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Welcome to the Year One area of the website.  We hope you will spend a few minutes looking at the photographs and work we have uploaded.  We will be making regular updates so don't forget to check back regularly to keep up to date with all the exciting things we are doing.  Thank you

We have had an action packed spring term this year and the children in Year One have worked extremely hard in all of their lessons. In English we have focused on some fantastic books including ‘Things you never knew about Dinosaurs’ by Giles Paley-Phillips, ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray. We have carried out exciting and engaging activities linked to these books and the children have enjoyed using their creative skills and imaginations to develop their reading and writing. We have covered a range of genres including poetry and rhyme, creating fictional stories and non-fiction booklets as well as writing recounts and letters.  We have particularly enjoyed creating our own underwater world stories and we were very lucky to have been visited by the policeman investigating ‘what the ladybird heard’! Here are a few snap shots of our English work this term:

In maths, we have continued to follow the White Rose approach to teaching and learning. This has developed the children’s problem solving and reasoning skills and has greatly improved their understanding of key mathematical concepts. We have found that the children’s knowledge and understanding has widened and they are becoming a lot more confident and proficient at explaining their mathematical thinking. We have looked at place value, addition and subtraction and a variety of measures including weight, length, capacity and volume.

In Science during the spring term we have covered the topics 'Trees' and 'The Weather'. We have really focused on practical activities to support our learning and we have enjoyed a 'hands on' approach. Some of the activities we have done include; tree classification, bark rubbings, leaf investigations and discovering different weather patterns linked to the seasons.

We visited Rise Park church as part of our RE sessions this term and Chris Easton told us lots of interesting facts about the church and the Christian faith.

In our foundation subjects we have learnt about the famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning and can tell you lots of facts about her life and what she discovered. We have also enjoyed finding out about the UK and the 4 countries that it is made up of. We have been amazing artists this term and have explored the works of the sculptor, Henry Moore. We have experimented with our own sculptures and have created an abstract clay sculpture showing different emotions. We have also been discussing healthy eating and have designed and made our own fruit kebabs.


A huge well done to everyone who entered our Easter garden competition this year. There were some wonderful entries and some that were very imaginative! Every child was rewarded with 3 stampers for their entries and a special well done to our winners, 1st place - Joshua, 2nd place - Lewis and 3rd place - Casper.

In English this term we have been looking at different books such as 'How to catch a star' by Oliver Jeffers, 'Biblioburro' by Jeanette Winter and 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. We have created activities that engage and inspire both girls and boys and we have undertaken different forms of writing such as poetry, non-fiction booklets and instructions. We have particularly enjoyed creating our own Supertatoes which we took on adventures. We also linked this to our Science work by designing a waterproof cape for Supertato so he can save the world in all weathers! Have a look at some of our English activities below.

During the autumn term in maths, we have been following the White Rose approach to teaching and learning. This has really enabled the children to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills whilst using a lot of different manipulatives to support their learning. So far we have looked at place value, addition and subtraction and shape. We have done lots of different practical activities including activities where we have had to work in a team using our listening and cooperation skills.

In Science during the autumn term we have covered the topics 'our body' and 'materials'. We have really focussed on practical activities to support our learning and we enjoy a 'hands on' approach. Some of the activities we have done include; measuring ourselves to see how much we grow in a year, testing biscuits to see what would happen when they got wet, observing the seasonal changes to the cherry tree in the KS1 playground, discovering what happens to skittles when you add water and testing materials to create a waterproof cape for Supertato.

Wow! Have a look at the changes that have been happening in 1M. Our tadpoles which we have carefully nurtured have grown their back legs, some have their front legs and we have a froglet! Soon we will be releasing them all into the pond in our nature garden.

1M had a fabulous time with Zoolab today. We saw a corn snake, a tarantula, a millipede, an african land snail, a hissing cockroach and 2 mice! We enjoyed touching, stroking and holding the animals.

1W had a fabulous time with Zoolab today. We saw a corn snake, a tarantula, a millipede, an african land snail, a hissing cockroach and 2 mice! We enjoyed touching, stroking and holding the animals.

