Year 1 Blog

Our Year 1 Classes are Puffins and Penguins.

These are our curriculum newsletters.


Welcome back!

What a wonderful start we have had in Year 1! The children have all settled in really well and are enjoying all of the exciting things going on in the classrooms.

We have started off our term with the story of Biscuit Bear by Minnie Grey- an exciting story about the adventures of a lonely biscuit. The children have tasted biscuits for themselves and created pictograms of their favourite and explored different decoration choices before following a recipe to bake and decorate their very own biscuit bears.

We followed this up with some drama work where the children became the biscuits from the story and acted out their different talents.

We have been exploring place value during our maths sessions, counting and recognising numbers as well as learning how to represent numbers in different ways.

We also begun our topic themed learning around castles ahead of our visit to Alnwick Castle next Thursday. Please remember to complete the annual blanket consent form if not already done so and to send your child to school wearing their school jumper or cardigan, sensible shoes and a waterproof coat.

We would also like to remind you about the KS1 parents meeting taking place in the school hall at 9am on Wednesday morning. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.DSCF3842

Fun had by all!

It has been a brilliant week in Year 1.

The children completed their end of year assessments at the beginning of the week and had a lovely time building bridges and working on their team work with Year 6. Thank you for all the newspaper you supplied.

On Wednesday, Penguins had a thoroughly fantastic time at Clip and Climb as their KS1 attendance treat. We could not believe how brave and agile some of them were! The children worked resiliently to get to the top of the walls and children who could just about get off the ground at the start were flying up the walls by the end of the session. Well done Penguins!

The children completed their project on Africa by making some African inspired tie dye fabric, which we then stitched into pouches and bags. The children loved experimenting with the different tie dye techniques and the finished products look very effective.

On Thursday, the children took part in whole school transition and found out their new teachers and classes. We all had a lovely day and carried out lots of special activities. We are very happy and excited to be taking the children on into Year 2 next year.


Key information about next week.

Monday is 100% attendance lunch

Wednesday is the whole school picnic and water play session- Children need adequate sun protection and a change of clothes for the water play

Friday is the last day of term and we finish at 2pm.

A busy two weeks!

We have been very busy in Puffins and Penguins since our half term holiday. The children have been working very hard to prepare for our Phonics Check which took place this week. Every child tackled the check with a calm and focused attitude. Everyone did their very best and enjoyed the challenge!

In maths we have been re-visiting place value; the children are becoming much more familiar with tens and units and have been using their reasoning skills to solve problems related to the place value of numbers to 20, 50 or 100. We followed this with a week of recognising and counting money. The children have been using coins to pay for items in our ‘shop’ and some have been able to give change to 20p and beyond. Maybe you could keep trying this with your child at home – can they count the money in their money box? Can they pay for items when you go shopping?

Our topic this half term is Africa and we have begun to research this interesting continent. We are focusing on Kenya and next week we will be cooking some Kenyan food and finishing off our African clay masks.

Just a reminder, our sports day will take place on Monday 26th June at 1.30pm. Look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Stiansen, Miss Davison and the Year 1 team.


Money, Money, Money!

This week during English, Year 1 changed the main characters of Little Red Riding Hood to create a new version of the story. The children loved making up new characters and shaking up the original traditional tale. We are all very proud of the developing maturity and improved quantity and quality of the children’s writing and can see they are getting ready for the next step in their learning journey. We are sure the children would love to share their stories with you at home as they have learnt them so well they are now able to recite them from memory!

In Maths, we have been identifying different coins and applying what we know about addition and counting in multiples of 2, 5, and 10  to find totals. The children have enjoyed using money to solve problems and you can continue to help your child learn by encouraging them to find the appropriate coins/ notes to pay for items when out and about.


Towards the end of the week, the children completed their Red Riding Hood moving pictures with sliders, levers and wheel mechanisms. They then completed an evaluation of their prmoving pictures (6)oduct and discussed how successful they hmoving pictures (26)ave been.

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The children have also completed their end of half term assessments this week in order to spend next week celebrating all things Northumberland for the county’s first Northumberland day at the start of the half term holidays!

Next week, we have an exciting timetable planned where the children will be learning about our local heroine Grace Darling, learning some local dialect poetry  and design and making their own stotties for a picnic to name a few.

Don’t forget to come to school at 2:30pm on Friday 26th May for a special fair to celebrate the week’s events.

Other Important Information

  • It is the National Year 1 Phonics Screening Check soon after we return from half term (week commencing 12.6.17) so please keep reading regularly.
  • Leggings are not part of the school uniform so please make sure that children come in appropriate clothing.



Welcome back!

We were delighted to see the children returning to us bright and breezy on Monday!

We have had a good week in Year 1 and have started our Fairy Tales topic. We have been exploring characters, settings, openings and endings. The children have enjoyed reading and sharing their favourite tales. This popular topic will continue next week.

In maths we have explored place value and the children are showing a good understanding. Next week we will be revisiting multiplication and division.

Our science was very successful this week. The children enjoyed exploring and sorting different everyday materials. They then went on to describe the properties of each material with super words like bumpy, smooth, shiny and stretchy. Next week we will discover whether materials like plastic, glass, wool and metal are natural or man-made.

We are continuing with our strong focus on phonics in preparation for the check in June. If you need any help with ways to help your child with this please let us know and we will be more than happy to help!