Spring 2 update

What a busy start back to term! The children are really enjoying learning about their new topic, Transport. They have learnt about how trains, cars and aeroplanes have changed throughout history and are writing a non-chronological report all about the information they have found out. In maths, they have been exploring capacity and time and are now learning more about addition and subtraction.

Year 1 have now started having maths homework sent fortnightly. Remember, their first homework was due in last week. Well done to those children who have already brought it back in but if you haven’t then please bring it in this week.

What a great half term in Year 1!

We have had great fun learning about toys this half term. The children have enjoyed finding out about how toys have changed throughout History and learning about the different materials they are made from. The project culminated in our year group toy museum and the children loved showing the Year R children around, explaining all about the different toys on show.








In our Maths this term, we have been learning about positional language. We helped Buzz direct his space ship left and right and helped Woody locate the toys who had been trapped by Zurg! The children explored their use of positional language outside by directing their friends to move in whole, half and quarter turns.

The term ended with our RE learning about Special Things. As a year group we are creating our own special gardens in the flower beds. Last week, we started creating our special garden by weeding it and digging in the bulbs. We have also made beautifully decorated pictures for our gardens which will be adorning the area in the coming weeks. Watch this space!









It’s been a great half term and we are looking forward to our new project, ‘Transport’. We hope you all have a restful and fun half term and we will see you all after the half term break.

Year 1 Team

Year 1 Update

On Monday, we had the NSPCC lead our worship and the children brought home a sponsor form. We are asking for your support in helping the children to learn their maths facts and raise money in support of the NSPCC. We will be testing the children on Option 1, list 1 on Friday 2nd February and we will send their test scores home with them on this day. Please remember to then return any sponsorship money to school by Wednesday 7th February.

Thank you for helping us with this worthwhile cause.

Year 1 Team

Happy New Year from Year 1!

What a fantastic start back to the new year. The children are really enjoying our new project, ‘A Toy’s Story’ and are loving exploring old toys and discussing how they have changed. In English, we have retold the story of ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ and the children enjoyed changing the animal in their own versions. Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be learning about Traditional Tales and learning to write one of our own. We enjoyed having a go at poetry by writing out own ‘Wonderful St Marks’ poems based on the song ‘What a Wonderful World’. Here are a few…

Through our maths, we have been learning more about adding and taking away. Next, we are moving onto multiplication and division, where we will be helping the toys share their money by halving and quartering. We have started to learn about sketching and have been exploring different ways of mark making. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sketching our own toys from home, ready for presenting them at our very own Toy museum. If your child hasn’t sent in a toy already, there is still time before our museum. Please just send in a small toy in a named carrier bag, which they can keep in school until half-term.


Merry Christmas Year 1

Wow, what a busy few weeks it has been in Year 1! The children sung beautifully in their Christmas play, ‘Behind the Stable Door’. Thank you all for coming along to support them. We have enjoyed learning about The Nativity Story and creating our own Nativity scene using paper collage. During the last week, the children have learnt about the story, The Snowman. They have retold the story and created some lovely artwork based on snowmen. In their maths learning, they have helped the Snowman count snowflakes and design patterns for baubles on his Christmas tree.


The Year 1 team would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We hope you all have a restful time with your families and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.

Year 1 learn about the Poles!

We have been busy with our Polar topic and learning about the different animals you would find in the Arctic and Antarctic. In English, we have had great fun writing our own information pages about these animals. We are now learning about the story, Poles Apart and are planning on writing our own version over the next couple of weeks.

In Art, we have enjoyed getting messy using clay and have used our new skills to make bugs and a penguin clay tile. These are waiting to be painted later this week!








In maths, we have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past, and this week we have been helping the Elves buy the toys for Santa using the correct coins. Please can you continue to practise using coins with your child at home, so they can recognise them easily and use them to buy small items from the shop.

Reminder: please can we ask you to send in your child’s costume (black/grey leggings or trousers and white T-shirt) by this Friday 1st, ready for our rehearsals next week. Please ensure it is in a small named carrier bag.

Welcome Back!

It’s been a great return to learning in Year 1. We have been exploring our new topic Polar Lands and found out about the location of the Arctic and Antarctic Poles. The children have had great fun beginning to learn about the different animals found in these environments.

In Art, we have explored our new Artist of the moment, Kenojuak Ashevak, and have enjoyed re-creating her artwork using pointillism and paint.

Our inspiration!


In English, we have read and explored the book, Herman’s Letter. We have learnt to act in role as the main character, Herman and to write our own letters. The children should be really good at writing their letters to Santa now!

The children are continuing to practise their counting in different steps everyday and have been learning and using their number bonds to 10 when adding and taking away. Please continue to practise these with your children at home. This week, we will be practising telling the time on a clock and learning about periods of time, such as days of the week and months of the year.

Last term, the children took part in our inter-class challenge, Musical balancing linked to our gymnastics learning. Well done to 1C who won this challenge. Look out for the next challenge later this term.

A Great Half Term!

What a fantastic first half a term we have had in Year 1!

The children had great fun discovering the mystery animal in our den, which turned out to be a badger! They enjoyed exploring the different characteristics of a badger, it’s habitat and diet. In design technology, the children loved making their vegetable kebabs and some children even liked the new vegetables they tried!

In English, we have recently explored our senses and written poems relating to these. We wrote ‘I Love Food’ poems using adjectives to describe all the yummy food we eat.

I love delicious pizza.

I love crunchy bread.

I love gooey ice-cream.

I love food.

As part of our maths learning, we have been counting in twos up to 20 and using this to help count sets of objects. We have continued to practice the writing of our numbers to make sure they are the correct way around!

The children have settled well into Year 1 and have worked hard this term in their learning. We hope they all have an enjoyable week and rest and we look forward to seeing you all next week, ready for our new topic.

Mrs Carter, Mrs Hearn, Miss Jamieson

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in Year 1!

We have been continuing our learning about the Hungry Caterpillar. We used our colour-mixing skills to make mini caterpillars and his fruit and vegetables. What amazing artists we have in Year 1!

The children have continued to explore the different animals which might like to live in our outside den and over the past couple of weeks have discovered some black and white fur and some animal bones! What might the animal be? Maybe your child might like to draw a picture of the animal they might think it is and bring it into school? In maths, we have been learning about halving and doubling and we are continuing to practise our counting in ones all the way up to 100!

It’s been great to see so many of the children accessing and enjoying Bug Club at home. Don’t forget your log-in details are in your child’s log book. We look forward to meeting with you all at parent’s evenings later this half term.

Year 1 Team

Welcome to Year 1

What a great start to Year 1 we have all had!

The children are settling in really well and starting to adjust to their new routines.  It was great to see so many of you at the Curriculum Evening and we hope it was helpful.

The children are enjoying our current topic, “We’re going on an animal hunt”. So far we have explored different animals and their features and the children are very excited to see if any animals come to live in their den.

In English, they have had great fun retelling the stories of The Hungry Caterpillar and The Enormous Turnip. In Maths, we have been finding one more and one less and we compared and measured the lengths of different vegetables.  Our artist of the moment is Sean Taylor and the children loved creating their own versions of his artwork using paper plates and the technique of “wax resist”.

Look at our wonderful seascapes!

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