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.
Wow, what a year it has been in Year 1!


As we are nearing the end of our academic year together, we look back at the fun filled, action packed year that we have had as a class.  We have been on an amazing learning journey that has been filled with excitement and adventure along the way.


Topics we have covered include: ‘Into the deep, dark woods’, ‘Ready, Steady, Grow’, ‘Happy Feet’, ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. 


We have experienced many exciting events including: a theatre trip to watch Treasure Island, the Year 1 class assembly, sports day, the Christmas Nativity performance and a special visit to Chester Zoo.


What a fantastic year we have had together! 


We wish you all the best for your future adventures in year 2.

Summer Term

To begin the summer term we dived deep into the blue sea for our topic ‘Finding Nemo’. First, we looked at the features of information texts. Then we conducted our own sea creature research using the IPads and created our very own fact/ information booklet all about the creature. We read a selection of stories set far beneath the ocean and decided to develop and write our very own underwater adventure story.


Also, during this term we took part in the Polar explorer program, where we engaged in lots of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) problem solving activities. We looked at the shape and structure of different boats and then we designed and tested our very own boats. We also looked at what organisms live in the Artic and worked in small groups to make a food chain mobile.


Next, we celebrate the royal wedding. We looked at the traditions that take place within a wedding ceremony and acted these out. We wrote invitations to the wedding then we wrote our own fairy tale story using Price Harry and Meghan Markel as the main characters in our stories. We sent thank you letters to the guests from Prince Harry and Meghan; thanking them for attending the wedding. 


In art we created our own sunflower picture using Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflower’ painting as inspiration. In Science we continued to observe the growing bean and kept a diary of this, we also looked at the life cycle of a bean. Next, we made a 3D model of a plant to investigate the different parts of the plant and described their functions.  In History we have explored the 7 wonders of the modern world. 


Following on from this we read the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We then used a dictionary to find the definitions of some of the trick vocabulary within the book.  We then helped Mrs Grinling to prepare a jam sandwich for her husband Mr Grinling- yummy. We verbally instructed each other on how to do this using time conjunctions. In Science we have looked at the different animal groups including: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.


In Maths during this term we have explored many concepts including: multiplication, division, fractions, money and time. We have enjoyed making our own clock to help us to begin to tell the time. We have also looked at position, direction and movement including: whole, half, a quarter and three quarter turns.


Furthermore, we all had a fantastic day on our class trip to Chester Zoo; it was an amazing experience for us all.

“We are like a box of crayons. Each one of us unique. But when we get together… the picture is complete.”


‘The Crayon Box that Talked’

Spring Term

In the spring term, we began the New Year with a live performance of ‘Treasure Island’. This was an amazing experience for us all and we all fully embraced this topic. We designed and named our own pirate; we created a map of the island and wrote instructions for the pirates to find the treasure. Next, 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 wrote our own play script and used new drama techniques to act this out.  We then created a story map 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 topic lessons we used the Bee Bots to explore algorithms. Also, in science we observed the seasonal changes, experimented with objects that float and sink and identified and named many everyday materials.


We helped the penguins of Madagascar to identify the countries of the United Kingdom. In art we used different materials to collage a penguin.  Our ‘Ready, Steady, Grow’ topic gave us the opportunity to explore the planting process and discover why plants are so important. We planted our own beans and worked out what plants need in order to survive. We read and learned about the story ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, comparing and contrasting them. We then became authors ourselves to create our very own fantasy stories. We also composed our own piece of music inspired by the growing of plants. In maths over the spring term we used practical resources and pictorial representation to represent and describe number bonds including addition and subtraction. We then began to compare and describe length, height using stand and non-standard units of measurement Take a look at our amazing learning journey so far in year 1:

Autumn term 2

In Year 1 we started Autumn term 2 with a bang. We used onomatopoeia to describe the sound or action of fireworks and completed firework addition using practical resources and a number line. Next, we continued to look at other Traditional Tales including ‘Hansel and Gretel’. We used time connectives to write a set of instruction on how to brush your teeth to help Hensel and Gretel as they had been eating too many sweets. Also, we used our knowledge of number bonds to help them to subtract sweets from a jar. After, we looked at prepositional language to discuss the positions of the characters form the story:  ‘The Three Billy Goat Gruff’.


We then looked at the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We helped Judge Jenny to put Goldilocks on trial for breaking into the Three Bears’ cottage. As a class we asked lots of questions to all involved however, Goldilocks was found GUILTY!  Furthermore, we constructed 3D shapes to help Goldilocks to fix the broken objects.   We ended the autumn term with a Christmas theme. We shared our favourite stories with children from year 3 and wrote a letter to Farther Christmas explaining what we hoped for.  In Maths we compared the size of presents putting them in the correct order; we also helped Santa to accurately measure presents to find out which ones would fit in the sack.


In topic lessons we observed the seasonal changed looking closely at the signs of autumn. We went on an autumn walk and collected objects. In the lead up to bonfire night we looked at the story of the Gunpowder plot and retold the evens using a story board. We also created a bonfire safety poster that we displayed around the school to help other to stay safe on bonfire night. In geography we looked at ariel view maps and created our own map of the classroom including a key. We took part in many poppy related activities that highlighted the importance of Remembrance Day. To help the Three Billy Goats Gruff to cross the river safely we designed, made and tested a raft in small groups.

Term 1

During the first 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 verity 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 topic lessons, we have explored directions and helped fairy tale characters to find their way around fairy tale land. In science, we have discovered the importance of our 5 senses.  Other tales we will explore this term include: Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 


Important days to remember

PE: Bee Active: Monday

Swimming: Thursday


Please bring reading book and home/school link diary each day.




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 favourite 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.

  • Practise reading the 100 High Frequency words on page 47. 

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