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Meet the Year 1 team

The Year 1 teaching team consists of Mrs Leader, Mr Clancy, Miss Webster, Miss Vicary, Mrs Adams, Miss Carter and Miss  Gray.  PE teacher Mr Broughton, Music Miss Hunter and PSED Mrs Croucher.

Important Information.
Our main PE day will be on a Monday. Please send your child with their full PE kit every Monday. PE kits are to be kept in school for the full week in order for us to access PE at other times during the week if necessary. The school uniform policy can be found on our website. We will send home kits on a Friday for washing.

Your child's homework (red book) is due in on a Thursday. This allows enough time for new homework to be glued in and sent home again on the Friday. Please encourage your child to keep it at home all week to practise their weekly spellings (for their spelling test each Friday). Please support your child to read at home at least 3 times a week and record this in their green reading record book.

Thank you for your support.

Home School Contact Book (yellow book)
Please send your child with their yellow home school contact book daily. Please record any messages or details regarding change of collection routines. The book also allows your child’s teacher to send messages home too.

Year 1 Spelling Overview Autumn Term A

Year 1 Spelling Overview Autumn Term B

Year 1 Spelling Overview Spring 1 Term A

Maths: Key Instant Recall Facts

Year 1 News Letters
We look forward to sharing our learning with you. These are just some of the things we have been doing...

Being a Geographer 

We continue to build our skills of being a Geographer through finding different continents, countries, cities and oceans using maps, atlases and globes. The children are learning about different countries around the world and their capital cities. We are comparing nearest oceans, physical and manmade features and proximity to the equator. The children have loved using google earth to zoom in to different places and have been talking about where they have visited on their family holidays. The children are sharing experiences and prior knowledge of famous landmarks and weather.

The children were fascinated with facts about the Empire State Building in New York and that it had 102 floors!

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Being Inspired by Famous Artists.

Following on from last week the children recreated Any Goldsworthy’s sticks art using artist straws and coloured match sticks. Don’t they look fantastic. I think we have some budding artists in year 1.

1SV Andy Goldsworthy Art!

Being a Great Reader!

Well done to 1JW who had the most home reads this week with 77combined reads.

1JL were close behind with 68. 1LC had 54 and 1SV had 47. Keep it up x I wonder which class will win next week?

The children have embraced the ‘get caught reading’ challenge and have loved looking at each other’s photographs that have been sent in. We are going to make a year group display and the children are excited to write some book reviews to go up there too.  

The children are talking about the books they have read and who with. The more the children read, the more fluent they will become. The exposure to words and context in stories develop a child’s ability to apply the correct words and spellings in their written work. Their comprehension knowledge will develop from the questions you ask about what happened, what might happen and drawing on past experiences. 



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Being a Scientist

Continuing our theme ‘Investigating Animals including Humans’ the children learnt about offspring and how they grow into adults. The children had fun matching up the animals and their babies, then naming them. To understand the different stages of growth we discussed the human stages of baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult and elderly. We had a laugh at some of the teachers pictures they brought in! The children then explained what you can and can’t do in each growth stage.

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Being An Artist

The Artist we are looking at this term is British Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The children were fascinated by his land art and asked lots of questions about his work. They discussed how he thought of and constructed his sculptures. The children were inspired to create their own masterpieces. They enjoyed collecting lots of natural items from the playground and around our school. They worked together to create some amazing artwork ...

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Being a Scientist

Learning about senses and the parts of the body associated with each sense. 

1JL labelling parts of the human body

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Have a lovely break x see you next year.

Year 1 have been set the challenge to get caught reading in the school holidays. Please see your child’s homework book for full details. We look forward to seeing the unusual places you get caught reading when we return in the new year. Happy Holidays x

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1JL Being good communicators. 

Today the children made paper chains. They were given the challenge of making the longest chain. Some of the children worked together and discussed that if they joined their chains then they would have the longest chain. This sparked lots of conversation and teamwork. Ideas and conversation flowed as the children then decided to join all the chains together to see if it would fit around the classroom. It was fantastic to hear all the mathematical language come naturally of how the chain needed to be longer, they needed more chains, it needed to go further etc. The children asked me to cut more strips after lunch so they could finish off their new challenge, the chain reaching around the classroom. 

The children were so excited when they finally finished their task. I then posed the question of whether or not the children thought it would fit around the playground. Wow, the buzz of prediction and what if’s and what not’s was fantastic. We went outside to see how far it would reach. It stretched across one side of the playground... so the children asked if the other year 1 classes would join theirs on to see if it would work. What a lovely activity to promote spoken language which sparked super teamwork and mathematical application. 

