Academic Year 2019-2020
Welcome to Year 1!
We look forward to all the exciting learning we will be able to share with you over the coming term.
Year One Team
Miss Ruth Cousins
Mrs Brittany Jones
Mrs Jackie Mulcahy
Miss Sue Hardy
Mrs Ruth Lavery
Our PE days are on a Tuesday and a Friday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including black/navy jogging bottoms and a black/navy jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.
Easter Holiday Activities
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope that you have enjoyed your home schooling over the past two weeks.
Please enjoy the Easter Holidays with this range of fun activities with your child.
Thank you to everyone who has shared learning with the school so far, you are all doing a fantastic job in these uncertain times.
Keep safe and have a very happy Easter.
Year 1 Team
Year 1 Home Learning
Thursday 19th March 2020
Please find the documents below to support your child with their learning during the current school closure.
If you have any questions regarding this learning please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 17th March 2020
In English, we have been looking at the short film Caterpillar Shoes. Today, we sequenced and performed the story. We used a story map to help us to remember the correct order of the story.
Thursday 12th March 2020
Year 1 enjoyed the spectacular show by the choir accompanied by the orchestra. We learnt about the different instruments and joined in with some of the songs.
Home Learning March 10th 2020
In English we have been learning about reading and spellings common exception words.
To support this learning at home you could practise the common exception words that your child needs to be fluent in spelling and reading (an electronic version of these is added below) . There is also a list of high frequency words that you can practise reading and spelling in the middle of your child's reading diary.
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
In Maths, we have been looking at measuring. We enjoyed using cubes to measure different objects around the room.
Monday 24th February 2020
In maths, we have been learning about division through the use of the sharing method. Today, we are using physical apparatus to practise sharing into equal groups.
Wednesday 12th February 2020
In computing, we have been learning about coding. Today, we had to create algorithms in order to instruct a van to get to its final destination. We used commands such as forwards, left and right.
Thursday 5th February 2020
In Science we had a fun afternoon of learning. We used our sense of smell to try and name and describe different odours.
We like some more than others!
Wednesday 29th January 2020
In computing, we continued to learn about coding. We defined algorithms as a class and gave examples of commands. We used bee-bots to support this learning. In groups, we created a maze for our bee-bots to travel through. We had to give clear commands so that the bee-bot could follow the route without crashing. If something went wrong, we adjusted our algorithm until it worked.
Friday 24th January 2020
In English, we have been exploring the poem Silver Speck by Laura Purdie Salas. Today, we performed the poem through use of our voices and instruments. Prior to performing, we took a poetry reading masterclass with Michael Rosen. He taught us to think about pace and tone of voice.
Monday 13th January 2020
Today, we explored our local area through Google Maps on the tablets. We enjoyed looking at our local amenities and finding some of our favourite places in Stevenage.
Wednesday 8th January 2020
Science Awe and Wonder
We thought about the body parts we knew ….. then we touched and explored a skeleton!
Monday 16th December 2019
LI: To research a building (homes, locally, nationally or internationally).
We enjoyed sharing our home learning projects with the class.
Monday 9th December 2019
In history, we have been learning about the Great Fire of London. We have learned about the cause and the reasons for why the fire continued to spread for so long. We have been investigating sources of evidence as well as the information that we can gather from them. For example, first hand witness statements, books, newspapers and photographs. We discussed which sources of evidence we would find most useful for learning more about the Great Fire of London. Below you can find some pupil voice around this topic.
Thursday 5th December 2019
In Design and Technology, we have been designing our own lunch boxes. We looked closely at past designs and discussed which features we thought would make the best, most durable lunch box. Today, we made our own lunch boxes using recyclable materials. We used cutting techniques and different bonding strategies to hold together the materials. After, we evaluated our lunch boxes discussing what we thought went well and what we would change if we were to do it again.
