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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.  

Curriculum Presentation

You can view our curriculum presentation for 2021-22 here.

Using our senses!

Week beginning 24.1.22


What an exciting and busy week the children in class 3 and 4 have had!

They have been exploring their senses through, sound, touch, smell and sight and having lots of fun and making lots of noise. In maths the children have been introduced to 10 base and they have been using it practically to make number bonds to 20 and exploring teen numbers. Have you heard of 'Algorithms' your children have. We have been learning about them in computing.  Why don't you ask your child what it means?

We've had lots of sticky fingers in art as the children have been covering balloons in 'Paper Mache' to make a model next week.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the rest!

The Year 1 teamsmiley

Exploring shapes!

Week beginning 17.1.22


The children in class 3 and 4 have had another busy week. This week the children have been exploring shapes in maths and talking about their properties. They have had lots of fun working out which shapes will stack and have made different models.

In science the children have been finding out about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and they asked some very interesting questions which we researched the answers.

Art  has been very exciting, the children have been making plasticine models in the style of Barbara Hepworth. Take a look at the photos.

Have a wonderful restful weekend!

The Year 1 team




Into whole class learning!

Week beginning 10.1.22


This week has seen us introduce whole class learning during independent challenges. The children have taken it in their stride and are adapting to the new structure where all children attempt the Literacy and Maths challenges at the same time.

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Sarah and her assistance dog Barney at the start of the week. Sarah was very informative and the children were very well behaved-as was Barney! It was fascinating to hear about and see the duties Barney is trained for.

In Science, we looked at bulbs and planted some.

In Art, each child was given their own piece of plasticine to practise squashing, rolling and shaping skills, which they really enjoyed.

We are looking forward to the children building on their independent skills next week.

The Year 1 team.


Happy New Year!

Week beginning 3.1.22


It has been a great start to the new year and term. 

We started with Wellbeing day and the children produced some amazing artwork. A reminder to name your child's clothing so we can return it as we have a growing amount of unnamed items.

Thank you for your support in this.

The Year 1 team


Merry Christmas!

Week beginning 13.12.21


What a busy and fun-packed week we have had!

We had our Christmas dinner day on Tuesday followed by our celebration up at St Mark's church. It was lovely to see so many of you attend and have another gathering that was long awaited.

Wednesday was the Year 1 party day and the children loved playing party games in the Hall and all looked amazing in their party clothes. 

There have been lots of opportunities to do Christmas crafts and games amongst some formal learning.

It has been a long and busy term and the children deserve a well-earned break! We wish you all a safe and very Merry Christmas and look forward to see everyone back in the New Year raring to go!

Enjoy your family time together!

Thank you for all your support this term and for the lovely Christmas gifts!

From the Year 1 team smiley


Christmas all around us!

Week beginning 6.12.21


Christmas spirit has definitely arrived in school!

The Christmas disco was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by children and grown-ups!

Christmas trees and decorations have gone up all around school and the performances of our Nativity called 'Away in a Manger' went so well. We hope you were as proud of and impressed by the children as we were!

It was lovely to see so many of you attend and have a proper Christmas event that we have not had for a long time.

A reminder that it is our party day next Wednesday so please remember to send your child in party clothes and also that it is our carol event at St Marks next Tuesday afternoon which adults are welcome to attend.

On a less Christmassy note, some children have been busy planting bulbs in our outdoor Science area-we can't wait to see them start to grow in the Spring.

We are looking forward to a last fun-packed week!

The Year 1 team

Nearly there!

Week beginning 29.11.21


The children in class 3 and 4 have been practising hard for the 'Nativity' and they can't wait to show off there moves to you next week. We hope you are able to attend.

The children have done some lovely writing about their trip to Nottingham Castle. They have been working hard with their hand writing especially lead in's and lead out's and making sure that they are writing on the lines. Well done children keep you the super work!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm.

The Year 1 team  

Nottingham Castle

Week beginning 22.11.21


The children in class 3 and 4 have had a very busy and an exciting week. This week the children have been exploring the school environment to see the changes in the seasons. They loved using the new equipment from the new science exploration area. The highlight of the week was the trip to Nottingham Castle. We had lots of very excited children! I am sure they will have lots to tell you when they get home.

Thank you to the parents who came to help they also had a wonderful time. The children learnt about Robin Hood and had a go with a bow and arrow. The caves were exciting with lots of historical stories and the puppet show totally engaged all the children. 

just a reminder, If you haven't brought your costume in for our Christmas production please could you bring it in as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The year 1 team smiley

Making together!

Week beginning 15.11.21


We have had lots of fun making moving pictures with sliders and levers this week. We have been exploring number bonds to 10 in Maths and learning how to work systematically.

