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Welcome to Year 1

A big hello and welcome from the year 1 team. The teaching team consists of:

1JL - Mrs Leader (Year 1 team lead), Mrs Brown, Mrs Taylor and Miss Gore

1AR - Mrs Rytting, Mrs Hersey and Miss Webster

1AW - Miss Walton and Miss Swanson.

Daily Routines

Please ensure that children bring their yellow home/school contact book to school every day. This book is used to communicate messages between home and school such as change of collection details and record such things as weekly spelling scores.

Reading books are to be brought to school daily. School reading books are changed every Tuesday and Friday (if the book has been read at home). Focus author books are changed termly. We encourage home reading as it greatly improves fluency and comprehension skills. Reading a book several times offers reading development - a book can be read initially to sound out new words, a second time to read by sight and a third time for fluency and comprehension. PLEASE record home reading in the green reading record book. We aim for a minimum of 3 reads a week.

Coats, Sun hats and Sun cream - please ensure the children are prepared for the ever changing English weather. We do like to embrace the outdoors and have lots of outdoor learning environments that are shaded from the rain, so please bring a jumper/coat/jacket.



Please come to school in your outdoor PE kit every Thursday. Please check the school uniform policy for a full kit list. Earrings must be removed on PE days unless pupils are able to remove them themselves.



Key Instant Recall Facts or what we call KIRFS

are key maths facts that we need children to understand to help with their mental maths calculations. We focus on a set of 4 facts for 2 weeks. These will be sent home in the homework pack. Children will be tested on them during their maths lessons at the end of each fortnight.


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Being a Theologian. As part of our theology project we went to visit Old Clee Church. We met Reverend Lynne and she showed us around. We had a great time.

Poetry Competition Winners - BEST WRITER and BEST PERFORMER

1JL Platinum Jubilee - Who Am I? Poem

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Being a Poet - Our Platinum Jubilee Poem

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1AW Jubilee poem

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Being a Geographer- using a compass to find out which way is north.

Being a Theologian - we acted out a Christian baptism. The children enjoyed playing the different roles.

Maths Day 2022

Year 1 enjoyed celebrating all things maths today for maths day. We started with a scavenger hunt where the children had to solve the maths problems dotted around the playground. Solving the maths problems would give you 3 numbers to try and open a padlock to a treasure chest. We were lucky enough to crack the code and open the chest to reveal a treat of popcorn and juice.

We followed this with a maths carousel. Inside we explored 2D and 3D shapes, patterns and played number games. In our undercover area we focused on comparing amounts using greater than and less than, using our number bonds to 20 and balancing our scales. On the field we explored measurement using the trundle wheel. We found out that our little field is 27m long!

in the afternoon we linked our curriculum lesson to maths also. In art we were sorting material under the labels long, short, rough and smooth in order to create effective land art. We counted our items to find out which we found the most of and least. We used our data to create a bar chart on the computer.

Phew!! What an exciting learning packed day 🤪

Being a mathematician - using concrete apparatus to work out halves and doubles

Being a Designer

year 1 pupils have enjoyed designing and making their own houses as part of their DT project for mechanics and construction. They have learnt different skills such as making hinges, sliders and investigating what to use to join materials as part of the design process. This week they got to finish making their houses and adding features such as hinged windows and doors. We even had some cheeky squirrels running up the side of the house on a slider. 

They look amazing. 

Being an Artist - taking inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy and replicating his stone art sculptures using clay.

DT - learning how to make a slider to move the chick on our Easter cards.

Being an Artist - creating stick art inspired by the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.

The children enjoyed participating in this years Red Nose Day fund raising. Thank you for your donations.

To celebrate science week we had a visit from Science Boffin Harry. He showed us some fantastic science experiments from defying gravity, exploding dragons breath and expanding bubbles. Year 1 then performed their own experiment to test if materials were waterproof or not. Our hook was ‘The Growth of Homes’. We built a shelter that was waterproof using the materials we tested as waterproof. Mrs Leader sparked us with a hose pipe to check if it worked 🙂

Year 1 performance poetry. Dirt on my Shirt. By 1JL

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Dirt on my shirt by 1AW

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Dirt on my Shirt by 1AR

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Being a Theologian. In RE we have been learning about Jewish people and how they celebrate their Passover meal. We really enjoyed trying the different foods in the Passover plate.

Well done everyone you all looked fantastic. What a super World Book Day 2022

What a fun packed day - Decorating our classroom doors, Making bookmarks, sharing stories, writing about who I am, making up stories, library visits, fscavenger Hunt in books and lots lots more!

Position and Direction - Learning about half turns, quarter turns and three quarter turns.

