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A great day at Skipton Castle

November 15, 2019 at 3:04 pm


The highlight of our week was our trip to Skipton Castle. The children were very enthusiastic and the guides were impressed with their castle knowledge. The children loved exploring the castle – especially the long drop!

1G at the castle…

1P at the castle…

Thank you to all the parents who came with us. We hope you enjoyed the day too.


1P have been reading the story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. This is a fun story where the queen loses her pants!!

The children enjoyed creating their own pair of pants and using adjectives to describe them. They designed under the sea pants, space pants, dinosaur pants and jungle pants! Then they wrote sentences about their knickers.

1G wrote recounts about their visit to the castle. They all tried hard to use time connectives such as first, next, then, after that and finally in their writing.

In phonics we have learnt ay, ir, and ie. Please keep practising the phonemes and words in their reading records.


We have been busy using a range of methods to solve addition equations up to 20. The children have worked hard to solve addition problems using 10 frames, part whole models and with a number line too!


We have started our unit based on materials and their properties.  The children enjoyed exploring, discussing and sorting different materials. The clay was very popular! They even had to choose which material would be best to make a pair of glasses that they could see through. Can they remember the new word they learnt which means see through?


We learnt about Remembrance Day and the children found out why some people wear poppies. The children also created their own sun catcher poppy.


This week it is anti-bullying week. We have been thinking about what makes a good friend and created a class poster.

We have had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need. Thank you for all your kind donations. The children looked amazing dressed as adjectives. We had lots of spotty, brave, sporty, strong, stripey, cool, sparkly and sleepy children! We enjoyed a morning of adjective and reading fun. We read the book ‘Dangerous!’ by Tim Warnes and had fun covering our classrooms in adjectives!!

We all enjoyed sharing a book with our Year 5 ‘Reading Buddies’.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Exploring castles in Year 1!

November 8, 2019 at 3:36 pm



We have been busy exploring different methods that can be used to solve additions. We have used the following methods this week:

part-whole models

4 + 3 = 7

10 frames

Can your child complete an addition equation using one of this weeks methods? We have also solved a range of number problems and used a range of methods to show how we got our answer.

We have also had fun seeing how many ways we can make 7.


The children have enjoyed starting our topic all about castles. They have explored the castle role play area and drawn their own medieval castles. The children have enjoyed learning the names of the different parts of a castle and are looking forward to our Skipton Castle trip next week too!


The children have been using adjectives to describe various castles and their parts. They also had fun building their own castles and writing about them.

In phonics we have been busy assessing the children to see how many of the phonemes we’ve learnt so far they know and if they can read them in simple and more complex words. In handwriting we have practised forming b, h, k and p. These belong to the one-armed robot family.

The children have had lots of fun in our new role play areas…

We are looking forward to visiting Skipton Castle next week. The children need to wear their school uniform and sensible footwear. They also need a packed lunch. It can get quite cold in the castle so please make sure they have a warm coat, gloves and a hat.

Next Friday is our Children in Need fundraising day organised by the school council. We are looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up as an adjective of their choice!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Exciting new role play areas

November 2, 2019 at 8:54 am


Look at our new role play areas. The children will be able to explore the spooky castles. There are lots of interesting objects in the jars for them to create their own potions. Eyeball and finger soup? Snake and centipede smoothies?

We have another busy half term planned. In maths we will continue with our work based on place value and we will be doing lots of addition and subtraction. We will also be learning about shapes and patterns and doing lots of fun practical exploration.

The story ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ will be used in our English lessons and we will have lots of pants fun!! We still need lots of small boxes for our royal vehicles – please keep saving them.

Our science lessons will be focusing on materials and their properties and we will be doing lots of exciting investigations.

A set of twelve recyclable materials containing tin cans, glass, paper, batteries, wood, organic waste etc…

In PSHE we will have lots of fun with Pantosaurus. This is linked to the NSPCC ‘Pants are private’ unit of work.

In our Friday PPA lessons we will be learning about celebrations in RE, continuing with our work about keeping the beat in music, cooking delicious vegetarian pizzas and exploring the school grounds to continue learning about trees and making our own stick people!

Look at our new welly racks!

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy 4 days!

October 24, 2019 at 2:43 pm



We have been exploring autumn objects including some very prickly sweet chestnuts, beech nuts and lots of lovely autumn leaves. The children then wrote super sentences about the autumn objects, using lots of great adjectives. We also had fun creating leaf characters and writing about them.

