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

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Our learning this week….

posted 13 Oct 2017, 08:31 by Rebecca Hague


This week in English the children have been working really hard to produce a wonderful piece of long writing based on the Hansel and Gretel story. They used a story mountain to plan their writing and have been taking their time and trying really hard to remember those capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Some children have even included some amazing adjectives to add more detail to their story.



In Maths this week we have been working really hard to practice all the skills we have learnt so far this term. This has included our number bonds to ten, place value and identifying money. We have had a tricky quiz this week and the children have really impressed us with their great attitude to their learning and their resilience.


We had another visit to our carousel of activities in PE again this week. Some of stations had activities the children were familiar with such as the throwing and catching and the hurdles but we also had a few new stations for the children to try including parachute games and a new hoop game.  


This week we have been carrying on our learning about the marvelous Mary Seacole and the children made their own herbal medicine! The children selected the ingredients and used various utensils to create their wonderful medicines. The children will be writing up instructions for their medicines next week.


Week 5

posted 8 Oct 2017, 02:06 by Lisa Wells

Gosh the term is flying!

This week we've been thinking about describing words and the children were  introduced to our new superhero doctor describer .
We used adjectives to describe the witch in Hansel and Gretel. Thinking about what she might look like, what noise she makes, how she might feel if we touched her and what she smells like !

The children have continued to think about tens and units, but this week have been using 10p and 1ps to find amounts of money.

They also played a money game. Collecting coins from the bank, when they landed on the question mark they had to count up their coins. The children have been learning that counting the tens and then 1s is a quick way of adding up.


Continuing with our Learning about Mary Secole this week we have been reminding ourselves about our different body parts. The children loved playing body bingo. We've been singing head, shoulders, knees and toes, and even been trying to sing it in French !
They also drew their own self portraits and used their best handwriting to label. Next week they will be making herbal medicine !

Another busy week of the children completing their challenges and moving themselves on the rainbow. It was lovely to see so many receive a certificate last week in challenge assembly.

Our learning this week...

posted 29 Sep 2017, 08:18 by Aisling Farrell   [ updated 29 Sep 2017, 08:42 ]


We have been looking at the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel and did some live action retelling of the story! The children dropped breadcrumbs to help us return home but Mrs Wells turned into the evil witch who lured the children into the gingerbread house!

On Friday the children practiced some new SPaG skills - putting conjunctions into sentences! They did a fantastic job extending their writing and making sentences even more interesting.

The children have enjoyed listening this Conjunction Junction song to help them remember these words.


We have been practicing our place value skills using different concrete resources, such as the base 10 and numicon, to show tens and units. The numicon helped the children recognise their bonds to 10 too.

If possible, encourage your child to play this shark place value game to continue securing their tens and units learning!


The children took part in big carousel of different activities in PE, to practise skills such as hopping, skipping, running, throwing and catching. If they weren't confident at a particular activity there were ways to make it a little easier, such as using a weighted scarf to throw and catch instead of a ball. However, for those children who wanted a challenge they could try increasing the distance or amount!


We continued our learning about a significant person, Mary Seacole, this week with the children sequencing important events in her life on a human timeline!

The children also made comparisons between hospitals in Mary's time and hospitals today, which revealed things that have remained the same! We learnt how important it was, and still is, to have clean hospitals to prevent germs spreading and making patients even more ill.


On Friday's we hand out phonics homework containing the phonemes (sounds) your child has looked at this week. Any support you can offer your child to complete this is of course appreciated, but not expected. The children do receive a learning token for their efforts, so any encouragement you can give would be great! 

A copy of this week's phonics homework is attached.

Here's a look at some of last weeks learning!

posted 24 Sep 2017, 04:16 by Rebecca Hague   [ updated 27 Sep 2017, 01:15 ]


Autumn Term Week 3

posted 24 Sep 2017, 04:02 by Rebecca Hague   [ updated 27 Sep 2017, 05:30 ]


In English this week we have been carrying on our learning about Charlie and his journey to Grandma's House. The children have been identifying nouns in the story and have begun their learning  on verbs and how they function in a sentence. On Friday we finished this unit of work with a long piece of writing; the children did some wonderful pieces of writing describing Charlie's story.  


This week in Maths we have tackled the tricky topic of tens and units. The children used both Base 10 and numicion to support their learning in differentiating between tens and units it double digit numbers. We continued this learning at the end of the week by exploring the difference between "tens" and "teen" numbers. Could you practice counting in tens at home?

Mary Secole

This week we began our learning about the marvellous Mary Secole and even had a magical visit from the lady herself who travelled back in time all the way to the Y1 base to answer this children's questions. The children acted as historians to discover who we were learning about and planned questions to ask our Mary Secole about who she was and how she influenced the modern nursing profession.


