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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.


Summer 1- Week 4

As part of our topic about Farsley, we have been learning about Hainsworth Mill. Yesterday we had a go at weaving with paper.

Our Author of the week is Oliver Jeffers and in Book talk we read the book Stuck. We then wrote book reviews.

In English we have been writing directions to find our way around the local area.. We have also been writing our first Acrostic poems. We will be improving these next week and entering them into a competition.

In Maths we having been counting in 2s and 5s. Using Maths equipment we have been making equal groups.

Summer 1- Week 3

This week we have been learning about crossing the road safely. We then wrote instructions on how to do it. We also designed road safety posters.

Summer 1- Week 2

In Maths this week we have been learning about capacity, full, half full, empty, almost empty and almost full. We have compared containers.

We have started our new topic, 'What is in Farsley and what can I do there?' We sorted pictures into places that are near and far.

Today we have been talking about different types of feeling and what to do if we are angry.

We watched a live session by the author/ illustrator Bethan Woollvin. She taught us how to draw trees trolls. We are very proud of our drawings.

In PE we are learning to strike the ball. We used our hand this week.

Spring 2- Week 5

This week we have been thinking about Easter and learning the Easter story. We decorated eggs at home for a competition.

In Maths we have continued practising our measuring skills by measuring objects in the classroom with a ruler.

We wrote newspaper reports in English about the Great Fire of London.

Our Home learning this week was to look for signs of Spring on our way home from school, in the park or our gardens.

Happy Easter everyone! 

Spring 2 - Week 4

We have been continuing to learn about The Great Fire of London and constructed houses to make a street. We have learnt that in 1666 houses were made of wattle and daub and roofs from straw. On Thursday we displayed our work at the Westroyd Museum. We enjoyed looking at the History work that other classes have been doing.

For Science we went for a walk around the school grounds looking for signs of spring. We then drew observational drawings of daffodils.

In Maths we are learning about measuring.

Spring 2- Week 3

In Maths this week we have been practising counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.

In Science we have been learning about plants. Plants need water, soil, carbon dioxide and sunlight to grow. We planted broad bean seeds.

In art we mixed colours to paint backgrounds for landscapes of the 'Great fire of London'. Then we cut out silhouettes of houses. Next week we will put them together.

In our History and English lessons we have been finding out more about the Fire of London. 

Today is Comic Relief (Red Nose) day and we shared funny jokes and we posed in a photo booth. It has been a great day!

Spring 2 - Week 2

This week  in English we have started reading a new book called 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London'. It is about a flea called Vlad and his friend Boxton, the rat.

One night in Pudding Lane they are caught up in a fire that threatens to destroy them, along with most of the City of London. We are really enjoying this book and it is helping us with our History topic 'What was the Fire of London?' Today

we have drawn storymaps.

In Maths we have been writing, ordering and making numbers up to 50.



Spring 2- Week 1

Yesterday was World Book Day and what a fabulous day it was! Year 1 started off the day doing paired reading with Year 5. In pairs we enjoyed listening to each read. Mrs Akers and Mr Fawcett were very proud of us. We also did a book quiz and book hunt, made bookmarks, drew pictures of the characters we had dressed as and drew the front cover of our favourite book. At the end of the day Mrs Ponton read us some stories.

In English we are learning when to use exclamation marks and question marks. Today we thought about what we wanted to know about our new topic, 'The Great Fire of London'. We wrote our questions and remembered to add question marks.

Our Maths lessons this week have been using subtraction to answer problem solving questions. We used Maths equipment to help us.

Our classroom has changed this week and we now have a bakery for our roleplay area and a small world area for re-telling and making up our own stories. 

Spring 2- Week 6

We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Bradford Industrial Museum. This morning we looked at maps, drew our own maps and found out how horses were used in the past to transport goods and people. Then we had a tour around the museum and saw a Trambus, an old bus, a train called 'Nellie' and lots of old Jowitt cars that had been made in Bradford. Mrs Akers was very proud of us. We listened carefully, asked lots of questions and were super 'Historians'.