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Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you for your donations for this years Christmas Jumper Day in aid of St Andrews Hospice. The children looked fantastic in their jumpers.

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Christmas Church Service
The children from years 1and 2 enjoyed attending a special Christmas service at Old Clee Church today. Father Nic welcomed the children and staff and the student councillors told the story of Mary and Joseph. The children did us proud and were in fine voice as they sang some beautiful Christmas songs.
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Being a Designer: 1SV with the split pin toys they made in design and good they could work in Santa's workshop!

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Being a designer

The children further developed their construction techniques by making a bottle character of their choice. We looked at pictures of different bottle characters and chose the design we would like to create. The children started by using glue and paint to colour the inside of their bottle or wrap it in coloured paper. They were then given a variety of materials to create and construct their design. The end results look ‘magnificent’.

Lots of discussion and decision making took place and the children were engaged from start to finish. We even did a tally to find out the most popular and least popular character and used our maths skills to justify our answers. 

Elf visitors

1JL had an Elf visitor over the weekend. Eric the Elf left the children a book to read. The next morning he had done a book review too. We read the book and wrote our own book reviews. 

The children have decorated a diary for Eric the Elf to see what he gets up to each morning. The children are going to write if he has been good or bad, or if he has made the right or wrong choices.

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Eric seems to be making the right choices this week x

he brought the children some paint from the art cupboard and asked them to make a bottle character then made himself into one! He had a go on the key board, although some of the children said he hadn’t asked if he could have a go x 

the children have been making predictions about what Eric might do next... I wonder what he will get up to next week?

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Being a scientist

Year 1 have continued their scientific investigations by learning about power. The children sorted electrical and non electrical items. We discussed how somethings needed to be plugged in to make them work. We had fun ‘blasting’ each other with the hairdryer.

Through discussion we talked about items that needed ‘power’ but we may want to use whilst out and about or in a place where we do not have an electrical source. We discussed battery power and how this form of power allowed us to have mobile powered items. We discussed the kinds of things we might need power to make work but need to be moved around ‘mobile items’.

Mrs Leader brought in a selection of appliances from home for us to experience mains power and battery power. The inflatable suit was a hit with the children!

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Being A Designer

Year 1 have been using their design skills to design and make a model of Big Ben. Linking to our Geography lesson about London, the children were fascinated about some of the landmarks and iconic buildings in London. We set ourselves a Designer challenge... to make Big Ben from junk model materials. The success criteria was to make the tower look like Big Ben, so it needed a clock, to make the tower as tall as themselves and it needed to stand up unaided. The children rose to the challenge. They designed their models and wrote about what they needed and how they were going to construct it.

The children then worked in teams of 4 (one from each class) and used their team work skills to build a tower that met the success criteria.

The children then needed to assess their finished product to check it met the brief. Also they had to critique their models afterwards to see what worked well, what did not work and how they could improve on their design.

Being a Scientist and exploring forces in 1JW


In science we looked at forces and how things move. We investigated push, pull and twist and how this affected the movement of objects. Did they move forwards or backwards? Did the force make the object move faster?

We enjoyed looking at a selection of toys and discussing the force that was needed to make the toy move or work. We ended the lesson with a good game of Bop it! Children had to beat the timer by either pulling, twisting or bopping (push).



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1JL loved Bop It Smash!

Being a Scientist

In science the children have been learning about different materials and their properties. We identified things around the classroom that were made of certain materials. We discussed why we used different materials for different things and explored scientific terms such as transparent, opaque, strong, durable, hard and waterproof to explain why.

1JL and 1JW labelling materials around the classroom.

Some more fab artwork from 1SV!

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1JL Gustav Klimt inspired Tree of Life Art Work

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Children in Need
Thank you for all your support and donations today for Children in Need. The children thoroughly enjoyed joining the Joe Wicks live stream fitness challenge this morning. Our very own PE teacher Mr Broughton was interviewed live and the children were excited to hear him on the radio. How lovely to see our children and community coming together once again to raise money for worthy causes.

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1SV Children in Need and fitness with Joe Wicks

1JW's Fab Fact Files

In English this week we have been researching all about lions. We used the information to create a non-chronological report. 

We found out some WOW facts. Did you know lions can sleep for up to 20 hours a day? Me neither!


Please enjoy reading some of our reports.

