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Week beginning 15th January 2018


We are in full flow of our Wombat Stew learning theme and have enjoyed creating our own aboriginal dot paintings this week. We had a variety of different Australian animal templates to use and carefully used the end of a paintbrush to paint dots around the edge of the template. We are all really pleased with them and they look really effective.

We have also been thinking more about the story of Wombat Stew and writing our own 'Koala Stew' versions, using adjectives to create imaginative descriptions.

In maths we have been learning to add single and two digit numbers to 20 using a ten frame and counters to help us. We were able to show all that we had learnt to our mums and dads who came to our 'Come and Learn' session on Thursday.

We are also busy rehearsing for our class assemblies which are coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Week beginning 8th January 2018


Our first week back after Christmas has been a busy one! We have kick started our new learning theme called 'Wombat Stew' all about Australia. We have really enjoyed reading the book Wombat Stew in Literacy. We made puppets earlier in the week to help us role play the story and think about the characteristics of each of the animals. On Friday we wrote a recount of the story of Wombat Stew using lots of adjectives. In Maths we have been learning about length and measurement. We have ordered eucalyptus branches and practised using the language shorter, shortest, taller, tallest. We then measured more Australian plants with multilink cubes and even created our own Australian plant that had to be exactly 30 cubes tall. In Geography we have been learning about where we are in the world and have learnt the names of the different continents and learnt that we live in the United Kingdom which is actually divided up into four countries!

December 2017

We have been enjoying the last few weeks on our Land Ahoy learning theme, writing pirate stories and messages in bottles. In maths we have been learning about solving word problems and thinking carefully about whether the problem is an addition or a subtraction calculation. We have also been getting stuck into all things Christmas! We have been busy learning songs for the Year 1 Christingle. We are looking forward to singing some Christmas carols as well as reciting a Christmas poem. In R.E we have been finding out about the Christmas story and thinking about why this story is so special to Christians.

Week beginning 27th November


This week we have had our Pirate Day! The children and teachers all enjoyed coming to school dressed as pirates and learning about all things pirate related! We started the ay by designing our own pirate ship using the recycled materials we had collected the previous week. We had to think carefully about our design criteria - making sure that the ship was waterproof on the bottom, would stand upright, be flexible (in case it crashed) and most importantly float. We then built our ships using a variety of materials including plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and paper for pirate flags. After break, we tested our ships to check if they floated, were waterproof, were built well and didn't fall apart. We then evaluated them against these criteria. We have also learnt about the history of pirates and the different eras in pirate history. At the very end of the day the pirate council told Miss Stephenson, Miss Cotton and Mrs Green that there was a secret parcel hidden on the lower school field. All the children and teachers went to find it to discover a treasure chest filled with pirate coins, flags and shells. Hidden within it were three envelopes which contained special certificates for the children accepting them into the pirate council! We were all very excited and had a fantastic pirate fun filled day! We have also been doing lots of other learning this week, including subtracting in maths, instruction writing in literacy and we have all been learning our Chritstingle songs lots too!

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Week beginning 20th November 2017


This week we have been learning about addition in Maths. We have been using ten-frames, to help us add two one-digit numbers together. We then represented our calculation pictorially by drawing circles to represent each number and then found the total by counting on from the first number. In Literacy we have been imagining we were stranded on a desert island. We wrote a message in a bottle asking for help! In Science we have been learning about materials and thinking about what we can use to make a pirate ship that floats!

Week beginning 6th November 2017


This week in Year One we have been very busy! In maths, we have been learning about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and learning about the patterns for each times table. We have used hundred squares and number lines to help us with our counting and we even spotted some interesting patterns on our hundred square when we shaded in each times table! In literacy, we have been learning about using interesting adjectives in our writing. We tried to use all five senses to write a descriptive piece of writing about a desert island. Our teachers were very impressed at our super writing and use of adjectives! We have also been learning about Remembrance Day and its significance. As part of a whole school art project each class has created their own 'poppy art'. In Year One we each created a tissue paper poppy which we will make into a wreath to remember those who lost their lives in the war. We have also been continuing with our knowledge of materials in science, learning about different materials you may find on a pirate ship and their properties.