A massive well done to everyone in year 1 who has entered this years Easter competition. Have a look below at some of the fabulous entries - so many different ideas! What clever children you have, a special congratulations to our winners and runners up!

Yet another exciting Science lesson! Today we have been mixing liquids and powders to generate questions about what we could see happening! First we mixed water and baking powder and it made a great foam. Then we mixed water and bicarbonate of soda and we didn't see a lot of change. Finally we mixed vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and you should have seen the mess it made! Bubbles and foam everywhere! It was a lot of fun.

We had a great time today in Science! We have been investigating whether a material is waterproof or not. We worked with our partners and showed really good teamwork skills.

Year 1 took full advantage of the snow today! We enjoyed creating footprints and making comparisons between them.

We really enjoyed creating our fruit kebabs as the conclusion of our design and technology project. We carefully chopped our own fruit and threaded them onto our skewers. When we had finished we evaluated our products but the best bit was eating them!!

As part of Enterprise Week we have been thinking about all of the things that we love about our school. We created a design for one thing we really loved and then used some special pens to transfer our designs onto ceramic tiles. We are hoping to use the tiles to decorate the outside of our school.

A huge thank you to everyone who came to support on our walk to Rise Park Church. The children really enjoyed themselves and were so well behaved. We have used the photos to create a display within school.

As part of our English work we have been reading the book 'What the ladybird heard' by Julia Donaldson. We have made our own ladybirds and we took them on a walk around school to listen to the different sounds we could hear. We used adjectives to describe the sounds.

In Geography in Year 1 this half term we are learning about our local area. Today we have been for a walk around Rise Park, looking at all the local amenities including the shops, cafe, chip shop and dentist. We also talked about where we could travel to on the buses from Rise Park. We will be writing about our adventure around the local area next week.

What a super Christmas we have had in year 1! We have enjoyed watching William the Wizard and some of his amazing magic tricks and we loved our Christmas party with pass the parcel, dancing and yummy food! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This week in year 1 we have done a candy cane science experiment. We put candy canes in cold water, hot water and vinegar and then observed that happened. We watched them disappear!

In Year 1, we have been learning about the story of the First Christmas in R.E. We spent time in groups talking about the story and sequencing the events, before making our own stick puppets so we could orally retell the story.

In 1W this week we have been using our number gators to help us learn about greater than and less than. We worked really well together in 3s deciding which number the gator would eat, remembering to use our mathematical language.

In 1M this week we have been learning about instructions. First we read and followed instructions to make lion puppets and then we wrote our own instructions to give to the children in F2.

Last week was anit-bullying week and in 1W we talked about how we are 'All different. All equal!'. We discussed how we could be a good friend to others and made a friendship wreath which is now hanging in the KS1 hall.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising day today - as a school we raised a magnificent £945 which will support local charities. In 1M we raised lots of money too and came second in the loose change competition (£22.12) we missed out on first place by just a few pence! So close! Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to the Marvellous Monkeys who sorted all of the coins for us.

We have really enjoyed listening to the children talk about their 'Me Boxes'. They were very confident talking in front of their friends and also showed some great listening skills. Well done!

Signs of Autumn - today we went on a lovely walk around our school grounds to look for signs of Autumn. We enjoyed rustling through leaves and throwing them in the wind. We found leaves that were many different colours and we even saw the fantastic red sun!

Excellent work 1M!

We got the attendance cup this week with an amazing 99.3%!!

Let's keep it up and see if we can win next week too!  smiley

Have a look at our amazing Supertatoes! We will be using them next week to help us in the Harvest festival and as a stimulus for our writing.

We have really enjoyed Science week in year one. We did a skittle investigation and had to predict what we thought would happen to the skittles when we added water. Have a look at the results!

Wow, we have enjoyed some exciting Science this week! We predicted what would happen when we added salt to ice balloons. We heard popping and cracking and we saw them become rough and slowly melt. Mrs Mee and Mrs Webster had hidden some secret objects inside!

As part of our outdoor maths we have been practising our counting skills. We had a mini keep fit counting sessions then we used the chalk to match quantities to numbers.

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