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Look what is happening in Year 1!

Arrays, report writing and poo!

Friday 14th May | No comments yet

Most weeks in Year 1 we are very busy and get up to all sorts of wonderful adventures and this week has been no exception!


Our cheeky gingerbread man is still having fun exploring the world! This week he sent postcards from Europe. He has visited France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria and Holland. The children are enjoying looking at all the places he has been using Google Earth, maps and atlases. We’ve even learnt some new languages! “Bonjour” “Ola” “Szia” They’ve brought home a map to share with you. Where will he travel next?

This week the children have all written a report about his adventures.

In phonics we have revised au/aw/or/c says s /g says j /oi/oy and silent letters. In our grammar lesson the children were taught about prefixes and the children made prefixes e.g. un + happy = unhappy and some then wrote sentences with prefixes in “I feel unwell today.” “He was unable to open the door.” Can they spot the un prefix in their reading and library books?


This week in maths we started by making equal groups. Identifying how many groups we could count and checking they all had equal amounts.

Dora has 3 equal groups of 3.
Rosie has 2 equal groups of 4.

We looked at adding equal groups together and how to write the calculation. This is beginning to help us to understand multiplication. Our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s helps us to calculate the answers.

Now we understand how to add equal groups we can learn a new mathematical word ‘arrays’. Arrays are when we build rows and columns. The video below explains…

The children have worked super hard understanding equal groups, adding equal groups and learning what arrays are.


We have been continuing to find out more about animals. We focused on the diet of animals and how we can categorise animals based on this. We learnt some new vocabulary to help us do this –

Herbivore – An animal that feeds on plants.

Carnivore – An animal that feeds on meat.

Omnivore – An animal that feeds on both plants and meat. 

To help us find out what animals eat we had to do some rather messy investigating. We dissected animal poo to look for evidence of plants or meat (Don’t worry it was not real poo – although it was rather realistic!)

We found out about the diets of polar bears, lions, chimpanzees, hedgehogs, sheep and elephants. Can you child remember what they discovered about each animal?

Other news…

The children have brought home two letters about some exciting events in Year 1: a trip to Rodley Nature Reserve and an animal workshop!

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr

We would like to wish all our Muslim families a Happy Eid.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 1 Team

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