Otterbourne Church of England
Primary School

With God's love, all are encouraged to thrive

Year 1 - Koala and Panda Class

Welcome to Year One - Pandas and Koalas


Panda Class:

Miss Whitbread (Monday - Wednesday) - Class Teacher

Mrs Northam (Thursday - Friday) - Class Teacher

Mrs Hunter-Jobbins - LSA


Koala Class:

Mrs Smith - Class Teacher

Mrs Pamphlett - LSA

Miss Bellerby - LSA


Our PE days are Mondays and Thursdays. Please have PE kits in school every day.


Our library day is a Friday. Please bring books back on that day.


Book bags need to be in school every day as your child will read and change their books throughout the week.



Autumn 1 - Week 3


This week, in Bug Club Phonics, the children learnt the two digraphs 'wh' and 'ph.


In English, the children learnt about speech bubbles and wrote inside some to show Kevin the Koala's thoughts from the book we are focusing on.


In maths, we focused on partitioning numbers and used the terms 'whole' and 'parts'.


The children loved joining in another R and R PE session where they worked in partners and small groups to build on their teamwork skills.


The children reminded themselves of left and right in Geography and practised using directional language to direct each other. 


The children enjoyed creating their own playgrounds in DT.


Please help your children to remember to bring their library books on Fridays :)

Autumn 1 Week 2 


Another busy week in Year One. The children have enjoyed learning how to stand and aim and work in teams during their second session with R&R. 


In English and phonics they have continued to amaze us with their adjectives, writing a persuasive letter and writing Phase 4 tricky words - next week, we will start phase 5 phonics. 


Maths this week has seen the children developing their mathematical language (equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least) and use it when comparing amounts. Today, we looked at sequencing the day and the children were confident (and keen) to discuss their daily routines.  Throughout the day, we continue to practise our number recognition, counting in 10s and identifying numbers which are one more or one less than a given number. 


During DT, the children were brilliant at working together and making playgrounds. We looked back at some of the playground pictures you kindly sent and discussed what we thought made stable equipment. They then went off to design and construct their own. 


We started music this week and concentrated on rhythm and pulse. The children enjoyed saying their name and clapping to the rhythm, as well as finding taking turns singing their favourite food hilarious! 


The children were introduced to Spelling Shed and will be able to continue practising Phase 4 tricky words from Monday. 

Autumn 1 Week 2

Autumn 1 Week 1


The children have had a super first week in Year One! They have settled back into school really well and have enjoyed exploring their new learning environment.


This week, the children have been consolidating the Phase 4 phonics in our Bug Club lessons and have been learning about adjectives and settings through our story in English, The Koala Who Could. In Maths, we have been counting in tens and using number lines to find one more and one less. To extend our learning, we have also been solving word problems.


We had a great time with R and R on Monday and loved meeting Coach Aiden and Coach Ash who taught us throwing and catching skills as well as helping us work in teams.


Binky Bear supported our Geography work! We loved the story and looking at the pictures in a familiar setting. We realised the book was set in Winchester. This led to us exploring maps and finding out more about where countries are located.


In Science, we learnt about what factors make an object living, non-living or dead. We explored different ways to present our findings which included using hoops and drawing tables. 


We explored our environment for technology in Computing as well as thinking about our star qualities in PSHE.


Learning Around the Room time is really enjoyed by all the children and they are very keen to collect their rainbow lolly sticks when they have completed challenges. 


We are looking forward to another week of learning and discovering next week!


Year One Team

A busy first week in Year 1

Please come back and visit these pages throughout the year to see a selection of photos and details of what the children are learning in Year 1.