Autumn 1 2021

Hello and welcome back! I hope that you have all had a fantastic summer holidays and are raring to go as we enter Year 1! Over the summer we have been working hard to get the learning environment ready for your return, take a look at our new Year 1 Classroom!

This half term the children have chosen “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” as their topic. Take a look at our class newsletter for more information on the exciting half term that we have planned!

Week 1

This week we have been blown away by the children as they have started their journey in Year 1. The children have all adapted incredibly well to the new routines and timetable, taking each change in their stride and with a smile on their faces. We couldn’t be prouder, a huge well done Year 1!



Collective Worship

This week our statement of the week has been: We are all special. In Collective Worship we have focused on what makes us each unique and special and how we can use these charactersistics to follow Jesus’s teaching.

In Collective Worship we have been focusing on the Parable of the Talents (Mathew 25, 14-30). The children have been reflecting on their talents and how we can use them to help others and make God’s world a kinder place.


Our topic this half term is God’s Great Plan. We began our learning on Monday sharing what we already know about God’s Great Plan. The children rememered learning from FS2, knowing that God has a plan for us all and that he created the world. The children also placed great emphasis on the importance of us looking after God’s world and each other.

We then moved on to looking at the beautiful world that God has created and the children closed their eyes and pictured the most beautiful place they had visited. They considered what they could see, smell, touch and hear. We had brilliant descriptions, that the children then used to paint their picture of the most beautiful place they had been.

Finally, we began to wonder about God’s world and why it is, as it is. The children came up with fantastic I wonder statements!

This week we developed our understanding of the Creation story. We watched a video that helped us to break down the 7 days and remember what happened on each day. We then drew and labeled each day in our book to help us remember the importance of each day in the Creation story.

This week we have been focusing on God’s love for us and how this love is shown. We have learnt more about Adam and Eve and how God created us as humans. His love for us is shown in our creation and through all the things that we have in our lives to be grateful for., such as our families and friends.

In our RE learning this week we recapped the importance of looking after God’s World. The children all showed a good understanding of the importance of our role as God’s children. We then listened to and learnt about the story of Noah to learn about what happened when people were not kind and did not look after God’s world. The children listened carefully to the story and recognised the Rainbow as God’s message of hope and love.

As we read the Bible story the children thought back to Bible stories that they had heard in FS2. They remembered the story of Zacchaeus, the healing of the man by the poor and Jesus turning the water into wine. The children also remembered that the last two stories were miracles. It was fantastic to see the children make these links to prior learning.

As part of our learning about Noah and his Ark, the children have been down to the woods and built mini arks out of natural materials. We have acted out the story, counting the animals onto the ark two by two, living on the boat during the flood and then the rain stopping and the land reappearing. 


This week the children have been sharing their favourite days from their summer holidays. It has been lovely to hear about all the special time that has been spent with family both at home and during days out. The children have then drawn, planned and written a short recount of their favourite day. We have been blown away by the hard work and effort that the children have put into this work!

The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch

This week we started our focus book for this half term. Across the week we have explored new vocabulary, acted out parts of the story, sequenced it and made predictions about what we think might happen next!

This week we have been focusing on punctuating our sentences correctly. The children have worked hard to remember and use their capital letters, full stops and finger spaces correctly. Today the children applied this learning in a Burn2Learn game, where they had to build the sentences, ensuring they made sense and that the punctuation was correct.

Over the last two weeks we have excitidily been planning and writing our own letters, after recieving one from Mrs Grinling! In her letter Mrs Grinling asked for the children’s help to stop the seagulls from eating Mr Grinlings lunch. The children came up with lots of fantastic ideas that they have then included in their letters. I have been blown away by how hard the children have worked on their letters making sure that each sentence has the correct capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Well done Year 1!





This week we have focused on ensuring that all the children are secure in the FS ELG’s before we begin the Year 1 curriculum. As part of this learning we have recapped and applied our learning in different contexts. This has included finding one more and one less, recognising and representing numbers in different ways and knowing our number bonds to 10. Take a look at our learning in maths this week.

This week in maths the children have worked hard sequencing numbers and recognising patterns. This has included counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The children have worked hard initially working with numbers and progressing onto different representations of numbers and problem solving.

This week we have moved on to focusing on our understanding of tens and ones. The children have learnt what represent means and now undrstand that the number in the tens collumn represents a multiple of 10 rather than units. The children have then applied this understanding by matching numbers to base ten representations, partitioning numbers and solving problems that involve tens and ones.

This week we have been focusing on the < > = symbols and learning what they mean. The children have enjoyed Burn2Learn games alongside flunecy, varied fluency and problem solving activities. 


