Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page. On here you will find regular updates about what the children have been doing in school.

 

Outdoor P.E kit is needed on Monday and Wednesday.

Spelling folders should be brought to school on Friday.

Friday 14th July

This week we have been searching for wild flowers and plants in the school grounds. Our aim was to find out what the most common wild plant was. We found lots of daisies, clover and buttercups. There was a smaller number of dog roses and ivy. In the end we found out that the most common wild plant in the school grounds was daisy.

In maths this week we have been adding together two 2 digit numbers. To do this we have been using lots of different equipment and methods. We have even been learning about the column addition method.

Our learning about The Bog Baby has seen us thinking about how we would care for a Bog Baby. We thought about what we would need, what home the Bog Baby would need, what food he would eat and what his favourite things might be. Using all of our ideas we have then written a leaflet to explain how to care for a Bog Baby.

You may remember that last term we were learning all about Her Majesty the Queen. As part of our learning we wrote letters to Her Majesty asking all sorts of questions. This week we were delighted, and very excited, to receive a reply from Susan Hussey, one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting.

Friday 30th June

This week we have started some new learning based on the book The Bog Baby. We have been describing the character and sequencing the story. Some of the children have been using similes within their writing.

In Maths we have been revisiting 2D and 3D shapes. We have been naming them and describing their properties. We have then looked at shape patterns where we had to identify the pattern, work out the rule and then continue on the pattern.

This week we enjoyed our Sports Day on Monday. We were very luck with the weather as the sun shone most of the day. The children played some different team games in the morning; these were cricket, volleyball, curling and tri-golf. In the afternoon they took part in various throwing, jumping and running activities. All the while they were earning points for their houses. Once all the classes have completed their sports we will find out the winning house. Below are some images of KS1 and Reception enjoying the various activities.

Friday 23rd June

This week in science we have been planting some seeds. We did not plant them soil but just against a wet paper towel. We have predicted how we think they will grow over the next week or so. Here are some pictures of Alyssia and Skye planting their seed.

This week was also the week of our class assembly all about Her Majesty The Queen. Thank you to everyone who came to support the children on a very hot day in the hall. In quite a short space of time the children put together an informative assembly full of facts about the Queen. A special well done to Beth for playing the part of the Queen. She must have been very hot in all her finery!

Friday 16th June

This week we enjoyed our trip to Heaton Park. We went on a woodland walk with Ranger Michael. He told us all about the plants and trees that were surrounding us. We saw some spotted orchids, dog roses and lots of others too. We also met some cows who let us walk through their field, saw some beehives and a kingfisher by the  pond.

Friday 9th June

We have started our new science topic this week all about plants. We looked carefully at some plants and then pulled them apart to see the roots, stem, leaves and flowers. We then labelled a drawing of a plant and explained what each part was for.

In Maths this week we have been looking at place value and making sure that we understand what each digit in a number means. To do this we have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones.

In English we have started a unit of work all about traditional tales. We began by finding out what traditional tales the children were familiar with; this was not as extensive as we thought it would be. After this we have been comparing different tales by looking at the characters, the plot, the setting and the structure of the tale. 

Friday 26th May

After half term please note the change in P.E. days.

The children will now have a P.E. lesson on Mondays and Wednesdays.

 This week we have been using the i-pads to do some research about the Queen. We had a list of questions about the Queen that we had to search for the answers to. We worked together with a partner and tried really hard to find all the information we needed.

We then used the information we had gathered to create a fact sheet about the Queen.

In Maths this week we have been doubling and halving numbers and have used this skill to find 1/2 and 1/4 of amounts.

In P.E with Miss Martland we have been learning how to throw the javelin. We learnt about our feet having to make an L shape and where our arm should be when we throw the javelin.

In R.E we have been learning about the baptism of Jesus. We read the story and acted it out and then we created a story board to tell the events of the baptism.

 

Friday 19th May

 Our measuring work this week has seen us looking at weight. We compared two different objects using a balance scale to find out which was heaviest, we weighed objects using non-standard units and we also then weighed objects using gram weights.

In our learning about the Queen we have been using the structure of the story 'The Queen's Knickers' to write our own adventure about the Queen's handbag. Firstly we thought about what occasion the Queen would be attending and what she might have in her handbag. We then planned what might happen to the handbag and how the problem could be resolved.

