Our Year 1 Team



Rachel Sawley


Lauren Bond




Teaching Assistants


Alex Pollard 


Vicky Lewis 



2018 - 2019

Year 1 PE days are: 


Ash - 

Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear

Spring 1 

In English, we are looking at the story The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins and Jane Chapman to inspire us to write setting descriptions, information texts and stories. Through this writing we will continue to develop our work on composing sentences and punctuating them correctly using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will begin to make our writing more exciting by including interesting vocabulary and using ‘and’ to join two sentences. In Phonics we are continuing to learn the common ways of reading and writing all 44 phonemes in the English language and choosing the most appropriate phoneme to spell words with increasing accuracy. We will also be segmenting and blending the phonemes we have learnt to read real and ‘alien’ words.

This half term we will be learning to find 1 more and 1 less than a given number under 100. We will then move on to exploring and measuring weight and mass, using mathematical language to compare the weight of objects. We will then be naming and identifying the properties of 2d shapes, before developing our recognition of different coins and notes and making amounts up to £1. Finally we will develop our understanding of addition and subtraction and applying this to solve problems.

This half term we are continuing to look at the key question ‘Why does it get darker earlier in the Winter?’. We will be using laptops to research why the sun is important and presenting our findings. We will be investigating questions we have about shadows, using scientific equipment to answer them and suggesting what we have found out. We will consider which animals come out at night, before thinking about where the stars go in the daytime and creating our own artwork inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Our topic for this half term is ‘Why can’t a meerkat live in the North Pole?’. We will be using the book ‘Meerkat Mail’ to consider why meerkats live in the desert. We will be contrasting meerkats with animals that would live in the North pole, considering how they keep warm and creating penguin dances. We will be considering why people choose to go to hot places for their summer holidays and produce ’hot’ and ’cold’ artwork.


Autumn 2 

In English, we are using the poetry book ‘Out and About’ by Shirley Hughes to explore rhythm, rhyme and patterns used in different poems. We will explore and interpret individual poems and unpick the author’s choice of language to represent a theme. We will discover what nouns and adjectives are, identify them in poems and create our own exciting noun phrases. We will learn a poem from the book and perform it to the rest of the class, before composing our own poems to create a class poetry book. In Phonics we are learning the common ways of reading and writing all 44 phonemes in the English language and choosing the most appropriate phoneme to spell words more accurately.

In Maths, we will begin the half term by learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve problems. We will then move on to fractions, where we will be finding half of shapes, objects and quantities. We will be solving practical problems to measure capacity and volume, this will involve us estimating, measuring and comparing how much liquid different containers can hold. We will begin to recognise the value of coins and end the half term learning about time, where we will be sequencing events in chronological order and using language relating to days, weeks and months.

Our key question this half term is ‘Why does it get darker earlier in the Winter?’. We will be observing the changes across the four seasons and describing the weather associated with each season. We will create a weather chart to monitor weather changes and discuss how daylight varies throughout the year.

Our topic enquiry this half term is ‘Where do the leaves go in the Winter?’. We will begin by giving our opinion on artists representations of the four seasons and using this to create our own seasonal collages and paintings. We will consider how the four seasons impact what we do throughout the year, including the clothes we wear and the activities we do outside. We will identify hot and cold countries on a world map and compare their main features. 


Autumn 1



In English, we are reading the story ’The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke. We will be retelling the story using actions and sequencing the main events in order. We will be using adjectives to write   descriptive sentences and using our knowledge of sentences to write various genres including, speech bubbles, captions and a class book. We will continue working on our cursive handwriting, in particular letter formation and also making sure we use capital letters and full stops correctly. 


In Maths, we are learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100. We will be solving practical problems for length, height and weight, this will include comparing objects, stating which is longer/heavier/taller and ordering a selection of objects. We will then move on to solving addition and subtraction problems using objects and pictures to help us find the answer. We will end the half term looking at   naming and comparing 2D shapes. You can help at home by practising number formation and reciting number bonds to 10 (7+3=10  6+4=10).    


Our key Science question this half term is ‘What materials should the Three Little Pigs have used to build their house?’. We will be exploring and naming different types of materials and comparing their    properties. We will investigate why certain materials are used to make specific objects and whether or not we can make a strong bridge using only paper.


