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Amazing art, fantasy settings and maths fun in Year 1!

January 30, 2020 at 3:32 pm


We have enjoyed reading the story Katie and the Dinosaurs. Katie goes through a door which has a sign on it saying: ” Absolutely No Admittance Whatsoever”.

This story inspired us to use our imagination and create our own fantasy settings behind a door – we had alien moons, unicorn world, sweetie lands and lots more exciting places! The children drew and labelled their setting using some great ‘right choice’ words. Then they wrote about their lands using adjectives and conjunctions.

In phonics we have focused on a-e/ay/ai, or/aw/au and oa/o-e/oe.


We have been comparing numbers using the greater than and less than sign. All the children have worked hard to solve problems in their books too!


1P had fun learning about algorithms….we really enjoyed making delicious toast!


1P enjoyed their trip to Cartwright Hall. They learnt lots of new art skills. Thank you to all the parents who came with us.

We have read the lovely book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. It inspired us to create our own dotty artwork. The children had fun using different media to make their own pieces of art.

We have also been looking at the work of the artist Pacita Abad. Her beautiful pieces of art have inspired us all and the children are busy creating and painting their own canvases. All our amazing art work will be on display on Thursday 13th February in our art gallery.

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A ‘real’ artist in Year 1!

January 24, 2020 at 2:52 pm


The highlight of the week was when a real artist came to work with us. What an amazing day we had! Kate Park taught us how to create our unique pieces of glass art work. First the children looked at artwork by the artist Pacita Abad and planned their designs. Then carefully, using tweezers, they placed the different types of glass onto their work. Can they remember what all the types looked like: stringers, frits and confetti? Kate has taken the finished pieces home to fire in her kiln. The finished pieces will be on display in our art gallery on the 13th February.

For more information, look at Kate’s website – www.twicefired.co.uk. A huge thank you to Kate – we all enjoyed the brilliant glass workshop.

1G enjoyed their visit to Cartwright Hall. They looked at a variety of different art forms including sculptures, installations and paintings. They were inspired by the work of the Bradford artist David Hockney. Naseem, the art expert, was very impressed with their skills! They had a fantastic time exploring and creating their own art work. Thank you to all the parents who supported us on this trip – we hope you enjoyed it too.


We have been using a range methods to subtract up to 20. We have worked with our partner to solve a range of problems. We have worked hard to draw and solve subtraction problems in our books too! We are still practising making number bonds to 20 and writing numbers in words to 20. See how many numbers in words your child can write at home.


The children were amazed to see a video of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in our playground!!! Now we know who messed up our classrooms. Watch the video if you dare!

We have all finished our T Rex information books and they are full of great facts. We are going to share them with our Year 5 buddies next week.

In phonics we have focused on silent letters, ure, ear and er, ir, ur.


1G have been learning about algorithms and coding this week. 1P will do this lesson next week. The children rotated around different tasks. The first activity was to order a set of instructions for making toast and then follow them. They all enjoyed the end product! The children also met the Beebots and had lots of fun sending them on adventures around the classroom! They also used a coding program on the laptops and a coding game on the iPads.

Remember next Friday is a training day!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 team

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Watch out there are dinosaurs about!

January 17, 2020 at 12:45 pm


We have had a very exciting week – something had been in our classrooms 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? We used metre rulers to measure how big the T Rex was. It was as long as a class of Year 1 children!

This inspired us to write our own T Rex fact book that we are going to share with our Year 5 reading buddies. We have set up a camera to try and film the dinosaur if it comes back to school  – watch this space…

In phonics we have focused on u-e, ea says e, g says j and c says s. Please keep practising the real and nonsense words that are in your child’s reading record each week. In our reading lessons we have focused on information texts and we also worked on our comprehension skills. We retrieved information about dinosaurs and answered different style questions.


In Maths we have been practising adding up to 20. We have demonstrated how good we are at adding using a number line, 10 frames, using the part whole model and counting on from the biggest number. This week we have practised a new method… add by making 10 first. We have been using counters and 10 frames to help us add. We have also been learning number bonds to 20 too.


We got a letter from another dinosaur who needed our help. Tina Troodon has long legs and her eggs keep cracking when she lays them! We needed to investigate which material would make the best nest for her and protect her eggs. We spent time planning the investigation and making sure it was a fair test. The children especially enjoyed the egg dropping! We concluded that jelly, sand, cotton wool and bubble wrap would make the best nest.

The children then used their knowledge of materials to create their own ‘egg protectors’. They had fun testing them!


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.

We have also enjoyed making our own paper plate dinosaurs too!


We have been looking at different ways to create, store and retrieve information. We used Purple Mash to show which piece of art was the most popular in our class. The children are becoming very confident using the laptops!


We have been reading the story Elmer. We talked about what makes us unique. The children thought about why they were special. “I am good at scoring goals” “I have a special family and I love them” “I am a ballerina” “I am special because I can jump very high”

An exciting letter

The children were amazed when they received a reply from Buckingham Palace. It sounds like the queen was impressed with our work about her knickers!!

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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A busy start to 2020!

January 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm


This week we had an exciting visitor all the way from a Desert in Africa!

We found out that Sunny the Meerkat likes to travel around the world and he was thinking of visiting the Arctic next. We went on fact hunt around the classroom and found out lots of facts about the Arctic. The children decided that the Arctic wouldn’t be the best place for a Meerkat.

We also created some amazing Polar Region paintings using water colours.


The children were so excited to read postcards from the meerkat, so we thought we would write a postcard back to him. The children wrote about all the facts they’d learnt about the Arctic. We hope he enjoys reading them!

We have learnt about split digraphs in phonics. We have been reading and writing words with a-e, e-e, i-e and o-e in them. Please practise reading the digraphs and words that we have put in their reading records. There is also a game on Spelling Shed to support this work.


In maths we have been looking at place value to 20 by splitting numbers into 10s and 1s. We have been using dienes and place value charts to help us. We have found out that it is easier to count on from 10 to find a total. We have also been problem solving and reasoning to work out why some numbers are greater than others.


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!

We have enjoyed exploring our new areas…

Have a great weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome back Year 1!

January 3, 2020 at 9:56 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 Cartwright Hall. You will all have an opportunity to look at all the amazing work we create at our own art gallery on Thursday 13th February from 3.15pm in the school hall. More details will be sent home soon.

Our first week back will focus on the the Polar regions. We will find out lots of facts. 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 lands and also have created some polar areas to explore.

Dinosaur Lands

Polar Areas

In maths we will continue our work on place value, addition and subtraction. We will also use this knowledge to help solve problems.

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

In our computing lessons the children will be learning about algorithms. They will do various fun tasks using the laptops, bee-bots and iPads.

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.

Thank you for all the cereal and shoe boxes – we still need lots more please!

Phew! What a busy and exciting half term.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

The Year 1 Team

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