Year 1 Flower Power

What a great time the children are having learning about flowers and plants. They have enjoyed exploring our school grounds, looking for plants they can identify and name and creating fact files about them. We have begun learning about a book called ‘Footpath Flowers’, where we will be writing our own story for the wordless book. The children have been having great discussions about the big idea, ‘Is it right to pick flowers?’.

In maths, we have been learning about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and using this to help us count sets of objects and group them into equal sets. We will be learning how to double our numbers up to double 10 and practice recalling these facts quickly over the coming weeks.

For more information about what we are learning this term, please take a look at our Project newsletter and knowledge organiser, which came home earlier this term or see below.

Reminder: please could you ensure your child’s PE kit is named, as we are finding many missing parts of kits with no owner. Could we also ask that you ensure your child has a full PE kit with them in school everyday, as sometimes we need to change our PE day due to the weather. Thank you for your help with this.

Year 1 Team


Flower Power!

Welcome back to the summer term. The children have had a busy week learning about our RE unit about authority. The end of the week saw the start of our summer project, Flower Power! The children were very excited to pop to the meadow alongside our school and explore the plants that were there. It was great to have Paul with us too, to help inspire our learning about all the different plant species and wildlife.

We had great fun learning the names of some of the plants and seeing if we could identify them using the photo-cards. We also looked at some birds nests who use the plants to build their nests. We learnt about the different wildlife that like the plants and the importance of looking after the area for them.

Back in school we continued our learning about ‘Flower Power’ by creating flowers using our artwork skills. We used our folding, painting, drawing and sticking skills to make flowers for our classrooms.


To end our day we visited Year 3, where we found out about what they had been doing for their homework as it was all about plants. We had great fun looking at all their amazing creations and look forward to sharing our learning with them later in the term.

The children are very excited to explore our new project and we look forward to sharing all our learning with you at the end of the term.

Year 1 Team

Mrs Armitage is on the move!

Year 1 have had great fun this term learning about Mrs Armitage. We read her book and then wrote our own stories about Mrs Armitage on a different vehicle. Over the last few weeks, we have enjoyed learning about how to make pictures move using pivots, hinges and sliders. The children designed their own moving picture based on the vehicle in their story and then made them using card and collage materials.

Over the last week, the children enjoyed learning about our RE unit of Happiness and Sadness. The children learnt about how The Easter Story is both happy and sad and explored how they might feel about different parts of the story.

We have all thoroughly enjoyed our learning this term and look forward to our new projects after Easter. We hope you all have a restful and fun Easter break with your children .

Year 1 Team

Recorder fun!

KS1 were delighted to listen to the talents of the recorder club during a worship last week. The children shared their music with us all and it was great to see so many children enjoying learning a new instrument. Thank you Miss Hall and Miss Jamieson for all your efforts.


Year 1 Update

It’s been a busy time in Year 1. We have continued to learn more about different modes of transport and how they have changed throughout History. In English, we have been reading the story, Mrs Armitage on Wheels and have been having great fun thinking of different vehicles she may like. This week we will be writing our own versions of the story and thinking of what changes the vehicle needs. See if your child can retell you their story?

We had great fun on World Book Day. Thank you to everyone who helped dress the children in different costumes – they all looked fab! We enjoyed creating our own book front covers in Year 1. Can you tell which books we recreated?

In maths we have been busy learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Maybe your child can show you how far they can count?  We have also been exploring length, weight and capacity. The children have had great fun exploring this area of maths inside and outside the classroom.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 Team

On the Move!

Year 1 have started their new topic full of enthusiasm. We had great fun on our school trip to Milestones last week. The children loved looking at and exploring the old vehicles and had great fun playing ‘I spy’ around the museum. Thank you to all our parent helpers who managed to support us on the day – we really appreciated it.

We will continue to learn about different modes of transport using the knowledge we found out at Milestones. In English, we have been using our trip to help us write a recount using the correct tense and some time adverbials, such as first, then, next, after that and finally.

In maths, we have been looking at numbers to 50 and practising our counting forwards and backwards. We have learning to represent these numbers in different ways and partition the numbers into tens and ones using different equipment.

Just a reminder that Thursday is World Book Day, so your child may come to school dressed as a book character if they wish.

Year 1 Team

What a busy week!

This week we have been thinking about our aspirations for the future. On Wednesday afternoon, we were joined by a fire-fighter, a vicar and a power engineer. The children had great fun learning about what their jobs entailed and then thought about what they might like to be.

On Thursday morning, we were all very excited to show our ‘Toy Museum’. The children loved having their parents, childminders and grandparents into see their learning. Thank you to all that made it – the children were buzzing all day! We also had great fun sharing our museum with our friends in the school and Year R came to visit us later in the morning.


Thank you everyone for visiting!

Year 1 Team

Year 1 learning update

We are all having fun learning about toys from the past. The children have explored how old and new toys are made and talked about the different materials. We have tested different materials to find out which would be best for a new toy. It has been great to see all the children’s own toys coming into school ready for our own toy museum next week. We will be using them this week to write our own fact files and create sketches of them. You are welcome to pop-in on Thursday 7th February between 8.30-8.45am to have a look around the children’s toy museum.

In maths, we have been learning about adding and taking away numbers within 20 and using our number bonds to 10 and 20 to help with this. Please help your child to practise these number bonds by playing games with them like, ‘Let’s make 10; I have 3 so you have …?’

The children have enjoyed the new spellings coming home each week and are excited about doing their test each Friday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings at home.

Gentle reminder: if you haven’t already returned the Milestone trip reply slip, please return this week.

Thanks for all your support.

Year 1 Team


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Year 1 Team.

The children have all settled back into school life and are getting into our new project all about toys. They have started to think about the differences between old and new toys and will be exploring more about the materials they are made from later this term. We have explored ‘What a Wonderful World’ we live in through poetry and Louis Armstrong’s song. The children enjoyed writing their own poems about their ‘Wonderful World’ and how St Mark’s is a wonderful place too.

In maths, we have been thinking about how to make the numbers to 20 in different ways and how to add two numbers by counting on from the bigger number using a number line or counters to help us. We had fun making number stories for our addition calculations too, e.g. 7+4=11; First there were 7 unicorns. Then 4 more came along. Now there are 11 unicorns.

We have enjoyed exploring the use of pencils and finding ways of making different tones and patterns from the same colour. We turned our wavy line sketching into underwater scenes using collage and glitter.

The children brought home their first spelling homework last week and were all very enthusiastic about it. Thank you for all your support in helping your children to learn the words.

Year 1 Team

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