1LC Non Chronological Reports


We have been learning about how to use facts in our writing and how to organise the information. We used lions as our focus and did lots of research about them, which we then used to create a fact file.




1SV working hard to create their mind maps and fact files about Lions in order to make a Non-Chronological Report.

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1LC putting our KIRF knowledge to the test!




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K.I.R.Fs: Key Instant Recall Facts

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Our Class Book...

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Miss Webster's Maths Challenge!

Can you work out were I went wrong?

All of my maths group managed to work it out. They persevered with the problem, used our steps to success and finally came to the conclusion that I was wrong because...


See if you can work it out!

Being a musician with Mrs Hunter

Freya performing 'Twinkle Twinkle'

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Being an athlete with Mr Broughton

Odd Sock Day - raising awareness of anti bullying.
The children enjoyed celebrating their differences and showing off their odd socks for anti bullying week. The children came together in the hall to do a year group dance off to ‘That’s What Makes You Beautiful’ by One Direction. Even the teachers joined in!

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Designing odd socks in 1LC


1LC are designing a pair of odd socks with friendly patterns and kind words included as part of our Anti-Bullying awareness.



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We Will Remember Them.

In art this week we have taken inspiration from the artist Gustav Klimt and created our own artwork using the form of print. In recognition of Remembrance Day we made a cascading poppy cloak for the brave soldier. We used carrots, corks and finger prints to create our poppy design. We copied the repeating patterns that Gustav Klimt used in his painting ‘The Lady’. 

On Monday 11th November we wrote a special note on a poppy and added this to our artwork. The children listened to the last stand and said ‘We will remember them’. The children were proud to show their artwork to the school and posed for group pictures in remembrance of those that gave their today for our tomorrow. 

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Anti Bullying Week

We are an anti-bullying school and to celebrate anti-bullying week we attended a special assembly with Miss Hazlewood. We talked about what bullying is and how it makes people feel. The children talked about anti-bullying week and how we can support the awareness of anti-bullying by participating in ‘odd sock day’ next Tuesday.

We hope to see lots of colourful ‘odd socks’ next week. 

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Being an artist 

Following on from our safety lesson about fire and fireworks, the children have used coloured pastels to create their own Bonfire images!

1LC Bonfire Night Art!


Here are our firework images from 1SV!

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1JW's firework art!

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Being a Reader and a Writer.

The children have enjoyed retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs. We have concentrated on sentence structure, capital letters, full stops and making sure we read our work back to check it makes sense. We have used actions and story maps to help us recall the story. 

We also looked at describing the characters in the story. The children added adjectives to construct their character descriptions and thought of synonyms to make theirs different. 

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Being a Scientist.

The children have learnt how to use their scientific mind and scientist skills to classify and categorise animals. They have enjoyed learning about vertebrates and invertebrates, omnivores, herbivores and carnivores and also the structure of different animals such as mammals, reptiles and birds. 

Being an Artist.

The children created autumnal pictures using lines and dots to create a textured piece of art. They learned how to make thin and thick lines by using different pressure or moving the angle of the pencil. We looked at some textured art work on the internet and created our own version using autumn colours. 

1JL Autumn leaves textured art work

Autumn Leaves Artwork in 1JW


We sang our seasons song and looked at autumnal colours before creating our artwork.

Being an Independent Learner

In our outside learning zone the children have been putting their skills to the test. The children have been accessing independent challenge areas that consolidate their learning and allow us to assess their independent application. These areas allow the children to explore, test, discuss and make sense of the learning that has taken place in the classroom with a hands on approach. The children have been busy working with their friends and recording their activities in their challenge books. They have been so proud to show us what they have done. 

The outdoor learning zone allows us to put out activities that compliment the learning foci. This term our outside zone is helping to develop number bonds, 2D and 3D shape properties, reading and understanding high frequency words and sentence structure. 

Harvest Festival 🥫🍞🥕🥦🍂🍁


Today the children celebrated Harvest Festival with a special assembly with Father Nick. The children proudly sang their harvest song ‘Cauliflowers fluffy’ and listened to a story about the importance of ‘thankfulness’. The children built up boxes with special words on them that spelt out HARVEST. When thankfulness was removed from the bottom of the stack it all came tumbling down. What a lovely assembly - the children were left with the question ‘what are you thankful for?’

Thank you once again for all of your kind donations for such a worthy cause. 

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We are proud to be Old Clee pupils.

The children showed us how they were going to follow our school expectations by making a ‘mini me’. They used their cutting skills to cut out a photo of their face, cut coloured paper for their smart school uniform and even added a school logo on their jumpers and cardigans. Don’t they look fabulous!

