Year 1 News

Week beginning 9th March

KS1 have completed a carousel of shape activities to consolidate the objectives they have covered this week. They began by differentiating between 2D shapes and 3D shapes and identifying the properties of 3D shapes. They then went on to create symmetrical butterflies, 3D minibeasts using nets and completing repeated patterns! Felicity was very resilient when creating her minibeast and she went on to be the expert offering other children advice. Well done everyone!

Week beginning 2nd March

Year 1 have been doing lots of science this week. They have continued to observe their cress experiments and they have planted a potato and broad bean seeds in plastic bottles, so the life cycle can be seen clearly. The children will be watching closely to see what happens to them over time. In numeracy the children have been working on subtraction and in literacy they have been describing the characters from  Little Red Riding Hood.

Week beginning 24th February

This week Year 1 have started their new topic ‘Plants’. The children began by learning about the parts of a plant and their functions. They consolidated their learning with a game of Plant Beetle Drive. On Wednesday the children planned an investigation to see what cress seeds needs to grow, they will be observing their seeds closely over the next few weeks. In literacy the children have been looking at Traditional Tales, beginning with Little Red Riding Hood and in numeracy the children have been revisiting addition.

Week beginning 10th February

This week Year 1 have enjoyed making and painting clay coil pots in their topic lessons. The children also completed their cityscape entry into the Chapter House art competition, can you recognise which city they created? We also made lovely Valentine’s biscuits on Friday.  In Literacy, the children have worked on the ‘Image Of The Term’ by imagining they were on a hot air balloon ride over the savannas of Africa. There were lots of lovely descriptions using all of their senses. In numeracy, they have been beginning to divide by grouping and sharing objects. Well done Year 1, a super week!


Week beginning 3rd February

This week the children began by writing the Handa’s Surprise story; they then went on to plan and write their own version of the story, using different animals and fruits. In numeracy the children have been practising their doubling skills. In art they enjoyed learning the meaning of different African Adrinka symbols. They chose their favourites and  made a relief tile, then printed it onto paper and cloth. Not forgetting Friday, when the children did themselves proud with an excellent Key Stage 1 assembly! Well done Year 1.

Week beginning 27th January

This week Year 1 have been using coins to help them with their multiplying. In literacy the children have been using adjectives to describe the animals and fruits in Handa’s Surprise and in topic they have done lots of science work. They began by sorting different animals into groups and then went on to learn about food chains. 

Week beginning 20th January

Key Stage 1 had a great trip to Rainbows Ceramics on Monday. They each painted an African themed plate and they can’t wait to see the finished product! On Tuesday the children then wrote a recount about their trip and on Friday they enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year, the goody bags Benjamin brought in were a real treat!. In numeracy the children enjoyed weighing the different fruits from the class book ‘Handa’s Suprise’ and in topic the children learnt about Kenya and what it may be like to live there.

Week beginning 13th January

Year 1’s have been budding artists this week. In topic they learnt about the African artist Edward Tinga Tinga and how he used bright colours and patterns in his work. The children then painted their animal drawings in that style. In literacy the children have been using videos and non-fiction books to find out about elephants and cheetahs, they then wrote some information pages using the facts they found out. In numeracy the children have continued with place value revision.
Scan the QR code below or click this link to see all the amazing topic work the children have done so far!

Week beginning 6th January

This week Year 1 have started the new term by thinking about what they already know and what they want to find out about their new topic ‘Africa’. The children enjoyed recording questions they wanted to find the answer to and posting them on Padlet.  Scan the QR code or click on this link to see what they want to find out about their new topic ‘Africa’.

The children then went on to use the internet and non-fiction books to find the answers to their questions. In personal development we thought about our New Year’s Resolutions, our class resolution is to drink more water!

Week beginning 9th December 2019

EYFS and KS1 performed “Whoops-A-Daisy Angel” during this year’s Christmas performance. They sang beautifully and did a fantastic job at remembering their lines. A wonderfully festive finish to the end of term. Well done everyone!

Week beginning 3rd December 2019

This week Year 1 have been ordering the days of the week and months of the year, they then went on to tell the time to the hour and half hour. In literacy, the children have been writing instructions about how to make a reindeer biscuit and a cup and ball game. We also got very Christmassy on Friday, with all the exciting activities on our Christmas Jumper day.

