Year 1


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 Summer 2018

Our Summer term topic is ‘What was Britain like when my Great grandma was a child’. We will be learning about some very famous Britons, including our Queen, and we will compare what life was like in the past to the lives that we lead now. We will be looking at old toys that children played with in the past, and we will use traditional materials such as wood and fabric to make our own toys for our classroom museum!  Our science topic is also linked to Great Britain. We will be learning about the things that live and grow in Great British gardens, and we will plant our own mini garden.


An important aspect of our reading and writing learning in Year 1 is our phonics lessons. We do phonics lessons every day and try to apply what we have learnt to our reading and writing. In June, all Year 1 children across the country take a statutory 'Phonics Screening Check' to assess their attainment in phonics. The website 'Phonics Play' has some excellent games, many of which are free, that may help reinforce your child's learning. Please select phase 5 as this includes the equivalent of Read Write Inc set 3 sounds, alternative spellings, for instance ‘ay’ in play and ‘a-e’ in game.

You can also support their learning by reading with them at home. Some children’s reading homework is a copy of the book that they have been reading in school. Please take the time to read the books with the children, remembering to ask the children to read their speed sounds, green words and red words (words that we cannot sound out by using phonics). Some children have phonics reading homework that is not linked to their class text but has been matched with their current level of reading ability.

More information on our Summer Term topic can be found by clicking the topic overview link below.



Spring Term 2018

Welcome back to Year 1 and our new spring term topic ' Why can't a meerkat live in the North Pole'. We will learn all about the Artic and Antarctica by learning about where they are, which animals live there, and what kinds of landscapes we can see there. We will also learn about famous polar explorers who tried to travel all the way to the North and South Poles.

In Science our topic is Winter and we will find out why it's so dark in the morning in winter. We will also observe winter weather and go on a wintery nature walk. 

In R.E we will be thinking about what is important to us and what makes us good. 

In Maths we will carry on learning about addition and subtraction, and we will use our mental maths to do lots of calculations. 

Please note that P.E lessons take place on Monday and Tuesday so the children will need full P.E kits for both days.

In addition, we have a new exciting writing project! We are learning about the book 'The Lion Inside' and doing lots of writing about the characters. Our focus this half term is to write in full sentences using capital letters and full stops, and use the conjunction 'and' to join words. 

I hope you enjoy an exciting term of learning with us!



Welcome back to school after your half term holiday! This half term we will carry on learning about space travel and space rockets. We will be describing aliens and new planets, and write a fact file for a space rocket. We will also learn about different materials and what we can do with them. 

In R.E we will be learning about Christmas and why Christians believe it's an important time of the year. We will also be observing changes in weather as we get closer to winter.


Forest school

We had a fantastic forest school morning with Mrs Gould last Monday 6.11! We built dens, made bird feeders and played hide and seek. Everybody had a brilliant time enjoying a morning of outdoor learning! 






Year 1 Autumn Term!

A very warm welcome to all of our new Year 1 children! I hope that you had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for an exciting Autumn term in Year 1. 

Year 1 is a very special time in primary school because it's the start of your learning journey in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children will have aquired many important skills such as pencil control, set 1-3 Phonics sounds,counting up to 20, and working in a team with others. This year we will be building on these skills to become more independent readers, writers and mathematicians. 

This half-term our Learning Challenge question is ' Could Our Grandparents Have Travelled to Infinity and Beyond?'. We will be exploring space travel in the past by looking at Neil Armstrong and his important first step on the moon, and we will compare this to current space travel by learning about Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station. We will also be thinking about aliens and whether they do really exist! 

In Maths we will be counting up to 30, order numbers and look for patterns in numbers, and start adding and subtracting numbers.

In Science we will be learning about our own bodies, and will compare our bodies to the body of an alien! We will also learn about how different senses help us to experience the world.

The children will continue to learn Phonics through the Read Write Inc programme, which includes daily reading, spelling and writing.

