Kingfishers – Year 1

Welcome to Kingfishers 

We are a Year 1 class.

Our class teacher is Miss Parsons


Our Learning Support Assistant is Miss Pastorelli. 

Y1 topics 2020-21

Current Newsletter: 30. Year 1 Newsletter 12.7.21

Our current topic is: Adrift



Hello Kingfishers,

Well that is the end of our learning from home for this week. I have been amazed at the lovely work that has been sent in.

I would like to say a big thank you to all of the grown ups for all of their support. You have been amazing and the children couldn’t have done it without you!

Next week is our final week of our Adrift topic. We will be looking some more at human and physical features and evaluating how well your boats floated at home!

For homework this week, we would like you to create a Pirate Mash cam on Purple Mash. Put yourself in the role of a pirate (you can even take a photograph to make you look like a pirate!) Use the thought bubble to show what your pirate is thinking. Remember some of the words that we have learned over the past 3 weeks, ahoy Kingfishers!

Have a well deserved and relaxing weekend!

Miss Parsons




Hi Kingfishers,

Well done for another super week!

This week’s homework is to log on to Bug Club and read Dixie’s Pocket Zoo: Brave the Waves. When you have finished your job is to draw a picture of you playing with your favourite toy. Write two sentences to say what you like to do. I have set this up as a portfolio activity.

Don’t forget that next week we have the Everton sports coaches in school. Your child needs to come to school in their sports kit and bring their uniform with them to get changed after the session. It sounds like it will be super fun!

Have a lovely weekend and let’s hope for some sunny weather!

Miss Parsons




Hello Kingfishers,

We have had another lovely week with lots of fun learning in the sunshine!

I was very pleased that you enjoyed the trip to Church Farm and have enjoyed listening to your favourite animals. Next week we are continuing with our topic of Adrift and have an exciting sports morning on Wednesday with Mrs Ridehalgh. Please ensure that your child has their indoor PE kit with them and a bottle of water.

Homework this week is on Purple Mash. It is a quiz on different ways to pay with coins. Remember to count in 2s, 5s and 10s!

Just a final reminder for pictures of the children as babies as well. These are needed for Tuesday, and once we have seen them they are going straight back home again. It is to see how the children have changed as part of our work on growing.

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday morning for a fun week of learning!

Miss Parsons



What a fantastic week! We have learned lots of new things from Kate Chesters and her artwork to creating our own stories about a magical piece of clothing.

Next week we will be thinking about our farm trip. For homework on Purple Mash could the children write about their favourite farm animal. Don’t forget to read the checklist for information you might want to include.

Our PE days have changed and are now a Wednesday and Thursday. As the weather is getting warmer, please make sure that your child has their shorts and t-shirt at all times. Your child will be coming home in their kit every other Tuesday.

Have the best weekend and stay safe in the sunshine!

Miss Parsons




Hello Kingfishers,

During the school holiday it is important to keep reading. For your homework this week we would like to see a photograph of somewhere unusual that you have been reading a book or a comic. This may be on a beach, in a den or under a tree! The list is endless! We look forward to seeing your photographs.

Our topic when we return is Kate Chester.

Have a happy and safe holiday! We return to school on Monday 7th June. I look forward to hearing all if your exciting news!

Happy holidays!

Miss Parsons



Hello Kingfishers,

Another lovely week!

This week we have been learning about the importance of Mental Health and looking after ourselves. The Kingfishers have created some lovely blue tulips in to celebrate positive mental health, they are in our class window for everyone to see!

We have had a very exciting week with our caterpillars, they have started to change and we have had one butterfly emerge. We released Munchie on the playground this afternoon, it was so lovely to see how kind and caring the Kingfishers are and we hope that he is happy doing what he does best… MUNCHING!

As we have been thinking about our mental health this week – what it is and what tools we can use to help us when we do not feel good. Our focus has been nature and the outdoors. For this week our homework is on Purple Mash, and it is to create a poster showing 5 things that make you happy.

Don’t forget that if your child would like to sign up for Basketball club, the form has been sent out via Google Forms and needs to be returned by 9am on Tuesday 18th May.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Parsons

22. Year 1 Newsletter 3.5.21

23. Year 1 Newsletter 10.5.21


Well done Kingfishers! You have worked very hard this week and we have had a lovely week of learning.

Next week our topic changes to Greenfingers.

This week in maths we have been looking at different ways we can measure. For homework this week there are three 2Dos that look at measuring length, capacity and weight.

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!


