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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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Vehicles fit for a queen!

November 24, 2017 at 6:52 am


Year 1 have been busy designing and then making vehicles for the queen. First the children looked at wheeled vehicles and thought about the queen’s requirements. Can your child show you the axle, axle holder and body on a toy car? Next the children created designs and practised joining materials. Year 1 used lots of skills to build their vehicles including, sawing and sticking. Did you know that pegs and card can all be used to make axle holders? The finished carriages and cars are certainly suitable for royalty and there is not a pumpkin to be seen! Can your child tell you what they discussed during their evaluation? Does their vehicle match their initial design?

In literacy the children all wrote about their vehicles. Most children are now remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in their work. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes aw, au, i-e and a-e. We have practised writing the capital letters G, H, I, J, K and L in our handwriting lesson. In our guided reading sessions this half term we are focusing on non-fiction texts.

We have continued our work on place value in maths. The children used tens and ones to find one more and one less. They have also been introduced to the symbols < greater than and > less than. Ask your child about the crocodile who likes to eat the biggest number! In our Friday key skill lesson we developed our fluency when adding two numbers together. The children used a variety of equipment to solve the calculations.

Please remember to return your consent slips for our trip to Thwaites Mill. Your child has also brought home a letter about visiting St Johns Church in Farsley. We still need parent helpers for both of these visits – please let your child’s teacher know if you would like to support us on either visit.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team





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The Queen’s Knickers, floating and sinking and more place value!

November 17, 2017 at 12:31 pm


We 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 spooky Halloween pants, Christmas pants, Eid pants and even bonfire night pants! Then they wrote sentences about their knickers. In phonics we have learnt wh, ph, oe and ew.  In handwriting we have practised forming the capital letters A,B,C,D,E and F correctly.

In maths we have been focusing on place value. In our first session the children used ten frames and numicon to work out how many tens and ones each number had. In our second session we used dienes equipment – tens and ones. The children enjoyed using them for different tasks and many of them can now represent a two digit number with tens and ones. Please can you help your child practise writing the digits to 20. Many children are still mixing up the digits e.g. writing 31 instead of 13, 51 instead of 15. Number bond family of the week is 10 + 0 = 10, 0 + 10 = 10, 10 – 0 = 10.

In our science lesson we continued our work on materials. The children used their knowledge of materials to help the queen make something that would keep her knickers dry. They had great fun testing their designs!


In history we have been looking at Victorian artefacts and created our own class museums. They were all very interested in the finger stocks and the back straightener that was used by Victorian teachers. Some children wrote labels and helped position the artefacts in the museum and others used an Ipad to take photographs of the objects and label them.

A group of boys in 1B have been particularly busy in the construction area this week. Take a look at this fantastic cinema that they built!

Thank you for all your contributions for Children in Need. The children looked fantastic today and have really enjoyed guessing the number of sweets and putting their coins on Pudsey bear.

It was lovely to see many of you at parents evening last week. We hope you have found the packs we sent home helpful.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team







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Another exciting week in Year 1!

November 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm


Phew! What a busy week – a trip, a visit from an author, parents evenings and plenty of great learning too.

We began our history topic by learning about Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. The children learnt lots of facts about them both and enjoyed looking at the Victorian artefacts. We then continued this work during our trip to Abbey House where the children had a great time. They all took part in a ‘Comparing Queens’ workshop where they learnt lots of interesting things and also had fun exploring the museum. Thank you very much to all the parents who supported us on our trips.

1B at the museum…

1GJ at the museum…

In maths we have focussed on 3D shape. The children enjoyed some fun practical tasks including building towers and making their own shapes with straws and plasticine. In Year 1 the children need to be able to name and talk about pyramids, cuboids, spheres, cubes and cylinders. Can your child remember how many faces they have? How many vertices they have? Number bond family of the week is 9 + 1 = 10, 1 + 9 = 10, 10 – 9 = 1 and 10 – 1 = 9.

In literacy the children have all written a recount of their trip to Abbey House. Olivia Opener made another visit and reminded the children about using good time connectives such as first, next, after that and finally. In phonics we have learnt the phonemes oy, ir and ue and in handwriting we practised forming v, w , x and z.

In our PHSE lesson the children met Pantosaurus. He is a friendly dinosaur who talked to them about being safe. This is linked to the NSPCC project ‘Pants are Private’. The children all loved this song!

Well done to Alfie and Arthur who were the first children in Year 1 to achieve their 30:30 certificate for completing 10 days of being active for 30 minutes both at school and at home. Keep being active everyone and remember to bring your chart to school once you’ve filled 10 days.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team



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