Year 1 Open Afternoon
Tuesday 26th November 2019
Year 1 had a fantastic afternoon building famous landmarks from paper, Lego and sugar cubes.
Thank you to all the adults who were able to join us for the fun.
Cross Curricular Days
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th November 2019
Year 1 enjoyed spending two days finding out all about the Romans and how their lives were similar and different to ours.
Here are some photographs of us enjoying our learning.
Tuesday 12th November 2019
In English, we have been reading and enjoying the story 'Farmer Duck'.
We ordered the pictures in groups to retell and sequence the story. Later this week we will be acting out and writing the story.
Science and English learning
Monday 4th November 2019
In Science we have been looking at the seasonal changes. In English we will be writing Autumn poems.
Autumn Art Learning
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Tuesday 15th October 2019
In maths, we looked closely at the features of 2D shapes. We sorted these shapes using sorting hoops and venn diagrams. We used vocabulary such as corners and sides.
Friday 11th October 2019
In our computing learning we have been learning about taking photographs. We practised asking each other if we were happy for our photographs to be taken.
Year 1 Visit to the Park Friday 4th October 2019
Year 1 walked to the park to support their recount writing in English.
We really enjoyed ourselves and played collaboratively.
Tuesday 24th September 2020
In Year 1, we have been learning to add by putting the largest number in our head and counting on the smallest.
Tuesday 17th September 2019
In Year 1, we have been reading the story Handa's Surprise. In small groups, we sequenced and performed the story. We practised acting skills such as use of actions.
Friday 6th September 2019
In maths, we have been practising counting forwards in ones. In partners, we played a game where children had to find a number on their grid and then count on from that number. We all enjoyed supporting each other and practising counting together.
We hope you have had a lovely Easter break and are ready for an exciting summer term.
We are excited to welcome the children back to school and are looking forward to taking the children on their learning journey through the Summer term. During this second half term we will be focusing on the topic of 'Flowers and Insects'.
A gentle reminder that children should be reading at least one book a week from bug club and complete a weekly task set on mymaths. If you need any support with these elements of home learning, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Conroy or Mrs Taylor.
Our PE days are on a Wednesday and a Friday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including black/navy jogging bottoms and a black/navy jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.
Phonics screening checks- Week beginning 10th June
Cross curricular days - Moday 1st July and Tuesday 2nd July
Play centre visit- Friday 12th July
Week beginning 23rd June 2019
This week we have been exploring measurement in maths.
We have looked at length, capacity and weight.
Week beginning 17th June 2019
This week our teachers have been busy putting all of our amazing learning up on the displays in the corridors.
We are so proud of fantastic learning and we hope you are to. Next time you visit school, be sure to look for Year 1's display!
Week beginning 10th June 2019
In English we have been learning about Traditional tales. This week we have planned and written our own version of Little Red Riding Hood. Here are some pictures of us acting the story of Little Red Riding Hood in small groups.
Week Beginning 20th May 2019
As part of our Science learning we have been thinking about how to keep safe in the sun.
We have also learnt a song in music with Mr Meek to remind us...
Week Beginning 13th May 2019
This week in Year 1 we made our juggling balls. We had to carefully stitch them together using a needle and thread.
Week Beginning 6th May 2019
In Maths this week, Year 1 have been learning about multplication through arrays. Here is some of our learning.
Week beginning 29th April 2019
This week we kicked off our Circus topic by exploring clowns. We have spent some time designing, painting and collaging clown faces.
What do you think of them?
Week beginning 25th March
In Year 1 this week, we have had a very exciting few days for our cross curricular learning which has been lead by the English faculty.
We began with an exciting production of The Railway Children on Thursday morning which was followed by some hot seating and sorting of different train types across the eras.
On Friday, we wrote a diary entry in the role of Peter from The Railway Childen, completed some PSHE learning about how to keep safe at the train station, travelled in different ways to mimic train movements during our PE and created junk model trains as part of maths learning to recap the 3D shapes.