In English this week we wrote our own 'Train ride' stories and learnt how using adjectives makes our work more interesting.

Year 1 had a DT (design technology) day on Wednesday. We practising our designing, cutting and building skills and learnt about wheels, axles and chassis. We then all made a car (from boxes) and a lego vehicle.


Spring 2 - Week 5

We have welcomed a new boy into our class this week. We have been very kind to him and he has settled into Year 1.

We have enjoyed exploring areas of provision in the classroom and doing our challenges, including making flags and find the countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.

In Maths we have been learning to do addition by counting on. We made up and drew our own addition stories and used our outdoor area to draw numberlines and use them for addition.

For Talk 4 Writing (English) Year 1 have started to learn a new story 'The train Ride'. We made storymaps and have added actions to the story.

In History we learnt about how trains have changed over the years. We are really looked forward to our trip to 'Bradford Industrial Museum' next week and seeing some old types of transport.

Spring 2 - Week 4

Look at our fabulous maps of the local area!

In Geography we have looked at maps of the UK and located the countries as well as Leeds and the Isle of Arran. This week we located Farsley and Westroyd Primary on Google maps and then made our own maps.

In English we are writing a class non-fiction book about different types of transport. We have all chosen a type of transport to write about. We just need to add a front cover and contents page.

We are really enjoying dance and practising our Bollywood moves.

Spring 1 -Week 3

We have started our History topic this week and have been learning about chronology and timelines. We talked about now and the past. Next week we will be adding events to our timeline.

In Science our experiment this week was to test materials to see if they were waterproof.

We are enjoying looking at non-fiction texts about transport and doing some research for our History topic.

In Maths we have been learning about tens and ones and we used lots of maths equipment to find lots of ways of making 15. 

Spring 1 -Week 2

Another busy week!

We read a letter this week from Aunty Teddy in the Isle of Arran. We used Atlases to find out where it was and planned how Tommy Teddy could travel to visit her.

We also found out what the weather is like so that Tommy knew what to pack. It is cold and snowy in winter.

Today in Science we did an experiment to find out what material is best to keep us warm. We will share our results with Tommy Teddy. He needs to stay warm in Scotland!

We really enjoyed dance this week, we learnt some Bollywood moves.

Spring 1- Week 1

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year. Year 1 have had a fantastic week.

It has been Inter-Faith week in school this week and we looked at the questions, 'What different faiths do we have in this class?' and 'What religious buildings are there?' The child drew pictures, asked lots of questions (which parents helped to answer) and listened to a story from the bible and one from the Qur'an.

In Maths we have continued to learn about shapes 2D and 3D and had a morning making patterns with shapes. We stuck, printed and drew patterns. We also used natural objects and 3D shapes from the construction area to create repetitive patterns.

Autumn 2 - Week 6

This week we have been artists! Our Picasso style portraits were shown at the school art display on Thursday.

We have started a new story in English, Hansel and Gretel and enjoyed thinking of questions to ask both the witch (Mrs Akers) and Hansel (Rowan). 

In Maths we are learning about 2D and 3D shape and will continue this next week.

Our Science this week has been talking about seasonal changes. We thought about how the weather, length of days and the types of clothes we are wearing has changed since we started in Year 1 in September. We also talked about plants and animals (migration and hibernation).

Autumn 2 - Week 5



It has been a busy week! Our classroom has been decorated and we made stained glass windows to decorate the hall. On Thursday we all had a bauble to put on the tree and we sang songs from our Nativity.

In English we used the plans we had written last week to write our own stories.

Examples were 'The 3 monkeys and the bear' and 'The 3 trolls and the big, bad goat'.

We addressed envelopes (names, house number, street, town, postcode) and added a stamp to post in our role play area.

Autumn 2- Week 4

We have started to rehearse for our Key Stage Nativity, 'The Sleepy Shepherd' and are learning all the songs.

In Maths we have been practicing subtraction calculations and making our own addition and subtraction games.

