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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!



1 Crystal

1 Jade


Mrs A. Reynolds, Mrs F. Birtchnell & Mrs A. Yates
Mrs S. Lawrence & Mrs H. Reardon


Spellings for 8th February

If your child always has 3 words, do numbers 1-3. If your child normally has 6 spelling words, practice 1-6. If your child has 8 words, practice all 8.

1. have

2. where

3. some

4. delay

5. sound

6. cried

7. ground

8. tried



Spellings for 1st February

If your child always has 3 words, do numbers 1-3. If your child normally has 6 spelling words, practice 1-6. If your child has 8 words, practice all 8.

1. they

2. said

3. come

4. slice

5. stone

6. tune

7. these

8. grape











Have a go at playing some Maths games we have done in class!


The Gingerbread Man Game: counting, matching and ordering


Blast Off! Mental Maths for counting forward and back


Helicopter Rescue - finding numbers, one more, one less

Learning to Learn Day: Other Cultures

Team Crystal started off the day by exploring the concept of curiosity. We used feely bags and close up photos to do this.

We then learnt about China; through images, videos and music. We created our own Chinese lanterns and used pastels to create Chinese dragons.

We also ate some Chinese food, learnt to write our names in Chinese AND learnt a Chinese dance! We showed off everything we’ve learnt with an exhibition for Year 3.


Our Local Area

To kick off our new topic, Year 1 went on a walk around our local area. We looked at the different shops, buildings, houses and physical features we have around our school.

Science - Animals and humans

To kick off our new Science topic, Year 1 was visited by some dogs! Some of the teachers brought in their pets so that the children could ask questions and learn more about them.

Toy workshop

To finish off their topic for the term, Year 1 spent the day experiencing a toy workshop.

They got to explore and play with a range of old and new toys, become ‘toy detectives’ whilst digging for old toys, and then made their own toys using their Art and DT skills.


Learning to Learn Day - Science!

On Friday 23rd November Year 1 spent the whole day doing Science! With Mrs Yates they made catapults and tested which could send a ball the highest and furthest. With Mrs Reynolds the children explored what happens if you add raisins to lemonade...and then marshmallows...and smarties......and grapes!

The children developed a range of Scientific skills, including predicting, observing, carrying out a test and recording. They had a fantastic day and were excellent Scientists!

Teddy Bear's Picnic!

To follow on from our topic of Toys, the children brought in their own soft toys from home for a Teddy Bear’s picnic. They went into the forest, made homes for their toys and enjoyed some biscuits, crisps and squash.

To develop their speaking and listening skills, the children described what they were doing and asked questions. They also developed their reasoning skills by exploring, comparing and finding links.


In our first week of Year 1, we were learning about ordinal numbers in our Maths lessons. We had running races on the playground and had to put ourselves in the correct order!


To kick off our topic of Seasonal Changes, we went for a nature walk around the school grounds then discussed what we noticed. We agreed the current season was summer, but it was changing to Autumn because we found leaves of lots of different colours!


Year 1 have been using a range of resources to help them understand number, addition and subtraction. They are now confident with using tens frames, cubes, counters, bead strings, the bar model AND the part whole model! 

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