Year 1 News

Week beginning 19th April

This week Year 1 have planted out their potatoes, they also enjoyed evaluating lunch boxes ready to design their own next week. In numeracy the children have been counting in 5’s and sequencing numbers and in literacy they learnt how to use commas in lists and ordered The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch story. A busy week Year 1! Well done.

Week beginning 12th April

The children have enjoyed beginning their new topic ‘Seaside’. In literacy Year 1 have started ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ book. The children have been thinking about their senses and adjectives when describing a setting. They have also begun their DT project where they will design and make a new lunch box for Mr Grinling. In art the children used paint and sand to make the background for a seascape and in numeracy they have been consolidating their place value knowledge.

Week beginning 22nd March

Year 1 have had a busy week; the children went into woodlands to get inspiration for a forest setting description. They also wrote Little Red Riding Hood into their Best Books independently. On Wednesday, the children made Easter chicks, which mysteriously filled with chocolate eggs while the class were swimming! The children also completed their cress investigation; concluding that seeds need water and heat to germinate and grow. During numeracy, the children did lots of activities around place value. Well done Year 1!!



Week beginning 15th March:

This week the children have been doing work around Little Red Riding Hood; they especially enjoyed dressing up and acting out the story. In Topic they drew a simple map and key to show Little Red Riding Hood’s journey through the forest and they have been keeping an eye on their cress investigation. In Numeracy, as part of our Census work, the children have been learning how to tally and produce block graphs.

Week beginning 8th March:

It has been a lovely week with all the children being back together in the classroom; everyone has settled back into the normal routines and worked extremely hard! In Literacy, the children have been completing lots of grammar activities, as well as writing about the life cycle of a butterfly. In Numeracy the children have been learning to spell numbers as words and in Science the children have planned and started a cress growing investigation.

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Week beginning 14th December:

This week started with a House Spelling Competition on Kahoot! There was lots of cheering and excitement! We also enjoyed a ‘Facetime a Farmer’ session. Key Stage One met Grace and Karen, rare breed sheep farmers from Derbyshire. We met their flock of Valais Blacknose sheep and their chickens. Next time we see them, we will meet their Pygmy goats. Year 1 also enjoyed decorating Christmas biscuits with Chef Brown and we took part in the whole school Science investigation to answer the question ‘Can the largest hands grab the most sweets?’

Week beginning 7th December:

This week, Year 1 have been learning about fractions of shapes. They enjoyed learning through different games and pizza fractions was a definite favourite. The children have been writing Christmas lists and letters to Santa in Literacy and in topic they enjoyed making salt dough tree decorations. In handwriting, the class was concentrating so hard, the quiet critters made an appearance! lots of fun was had on the Christmas activity day too! 

Week beginning 30th November:

This week Year 1 have been keen scientists. On Monday they were left a challenge by The Magical Toymaker to investigate some everyday materials and on Wednesday they made a playdough planet solar system. In Literacy the children wrote their own Naughty Bus story and in Numeracy the children have been halving numbers and shapes.


Week beginning 16th November:

This week, The Magical Toymaker has visited again! This time he left The Naughty Bus Story and a London Bus. The Children ordered the story using time words and described the bus using adjectives. In Numeracy the children have been working with numicon and pairs of socks to understand odd and even numbers. In Topic they have begun to look at everyday materials.

Week beginning 9th November:

This week, in Topic, the children have enjoyed lots of History activities. They shared their parent’s and grandparent’s favourite toys, and they got a surprise when The Magical Toymaker left them some toys to sort into old and new. In Numeracy the children have concentrated on shape and in Literacy the class have been writing sentences about ‘Old Bear’. In music the children read ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’ and they went on to compose melodies on the xylophone that they thought Gerald the Giraffe might like to dance to!

Week beginning 2nd November:

Year 1 have settled back into school this week and have enjoyed starting their new ‘Toys’ topic. They were excited to find a mystery gift had been left by the Magical Toymaker! He had left the ‘Old Bear’ book and the characters for us to read and use to retell the story.  The children worked in groups, using the characters, to set up scenes from the book. The scenes were photographed then used to make an imovie. In Topic, the children have been describing their favourite toy and thinking of questions to ask parents and grandparents to find out about toys from the past.  In Numeracy the children have been counting in 10’s and doing some careful measuring using cms.



Week beginning 19th October:

It has been a busy end of term with a School Birthday Celebration enjoyed by all.  See all of the photos on the QE Facebook page:

Week beginning 12th October:

This week Year 1 have been using counters to subtract in Numeracy. In Literacy the children have been listening to Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. They spotted rhyming words and used lots of adjectives to describe the witch. In PD the children thought about what they would like to do when they grew up; there were lots of ideas from a fireman to a teacher. In Topic the children tested out different joining techniques in preparation for making their fabric face.

Week beginning 5th October:

This week Year 1 have been working on number bonds to 10, 20 and even 100! In circle time, the children talked about what makes a good friend and enjoyed passing the smile! In literacy all the children worked hard on their handwriting and their first piece of work in their best books. In topic the children experimented with different joining techniques, in preparation for making fabric faces.


Week beginning 28th September:

This week in Year 1, the children enjoyed using their imagination to find their perfect stick. They went on to perform and write their own version of ‘ This is not a stick’. In PD the children talked about how we are all unique and they were brave spellers when they wrote their favourite things down. In topic the children learnt about the senses and enjoyed smelling, tasting, and feeling different things.  In numeracy the children have been using different strategies to add, including using acorns and leaves outdoors to make number bonds.

Week beginning 21st September:

Year 1 have enjoyed some outdoor learning this week; in maths, the children consolidated their place value knowledge with a tens and units hunt and in music they used percussion instruments to understand pitch. In topic they have drawn a self-portrait and learnt about the body. While in literacy, they have been writing sentences thinking about their finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.


Week beginning 14th September:

Year 1 have settled well into their new classroom and routines. This week in PD the children enjoyed listening to the story ‘The Making of Milton’ about a little boy who conquers his worries and fears, they went on to make their own worry monster for home. As part of our transition back to school, we have focused on the book ‘Here We Are’. This is written in the style of a guidebook about Earth. The children enjoyed using Google Earth, zooming in to find the school and spot the different areas from above. The children also got crafty making space rockets and collage Earths. A great first week Year 1’s, well done!