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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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A busy first week back…

April 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm


What a busy and fun first week back we have had. The children have had a lot of fun exploring our new role play areas.

In literacy we’ve been reading different versions of Jack and the beanstalk.  We then moved onto creating ‘Wanted’ posters to help us find the giant. The children used some great words to describe this huge brute such as greedy, enormous, bossy and demanding. We have also been looking at how to use ?! and . correctly in our grammar lessons. Can your child tell you or write down a question sentence? In phonics we revised ck, ff, ll,ng, ss, zz, ch, ph, qu, sh, th, wh and ar. The children are all looking forward to playing the phonic dice game at home – have fun!

The children were very excited to receive a letter from Jack asking them for help to plant his magic beans. We had lots of fun on the school farm, working with the older children, planting the beans. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them? We also dug out the weeds, fed the chickens, planted seeds, watered plants, raked soil and even harvested.

We have started a unit of work based on multiplication in our maths lessons. The children have been counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and have been grouping objects into equal groups. They have been writing number sentences such as 5 groups of 2 = 10 and 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10.

In our science lesson the children have used magnifying glasses to look carefully at plants and labelled parts of them. We also had fun being ‘plant detectives’ in our school grounds. Our new class members have settled in well – how many frogs will we get?

We had lots of fun at the PE Extravaganza at Springbank. Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us at this event.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

April 13, 2018 at 6:30 am


We have another busy and exciting half term ahead. We have planned lots of super activities, trips and visitors. We have been busy getting our classrooms ready…

In literacy we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will be looking carefully at the characters and using lots of adjectives to describe them. We will also be writing our own versions of traditional stories. Our design and technology lessons are linked to literacy and we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use. We will continue with our guided reading and phonic sessions and will be revising all the phonemes in preparation for the phonic screening in June. In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals.

In maths we will be learning about multiplication and division. The children will also have fun with fractions and weighing.

In science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. We will be visiting the school farm to plant lots of seeds. We will also be learning about animals – types, habitats, diets and life cycles. Our trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and the animal workshop will support our science work this half term. Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of wellington boots in school as we will be visiting the farm during the first week and the grounds are still muddy. We also have tanks ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think we might put in them?

Phew! Another exciting half term in Year 1! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 team

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An eggcellent end to the term!

March 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm


It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘Spring Chicken Event’ this morning.

We hope you all enjoyed sharing our books, watching the movies and eating the yummy chocolate nests. The children have really enjoyed our chicken topic and this was very clear by the smiles on their faces. Well done Year 1!

These are our wonderful videos – watch out Hollywood!


1B were very lucky this week as we had a visit from our reading buddies in 6S. We showed them our chicken movie, sang our spring chicken song and shared our chicken books. Mr Sharp was very impressed with all of our work, especially our beautiful handwriting!

In literacy we completed our chicken books. In phonics we revised air, ure, are and ear. We have also listened to everyone read and it is good to see so many children moving up a reading level. Please continue with lots of reading and phonic practise at home.

In maths the children have completed some assessments to show how much they have learnt this term. The children all tried hard and many have made good progress. Keep practising your number bonds and counting at home.

Here is a link to some maths and literacy games. Enjoy! Please click here.

In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. The children enjoyed opening eggs to find clues about the story. They also had lots of fun on our Easter hunt and had to search the classroom and outdoor area looking for Easter objects. The favourite part of the lesson was eating hot cross buns and Easter eggs!

Thank you for all your support.

Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 Team

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