Our Topic enquiry this half term is ‘Where do and did the wheels on the bus go?’, based around the text ‘The Naughty Bus’ (see overview). We will begin by looking at where we live and what is special about our local area. We will be looking at maps and identifying the UK and the different continents and naming towns and cities within the UK. Then we will move on to looking at different modes transport around our country and how these have changed over time, before designing and creating our own moving vehicle.




World Book Day

Today we got to dress up as our favourite story character or come to school in our pyjamas, along with our favourite storybook. We started the day with an EYFS and Year 1 assembly, where we got to showcase our costumes and see everyone elses fantastic outfits. We had different opportunites throughout the day to share each other's stories and explain why we like them.

Entry Point

To introduce our new topic enquiry question, 'What has changed since my Grandparents were young?', we had a special visit from Mrs Wimbush, who is a Grandparent herself. We asked her questions about her childhood and she even shared some special items from when she was a little girl. These included: Old black and white photographs, storybooks, camera, wobble head dolls, a cup and saucer and a £1 note.

M6 theatre company - A Little Gift

Today we had a special visit from the M6 Theatre company who performed their amazing production of 'A Little Gift'. It told the story of a puppet named Ted, who set off on a journey to find friends and happiness. We enjoyed watching Ted have his party and we were blown away by the creative set. We even got chance to ask the actor questions at the end of the performance.

Freddy Fit

As part of our Freddy Fit session we took part in circuit training. Within this we participated in a range of exercises such as: running, burpees, sit ups, hula-hooping and squats. We had to listen carefully to follow instructions and copy the picture clues to help us.

We discovered a large egg left in our classrooms today and nobody knew what it was! We thought about what it could be and where it has come from. We are excited to find out what is inside once it has hatched.

We came to school dressed in our favourite Christmas jumper and enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by Mr Gareth and all our kitchen team. Thank you!

Cinderella, Buttons and the two ugly step-sisters joined us in the hall today to perform Cinderella as part of our annual Christmas pantomime. We clapped, laughed and joined in with the songs. We were all very excited and had lots of fun!

We had a special visit from Freddy Fit today! We followed dance routines to Christmas songs and practiced our throwing skills to get the ball in the bucket.

Our special grown-ups joined us to make some Christmas crafts. We made our own handprint Santa and Christmas tree, we used lollysticks to make Christmas trees and descorated with glitter, buttons and sequins. We also designed and wrote our own Christmas cards!

Today we started our football sessions with the Manchester United coaches. We will be learning lots of different skills used within football and applying these within games. We are very excited to be learning the same skills as professional footballers!

Our first Window to the World was focussed on India. We located India on a World map, learnt about Indian food and some of the traditional Indian celebrations. We then spent the rest of the day designing our own Mehndi, creating Taj Mahal pictures and drawing Rangoli patterns. We enjoyed our Indian dancing workshop, where we got to wear Indian clothes and learn a traditional Indian wedding dance.


Topic Entry Point

To introduce our new topic enquiry question ''Where do the leaves go in the Winter?'', we went on a seasonal walk to spot some of the signs of Autumn. We collected leaves of different shapes and sizes, which we later used to create Autumnal collages of hedgehogs and trees.


Autumn 1



We have been exploring which material the Three Little Pigs should have used to build their houses. In our science lessons, we have described the properties of straw, wood and brick and attempted to build structures using straw and paper. From our investigations, we found these materials to be too weak and therefore we asked Mr Sloan to demonstrate how to build a strong brick wall. We learnt how bricks are joined together and we even helped Mr Sloan to mix the cement.


Topic Exit Point

Our special adults came in to school to see the wonderful work we have been doing about Transport. We worked with our grown-ups to design and make our own Naughty Vehicle using junk modelling materials. We then created our own stories for our Naughty Vehicles.


Topic Entry Point

Someone or something has trashed our Year 1 classrooms!!!! We returned from lunch to find our classrooms in a mess! We had chairs tipped over, pencil pots emptied and a mess all over our carpet! We went outside to investiage what could have caused the mess and we found lots of tyre tracks. We later found out it was the Naughty Bus!