Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 class page. This page will provide opportunities for us to share the amazing learning that takes place within our class each day.

Our very first 'Writer of the Week'

Important days to remember:

PE: Tuesday and Wednesday

Swimming: Friday (Summer term only)


Please bring your reading book and home/school link diary each day, this is an important and efficient way to communicate with your class teacher.


As a school, we are committed to helping every child fulfil their full potential. Developing the skill and enjoyment of reading is essential in enabling our children to become successful learners. It is crucial that you aim to read with your child at least 4 times per week. This will help their learning across the curriculum and promotes their self-esteem.


Your support at home is, of course, crucial to the successful development of your child’s reading. Your child has been given a ‘Home School Link Book’ for you to record in every time you read with your child. This will help their learning across the curriculum and promotes their self-esteem. There are lots of ways in which you can help your child at home; we have listed a few ideas below:

  • Listen to your child read 

  • Read a story to your child

  • Share a book together – take it in turns to read pages 

  • Before you begin a book – look at the cover – ask your child to predict what the book will be about 

  • Stop at a point in the story – ask your child to predict what will happen next. Why do they think that? 

  • Make your own predictions and explain your reasons. Remember children learn by imitating others. 

  • Look through a book first, only looking at the illustrations – try and work out what is going to happen

  • At the end of the book – discuss ‘who is your favorite character?’ and ‘did you enjoy this book? Why?’

  • Make up a quiz about the book. Or even better ask your child to ask you questions!

  • Pretend you are a character. Get the children to ask you questions and answer in role. Swap over to allow them to have a go at ‘being’ the character. 

  • Can you find the word [put your own word here] anywhere in the book? 

  • Make up stories together relating to what happened before or after the story took place.

  • Practice reading the 100 High Frequency words from the reading diary

Take a look at our classrooms...

Year 1 Mrs Hackney


Year 1 Miss Sumner


We love to share...

The Year 1 children were extremely lucky this week when they were visited by the year 5 children who came to share their amazing writing. The Year 5 children had become authors in their own right, creatively writing their own masterpiece from the wordless picture book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. Their writing really inspired our Year 1 class and it was beautiful to see the children reading and listening with such enthusiasm. 

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

During the first half term of Year 1 we will continue to provide lots of opportunities to explore different learning environments. Some of the areas we have within the classroom are; a reading corner, role-play area, construction area, water and sand, creative area, writing and numeracy table. Each week the activities set up will link with our current topic.


This term we will be exploring a variety of traditional tales and meet our favourite characters from the stories whilst completing the challenges set by them. So far in year 1 we have fed the greedy wolf from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ a varity of nouns and we have used adjectives to create a detailed wanted poster after the wolf went missing. Also, in maths we have used our knowledge of number to help the little pig from the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ to build his house of bricks. We have read the ‘True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ and composed questions to ask the wolf about his version of events. Next, we made gingerbread men to find they had escaped overnight from the classroom but they did return after we helped the ‘Gingerbread Man’ to complete the number bonds. In science, we have discovered the importance of our 5 senses. 


Take a look at our learning journey so far:


Autumn 2 in Year 1

This half term begins with the Gunpowder Plot as the children will discover Britain’s historic events that led to the celebration of Bonfire Night.  The children will encounter drama to help with their understanding of the Plot which will lead to them onto the writing of this historic story.  


The term will continue with the story 'Owl Babies'. During this topic we will become scientists and identify a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and relate this to the habitats of our wildlife.

In English children will be engaging in extended writing as they rewrite the ending of the story becoming authors themselves.



The term will end with the topic 'The Time Machine' where the children will go back in time and discover the Christian message that illuminates from the nativity story. During this topic the children will engage in writing a news report, a letter and will write the story from the perspective of the donkey that carried Mary into Bethlehem. 


It is during this half term that the children are performing the Christmas Nativity which allows the opportunity for music to be taught in a way that the children use their voices expressively and creatively.

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Spring 1

The children are participating in a whole school theme week based on the text ‘The Tin Forest.’


This is a great book with lovely illustrations and a strong environmental message.


The children will create a range of excellent writing throughout the two weeks and also some wonderful artwork.

And so our journey begins …

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The Tin Forest

So our journey through the  Tin Forest has allowed the children to become all round creative individuals. They brought their display alive with a range of amazing art work, through a variety of drawing techniques to add colour, pattern, line and texture to the art work.


Not only did the children become creative artists, but they also became creative writers. Take a look for yourselves at the range of wonderful writing the children have produced.

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The children thoroughly enjoyed the science opportunities that they took part in through this topic, investigating materials and their properties through scientific testing.

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Lost and Found


In the spring term, we set sail to the Southern Hemisphere to find out about penguins! We received a strange package into school. After much investigation we discovered that the parcel contained the penguin from the book ‘Lost and Found’. We then created a story mountain with actions to retell the story. We then wrote a letter to a detective to ask for help; as we had received a strange egg shaped object. We later discovered that it was a penguin egg. In science we observed the seasonal changes, experimented with objects that float and sink and identified and named many everyday materials. In maths over the spring term we used practical resources and pictorial representation to represent and describe number bonds including addition and subtraction.

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Spring 2

The children have been super scientists this half term as they have learnt all about the life of a plant and the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. To support this learning the children have planted their own beans and have been responsible for taking care of these, understanding what is needed for them to grow.

To support our school ethos, we have created our own compost heap to begin the composting process.


Summer 1

This topic began the summer term with a visit from a pet owner and their furry friends. Prior to this visit, the children were challenged to write questions to ask the pet owner in order to discover more about their animals.


From this, the children were inspired to conduct their own research into the animals that they would meet on our exciting school trip to the Peak Wildlife Park. This research was collaborated into amazing fact files.  The school trip ignited some wonderful writing as the children wrote a recount of their day using all the pre taught skills in English.


The children engaged in the fictional text,

The Tiger that came to Tea, as they wrote a

dairy entry from the perspective of the

character, Sophie.


In our topic lessons, we explored maps and atlases

and identified the countries and capitals of the United

Kingdom and its surrounding seas.


In Math's during this term, we have explored many new concepts including multiplication, division, factions, money and time.


Summmer 2

Lighthouse Keepers lunch

Over this half term we have been reading the story of the

Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. We have been retelling the story in great detail and have been really busy creating

story maps to help us write our own stories.  The children enjoyed redrafting the ending of this fictional tale where they wrote about ways of tricking the seagulls and stop them stealing Mr Grinling’s delicious lunch.

We discussed the importance of lighthouses in real life and debated what would happen if there weren’t any or the lights went out. The children quickly recognised the moral duty of the lighthouse keeper to keep the light shining brightly for the safety of those at sea. This led us onto learning about the historical hero Grace Darling where the children were truly inspired by her actions as they created a fact file about her.

Just take a look at some of our wonderful learning…