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Week beginning 18th December


What a busy three days we have had!

Party day was lovely. We dressed up in our best clothes and played lots of party games such as musical statues and pass the parcel.

Many of us liked showing off our dance moves, including doing the splits- very impressive!

Father Christmas managed to find time to visit us in the afternoon and he brought us all a present! We were very excited.

On the last day of term we had a talent show in the hall, where we sang, danced and told jokes.

The Year 1 team wish you all a very Happy Christmas.  

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Week beginning 11th December 2017


What a fun week we have had in Year 1.


On Monday we spent a wonderful afternoon at Turton Tower finding out about Victorian Christmas traditions. 

We met Father Christmas and he told us all about the gifts Victorian children would have received in their stockings such as an apple, an orange, a piece of coal, a penny  and a small bag of salt! Hopefully if you ask your child the significance of each of these items they will be able to tell you. 

Our walk to Turton Tower was truly magical in the snow!


Then on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons we performed our 'Wriggly Nativity' for all our grown ups. We were very excited about dressing up in our costumes and we loved singing the songs and doing the actions.


On Thursday morning we walked to Bromley Cross library and sang songs from the 'Wriggly Nativity'. The library staff were very kind and gave us all a drink and a gingerbread man biscuit!


Then today, Friday, it has been Christmas jumper day!

Thank you to everyone who donated money to 'Save the Children'.


Have a lovely weekend.



Week beginning 4th December 2017


What a busy week we have had!

We have been practising hard for our Christmas Nativity performances and we can't wait for our grown ups to come and watch us next week.

Thank you to everyone who has already sent in their child's costume.

Don't worry if you still haven't got everything, but if you could let us know if you are having  difficulty sourcing items, as the dress rehearsal is on Tuesday.


Year 1  had a lovely time on Wednesday morning at the Last Drop watching the Robinson Crusoe pantomime. The cast of six were brilliant and there were lots of laughs and opportunities to Boo!!!

At the interval the children were able to choose chocolate, strawberry or vanilla ice cream as a treat!


We have  been making paper-chains and angels with year 2 children this week and colouring in Christmas pictures. We have also listened to some Christmas stories.


Miss Brown and Mrs Ward are feeling particularly festive at the moment and so there will be no spellings until the New Year!

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Week beginning 27th November 2017


What a lovely week we have had.

Thank you to all the grown ups who came into school on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to make Christmas tree and stocking decorations with the children.  The year 1 staff were very impressed with your creativity.


This week in Literacy we have been retelling the story of The First Christmas.

Our handwriting is improving and we are trying hard to think about the size of our letters and  using leads.


Spellings are concentrating on the ou sound - out, shout, found, mouth, house


In Numeracy we have been finding out the value of coins and notes.

We have been counting groups of 2p, 5p and 10p coins.

Maybe you could practise counting money at home.


Chewy has been very interested in our Nativity costumes and she wanted to dress up too.

She decided she wanted to be a unicorn. We think she looks wonderful!

Chewy also enjoyed  visiting Year 1 classrooms to join in our learning and to listen to a story.


Have a lovely weekend.


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Week beginning 20th November


This week in Literacy we have been concentrating on improving our handwriting.

We need to remember that letters such as b, d, f, h, k, l and t reach to the sky and letters such as f, g, j, p, q and y go underground. All the other letters sit in the grass.

Please keep practising letter formation at home and remember your leads.


Spellings will be concentrating on the 'ar' sound -    car, start, park, arm, garden


In Numeracy we have been finding out about capacity. We have learnt vocabulary such as empty, full, half full, less and more.

We began this topic by looking at the story of 'The Three Bears'. Our challenge was to find the container that held the most porridge for Daddy Bear and the container that held the least amount of porridge for Baby Bear. We then had to find a container that would be suitable for Mummy Bear's porridge. 


In Topic sessions we have looked at how toys have changed over the years.


The year one staff were very impressed with the entries for our 'Sweet jar competition'

The winners were Isobel and Mali, voted for by the year 1 children.


The children are looking forward to making Christmas decorations with their adults next week - Class C Monday afternoon and Class D Tuesday afternoon.

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Week beginning 13th November 2017


This week in Literacy we have been reading the story 'Kipper's Toy Box' 

Our challenge was to retell the story remembering to use 'and' to connect our sentences together, capital letters for names and  if we were very clever some exclamation marks too!

