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I hope you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend in the sunshine! Last week was another busy (of course!) week ... The highlight was definitely visiting Mrs Harrison's garden. The children were so inquisitive and engaged in all the different activities. They had the opportunity to go on a flower hunt, look for wildlife and sketch the beck. Looks of different skills were needed but the children demonstrated their flexibility, perseverance and creativity!


Something very strange happened last Thursday! When I arrived at school the classroom had been torn apart, there were giant footsteps leading to a basket with a egg in it (pictures will be added) and lots of grass and straw everywhere! The footprints looked like that of a DINOSAUR ... surely not! The dinosaur egg has been left for us to look after until it hatches and the children have been thinking of ways we can look after the egg to make sure it stays safe. This mystery delivery has led us into our next topic of 'Dinosaur Planet'. This topic will finish on the 18th June and I have updated the sections below to show what exciting activities we will be doing.


We are going to Tropical World on Tuesday 15th May where we will learn about different animal groups and their characteristics. If you can help with the trip please let me or the office know (we are currently low on numbers).


Towards the bottom of the page I have added some websites and apps to help with the phonics screen. If you would like any more information about how to help your child, please ask one of the year one team

We are committed to safeguarding; if you have any concerns about the well being of a child in school please contact a member of staff.

Welcome to Year One


A very, very warm welcome to Key Stage One! I hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Wednesday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!


The Year One staff team consists of Miss Thackray, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek. Mrs Naylor will support the class every morning and Mrs Shaw will support Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Meek will teach Year 1 on a Wednesday afternoon.


We are really looking forward to our time in year 1 this year, and hope that you are too!

Miss Thackray and the Year 1 Team


Upcoming Events

14.05.18 - Show and Tell (group 1)

15.05.18 - School Trip - Tropical World

21.05.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

04.06.18 - Teacher Training Day

05.06.18 - Show and Tell (group 1 - moved to Tuesday because of the training day)

11.06.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

11-15.06.18 - Phonic 'Game' Week

18.06.18 - Show and Tell (group 1)

18-22.06.18 - Assessment Week

25.06.18 - Show and Tell (group 2)

06.07.18 - Parent Sharing Afternoon

20.07.18 - Y1 Assembly for Parents


Latest News

Children have really enjoyed the enchanted woodland topic! We have had the opportunity to:

  • Read traditional tales
  • Make our own traiditional
  • Keep an eye on the naughty fairies in the classroom
  • Free the good fairies from ice
  • Make our own bridge like in Billy Goats Gruff
  • Decide what materials make a strong house
  • Find the signs of spring and write a poem
  • Make our own enchanted garden
  • Make a collage bird house
  • Look at compass directions (Never Eat Slimy Worms)
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Dissect plants
  • Start to grow our own plant


And this was just during the afternoon sessions! We have certainly had a busy few weeks. 


Important Information

  • Reading books will be changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please can you write the name of the new book in the reading record and sign when they have read the book. It is always helpful to leave a comment and it is something that the Year 1 team really appreciate.
  • Show and Tell will be on a Monday afternoon. I have split the class into 2 groups meaning children will be able to show something every other week. Children with a surname beginning with A-M will be in group 1 and children with a surname beginning with N-Z will be in group 2. Please look at upcoming events to keep up to date with the rota.


Homework Expectations

Learning Logs will be given out on Friday indicating skills to be practised. Learning logs need to be back in school the following Wednesday. Some homework will be over longer periods to enable research and the date for completion will be indicated on the log. In Year 1 the children have a session to share homework with classmates and staff. Pupils get the opportunity to see each other’s learning and discuss findings. This enables the children to really engage with homework by sharing good ideas and information. All homework is related to what’s going on in the current curriculum and supports their classroom learning. All homework is read by Miss Thackray and initialled.


Children need to read daily and discuss their reading. At the bottom of the page I have added a document with a list of possible questions you can ask your child when you are reading with them. Your support with reading is greatly appreciated and really enhances learning.