Week beginning 30th October 2017


This week has been the first week back after half term and Year One have been very busy! We have started our new learning theme 'Land Ahoy!' and are enjoying learning about all things pirate! Thank you to everyone that came along to Come and Learn on Wednesday, we all enjoyed being able to share what learning is like in Year One and to give you the opportunity to come and work alongside your children and see what we do! We have been busy turning ourselves in pirates by painting ourselves as a pirate for our topic book covers. We have also started the 'Taking Care Project' this half term, learning about our Early Warning Signs and about feeling safe. We have all had a fantastic first week back and are looking forward to a busy half term in the lead up to Christmas - there is lots to look forward to!

Week Beginning 16th October, 2017


This week we have been learning about 2D shapes in maths and thinking about the properties of the shapes. We discussed the number of sides, corners and whether the sides of the shapes are curved or straight. In literacy have been thinking more about adjectives and using them carefully in our writing. In PSHE we have been thinking about the key to being a good friend and we also made our final observations with our beans. We were able to take them home as it is our last week of our Get, Set, Grow learning theme.


Week beginning 9th October, 2017


This week in Year 1 we have continued our learning about seasonal changes.  In Science, we made spinners that show how a tree changes throughout the year.  The children enjoyed adding different coloured leaves and blossom to depict each season.  We also thought about the seasons during our music lesson, where we chose a variety of instruments to represent sounds or weather associated with Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  During Literacy, we learnt about instructions and practised identifying their features before having a go and writing our own set for 'How to plant a bean'.

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Week beginning 2nd October


This week we have had lots of fun in science. We looked at the results from our experiment to see which cress seeds grew the best. We also planted our own beans and will be starting to record their growth in our own bean diaries.

In DT we made our own fruit salads. We were very careful to use a cutting knife safely. We think they looked and tasted delicious. We have also been learning to use adjectives in our writing and used a variety of different adjectives when describing fairies.

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Week beginning 25th September, 2017


This week we have been learning all about addition and subtraction in maths. We talked about all the different maths vocabulary that can be linked to addition and subtraction, for example, total, altogether, take away and less than. We used pictures to help us calculate the answer to questions and we found it was useful to see the problem as a picture.

In literacy we have been busy planning and writing our own fairy story, similar to Jack and the Beanstalk. After discovering a magic plant in school, we designed our own magic plants and thought carefully about the features of the plant. We have tried really hard to remember to use finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in our writing.

In science we have thought about what a plant needs in order to grow. We drew our own mind maps to share our ideas. We then planted some cress seeds and changed the conditions of each pot of seeds. One pot we have put in the dark cupboard as we want to see if the cress grows without light. We will find out the results next week!


Picture 1 We discovered a magic plant in school.
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Week beginning 18th September, 2017


This week in year one, we have been working hard at becoming more independent with our learning, particularly in Maths and English.  We have been continuing to get more confident when working with numbers in a variety of ways including finding one more and one less, recognising numbers as words and even counting in 2s.  Using a range of equipment, the children learnt how to group objects in twos and then practised finding the total by counting aloud in 2s.  We discovered this was a bit tricky and required both concentration and perseverance!



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Week beginning 11th September


This week in Year One we have been very busy. We have been learning about one more and one less in Maths and doing lots of work practically, using a variety of equipment. We have also been writing in our maths books and writing one digit in each square which is quite tricky! We have been doing lots of phonics this week and have been impressing our new teachers with how much we know! We have also been doing some more learning about trees and plants in Science and have even been labelling the parts of a tree and the parts of a flower in our books. We have used our best collage skills to create our topic book covers in art. They are 'fruit faces' based on the artwork of Archimboldo and his fruit/vegetable portraits. We have also been learning how to log onto a Chromebook and what a username and a password are used for. Have a lovely weekend and see you next week!

Week beginning 4th September 2017


This week we have been finding out all about our new teachers, our new classrooms and what life is like in Year 1. We are all very excited to be back at school and we are looking forward to starting our learning theme 'Get Set Grow'. We have been learning the 4 Golden Rules and thinking about how we can be Golden Rule Superstars! In Literacy we have learnt how to use capital letters and full stops and we have written postcards to our Reception class teachers. In Maths we have been ordering numbers to 20 and some of us have even ordered numbers to 100. In P.E, we have been practising our catching skills. What a busy first week!