Year 1 Blog

Our Year 1 Classes are Puffins and Penguins.

These are our curriculum newsletters.


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.


Kirkley Hall

We had a fabulous time on Tuesday at Kirkley Hall zoo! The children had the opportunity to see some weird and wonderful animals and even saw some animals that talked! They were able to handle guinea pigs and rabbits, explore the woodland walk and went through the wallaby walk.DSCF5364 DSCF5371 DSCF5359 DSCF5335 DSCF5330 IMG_1407 IMG_1389 IMG_1375 IMG_1371 IMG_1356

Hatching Chicks

What an exciting start to the summer term… Penguins and Puffins have new some new arrivals!

This half term we will be hatching chicks and we will be learning about life cycles and animal development.

This week we have learnt about how the chick develops inside the egg. We have used key scientific vocabulary, such as embryo, albumen, membrane, pore and chalaza.

Some children have also shown interest in building nests since we have received our eggs. As Thursday was such a sunny day, we decided to go down to the nature trail and find natural resources to build some nests for birds.

We have also started to learn about Islam. The children have learned about the important features of a mosque and have found that some of these things are similar to what people do in a Hindu temple.

A Cautionary Tale…

We began our week by diving into a new book: Grendel- a Cautionary Tale about Chocolate. Grendel is a little monster who adores chocolate. So when he is presented with the opportunity of making three wishes – guess what he does? In this new take on the King Midas story, a wish that everything he touches would turn to chocolate has the inevitable consequences, which the children have loved exploring!

Grendel is a fantastic picture book, packed full of rich illustrations. In the best picture books, illustration and text work closely together to create meanings. Children are naturally drawn to the illustrations in a picture book and are frequently far more observant than an adult reader. Our literacy focus on Grendel is based on our children’s’ interest in images and their ability to read them, followed by lots of opportunities for writing. This week we have used the story to write compound sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and we have written a description of an imaginative chocolate world!

In maths, we have been working more on our measurement unit and this week, we have been looking at weight and mass. We have weighed lots of different objects using balance scales to determine which objects were the heaviest and which were the lightest. We then investigated the mass of different objects and weighed these using non-standard units of measurements. We found out that a toy whale weighed the same as 21 cubes!

In science this week we have been exploring the human body. After labelling one of our classmates we used our phonics to label copies of the human body. Following on from that we looked at the internal structure of the body and the important organs that we have. Some children drew the organs in the right place in an outline of the body while others wrote a description of what each body part does. We completed science with a senses experiment where we tested our senses to identify different smells, tastes, sounds, feelings and sights.