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Plurals, doubles and plant detectives in Year 1!

April 26, 2019 at 2:49 pm


In maths we have been looking at grouping and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. This is to help us with our understanding of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We then moved on to doubling. Follow the links below to sing the songs we have used this week!

We have set some games on Mathletics to help practise counting in 2s, 5s, 10s. Remember, if you earn 1000 points in a week you get a special certificate.

In computing we have continued to broaden our understanding of algorithms and have been creating code on purple mash. The children really enjoyed working in partners to write code and solve problems.

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. We have revised a-e/ai/ay/ea/e-e/ey/ee in phonics. Please can the children bring their red spelling book to school each week so we can stick the next game in. 1B have written their wanted posters and used some great adjectives to describe the giant.

We continued our work based on plants in science.  This week they learnt about the parts of a plant and what all the parts do. Their magic beans are beginning to grow – some are already 5 cm tall.

1G had a super day 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 using the binoculars and looking at various birds. 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? Thank you so much to our volunteers who came with us – we could not have done it without you.

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

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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A busy four days in Year 1!

April 18, 2019 at 4:45 pm


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

In literacy, 1G have 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. 1B will do this activity next week.

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 have all planted a bean. Will they grow? What might be at the top of them?

In our science lesson we learnt about the life cycle of a bean and started an investigation about what conditions a bean needs to grow the best. We made sure it was a ‘fair test’.

In maths we have been learning about capacity. We have been using non-standard units of measurements (cups) to estimate and then work out how much it takes to fill different containers. We have been using language such as: full, empty, half full, more than and less than to describe the capacity. We have set a few Mathletics games relating to this topic for the children to do during Dojo Challenge time and at home.

The highlight of the week for 1B has to be their visit to Rodley Nature Reserve on Thursday. We could not have asked for better weather so had an amazing day making sticky boards, pond dipping, bird watching and finding out all about bees! The children were very well behaved and learnt so much from the Rodley volunteers. Lots of the children were very keen to take their own families to visit Rodley so please visit their website if you are interested. Can your child remember what they caught in the pond?

In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. They enjoyed our Easter hunt and had to search the classroom and outdoor area looking for Easter objects.

The chicks have had a lovely time on their mini-holiday and have grown, a lot! Thanks to Kara’s family for looking after 1B’s chicks and continuing to help with the chicken duties! Here are some photographs of the chicks having a fabulous time with Kara and her family.

Now they have their feather they are able to live outside in the coop in the outside area of Y1. We will be rehousing them in the next few weeks.

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

Have a lovely long weekend – see you on Tuesday!

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back for the last term in Year 1!

April 13, 2019 at 8:04 am


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

In English we are focusing on Traditional Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Man 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. In our design and technology lessons we will be designing and creating bridges for the Billy Goats to use.

In our grammar lessons we will be learning about prefixes, suffixes and plurals. 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. We are looking forward to our ‘Phonic Alien Workshop on Friday 24th May at 9am – you will be able to have fun playing phonic games and doing exciting alien activities with your child!

In maths we will be learning about multiplication, division and fractions. We will also be having lots of practical fun exploring weight and volume.

In science we are beginning by learning about seeds, plants and life cycles. 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. We also have a special habitat ready for some visitors in our classrooms. What do you think might live in here?

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, 2019 at 4:31 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!



In literacy we completed our chicken books. In phonics we revised air/ear/ure/are /c says s/g says j/ oi/oy/silent k/silent g. We learnt how to join up ck, ee, ll and ng in our handwriting lesson.

In maths we have been busy measuring! We started using non-standard units of measure such as cubes or hands to compare the length and height of items in our classrooms before moving onto measuring in centimetres. The children had such fun measuring anything and everything! They even took rulers and metre sticks out with them at playtime to continue their learning.


Thank you for all your support.

Have a lovely holiday – we hope the sun keeps shining!

The Year 1 Team


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Chickens, chickens and more chickens!!

March 22, 2019 at 4:01 pm


The highlight of our week was the hatching of our chicks. How very eggciting! The children are enjoying looking after them.

We have also had some exciting visitors in Year 1 this week. Mr Garlick brought his chickens for a holiday in our outside area. He talked to all the children about his chickens and they got the chance to stroke them. The children have enjoyed looking after the chickens all week and have learnt lots of facts about them. Did you know a hen has a vent and it is where her eggs come out of? Did you know if the comb is pale and floppy it might mean that the chicken is poorly?

We also visited the school chickens and Mr Harris told us lots of interesting facts about them and we will be using all this information to help us write our own non-fiction books. We really enjoyed meeting our school hens.

We have started to write and illustrate our non-fiction chicken books in our literacy lessons. This week we have written pages about the features of chickens and their habitat. The children are looking forward to sharing them with their families on Friday 29th March at 9.10am – you are all welcome!

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or er/ir/ur/oo/ew/ue/u-e.

We have started to practise joining our handwriting. This week we have really focused on joining ch, th and sh. Learning to join is a really tricky task but the children have put the children have tried so hard and as a result their work looks beautiful!

In maths we have continued counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s forwards and backwards all the way up to 100! We are getting really confident skip counting and have been using those skills to problem solve.

In our computing lesson we learnt how to use an Ipad app called ‘Puppet Pals’. The children worked in their hive groups to create mini movies using all their chicken knowledge!

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

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at Parents Evening – if you haven’t yet booked an appointment please speak to Mrs Walton in the school office.

Have a great weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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A giant egg and fun counting in 2s!

March 15, 2019 at 4:12 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 chameleon.”  “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 Dudley had been living in our room!! Doris even sent us some videos using QR codes! We found QR codes all around our classrooms and had lots of fun scanning them. Some people impressed Doris so much with their letter writing that she sent them their very own videos! We all wrote letters to Doris and she replied.  A brilliant week of literacy with so much fun and learning taking place.

In phonics we have revised oa/oe/ow/o-e and igh/ie/i-e. 

In maths this week we have had fun counting in multiples of 2s. The children have used socks, numicon, straws, and multi-link  to help them count and look for patterns. Can your child tell you which numbers are odd and which are even?

In our science lesson we learnt about the life cycle of the chicken. The children had fun deciding which came first – the chicken or the egg? They then sequenced the life cycle in their chicken books. Our eggs are due to hatch next week!! The children are looking forward to sharing their chicken books with their families on Friday 29th March – you are all welcome!

We are visiting the school chickens next week so please make sure that your child has their wellies in school – it is very muddy on the school farm!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 1 Team

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