Week beginning 25th November 2019

This week Year 1 have been using coins to make amounts in numeracy. In literacy they have been very excited writing their letters to Father Christmas. The letters have been sent off to Reindeer Land, so the children should get a reply before Christmas. In topic the children have made and evaluated their gingerbread men decorations and on Wednesday they followed instructions to make reindeer biscuits. The biscuits were delicious washed down with some hot chocolate! During circle time we discussed the importance of following instructions and careful listening. The children enjoyed an activity were they had to listen carefully to their partner to draw an accurate picture.

Week beginning 18th November 2019

Year 1 began Spirituality Awareness week with some whole school guided meditation to help relax and focus the mind. In literacy they have been using speech bubbles and in numeracy they have been finding halves and quarters of shapes. In topic the children started to design their Christmas bauble. I was impressed with the designs, especially the Christmas racing driver! On Friday in the Festival of Light, Year 1 joined the rest of Chapter House with their Diva lamps and sang ‘Just a Single Candle’; a really lovely way to finish off the week. Well done Year 1!



Week beginning 11th November 2019

The children have loved working with ‘The Naughty Bus’ story in literacy this week. The Magical Toymaker had left lots of challenges based around the book, such as order the story and make up their own bus adventure. Using a story plan they worked together to think of a beginning, middle and end. They then took photographs for each part of the story and used iMovie to make the story come alive. Next, they went on to write the story in their own words.

In numeracy the children have been working on halving and doubling numbers. In history, we have compared old and new toys and in science we helped the Magical Toymaker test out some materials before he uses them to make Christmas toys!  Much fun was had on Friday with our Children in Need day, the children especially enjoyed their teddy bears picnic.

Week beginning 4th November 2019


Sometimes a kind word just at the right time can change someone’s whole day.  So this week the children in Chapter House have filled out an anonymous complement card. The cards were handed out today to pass on kindness and build each other up. The children have also decorated a jigsaw piece each and worked as a team to complete their class jigsaws. Even with all of our differences we fit together to make a whole team, definitely stronger together!

Week beginning 14th October 2019

This week Year 1 have been doing lots of literacy activities linked to The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson. They have acted out the story using puppets, ordered the story, described the Gruffalo and finally designed and described a wife for the Gruffalo. In numeracy they began the week with some outdoor measuring using strides, moving on to centimetres. Later in the week they have been learning the names and properties of 2d shapes. In topic the children have sorted animals according to their diet, learning the terms: carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.

Week beginning 7th October 2019

Year 1 have been looking at Julia Donaldson books in literacy this week. They began by identifying rhyming words within  ‘Room on the Broom’. They then went on to write their own rhyming couplets. In numeracy the children have been measuring using standard and non-standard units. They had to answer the question ‘Does the tallest child have the longest feet?’ – they found out that the answer was yes! In topic, the children have been learning about different animals and have began to group them.

Week beginning 30th September 2019

This week Year 1 have been learning all about their senses and their bodies. In topic they drew around their bodies and labelled them. In literacy they took part in a blind taste test, tasting things like; custard, tooth paste, popcorn and picked onions. They then used the describing words generated to make a video using ‘Book Creator’ on the iPad. The children also went on Autumn Senses walk to look for signs of Autumn and used this to inspire a senses poem. On Wednesday the children had a visit from the school nurse who talked about keeping healthy and the children enjoyed testing out some of her equipment. In numeracy the children have concentrated on subtraction.

Week beginning 23rd September 2019

This week has been fun packed for Year 1. In literacy they started the week using marshmallows as a stimulus for writing using adjectives and similes. In topic they made their own face using different fabrics and joining techniques and in numeracy the children have focused on addition. On Thursday One Day Creative provided a fairy tale workshop for the children and they enjoyed acting out Jack and the Beanstalk.

Week beginning 16th September 2019

In topic this week the children have been testing different ways to join materials in preparation for making their fabric face. In numeracy they have been concentrating on place value, using lots of practical activities to understand tens and units. In Literacy, Year 1 have been working hard to write a super sentence;  thinking about finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. In PD the children enjoyed a little massage to relax after the lesson.

