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Miss Webster's Happy News!

Hello Year 1,

I wanted to share some happy news with you. In 1JW we always talk about our family and our pets. My rabbit Fudgie🐰 has had 2 baby rabbits🐇🐇. They are so cute and small. 


I wanted to ask you all if you could make me a poster on how to take care of baby rabbits and if you have any name suggestions. 


🌈 Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Miss Webster 😀

Hi everyone, 

hope you and your family are well. I tried to do some baking today with my daughter and ... well it isn’t the best looking cake but we enjoyed making it. I’m hoping a bit of icing will make it look better x What have you all been making at home?

I have also been doing a tricky jigsaw over the last week and finally finished it today x Take some pictures of what you have been doing and we would love to see these when we return to school. If you are stuck for things to do don’t forget to log in each day for our daily quiz and keep reading x

Reading is a fantastic way to keep your mind occupied and will help all kinds of skills... reading, phonics, writing, knowledge, questioning, reasoning, comprehension and give you something to talk about to others x 

Stay safe, keep reading and keep talking x 

Mrs Leader’s baking attempt and jigsaw

That’s a bit better ;)

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

Year 1 Speling Overview Spring Term B

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...

Thank you for all the donations of food today it is heartwarming to see how we can pull together in times of need x 

The children have enjoyed the day finishing their science work. We have been learning about seasons and the children finished by making a beautiful seasonal picture and poem to say thank you to their parents/carers for supporting their learning and helping them grow. 

We had fun dancing, singing and sharing stories. The children were in high spirits and shone brightly in colourful clothes. As your poem says ‘every child is a different kind of flower and together we make this world a beautiful garden’. Well done Year 1 you are ‘magnificent’ keep up the great reading, the enthusiasm for learning and inquisitiveness to make sense of your surroundings. 

Being a Geographer and Learning About NE Lincolnshire

Year 1 have been learning about our county North East Lincolnshire in geography. We have been on a school trip to the Heritage Centre to find out more about Grimsby. The children have studied maps to look at the land in and around Grimsby and Cleethorpes and located our school, the beach and the Humber estuary.

We enjoyed making a poem about North East Lincolnshire to help us remember some facts - I hope you enjoy our poem as much as we do...

A Poem About North East Lincolnshire

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 Being a Scientist... Can you make the bulb work?


Year 1 were set a challenge to make a lightbulb work. They worked with a small group and their perseverance paid off. They then had to incorporate a switch to turn the bulb on and off.


What super scientists we have!

Being a mathematician... fractions.


Year 1 have been exploring fractions. We started off by looking at halves and quarters of shape. We learnt that fractions MUST be EQUAL. We then transferred this skill to finding fractions of amounts. Look at us being fab mathematicians using our equipment and halves and quarters knowledge to solve problems. 

World Book Day 2020

Wow you all looked amazing! 

The children enjoyed a day focussed on reading and the love of story telling. We made giant book spines to decorate our school corridors, shared our favourite books, read with year 5&6 buddies, completed book reviews, comprehension tasks, coloured in book characters and completed the World Book Day Big Quiz. 

The children worked collaboratively, enjoyed dancing together and sharing their favourite stories. The year 1 staff all came dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland and we enjoyed reading the story together too. 

The children were excited to receive their books from Waterstones. I hope you enjoy reading them together at home.

Shared reading with year 6. 1JW and 6PC

A busy week in Year 1!

Well done year 1 for increasing your home reading scores again last week x 

Well done 1SV with an impressive 107 and 1JL for achieving triple figures too 102 x

Being a Good Communicator 

Year 1 had fun finding out about what each other had been doing during the half term. We had to ask each other questions ... but record our answer on a talking tin. We had fun listening to each other’s recorded messages on the talking tins.

Being great Scientists in 1SV! We had some really interesting discussions about plants and their structure and also made predictions about what would happen if plants didn't have certain parts of their structure...

Keep Reading Year 1 x we are really seeing the benefit to all your fabulous reading. The children are becoming much more confident in their reading ability, comprehension and knowledge. Well done 1JL 76 reads 1JW 57, 1SV 47 and 1LC 46 reads.

1JL Being Scientists and investigating bulbs and flowering plants. The children were fascinated by the web of roots the hyacinth had sprouted in the pot. We labelled the parts of the plant and talked about their important jobs.