Homework will be given out every Friday and for Year 1 this will include a RWI reading booklet, a class library reading book, a piece of Maths  and spelling. 

P.E lessons take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and the children will need to wear their full P.E kits. 

I hope that you have a very memorable half-term of learning in Year 1!


- Miss Toelli







Summer Term

This term Year One will have two learning challenge topics: 

    Who am I and what is my X Factor?  

This half term we will be discussing who we are and what makes us special. We will be creating a fact file all about ourselves and writing our own autobiography! We will be creating a mixed media self-portrait to display in the classroom along with a description of what we think our own X Factor talent is. 

and:   What would Little Red Riding Hood 

find in our school? 

Last term Little Red Riding Hood asked us to attract more birds and wildlife to our school so this term we will be doing just that! We will be creating eco-friendly bird feeders from tea cups and learning about why we need to recycle.  We will be observing our very own butterflies develop from caterpillars before releasing them in our sensory garden.


Spring Term 2017 


Topic theme: Why are our toys more fun than Nana and Grandad's old toys?


Year 1 will be researching old and new toys to decided which they think would be more fun to play with. They will be writing toy descriptions, creating tally and bar charts, ordering teddy bears in chronological order and sketching their favourite toy!!


This half term we will be partioning numbers into tens and units, counting forwards and backwards in 10's, ordering numbers 0-100 from smallest to largest and adding and subtracting up to 20. 

Why not try this fun game at home:  


English Extra:

We are writing a description about ourselves this half term. We will be looking at features that make us different from our peers and the features that make us the same.


Autumn Term 2016

Hello and welcome to year 1. We hope that you have had a fantastic summer break and I look forward to welcoming you into your new classroom.

During the second week we will be learning about Kidsgrove, the shops that are here and the playgrounds that we like. We will be designing our perfect playground and using construction to model the equipment.

This term we will be learning all about Meerkats and investigating if they will be able to live in the North Pole. We will be investigating why animals prefer warmer or colder climates and why they are different from us humans.


PE is on a Tuesday afternoon so please can all children bring in their kits. Dance and Drama is on a Wednesday. All children will need their reading diaries and water bottles in school daily.








Which materials should the Three Little Pigs have used to build their houses?

Curriculum map link


Week 3


This week we have carried on doubling and then moved onto multiplication as repeated addition. 

This website is fantastic for learning about multiplication and repeated addition sentences. Practise what you have been learning. Get a piece of paper work out the answer and click the correct amount. I would love to see your workings and put them on our success string.


Here is another fantastic website to support your learning with multiplication. Click on the blue section so you get to work out your answer. Now these are word questions so very challenging problems. Make sure you read them carefully.

This is another great game for doubling. Next week we will be looking more at halving and sharing into equal groups.

Challenge yourself to doubles past 10. Why not even to 50 or 100? 


Week 2

This week the children have been doubling using bricks, sticks and counters to help.

Why not try this exciting Robin Hood doubles game to double Robin’s number by hitting the correct double on the target.

If you’re finding it to easy why not try Robin’s challenge of doubling numbers beyond 10 by clicking the link here.


Dear Big Bad Wolf…

In writing the children discussed what they would write in a letter to the Big Bad Wolf. They imagined they were the pig who lived in the strong brick house and thought about how the wolf made them feel. 

They got into pairs and took on the role of pig and wolf. As pig they told the wolf exactly how they felt and why using the conjunction because. After the children wrote their own letter to the wolf. Have a look below at some of the work.



Week 1

The children have been using terminology such as heavy and light, weak and strong, long and short, in sentences to describe different materials. They have tested materials to see what can float, sink, break etc. They have tried building a house of straw, sticks and bricks and huffing and puffing to see if it will blow down.

Here are some pictures of the children working. 








This week the children have also been using standard measure to measure the longest and shortest sticks for the 2nd little pig to build their house. They were absolutely fantastic at putting the sticks in order from the shortest to the longest and using a ruler correctly to measure the length to tell me how long their sticks were in centimetres; which we abbreviate as cm for short.