Carlton Junior and Infant School


Welcome to Year 1 

My name is Miss Hewitt and I am the new class teacher for Year 1.

Everyone at Carlton has made me feel extremely welcome, from parents and children, to staff.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for their continued support. Myself and the children have had a fantastic start in Year 1, and very much look forward to the rest of the year.

Every week this class page will be updated with photos and examples of work from the children, so that you can see exactly what your children are learning.



Phonics Screening

 Wow! All the children in Year 1 have done a fantastic job in their phonics tests this week.

The effort from both the children and the parents this year has been super. Your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed.  


The children have been caring for and tending to their sunflowers for many weeks now.

Finally, this week the children have had the opportunity to take their sunflowers home to continue their growing.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the sunflowers grow and seeing the heads. I can’t wait for the children to bring photos in so we can see who’s sunflower is the tallest.

The children have been caring for and tending to their sunflowers for many weeks now.

Finally, this week the children have had the opportunity to take their sunflowers home to continue their growing.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the sunflowers grow and seeing the heads. I can’t wait for the children to bring photos in so we can see who’s sunflower is the tallest.


We have had a very busy week in Year1 with our learning. We have started our new topic looking at Pirates. We started this off by making predictions and building on our prior knowledge as to what we thought pirates were like. The children used some fantastic adjectives to help describe what they thought pirates were like.

We have also kick started our learning around plants and trees in science. We took full advantage of the nice weather and went outside to plant sunflower seeds. We are now closely watching to see whose sunflower will start growing first. Linking to this, the children did some amazing sunflower artwork with Mrs Monteith. They looked closely at the different parts of the flower and can name the main parts (stem, roots, leaf, and petal) 





Today, at Carlton, we had a special visit from Ian's Mobile Farm.  The children were very excited to see all the different animals, such as, goats, rabbits, llamas, a tortoise and many more.  Year 1 had the chance to go up to the farm to see and pet the animals.  They also got to "milk" a makeshift cow and feed the baby goats.

The children really enjoyed themselves.











This week in Science we finally tested to see which of your homemade boats could float. First, fantastic effort from the children who took part and completed their homework task. The children thoroughly enjoyed predicting and tested the boats to see which would successfully float. This concluded our science topic on materials. Congratulations to the winners!!!

Can I take this opportunity to remind parents that homework is an extension of learning from school to home. You will all receive the children’s holiday homework this week. It is vital the children continue to practice their phonics words previously sent home. Not long now until the Phonics screening test. Any problems don’t hesitate to come and see me.






This week we have been lucky enough that Mrs Motely has spent some time down in year 1. She worked with the children one afternoon in discussing feelings and how to manage different emotions they may be feeling. On her second visit, she played a memory game where the children had to work together.

In maths today we started looking at halves and quarters. The children have started by halving a jaffa cake and cutting a piece of cake into quarters. You can support your child’s learning this week by encouraging them to cut food into halves and quarters, encouraging the discussion about the pieces being equal.




Year 1 Library Visit

Year 1 have had a fantastic morning at Dewsbury Library. Below are pictures of some of the children with their superhero masks. I was overwhelmed with the amount of children who wanted to join the library and who will be taking their new membership cards home today. I hope you all have very enjoyable trips to come in the future




Today we have started our new topic in English. We are going to be looking at ‘Why elephant’s ears are so big’. The end goal is to write a report on elephants, so today we started by writing simple sentences about elephants that we already knew.

I want to say thank you and well done to the parents who have made fantastic models for part of the homework. The time and effort you must have put in is evident.  A reminder that homework is an extension of the learning in the classroom.

Also a big well done to the children who took it upon themselves to write about all the fun they had in the snow. Both I and the children really enjoyed listening to what they got up to during their snow days.

A quick reminder to keep practising your phonics sounds and alien words at home. I am already seeing huge improvements so keep it up!



WOW! What a fantastic day year 1 had as part of our fairy tale day. The costumes were fantastic, so thank you to all the parents’ hard work and commitment, it does not go unnoticed.

The children started their fun filled day with an English lesson centred around ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and the children learnt and sang a song to act out the sequence of events from the story.

In maths, the children tested  their ability to work as a group as little groups had 2 minutes to solve word problems based on their favourite fairy tales, focussing on addition and subtraction problems.

In the afternoon, the children had a carousel of activities planned that included making a moving gingerbread man picture, decorating and tasting gingerbread man biscuits and they re-enacted the story of the Gingerbread Man. 










This week we have done some fantastic writing. We have started to write our own version of Little Red Riding, using super adjectives to describe the setting. We have also written a letter to The Queen, and we hope for a reply. As you can see the two examples are amazing, and I really hope we keep this up.



First, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the parents that attended school with their child this week. It was fantastic to see you all supporting your child, and to receive amazing feedback, so thank you!

What a busy week we have had this week. As you can see from the photos, the children have been learning all about British coins and towards the end of the week, the children were able to role-play shops, paying for items on the price tag and giving change. They even challenged themselves to writing addition number sentences using the coins.

The children have also been learning all about the days of the week and months of the year with Mrs Monteith.  By the end of the year, the children need to be able to write the days and months in the correct order. Mrs Monteith created calendar wheels with the children in Art/ D.T to help them see the order.






This week in maths, the children have been learning all about 2D shapes. We did lots of activities based around learning about the shapes corners and sides. We ended the week by using our knowledge of 2D shapes to make 2D aliens and monsters. You can see a few from the pictures.


In topic this half term, the children have been looking at Queen Elizabeth 11. We did a writing activity to see what the children had learnt and could remember so far. As you can see from their writing, they could recall many facts about The Queen. The children are really engaged and really enjoying learning about her. 




This week in maths, the children have been learning all about weighing using grams and kilograms. We decided it would be a good idea to let them experience weighing ingredients for their selves during a baking session with Mrs Mahater. They made flapjack with her and then in the afternoon we had a taste test. As you can see from the pictures, I think you would agree that they thoroughly enjoyed it!!   







Welcome back to school and a Happy New Year!

What a fantastic start to 2018! I have uploaded a few pictures of the amazing boat entries we have had for our competition. Both the children and staff members are very excited to test them later in the term and see which ones manage to float.

This week in English we have been focusing on the fairy tale story ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ The children have really enjoyed the story and the activities that have accompanied this. We started by ordering the sequence of the story looking at the beginning, middle and end. We are now starting our second week of work by focussing on adjectives, characters and settings.










This week we have been very busy in Year 1. In English we continued with our angry looking snowman, but this week we have looked at writing story openers for a story based on his character. The children really enjoyed using openers like ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘A long time ago’. The end of the week was a busy day dressing up for National Christmas Jumper day. The support from Year 1 was fantastic, well done. We then headed to the fair where all the children had a bounce on the bouncy castle which was lots of fun.

We have another busy week in the run up to the holidays.




This week the children have been looking at using adjectives to describe the character in their story. When using adjectives, the children think about their five senses to help come up with fantastic descriptive words. The children have also been learning this week about the prefix –un. They then tried to use the –un words they had learnt in describing their snowman. They came up with words such as: unhappy, unstable and unfriendly.




This week in Year 1, I have uploaded some pictures from the Bikeability afternoon the children had chance to participate in. They all really enjoyed their afternoon.

The children have been on an Autumn walk this week to look at the changes in Autumn and Winter which is our Science topic at the moment. We found lots of red, brown and orange leaves, as well as discovering a nest high in a tree.

In the children’s topic, they have been looking at houses around the world. There are pictures of the children using different materials to make igloos, houses from Antarctica.