In P.E. we have been learning the skills of fielding a ball and throwing it back to our team. In R.E. we have been thinking about belonging to a group. To do this we have all created a jigsaw piece showing images of the groups we belong to and then we put the jigsaw together to show that we are also a group.

Friday 12th May

 This week we have continued our Maths learning about measurement. This week our focus has been on length and height. We have been measuring with non-standard units both inside and outside the classroom. Once we had measured various objects and chalk lines we described them in terms of which was longer or shorter. We have also measured the height of a partner and found out who was the tallest.

In English we have continued to use 'The Queen's Knickers' as a stimulus for our learning. This week we have been looking at newspaper reports and thinking about what we would write in a report about the Queen's knickers going missing.

In our topic work we have been thinking about the castles and palaces that the Queen lives in. We have been designing our own palaces containing all sorts of wonderful features.

In computing we have been recording the text of a story and then adding in sound effects to bring the story to life.

In P.E. we have been learning the skill of speed bouncing. We learnt how important it is to keep our feet together and our knees soft. Well done to Sofia and Frankie who performed the highest number of speed bounces.

Friday 5th May

 Despite this being a short week, we have been very busy. In Maths the children have begun a unit of work all about measurements. This week we have been looking at capacity. We have been estimating how many cups of water it would take to fill various containers and we have been using non-standard units to measure capacity.

In English we have been using the story of The Queen's Knickers as a stimulus for our work. We have been describing the Queen's knickers and will soon be planning our own stories based on this book.

In computing we have been practising reading a story with expression and have then been finding different sounds to go into the story at certain points.

In P.E. with Miss Martland we have been the learning the technique of standing long jump. Well done to Bella and Frankie who proved to have the longest jumps in the class.

 

Friday 28th April

 We have started our new topic all about the Queen. In our English we have been using the text 'The Queen's Hat' to look at prepositional language and have been using this vocabulary to describe the journey of the hat around Royton. We have also been thinking about what we already know about the Queen and what we would like to find out. We have drafted and then written letters to Her Majesty in order to find out some more information. Finally this week we have been looing at some the events of the Queen's life and have been making a timeline of these. 

In Maths this week we have been looking at problem solving. We have been looking at number problems that involved us finding two, three and four numbers that added to make a target number. We have looked at Kandinsky's shape problems and found that we had to look really carefully to find out how many shapes there were in each picture.

Our P.E this half term is with sports coach Miss Martland. This time we are focussing on athletics skills. To begin with we have been learning the technique of running. We also looked at how quick our reactions were by seeing how quickly we could get up and then start running.

This half term we are going to be looking at Baptism in R.E and in computing we are going to be learning all about how you record sounds and then add them into a story to make sound effects.

 

Friday 31st March

 In maths this week we have been adding and subtracting a single digit number from a two digit number by crossing and not crossing a ten. At the start of the week we did this by using a human number line where we physically jumped along the numbers to show the addition.

This we have combined our learning in English and R.E. We have been finding out about the events of Easter week and writing a sequence of sentences to form a narrative. We tried to make sure that our sentences included all the structures of writing that we have been learning about so far.

During the rest of the week the children have been very busy engaged in all sorts of activities related to Easter. They have made Easter cards, basket and nests and have also taken part in a phonics egg hunt with the children in Nursery, Reception and Year 2.

Friday 24th March

This week has been a very busy week. In maths the children have been learning about the digital equivalent of analogue times. They have also been learning about how long a minute is and what we can do in a minute.

In English we have been looking at writing expanded noun phrases to describe the Snow Beast's house.

In science we have been investigating materials that are opaque and transparent. In Computing we have been searching for and saving Easter images. In gymnastics we have been learning some different rolls and in R.E we have continued our unit of work entitled 'New Beginnings'. We have been looking at the cycle of life and acted out the life cycle of a frog, a butterfly and a bulb. 

Friday 17th March

 In maths we have been learning all about telling the time. We began by focussing on o'clock times and then moved on to half past times. We have also thought about what activities we do at certain times during the day.

In English we have been using the book The Snow Beast. This is a sequel to our previous book that sees The Lonely Beast meeting The Snow Beast. We have compared the two beasts and have also used the story as a means to learning about the suffixes er and est and how we use 'but' in a sentence.