21. Year 1 Newsletter 26.4.21


Hello Kingfishers,

In class we have been looking at the different parts of a plant in Science, as well as looking after our caterpillars.
As we have been nature explorers our homework is going to be nature based as well! In the 2Dos on Purple Mash there is a plant labelling game and also an activity to describe the life cycle of a butterfly. Spellings are included on the newsletter.

Have a fantastic weekend and I will see you all on Tuesday!

Miss Parsons


20. Year 1 Newsletter 19.4.21


Hi Kingfishers,

We have had another exciting week learning about Australia. From learning about Aboriginal art work to seeing a real didgeridoo – wow! Next week our topic changes to Sports People. We will be learning all about significant people and how they have had an impact on present day sporting events, as well as designing our own medal!

Our friendly caterpillars have grown lots over this week and we have also named each of them. A big welcome to Munchie, Lewis, Sunny, Chip and Jeffery! I wonder how much they will grow over the weekend?

Next week we are having a Healthy Lifestyles meeting via Zoom. We discuss issues such as parking, healthy eating and much more. If this is something that you would be interested in, please return the Google form that was sent out. Thank you!

As the weather is getting warmer, please ensure that your child has a water bottle with them everyday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Parsons

19. Year 1 Newsletter 12.4.21


Hello Kingfishers,

What a super first week to start our Summer term! You have all settled back into school so well.

This week we have been learning about Australia. We already know that it the UK would fit inside Australia 22 times!

We have had some lovely guests arrive to stay with us this week… We now have a very wriggly group of caterpillars staying with us in Kingfishers! We have enjoyed watching them grow this week and have already noticed lots of changes in their appearance. I wonder how much they will grow over the weekend? I can’t wait to see on Monday!

Our P.E days are now Tuesday, Wednesday and every other Thursday. 


Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Parsons


18. Year 1 Newsletter 22.3.21


Hello Kingfishers,

Well done for making it to the end of what has been a very strange term! I am so proud of you all and how you have adapted to returning to school (or being back in our classroom if you were attending during lockdown!)

We have completed lots of lovely things in the last three weeks, from learning about our local woodland areas to Queen Victoria and how her real name wasn’t even Victoria! It has been a pleasure having you all back.

Have a delightful Spring break, fingers crossed for some sunny weather! I can’t wait to hear what you have been up to (I can imagine I will have lots of mischeveous moments from Bodhi and Winter too).


Miss Parsons











Newsletter – Friday 12th March 2021

17 Year 1  Newsletter 15.3.21


Hi Kingfishers,

What a week!

Well done to you all! You have settled back in very well and we have had a wonderful week. It has been lovely hearing all of your home learning news and you have all grown since I last saw you.

Next week we carry on with our Woodland topic. We really enjoyed learning about map reading this week and will be creating our own map symbol next week.

Quick reminders

  • PE days are Monday and Thursday. Both your child’s indoor and outdoor PE kits need to be in school at all times.
  • Every other Thursday, your child will come home in their outdoor PE kit.
  • If your child has not had their reading book in this week, please send it in on Monday or let me know if it has been lost.
  • Please send your child in with a water bottle with a sports cap. This needs to be filled with plain water, no juice or flavoured water please.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Parsons



Hello Kingfishers,

I would just like to say a big well done to all of you, both adults and children! This term has not been the one we have expected, but you have worked so hard and I am very proud of you all. It has been a delight seeing all of your home learning, however I am extremely excited to see all of your smiling faces again!

You may feel happy, excited or worried about returning to school. Just know school looks very similar to how you left it in January, however we have a lovely new reading area in our classroom.

Have a lovely weekend (fingers crossed for some more sunny weather).

I will be at our classroom door awaiting your arrival on Monday! ☺️













Newsletter – Friday 5th March 2021

16 Year 1 Newsletter 8.3.21



Hello Kingfishers,

I hope that you are all having a lovely time completing your learning from home. I would like to say how proud I am of you all and really enjoy looking at your brilliant work. A big well done to all of the children (and adults) – keep up the fantastic work!

I have missed hearing all of your stories and news (I also have lots of Bodhi and Winter stories to tell you all). I hope to see you all very soon!

Our topic over the next two weeks is Saving Our World. We will be learning about our environment and what we can do to look after it.

Quick reminder that we are having Zoom Reading sessions on Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. The form was sent out via email and closes at the end of today (22.2.21). I can’t wait to hear you all read!

If you are having any issues with home learning, you can send a message via ClassDojo.

Keep being brilliant,

Miss Parsons














Dear Kingfishers,

Happy New Year to all of the Kingfisher families!

