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Welcome to Year 1

Hello and thank you for visiting Year 1’s class page!

Please keep visiting this page for updates on our learning journey and all of the exciting topics we will be learning about. In Year 1, we follow the children’s interests and ensure all of the subjects taught in our National Curriculum link to the half terms theme. We work together as a team and try our hardest with our work!

Miss Mac

Miss Mac

Class Teacher

Mrs Armitage

Mrs Armitage

Class News

Find out what we are learning every half term by reading the curriculum newsletters:

Autumn 1 newsletter 2019-2020 year 1

Autumn 1 Year 1 2019 20 Miss Mac

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Autumn 1

Hello and welcome to Key Stage One! I hope that the children have had a lovely summer holidays and are ready to come back and stuck in! Our topic for this half term, chosen by the children, is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! 

Our role play area has been transformed into the chocolate factory with a chocolate waterfall, large TV and golden tickets everywhere!

Collective Worship

Here is our Collective Worship table in Year 1. We look to our statement of the week to guide us through our school lives and to be our focus for the week.


In RE this half term our topic is God’s Great Plan. 

We are starting our learning by thinking about the beauty of God’s world, what we are grateful for and what we wonder about God’s creation. The children have some interesting questions about creation and had some lovely prayers to say thank you to God for everything we have in our lives.

We have been looking at the 7 days of creation. The children have created some wonderful art to show their ideas and really enjoyed learning the story and discussing God’s creation. We then moved on to how does God show his love for us? We realised this was a very tricky concept so we began by thinking about how our family shows love. The children demonstrated their ideas through role play and had fantastic ideas such as play, washing the dishes, hugs and kisses.


In English we have began our learning journey by writing recounts of our favourite activities in the holidays. There have been such a range of exciting things going on such as going on a plane, riding our bikes and going to Grandma’s house! Our focus has been letter formation and sentence structure such as capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. The children have worked really hard to write their recounts and have been so excited to share their stories, it was difficult for them to choose just one!

We have been looking at adjectives and using these to describe Charlie in our class text, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children engaged in plenty of activities to develop their understanding of adjectives. We have been working both in teams and independently to produce some fantastic work that the children should be proud of.



In Maths we have had plenty of things going on! We started our learning with looking at the number system and counting. Then we moved on to addition and subtraction. The children have been working really hard with these methods and have come up with plenty of ways to help themselves with their learning such as with objects, fingers or ask a friend. We have been working hard with our number formation too, using our working wall and resources in the classroom to support us. 

10 has been our magic number this week. We have been looking at numbers up to 10 and focusing on the place value, 1 more/ 1 less and making the number 10 in different ways. The children have really embraced the challenges this week and are really coming on with their number formation and their understanding of the number system. We took a Burn 2 Learn approach to making numbers up to 10 which the children loved!

We have also been using the numicon to work with to find the number bonds to 10.

We have been focusing on numbers up to 100! The children have been looking at tens and ones in numbers, counting in patterns and practicing our reading and writing of greater numbers. The children have been engaging in written, practical, Burn2Learn and group work to develop their learning and have given everything their best efforts!


In Science this half term, we will be focusing on Animals, including Humans. We started our learning by labelling the basic parts of the human body.

We have been labelling the external parts of the human body in science. We began our learning with the wonderful song ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ to introduce the learning. Afterwards, we labelled all of the external parts of the human body before working independently on our tables to label a body. The children have expressed an excitement about starting Science in Year 1 so i’m looking forward too continuing our learning together.

We have been looking at the 5 senses and had such a fun time doing it! We began by identifying the senses and their purposes. We then took part in 5 different stations that focus purely on the use of one sense at a time. Hearing station where we particiapte in a blindford course where we need to listen to the instructions of our friends, taste where we taste different fruits, smell and sight where we go on a walk to smell  and look around the outdoors and touch where we had a feely box and had to guess the item. 



In Art we have been exploring the primary colours and how they mix to make the secondary colours. The children were given the opportunity to explore and mix the different primary colours in different quantities to see what secondary colours they could make and how to make the different shades of colours by adding more or less of one of them.

We have been mixing white with colours and black with colours to change the tones of the colours. We have been working independently choosing how much of each of the colours to add and the children have noticed depending on the amount of white or black added, completely can change a colour! The children have really loved the freedom to express their ideas in art so far.




We have been using our new school ipads in computing and using them to explore input and how this makes something happen.The children have been working independently to understand the iPad functions e.g. turning it up/down, finding apps and exploring these. The children worked in pairs to support each other and by the end they were confident exploring the apps given to them.

We have taken our computing learning into the ICT suite and been practicing our mouse and keyboard skills. The children have been working really hard on their mouse control and understanding that they have to input an action into the computer for it to do anything! We practiced our mouse skills on BBC website ‘Cbeebies Games’ and on ‘Paint.’


In Geography we are looking at the local area. However, before we can even start this, we have to look at what Geography even means! We have been learning about all of the different topics we could learn about as we move through school and we have created posters of the topics we are most looking forward too learning about e.g. the weather, local area and physical Geography. The children were excited about all of these and can’t wait to get started with our local area learning.


We have really been getting into the swing of our music learning with Mrs Reddix! The children have been learning the melody and the words to different songs from the film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ They have been singing along and even extending their learning by adding actions to help them remember the lyrics.



In PE, we have been learning different throwing techniques and practicing how to catch accurately. We played lots of mini games to practice these skills and discussed what sports they would be useful in. The children were fantastic at playing fairly with their partner and catching/throwing the resources sensibly.

Our learning around catching and passing didn’t stop here either as the next day we developed the skill with Mr Cooper, practicing the use of our left and right hand and learning to tell the difference. We completed lots of mini games involving our left or right hand. This was tricky at first but the children were soon getting the hand of it. 

We have been focusing on balancing in PE and the different ways we can balance. We played lots of different team games and independent games to improve our balancing and the children were all really engaged in their learning and keen to improve. Great work!