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Watch out there are dinosaurs about!

January 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm


We had a very exciting start to our week – something had been in our classrooms over the weekend and made a bit of a mess! We looked for clues and found giant footprints and a letter from a Tyrannosaurus Rex!! There were also lots of very interesting T Rex facts hidden around our rooms. Did you know they were as tall as a bus and its arms didn’t reach its mouth? This inspired us to write our own T Rex fact book that we are going to share with our Year 6 buddies next week. Miss Bray has set up a camera to try and film the dinosaur if it comes back to school over the weekend – watch this space…

In phonics we have focused on u-e, are and ore. Please keep practising the real and nonsense words that are in your child’s reading record each week. We have learnt how to join up ng, igh and ee in our handwriting lesson. We have all read non-fiction texts in our guided reading sessions.

In maths we have had a week of addition. We began by using a number line to add and then moved onto practising our number bonds to 10 and 20 and looking for patterns. Number bond family of the week is 13 + 7 = 20, 7 + 13 = 20, 20 – 13 = 7, 20 – 7 = 13.

We have begun our art topic and we have been ‘Art Gallery Managers’. We have learnt about different types of art including installation art, sculpture and collage. The children had to sort lots of different art into groups and decide upon their likes and dislikes. 1B will be doing this lesson next week.

We looked in more detail at the artist Pacita Abad and used difference media to design a piece of art to paint onto a canvas.

1B visited Bradford Industrial Museum and all enjoyed an ‘Art of Noticing’ workshop which was led by an art expert from Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. The children were very well behaved and the art experts were very impressed with our skills! We had a fantastic time exploring and creating our own art work. We used a variety of materials throughout the morning: can you child remember what we used?

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who volunteered to help, we really appreciate all your support.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team


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A busy start to 2018!

January 5, 2018 at 11:52 am


In literacy we have been exploring winter poems. We have read lots of poems and the children have written their own weather poems focusing on nouns, adjectives and verbs. Some children were even introduced to adverbs. In our handwriting lesson we have started to join up our cursive writing – we practised joining ch, sh and th.

In maths the children have completed the end of autumn term assessments. Some children answered the questions independently and others worked in small groups, with support, working through their ‘special booklet’.

We have been thinking scientifically during our science lessons. We carried out an investigation using ice. The children had to decide where the ice would melt the quickest – inside or outside? And if a jacket around the ice would keep it from melting? This is the picture we used to stimulate our investigation. The children helped plan the investigation and made sure it was a fair test.


The children were amazed by the results as lots of their predictions were incorrect. Can your child explain what happened? Yes, the coat acted as an insulator and insulators keep cold things cold and hot things hot. So don’t forget to wrap your snowman in a jacket if it snows again!

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

January 2, 2018 at 7:37 am


We hope that you have all had a lovely holiday. We have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for the next half term. Our topic is ‘What happens in an art gallery?’ and we will be learning all about different types of art and creating our own artwork using various skills and techniques. We even have a real artist coming into school to teach us how to create fused glass. We also have our trip to Bradford Industrial Museum on the 11th and 18th January. Please can you return your child’s consent form during the first week back. We still need more parents to support us on this visit. You will have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 8th February from 2.30pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

In literacy we are beginning by having a winter themed week and will be reading and writing our own winter poems. We then move onto a unit of work about dinosaurs and fantasy settings and the children will be creating their own characters and settings and writing stories. We have transformed our role play areas into dinosaur caves.

In maths we will continue our work on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also have fun doing lots of practical measuring tasks.

In science we will be developing our working scientifically skills and doing various investigations including experimenting with ice and using materials to keep a dinosaur dry!

Our RE unit for this half term is ‘What does it mean to belong to a group?’ We will be talking about groups they belong to and then comparing differences and similarities between a church and a mosque.

Our PPA time will continue on a Friday afternoon and the children will have fun during the rotation of lessons. This half term they will be doing art, RE, music and food skills.

