Year 1

Summer 2 - 2017

Welcome back

Welcome back!  We hope you have had a lovely half term.  Our new unit is; ‘Circle of Life’. Last term, we asked the children what they already knew about the circle of life and what they would like to find out.  Based on this we have created some exciting lessons for the children.


Unit of Learning

In History, the children will be learning about two famous nurses from the past, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.  The children will be thinking about why nurses are important and how these women helped to shape the profession.  This will link to our Careers Week learning too.  In our PSHE lessons we will be debating whether you get wiser as you get older.  In DT, we will be looking at food technology and creating healthy snacks.



We will be looking at life cycles and finding out about the life cycle of mammals, fish, amphibians, fish, invertebrates and reptiles.  We will be keeping our own butterfly garden in class and watching how caterpillars grow and transform.  We will hopefully be taking a trip to Maryon Wilson park where can see many of the animals we will be learning about.



We will be measuring ourselves and recording and comparing.  We will be carrying out problem solving activities, such as whether the oldest in the class is the tallest.  We will continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills up to and beyond 20.  We will also be looking at symmetry, linking it to our learning about butterflies.



We will start by reading; ‘You’ll Soon Grow into Them, Titch’ which links to our learning about the human life cycle.  We will use the text to write descriptions of characters and settings.  After that, we will read, ‘Monkey Puzzle’ and using drama activities, we will write our own poetry.  We will also be developing our speaking and listening skills when we perform our poems to each other.  Lastly, we will use the book; ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ to develop our letter writing skills.


Home Learning

We believe reading at home is an important way of supporting your child with their learning at school. We recommend that children read to an adult every evening for about ten minutes. Please also ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day so they are able to take a range of books home at their book band level and so teachers are able to comment and provide suggestions to help you too.


Uniform and P.E. kit

This is just a reminder that children will be doing P.E. twice a week as part of their school learning.  We request that they bring their kit to school on a Monday and take it home on a Friday.  For P.E. children should wear black shorts/tracksuit bottoms, white t-shirt and trainers/plimsolls.

Please see the class teacher if you would like to help out with activities in school.  Our reading volunteers provide a fantastic opportunity for many of our children to enjoy extra one to one reading.  This makes a big difference to the children’s progress and self-confidence.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Amy Griffin, Kate Purbrick, Lisa Hardie, Reena Gotthardt and Lizzie Jennings



Year 1 Latest News

In Science last week, we discussed what our senses are and which part of the body they related to. We did a carousel of 6 activities to think and learn about each of our senses. For smell, we looked at a diagram of how the nose works. We then smelt different substances and had to write down what we thought we had smelt on a whiteboard.

Posted: Wednesday 15th March 2017, 5:20pm

All of Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed celebrating World Book Day. We came to school dressed up as a character from our favourite book. We also brought in a copy of that book to share with our friends in class.

Posted: Wednesday 8th March 2017, 5:46pm

Last week in Maths, we played a game that required us to use our previous knowledge of odd and even numbers. We had a game board and in pairs we threw a dice.

Posted: Wednesday 8th March 2017, 5:44pm
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