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Look what is happening in Year 1!

Monday 23rd March

March 23, 2020 at 1:33 pm


Home learning

Good afternoon year 1! We will be updating the blog every few days with suggestions and activities you can do at home. Please feel free to email us photographs of any activities you are busy doing at home too!


This week we would be focusing on measurement: length and height.

You could:

Use non-standard units, such as straws, paper clips, kidney beans or hands to measure length and height. It is important for children to realise that the non-standard units should be exactly in line with one end of the object with no gaps between them to get an accurate measurement.

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The pencil is 4 paper clips long.

You could find objects around the house to measure.

Use the words taller or shorter in the sentence stems to compare the height of the man and the boy.

You could introduce using a ruler. It is important that children know to measure from 0 cm. There’s also an activity sheet attached to this blog post. This can be used after practically measuring different items using a ruler.

Can you try solving this problem?


In English we would be finding out all about chickens and writing some facts. Can you research and write sentences in your home learning book?

You may start with this website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/my-pet-and-me-chickens

Remember to include capital letters, fingers spaces and full stops. Can you add a ? or ! in some of your sentences too?

In phonics we would be revising the phonemes air/ear/ure/are/c says s/oi/oy. Can you spot any of these phonemes in your reading books? Can you write any words with these phonemes in? Don’t forget to keep practising the tricky words.


You can sign up for oxford owl free of charge to access lots of ebooks online too! Just click this link:


Don’t forget to play out in your garden in this lovely sunshine.

Bye for now.

The Year 1 Team

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A giant egg in Year 1!

March 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm



We have had a very eggciting week!! We received a letter from somebody called Doris saying she had laid her egg in our school grounds but couldn’t remember where. She left us some clues to read and we had lots of fun following them. At the end of the hunt was a beautiful blue egg. We carried it carefully back to our room and made it a comfy nest.

We then worked hard writing lots of questions about the egg and drawing pictures of what we thought was inside it. “Is it a lizard?”  “I think it is a scaly snake.”  “I think there is a unicorn in the egg.”

The next day the egg had hatched and inside we found even more clues – blood, slimy snot, a tooth, a claw and some burnt paper. How exciting – a baby dragon called Doogi had been living in our room!! We all wrote letters to Doris and she replied.  A brilliant week of English with so much fun and learning taking place.

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or/er/ir/ur/oo/ew/ue/u-e. Have fun playing the games at home! We also enjoyed reading our new ‘phonic’ books with a friend.


This week we have had fun counting in multiples of 10s. The children have used numicon and dienes to help them count, look for patterns and solve problems. Can your child tell you which numbers are odd and which are even?

We enjoyed singing this song.

We then moved onto learning about measuring and have focused on length. The children used the language taller, longer and shorter to compare different objects.


On Monday we went for a walk to Pudsey Civic Hall for a space themed music event. We heard stories and joined in with lots of new songs. We really enjoyed listening to the band. Can your children remember any of the instruments that the band played?

We have attached some of the work that we have sent home this week. Packs are ready for the children who have been absent this week. We will let you know how you can pick them up from school over the coming weeks.

Take care and keep in touch with us by commenting on the blog or sending us an email. Thank you for all your kind words and support over the last few weeks.

The Year 1 Team

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Counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and more science fun!

March 13, 2020 at 2:58 pm



We have been busy counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We used numicon and bundles of straws to help us count and solve problems. Keep counting lots at home!


We have continued writing our non-fiction books about our senses. This week we wrote about touch, smell, sight and hearing. The children wrote some very interesting facts in their books. Did you know your skin is the largest organ and is covered in sensors and our ears hear vibrations?

In phonics we have revised oa/oe/ow/o-e, igh/ie/i-e and g says j. We are busy doing a practise ‘phonic screening’ with the children. They are impressing us with their phonic skills. We will share their scores and give you more information about the screening, which will take place in June, at parents’ evening. Please keep practising at home – we have sent home a fun game to play with all the family.


This week we have been answering the enquiry question “Does the biggest hand hold the most cubes?” We had fun investigating and found out that in 1G the child with the biggest hand could hold the most cubes, but in 1P someone with a smaller hand held the most!

1P also had fun making ‘sick’ with Miss Gill!! Urgh!


We are enjoying our games unit of work. This week we have been practising our throwing and aiming skills.


Over the past few weeks, we have been using data loggers to investigate how different activities change how fast or slow our heart is. We have had great fun, coming up with different ways of getting the blood pumping around our bodies including reading a book, star jumps, walking up and down stairs, trampolining and lying down and resting. We took an initial reading before each activity and then afterwards so that we could compare any differences. There have been some really interesting results. It was particularly interesting to see what happened whilst reading a book. Some children’s heart beats slowed down where as some increased significantly, especially when they got to a funny or exciting part of the book!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Exploring our five senses!

