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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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Another half term of fantastic learning is over!

May 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

We have had a busy week updating our individual assessments in writing, reading and maths in preparation for report writing. The children have worked very hard and we are really pleased with their progress – thank you for all your support at home too.

In literacy the children wrote an independent recount of their trip to Tropical World. They remembered to use time words such as first, then, after that and finally. They also used some great adjectives to describe many of the animals they saw. We have heard all the children read individually and many of them have moved onto the next book band – well done! The children have all handed their books in ready for the audit but we’ve updated ‘Bug Club’ so they could read books online during the holidays.

In maths the children have been doing lots of fun practical activities using many of the skills they’ve learnt so far this year.

We had some more special visitors in school this week during our science lesson. Mrs Booth brought George the tortoise, Mrs Wilson’s son Jacob, brought in a snake, a gecko and two frogs. The children enjoyed learning about these amazing animals. We then spent time discussing what features amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals have and sorted animals into these categories.

The children have done some super work in their learning logs and they are all now animal experts!

There is no learning log homework for the holiday but please can you help your child fill in their speech bubble about where in the world they have visited that was sent home. Remember lots of reading and phonics practice over the holiday is ideal especially as we have our phonics test soon. Thank you! Here are some websites to help – Phonics link and Literacy link.

Have a super half term holiday – we hope the weather improves! The Year 1 Team

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An animaltastic week of learning!

May 15, 2015 at 9:15 am


What an exciting week in Year 1 – we’ve seen lots of amazing animals both in school and at Tropical World. Can your child remember all the animals they’ve seen? Did they spot any amphibians or reptiles? Were any of the animals herbivores or carnivores?

In literacy we have written thank you letters to Mags from ‘Animals in Tuition’. The children learnt how to set a letter out and what to include. They wrote a draft in their books and then edited it and improved it with green pencil. They then wrote their letter on very special paper with the school logo on and we posted them to Mags. We hope she enjoys reading them.

We have also been learning what a prefix is and writing ‘prefix sums’ e.g. un + kind = unkind.

In maths we have been busy doing division. The children have done lots of practical sharing of sweets, money and other objects. What is 12p shared between 3? They also drew sets to help them solve division problems such as 16 divided by 4 is ?

In RE we have been learning about the Christian creation story. The children worked together as a wonderful team to create, collage and paint different parts of the story. The result was very impressive!

1S and their creation…

1GJ and their creation…

Next week we are doing our individual assessments to help us write their end of year reports. Please make sure that your child has their reading record in their book bag every day.

Have a lovely weekend. The Year 1 Team.


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Amazing Animals in Year One

May 11, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Today Year 1 had some very special visitors – Chloe the royal python, Timatina the tortoise, Tiddlepop the African pigmy hedgehog, Doris the tarantula, Zorro the ferret and their owner Mags!

We learnt about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We also found out about groups of animals such as reptiles, mammals and arachnids.

Everyone held at least one animal and some children and Miss Sedman even raced Zorro the ferret down a tunnel!

Year 1 were super scientists asking lots of questions and observing the animals closely.

Thank you very much Mags, we learnt lots of new information from your Animals in Tuition talk. For more information click here.

It is clear the adults in Year One enjoyed it just as much as the children did.

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Building bridges, writing stories and multiplication in Year One

May 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

In maths we have been learning all about arrays and multiplication. We have used cotton wool buds to print arrays on squared paper such as 3 lots of 4 is ?. We have also looked at different arrays and written the calculations 4 x 2 =

In literacy we have been writing our own stories based on the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children thought of a different set of animals to cross the bridge and wrote their stories in a mini booklet. We had a real range of animals from polar bears to chickens! All of the children were very creative and really enjoyed writing their stories.

We have continued our work on bridges in Design and Technology. The children built some amazing constructions using a variety of materials. The goats will be happy that we helped them cross the river safely. The children have done some great bridge research in their leaning logs too. Well done!

Our seeds have grown brilliantly in the corridor and we now need to transfer some of them to the farm to be repotted into bigger pots and flower beds. The children have brought their magic beans home so that can look after them carefully. Will any of them grow so tall that they reach the clouds?

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Not 1 or 2 but 3 Billy Goats Gruff in Year One and a TROLL!

May 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

This week in maths we have been busy practising subtraction. We have used number lines and hundred squares to solve calculations. We also had fun in our ‘sweet shop’ paying and giving change. Maybe your child could make a pretend shop at home and practise taking away using money e.g 20p – 7p = ?

In literacy we have been doing lots of great work based on the traditional story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. We have created our own masks and acted out the story – we had some very scary trolls!

The children then wrote speech bubbles for the characters and we used question and exclamation marks.

Jack must have told the Billy Goats Gruff how helpful we were planting his beans as we got a letter from them asking for help. The pesky troll kept breaking all the bridges and they couldn’t cross the river. After much excitement and discussion the children decided they would help and create their own bridges. This week we made them out of various construction sets and next week we are going to make them out of junk model materials. We hope they are strong enough!

The children all enjoyed the ‘S Factor’ grand final. Alfie was the year 1 winner and got a super science bubble set as his prize and Maya was the runner up and also got a small prize of a bubble making set. Well done to everyone who took part – you are all super scientists.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend and the Tour of Yorkshire – hope the sun shines.

The Year 1 Team

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