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A great last week of the half term…

May 25, 2018 at 1:09 pm


Thank you to all the parents and other family members who came along to our phonic workshop this morning. We hope you enjoyed learning some new games and had fun doing all the alien activities. Please enjoy using the pack, we sent home, during the holidays. Your support is really making a difference with their confidence when reading and writing the phonemes.

In literacy this week we have focused on suffixes. They have learnt how to use ed, est, er and ing. We have also heard all the children read individually and updated their books on ‘Bug Club’. We have revised air, ure, ear and are in phonics.

We have had lots of fun with capacity in maths. The children enjoyed measuring amounts to fill their science potion bottles and learnt how to measure using standard units.

We have also learnt about position, direction and movement. The children used vocabulary including turn, above, below, next to and between. A lot of the children didn’t know their left and right, please keep practising at home. They all enjoyed our practical work – especially getting a letter from Pob Bob the alien and going on a star hunt!

1GJ were very excited as some of their tadpoles have changed into frogs! We said goodbye and let them go back into their pond.

Have a lovely half term holiday – we hope the sun keeps shining.

The Year 1 Team

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Bridges, Poo and a Royal Celebration!

May 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm


Most weeks in Year 1 we are very busy and get up to all sorts of wonderful adventures and this week has been no exception!

In science we have been continuing to find out more about animals. We focused on the diet of animals and how we can categorise animals based on this. We learnt some new vocabulary to help us do this –

Herbivore – An animal that feeds on plants.

Carnivore – An animal that feeds on meat.

Omnivore – An animal that feeds on both plants and meat. 

To help us find out what animals eat we had to do some rather messy investigating. We dissected animal poo to look for evidence of plants or meat (Don’t worry it was not real poo – although it was rather realistic!)

We found out about the diets of polar bears, lions, gorillas, hedgehogs, sheep and elephants. Can you child remember what they discovered about each animal?

All of our literacy work this week has been based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have read the story, watched a film based on the story and written our own versions. Luckily in Year 1 we have some fantastic imaginations, so rather than using the goats and the troll we decided to create our own characters. Our stories featured very interesting characters from unicorns to aliens.

Following on from this we received a letter from the goats asking us to make them some new bridges! We had a fabulous time choosing materials, figuring out how best to fasten our bridges together and making sure they were strong enough to carry the three goats.

Take a look at us testing out the strength of our creations…

In maths we have continued our fractions work with a focus on halving and quartering a given number. We have done lots of different activities and games to practise these skills. Can your child remember which numbers we cannot split in half and why this is?

We had lots of fun in our PE lesson with Andy from Leeds Rhinos. We played octopus tig and learnt how to pass a rugby ball.

Finally, we ended the week by celebrating the royal wedding. We even had a visit from some special guests!!

In phonics we have revised au, aw, or, er, ir , ur , oi and oy. We are looking forward to seeing you all next Friday morning at the alien workshop. Hope you are all excited about playing a game of phonic bingo!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy four days in Year 1!

May 11, 2018 at 11:00 am


Year 1 had two really super days at Rodley Nature reserve. In the morning we explored the nature reserve and had fun collecting objects to go on our sticky boards. We also spent time in the various hides looking carefully for wildlife on the lagoons. We were very lucky and spotted a heron, swans, geese and lots of ducks. In the afternoon we all had a turn at pond dipping. We caught snails, tadpoles, water boatmen, damson fly larvae and even stickleback fish. The children enjoyed being bug detectives and used a magnifying glass to look closely at the different mini beasts they collected. We also had an interesting talk from Peter the bee keeper – he told us lots of great facts about bees. Have you tasted the honey that your child brought home? Both classes had a brilliant day out at such a super location. Thank you so much to our volunteers who came with us – we could not have done it without you.

1GJ at the reserve…

1B at the reserve…

In literacy we have written an independent recount of our trip to the nature reserve. The children tried hard to use time connectives in their work – including first, next, after that, then and finally. In phonics we have revised u-e, ue, ew and oo.

We have been learning about fractions in our maths lessons. This week we have focused on halves and quarters of shapes. The children enjoyed creating their own ‘Picture Pie’ pictures by cutting circles into halves, quarters and eighths. We also played a fun dice game where we made fraction pizzas!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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A bear, a penguin, a dragon and a witch in Year 1!!

