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If you go down to the woods today …

June 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm


On Monday we had another and, in fact, our final fantastic Year One trip,  and as always the children were a pleasure to take.  We had such a great time learning about and exploring the beautiful woodland at Blackhills scout camp. The children participated in a range of activities from mini beast hunting to plant spotting and from a blind folded rope walk to den building. We had a lot of fun but the highlight for most children was the treasure hunt where they had to follow a map to find their treasure. Can your child explain why this treasure hunt had an extra twist? Thank you again to the parents who supported us on this trip and a special thanks to Mrs James for all of her hard work and for making the treasure hunt even more exciting – all of the children appreciated it!

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Ahoy there shipmates!

June 19, 2015 at 10:13 am


What an exciting week in Year 1 – we even had a visit from a pirate who helped us with our literacy work. We have been reading lots of different pirate stories and we worked with a partner to write speech bubbles and draw settings for our own exciting pirate stories. Next we drew a story map and finally we wrote our own pirate stories. The children enjoyed these tasks and wrote some brilliant stories. They are using all the things they’ve learnt throughout the year including conjunctions, adjectives and different types of punctuation. All the children have completed the Year 1 phonics screening and all were the best they can be – well done! Their results will be sent home with their end of year report in July.

In maths we have been developing our addition and subtraction skills – some children were introduced to using a blank number line. We also revisited finding the difference and used numicon to help us find the answers. Some children still find this quite difficult for example what is the difference between 7 and 10? We then moved onto finding the difference using money. You have 10p. You spend 8p. How much do you have left?

We have been learning how to use a compass in our geography lessons and the children have had fun playing various games to help them learn North, South, East and West. We will be using compasses and maps at Blackhills next week. They also used a game on the laptops on a programme called Purple Mash. They had to move various creatures around the screen following directions. The children can access Purple Mash at home by clicking this link. They need to log on with the username that they were given at the start of the year and the password is pass.

We continued being plant detectives and this time we explored the school farm. Can your child remember anything that they found? Did they find different plants this week?

We are looking forward to seeing lots of you at the camp over – hope the weather is good.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Watch out, Big Bad Bertha’s about!

June 16, 2015 at 11:03 am


This morning Miss Sedman was quietly discussing setting descriptions with Year One. Suddenly a pirate came bursting into the hall! We found out that Big Bad Bertha went to pirate school and learnt all sorts of pirate skills. Unfortunately, she did not learn how to write stories. Luckily, Year One have agreed to help her with some exciting new setting descriptions.  They are going to teach her how to use interesting adjectives and powerful verbs to create special settings and a pirate story.  We have already made a good start!

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Telling the time, plants, fantasy settings and aerial photographs!

June 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm


In literacy we have been reading the story ‘Billy’s Bucket’. The children had fun creating their own fantasy setting that was at the bottom of their bucket. They thought of some amazing places including fairgrounds, planets, magical castles and tropical islands. They then used adjectives to describe their setting. Next, we moved onto planning our stories using a story mountain and then finally we wrote our stories independently. The children all tried very hard and wrote some fantastic fantasy stories. We will be using this story to help us give the children an end of year level for their writing.

In maths, we have been practising telling the time. We have been playing various games to help us read o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. We also had fun using sand timers to see what different tasks we could do in 1, 2 and 5 minutes. How many numbers could you write in 1 minute? How many star jumps can you do in 2 minutes? We’ve also been learning how to spell the days of the week and months of the year.

In geography, we’ve been learning about aerial maps. We began by going for a walk around our school and its grounds and looking at key features. We then moved onto labelling an aerial photograph of the school.

We have been plant detectives in science. The children dropped a hoop on our school field and looked carefully to see what they could find and if they could name any of the plants and their parts.

The phonics screening check will take place next week. Mrs Loveridge will check each child individually and you will be given their result with their end of year report.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their Blackhills letter. All parents who have offered to help are welcome on this trip – we will talk to you about car sharing and travelling to the campsite next week.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy first week back and some super learning in Year One!

June 5, 2015 at 7:15 am


In maths this week we have been busy developing our place value skills. We have used Dienes equipment and arrow cards to help us partition numbers into hundreds, tens and units. Some children were extended to looking at 4 digit numbers such as 1653. Can your child partition this number? ( 1 thousand, 6 hundreds, 5 tens and 3 units.) This link might help!

In literacy we have focused on the story ‘Sharing a shell’ by Julia Donaldson. The children used some great adjectives to describe two scenes from the book. There were some brilliant descriptions such as ‘bright, glittering rolling waves’ and ‘soft, golden sand’. Some children enjoyed using alliteration in their sentences such as the ‘shiny, sparkly sun silently shone’. Can your child remember what alliteration means and give an example?  We then met Captain Conjunction! We had to impress him by thinking of different conjunctions instead of always writing ‘and’. The children used because, but, so, if and however to make their sentences more interesting. Click here for a fun game we have played.


Thank you to everyone who has written a speech bubble to go on our world maps. Wow! Year 1 have travelled to some amazing places! We have photographs from holidays in India, Mexico, Germany, France, Scarborough and London. The children are enjoying reading the speech bubbles.

We have also enjoyed investigating what human and physical features are in Geography. Can you explore your local environment for more examples?

Please can you make sure that your child has an outdoor PE kit with appropriate footwear.

Your child has brought home a letter about visiting Blackhill Woods. This is the last trip in Year 1 – we hope that lots of parents can come and join in the fun with us too. Please let your teacher know if you can support us on this trip.

Have a great weekend. The Year 1 Team


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Welcome back for the final half term in Year 1!

May 30, 2015 at 7:21 am


We hope you have all had a lovely holiday and are ready for the last half term in Year 1! We have lots of fun activities and events planned.

In literacy we will begin by looking at narrative texts. We will be reading ‘Sharing a Shell’ and ‘Billy’s Bucket’ and we will use these stories to help us write our final assessed piece of work of the year. Next we move onto pirate stories and we have lots of fun tasks planned linked to these books including our ‘Pirate Day’ on Wednesday 24th June. We will then be doing some work using information books and finishing the year with performance poetry.


The Year 1 phonics test will take place the week beginning the 15th June – thank you for all your support at home practising the digraphs and reading ‘real’ and ‘nonsense’ words. You will find out how well your child does when you receive their end of year report in July.

In maths we are developing our place value skills, then revisiting everything we have learnt this year including time, shape, measuring, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

In geography we are going to be busy looking at maps, globes and atlases. We will be learning about the continents and oceans. Does your child know any of them already? Can they find any countries on a map? Do they know any capital cities? During the week beginning the 29th June we are going to go on a tour of the British Isles!! The children will be having lots of fun learning about England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We will be plant detectives in our science lessons and will be exploring our school grounds, the farm and Blackhill woods to learn about different types of plants, life cycles and parts of plants.

Phew! What a busy and exciting final half term in Year 1.

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