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Year 1 Learning Journey

Have a look below to see what we have been learning in Y1!

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Our learning this week.....

posted 13 Jul 2018, 08:05 by Rebecca Hague


At the beginning of this week the children have been practising their place value. They have tackled a carousel of activities and represented the place value of numbers using coins, base 10 and numicon.

Later in the week the children used their knowledge of counting forwards and backwards from 100 to create their own snakes and ladders board. The children did a great job and they look fantastic!


D+T :

Our focus during design and technology this term has been sewing. Linking into our topic ‘Carnival of Animals’ the children have chosen an animal and made their own puppet. The children have learnt ‘running stich’ and ‘over stictch’ and decided which they would like to use to complete their puppet. The children will be bringing home their wonderful puppet creations next week. 

Our Summer 2 learning update!

posted 29 Jun 2018, 09:13 by Aisling Farrell

We have been enjoying the wonderful June weather but still persevering with lots of new learning and the children still continue to blow our socks off!


We applied our strong tens and units knowledge to money this week, and made amounts using 10ps and 2ps. Take a look...

Outdoor learning

We were very lucky last week and got the chance to visit Shirebrook Nature Valley to learn more about animal classification. We did pond dipping, scavenger hunts, habitat building and even made some animal artwork using objects found in the woods. Thanks again to all the parents and carers who helped on the day!


We have been mastering our skills this week with sewing our very own mammal hand puppet! We practiced either a running or an over-stitch to put together our animals - the final results really impressed all visitors who have come into Y1 this week! The children can take these home at the end of the term.

Week 1 - Our Science Learning

posted 8 Jun 2018, 08:14 by Rebecca Hague

This week we have started our new topic 'A Carnival of Animals' and the children have been identifying and classifying animals. We have been working scientifically and asking questions to work out how to classify different animals. The children have learnt about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish. Children started the week with a large research sheet and have completed different activities to inform their understanding of which animals belong in which category.  We had a research station with books and laptops for children to complete independent research, a venn diagram sorting activity and a pairs matching classification game. The children have been amazing scientists this week and have learnt so much!

Week 1 - Our Maths Learning...

posted 8 Jun 2018, 08:02 by Rebecca Hague   [ updated 8 Jun 2018, 08:03 ]

This week children have been learning all about inverse calculations. Children have learnt that subtraction is the inverse operation of addition. Children have been looking at a calculation and using the their understanding of inverse operations to find the four know facts for that calculation. For example, 

4 + 3 = 7
3 + 4 = 7
7 - 4 = 3
7-3 = 4

The children have been doing fantastic independent work and attempted some really tricky reasoning problems. 

Week 1 - Our English Learning...

posted 8 Jun 2018, 07:52 by Rebecca Hague   [ updated 8 Jun 2018, 08:03 ]

We have had a fantastic first week back in Y1 and the start of the new term means we have started our new topic 'A Carnival of Animals'. Linking in with our topic we have been looking at a new Charlie and Lola books called 'We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog'. We have had our very own dog expert Mrs Swain to talk to us about dogs. The children wrote down questions to ask her and then wrote down the answers in their question booklet. The children loved learning all about how to look after dogs wrote fantastic information in their booklets. 

Week 5

posted 18 May 2018, 08:27 by Aisling Farrell


This week in Maths we have been looking at capacity and comparing different volumes. We used the hungry crocodile symbols, like < > as well as = to do this! The children got hands on to carefully estimate and then measure different amounts of liquid.


We have nearly completed our Albie story - hooray! The children continued their fantastic adventure writing, using lots of speech, onomatopoeia and adjectives which has really impressed the adults. Well done Y1!

Continuous Provision

When they have not been learning at the tables, the children have tried super hard to choose challenging activities in our provision this week, with wonderful learning going on in every corner of the base! Take a look at what they have been up to...


As well as learning some dance moves on a Tuesday with our guest teacher, Pip, the children have been back outside to practise key skills such as throwing and catching, skipping, agility and balance. The children have shown us some ingenious ways of making each station trickier too!

Week 4 - Our Maths Learning

posted 11 May 2018, 06:26 by Rebecca Hague

In Maths this week we have been looking place value. The children have been partitioning 2-digit and 3-digit numbers and tackling some really tricky reasoning problems. 

Can you have a go at these tricky challenges at home: 

When you take 10 away from a 2-digit number the ones always stay the same. Is this true?

You can take 100 away from any 3-digit number and still have a 3-digit number. Is this true?

Week 4 - Our PE Learning

posted 11 May 2018, 06:22 by Rebecca Hague

We have been doing some fantastic PE in year one this week. We have had Jodie from Gemini dance with us on Tuesday afternoons to teach the children some dances linking to Spring and our topic Grow Grow Grow. The children loved experimenting with different shapes and movements. Later in the week we were back outside doing a carousel of different activities focusing on agility and balance. 

Week 4 - Ecclesall Woods Trip

posted 11 May 2018, 06:19 by Rebecca Hague

This week we had a fantastic trip to Ecclesall woods to discover signs on spring. We saw lots of wonderful signs of Spring - we especially loved the beautiful blossom on the trees we saw on the way. Thank you to all the parents for your support with this trip!

Summer 1 Week 2

posted 27 Apr 2018, 08:20 by Aisling Farrell

We've been book reviewers this week in English! The children are really enjoying the story How to grow a dinosaur and wanted to share their thoughts with the reception children. Here are some lovely examples...

In Maths, we have moved on to halving and dividing by 2. The children really impressed their teachers with how they used the language of sharing, equal, parts and whole when working out their answers. All the children practiced showing their working out too! 

See if you can solve these division problems...

÷ 2 = 

14 ÷ 2 = 

20 ÷ 2 = 

42 ÷ 2 =

100 ÷ 2 = 

In topic, we have been making the dinosaur habitats we designed last week! We thought about the conditions the seeds we were planting would need to grow. We agreed they would need:

water (not too much though!)
and something to grow in... some of us thought all plants need soil, but then we thought about cacti and water lilies!

In PE, we have been back outside again to enjoy the (mostly) nicer weather! The children practiced their agility skills and throwing and catching, as well as co-ordination on a variety of different stations. It was lovely to see both Madagascar and Scotland class enjoying PE together too!

The children have, as always, tried our challenges and produced some brilliantly creative learning in the continuous provision... take a look!

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