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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to Year 1's year group page. This is the page for Class 3 and 4. You will be able to find out about our learning experiences in school each week and see photos of us having fun. We have an exciting year ahead, with trips out, workshops and visitors already planned. We look forward to getting to know and working together with all Year 1 parents, to ensure the children have a fulfilling year.  To see a sample of our computing work over the year see the class 3 display board and the class 4 display board.

Athlete Event

Week Beginning 10.2.20


Classes 3 and 4 have had another busy week. The highlight of the week was  a visit from Sam Oldham the Gymnastic Olympian who put the children through their paces. The children enjoyed a variety of activities and show how much stamina and resilience they have. Please keep the donations coming as it will benefit the athlete and the school.



Trent Lock Visit

Week beginning 3.2.20


Classes 3 and 4 have had a very busy week. On Monday the children were introduced to base 10 in their Math lesson. The children enjoyed investigating numbers using the equipment. In Science this week the children went on a tree trail in the school environment observing closely the changes taking place during the Winter months. The highlight of the week was a visit from Trent Lock. The children were involved in recreating the story of how the canals were first built. They learnt some very interesting facts!



Class 3 and 4 at Springbank Primary School Phiz Lab

Week beginning 27.1.20


Classes 3 and 4 enjoyed the Science activities at Springbank Primary School. The children investigated floating and sinking in the lab where they made a boat out of plasticine and then investigated how many metal counters they could place in it before it sank. They ensured their boat didn't let any water in at the sides and that there were no cracks so that it didn't sink straight away. The children also investigated light sources. They used different light sources to observe which was the best light source to see clearly what was in the bear cave. Finally, they tried out different materials to see which would be the best curtains to keep the sun out of the bear cave for the bear. A big thank you to The Friends of Woodthorpe who paid for the transport to Springbank Primary School.


Electro City

Week beginning 20.1.20


Many of the year one girls expressed disinterest in Lego before the Electro City workshop. Some of the boys were heard to comment that'Lego was for boys'. Despite their preconceptions, we all had a lovely time. The children demonstrated a lot of creativity when thinking and building their cities. The loveliest part of the day though was the way in which they all worked together to create a city that lit up.  They were enthusiastic, awestruck and proud. It definitely was one of those moments in teaching...


Landmarks and dissecting plants

Week beginning 13.1.20


It has been lovely to hear from parents  how interested year 1 children are in new learning. Many children have gone home to discuss Mary Anning with parents after learning about her in school. This week we have been finding famous landmarks in the UK and the children have also had the opportunity to dissect plants and bulbs, and to learn the names and functions of parts of plants. Please keep coming with stories of subjects that have grabbed the children's interest as it helps us plan a more relevant curriculum.


A Great Start

Week beginning 6.1.20


What a great start to our new term! The children have come back rested and eager to learn. They have been full of stories about what they got up to during the holidays - clearly they have had a lovely break. Equally they are very excited to learn that we will all be visiting the Phiz Lab later this month (Mrs Sellers deserves a big thank you for organising this for the whole school). This week the children have been learning about nouns and proper nouns and they have learned how to use a number line to add and subtract. Thank you for continuing to support the children's learning at home. It makes a huge difference.

End of Term

Week beginning 16.12.19


We have had a lovely week to end our first term! Santa has visited and the children enjoyed their Christmas dinner and party. They  loved having the opportunity to finish calendars and Christmas Cards and those should be home with you by the end of the day.  We are all very sorry to say goodbye to Sally Need-she has always made music very accessible to all the children in school. Thank you for all your support this year. Have a great Christmas and a lovely New Year.

Christmas Performance

Week beginning 9.12.19


This week we have had nerves and stage fright and final tweaks to dances. However in the end the year one children thoroughly enjoyed their moment to shine and I'm sure you will all agree - they were fantastic!  The Christmas theme continues in class and children are busy making Christmas calendars and cards and planning stories with a Christmas theme. Thank you to all who supported our Christmas Fair. It was a great success.  One more week to go......

Christmas Countdown

Week beginning 2.11.19


While 'normal' work has continued for the children this week, there is a definite festive feel to the air  in school. Rehearsals  for the performance have continued and the year 1 children are enjoying the build up to their dance. Adults have worked  hard to ensure there is merchandise for the Christmas fair and children have enjoyed the baking and making opportunities this has provided. Hope to see you all there.