This week the children had their first philosophy lesson in Y1, we watched a short video as a stimulus and together formulated the philosophical question "what is friendship?". The children gave insightful and thoughtful responses to this question and shared some lovely thoughts about friendships they have both at home and at school. You can have a read through some of their responses attached below.

Autumn term Week 2

posted 17 Sep 2017, 03:06 by Lisa Wells

The children have continued to work hard this week.
They started using the challenge rainbow, every time they have completed a challenge they move their face on the rainbow. Their aim is to get to the pot of gold by Friday. Those children who get there much earlier are encouraged to try
Oscar and Douglas Challenges.


The children have been learning the Charlie story. A little boy who is on his way to grandma's house with  bag of goodies. On the way he meets lots of characters who are very hungry and very interested in his bag of goodies! Ask your child to act it out, and maybe they can also remember what Charlie likes to keep hidden !

They have also been learning about nouns and why they are important in a sentence.

The children have been practising writing their numbers up to 10, 20 or beyond. Remembering how to form them correctly, and recognising them out of sequence.  They have also been adding on one more to a given number.

Mrs Hope-Gill and Miss Hague have begun to teach them about the Christian Good Samaritan story . They thought about the morals from the story and compared it with the school ethos of being kind, respectful and thoughtful. 
Mrs Wells and Miss Hague will continue this learning next Wednesday afternoon.

Out door PE
Yippee the rain stopped and the children were able to practise their gross motor skills outside. There were lots of different activity stations set up for the children to explore.


Seasonal change
We thought of early signs of autumn and drew pictures of what we wear in autumn. We decided that clothes in early  autumn were confusing because some of us had shorts and sandals on whilst others had boots and long trousers on !

Welcome to Y1!

posted 8 Sep 2017, 08:16 by Aisling Farrell

We've had a fantastic week and it's been so lovely seeing the children starting their Y1 journey's! The children have been super resilient coming into the classroom by themselves - a BIG thank you to all parents and carers for your help with this.

We begun the new year with an assembly to teach the children all about the different areas of the classroom and how we use these. All the teachers and teaching assistants have been so impressed with how responsible the children have been as a result! We have some awesome tidiers too! 

The children also played classroom bingo to help them get to know their new space...

We've had some great challenge and choosing learning going on too in all the areas of our classroom!

We've also seen some brilliant learning happening at the tables too which has certainly impressed Miss Farrell, Miss Hague and Mrs Wells - we can't wait for more of the same next week too! We might even be lucky enough to do some exciting outdoor seasonal change learning... watch this space!

The Y1 welcome sheet (a paper copy went home today) is attached below. It contains useful information on how things work in our year - though please remember if you need any additional information, we operate an open door policy after school so please feel free to pop in and speak to us directly!

Summer 2 Week 5 - Zoo Lab!

posted 14 Jul 2017, 09:06 by Heather Wyatt

Our visit from Zoo Lab was brilliant! The children were so well behaved, and handled the animals with such care! We learnt about invertebrates and vertebrates, and met many different animals - from each group. See if you can guess which ones!

Summer 2 - Week 4

posted 5 Jul 2017, 07:17 by Heather Wyatt

Here are some photos from last week's learning! In maths we were looking at the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction; we had to solve clues in a 'treasure hunt' around the classroom and find the missing calculations!
Can you guess what our construction challenge was this week?

Summer 2 - Week 3

posted 23 Jun 2017, 08:41 by Aisling Farrell

What a lovely week! We finished with Sports Day which I know everyone in Year 1 loved; photos to come soon...

In our topic learning, the children acted as zoologists to study the 6 types of animals (e.g. mammals, amphibians... Can you remember them all?) and taught us - the teachers - all about them! They used the laptops to safely search on the internet for facts about each animal group. There was also a sorting game and venn diagram activity to complete. They found some brilliant facts and creative ways to group the animals!

In maths, the children have been developing their understanding of multiplication. They began this by grouping an amount of bears into groups of 2s and 5s. By the end of the week the children were able to write number sentences for these 'groups of' 2s and 5s using the X symbol! Some of us even managed to solve multiplication word problems! It would be great if you could use the language of :

groups of
lots of

when discussing multiplication with your child.

On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to visit the Shirebrook Valley Local Nature Reserve. The children were shown creatures to identify and find when pond dipping by the lovely ranger, Nel. They were also quizzed on their animal knowledge and tested to build a suitable home for a woodland creature by ranger James! Many thanks to all the amazing parent helpers who really made the day run smoothly and safely - we couldn't do it without you!

And of course, as always, the children have enjoyed challenging themselves around the base...

Have a great weekend!
The Y1 team 

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