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Year 1

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A few little reminders….

  • It is PE on Monday so you need to wear your PE kit to school. If it not raining we will be outside so make sure you wear something warm.
  • We are on the grass as well as the playground for playtime and lunch play and as the weather changes it will get wet and muddy. If you haven’t brought any wellies in yet try and bring some in as soon as you can it will stop your school shoes getting spoilt.
  • Don’t forget to bring in your reading records on Thursday so we can count your reading signatures. I wonder if anyone will get a certificate this week?

Friday 8th July

We have been busy in year 1 looking at numbers to one hundred and partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones. We have also been writing our own information book called 'Looking After A Dragon'. In History we have been looking at the life of Amelia Earhart, a famous adventurer.

We were very lucky last week to have a visit from the author of our class book M.P. Robertson. He came into school and read us some of his stories. He also showed us some real dragon eggs from around the world, some dragon horns and even a dragon skull! We had such a fun afternoon.

He then showed us how to draw a dragon which we then painted, we think they look pretty amazing and we are super proud of them.

Friday 24th June

We were very excited when Mrs Hall received an email with photos of the dragon that hatched from our classroom egg. He had visited us and explored the whole school. We decided we should make posters to tell everyone.

We decided to help Bill the Explorer and the dragon find their way around the world. We started by drawing our own map onto a paper plate which we then painted. Then we labelled the oceans and continents.

We have been working with Beebots with Miss Nixon. First we plotted a route and then we had to programme the Beebots to follow that route. It was great fun, especially when the Beebots didn't go the way we expected them to.

We have been learning more about animals from around the world. We discussed the different animal categories and their similarities and differences. We then worked in groups sorting pictures into the categories thinking about their different characteristics.

Friday 10th June

We have really enjoyed our new class book 'The Egg' by M.P. Robertson, look at our topic web to see what learning we are going to be doing this term.

When we arrived at school we found a mysterious egg with a note from an explorer called Bill. He told us he had found the egg and wondered if we could look after it. We painted pictures of what we thought was inside.

We made maps to help the explorer find his way around.

We have started thinking about different animals around the world. We sorted animals into different groups.

Friday 27th May

We are really sad that we are coming to the end of our work on Percy the Park Keeper but finished the topic with lots of fun on our dress up day. We looked fabulous as all the different animals from the story.

This week we finished our report writing about hedgehogs. Take a look at some fantastic non-fiction writing.

We also finished our topic book covers, they look amazing!

Friday 13th May

We are still busy with our learning based on 'After the Storm' by Nick Butterworth.

We have written a new adventure for Percy.

At the end of the story Percy has an acorn which he plants. We thought about the lifecycle of the oak tree in the story.

We went for a walk around the school grounds looking for different wild flowers. Then we created observational drawings and researched the names of the different flowers.

Friday 29th April

In Year One we are looking forward to lots of learning all linked to our new class book - Percy the Park Keeper, After The Storm. Take a look below at all the learning we are going to be doing this term.

We have already made a good start with our new topic. We read the story and then we painted a picture of park and tried to describe it.

In science we looked carefully at some flowering plants. We then dissected the plants and named all the different parts.

We have also used our mapping skills to design our own park.

Friday 1st April

Another busy two weeks in Year One. In Maths we have continued our work on measuring and we have started looking at capacity and volume. We decided to brave the cold and investigate the capacity of different containers. It was a lot of fun and lots of learning too.

In science we are still looking at materials and their properties. We have sorted objects according to the material they are made of and then we are going to think of words to describe the properties of these materials.

In Design and Technology we are going to make a toy vehicle. We are starting this work by looking at toy cars and making observations of existing products. We have also used different construction kits to investigate mechanisms and moving parts.

Friday 18th March

Another busy couple of weeks in Year One. 

In our maths work we have been carrying on with our measuring and learning how to use a ruler accurately. We have been using what we have learnt to measure objects around the classroom.

In English we have written a new ending for our book 'Lost in the Toy Museum' and we are now looking at different types of words. We have been thinking about nouns, verbs and adjectives.

In science we have been looking at toys and the different materials they are made of. We drew a toy and then labelled the different materials used to make it.

With Miss Chisholme we have been working on the laptops. We have learnt how to switch it on and off, use the keyboard and now we are learning how to save and retrieve our work.

Wednesday 9th March

Welcome back to Year One!

This term we will be using the book 'Lost in the Toy Museum' by David Lucas to help us with our learning. It is about a bossy, old toy cat called Bunting who thinks he is in charge of all the other toys in the museum. One night they decide to play a trick on him and show him it is fun to play games too.

Take a look at the topic web below to see all the exciting things we have planned.

We have made a good start with our learning and have been thinking about measuring using different objects. We talked about how what we use to measure needs to be the same size (this is called non standard units of measure). We also discussed how important it is to think about where we start to measure.

This week we also celebrated World Book day, we listened to some author talks, made book marks and the Year 6's came and read with us too. They then helped us to make collage book covers. It was a very busy day!

Friday 11th February

We are still enjoying our Funnybones book and finding out about our bodies and how to stay healthy. We investigated the sense of sight and thought about what it would be like if we couldn't see. To help us find out we worked with a friend- we went onto the playground and took it in turns to cover our eyes while our friends led us around. We then talked about what this felt like.

We thought about how to prepare a healthy meal and learnt how to chop, slice, grate and peel fruit and vegetables

We used the chopped fruit and vegetables to make our our Funnybones skeleton.