The Seasons and Mary Anning

Week beginning 25.11.19


The Year ones were fascinated as they investigated the difference a few weeks of Autumn can make to our trees. They are beginning to recognise the difference Autumn and Winter can make to the length of the day. We learned a little bit more about the important events in Mary Annings life and put them in chronological order. In Maths, children have been using base 10 to find out how many tens and units in a 2 digit number.






Sorting and grouping

Week beginning 18.11.19


Year ones found out this week how the shape of an animals teeth can tell us if they are carnivore, herbivore or omnivores.  Many went on to explain how they could sort  animals  by looking at their teeth.  Children found themselves sorting in Maths this week as they learned about the properties of 2d and 3d shape.  Our Mystery  History personality was revealed much to the children's excitement.  The Year ones will be learning about Mary Anning. They were intrigued to learn that she lived in Lyme Regis.  Some expressed an interest in holidays there...........

History Mystery

Week beginning 11.11.19


The Year ones were introduced to a History Mystery this week and made very sensible predictions about who (or what) they could be learning about next week. They studied a range of pictures and archaeological artefacts and there are definitely a few detectives in the making! Children used a range of equipment to develop their understanding of the vocabulary of addition and subtraction.

Safety Week

Week beginning 4.11.19


We have had a lovely start to the new half term and the children were really excited to have the opportunity to meet real live firefighters and to clamber all over their fire engines.  They responded well to learning about how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. The Year Ones have come back with lovely stories about their holidays and have settled well to work. They enjoyed practically sorting evergreen and deciduous  leaves and plants and are excited to start preparations for our schools Christmas performance.


Week beginning 14.10.19


In computing lessons this week, your child has been learning that photos can be shared when people send them to their friends. We chatted about how that can make people sad sometimes and learnt that it is important to always ask permission of the person/people in the photo before it is shared.  If we are ever sad or get a funny feeling in our tummy about photos being shared we know we have to tell an adult we can trust. You might have seen a hand come home with your child, containing names of their trusted adults so they know you to talk with should they ever be worried or upset.  Click here to see the video we watched in class. There is a song at the end with some memorable tips when working online. Thank you and have a great half term.



The Bug Hunt

Week Beginning 7.10.19


The Year 1 children enjoyed exploring the school outdoor environment to see what bugs and animals they could discover. They observed a variety of Slugs, Snails, Woodlice, Squirrels and the most excitement was caused by a Wiggly Worm.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Week beginning 30.9.19


The Year 1 children have had a very busy week with lots of learning opportunities. They were all very brave when facing the elements on Tuesday at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Despite the rain the children really enjoyed seeing a variety of animals and also had the opportunity of holding an African Snail and stroking a real live snake. On Wednesday, we had a visit from Beth who is a Veterinary Nurse from Mapperley. She came to share her experience of zoo animals from when she worked at Chester Zoo. 

Comparing Animals

Week beginning 23.9.19


The children in Year 1 have had another busy week. Due to the weather, unfortunately we were unable to go to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park but instead we were able to observe two jungle animals up close. The children enjoyed using magnifying glasses to see the key features of the animals. Lets hope the sun shines for us on Tuesday as we are all really excited about seeing the animals at the park.

Classifying Animals

Week beginning 16.9.19


Firstly, we would like to thank all the parents who attended the curriculum meeting on Wednesday evening. It was really lovely to see so many of you. This week the children have been introduced to some new vocabulary about mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds. They have learnt about warm blooded and cold blooded animals ready for our trip to Yorkshire wildlife. The children have also been researching how long it will take us to get there and which will be the shortest route. Please remember to send your child with a back pack and waterproof clothing because the forecast is not very promising.sad

Jungle animals and sorting

Week beginning 9.9.19


This week  the children have had their first taste of the year 1  curriculum. They have enjoyed sorting animals by pattern, number of legs, colour and size.  They have followed this up  by choosing an jungle animal pattern to draw and will later make this into an animal face. Some of the art work has been outstanding! The children have felt very grown-up as they have been introduced to a new style of handwriting, designed to make joining easier later on. More about this at the Curriculum Evening.....

First Week Back

Week beginning 3.9.19


The children in year 1 have all settled well into the school routine. They are already asking questions about and looking forward to the school trip later in the month.  The topic this term is about animals and the children will be introduced to vocabulary such as carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and they will learn how to sort animals into groups such as reptiles, birds, mammals, amphibians and insects. Thanks to all the adults who have helped support the children as they have come into to school.  We are all looking forward to a fabulous year!