Year 1

Autumn 1 - 2017

Welcome back

Welcome back!  We hope you had a lovely summer.  Our new unit is; ‘Adventures at Sea’. During our meet the teacher day back in July, we asked the children what they already knew about adventures at sea and what they would like to find out.  Based on this we have created some exciting lessons for the children.


Unit of Learning

 As an introduction to the year we will be using The Moon Balloon and the music of Gershwin, focusing on Rhapsody in Blue. We will be using the music to explore different emotions as part of a whole school creative arts project. As part of our main topic, we will be looking at famous pirates in history and what life aboard a pirate ship would have been like.



In Science we will be looking closely as different materials and their properties. Using our new knowledge we will be designing and making pirate ships out of appropriate materials



We will be concentrating this term on number and ensuring we are all confidence with ordering numbers and place value. We will then move on to addition and subtraction. The children will be challenged weekly with word problems and exciting number investigations.



To being with we will be reading ‘The Moon Balloon.’ Through drama and role play we will develop our own understanding of the different emotions we feel. We will build up to writing our own poems about different emotions.

 From week 4 onwards we will be concentrating our learning around adventures at sea. We are looking forward to exploring a range of pirate stories and writing our own adventure stories. We hope the children will enjoy sharing any pirate information they have.


New transition area!

This year we are all very excited to have the addition of our wonderful new transition area in Year 1. A lot of hard work has been put into developing an interactive, stimulating and nurturing environment that will assist the children with their transition from Reception to Year 1.


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,

Eleanor Ashby, Catherine Keel, Alix Cornwell, and Gemma Edwards



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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