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Year 1 


The children work towards objectives from the National Curriculum. Their subjects include Science, Design and Technology, RE,  PSHE, Music, Art, History, computing, Geography and PE.

Spring Term in Year One

In maths this term we have been concentrating on working with numbers 0-40. We have learnt about partitioning these numbers into tens and ones. We have worked with these numbers to order, add and subtract. We have learnt all about measuring using a variety of measuring tools such as cubes, body parts and rulers. We learnt about 2D and 3D shapes and had a go at building some. We have continued to develop our counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s which has helped us during our multiplication and division topic. We have most recently learnt about halves and quarters in fractions.


During literacy in the first half term we looked at traditional tales – we read lots of these during this time but we mainly concentrated on ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ and ‘The gingerbread man’. We wrote about our favourite part of Jack and the beanstalk and draw pictures of the giant. We received a huge letter from the giant asking for our help so we wrote letters back to him. We re-told the story of the gingerbread man and wrote the speech of the characters before writing our own version of the story. We even made our own gingerbread men! This term we also looked at the story ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey which we all loved! We learnt about adjectives to describe Traction Man’s outfits and the characters from the story. We wrote about our favourite parts and discussed the settings and events from the story. Finally, we created a Traction Man storyboard.


In D&T we learnt all about structures. We went on a hunt around the school and used the ipads to take photos of structures and how they were made strong. We then looked at the traditional tale ‘The three little pigs’ where we used different materials to build the structure of a house. In Art we have been looking at sculptures. We have used a whole range of materials to build our own sculptures based on different sculptors we have learnt about. We even made our hands out of bread!


In science we have learnt all about the polar regions. We learn about the animals that live in the Artic and Antarctica and Inuit people. We carried out some different experiments – we built snowmen, freed animals from the ice, made sticky ice as well as learning about how animals stay warm.  Also this term we have looked at desert islands. We found a message in a bottle from someone stranded on an island. We spoke about what we would do. We designed sunshades, built shelters and rafts. We also carried out an experiment to see how powerful the sun is. We learnt about the parts of plants and grew our own beans. We wrote predictions on what we thought would happen, measured them weekly and kept a diary on their growth.


In Geography we learnt about the seven continents and 5 oceans. In History we learnt about what life was like growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s.


In ICT we made our own videos of the ‘Billy Goats Gruff’ story. We also used instructions to programme the beebots.

Here is a slideshow of our learning.

Autumn Term 2 in Year One

In maths we have been concentrating on working with numbers 0-20. We have continued to practice counting in 2’s and have begun to learn to count in 5’s. We have been working hard on recognising and writing numbers to 20 in words, as well as comparing and ordering these numbers. This half term we have also worked on addition and subtraction using numbers within 20. We have learnt different ways to read the – and + symbol as well as practicing writing our own number sentences.  


During Literacy we have been looking at the stories ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Dear Zoo’. We wrote our own stories based on the story ‘Handa’s surprise’. As homework we made our own fruit for Handa’s basket on our display – Everybody worked so hard on their fruit, they were very creative! We tasted the different fruits from the story and spoke about how we could describe them. Some we liked and some we didn’t! When retold the story ‘Dear Zoo’ deciding how we would perform it to the rest of the class. We then worked on planning our own story by changing parts to make our own.


In D&T we made our own fruit kebabs. We started by having a vote to decide which fruit we would use, we then designed, made and evaluated our kebabs. As part of our ICT we used the ipad to become TV Chefs and create our own video recipe on how we made them. We also made African necklaces using paper plates. As part of Literacy we wrote our own instructions on how we made our necklaces and fruit kebabs.


We made some African sunset pictures with silhouettes of animals we might find. We used chalk or paint to create our background and then added our animals on top. They looked great above our Handa’s Surprise display!


In History we have been learning all about the Gunpowder Plot and why we celebrate bonfire night. We acted out different parts of the story in groups using masks. We also created wanted posters for Thomas Percy.


In Science we have been learning about ‘Everyday Materials’. We have learnt about the properties of the materials plastic, rock, glass, wood and metal. We created posters for each material. We sorted different objects based on their properties. We also did an experiment to find a material that would be best for a teddy’s umbrella.  


In RE we learnt about the Good Samaritan and acted out the story in groups using masks. We made our own Diva’s when we learnt about Diwali. When it was anti-bullying week we created our own posters on what makes a good friend.

Here is a slideshow of our learning.



Here is one the videos the children made as part of their computing topic called 'We are TV chefs'

Autumn Term 1 in Year One

In maths we have been concentrating on working with numbers 0 to 10. We have thought about lots of different ways to represent different numbers, with objects, in pictures, numbers and words. We have been comparing numbers thinking about numbers that are equal, biggest and smallest. As well as looking at 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 10. We have learnt a song to help us remember numbers that are odd and even and we have been practising to count in 2’s.


In literacy we looked at the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and ‘Dogger’ as part of our unit stories with familiar settings. We labelled pictures of Dogger with words to describe him. Our Class Monkey Marvin went missing just like Dogger! We made posters to try and find him. For Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday we looked at the story ‘The Enormous Crocodile’, we made our own crocodiles and traps to try and catch him!


In science we have been learning about our body and senses. We labelled parts of our body and built skeletons from dog bones. We did different experiments to test our senses.



In RE we have looked at the story Noah’s Ark and practiced counting the animals by 2. We made our own arks with 2 of every animal. We have also learnt about the Hindu story ‘Rama and Sita’ and acted it out using masks.


In Geography we have been learning about what it is like where we live. We made passports where we tried carefully to write down our school address. We compared bird eye views and photographs where we made an aerial plan of the classroom. We spoke about places that are near and far from where we live. We also looked at different maps and learnt about compass points.


In Computing we have been learning about parts of the computer and labelling the with post-it notes. We have learnt about how to hold and use the mouse correctly as well as turning on, logging on and shutting down the computer.


Here is a slideshow from the Autumn term in Year One 


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