We have really enjoyed our cross curricular learning this week and we have produced some fantastic pieces of learning.
Week beginning 18th March
This week we have been learning the continents around the world.
We have been
discussing the different climates around the world and starting to think about
which animals would live in each climate and why.
Week beginning 11th March
This week in maths we have been learning to tell the time.
We can tell O' clock, half past and quarter past times!
Week beginning 4th March
D & T
'Dips and dippers'
Today, we began our D & T unit of learning in Year 1.
We have been tasting different dips from around the world. Next week, we will evaluate these dips before making our own!
Week beginning 25th February 2019
We have been reading the story of Dogger this week, we have been using our inference skills to decide how we think characters are feeling at different points in the story. Next week, we are going to be writing our own version of Dogger.
We can't wait!
Week beginning 11th February 2019
We have really enjoyed our learning this half term.
Here are some of our best bits.
Week Beginning 4th February 2019
This year, so far we have worked really hard to develop our ball skills, especially in our basketball unit of learning. We are now much more confident handling the ball and each PE lesson we are becoming more and more accurate.
Mr S is so proud of us!
Here we are in action...
Week Beginning 28th Janaury 2019
Year 1 had an exciting afternoon on Tuesday!
We were lucky enough to be visited by two vets from the Roebuck Veterinary Group, Great Ashby. This visit was to enhance our science learning this half term.
We learnt lots about how to care for different animals and the scientific skills needed to be a vet. After the vets had gone, some parents of Year 1 bought in their pets to share with us. We had the opportunity to ask the parents lots of questions and quiz them on their animal care knowledge.
Thank you to those parents who volunteered to come in and also give up their time to allow this experience to take place.
Lots of us have been inspired by Tuesday's 'awe and wonder' session and now we want to be vets when we are older!
Take a look at the slideshow below to see what we got up to on Tuesday.
Week Beginning 21st January 2019
In maths this week we have been learning to add 3 numbers together!
First, we had to carefully look at the number sentence to see if we could recognise any facts we already knew, such as doubles or number bonds to 10. Then, we had to re order the number sentence depending on the mathematical facts we had noticed. Finally, we worked out the answer using a number line.
Here is some of our maths learning that we are really proud of!
Week Beginning 14th January 2019
This week, we have been reading the story of Billy's Bucket as part of our English learning. We began by creating a story map as a class on Tuesday and since then we have been using our imagination to develop our own ideas of what we might find in our special bucket.
Next week, we are going to be writing our own version of the story. Some of these stories will go onto our next corridor display, so look out for our learning on parents evening!
We also really enjoyed coming to school in our pyjama's on Friday. But most importantly, we were feeling very proud that we had raised some money for charity.
Take a look as some snaps of Year 1's learning this week!
This week we have been focusing on the story 'Brown bear brown bear'. We have learnt the sign language that goes with the story and have used these actions to help us remember the order.
Below is a video of Hockney Class in action.
This week we have been reading the story 'Mr Wolf's Week'. We have linked both our English and Maths learning to the story and have enjoyed making cross-curricular links. We will be displaying some of our learning on our new central display which will be ready for you to see at parents evening.
Below is a link to an audio version of the story which you can listen to at home.
Year One had a super time on our Autumn walk!
We looked for signs of Autumn at the park. We searched the tree line and the bushes for conkers, seeds and much more!
We showed our pride learning behaviours and our teachers are very proud of us.
Thank you to parents who supported us in our trip and sent in wellies/spare shoes.
We looked at famous works of art which showed different landscapes. We talked about what we liked/disliked and tried to explain our opinions thinking about shapes, colours and style.
Our English learning this week has linked to our topic learning about holidays. We have been exploring topic vocabulary and using our phonics to label pictures.
Over the past 4 weeks the children in Year 1 have been growing their own broad beans. They have tracked their progress measuring them each week and counting the leaves. Today they have taken them home.
