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Welcome to the Year 1 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Getting Creative in Week 1

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For our first week back after the Christmas holiday, we enjoyed completing our next Art in a Day project and designing and making puppets using our design and technology skills.


Our Art in a Day was based on the work of Joan Miro, a Catalan artist who created work in the Surrealist style. We had great fun making printing templates using a range of resources and then using these to make Miro inspired prints which we then worked on top of with crayon and wooden shapes.

Art print 1    Art print 2

Art print 3

As part of our work, we described and evaluated some of the work of Miro as well which helped us to continue devloping our art vocabulary.

For DT, we designed puppets and then built them using a variety of materials. We decorated the puppets following our designs and used our skills to make sure that our final designs were neat, bright and moved effectively.

Puppet 1  Puppet 2  

Puppet 3   Puppet 4

Puppet 5   Puppet 6

Puppet 7   Puppet 8

A Blast from the Past!

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This week in Year 1, we were very lucky to have a visitor to help us with our topic work.

Toy visit 1

Jack's grandma came to see us and shared some toys from her childhood. She told us all about toys from the past and we shared the things that we noticed about how the toys were different from the toys we have today.

We looked at different dolls, a football game and books and puzzles from the past.

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Toy visit 5        Toy visit 6

It helped us to understand more about how toys have changed over time and it gave us the chance to ask questions.

We can really see now how both artefacts and people can help us when we want to find out about the past.

We look forward to using and applying the things we learnt in our written work over the next few weeks.

Fun with shapes and toys!

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Play Learn Grow

We have started our new half term with lots of practical fun and exciting learning opportunities, especially in Maths and Topic!

Toys Title

Our new topic is Toys and we have been linking our learning in English by writing character and setting descriptions and developing our sentence work with the film Toy Story as inspiration.

To launch our topic, we had a toy afternoon in which we shared our favourite toys together. We used speaking and listening skills to compare the materials which our toys were made from, how they worked and moved and we also talked about why we liked them. We considered how the toys our parents and grandparents played with might have been different and why.

Toys 1    Toys 2

Toys 3     Toys 4

Toys 5    Toys 6  Toys 7


In Maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been shape detectives by NOTICING these shapes all around us, used songs to learn shape names and have developed our mathematical language by describing shapes and playing games which have encouraged us to use lots of maths talk!

Shapes 1  Shapes 2

Shapes 3   Shape 4

Shape 5  Shape 6

Black History Month activity

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This week, we have learnt some facts and information about Mary Seacole as part of our Black History Month work. We learnt about who Mary Seacole was and her significance in history. As part of this, we also learnt about the differences between medicines and hospitals in the past and now and made links between this and the challenges which Mary Seacole would have had to face when she was helping to treat soldiers in The Crimean War.

Mary Seacole

Black History activity 1 Black History activity 2

It was a fascinating activity and we are looking forward to sharing what we have learnt and learning about what others have learnt in our celebration assembly.

We are responsible - LTE Day

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On our LTE Day, we explored our trust values and completed some work on our focus value of Self-Responsibility.

We thought about what this meant and how we can be responsible for our actions and our choices in school, at home and in the wider community.

We shared a book called "What if Everybody Did that?" which helped us think about the impact of small behaviours or actions on others and the importance of thinking about outcomes and consequences for the choices we make. Following our discussion, we used role play to explore both positive and negative actions and the impact of these on those around us. We then produced work showing images of how a choice might have little impact alone but, if everybody did the same, the consequence could be much more significant!

What if everybody

We now understand how important it is to think about our actions and choices and we are trying to show this in all that we do!

A great start!

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Year 1 have made a great start to the year and have been busy already getting to grips with the curriculum.

We have been; using and exploring our maths resources to help us with our learning, enjoying using Talk for Writing to retell stories and write some of our own, using outdoor learning to learn about the seasons in Science and developing our sending and receiving skills and gymnastic moves as part of our PE. It has been great fun so far and we still have lots more learning to come!

Look at some of our activities to date:

Maths 1       Maths 2

Maths 3       Maths 4

PE 1    Science 1   Science 2

Seaside Day!

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We had an AMAZING day at Whitehouse Common Seaside Resort. We were treated to a donkey ride, an ice cream, a cone of chips and lots of traditional seaside fun and games. Luckily, the weather was perfect and meant we could enjoy our day to the full!

Thank you to all our parent helpers and to those who supported with bringing in lots of resources for the children to enjoy including, tents, paddling pools, sand pts etc. It all added to our fantastic day and helped it become a day we will never forget!ball

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Summer 2

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We hope you have had a lovely half term week and are now ready to start our last term in Year1.

This week we have been learning all about materials. We discussed the properties of each material and why different materials are used for different objects.

Science materias

We are also rehearsing our class dance so that we are ready to perform in our dance show next week.

Please note; Our school trip to Birmingham Hippodrome is next Thursday. Please can you ensure you have handed the consent forms in to the office.

Thanks for your support.

The Year 1 team.

Phonics and Maths Inspire Workshop

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Today we loved having our parents in for our Year 1 Inspire workshop. We worked hard but also had lots of fun.

We played lots of phonics games and solved problems using resources in Maths.

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Ice Investigation

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In science we have been investigating different temperatures. We discussed how we measure temperature and what units are used? We also had a go at reading temperatures on different thermometers.

For our investigation we put ice cubes in different places and observed the changes and measured the temperatures.

ice cube

East Midlands Airport

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We were very lucky to visit East Midlands airport to help us with our topic on fight. We enjoyed looking round the different parts of the airport and enjoyed taking part in a role pay. We all had a fantastic time.

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A Christmas Carol

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We were very lucky this morning to watch a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’. We joined in with some songs and copied all of the actions.

In R.E we have thought about the Christmas story and have sequenced the events and written about them. We have thought about the true meaning of Christmas and what is really important.  

In maths, we are continuing to count in 2’s’5s and 10’s so please help us with this at home. We have been using resources to help us and have been explaining our thinking.

We have been very busy rehearsing our show of ‘The Snow Child.’ We are looking forward to seeing you all there and hope you will enjoy the show. Thanks for providing the children with costumes if you have not yet sent in your child’s costume please could you do so ASAP.

Thanks in advance,

The Year 1 team

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