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Welcome to the Year 1 blog!


Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 1 this term.


Year 1 Termly Newsletters

Autumn 2 - Week 3

Following on from last week's trip we have been writing recounts in Year 1. The children have been learning to use time conjunctions to help them order the main events in a recount e.g. first, then, next, finally. We have also continued our work on the 'Dogger' story, making predictions, sharing our ideas and creating LOST posters for poor Dogger. We are now extending our writing by adding the word 'and' to join two ideas together.     

In Maths we have continued our work on addition. We have been practicing number bonds to 6, 7 and 10 using concrete objects and pictorial representations.

Our new Science topic is 'Materials'. We have been using our observational skills to describe and identify different objects and their materials.

We are continuing to practice joins in our handwriting. This is very tricky but we are persevering and being resilient.   

Autumn 2 - Week 2

In Year 1 we have started our new topic this week, we have been learning all about toys. We started the week by learning about toys in the past. We looked at similarities and differences between these toys and sorted them into old and new. On Friday we went to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall. We had such a great time learning all about toys from the past. We saw spinning tops, jacks, Jacob's ladders, rocking horses, dolls houses and any more toys we had never seen before. We will be doing some English work next week to follow up on our trip.    

In Maths we have started focusing on addition. We have been splitting wholes into 2 parts. e.g. 5 = 2 + 3. We have used objects and pictures to help us see that numbers can be split up in lots of different ways. e.g. 5+5=10, 6+4=10, 7+3=10.

In PE this week we have continued to develop our co-ordination, practicing side steps, gallops and skipping movements.   

Autumn 2 - Week 1

This week we have been celebrating Black History Week in school. Year 1 have focused on Barack Obama, the first African American President of USA. We started the week by practicing our sketching skills, we all created fabulous sketches of Barack's face. We then learnt lots of interesting facts about his life. We used these facts to create a fact file about President Obama. Later in the week we created a timeline of the key events in his life, making sure we had them in the correct order. We ended the week with a speaking and listening activity where we discussed what it would be like to be president and what attributes someone would need be a successful president. 

In Maths we continued our work on 2D and 3D shape. We have created patterns and pictures plus we have solved shape problems and explained our reasoning.

What a busy first week back!

Week 6

Thank you for coming to our class assembly. We hope you enjoyed hearing about all the things we have learnt this half term. It was good fun to stand up in front of everyone.

In Maths this week we have continued counting in tens, twos and even started counting in fives. 

In English we continued looking at the 'Funnybones' book. We have learnt about speech bubbles and exclamation marks. The big skeleton uses exclamation marks a lot to show that he is shocked or excited. We have done some independent writing about wishes, showing off how much our writing has improved since we came into Year 1. 

We did some great PE on Wednesday when Mr Davies came to work with us. 

We have practiced the zig zag robot family letters in our handwriting books this week. They are z, v, w, and x, we have also started recapping the vowels. In Phonics this week we have recapped on some tricky sounds including 'air' as in 'hair' and 'ear' and in 'near'. 


Week 5


In Maths we have been counting in tens and twos. We have noticed that when we count in tens starting from 10, all of the numbers end with a zero. 

In English we have started looking at a new book called 'Funnybones'. We had a special visitor in school on Tuesday. He was called Skellybobs. He was a real human skeleton. We learnt about some of the important bones in our bodies, including the skull, the spine and the rib cage. We have created some skeleton art using chalk and black paper. They are on display in our classroom if you would like to come and look.

In RE we have been discussing morals and meanings of stories. We acted out some important stories this week and discussed the morals in these stories.  

We have practiced the curly caterpillar letters in our handwriting books this week. They are c, o, a d, s, f.

Thursday was our Harvest Celebration at the church. We performed some of the acrostic poems that we wrote last week on Poetry day and we sang lots of Harvest songs. Thank you to everyone who came to watch us. 


Week 4 


In Maths we have been comparing different numbers, using the vocabulary 'greater than and less than'. We also used the symbols < and > to compare amounts. 

We have continued our work using the story 'The Bog Baby'. We have practiced writing in full sentences, using full stops and capital letters, plus we have been extending our sentences by using the conjunctions 'and' or 'because'.

We learnt about another special book in RE this week -  the Quran. 

Thursday was National Poetry Day. We took part in lots of different workshops around the school. We created acrostic poems, we used Talk 4 Writing to help us recite a poem and we used actions and drama to perform a poem. 

Friday was the Welly Walk. After a soggy start thankfully it stopped raining just in time for us to head down to the park. 



Week 3 


In English this week we have been learning about nouns and adjectives. We know that a noun is the name of a person, place or thing. We have practiced using adjectives to describe the Bog Baby. He has a spiky tail, googly eyes and tiny,blue wings. 

In phonics we have been recapping on the tricky words: he, she, we, me, be, my. We had our first spelling test on Friday in Year 1!!! 

In Maths this week we have been counting forwards and backwards and we have been finding one more than and one less than. We have used number tracks to help us.

As part of our Topic and Science work, we have been looking at baby pictures to see how people change s they get older. We have also investigated the question: 'Is my foot the same size as my hand?' We discovered that most people's hand span is shorter than the length of their feet.  



Week 2


We have started some exciting work this week based on 'The Bog Baby' story. We have made predictions about what type of creature a bog baby could be, we have shared our opinions on events in the story and we went on a bog baby hunt. One of the children told me "I've seen a bog baby outside, it was camouflaging itself." 


In Maths this week we have been sorting and grouping objects in different ways, deciding on our own criteria for our groups. We have also been representing numbers in different ways. We represented the number 6 by writing the number, writing the word, finding the correct Numicon tile, putting 6 objects in a line, showing it on a ten frame and drawing a doodle of 6 pictures.


In RE this week we have learnt about books that are special to people and we have discussed the books that are special to us. We have continued to practice our programming skills in Computing and we have started working in our new handwriting books every day.


Friday was Dot Day! The whole school listened to the story of 'The Dot' and watched the Austin's butterfly video. This shows how a piece of work can be discussed and improved time and time again therefore promoting a growth mindset. We replicated this in class by creating the bog baby using pastels, discussing what improvements we could make, then re-doing the task and comparing the outcomes. We will put some of these up in class for you to see.



Autumn 1  - Week 1


What a busy start to Year 1 we have had! It has been great to see all of our friends again and spend some time in our new classroom. 


In Maths this week we have been counting groups of objects, recognising and writing numbers 0 to 20, adding 2 small numbers together and putting numbers up to 20 into the correct order.

In English we have been writing our names and practicing our letter formation. We have also written a recount describing the different things that we did in the holidays. We have also practiced our reading in groups and individually. 


As part of our new topic 'Me and My Body' we have labelled the parts of the body that we already know and we have started talking about our 5 senses. In Computing we have been using the white board to program interactive creatures, using algorithms. 






































































































Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Questons to support your child when reading.