Over the last two weeks the children have worked hard on applying their knowledge from this half term to support them in solving number problems linked to addition. The children have been applying their prior understsnding from FS2 and using this together with their recent learning on place value to help them solve a range of addition problems. 



This half term our big concept in Science is Materials. This week we began the topic by exploring subject spesific vocabulary and assessing the children’s knowledge and understanding of material names and properties. As part of this learning the children went on a material hunt around the classroom, matching different objects to the correct material that they were made out of. The children were active learners, with discussions and use of new vocabularly being fantastic!

Today we focused on properties of materials. We learnt new vocabulary such as opaque and transparent and applied it to enable us to describe objects and their materials. For example, the children recognised that the windows were made of glass and transparent. We discussed why this was, to let light in and so we can see in and out. The children then found a range of different materials and explored their properties.

This week we introduced a Venn diagram to the children and used it to sort different objects in terms of their properties. The children then had to add their own objects to their Venn diagram, finding items with just one property and some with both. This was a challenging activity but the children worked hard, demonstrating their resilience. As part of this learning we discussed why different objects are made out of different materials, considering each objects use. We will come back to this learning later on in the year when we use materials in DT to make a product with a purpose, developing children as life long learners. 

After exploring objects, materials and properites for the last few weeks, we have now move our learning on to consider how the properties of materials effect their ability to sink or float. To do this we recapped our prior knowledge of floating and sinking. The children then made predictions based on this knowledge and we put together a list of resoures that we will need to test them out next week.

 This week we conducted our very first experiment in Year 1! We have been developing our working scientifically skills to deepen our knowledge of understanding of the importance of a fair test. The children chose items to test and we then set to work, finding out which items sank and which items floated. As we conducted our experiment the children predicted and then record the result in their book. We then drew some conclusions based on our findings. We found that:

Of all the wooden items we tested they all floated.

Of all the plastic items we testsed, some floated and some sank. We discussed why this might be and said it could be do to with the items weight or its surface area. 


Design and Technology

This half term we are focusing on food in our DT lessons. Today the children enjoyed their first DT lesson. To kick start the topic we explored what we already knew about Design and Technology. We discussed the vocabulary and thought about where we had heard it before. We made links back to FS2, where we had designed models in the construction are before making them.

We then focused on the food and cooking element that we will be learning about this half term and the children shared their experiences of cooking and baking. The children enjoyed cooking a wide range of sweet and savoury things at home with their families.

This week in DT we evaluated the picnic lunch that Mrs Grinling sends to Mr Grinling each day. The children did this by smelling and tasking some of the ingredients themselves and then decided if they would include them in their own picnic and what they would add to make it even better.

This week the children used their taste testing from last week to help them design their perfect sandwich and snacks for their very own picnic. The children had to consider the bread, filling, a drink and a snack for them to eat. They all carefully drew their designs and added labels. We will refer back to these next week as we begin to practice skills that will enable to make our picnic before the end of the half term.

Over the last two weeks the children have been practising skills such as weighing, measuring, cutting and grating to support them in being able to make their own sandwiches next week. So far the children have enjoyed making cookie mixture that we have frozen until our picnic day arrives. The children have also enjoyed cutting up wraps and grating cheese to make mini wraps.

Today we applied the skills that we have practised over the last few weeks to make our own sandwiches! The children enjoyed buttering their bread and adding their filling based on their designs. We also cooked the cookies that the children prepared a couple of weeks ago.


Once our pinic was made we enjoyed it together in the sunshine and shared what we had enjoyed about our DT topic this half term.


This week we have started our computing lessons. We started with an internet safety lesson to ensure that the children know how to stay safe once online. We did this through Smarty the Penguin who ended up in some tricky situations when online. The children helped him to make correct choices, ensuring that if we are not sure of something online we STOP what we are doing, BLOCK meaning that we put the device we are on away and TELL an adult straight away. This learning will be refered back to throughout our computing learning this half term.

This week we recapped our learning on how to stay safe online, before using the iPad’s to help us become tour guides for the afternoon, as part of our Geogrpahy learning. The children really enjoyed taking it in turns to film each other talking about the different features and attractions in Whitby. I think we may have some future camera operators and TV presenters!


This half term our big concept is the seaside. We have started our topic this week by exploring where our seasides are and our own experiences of them. The children enjoyed talking about their trips to the seaside, what they saw and did. We then used google maps to locate our nearest seaside resorts. After looking along the east coast we decided to research Scarborough further. The children enjoyed looking at photographs of Scarborough during research and drawing the key attractions.

Over the past few weeks the children have got stuck into their Geogrpahy topic! They have learnt all about features of a seaside town and learnt the difference between physical and human feautes of an environment and how this may impact the amount of people that visit. The children have then enjoyed focusing on Whitby as a seaside town and learning about all its key features. From this learning they have become tour guides for the day and shared all the best places to visit in Whitby!

