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Welcome to Year 1


Some Reminders

  • Please ensure that ALL your children’s clothing is named, including trousers, skirts and shirts. When the children get changed for PE it is hard for them to find the right white shirt if it is not named.
  • Please also ensure that the children have a named water bottle in school every day.

Week Ending 15th December


Our Literacy this week has been focused on instructions. On Monday we followed a set of instructions to make an angel. On Tuesday we made Rudolph biscuits and then wrote instructions for them. After making a snowman on Wednesday we then recorded how to make them. On Thursday we made hand and foot reindeers and then wrote instructions for them. On Friday we used paint and our thumb and finger prints to make robins and then wrote instructions for them. 



In Numeracy this week we have investigated the number bonds of 5, 10 or 20. We have revised adding and taking away. 

Week Ending 8th December


In Literacy and Numeracy this week we have been reviewing what we have learned over the last two terms.  

Week Ending 1st December


In Literacy this week we have been looking at Christmas poetry. We started with the traditional poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' and we performed some of the verses. We worked with a partner to create word banks of Christmas words and associated adjectives. We found out that some poems have lines that only contain two words so we wrote our own ones about Christmas. After reading an acrostic poem we used the word Christmas to create our own. 


In Numeracy we found out that numbers are made up of tens and ones. We partitioned them using manipulatives (straws or numicon). We moved out to writing the number sentence for numbers such as 16 = 10 + 6. We looked at numbers shown as tens and ones and worked out what number it was. We learned how to double and halve numbers using cubes or drawing dots on a whiteboard.  

Week Ending 24th November


We have continued to look at the story Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson in Literacy. We designed Lost Posters for Tiddler. We pretended we were Little Johnny Dory, a character from the story, and wrote diary entries of our day. We wrote fish fact files for some of the different sea creatures from the story. We created our own fish characters before writing them into stories. 


In Numeracy we have compared groups of objects using the words more than, less than or equal to. We also thought about how much greater a group of objects were. We ordered numerals and placed them onto a beaded number line. We identified the missing numbers on a number line. 

Week Ending 17th November


We have continued to look at the story Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson. We retold the story in a story telling circle. We wrote a character description for Tiddler and created story maps. We summarised the story into the beginning, middle and end in a written retelling of the story. We thought of ways to extend the story by coming up with our own tall tale for Tiddler to explain why he is late for school. 


In Numeracy we looked at 3D shapes in more detail. We sorted them and matched their name or description. We have practiced our counting, writing numerals and number words. 

Week Ending 10th November


Our Literacy this week has been based on the story Tiddler the Storytelling Fish by Julia Donaldson. Before reading it we predicted what we thought might happen. We described what we could see in scenes from the story. We thought about what our favourite part of the story is and why. 


In Numeracy we have found out about the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We went on a shape hunt around the school, used 2D shapes to make a picture and continued shape patterns. We sorted shapes. 

Week Ending 3rd November

On Monday we had a mysterious box in our classrooms with some clues in - a map of London with a red cross on Parliament, a feather, some soot, a picture of a King and a picture of some barrels. The letter accompanying the box suggested we thought of some questions we could ask. We found out that the mysterious box was about Guy Fawkes and we listened to the story of the Gunpowder Plot. We drew story maps of the story, wrote a letter to Lord Monteagle telling him about the plot and created Wanted Posters. We created shape poems about Guy Fawkes. 


In Numeracy we used manipulatives to work out the difference between two numbers. The following day we then used a number line. We solved missing number problems like ____ - 5 = 7 by adding the two numbers together. We solved a mixture of addition and subtraction number sentences and investigated the fact families that were associated with a picture.

Week Ending 20th October


Our work in Literacy this week has been focused on the traditional tale - The Little Red Hen.  We roleplayed the story in small groups, described the characters and a wrote a sorry letter to the Little Red Hen. We wrote a review of the story thinking of how we could summarise the story in three sentences. We got to try some different bread and wrote instructions for how to make bread. 


In Numeracy we used manipulatives to solve take away problems. We learned how to use a number line to take away and work out the answers to missing number problems like 20 - ___ = 7. We solved simple take away word problems. 

Week Ending 13th October


Our work in Literacy this week has been focused on a video clip called Bubbles ( We thought about what the girl may see under the water and made sure we used adjectives to describe. We imagined that we found magic bubbles and role played where the bubbles would take us. We wrote stories describing what would happen.  


In Numeracy we explored the number bonds of 10 again using cubes to help us write them in number sentences. We used manipulatives to solve addition problems. We learned how to use a number line to add two numbers together. We solved simple addition word problems. 


Week Ending 6th October In Literacy we have explored the story The Enormous Turnip. We role played the story in small groups and chose a character to describe. We developed our own characters to help get the turnip out and drew story maps. We retold the story. 


We created our own number bonds of 10 posters to help us remember them in Numeracy this week. We have also used cubes to investigate other number bonds. We have learned about a part whole diagram and written the number sentences to go with one. 



Week Ending 29th September


This week in Literacy we finished off looking at the Man on the Moon. We wrote recounts of Bob's day, use speech bubbles to explore what the characters in the story might be saying and made a class story map. We thought about what would could happen next to Bob - what would happen if he discovered aliens were real? We planned our sequel stories and then wrote them. 


In Numeracy we have ordered quantities, compared and ordered numbers and explored number lines. We also found out about the less than < and more than > signs and put them in between numbers. We thought about the sign as being the mouth of a crocodile that always eats the biggest number. 



Week Ending 22nd September


In Numeracy we have counted objects in a picture making sure we counted them all by marking them and we also thought about whether there was enough of an object. We explored different ways of sorting objects and talked about how objects had been sorted. We practiced using ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc). 


In Literacy this week we have continued to use The Man on the Moon book to inspire our writing. We created signs to help Bob out with his job with slogans such as "Stay together with the group because you might fall off the moon" and "Keep your spacesuit and helmet on because it is dangerous not to." We came up with our own aliens and described them using adjectives. After looking at some photographs of the moon we created a bank of words describing it thinking about all the different things we could see, hear and touch if we were there. We also thought of reasons why people should visit the moon.



Week ending 15th September Literacy we started the week by looking at a picture from the book Man on the Moon. We asked lots of questions about him using different question words. After hearing the story we thought about what our favourite part was and explained why we liked it. On Wednesday we all took a trip to the moon pretending to be a moon tourist which was followed up on Thursday when we wrote recounts. We also thought of some other things that Bob could sell in his souvenir shop.


In Numeracy we used the vocabulary more and less to compare quantities of objects. We then went on to find out what one more and one less than a number is and record this in our books. 

Week ending 8th September


The children have settled well into their new classes this week.


In Literacy we have looked at capital letters and did some work around this term's Big Idea: I have a dream. We thought about our dreams for Year One and what we would like to be when we are older. 


In Numeracy we practiced writing our numbers, ordered numbers, thought about what number comes next in a sequence and wrote the number words.