Being a Scientist and Being a Designer!


1LC combined our D.T knowledge of how to manipulate paper using cutting, folding, tearing and curling to create a magnificent piece of artwork! We then used the artwork to help us with our Science work on understanding parts of a plant. Great work everyone!


Design and Technology

In year 1 we have been looking at paper artists and learning the different skills they used to create their masterpieces. We learnt how to measure, cut, tear, curl, fold and make a hinge. The children then worked in pairs to design and make their end piece using as many of the skills in imaginative ways. They were very proud of their end results! 

1JL using their skills to create paper artwork.

Year 1 Being a Geographer

A geographer uses maps, atlases and globes to find different cities, continents and oceans. The children enjoyed looking for India and learning about Mumbai. They used geographical language to describe its relation to the Equator.  

1JL finding India

Internet Safety Assembly

A busy week in 1SV! Congratulations to the children in 1SV. They have been working extremely hard to increase their weekly reads...Although we've not hit #1 out of the year one classes, our weekly read counts have doubled in the last few weeks! Great effort!

Learning and reciting our animal poems in front of an audience...amazing job! Well done 1SV I'm very proud :-)

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1JL celebrating 93 reads and being the top class for home reading this week! Let’s try and make it over 100 next week x

It was number day today and 1JL had fun playing number games and finding out interesting facts about numbers. We used numbers 1-24 as there are 24 children in 1JL.

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Number Day 1LC


1LC took part in our whole school number day. We took part in lots of different activities, including times tables work on the 2x, 5x and 10x table. Here we are creating sticks of multiples of 5. The class collaborated really well and had great fun trying to complete the whole sequence



To celebrate national storytelling week 1JL made up their own stories during reading time. They picked a character, a setting, a problem and a time. They then ad-libbed and told a story in front of the group. They enjoyed listening to each other’s funny stories. Well done guys x

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Being Scientist in 1JL testing materials to see if they were waterproof or not waterproof and absorbent or nor absorbent. We performed a test to help answer questions to a problem.

Being Historians in 1JL interpreting evidence from the past and learning about Florence Nightingale.

1JW Investigating rhyming strings in English

Home Reading Challenge!

Well done to 1JW again this week, with a combined total of 77 reads. An increase on last week and most reads in year 1!

Well done too 1JL close behind with 67 reads. 

Showing our precision and focus in D.T in 1SV...great effort by all!

1JL learning paper art skills in DT

English with 1SV...

1SV being brilliant Scientists, exploring materials and their properties!

1JL being scientists - identifying, classifying and comparing properties of materials.

FUN TIME FRIDAY! Learning through play.

Research Skills and Team Work

Caring for a dog research and feedback.

Being a Geographer in 1JW


We love geography in 1JW! Especially learning about all of the places in the world, their capital cities and nearest oceans. 


We can also name all seven continents of the world and the five oceans, can you?


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The children have been excited to share their home reading scores with each other again this week. We have noticed how the children are talking positively about the books they are reading. Well done year 1.

1JL had a combined score of 91 this week - fantastic! Top readers and an increase from last week. 1JW got 63 reads, 1LC 57 and 1SV 32. 

Artists in the making x

The children have continued recreating artwork by Andy Goldsworthy. They used clay to make their own ‘stone’ sculpture. They worked really hard making their stones from clay and joining them in an interesting way. The children used their artist skills to adjust their work and adapt their techniques in order for their sculpture to stand.

1JL Sculptures

1SV and 1LC enjoying an afternoon of art together, taking inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and his land art.

Investigating Volume and Capacity.

The children enjoyed investigating how much water the different containers held and discussing which held the most/least.

Focus Author time in 1JW

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!

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. 




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.

1JL and Mrs Leader:)

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 ...

1JL masterpieces

Being a Scientist

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

1JW labelling body parts.

1JL labelling parts of the human body

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

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. 

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.

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!

1JL split pin characters

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.

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?

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!

1JL battery power or mains power investigation

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!

1JL Gustav Klimt inspired Tree of Life Art Work

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.

1JL Keeping Fit with a Joe Wicks


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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.

1LC putting our KIRF knowledge to the test!




1JL’s maths KIRFs this week....

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

Our Class Book...

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