Week beginning 9th September 2019

Year 1 have had a very busy week.  In numeracy they have been looking at numbers in numeral and word form. On Wednesday they used the poem ‘A stick is an excellent thing’ by Marilyn Singer to inspire their outdoor learning. They enjoyed a stick hunt and then used their imagination to think of what their stick could be – we had lots of ideas from microphones to metal detectors! Back in the classroom, the children made an iMovie to retell their ideas and then wrote a list poem for the ‘Image of the term’. The children also drew their self portraits, can you spot who is who?

Week beginning 2nd September 2019

The new Year 1 class have settled into their new routines well this week. On Thursday KS1 enjoyed their first Outdoor Learning lesson of the year. The objective was to work as a team to solve the clues to find the hidden treasure. They all demonstrated active listening skills and encouraged each other when the riddles were tricky. Well done, KS1!


Summer term 2019

Week beginning 17th June 2019

Year 1 enjoyed the sunshine on Tuesday, taking their maths outside, they went on a times tables treasure hunt. They also got creative, making a bookmark for their summer reading and they finished their 3D art project ‘Summer Flowers’ for the ISA art competition.



Week beginning 10th June 2019

Year 1 have been busy writing their ‘Something Fishy’ story, based on the animation they have watched. I was very impressed with the variety of adjectives and punctuation used, well done Year 1!! On Thursday all of Key Stage One and EYFS had a fantastic trip to Hesketh Farm Park and on Friday we had lots of fun making circuits with bulbs and switches.


Week beginning 3rd June 2019 In science the children have been predicting what items will float or sink. From the investigation and discussions the children learnt that a large surface area and air helped to keep things afloat. Using what they had learnt, the children went on to complete a 10 minute challenge to make a plasticine boat that would float. There were lots of good designs, with Olivia’s being the most successful at floating.



Week beginning 20th May 2019

Year 1 did a fantastic African drumming and recorder performance in the Creative Arts Celebration assembly on Thursday, this along with Sports Day and Summer Show rehearsals has meant the children have had a very busy week!!  Continuing with the seaside theme, in literacy the children have written some postcards.


Week beginning 13th May 2019

The children have been busy making their lunch box for Mr Grinling this week, they followed a success criteria and thought about; a quality finish, a catch to stop the seagulls getting in, a handle that would slide down a wire and compartments to keep their food safe. In Literacy the children have written their own Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch story and in numeracy they have been concentrating on addition and subtraction.

Week beginning 6th May 2019

This week Year 1 have been evaluating lunch boxes, using what they have learnt to design their own lunch box for Mr Grinling. The children have continued with work based around ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by using commas to list Mr Grinling’s packed lunch items. In numeracy number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 have been a focus and on Friday the children enjoyed sharing their Learning Log work.


Week beginning 29th April 2019

Refreshed after the Easter break, Year 1 have been busy revisiting place value and number in numeracy. In Literacy the children have enjoyed starting their new unit ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ They did some fantastic speech mark work on Friday in SPAG. Our new topic is ‘Seaside Rescue’, the children used atlases and maps to locate the countries of, and seas surrounding the United Kingdom. On Friday they got creative, making seascapes with lots of different materials and textures.



Week beginning 8th April 2019

Year 1 began the week with some creative writing for our image of the month. The children used lots of adjectives to describe a fantasy world hidden within a magic suitcase. In numeracy the children have been revisiting their 5 times table and using this to help them tell the time. They have also looked at direction using the Beebots to help consolidate quarter and half turns. On Monday the children enjoyed a visit from a Yoga teacher, Miss Blacker. They learnt some breathing techniques and simple exercises to help with balance and posture.



Week Beginning: 1st April 2019

In literacy the children have continued with ‘The Way Home’, by hot seating and describing the characters. They then went on to plan and write their own version of the adventure story. The children have been learning time in numeracy and they have been very busy completing the Key Stage 1 tile for ‘The Great Garden Street Mosaic’, which will be displayed at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show from the 25th – 28th of April. On Friday Year 1 followed a recipe and made some delicious fruit scones, which went down well with the staff!