May 4, 2018 at 1:14 pm


We have had a very fun and busy week. In literacy we received this letter …

This then led us on an adventure where we followed a trail of flour and crumbs to try and discover what had happened to this little gingerbread man. The children had a great experience and met some very interesting characters along the way. Can your children remember who they met?

They finally met a witch and she seemed to know what had happened to the gingerbread man. It was all very exciting. The children then wrote a super letter back to the little old woman with a detailed explanation about the trail they had explored and what they thought had really happened to the gingerbread man. Can your child remember what they thought had happened to him? The little old woman was so pleased with the letters the children wrote that she made them all a gingerbread man to eat….yum! But when we arrived at school on Friday we found some very strange videos!

1B’s Video-

1GJ’s Video-

We decided we needed to build traps to catch the sneaky gingerbread men! We had lots of fun building our traps outside and luckily we did manage to catch some tasty treats.

In our grammar lesson the children were taught about prefixes and the children made prefix calculations e.g un + happy = unhappy and some then wrote sentences with prefixes in.  We have revised i-e, igh, ie, o-e, oa,oe,ow in phonics. Thank you for all your support at home – most children are now reading and writing the phonemes with more confidence.

In maths the children have had fun doing lots of practical sharing. We then looked at division and the children have been taught how to record division calculations and how to use the symbol ÷.

We have continued to learn about types of animals in science. The children thought about the animals that Liz brought and had to decide if they were a mammal, amphibian, fish, bird or reptile. We played an interesting ‘What am I?’ game which the children really enjoyed.

Harry and Arthur, in 1GJ, have been looking after some caterpillars at home. They brought them to show their class and then we all released them in our playground.

Enjoy the long weekend – we hope the sun shines!

The Year 1 Team


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Amazing Animals!

April 30, 2018 at 3:26 pm


Liz from Noah’s Ark brought some very exciting animals to visit Year 1 today.

First we met the biggest type of owl in the world –an eagle owl called Nigel. Did you know that owls can’t move their eyes so they have to twist their heads round?

We saw a tortoise called Whizzy but she didn’t move very fast!

The chinchillas were super soft and made great hats.

Rainbow the chameleon could change colour so he was camouflaged and dangle upside down. Spotty the leopard gecko could lose his tail to a predator and grow a new one!

Willow the skunk smelt really bad – luckily she didn’t spray anyone because a bath of tinned tomatoes is the only way to remove the stench!

Dylan and Zebedee, the bearded dragons, had a race to catch a cricket for their lunch.

Finally some children bravely held Gripper the boa constrictor and a tarantula called Rosie.

Thank you for a fantastic afternoon Liz!


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Who could be at the top of the beanstalk?

April 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm


In grammar this week we have been focusing on plurals. The children did various tasks and have been looking at the spelling patterns. They matched singular and plural words and sorted them according to their endings s/es/ies.

In literacy we read the story Jack and the Beanstalk again. Gilbert, the puppet, thought the story was a bit boring and asked the children to write their own exciting version. They began by drawing an alternative setting and baddy that could be at the top of a beanstalk. They used their imagination and thought of some great ideas. We had Candy Land with spooky witches, Space World with aliens and even Bubble Land! They then wrote an alternative middle and ending to the story. We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey /ee in phonics. Keep playing the dice games at home. Please can the children bring their red spelling book to school each week so we can stick the next game in.

We have continued with our multiplication work in maths. The children used arrays to represent repeated addition e.g. 3 + 3 + 3. We have also been practising our doubles. Can your child quickly recall double numbers? 1 +1 = 2, 2 + 2 = 4, 3 + 3 = 6, 4 + 4 = 8, 5 + 5 = 10, 6 + 6 = 12 …. Can they spot any patterns?

The children also enjoyed an afternoon of measuring, focusing on weighing and mass. The children used non- standard and standard units to weigh a variety of objects.

We continued our work based on plants in science. This week the children learnt about the cycle of a bean. They also measured their magic beans. Some are already 5 cm tall.

Thank you to everyone who has paid their contribution for our animal workshop. The children are all looking forward to this event on Monday.

We have something very exciting to build soon in Year 1! We need various sized cardboard boxes, clean yogurt pots, plastic tubs etc..

All of Year 1 are very proud of Arianna’s mummy who took part in the London Marathon. Well done!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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