It has been delightful seeing all of your work and videos that have been handed in throughout this week. I hope that you are having lots of fun completing your school activities at home and I am so proud of you all! If you are having any problems accessing online learning, then please let us know.

To the children who are in school, we have had a wonderful week and you have been fantastic. Well done!

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing your fantastic work next week!

Miss Parsons

P.S. Bodhi and Winter are being as mischievous as ever, I can’t wait to tell you what they have been up to!



Using X box or PlayStation to access remote learning

If you are having problems accessing online/ remote learning and have an X box or PlayStation you can click on the link below. This will help you get online and help you access the remote learning set by school if you do not have a suitable device such as tablet or laptop.

Remote Learning via PlayStation 4 or Xbox One



Newsletter – Friday 18th December 

15 Year 1 Newsletter 4.1.21



Hello Kingfishers,

What a fantastic first term we have had. You have been amazing and adapted to Year 1 so well.

We have had a fantastic week from our Christmas show, to a special lunch and party day – how exciting!

There are some Maths and English activities on ClassDojo if you wish to complete work over the Christmas period. They are voluntary and do not need to be sent in or uploaded to ClassDojo.

Thank you for all of the support you have given since September and for such lovely gifts. They are much appreciated!

Merry Christmas Kingfishers (I hope you enjoy watching our Christmas show!) We return to school on Monday 4th January.

Miss Parsons


This afternoon we had a Christmas Selfie Station, some of the Kingfishers really enjoyed using the props and taking their photo!



Newsletter – Friday 18th December 

15 Year 1 Newsletter 4.1.21


Our Christmas lunch


A Magical Christmas by Kingfishers                                                                                 


Please find your link to the class performance of ‘A Magical Christmas’.

The password will be sent out in a separate email and also via message on ClassDojo.

Please remember that images and videos of the performance should not be shared on social media or anywhere else online.

We hope that you enjoy watching the show together as a family.

Merry Christmas!


Our current topic is: Polar Regions Y1

This is what we will be learning about this half term: Year 1 Autumn 2 2020


Newsletter – Friday 11th December 

14 Year 1 Newsletter 14.12.20



Hi Kingfishers,

What an exciting week we have had and only 3 more sleeps until our Christmas show (I know you are going to be AMAZING!)

If your child doesn’t have their PE kit in school, please bring it in on Monday as they will need their pumps to wear with their costume. Thank you!

This week we have learned about the history of the Christmas tree and completed lots of lovely Christmas activities. Next week we will be continuing with our Celebration topic and learning all about the Christmas story.

Next week we are going to be very busy as we have lots of exciting events planned! We are going to be watching a Pantomime, have our Christmas Party Day and lots of other fun activities! Reminder – your child can wear their own clothes on Thursday 17th December.





Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Parsons



These are the special visitors that came to see us on Monday. Elf Eowed and Elf Hazelnut brought Disco and Honey to see the children at Sudley Infants! We had a lovely time learning all about them and how they are in training to help Santa Claus!





Hello Kingfishers,

Well done on a great week!

We have been very busy practising our Christmas show and are ready to practise in our costumes next week. How exciting!

Don’t forget that you can buy your child’s Christmas tree decoration for 50p. They are fantastic!

Monday is Christmas jumper day, your child can come to school wearing a Christmas jumper with their school skirt or trousers. We ask for a voluntary contribution of £1 to go to Garston Food Bank. Thank you for your support! We also have some very interesting visitors to school on Monday – not only have we got the reindeer coming but they may also bring a very important guest with them! I wonder who it could be?

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Parsons

P.S. I can’t wait to tell you all about Winter – she is a very mischievous pup!



Newsletter – Friday 4th December 

13 Year 1 Newsletter 7.12.20



What a fantastic day at Elf School!

The Kingfisher elves worked very hard and completed all of their elf missions. We enjoyed elf crafts, elf tree decorating, elf dancing and we also watched Arthur Christmas.

Throughout the day, children were given prizes for acts of kindness and for being super! Well done to all of the children who won a prize. Don’t worry if you didn’t, you still have a chance to win special Christmas stickers throughout the rest of the week for being kind Kingfishers. We may even have a little visitor tomorrow – how exciting!

Well done for being fantastic elves!

See you tomorrow,

Elf Parsons, over and out!


Our Prize Winners 















Decorating tree decorations 










Hello Kingfishers,

Well done on fantastic week! We have practised our Christmas show and it is nearly time for us to perform it. You are doing so well!

