloween from 1R!

We have had such fun today taking part in a fine-motor carousel…Halloween themed, of course!  We made some tasty treats, including marshmallow eyeballs (yummy?!) and spider biscuits, and made some fantastically spooky Halloween masks!  What do you think?!    

Year One’s Diwa Lamps

This week, we learnt about Diwali.  To celebrate, we made our very own Diwa lamps using salt dough!  We loved moulding our lamps and drew patterns on them using cocktail sticks.  Once they had hardened, we decorated them with paint and sequins.  We made careful, colourful patterns.  We think they look fabulous! What do you […]

Tasty Jam Sandwiches

Today Year One explored both writing instructions and sequencing events, in both Maths and English. We learnt how to make Jam Sandwiches. Then wrote instructions about how to make them and sequenced pictures. We had such fun and the sandwiches were so yummy.


With October being International Dyslexia Awareness Month and having just passed the British Dyslexia Associations Dyslexia Awareness week now felt like the right time to start our series of blog posts outlining information about the various different types of needs some of our children might commonly experience in schools. In the UK, on average, 1 […]

Rock Star Year One \m/

Today we had a very special visit from Rock Steady. Tommy introduced use to all of the elements for a cool band! We even got to make up our own band, with Maddison-Mae on drums, Tife and Cooper on the Keyboard, Ollie on the Guitar and Taylor and Dylan on the microphone (vocals). We learnt […]

Diwali – Diwa Lamp Craft

On Thursday, it is Diwali. So this week we have learnt all about the story of Diwali and why it is important to Hindus. We we have learnt all about the story of Rama and Sita, and why the festival is called the ‘festival of lights’. This is to show Rama and Sita back to […]

Fire, Fire!

We had some special visitors on Wednesday…the fire fighters from Canley Fire Station came to visit us in their fire engine! We have absolutely loved our topic of ‘The Great Fire Of London’.  A couple of weeks ago we made our own houses from 1666, which we decorated with paint.  The fire fighters lined up […]

Changing Reading Books in 1B!

From next week, week 7 – we will be changing the way we change your child’s reading book. We will be changing them every week and hearing them read once a fortnight. The days for changing reading books are as follows – Monday – Super Snakes and Genius Giraffes Wednesday – Terrific Tigers Thursday –  […]

1B’s writer of the week 5 is…

Tife! The standard of writing this week has been very high, but Tife has impressed me with her amazing narrative and punctuation. We are excited to start exploring traditional tales next week, with the Little Red Riding Hood!

Dough Disco

As one of our funky finger interventions, some of Year One are doing Dough Disco! This is a fun activity which involves dancing with play dough to improve hand strength, thus pencil control and handwriting. Please find below some links about Dough Disco and how you can help your child at home –

Rocksteady assembly

    Today, we’ve had Tommy from Rocksteady telling us all about his musical instruments and how they work. We’ve had some great fun! 

Year One’s new PE kit

Look at how great the Staff look in their new PE kit, with all of the other 1B children in their house. GO QUINTON!

Year One learnt a new song in Music today!

Today we learnt a song all about our new topic: The Great Fire of London. Please find the link below for you to practice the words and the signs at home. Be warned: it is really catchy!

Reading – the key to success?

I remember some of my earliest experiences of books, sitting on the floor of my school library surrounded by choices and not knowing where to start! The anticipation of choosing a new book and using that ‘5 finger rule‘ to check that I would be able to read it fluently enough that I could enjoy it. […]

What a fabulous start to Year One!

We have had such a good week in 1B, really settling into more structured learning and into our new classroom, with new teaching staff. This week, we introduced the topic for the Autumn term – ‘The Great Fire of London’. The children have loved coming up with enquiry questions for our new topic and starting […]

1R’s First Week

Wow! What an amazing week we have had. The children have really impressed us with how much they have grown-up over the holidays. They are becoming much more independent and have worked so hard this week, adapting well to the new routine. The children have really enjoyed getting to know our new TA, Miss O’Hara, […]

Great Fire of London

It was great to visit the Year 1 children this afternoon as they settled to some artwork. Their new topic is ‘The Great Fire of London’ and as part of this, they will draw and paint some ‘tall buildings’. I am looking forward to seeing these masterpieces Year 1.

1B’s First Day Back at School

Welcome to Year One. Today we had lots of fun. We looked at the class rules and had lots of  free flow learning time – where we can choose what we learn about. We talked all about our holidays and did some fabulous writing about them. The children love all of the new things! A […]

Mrs Rosser’s Summer Holiday

During the summer holidays I spent some time moving into my new Year One classroom.  I had a lot of fun making the classroom an exciting learning environment. I had a great time visiting various places around the UK.  I went to Wales and visited a beautiful village called Solva near St. Davids.  I enjoyed […]

Miss Broome’s Summer Holiday

Over the summer holidays, I have prepared my classroom for the year – getting resources ready and putting up displays. I went on holiday to Majorca and Wales, one was 35 degrees, the other a lot colder, I’ll let you guess which one is which! But both equally beautiful. I have made it my mission […]

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