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A Brilliant Pirate Day in Year One today…

June 27, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Wow! Today has been so much fun and we have all been fantastic pirates too. Just take a look at this motley crew…

Ahoy me hearties! We have all experienced lots of different activities today and sailed our pirate ships really successfully across the seven seas. I think there will be some very tired children and teachers tonight! Well done to everyone for really getting involved. This is just a snapshot of some of the learning that has taken place.

We made fantastic treasure maps, which included a key to show lots of interesting landmarks.

We used our design and technology skills to build amazing pirate ships. We can’t wait to set off on our voyage!

We read and followed clues that led us all over the school grounds and eventually found some treasure.

Year 6 found some treasure on our school farm too but it was even better than our treasure!


We spent some time at Big Bad Bertha’s pirate school learning pirate skills, sea shanties and having a pirate feast.

Some children even got to walk the plank!

With a little help from Good Girl Pirate Pearl, Big Bad Bertha changed her bossy ways and became Brilliant Bertha. We are looking forward to working as a team tomorrow to write a recount about our pirate adventures!

A super day but who can tell me what is a pirate’s favourite subject at school?


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Adjective crazy in Year One!

June 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm

What an exciting week in Year 1, we had a visit from a pirate who helped us with our literacy work! Please see previous post. The children have been busy using lots of adjectives, nouns and verbs to describe settings and pirates. They used some brilliant language.

In maths we have been practising our addition and subtraction skills using number lines. Some children moved onto using a blank number line and a 100 square to work out the answers to each calculation.

We have been looking at aerial  maps in our geography lessons. In their hive groups the children worked together to label an aerial photograph of our school and it’s grounds. Then they went on a treasure hunt to find some clues around school and used an aerial photograph to help. 1S will be doing this activity next week.

In science we continued being plant detectives. This week we visited the school farm and looked carefully at everything that was growing. Can your child remember the names of any of the plants they found?

1S were lucky enough to experience Mrs Purfield’s nature walk in the Conservation Area. They experienced a very interactive story and walk, with a fun ending. Can your child tell you any other details about this story adventure?

Remember it is our pirate day on Monday 27th June. Your child needs to come to school dressed as a pirate. Please don’t buy special outfits – a stripy T-shirt and a pair of jeans will be fine.

Have a lovely weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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Watch out, Big Bad Bertha’s about…

June 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

This morning Miss Sedman was quietly discussing setting descriptions with Year One when suddenly a pirate came bursting into the hall! We found out that Big Bad Bertha was very mean and she did not like ‘boring’ settings.  Luckily, Year One agreed to help her with some exciting new setting descriptions! They are going to show her that they can use interesting adjectives and powerful verbs to create special settings and write a pirate story. Otherwise the children may have to walk the plank …again….! But Big Bad Bertha may not fish them out of those snappy shark’s jaws so easily next time!

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Finding the difference, recount writing and compass skills…

June 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

It has been a very busy week in Year 1. The children all really enjoyed our trip to the woods – please see our separate blog post for lots of photographs of the day.

In literacy the children have written a recount about their adventures in the woods. They tried hard to think of good sentence starters. We have also enjoyed reading ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. They used verbs and adjectives to describe him and other mini beasts e.g. creepy, crawly spiders and beastly, black beetles. They have also been editing and improving sentences to make them more interesting for the reader. For example they changed ‘The spider has legs.’ to ‘The small black spider has eight hairy legs.’ In handwriting they have learnt how to join ir, ph and ew cursively.

All the children have completed the Year 1 phonic screening. They all tried their hardest and you will find out their results towards the end of July. Thank you for all your support with phonics and reading at home.

In maths the children have been learning about finding the difference. They have been building towers and colouring boxes on squared paper to find the difference and some children have also used number lines. Some children are still finding this quite tricky and could practise at home. “What is the difference between 12 and 5?”

In geography the children were taught how to use a compass in preparation for the map reading and treasure hunt in the woods. They all enjoyed this practical lesson.

We have been plant detectives in science. The children dropped a hoop on our school field and looked carefully to see what they could find and if they could name any of the plants and their parts.

We have continued practising ball skills in our PE lessons. Most children are now throwing, bouncing and kicking balls with more confidence. Please make sure that you child has their PE kit in school and some appropriate outdoor trainers or pumps.

Have a lovely weekend.
Enjoy the camp over – hope the sun shines!
The Year 1 Team

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Fun in the woods

June 15, 2016 at 2:27 pm

We  have had such a great time exploring the beautiful woodland at Blackhills scout camp. The children participated in a range of activities including minibeast hunting, plant spotting and building mini dens for Superworm! We had a lot of fun but the highlight for most children was the treasure hunt where they had to follow a map to find their treasure. Can your child explain why this treasure hunt had an extra twist?

This was our last trip in Year 1 and luckily it didn’t rain until we arrived back at school. Thank you again to the parents who supported us on this trip and a special thanks to Mrs James for all of her hard work and for making the treasure hunt even more exciting – all of the children appreciated it!


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A great first week back in Year One

June 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm

In maths this week we have had fun with numbers and place value. The children have been looking at numbers and how many hundreds, tens and ones they are made up of – some children were extended using thousands. They used arrow cards and dienes apparatus to make the numbers. They have also been using lots of maths vocabulary including greatest, less than, most, fewest etc. They did lots of sorting and ordering of numbers up to 1000. We also played a ‘show me a number’ game. Maybe you can play this at home?

Show me a number that …

  • is more than 100
  • is less than 100
  • is more than 1000
  • is less that 1000
  • is more than 10
  • is less than 10
  • has 4 units/ones
  • has 7 units/ones
  • has 0 units/ones
  • has 9 units/ones
  • has 3 tens
  • has 2 tens
  • has 0 tens
  • has 8 tens
  • has 5 hundreds
  • has 6 hundreds
  • has 0 hundreds
  • is an odd number
  • is an even number
  • is a mltiple of  2
  • is a multiple of 5
  • is a multiple of 10

We have been busy performing and writing poems in our literacy lessons. We began by reading lots of poems in our hive groups and then chose one to practise and perform to the rest of the class. This was good fun and some children really enjoyed performing!


We then moved onto writing our own group poems about summer. The children thought of some great ideas …

In our grammar lesson we learnt why some words have an apostrophe. The children played a matching game where they had to make pairs such as don’t and do not and I’ll and I will. We have learnt how to join ck, er and ew cursively in our handwriting lesson. We have also been busy playing lots of phonic games. The phonic screening will take place next week. This will be administered by the class teacher and the children won’t know they are doing anything different to normal.

We have started our geography topic ‘Wonderful World’ and began by discussing what geography is. The children then learnt about physical and human features and sorted different photographs.

The children are enjoying our new role play areas. They are having fun being teachers and pupils in our ‘mini classroom.’

Year 1 are all going to Blackhill Woods on Wednesday 15th June. The children can come to school in non-uniform, ideally leggings or tracksuit bottoms. Please can you ensure that your child is wearing appropriate footwear and a waterproof coat or a sun hat and sun cream depending on the weather! We will be outside all day. The children need a rucksack or bag so that they can carry their own lunch. We are thinking about recycling so please can you try and reduce the packaging that is used for their lunch.

Have a great weekend.
The Year 1 Team

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