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Vehicles fit for a Queen!

November 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Year 1 have been busy designing 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 chassis 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, stapling and sticking. Did you know that pegs, paperclips, pipe cleaners 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!

1GJ working hard and their finished vehicles…

1S working hard and their finished vehicles…

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Year One go back in time…

November 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm

We all had a great time at the museum and enjoyed exploring the Victorian streets.

1S at Abbey House on Wednesday…

1GJ at Abbey House on Thursday…

When we got back to the classroom we explored even more history and 1GJ created their own class museum…

Thank you to all of the  adults who supported us on our trips.


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Character descriptions, celebrations, subtraction, magnets and Queen Victoria!

November 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm

We have been busy thinking about characters in literacy this week. We have read the story ‘The Princess and the Wizard’ by Julia Donaldson.


The children then thought of great adjectives to describe the two main characters.

Then we moved onto writing a description of the characters and tried to remember everything we’ve learnt so far about sentence structure and using conjunctions. In handwriting, 1GJ have moved onto the ‘one armed robot’ family and practised how to form r,n and m correctly – remembering sticks and flicks. 1S will start this family of letters next week.

In maths we have been focusing on subtraction and finding the difference. The children used a number track to help them solve subtraction calculations. They have also been building towers using cubes and trying to find the difference. “If one tower has 8 cubes and the other has 12 cubes what is the difference?” Some children found this a bit tricky so may want to practise doing this practically again at home.

To support this learning please see the previous blog for some subtraction and addition games. http://ffy1.primaryblogger.co.uk/2015/11/18/addition-and-subtraction-support/

Our fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Design a royal carriage
2. Subtraction challenges
3. Practise spelling the days of the week
4. Write about the coronation
5. Write adjectives about a character

In our history lesson we continued to learn about Queen Elizabeth and also found out about Queen Victoria. We looked at photographs of Kings and Queens who have reigned since Queen Victoria and put them on a timeline. Can your child remember any of them?

We have been busy investigating magnetism in our science lesson. The children had fun using various magnets to investigate and sort which materials were magnetic.

In R.E we thought very carefully about celebrations. We looked at how people from lots of different religions celebrate and how these celebrations have lots of things in common. We planned a celebration for our set of teddy bears. Can your child remember how people from different religions celebrate? Do people prepare special food? Do people wear special clothes? What else might people do to celebrate?

Remember we are going to Abbey House museum next Wednesday (1S) and Thursday (1GJ). This is a half day trip and we will be back in school for lunch as normal.

As part of our Christmas performance we are asking the children to learn a dance. Can you ‘Do the Strictly?’ Have fun at home practising this dance and thank you for your support.


Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 team

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Castles, castles and more castles!

November 20, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Wow! The castles that the children have made at home are fantastic. Thank you so much for your support. I know Year 1 really enjoyed making them. The Queen will be very happy! The children are very proud of these amazing castles and have enjoyed showing them to their friends. We wanted to show them to you too!

1S with their castles

1GJ with their castles

These are some pictures of Year 1 showing off their castles to Year 2 and 1S were lucky enough to have their Reading Buddies visit too. All of the children were very impressed with the castles!


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Addition and subtraction support

November 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm

This half term our Year One children have been learning addition and subtraction facts. Ask your child who Adam Add and Susie Subtract are?

The children have also been learning how to add and subtract on a number line and on a 100 square. Please support your child with their maths fluency by helping them to play on these games, some of which we have shared in class. Just click on the picture of the game. Thank you for your support and enjoy!

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These are links to a variety of games. Just click on the picture!

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Captain Conjunction and another great week in Year 1!

November 13, 2015 at 3:58 pm

In literacy we have enjoyed reading ‘The Queens Knickers’ by Nicholas Allen. This is a fun story where the Queen loses her pants!!


The children have been writing descriptions of the Queen’s bedroom and thinking about what makes a good sentence. They have tried hard to remember to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. Later in the week they met ‘Captain Conjunction’ and have learnt what a conjunction is and how to use them in their writing.

Click here for a game to help learn more about conjunctions.

The children looked at pictures of various castles and then had to extend a sentence using a conjunction such as and, so, but and because. They wrote some great sentences including ‘The castle has a strong door so the baddies can’t get in’ and ‘The castle has a small door because fairies live inside’.  In handwriting we have been practising forming letters from the long ladder family – l, i, t, u, j and y.

In maths we have been busy doing lots of addition calculations. The children chose 2 number cards and added them together using a number line or numicon.


They then put the numbers the other way round and learnt that numbers can be added in any order e.g 6 + 5 = 11 and 5 + 6 = 11. They then moved onto solving worded problems such as ‘The Queen has 5 jewels on her crown. She adds 3 more. How many altogether?’ The children drew pictures to help them answer each problem. Click here for some fun addition games.

Number bond of the week is 10+0 = 10.

In science we continued our work about sorting materials. The children sorted objects according to their properties such as metal, plastic, wooden, hard, transparent. They had to think carefully where to put an object that had more than one property e.g hard and metal.

The fantastic five challenges this week were
1. Printing a repeating pattern on a pair of knickers
2. Building a palace in the construction area
3. Addition challenges
4. Designing a pair of knickers
5. Drawing or painting a palace scene

Thank you to everyone who has returned their consent slip for our visit to Abbey House Museum. We will confirm which parent helpers we need soon.

We have had a good day collecting money for ‘Children in Need’ and we have thought carefully about how our money will help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for your donations.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Year 1 travel back in time to 1953…

November 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

This afternoon Year 1 travelled back in time to the 2nd June 1953.  We witnessed the Queen’s coronation in all its glory.  The Queen arrived in her golden state coach. Then during the royal occasion we saw the Queen receive a sword, orb, sceptres and of course the magnificent crown.   After she had waved her farewells from the balcony Year 1 celebrated with a street party. The rain even added to the authenticity! A fantastic day had by all!

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Queen Elizabeth, counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s and lots of Literacy!

November 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm

We have begun to learn about Queen Elizabeth in our history lessons. We shared a book all about the Queen’s life and then had fun sorting facts into true and false. Can your child remember any facts about Queen Elizabeth? We then moved onto putting main events of her life onto a timeline.

In literacy we started the week by doing lots of practical alphabet activities including matching jigsaws, threading the alphabet, saying the letters in order and forming capital letters.

We also read the story ‘The princess and the pea’. We discussed the parts of a story – beginning, middle and end and had fun acting it out. The children then wrote the story and all tried hard to remember to use finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.

Click here for a game to help your child learn more about sentence structure.

We have been busy using counting sticks in maths and have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Here are some songs to help your child practise even more. Enjoy!

We have also been estimating and counting numbers of spots on wrapping paper. The children guessed how many spots there were and then used counters and dienes cubes to check that they were correct.

Number bond of the week is 9+1 = 10.

We have been learning about different types of materials in our science lesson. The children worked in their hive groups to create collages using materials such as card, foil, bubble wrap, plastic and wood. They then described their collage using vocabulary such as hard, bendy, bumpy, rough.

The fantastic five challenges this week were –
1. Draw or paint a castle
2. Count in 2s and 5s using socks and gloves
3. Number bond games
4. Alphabet trail around the classroom
5. Re-tell the story ‘The princess and the pea’ – using puppets or write it in a mini book.

Remember that we are learning about the Queen’s Coronation on Monday 9th November. The children need to come to school wearing their party clothes. (Remember they will still be working and playing outside so they need a warm coat and sensible shoes)

As part of our Christmas performance we are asking the children to learn a dance. Can you ‘Do the Strictly?’ Have fun at home practising this dance and thank you for your support.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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