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!

WebRep Report Y1



Year 1 went on a school trip to Hillier gardens. One of the activities we did was pond dipping we had to dip a net in the pond and we had to try and catch a newt.  We caught different sized and aged newts and had lots of fun. We also played a game which was like a trail and we had to find cards. We also went on an adventure walk, we went over a wobbly bridge and walked over a thin plank. We all had a lovely day.


This term we have been doing the golden mile.  The golden mile is something that we do 3 times a week and it is where we try to run a mile around the playground, Big hall, Ball pit and the Field. We measure how many laps we have done by collecting a cube every time we have run a lap. When we get back to class we count the cubes and tell our teacher how many laps we did. She records it on a special website.



In Year 1, we have been learning about new toys and old toys.  We set up a museum for Reception children to come and visit.  We sketched pictures of our old toys and new toys.  Here is my sketch of a Clone Trooper.


In Year 1 we have been learning to count money and we are counting in pounds and pence. We have also been adding and subtracting money.


This term in English we have been learning about the wonderful St Marks Primary School.

We wrote our own poems and took ideas from our own poems to make our class poem. Here is our class poem:

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