In the story, Kipper the dog, has to count his toys and so we were also using our spellings from previous weeks - one, two, three...........eight.


Our next spellings will be concentrating on the igh sound  -  high, bright, light, night,  might


In Numeracy we have been measuring with standard and non standard units.

We have been using mathematical vocabulary such as long, longer, longest, short, shorter and shortest

We have also been estimating how many paperclips, counters, cubes and dominoes long a pencil was.

Then we wondered if we could measure the height and width of our school animals! Mrs Richardson said we could and we had a wonderful time measuring Chewy our pony, Rosie the hen and Mushroom our rabbit. Our animals were very well behaved and really helped us with our learning!  


In Topic we have enjoyed making playground equipment using junk materials.

We had to follow our designs very carefully and try and make our structures strong and stable. 

Thank you to everyone who gave money to Children in Need.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week beginning 6th November 2017


In Literacy we watched clips from 'Toy Story' and then we wrote sentences about what was happening.

We had to remember to connect our sentences using and, but, so and because.

We also had to remember to use capital letters for the names of the characters.


Spellings will be concentrating on the a-e and i-e sounds next week 

made, came, late, time, like


In Numeracy we have been using positional vocabulary.

We listened to the story 'Rosie's Walk' about a hen who went for a walk around the farmyard. She went over the haystack and under the beehives. We were very excited when Rosie came to visit us . She was very impressed with our learning!

We also used the toys from our role play Toy Shop to help us with understanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th...... 10th

We enjoyed working with a partner, following instructions, to make a letter T using the connecting cubes. We used vocabulary such as above, below, left and right to position the cubes correctly. 

We continued to learn about 2D shapes and made some of our own.


In Topic we designed toys that would be suitable for our rabbits, sheep, chickens and pony to play with.

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Week beginning 30th October 2017


This week in Literacy we have been practising writing upper case letters.

We have also looked at when we can use capital letters, such as the start of sentences, for I, our names and days of the week.


Our next spellings will be -  away,  play,  toy,  enjoy,  boy 


In Numeracy we have been naming and recognising 2D shapes.

Maybe you could look for 2D shapes in your home and count how many circles, squares, rectangles and triangles you can find.  


In Topic we have been finding out about Diwali, the festival of light.

We have enjoyed making masks, lamps and firework pictures using glitter.

We have also learnt some Diwali songs and tasted some foods eaten by Hindu's during their celebrations.

We worked together, as a whole school, to help Mrs Clarkson make a Diwali pattern using conkers, pinecones, twigs and leaves. We are very proud of our work. Thank you to everyone who collected the natural materials so that we could make this fabulous piece of art.

We have loved working with our friends in Nursery, Reception and Year 2 this week.

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Week beginning 16th October 2017


What a brilliant week we have had in Year 1. The week began with us baking buns for our Harvest bake. We really enjoyed decorating them and we hope you all enjoyed eating them!

Thank you to everybody who gave money to buy the buns. All the money will be donated to the Street Life Project in Kitwe.


In Literacy we have written instructions for baking buns. We had to think carefully about what we did first, next, after that .......etc


Our next spellings will be:- full, pull, push, was, they


In Numeracy we have been solving addition and subtraction problems such as -

There are 8 people upstairs on the bus and 7 people downstairs on the bus. How many people are on the bus altogether?    8+7=15


Buns cost 10p each. I buy two buns. How much money do I need?


I have 12 sweets. I give 8 of them to my friends. How many sweets have I got left?


In Topic sessions we practised our Harvest assembly. We hope you enjoyed it. The children loved learning the songs with the actions and our Big Red Combine Harvester made by Mrs Richardson and Mrs Hindley was fantastic!


Hope you all have a lovely half term

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Week beginning 9th October 2017


This week in Literacy we have been writing instructions about brushing our teeth. We had to remember to number our instructions and to order them using words such as first, next, after, finally


1. First wet your brush under the tap.

2. Next put your toothpaste on your brush.

3.After that brush your teeth up and down.

4. Finally wash your brush and put it in the cupboard.


Maybe you could practise writing instructions for playing a game, getting up in the morning or making a sandwich.


Next week’s spellings are :- six, seven, eight, nine, ten


In Numeracy we have been practising our number bonds to 10 and related subtraction facts.

eg Given the numbers 10, 3, 7 we can write

                              7+3=10 and 3+7=10

We can also write  10-3=7and 10-7=3


We have also been practising writing our numbers to 10 correctly.