In science we have been investigating materials that are magnetic. The children tested all sorts of objects made from various materials to discover which ones were magnetic.

This week we have begun a new unit in RE entitled New Beginnings. This considers the events of this time of year and how these relate to the Easter story. On Tuesday we went outside into the school grounds to look and listen for signs of Spring and new life. We certainly saw lots of spring flowers and heard a lot of bird song too.

Friday 10th March

Our maths this week has been all about pairs of numbers that add together to make 6, 7, 8 and 9. We have also revisited the number bonds for 10 and used our knowledge of these to find the number bonds for 20.

In English we have been sequencing the story of The Lonely Beast. We have been looking at the different parts of the journey he went on and thinking of adjectives to fit each one. We then used all these ideas to write a poem about his journey.

 This week we have been learning more about the miracles of Jesus. We were all amazed at some of the wonderful things that Jesus did. We think we have certainly found out how special Jesus was. We have also finished off our baskets depicting the story of the loaves and the fishes.

In science we have continued to investigate everyday materials. This week we have investigated which material would be the best to make an umbrella from. The children all made predictions and then carried out  test of each material. They discovered that a piece of plastic would be the best for an umbrella.

This half term we have been doing gymnastics with Miss Martland. This week the children worked with partners to perform a supported balance. Below are images of some of the balances performed.

Friday 3rd March

In Maths this week we have been learning about fractions. We have focussed on finding half and a quarter of different shapes. Then some of us also found three quarters of a shape. At the end of the week we had started to think about finding half of a quantity.

In English we have continued our work about The Lonely Beast. At the start of the week we read all about the journey that the Beast went on. We then planned and wrote our own version of his journey and included a new adventure for him too.

On Friday we celebrated World Book Day. Every member of the class came dressed as a character. We had Red Riding Hood, Dorothy, Belle, Rapunzel, Peter Pan, Paddington Bear, The Gruffalo and many more!

In science we have been recapping the different types of materials and then thinking about the different properties these materials have. This has involved learning lots of new vocabulary like; rigid, flexible, transparent and so on.

In R.E we have been learning all about what makes Jesus special. To do this we have been finding out about some of the miracles performed by Jesus. This week we looked at The Feeding of the Five Thousand. As a reminder of this we have worked together to create a basket of the five loaves and two fish.

Friday 24th February

This half term we have started a new science topic all about materials. This week we have been finding out the names of some everyday materials and sorting objects into groups according to what material they are made from

In English we have started a whole series of work based on the story The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. To begin with the children have been putting to good practice their understanding of adjectives by writing descriptions of The Lonely Beast on a missing poster. We have also been linking our grammar work on the question mark by thinking of and writing questions that we might like to ask The Lonely Beast. We then took the role of the Lonely Beast and though of an answer to the question.

In Maths we have continued to look at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and then linked this to finding lots of. This is the beginning of learning about multiplication. We have also been looking at odd and even numbers and using cubes to share the amount out fairly to find out if it was an even amount.

In computing we are beginning a unit of work which will hopefully end up with a greeting card being printed. To start with we look at the keyboard and how we get a capital letter and change the font style.

Our indoor P.E. this half term is with our sports coach, Miss Martland. This lesson is now on a Tuesday. Outdoor P.E remains on a Wednesday. Please ensure that the children bring suitable kit for that day.

Friday 10th February

 In Maths we have been counting in 10s, 5s and 2s. This has helped us to estimate how many objects there are in a large set and then group them in 10s, 5s or 2s to find the actual amount.

In English we have been identifying adjectives in the story of The Enormous Crocodile. We have also been rewriting passages from the story of The Selfish Crocodile so that the sentences did contain adjectives. our final text this week was The Crocodile Who Was Afraid Of Water. In this story the crocodile turns out to be a dragon. To link with this with have been writing descriptions of dragons making sure that we use some really good adjectives. 

Everyday the children take part in a phonics session. In this time they learn that certain combinations of letters are code for certain sounds. Below is an image of Kailyn practising how to write words using the 'f' sound. 

In science we have been investigating the grip on shoes. We did this to see which are the best type of footwear for icy conditions. To do this the children placed various shoes and boots on a ramp and looked to see which had the best grip. The children found out that their school shoes had a better grip than a P.E pump or a wellington boot.