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

The Year 1 Team

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A final busy week in Year 1!

December 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm


We hope that you all enjoyed our Christmas production ‘A Miracle in Town’. We were very proud of all the children – well done Year 1.

In literacy this week we have finished writing our nativity story booklets. Most children are now writing sentences independently and their handwriting is greatly improving. In phonics we have practised all the phonemes we have learnt so far this year. We have assessed the children individually and many of them are able to spot and read the phonemes in words – please keep practising at home. We have also heard the children read individually and updated their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’.

We have done lots of addition in maths this week. The children could choose their own equipment to answer the calculations and they are all becoming more confident and fluent when adding 2 digits together.

The children all had lots of fun at our Christmas party. They enjoyed lots of different party games and lots of delicious treats! 1GJ even had time to visit their Year 6 reading buddies. The children were all very excited when our special visitor arrived at our party …. it was Father Christmas!

Thank you for all your lovely cards, messages and presents. We hope you all have a super holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

The Year 1 Team

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Christingles, a trip to a museum and maths fun!

December 8, 2017 at 2:17 pm


In our RE lessons this half term we have been learning about celebrations and special occasions including Diwali, weddings, birthdays, Eid, Holi and Christmas. The children enjoyed looking at and discussing each other’s photographs, from home, of them celebrating with their families. We then looked more closely at the Muslim celebration of Eid. We finished this unit of work with our trip to St John’s church – where they learnt about the Christian christingle celebration. Reverend Hannah also explained about the advent candle and some children helped her light it. Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported us on our visit.

We all had a great time on our trips to Thwaites Mill. The children learnt about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas – they all made a traditional cracker and card. They also had fun playing with Victorian toys, making delicious lemonade and having a turn at making a rag rug. Thank you again to all the parents who supported us on our trips.

1GJ at the museum…

1B at the museum…

In maths we have been consolidating lots of the things we have learnt so far this year. The children had fun completing a tricky dot to dot and filling in missing numbers on strings of fairy lights. We have also been developing our fluency when adding 2 numbers together. The children are now adding with more confidence using their mental maths skills, number lines and counters. Keep practising those number bonds!

Our literacy lessons have been linked to RE this week and the children have begun to write a mini book about the Christmas story. In our phonics lessons we have been revising all the phonemes they have learnt this term. We are also busy hearing all the children read individually and many of them have moved onto the next level – well done. We will update their book allocation on ‘Bug Club’ ready for the holidays.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at our Christmas performances. Keep practising all the songs at home. Our performances are in the junior, south hall, on Tuesday at 2pm and Wednesday at 9.30am.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team




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Instructions, place value and a Victorian Christmas

December 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm


In literacy we have been reading and writing instructions. The children followed a set of instructions to create a robin card and then they wrote their own set of instructions. Can your child remember some of the bossy verbs they used? In handwriting we practised forming M, N, O, P, Q and R correctly. We learnt the phonemes ey, e-e and o-e in our phonic lessons. Over the next two weeks we are going to hear all the children read individually – please can you make sure that they bring their reading record to school every day.

We have continued our work based on place value in maths. This week we have been ordering and comparing groups of objects and mathematical models and using the language more than, less than, equal to, greatest and least. The children were given a problem solving task “12 eggs are put into 3 baskets. All the eggs are used. How many solutions can you find?” They enjoyed practically solving this problem with a partner and had some good discussions.

In history we learnt about how the Victorians celebrated Christmas in preparation for our visit to Thwaites Mill. We began by reading the book Queen Victoria’s Christmas by Jackie French. Then we looked at and sorted a variety of Christmas objects into two sets ‘introduced by the Victorians/not introduced by the Victorians.’ Can your child remember some of the things that the Victorians introduced?

The children have been busy rehearsing the Christmas show. Thank you for all your help learning the song words at home – keep practising! The performances are on Tuesday 12th December at 2pm and Wednesday 13th December at 9.30am in the Junior Hall.

Have a super weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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