We have heard all the children read individually and many of them have moved up to the next level – well done. We have updated their Bug Club books ready for the holiday. In phonics we have revised air and qu and all the tricky words we have learnt this half term .


We have been ordering numbers using positions. The children have enjoyed carrying out a range of races to help learn the language of 1st 2nd and 3rd.

We have also recapped the objectives we have learnt this half term. We have reviewed counting forwards and backwards, counting on 10 frames and using the language of greater than and less than to compare numbers.

Please keep practising the part -whole models at home ready for our addition and subtraction lessons next half term!


We have been learning about the seasons and weather. The children were very interested in our weather station which is in our outdoor area. The children have used it to measure the wind speed and direction, rainfall and the temperature.


We have continued our work about trees. Both classes have chosen a tree and we will visit it each season and observe the changes.

This afternoon we enjoyed visiting Year 4. They had made some electronic games and we had fun playing them.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

The Year 1 Team

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More funky fruit and vegetables in Year 1!

October 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm



We have been practising lots of number bonds up to 10 this week. We have used the part-whole model to help us find different ways of making numbers – How many ways can you make 8? Can you use 2 numbers to make 9? We have also been working with our partners to solve number story problems too! We have enjoyed listening to a number bonds of 8 song this week. You can sing along at home too:


We have continued with our work based on the story ‘Kitchen Disco’. We have had lots of fun creating our own fruit and vegetable characters and thinking of adventures they get up to when we are all asleep. We had apples jumping on the bed, a pineapple climbing up the curtains and even strawberries dancing the rumba!

In phonics we have revised oi, er, ure and ear. In handwriting we have looked at the one-armed robot family and have practised forming r, n and m cursively. We have also been reading and writing the tricky words was, his, has, you, one, ask, our and says. Over the next two weeks we will hear all the children read individually and we will update their Bug Club books. Many children have moved up to the next book band level – well done!

Religious Education

This half term we have been learning about special books and why stories are important. All the children were asked to bring a special book from home to share with their friends. They all enjoyed this part of the lesson and had lots to say about their chosen books…”My mummy reads it to me at bedtime” “I have had this book since I was a baby and I have looked after it” “My book belonged to my daddy and he has given it to me”.

We then discussed different religions and looked at some of their special books including the Bible, the Qur’an, the Torah Scrolls, the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Vedas and the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. Many of the children were able to talk about their own personal experiences of looking at these special books at home with their families.

Harvest Festival

We all enjoyed our celebration this morning. We were very proud of our ‘soup movie’. Thank you for all your kind donations.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at parents’ evening next week.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A disco in the kitchen!

October 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm



The children were amazed to find some crazy fruit having a disco in our classrooms!! We have all enjoyed reading the fun story ‘Kitchen Disco’. The children had to think of adjectives to describe a piece of dancing fruit! They thought of some great words such as juicy, smooth, groovy and wiggly. Then they all tried hard to write some sentences about the fruit. We even had time to have a dance too!

We have also enjoyed singing a kitchen disco song too! You can sing along here:

In phonics we have revised ar, or, ow and ur.  In handwriting we have practised forming u, y and j correctly.


We have been practising our number bonds. We played lots of games to help us remember these facts including fishing for 10’s, finding numbered keys to open number bond locks and matching paper clip pairs.

We used a ten frame to help us as well as the part/whole model to show what we know.

We also had fun weighing fruit! The disco fruit were arguing about who was the heaviest? How many tangerines weighed the same as the coconut? Was the pear lighter than the apple? We solved their problems by doing lots of weighing.

We watched and sang along with the Supermovers to help practise our number bonds. Click above to try it yourself!


We have been ‘Tree Detectives’ and had fun exploring the school grounds hunting for leaves, talking about the parts of a tree and naming some of the trees. Our school grounds are amazing – we found willow, a monkey puzzle, a silver birch, a wild cherry, apple trees, alders, mountain ash, an oak tree, holly and many more! Maybe your child could show you them before school one day?

If you go down in the woods this weekend please can you look for seeds and leaves from trees. If you find anything please bring them into school for our science lessons and to display on our nature tables. Can you name the seeds and the trees that they came from? REMEMBER: Some seeds are poisonous. Never put them in your mouth and wash your hands after touching them. Have fun being autumn adventurers and super scientists!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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