Friday 3rd February

In English this week we have continued our work with adjectives. We began the week by looking at all the adjectives in the story 'Dangerous' and sorting them into what we thought were good and bad adjectives. We have also been rewriting sentences about the story so that they included adjectives and where possible the conjunction 'and' was used as well.

In Maths we have been learning all about the properties of 3D shapes. The children can now talk about the faces, edges and corners of shapes. Some children were also given the task this week of sorting out a tray full of 3D shapes into the different shapes. They did a great job as you can see from the image below.

In science we have continued to think about winter. This week we have been looking at winter clothing and been designing some clothes of our own.

In gymnastics the children have continued to work on sequences of shapes, jumps and balances. In games we have been learning how to pass a rugby ball when stationary or moving. 

In computing the children have continued to work hard on their project of producing a page that contains an image of a hedgehog with a typed caption.

Friday 27th January

In English this week we have been using the story 'Dangerous' by Tim Warnes. This is the story of a mole who loves to label things until one day he comes across something he does not know. So, instead of writing a noun for his label he is forced to write some adjectives. At the start of the week we went around our classroom labelling things; we even labelled ourselves.

We have also been sorting a set of words into nouns and adjectives. We then selected a noun and thought of a series of adjectives that could match it.

In Maths we have been looking at 3D shape. We have been learning the names and properties of these shapes. We have been searching for 3D shapes around school and building with them too.

In science we have been trying to prove that it is colder outside than in at winter time. To do this we filled two rubber gloves with water and froze them. We then left one in the classroom and put one outside. The next day we found that the icy hand inside had completely melted and the one outside was still frozen.

We have now finished our hedgehogs and have displayed them in the classroom along side some of the captions that we had written. The children all worked hard to create their hedgehogs and our array of hedgehog certainly look wonderful in the classroom.

On Friday we celebrated Chinese New Year by sequencing the story of the animal race and making some lions to perform a Chinese dance.

Friday 20th January

 This week in English we have been writing captions for pictures. We started with some pictures of teddy bears, then used some winter images and finally wrote captions about hedgehogs. They children have learnt the difference between a caption and a label.

In maths we have been adding a single digit number to a 2 digit number by counting on from the highest number. One day we even played Snakes and Ladders as this is a really good way to practise this skill.

In science we have been learning about how we can help the birds to survive winter. We have made bird feeders and hopefully they are now hanging in a suitable place in your gardens.

There has been more making of hedgehogs this week too. They are not quite finished yet, but when they are we will be sure to post some pictures of finished hedgehogs. For the time being here are some images of hedgehogs in production.

In R.E we have been thinking about why people wanted to be friends with Jesus. The children thought it was because he was kind and could them everything they wanted!

In computing we have continued our work on find an image, saving it and then using this image in a document. This week the children have been learning to place their saved image of a hedgehog into a word document that they can then write a label or caption for.

Friday 13th January

In English this week we have continued to look at labels. We went around the school to look for different kinds of labels. We thought about which labels are more important than others and why. We also have been writing simple and expanded labels for houses and owls. In our grammar lesson this week we have been focussing on the role of a verb within a sentence.

In Maths we have been revising the pairs of numbers that add to make 5, 6, 7 and 10. We have also been learning the related subtraction facts too.

In computing we have been finding and saving images of hedgehogs. Especially well done to Freya and Frankie who were super learners in this lesson.

In science the children have been learning all about hibernation. To link with this learning they have also started to make a hedgehog too.

In R.E we have started a unit of work entitled 'Jesus is special'. This begins with a consideration of friendship. The children thought about what makes a good friend and how we behave to show we are a good friend. We loved Brody's idea that we 'smile' at our friends. The children have also been drawing and writing about their friends.

Friday 6th January

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

This week has been a short week in school but has been very exciting. We have welcomed Mrs. Henderson, our new head teacher, to school. She has some exciting plans for the school and I am sure that the children have been telling all about some of these already.

In the classroom this week we have been revisiting more and less than in maths. We have also looked at ten more and ten less and have been investigating patterns in numbers. In English we have started some work all about signs, labels and captions. There will be lots more on this in future weeks. In computing the children have started quite a challenging unit of work that involves them having to find, save and retrieve pictures from an online gallery.

There is lots more to look forward to this half term. The class newsletter will be issued next week which contains details of forthcoming units of learning.

