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Welcome to Year 1

Thank you for stopping and looking at our Year 1 webpage. We hope you enjoy having a look at all our lovely learning.  In Year 1 we like to work and play hard, and we are looking forward to continuing our Learning Journey from where we left off in Reception! We have a lot of exciting things planned for this year, so please keep coming back to our webpage to see what we have been up to.


 We are started to look at place value to 20 in year one! In Willow class, we have been looking at different ways we can show 20!

'Mathvent' Calendars!

Wow! Look at some children from Willow class who have made their own 'Mathvent' calendar at home! 


In DT we have begun to look at sliders and levers! First we explored some existing products, looking at books with moving parts.

We then practised the skill, making a sliding moving part (a part that moves side to side or up and down) and then a lever (a moving part that moves in a circular motion, held down by a pivot).

Here is Willow class practising the skill of making a lever and slider. 


 Willow class getting into the Christmas spirit!


We have been learning all about Shapes. We have learnt about 2D and 3D shapes. Here we are exploring making some shapes using wooden lollipop sticks!


Children in Need

Year One enjoyed taking part in Children in Need today. The base was a sea of yellow ears, and we enjoyed making Pudsey style biscuits. Thank you to all our families that sent in a donation, which will be sent on to the charity. 

Chester Zoo

As part of our learning in Science Year One paid a trip to Chester Zoo this week. We all loved seeing all the different animals, and used the opportunity to develop our understanding of the different groups that each belonged to. Laurel Class especially enjoyed the penguins who put on quite a show for us!


 We have been exploring another religion; Judaism. We were learning all about Abraham and his stars.

Abraham was someone who really loved and trusted God. He was a great leader. He told people that there is only one God, some people at that time thought there were lots of gods. God promised Abraham that his descendent would be as many as the stars in the heaven or the sand on sea shore.
We drew our family in a star and added them together to show a beautiful, full, night sky!

Maths - Shape

Year One have begun to look at 3D and 2D shapes this week. We have been exploring each shape noting which ones rolled and which ones stacked and examining them closely to see why. We have found examples of 3d shapes in real life and used the faces on these shapes to explore the 2D shapes within them.


This half term, we will be reading 'Rapunzel' by Bethan Woollvin. We have been learning some new vocabulary from the book, such as; cackle, suspected and secretly. Look at the picture of some of us cackling like the evil witch!

Continuous Provision

Year One have enjoyed using our Continuous Provision area this half term in order to revisit and consolidate lots of the learning we have been doing in class through play, as well as our ability to work independently or as part of a team.

Willow Class - Estimation Station!

Well done to our 2 estimation station winners this week!

Willow Class - Estimation Station!

Well done to our estimation station winner! With a grand total of 23 chocolate eyeballs, Kevin has won with an amazing estimation of 21 so he was only 2 away!

Well done! Don't eat them all at once!


In Maths this week, we have been exploring different number bonds within 10. We have used lots of different resources to help us. Look at these two superstars working hard to write the number sentences for number bonds to 8 and 9!


In year 1, we have been looking at maps. To start our new learning, we first had a walk around our local area. We looked at the different buildings, houses and roads. We used new vocabulary to describe places. We used the words; near, far, next to...


After our walk, we then mapped out everything we saw on our walk. We included; the junior school, the dentist, barber shop and even the street signs. Take a look...

English in Year 1 

We have been reading the story Old Bear this half term. We have been learning to describe the setting by writing a list poem, act out parts of the story and describe the characters. We used our story friends to help us re-tell the story in our own words. We are now going to write a letter to one of the characters who is stuck in the attic.

PE in Year 1

This Autumn PE will take place on the following days:

Miss Rock (Maple) & Miss Diamond/Mrs Michael's Class (Ash) - Tuesday & Thursdays

Mr Turner (Laurel) & Miss Ireland's Class (Willow) - Tuesday & Fridays.

On these days we would ask that the children come into school wearing their PE Kits. Please note that the school's PE Kit consists of a plain white t-shirt or Polo Shirt and black shorts/leggings or tracksuit bottoms (see below). If you have any problems with PE Kits please speak to your child's class teacher.

Thank you - The Year 1 Team


This week we have been learning how to use a part whole model. We can use counters and a part whole model to help us find out about addition within 10.

Art - final piece of work

Today we finished our Romero Britto inspired work. We included geometric shapes, bright colours and a colour wash to finish our self portraits.

National Fitness Day

We decided to get super fit on National Fitness Day! We had great fun running, jumping and counting how many star jumps we could do in one minute.

Art - Romero Britto

We have begun exploring the work of the Brazilian artist Romero Britto. Today we have been experimenting using geometric shapes and bright, vibrant colours in the same way that Britto does. We discovered that if we made patterns using oil pastels and then applied water colours the pastels would reject the paint. We hope you like our work.

PE - Ball Skills

Despite the hot weather we had fun exploring the skills of bouncing and dribbling a ball.  We practiced using gentle touches and spreading our fingers wide to help us control the ball when bouncing it. Next stop the NBA!

Continuous Provision

As we got used to our new base, we had lots of fun exploring the Continuous Provision area with our classmates. There are lots of exciting zones to explore. Today we were in the ‘Construction’ and ‘Writing’ zones. 

Ahead of our upcoming Year 1 information meetings, we have attached a copy of the Power Point we will be showing which details all the useful information you will need to know to support your child during their time in Year 1. We very much hope that everybody will be able to attend but understand that some people may not be able to do so, in which case we would encourage you to take a look at the document which includes information on our curriculum, how we teach RWI Phonics and support for you to help your child at home with their Phonics. If you have any questions, please contact Mr Turner at school.

Click on the links below for extra information about Read Write Inc and Phonics Screening Check. 

What is RWI?

Phonics Screening Check

Why Read to Your Child?