In Topic we have been making pictures in the style of Arcimboldo! We had fun arranging fruit and vegetables into faces.

We also made some Autumn trees by dipping our fingers or cotton wool buds into red, yellow, orange and brown paint to make the leaves.

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Week beginning 2nd October 2017


This week in Literacy we have been looking at the story 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. We have written a set of instructions for making a special medicine for Grandma! We had to remember to use bossy words to begin each instruction eg


1. Put the slugs and rats in the pan.

2. Drop 5 hairy spiders in the pan.

3. Stir in some thick mud. 

4. Add 3 crunchy snails to the mixture. 

5. Give to Grandma.


Thank you to all the grown ups who came to the Year 1 phonic workshops on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The children loved sharing their learning with you.




This week's spellings are - one, two, three, four, five



In Numeracy we have been subtracting numbers. We have looked at the Mathematical vocabulary associated with subtraction such as take away and minus. We have particularly enjoyed using sweets to help us work out the answers to some subtraction problems.


Maybe you could find the answers to the following calculations







9 + ? = 10

5 + ? = 10

7 + ? = 10

10 - ? = 9

10 - ? = 5


In Topic we have been finding out about our skeleton. We really enjoyed listening to some 'Funny Bones' stories.

Here are some of our skeletons.


Here are some of the photos taken at the Year 1 phonic workshops.





Week beginning 25th September


This week in Literacy we have read the story 'The Highway Rat' by Julia Donaldson.

We created our own 'WANTED' posters. We needed to include lots of information about what the Highway rat was wearing such as black, shiny boots, a hat with a feather and baggy, purple trousers. We had to think carefully about the reward on offer for catching the Highway rat!


We have also been trying to use the connectives - and, but, so, because to make our sentences longer

eg The rat stole some flowers and he stole some hay. 

Maybe you could practise writing some sentences at home using these connectives


This weeks spellings are - the, do, to, you, your 




In Numeracy we have been adding numbers together within 20.

We have learnt the mathematical vocabulary add, addition, plus and equals 

We have also learnt that it is faster to add numbers together if we put the larger number first.

Maybe you could find the answers to the following calculations:-









How many addition calculations can you write using only the numbers 10, 7, 5, 3 and 2? 


In Topic sessions we have been comparing school life in the past with school life today. We are happy that we don't have to sit in rows today when we are working!

We have also been exploring our school grounds with Mrs Clarkson and naming parts of trees.


Week beginning 18th September


This week in Literacy we listened to another story by Julia Donaldson called 'The Snail and the Whale'. We pretended we were the snail in the story and wrote postcards from the different countries he visited. We also had fun using glitter and glue to write messages on black paper (pretend slime from the snail)


Mrs Richardson told us some facts about 'Kevin' our school African snail.

Here he is sitting on the palm of her hand  



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This weeks spellings are :- no, go, so, by, my

In Numeracy we have been counting forwards and backwards in tens - 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100

100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10


We have also been counting in twos up to 20


Maybe you could practise counting in tens and twos at home

In our Topic sessions we harvested the potatoes and onions we planted in the school grounds.

We washed and cut up the vegetables and made a soup with them. 

All the children agreed it was the best soup they had ever tasted! Yum! Yum!



Week beginning 11th September


This week in Literacy we have been reading the story 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We have been trying hard to sit our letters on the lines and remember our finger spaces.


This weeks spellings are :- be, he, me, we, she


In Numeracy we have been looking at the value of each digit in a 2-digit number eg 35 = 30 + 5

We have used tens and ones counters and place value arrow cards to help us.




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In Topic we have been drawing portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso. 
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Week beginning 4th September 2017



Welcome back to school everyone. We are happy to see lots of smiling faces and the children have been wonderful this week settling into their new classes.


Your Year One teachers are Miss Brown, Mrs Ward, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Hindley.


This week we listened to the story Tiddler and wrote some sentences about him. We also had fun acting out the story.


In maths we practised writing our numbers to 100. Maybe you could keep practising at home. How many numbers can you find in your local environment?


Our topic this half term is Marvellous Me. We have been talking about different parts of the body and facial features. Maybe you could talk to someone at home about the five senses e.g. smell, taste.