Friday 16th December

  This week the children have been learning about Christingle. They all made a Christingle and discovered the meaning of each of the different parts. Thank you to those of you who were able to come to the service. 

We have also enjoyed our Christmas party this week. We played some party games such as pass the parcel, corners and musical statues and then enjoyed a feast of party food.

Also this week we have enjoyed a fun Christmas sing-a-long and our traditional Christmas carol concert.

Back in the classroom we have been finding out how much the total cost of different toys and Christmas items would be. We have been discussing our favourite part of the story of Stick Man and giving reasons for this. We have also been very busy making Christmas cards, decorations and calendars.

Finally, everyone in Year 1 would like to wish you a very happy Christmas!

Friday 9th December

 This week the children have been very busy getting ready for the two production of 'Superstar' - our Nativity this year. They all did really well, I was very proud of each and everyone. Thank you to all who came to support the children on either the Thursday night or Friday morning.

At other times this week we have been learning all about the coins that we use and trying to make 10p in different ways. We have read the story of 'Stick Man' and then sequenced the events of the story and used this sequence to produce a story map. We have also tried to be creative and think of different uses for Stick Man. We especially liked Mason's idea of Stick Man being a windscreen wiper!

Next week we are looking forward to our Christingle service, Christmas sing-a-long and carol service. Please ensure that the children bring an orange to school on Monday so that they can make a Christingle- thank you to those who have already sent in one.

 

Friday 18th November

 This week in English we have been using the book 'Room on the Broom' as a stimulus for our work. We read the story and identified the rhymes. We then had a go at writing our own rhymes for words in the story - the children are certainly becoming very accomplished at this. We have been looking at the pictures from the story and writing adjectives to fit these. We then used these adjectives to make our sentences more interesting.

In maths this week we have been looking at positional vocabulary such as in between, on top of, under, near, far. The children have had to follow instructions to draw a correct image in place on a page. Towards the end of the week we have started to look at measuring length and height using non-standard units such as cubes. We have been comparing the length of objects to find the longest and shortest.

In science this week we have been using our senses to describe different fruits. We had to use our sight, touch and taste to describe a banana, grapes and a pineapple.

In history we have been thinking about what toys our grandparents may have played with, in R.E we have been thinking more about the gifts we give each other that can not been seen.

In P.E. we have been learning all about hockey. We have learnt how to hold the hockey stick properly and have tried really hard to control moving a puck around a series of cones.

Friday 11th November

Our week began in great fashion with a trip to Chadderton Hall Park where we were searching for The Gruffalo. We had great fun making pictures of The Gruffalo using twigs, leaves and grass. We also experienced what it would be like to try to find your way in the deep dark wood and finally we built our own woodland shelters. However, by the end of our trail we had not found The Gruffalo. That is because there is no such thing as a Gruffalo!!

Back in the classroom we have been labelling a picture of The Gruffalo, writing sentences to describe him and also sequencing the story.

In maths we have been revising our number bonds and then using these facts to work out the associated subtractions. We have done this in a variety of ways; we have made cube towers, used Numicon, used number balances and even played number board games.

In science we have been thinking about which body part is linked to each of our senses. We drew and wrote different things that we could see, hear, smell, touch and taste. We then focused on the sense of touch. We read the story 'Lucy's Picture' where a little girl makes a textured picture for her blind grandfather. In groups the children then had to see if they could identify different objects in a feely bag just by using their sense of touch.

In computing we have been learning how to create an image on the computer using a paint program, in history we have been thinking about the toys our grandparents used to play with when they were five years old and in R.E we have been learning how a gift does not have to be an object; it could be kindness, love, helpfulness etc.

Friday 4th November

Welcome back to the second half of this term.

This week in English we have started to look at rhymes. We are doing this by using the fantastic  books of Julia Donaldson. We have read the story of 'The Rhyming Rabbit' and then found lots of words that rhyme. We wrote some rhyming words and also wrote some rhyming couplets.

In maths we have been looking at teen numbers and learning that they are made up of a ten and some more ones. We have also been ordering and comparing numbers and have been using ordinal numbers to describe the position of an object in an order.

In science we have started a new topic all about animals, including humans. To begin with we have been labelling the different body parts of a human and then describing what body parts like the elbow do.

In R.E. we have started a new unit about why people give and receive gifts. The children were asked when they receive a gift and how this makes them feel.