Year 1 Blog

Our Year 1 Classes are Puffins and Penguins.

These are our curriculum newsletters.




Year 1 had the most wonderful day at Beamish on Wednesday. The sun was shining and the children were impeccably well behaved, making us very proud of them indeed!

We had the opportunity to visit the school and take part in a Victorian lesson with a very strict teacher who showed us what it would have been like learning to read, write and do arithmetic.

We took a ride on the tram which was very exciting and visited the pit village where some very interesting people told us all about life as part of a pit man’s family. We spotted lots of objects in the homes that we have been learning about in school as well as lots of new things.

We had a look around the farm and farmhouse where there were lots of animals to see and some old fashioned farm equipment.

Some children were so exhausted from their exciting day that they fell fast asleep on the bus coming home.

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Den Building

What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday with Chris the den building man! He brought lots of special equipment with him and we listened carefully to his instructions so that we could work safely as part of a team.

We thought carefully about what our den structure was going to look like before we started building and then came up with some very creative ideas. After the structure had been checked to see if it was sturdy, we used different materials to cover our dens to make them sheltered. We even had flags to fly.

Everyone had such a great time and we have learned a great deal about team work!P1010643 P1010645 P1010649 P1010653 P1010654 P1010657 P1010663 P1010664 P1010669 P1010670 P1010732 P1010733 P1010737 P1010739 P1010743 P1010748 P1010750 P1010751 P1010761

Lots to learn!

This has been one of our busiest week so far in Year 1! We have been continuing our learning about the local area by thinking about our community and how we can contribute personally to its well-being. The children thought that picking up litter and recycling were a great way to help! We have also been thinking about the different ways in which we travel to school, using the information collected to create tally charts and pictograms.

In English this week we have begun a new book called Knuffle Bunny, a tale of a little girl who can’t yet speak who loses her favourite toy rabbit. She tries to communicate with Dad but he just doesn’t understand. We have had good fun translating words like ‘Wabble Pabble Flabble’ and ‘Snurp’.

In Maths we have been introducing the children to part/whole models. A way to show basic partitioning of numbers in an effective way. The children will be bringing some part/whole model homework home today and we are sure they will show you how it’s done! Any questions though, just ask!

Than you to all parents who came to parent’s evening this week. It was lovely to get a chance to speak properly and see how well the children have all settled in.

Please remember to send your child’s reading book to school every day whether they have read at home with you or not. We are trying to read with them as regularly as possible and we can’t change books if they are not here! Thank you for your support in this.

Another exciting week!

We have had another exciting week in Year 1! We began the story of Everywhere Bear and discovered that our own class Everywhere Bears had gone missing. We set out on a bear hunting adventure and tracked them down!

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We have also been learning about the seasons in Maths and in Science and we went out to look for signs of Autumn! The children found lots within the school grounds and we even picked some blackberries to taste!

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What a wonderful first week!

What a wonderful first week back we have had in Year 1! The children have settled into school so well and have been happy and smiling coming into school in the mornings. They are adapting to life in Year 1 very well considering the many new routines and expectations!

We have begun learning about our new topic of ‘This is us’! We have been investigating the different types of homes people live in and what we might find inside these homes.

We have been getting to know each other by discussing our likes and dislikes and learning about making right and wrong choices.

We have also been practising the trick job of writing our full name using our name cards. Our aim is to be able to do this without looking at the cards eventually so any help you could give your child at home would be much appreciated.

We are inviting all parents and carers to a meeting about KS1 at 9am on Wednesday 12th September in the Hall. This is an extremely important meeting so please attend if possible.