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Cardinal Road Nursery & Infant School

‘Creating Opportunities’

Spring 1

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school. Our topic this term is Celebrations. We are looking forward to the children sharing lots of their different celebrations with us. We have been busy this week planning our launch - a New Years Party!!! We have lots to get ready; preparing the food, making decorations and writing the invitations. We hope everyone remembers their party clothes on Friday.

Jack and the Beanstalk

We were really lucky to be able to start the year with a pantomine. The children loved the show and it gave lots of them a chance to experience something they hadn't seen before. They were certainly buzzing about it. The story was a little bit different from the Traditional story of Jack and the beanstalk with several new characters. Can you ask your children to tell you the story? What was their favourite part?

Topic: Celebrations

Our topic for this half term is Celebrations. We have had a fantastic launch to this topic: A New Years party!

We worked hard to prepare everything for our party. We made a class list of everything that we would need and then started to get it ready.

  • We brought in our party clothes ready for the party
  • We made decorations for the classroom and hall
  • We wrote invitations to our classmates
  • We made a tasty cake for us all to share
  • We made sandwiches and decorated biscuits
  • We shared our favourite songs and voted for the best ones for dancing.

The party was a big success and we are all very tired now.

3D shapes

Year 1 have been learning about 3D shapes. We have been doing lots of naming and describing shapes and have been out and about on a shape hunt. We have started to ask and answer questions about different shapes. For example:

  • Would a cone make a good wheel?
  • Can we play football with a cube?
  • Would you use a pyramid for the base of a castle?
  • Where would you see a triangular prism?

Can you think of any more questions about 3D shapes?

We have also been thinking about what we can build with 3D shapes.


Place Value

We have been learning about the value of each digit in a number. How is 24 different from 42? We used tens and units to help make these amounts and order them from least to most.


We have been working hard in gymnastics, developing our movements and practising holding tense shapes with our bodies. Can you stretch into a high shape? Don't forget to hold it! We have been exploring how to move with the equipment.

  • Can you see us going under and over?
  • Can you see us travelling in different ways?

We are becoming experts at linking our movements together.


We have been exploring different areas of measure in maths. We have used balance scales to compare weight and we have been using rulers and tape measures to measure height and length. The children loved the tape measure and were very keen to measure each other and the objects in the classroom.

What could you measure at home?

Who is the tallest in your family?

How heavy is your favourite toy?

Trees in Winter

In year 1 we have started looking at the difference between deciduous trees and evergreen trees.

What trees can you name? Are they deciduous or evergreen? 

Did you decorate an evergreen tree for Christmas? Did you see any wreaths made from holly?

We discovered that many of the evergreen trees have needle shaped leaves that are very prickly. We explored the trees in our playground, in winter it's very easy to see which trees are deciduous and which are evergreen. We will have to go back in spring and summer to compare the leaves as they grow on the deciduous trees.

Can you tell which trees are deciduous and which are evergreen?

Which is the most common in Cardinal Road School playground?

What other trees do you see around Feltham?

This sorting activity helped us to look at the differences between the leaves and helped us to name some common trees. Do you recognise these leaves? Can you see the differences?

Money! Money! Money!


Year 1 have been learning about money. We have identified British coins and talked about the value of each coin. We have used coins to make different amounts. Can you help us to practise our money knowledge by counting the money in our piggy bank or letting us count the coins when you're in the shops.



Can you tell the time on an analog clock? Year 1 have started to look at clocks. Did you know the 12 is always at the top? We can name the hour hand and the minute hand.

  • Which direction do the clock hands turn?
  • What time do you have dinner?
  • What time are you meeting your friends?
  • What do you do at 9 o'clock?
  • What do you do at half past 3?

Help us to tell the time by looking at the clock and noting what time is it.