As a class we have changed the story of 'The 3 Billy Goats Gruff' into the 3 monkeys and the big, bad bear. Today (Friday) we all made plans for our own stories which are looking forward to writing next week

Autumn 2- Week 3


Children in Need day - What a lovely end to a super week! The children looked fantastic and produced some wonderful artwork and Maths linked to Pudsey Bear.

In English we have been continuing the story of 'The 3 Billy Goats Gruff' and have been learning about when to use capital letters.

We had our first computing lesson this week and in pairs successfully logged on and created pictures.

Autumn 2 - Week 2


It has been a busy week in Year 1!

In preparation for our Remembrance Assembly on Thursday we read a super book called 'Flo of the Somme'. It is about a mercy dog and her role on the battlefields.

We also drew poppies to make a wreath.

In Maths we are continuing with addition and ways to make 10. We have used Maths equipment, counters, multilink and Numicon to explore making 10.

Our Science this half term is learning about materials and this week we sorted objects by the material it was made from.

Autumn 2 - Week 1


This week has been Black History week and Year 1 have talked about equality and diversity. We have read about Marcus Rashford and how he has helped children and families. We discussed what a role model was and wrote about our own role models and made medals

In English we are learning the story of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’ and have sequenced the story and drawn story maps.

We have enjoyed Maths this week, addition and number bonds to 10.

Our PE this half term is gymnastics. We learnt different shapes to make with our bodies  and made a sequence using 3 shapes.


Autumn 1 - Week 6


Another wonderful week!

In Maths we have been learning about the part whole model. We used fruit to help us.

We are continuing to learn about our senses, this week in was the sense of sight.

In Design technology we made fruit kebabs. We were very proud of our cutting skills. It wasn't easy but we kept trying. Lucas said 'The best bit was eating it'. Rose said 'I would like to do it again'.

On Thursday we walked to the part for a sponsored wellie walk.

Autumn 1 - Week 5


What a wonderful week it has been! In English we have been planning our own stories based on 'The Enormous turnip'. In Maths we have been learning about the Whole/ part model to help us with addition. 

Dan the Leeds Rhinos took us for another PE lesson this week and in art we have learnt about Primary and Secondary colours. We painted pictures in the style of the artist Mondrian.

This afternoon we talked about 'Special books' and Mrs Akers has asked us to think about books that are special to us.

Autumn 1 - Week 4


This week in Science we had fun labelling parts of the body, including skull, ribs and spine with post-it notes. We then talked and read about our sense of smell and followed this with a science experiment. 

We did our first spelling test today and tried so hard.

Year 1 are continuing to learn the words and actions for 'The Enormous turnip' and have been making our own sentences.

It has been a great week.

Autumn 1 - Week 3


This week we have been thinking about 'What makes a good friend?' We read the book 'Be a good friend' and made friendship cards and posters. in English we have started to learn the story of 'The Enormous Turnip' and have added actions.

We have been counting, sorting and solving problems in Maths this week.

Autumn 1 - Week 2


Last week we continued to practice retelling the story of ‘Funnybones’ and adding actions. In Maths we made our own numberlines both on paper and in the playground with chalking. This helped us to count forwards and backwards and to say the number that is 1 more and 1 less than a given number.


On ‘Dot day’ we read the story ‘The Dot’. It is about a girl who thinks we can’t draw. We talked about things we couldn’t do ‘yet’ and how with lots of practise and resilience we will be able to do them soon.


We have loved PE with Dan from Leeds Rhinos.

Autumn 1 - Week 1


We have had a fantastic first week. It has been lovely to see all our friends again. Our question this week was ‘What is special about me and my class?’ We have talked about this, written about how we are special and drawn fantastic self- portraits. 

‘Sam the skeleton’ joined us in class and then we read the story ‘funny bones.’ We have learnt actions to the story.  

In PE Dan, from Leeds Rhinos, taught us some games to help us learn some rugby skills.

New Year 1 Video Tour- September 2021

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New Year 1- September 2021

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