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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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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!

Summer 1 - week 1 - Our topic learning.

posted 20 Apr 2018, 07:54 by Rebecca Hague

In our science lessons this week  the children have been learning about humans, animals and plants. In lessons linked to our literacy learning the children have been designing a dinosaur habitat and designing their very own dinosaur.

Summer 1 week 1 - Our English learning

posted 20 Apr 2018, 07:32 by Rebecca Hague   [ updated 20 Apr 2018, 07:34 ]

As part of our new topic Grow Grow Grow we have been looking at the text ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur”. We have been learning all about Albie who planted some seeds in his garden and grew a prehistoric jungle full of dinosaurs! This week the children have been paleontologists and have been and have explored clues linking to our text. We had dinosaur bones, a dinosaur egg and even dinosaur poo! The children generated some fantastic adjectives to describe these artifacts and then used their adjectives to write similes.

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