March 6, 2020 at 12:50 pm



We have been investigating our five senses this week. We began by exploring lots of different objects and describing how they felt, smelt, looked, sounded and tasted. The children then wrote sentences using lots of super ‘right choice’ words. In our next lesson we started to write our own information books about our senses.

In phonics we have revised ee, ea, e-e, ey and ai, a-e, ay. The children are great phonic detectives and are reading real and nonsense words with more confidence – please keep practising at home.


We have been comparing numbers to 50 using < and >. We have used the language of greater than and less than. We have also started to practise counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Keep practising at home too!


We have been learning about our sense of taste. We looked carefully at our tongues and learnt about taste buds. Can your child remember how many taste buds the average person has? We then tasted different foods and decided if they were sweet, salty, bitter or sour.

We also looked at art work by the artist Esref Armagan who is blind. The children were amazed that he had created his pieces of art without sight. They were all challenged to create a piece of art wearing a blindfold and only using their sense of touch – this got quite messy!!

World Book Day

We all had lots of fun celebrating reading. We did an activity with each KS1 teacher.

All your ‘shelfies’ were brilliant – well done. We were also very impressed with your book reviews, posters and stories in a box.

We also enjoyed sharing books with our Year 5 reading buddies. What a busy day!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Amazing bodies, place value and measuring fun!

February 28, 2020 at 2:58 pm


English and Science

We began our new topic with a ‘Busy Body Day’ and the children had fun investigating and learning interesting facts about their body. The children began by drawing things that were in their body. We then looked in information books and correctly put the body parts in the right places. The children were interested in finding out body facts! Did you know your eyes see upside down and your veins and arteries would go around the world twice? They labelled a body and wrote sentences about some of the facts they had learnt. They also enjoyed looking at the model of the skeleton and created their own using chalk, paint and art straws.

Everyone was very excited about our virtual T shirt. We’ve had lots of fun using the app ‘Virtuali – tee’ to look inside a human body!!

The children have enjoyed their first week of ‘Phonic Detectives’. This week we focused on the digraphs ck/ff/ll/zz/ss/ng/ch/sh/th/wh/ph/qu/ar. They are all very keen to be detective of the day and win the prize! Thank you for your support at home completing the phonic spotting sheet.

The children have been busy exploring the new role play areas and investigating our senses displays.


We have been working hard to represent numbers to 50 using 10 frames, tens and ones, straws and part-whole models. We have also found missing numbers within 50 and solved one more and ones less problems. We have realised that the ‘ones’ increase when we add one more but decrease when we find one less.

We also had lots of fun at our ‘Body Olympics’. The children took part in the long jump, straw javelin and measuring different body parts.


Our PSHE unit this half term is ‘What is safe for our bodies?’ This week we have been talking about what is safe to go inside our bodies and on our skin. The children had to sort our weekly shop into safe, sometimes safe and never safe. This led to some very interesting discussions and the children were very aware of how to keep themselves safe.

We are looking forward to celebrating World Book Day next Thursday. We have got lots of great books to share and some fun activities prepared. We need lots of clean plastic pots, tubs and bags for one of our activities. Please have a look through your recycling! The ‘shelfie’ photographs are brilliant – keep sending them in! Remember there are other competitions they can do too, we have some great prizes!

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

February 19, 2020 at 8:53 am


We have another busy and exciting half term planned in Year 1. We will be learning lots about our amazing bodies and exploring our five senses. Look at our new areas:

During the first week we are having a ‘Busy Body Day’. We will begin by labelling the human body and finding out and writing lots of interesting body facts. We will also have fun competing in the ‘Amazing Body Olympics’.

In our English lessons we will be writing facts about our bodies and the five senses and will also become chicken experts and write our own non-fiction book. We will also continue with our daily phonic lessons and be doing lots of reading.

In maths we will be doing lots of work about place value and also having fun with lots of practical measuring.

We will be doing lots of practical investigations based on the body in our science lessons. We will also become chicken experts! We will be visiting the school farm, so please can you make sure that your child has a pair of wellington boots in school. The children will also be creating their own ‘Chicken Books’ and making mini movies! We would like to share this work with you on Friday 3rd April at 9.15 in the North Hall – more details to follow.

Our computing lessons will be linked to science and maths and we will be using Data Loggers to investigate our heart rates.

In our PE lessons we are beginning our games unit of work. During our Friday afternoon rotation the children will be doing RE, food skills, music and art.

We hope your child’s amazing art is on display in your homes.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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