This week we have moved our learning about the seaside on to learn about islands and what life is like living on a small island compared to our large one of the UK. The children enjoyed learning more about the Isles of Siccly and compared and contrasted it to our lives in Wetherby.


The children enjoyed their first French lesson today. We started off by talking about France and looking at it on Google Maps. We then talked about England’s capital city, London and France’s, Paris. Some of the children had been to Paris and talked about their experiences. We then looked at photographs of landmarks in France, such as the Eiffel Tower, Loire River, Mont Blanc and Notre Dame de Paris. Barnaby asked if Mount Everest was bigger than Mont Blanc and we discovered that Mount Everest is nearly twice the size.

This week the children have started to learn some key French phrases through song. The children enjoying singing along and completing the actions, learning how to say hello, bonjour!


This week the children started their music lessons with Miss Hutchinson again. The children started by singing ‘On our first day at the seaside’ and used the Makaton signs that they had previously learned last year. We then listened to a new song ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’ and the children joined in with the words and discussed what some of the words meant, such as ‘glee’.

In Music the children clapped and stomped to the beat of ‘We do like to be beside the seaside’. We were very impressed with how well the children remembered the lyrics from last week and for their motivation towards joining in with the beat.

Over the past two weeks the children have been creating short musical patterns and rhythmic phrases. We started by creating symbols and adding claps and jumps to them to create a pattern. The children then extended this further by using the musical instruments, creating loud and quiet noises to the symbols. The children’s favourite part was writing their own music through symbols in pairs. They used different shapes to represent different actions and then asked their partner to perform it. They then swapped roles. 




This half term the children will be doing one PE lesson with Miss Hutchinson a week as part of her PPA cover and one with Mrs Powell.

In their first lesson with Miss Hutchinson the children enjoyed exploring circuits. The children started with a warm up, jumping in different ways and jogging on the spot. The circuits included running, jumping forwards and backwards and hopping. The children were fantastic at taking turns and cheering one another on. To cool down again, the children did some gentle stretches and slow movements.

During PE, the children continued to develop moving in a variety of ways. They jumped, walked backwards, hopped and jogged skillfully. We have been learning about our hearts and the affect that exercise can have them. Here are some of the children’s suggestions-
What does your heart do?
Charlotte “It beats. Pumps blood all around your body. In your veins. Blood goes through your veins all the way to your heart.”
Why does your heart beat faster when you exercise?
Nathan “You been running fast and doing stuff fast.”
Eva “Your heart is pounding because you’re a little bit tired.”
What happens when you stop exercising?
Ted “It pumps really slow.”
The children tried to feel their heartbeat before and after exercise to compare the affects that it had had.

Over the last few weeks the children have been developing their co-ordination skills in order to kick and throw objects with greater accuracy.  We have been super impressed with the children’s balance during this learning and the improvment in their skills. 



This week we have done lots of work on settling into the new routine in Year 1. As part of this we have developed our class rules and reminded ourselves of our school rules. It is lovely to hear the pride the children have in their class ans school and the understanding they have of the rules and how they can adhere to them.

The Colour Monster

This week we introduced The Colour Monster story to the children. We made links with our Worry Monster before reading the story. The story taught the children about different emotions that they may feel and the colours that they can be. Sometimes we can feel lots of emotions at once and we are mulicoloured! The children enjoyed and connected with the story so much that we are going to make it the focus for our daily check ins. From next week the children will check in with the colours and identify which one(s) they are feeling at that moment. They will then have the oppotunity to discuss them with an adult if they would like to do so.

Pants are Private

This week we recapped our learning from last year on “Pants are Private”. We talked about why our pants are private and what to do if we feel worried. We encouraged the children to “speak out” and tell an adult they trust if they are worried about anything. 

Wellbeing Week

This week has been wellbeing week in school. Each day we have started the day by prioritising our wellbeing. We started the week by discussing what wellbeing is. We concluded that it is about looking after ourselves both pysically and mentally.

On Monday we thought about how one act of kindness can improve your own and anothr persons wellbeing and linked this back to filling each others buckets.

On Tuesday we took notice of the world around us and named three things we were grateful for in God’s World. This linked in well to our RE learning with the children saying they were grateful for the trees, plants and their families.

On Wednesday we focused on being active and took part in an active KIRFS song. The children also thought about how they could be active at lunch time, playing football ,skipping and practising their hoola hooping skills.

On Thursday we tried something new when we had a go at Zumba! The children loved dancing along to the beat and learning the new dance routine.

On Friday we had Feel Good Friday where we had an extra sing and dance as the children enjoyed the Zumba so much from the day before. A fantastic way to end our Wellbeing week!