The children then wrote on a speech bubble the school expectations they were going to follow. What a great display this is going to make ... and a great commitment from the children too.


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Roald Dahl Day 


What a great day we have had celebrating the work of Roald Dahl. Thank you to all the parents/guardians for making the children look fantastic. We had a fashion parade in the hall and the children stood up and told everyone which character they were dressed as and which book they were from. We then wrote about our character and enjoyed colouring in some of his famous characters too.

We ended the day by watching some of the BFG. The children have been talking about dream catchers and we are going to look at these in more detail next week during art.

Dahlicious Dress Up in 1JW

Carousel Learning in Year 1


This week we have started our carousel learning in preparation for starting our exciting new curriculum next week. Carousel learning allows us to have more than one learning experience or subject running along side each other. This benefits the children immensely as the learning takes place over a number of sessions/ or days. They are able to learn new concepts before they begin to apply their knowledge to new tasks.


The carousel provides all children with the opportunity to have a subject based session with an adult in a smaller group, enabling us to develop confidence and a deeper understanding. The also provides children with a learning opportunity which promotes independence and partner work, helping each other without adult interaction. (Sometimes the children are better at thinking outside the box and can often solve their own problems in ways adults would not even consider). The third rotation is accessing outdoor provision. This is a more hands on practical approach with access to large construction blocks, sand and water, this enables the children to apply their skills to non classroom based activities.


The children are really enjoying the carousel rotation, as are we! Please enjoy browsing through our photos.

Being a Writer!

This week we have been reading 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson. As a class we created a story map and have made up some actions to help us retell the story. We will use these tools to help us write our own version. 

Monkey Puzzle retold by 1JW

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Being an Artist!

We have been looking at the work of Leonardo Da Vinci (said in an Italian accent). The children enjoyed re-creating the famous 'Mona Lisa' printing, even the adults had a go! 


Next week we are going to improve our sketches by adding some colour.

The 'Mona Lisa' by 1JW

Being an Artist - ‘The Mona Lisa’ by 1JL.

Being a Designer!

Over the past two weeks our children have become designers. They designed their own dreamcatcher and are in the process of making them. We have used our scissor skills, threaded wool and pipe cleaners and added some decoration.


Next week, we will complete our and compare them with our plan.



Design and Technology - Cookery.

Year 1 enjoyed their first cookery lesson as part of our Design and Technology curriculum. We talked about how to keep ourselves safe from harm and from germs. The children looked at a picture of a kitchen and discussed possible risks to health and safety. We heard some fantastic vocabulary as the children spotted the hazards. We discussed hand washing and the children ordered pictures to show their understanding of how we need to wash our hands to wash away the germs. 

The children were very excited to make their own food.We talked about likes and dislikes and how we all like different foods. We looked at the main ingredients for coleslaw and used our ‘bossy verbs’ to create instructions. The children enjoyed shouting ‘peel’, ‘grate’ and ‘chop’ as we thought about our instructions. We put this weeks spelling rule into practise as we made our coleslaw ‘I am peeling the carrot’ - ‘I have peeled the carrot’ and ‘I am a good peeler’.

We made coleslaw 3 different ways, plain, with mayonnaise and with salad cream. The children tried each one and voted on their favourite. The children then thought of ways they could improve their recipe ... adding more mayonnaise, adding cheese, adding sultanas or apple were some of the suggestions.

Maybe the children could try making their improved version at home and let us know how it tastes x



Year 1 have continued developing their skills of being a Designer by making front covers for their books. The children used the laptops to create a word document, adding their name using word art and decorating it by adding shapes. They also used pic collage on the iPads to make a decorative and colourful cover that included a ‘selfie’. The children learned lots of different skills to create some amazing front covers (the selfies are hilarious) and we can’t wait for you to see them at parents evening.

Welcome back Year 1

Welcome back to all our pupils and their families. The children have been sharing all their holiday news and writing about what they did in the summer holidays ... WOW you have all been busy!

The children have settled in really well to Year 1 life.

The children have been busy getting to know their talking partners and new class mates. We have established our classroom rules and school expectations. We are super proud of how the children have got back into their routines and they have really impressed us with remembering how to line up in alphabetical order.

We have focused on reviewing our skills and are looking forward to learning all about becoming a Reader and Writer, a Mathematician, a Historian, a Geographer, a Scientist, an Artist and Designer in our new and exciting curriculum. 

I hope the children have been telling you all about their days at school.