Curriculum this half term 



Our new Topic 'Dinosaur Planet' will finish on the 18th June. A main part of this topic will be science which has its own section below! Alongside the science we will be looking at the Mesozoic era and comparing it to now. The children will produce a piece of artwork to show the similarities and differences. Children will also be learning about Mary Anning who found the fossils of prehistoric animals. We will also be looking at a history timeline so the children can begin to grasp the concept of time. 



In English, we will continue to concentrate on Read, Write, Inc (RWI) Phonics. We will focus on the sounds from Set 1, 2 and 3 which include split digraphs (chatty friends) as well as looking at the words on our Superhero Spellings list. Alongside our Superhero Spellings we will also be looking at the Year 1 common exception words and high frequency words. Now we have finished all our sounds we are beginning to concentrate on spelling patterns. We will also be looking at various spelling rules such as if a word sounds like it ends in a 'v' it normally has an e on the end or if a word sounds like it ends in the 'ee' sound then it could end in a 'y'. To continue to get us ready for our special phonics 'game' week we will be playing games and having a closer look at alien words. 


As always, in our Friday 'Big Write' we will be emphasising the use of capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, using our phonics and spelling knowledge and joining sentences with conjunctions such as 'and', 'because', 'so', 'but'. We will also be concentrating on question marks, exclamation marks, adjectives and maintaining tense. 


We will continue practicing our cursive letter formation and joining letters. We will be focusing handwriting families and making sure formation is correct and all letters are sat on the line and joined in the correct position. 


Another focus this half term will be using interesting words in our writing. I would like children to challenge themselves with the vocabulary they are using and we will be looking at meanings of a variety of words every day. We will continue to look at nouns and verbs as well as making words plural. Another focus will be adding the suffixes -ed, -er, -est to the end of words, adding the prefix -un and contracting words e.g. I am = I'm or do not = don't.


I will continue to read to the children as often as I can and I will be asking them comprehension questions where possible. There will be a focus on both fiction and non-fiction which will allow different questions to be asked. The children are always so engaged during story time and it is brilliant to see their comprehension skills improving. 


There are links at the bottom of the page to any English support I think could be helpful. If you require any more information/support please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Year One Team.



In Maths, we will have a particular focus for each week starting from the 19th February.

Week 1 - Multiplication and Division

Week 2 - Fractions

Week 3 - Number and Place Value

Week 4 - Number and Place Value

Week 5 - Addition and Subtraction (recap money within this week)

Week 6 - Recap Number, Place Value and the 4 Operations



Science will take a lead role in our 'Dinosaur Planet' topic. Children will look at grouping animals and identifying characteristics for each of the 6 groups. We will also be looking at carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Year 1 will be identifying parts of the human body and comparing them to that of a dinosaur. We will also be looking at different types of dinosaur and their features. Also, we will be identifying living and non living things and why it is important to look after the environment (linked to Blue Planet and the campaign led by David Attenborough). Alongside this, we will be continuing to look at season and weather patterns. 



In Computing we will continue with algorithms. We will also focus on data retrieval and visual media, this will include creating and manipulating digital images. 



During R.E. in the last 2 half terms children will have the opportunity to learn more about Judaism. 



Our P.E. days for Summer 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE kit, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 

  • Spring 2 - Football (Tuesday - Outdoor if possible).
  • Spring 2 - Football (Thursday - Outdoor if possible).



Year 1 will be introduced to Spanish this half term on a Tuesday afternoon. 


PHSE/British Values

Our RESPECT code, as ever, will underpin all our learning, and the children will be encouraged to continue to add to a RESPECT code display and write a post-it when they see a child portraying aspects of our RESPECT code and help to choose the children who will be selected for our leaf assembly. We will be discussing lots about our locality and discussing what it means to be British, recapping our British values.


Our PHSE focus will be mental health and emotional well-being, with a specific focus on feelings. Pupils will learn about different types of feelings and how to manage these different emotions. We will also look at managing change and how this can feel. 


Fire Service

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One