Being a scientist - as part of our science topic, Animals Including Humans, we are having fun naming parts of the human body.

We had some visitors from the local policing team this week. They talked to us about strangers and what we can do to keep safe.the children learnt the 4 key prompts No, Yell, Run, Tell.

We are trying hard to write instructions to trap the giant. We have acted them out just in case you might need to trap a giant one day.

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Being a Scientist

We have been looking closely at animals including humans. We continued our learning this week by classifying animals under the headings herbivore, omnivore and carnivore. We had to study the animal poo (pretend) to see what food it contained and work out if it was a herbivore, a carnivore or an omnivore. The children loved this!

Something has been stomping around our school! What could it be? Mr Miller needs our help to build a trap!

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week we have been having so much fun participating in our school Well Being Day.

We have taken part in so many activities, including art, den building, story telling and many sporting activities.

A big Merry Christmas from year 1

Merry Christmas from 1JL

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Merry Christmas from 1AW🎄

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Merry Christmas from 1AR

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Here are some of the things we have been up to...

Being a Writer

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Today we are story tellers! Please enjoy our story of Goldilocks and the Three Jolly Elves.

Being a Scientist - who can make the tallest tower? Learning about engineering and tallest buildings.

Being a Geographer and labelling the UK map

Being a digital communicator - we learnt about algorithms by giving instructions to our partner to make a Lego shape. We used our mathematical language of position and direction too.

Year 1 doing theJoe Wicks challenge for Children in Need

Being a Scientist and Being a Writer. This week we have been in the Forest School learning all about invertebrates, we then transferred our knowledge and have written fact files about them.

Year 1 supporting Anti-Bullying Week wearing their odd socks

Being a Theologian 

We have been learning about Diwali -the Hindu festival of light. We sequenced the story of Rama and Sita. We coloured and made our own Diwali paper lanterns.

Being a Scientist

This week we have started to look at animals including humans. The children enjoyed using their scientific enquiry skills of classification to sort the animals under the correct headings.

Being a Mathematician

This week in maths we have been looking at sharing and grouping. The children showed how they can work well with their partners to solve mathematical problems involving sharing.

Being an Artist

We had fun mixing skin tones and adding layers to our artwork using mixed media.

All About Me - National Poetry Day

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Being a Mathematician - problem solving

Year 1 have been learning to subtract numbers to 20 this week. We started the week investigating the resources (concrete apparatus) we could use to help us work out subtraction maths problems. The children loved using the conkers and fir cones. They transferred their skills to use cubes and counters and by the end of the week draw and represent their own problem solving in their maths book. This moved their learning to pictorial then abstract methods. 

Being a Scientist

We used our scientific skills of classification this week to identify, name and group everyday materials. The children enjoyed labelling items in the classroom.

Being a Designer 

As part of our DT project we have designed and made our own fruit salads today. We had great fun in the school kitchen using bossy verbs. We have been chopping, slicing, mixing and stirring! 

Being a SUPERB citizen

As part of our 'problem - solving' unit we have been learning about road safety and learning some of the road signs we might see. We practised crossing the road safely in our playground using the path and the kerb.

We enjoyed singing to the 'stop, look, listen, think song on you tube too.

Today we had our School Council assembly and we had a special visitor. We are so proud of our Year 1 student council. They are going to do a great job. Well done 🌟

Being a Writer - We have acted out our text map ready to write about our visit to the forest school.

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Here is some of our writing about our forest school visit.

Forest School - Being a Scientist

we went on a wild plant hunt this week following our hunt for garden plants last week. The children visited our forest school area and enjoyed a range of activities. We looked for, spotted and smelt a range of wild flowers. We sketched some of the flowers we found at the art table. Then we used some of the lavender to make lavender pancakes around the fire pit. Mr Miller and Mr Miller Jr were excellent pancake flippers. 

What a fantastic way to learn x 

Settling In

The children have settled well and have enjoyed their first week in Year 1. They have been getting used to routines and expectations and practising moving around the school like SUPERB citizens.

This week we have celebrated our SUPERB behaviour and those children who were recognised as standing out as SUPERB were treated to a smoothie or a special coin that they can use at a later date in our school 'prize' vending machine ... watch this space for more information about our SUPERB celebrations.

Being a smart student 

Being Self-Aware - SUPERB Citizen

the children have settled well in school and have had lots of opportunities to get to know their new class and teachers. We have been talking about our feelings and emotions, how to spot them, deal with them and support others too. We read the book The Colour Monster and talked about the colours that match our feelings. We have enjoyed creating some wonderful colour monster artwork too.