A huge well done to Matisse Class who ALL came to school today wearing a hat. Here is a little video of them on their way to enjoy the sun at playtime.
On Thursday the 28th of June Year 1 were joined by some very special visitors. They came to speak to us about a new hotel that is being designed. The concept behind the hotel is that it has been designed by children. During the afternoon the visitors collected lots of information about what the children like to do, eat and where they prefer to stay when on holiday. They even had the opportunity to draw a picture of thier ideal hotel.
Our topic this term is plants and insects.
Everyone has had the opportunity to plant a broad bean. We are going to keep a close eye on our beans over the next few weeks and see how much they grow. We will then be filling in our own bean diaries.
In Year 1 this week we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We worked in groups to act out the story thinking about including all of the main events and dialogue. Our next step is to think about the actions we use.
In preparation for the upcoming Phonic Screening Test below are some links you may find useful. Each link contains games which you can complete with your children to revise their understanding of each of the phonemes they have learnt.
What a fantastic 'Cirucs Day' Year 1 have had!
The children and teachers came to school wearing circus inspired costumes ready for the day. The children watched a range of circus skills being performed, had a go at lots of different skills, made tickets to their own circus performance, learnt a song about a circus band and finally shared all of this with their grown ups. We even made sure the grown ups had a chance to have a go at the circus skills too!
A BIG thank you to all of the parents for supporting us with this experience.
As the phonics screening approaches we have been reading lots of real and alien words. Using the link below have a go at playing some phonics games, reading real and alien words at home.
After learning about different clowns in our topic learning we decided to create some clown faces. We used lots of craft materials to create our faces. We thought about the shapes, colours and textures we were using.
This half term in our Science learning we are thinking all about the seasons Spring and Summer. After going outside to identify signs of spring we created our own Spring flower pictures which are now being displayed in our classrooms.
Mrs Taylor's English group made the most of the beautiful sunshine and took their English learning into the courtyard. They were writing sentences all about spring using adjectives and conjunctions. ☀️
The children have written instructions to explain how to make a sandwich of their choosing. They have then followed their instructions and have been TV chefs. They each had a turn at making whilst being recorded by a partner and had a turn filing. As you can see from their smiling faces, they have really enjoyed this learning opportunity.
This week we have been making JAM SANDWICHES!!
We had to follow the recipe carefully, listening to each instruction. We then ordered the instructions. Later in the week we will be thinking about imperative 'bossy' verbs and then writing our own instructions to make a jam sandwich.
We are excited about DT learning. Our focus this half term is 'Dips and Dippers'. Here we are tasting a range of dips. We had to rate the colour, texture and taste! Lots of us surprised ourselves and enjoyed lots of the dips.
In our maths learning this week, Mrs Taylor's group have been partitioning 2 digit numbers. They used a range of maths resources to support their learning.
To begin our English learning journey this week we watched the short film 'Bubbles'.
From this film we have designed our learning together. We have thought about the use of colour in the film, described the different settings using adjectives, wrote instructions to use the magical bubbles, wrote letters about our adventures and told stories.
This week in our computing learning we have been searching. We have used www.kidrex.org to search for information. This is a safe search website made especially for children. To find images we used google images, our teachers gave us the words we needed to search.
Year 1 this week had great fun in their music lesson with Mr Meek. They were creating sound effects using their voices and bodies to go alongside a spooky Halloween story. 👻
This week the children have been learning all about 2-d shapes. Follow the web link below to learn together at home.
This week children in Year One has been using a number line to subtract. They have jumped carefully on the number line to the right making sure that they count accurately.
To continue our learning about recounts, next week we will be focusing on Barnaby Bears trip down under. We will be thinking about the order of events and using time adverbs (first, then, next, after, finally) to recount the main events. We will also continue to think about using our Capital letters, Full Stops and Finger Spaces.
Follow the link below to view the story of Barnaby down under.