Friday 28th January

We are really enjoying our Funnybones book and have used it to help us with our learning. In science we have been learning about our senses and how we use our senses to find out about the world around us. This week we have been focusing on touch and used our hands to feel different objects and describe them.

In English we have been learning a poem which describes lots of different sounds, it's called 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough. It is about a character who sneaks around and collects all the sounds they can hear. We are going to use this to help us write our own poem.

In Art we have been learning to name the primary and secondary colours. We painted the colour wheel and then we looked at a picture by Andy Warhol. We decided to use the primary colours to mix the secondary colours and make our own Andy Warhol style self portraits.

Friday 14th January

Happy New Year everyone!

We are so pleased to be back and excited to start our learning. Our book this term is Funnybones! Have a look below at all the learning we are going to doing.

To start the new term we made our topic book covers by printing the 'Dark, dark street' and then cutting out the characters from the story. They look amazing!

We have started learning about our senses, we had to think about which part of our body we need when using our senses.

We retold the Funnybones story. Look at our amazing writing.

Friday 17th December

Wow, I cannot believe it is the Christmas holidays, what a wonderful term we have had together in Year One, busy learning and having lots of fun. We finished our science work investigating materials, trying to work out the best material to keep the wolf dry. We found out that wood and metal were waterproof but the fabric and paper were not!

We have had lots of fun this week with lots of different Christmas activities. On Tuesday we were very lucky to have a pantomime workshop all about the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. By the end we were able to act out the story! Some of the pictures are a bit blurry but they are action shots!

On Wednesday we enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner together!

Friday 3rd December

In year One we have been very busy with our topic work, over the last two weeks we have been thinking about houses in the past. We had some pictures of houses and look for clues to work out if they were old. We thought about what they were made of and how they were built.

Then we thought about what would be inside old houses and compared them to our houses. After this we drew what we thought we would find inside old houses. Have a look to see what is inside the old house.

In our English work we pretended to be The Big Bad Wolf and wrote a diary telling everyone what had happen in our day. We were really clever because we had to pretend we were him and write like we were actually in the story.

This week we also made cards to send to someone special, some of you might have received them.

Friday 19th November

Wow, what an exciting time we have had.

Last week we made different structures out of lollysticks and playdough, we thought about what we had learnt about different buildings, thinking about size and shapes. Then Mrs. Hall pretended to be the big bad wolf and tried to blow them down using her hairdryer.

But then on Wednesday when we arrived at school we discovered that someone had been in our classroom and made a mess. We couldn't believe our eyes!

We collected the evidence to try and work out who had been in our classroom.

After we had worked out it was the Big Bad Wolf we made posters to warn everyone.

Friday 5th November

I can't believe we are at the start of a new term already. We are very excited in Year One as our new class book is 'The Three Little Pigs'. You can see our topic web below to see all the different learning we will be doing this term.

Using masks of the different characters we went outside to re-enact the story!

This week one of our favourite activities has been trying to build houses using straw, sticks and bricks. It was very tricky.

We have decided that we are going to help the Three Little Pigs build a house that will keep them safe from the Big Bad Wolf. To help with this we have started to look at different materials and their properties. We will be creating experiments to test the strength of different materials and to find out the best materials to keep the pigs safe and dry.

Friday 15th October

Even though we have been busy working in class the most exciting thing that has happened in the last two weeks is our trip to the Gruffalo Trail yesterday in the Forest of Dean.

Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo!

We were very excited to go to the woods to look for the Gruffalo. We had such a fantastic day, looking for clues, having a picnic lunch, creating some art work and playing in the adventure playground. Wow, what a busy day, we were worn out by the time we got back on the bus.

And yes we found the Gruffalo!!!!


I am Miss Groves and I am working in Year One and just wanted to introduce myself. I have really enjoyed getting to know the children and watching them settle into Year 1. We have done some amazing activities, one of my favourites was helping the children making a mid-night feast for the Gruffalo. It was wonderful to see their faces when they realised the Gruffalo had visited their classroom and eaten the food. I also really enjoyed our trip to the Gruffalo Trail yesterday.

I have already listened to some great readers, seen some amazing art work and fantastic writing. I cannot wait to see what the children continue to achieve throughout the year. I am really looking forward to the rest of the year and being able to support your children’s learning. 

Friday 1st October

We were really excited to make a midnight feast for the Gruffalo. First we wrote him an invitation then we made him lots of delicious food. We made scrambled snake, fox sandwiches, owl ice cream and terrible tusks. He left us a note to say how much he enjoyed it. Now we are writing him some instructions so he can make them himself when he is back in the woods.

In art we have been looking at the work of Andrew Goldsworthy and made our own artwork in his style.

We have been busy using the laptops, we learnt how to log on to the internet and how to find the Gruffalo website. This helped us to practise using the touch pad and our typing skills as well as being lots of fun. We have had lots of discussions in class about keeping safe on the internet.

Friday 17th September

We have had a really good start to Year One and have settled into the new school year really well. 

We have spent time exploring our new classroom and the outside area. It has been so nice to catch up with our friends while trying out lots of different activities and resources. Here are just a few photos of what we have been up to. 

This term our class book is……

We are already enjoying our new book, painting pictures of the Gruffalo and acting out the story. We even made our own playdough and used it to make Gruffalo models. We used lots of natural materials to create a woodland environment for the Gruffalo to live in.

The setting of the woods will be the starting point of lots of our learning this term, investigating trees and natural materials found in our environment. Take a look at the topic web below to see what we will be up to this term.