Next week we continue with our Polar Regions topic, we have already learned so much. Can you remember who Ernest Shackleton is and where he went on his expedition?

On Monday I need the help of all of the Kingfisher elves. We have very important missions to do (and there may be prizes to be won!) So, Kingfisher elves – report for duty!

Have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Parsons (AKA Elf Parsons)




Newsletter – Friday 27th November 

12 Year 1 Newsletter 30.11.20


Newsletter – Friday 20th November 

11 Year 1 Newsletter 23.11.20

Hello Kingfishers,

What an exciting week we have had! Lots of practising our Christmas show (we can’t wait to perform it!)

Next week out topic changes to Polar Regions. We will be learning about lots of new and exciting things (I may even show you a picture of Bodhi in his reindeer antlers – it is very funny!)

Our homework this week is to go on a shape hunt! Go exploring in your house and/or garden and see what shapes you can find! Please do not feel you have to complete the worksheet that has been uploaded via ClassDojo, it is attached as a guide if you would like to complete it or give to you some ideas.

A letter regarding costumes went home today, if your child did not receive one, it is because their costume has been provided by school. Thank you!

Have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Parsons


Newsletter – Friday 13th November 

10 Year 1 Newsletter 16.11.20


Hello Kingfishers,

Next week it is World Nursery Rhyme Week! For homework you are to learn and perform a nursery rhyme. You can take a short video for your ClassDojo portfolio, perform to people in your household or perform it in your class.

We have had a lovely day for Children in Need. Playing Beat the Goalie was so much fun. A big thank you to Mrs Gallers who was our goalie! Thank you so much for your donations.

Next week we will be full steam ahead with our Christmas show. If your child has lines, please practise them at home. If they do not have lines, they are a dancer and will be learning it in school.

Have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Parsons


Newsletter – Friday 6th November 2020

9 Year 1 Newsletter 9.11.20


Walk to School week information

Walk To School Letter Nov 2020



Hi Kingfishers,

What a super first week back we have had. We have done lots of learning from properties of different materials to verbs. You have been amazing!

Next week we continue to learn about our All Around Us topic, as well as lots of other fun activities.

Next week is Walk to School week. We encourage all children to walk to school or park a little further away and walk the rest of the journey. Your child has been given a bookmark, they can bring this to school on Monday where they will receive a sticker for each day of walking. The winning class wins the amazing Golden Shoe award – how exciting!

As well as Walk to School week, we are support Children in Need on Friday 13th November. Your child can come in to school in sports clothes or wearing a football kit for a contribution of £1. Additionally, they can have a go of ‘Beat the Goalie’ for £1. Thank you for your support!

Homework this week is on Purple Mash. Please remember to click ‘hand in’ so that your child’s work can be marked. Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Parsons



Hello Kingfishers,

Hope you have had a super week! I have enjoyed looking at all of your Autumn pictures and can’t wait to hear about your lovely walks.







Our topic for the next 3 weeks is All Around Us.

Our PE days are still the same; Monday and Thursday each week. Your child will continue to come home in their outdoor PE kit every other week (Wednesday).

See you tomorrow,

Miss Parsons






Please use this link to add yourself to our class.

Once the parent account has been set up you can link your child to your account.


Our class birthday party –




And the winner is…



Autumn/Halloween hat competition – 








Newsletter – Friday 23rd October 

8 Year 1 Newsletter 2.11.20



Hello Kingfishers,

What a fantastic day we have had today! Our class birthday party was amazing and you all looked wonderful in your hats.

I hope you have a fantastic week off school and do lots of lovely activities with your families. Remember to listen to your adults and have lots of fun!

See you soon,

Miss Parsons



Newsletter – Friday 16th October

Y1 newsletter 19.10.2020


Hello Kingfishers,

What a super week to finish our Author topic!

Next week our topic is Weather. We will be looking at the weather in England and all over the world. Let’s hope for some sunshine!

On Friday we will be having a special non-curriculum day. The theme is ‘class birthday party’, how exciting! We will be making party hats, playing party games and most importantly… having FUN!

As well as that, SIPFA have arranged a Design a Hat event. All information is attached here; Design a Hat

Homework –

Our topic this week is weather.  Look at your 2Dos on Purple Mash, write a weather report for a day over the weekend using the Mash Cam.
Or you can draw a picture of the weather for a day over the weekend and a write a weather report.  Ask your grown up to send a photo of it to your teacher on Class Dojo.


Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Parsons


Newsletter – Friday 9th October 

6 Year 1 Newsletter 12.10.20




Hi Kingfishers,

What an amazing week we have had! You have learned lots about Tom Fletcher and his books – you even became authors and created your own zig-zag book.

Next week we continue to learn about Tom Fletcher and more of his super stories.

Homework –

Homework this week is to design a new front cover for your favourite story book. Don’t forget to include the title, author and a colourful picture. You can design it using ‘Paint’ on Purple Mash or on paper then take a photo and upload it to your child’s profile on ClassDojo.

Thank you to all parents/carers for signing up to ClassDojo!

Have a super weekend,

Miss Parsons




Hello Kingfishers,

We have had a lovely start to October and have been busy bees this week. We have completed our Flight topic and will be moving on to a new topic next week. Our next topic is Author and we will be looking at Tom Fletcher. Do you know any information about him already? Have you read any of his books?

Quick reminder for parents/carers who haven’t already signed up to our class Dojo page. Please do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

Homework – 

For homework this week please practise logging into Purple Mash. Go to your ‘2do’ tab and complete the 2paint designing a rocket task. Add as much detail as possible to make it look interesting. Is your rocket in space? Is it about to set off? What would I see if I was to look out of the window of your rocket?

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Parsons


Newsletter – Friday 2nd October 

5 Year 1 Newsletter 5.10.20


Newsletter – Friday 25th September 2020 

4 Year 1 Newsletter 28.9.20



Hi Kingfishers,

What a lovely week we have had. We have made lots of wonderful things from robots to our very own rain gauge.

Next week is our last week of our Flight topic.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Parsons


A special well done to Dylan who won our Roald Dahl writing competition this week. I enjoyed reading about the picnic on the moon, it was fantastic!








Here are some of the Kingfisher robots, how fantastic are they! Well done Kingfishers! 













We made a rain gauge to measure how much rain falls in Autumn. 








Newsletter – Friday 18th September 2020 

3 Year 1 Newsletter 21.9.20



Hello Kingfishers,

Don’t forget it is our writing competition next week. I wonder what you will be writing about?

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Parsons


Newsletter – Friday 11th September 2020 

2 Year 1 Newsletter 14.9.20



Hello Kingfishers,

We have had a fantastic full week as Year 1. You have been wonderful at remembering our new class rules!

Your child will be sent home in their PE kit on a Wednesday. Please return this as soon as possible as we have PE later in the week. Thank you!

Next week we will be continuing with our Flight topic.

Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday morning.

Miss Parsons




Newsletter – Friday 4th September 2020

1 Year 1 Newsletter 7.9.20



Hi Kingfishers,

What a wonderful week we have had. We have learned all about our class bird and I was so impressed by all of the facts you already knew! It has been lovely getting to know each of you and I hope that you have enjoyed your first week as Year 1.

Our topic next week is Flight.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Parsons


Our classrooms look a little different since we have returned to school, however they are still bright and colourful (and beginning to fill up with our fantastic work!) 


Listen to a special message from your class teacher.

Hi Kingfishers,

I hope that you have had a fantastic summer! I look forward to hearing all of the lovely things that you have been doing.

We return to school on Tuesday 1st September, ready for us to start our journey as Kingfishers together. I am super excited, are you?

Things in our classroom will be a little different to what it was like before we finished school. The desks are laid out differently, but don’t worry, you will still be working alongside your friends and will have free time to choose activities and have a chat. One thing that is very important is that we wash our hands regularly and make sure that we clean them properly (I think you will be fabulous at this!)

During our first week we will be learning about our class bird, do you know any facts about kingfishers that you could share?

You can find out some facts using this link –


Enjoy the rest of your time off. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Miss Parsons


Reminders for starting Year 1 – 

  • School drop off and pick up times are now staggered to ensure the safety of all children.
  • Book bags and reading books should be sent into school each day. Your child will also have books allocated to them on Bug Club.
  • All of your child’s belongings should have their name on, this includes PE kits, book bags, coats and water bottles.
  • Our PE days are Monday and Thursday each week. Children should have both their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school at all times.



Useful websites

Bug Club –

All children have been allocated books on Bug Club to read. Childrens reading books will be collected in and there are plenty of books available on the children’s accounts on Bug Club that they can read. Their individual log in details are in the front of their reading record books.


Purple Mash –

Children all have their personal log in details in their reading record book for purple mash. The children all know how to navigate purple mash and there are lots of learning resources available.


Oddizzi –

Oddizzi is an e-learning resource and community that immerses children in the real world. There are lots of geography resources available for the children to access at home. Their log in details are in their reading record books.