The Nativity rehearsals are well under way and the children joined the Year 2s this week to do our first full run through which went really well. A reminder to send in your child's costume as soon as possible. They are towns people so need an appropriate top/bottoms preferably in muted colours.

Also, remember it is our trip to the Castle on Wednesday which we are all very excited about. Lunch is provided.

Have a look on here at the end of next week to see how the trip went!

Remember, remember the 5th of November!

Week beginning 8.11.21


We hope you had a great weekend full of family time and celebrations for Bonfire Night-even if many public events were cancelled once again.

This week in Year 1 we have been learning how to use the part/whole model to find addition equations. (Ask your children about this!)

In Design Technology, the children have been learning how to make moving pictures using the slider technique. They loved making their prototypes! We hope they show you how at home. 

Nativity rehearsals are underway and both classes are practising their dance for the show. Class 3 are performing to the first song 'We're going to see a baby' and Class 4 are performing to the second one called 'Munch'. 

Have a good weekend!

From the Year 1 team.




Back to School!

Week beginning 1.11.21


We hope you all had a lovely break and maybe got away somewhere nice. It has been great to hear about what fun the children have had over the last two weeks!

The highlight of this week in school has been Wellbeing day on Tuesday. The children thoroughly enjoyed all the different activities that replaced normal lessons.

They had three different sessions with external providers which were Dance, Drama and Singing. They also did some craft activities and decorated a feather shape to renew our Woodthorpe Wings which have faded over time. Look out for the return to colour as you come up the drive!

As the days grow colder and wetter, please remember to send your child with a coat every day -preferably with a hood.

We are looking forward to another exciting week in Year 1!

Goose Fair weather!

Week beginning 4.10.21


No Goose Fair again this year but the weather has certainly been changeable so could we remind you to send in coats even on the warm sunny days we have had. Also, we have growing piles of unnamed cardigans and jumpers so could you please pop your child's name in when you retrieve them so we know who they belong to.

Hello Yellow day on Friday was a real blast of sunshine colours and thankyou for all your voluntary contributions.

We have continued to use the lovely story 'Beegu' for our Literacy learning and the children are very settled into the Year 1 routines as well as enjoying our Space/Autumn themes for child initiated time.

Some children are so proud of their independent learning that they are asking for photos to be taken to be uploaded here. Lego models are a favourite in Class 3!

Once again, thank you for your ongoing support as we approach half term.


Autumn is here!

Week beginning 27.9.21


It was lovely to see lots of you enjoying the first school fair in a long time. The inflatable slide was certainly a big hit! 

This week, we have been learning about asking and writing questions based on a lovely story called 'Beegu'.

In Maths, we have been ordering groups of objects and numbers from smallest to greatest and vice versa.

The children have also enjoyed comparing Nottingham to Rio de Janeiro - we certainly wish we had their weather right now!

A message from Mrs Sellers: a final call for any photos of your sunflowers that you grew over the Summer so they can be shared on here.

Finally, a reminder to sign up for Parents' Evening if you have not already done so. 

Here's to another exciting week ahead!

Changing Seasons

Week beginning 20.9.21


This week has seen Summer turning to Autumn and whilst we have still had some lovely weather, the children have really enjoyed hunting for signs of Autumn and using the outdoor exploration area. 

In Maths, we have been finding out if there are enough to match 2 groups e.g. gloves to hands. There has been some great teamwork when building models together and you couldn't hear a pin drop when the children were learning how to draw jungle animals from an on screen tutorial.

We hope you enjoyed the school fair after a long wait and wish you a happy weekend!

Settling in

Week beginning 13.9.21


Not only have the children been settling in, but also the stick insects that Class 4 are very excited about! See photos below of them in their habitat.

We have been sharing the story 'Tiny Little Fly' and learning what a noun is. Why not do a noun hunt around your house or out and about?

This year, in addition to our daily Maths lesson, we have introduced a programme called Number Sense. This takes place for 15 minutes each day. The programme aims to enable children to develop a deep understanding of how the number system works. This week we have been working on how to recognise amounts of objects up to 5 without counting. The standard arrangements on dice and dominoes have been part of this learning. It would be helpful if you could practise this at home using any objects up to 5 in these standard and random arrangements.

The children are really getting the hang of the Year 1 routines and we look forward to more learning together next week.

The Year 1 team



Normal lessons resume!

Week beginning 6.9.21


The children have settled amazingly well and have been getting used to the timetable in Year 1. They have been introduced to the Year 1 curriculum in Maths, Literacy, Phonics, Reading, PE, Science, RE and Geography. On Thursday afternoons, both classes alternate each week in Music and RHE (Relationships and Health Education). This week, Class 3 had RHE and Class 4 had Music.

On Wednesday, we had a well-being afternoon and produced artwork for the hall and painted a rock for the bottom of the drive. The focus was on the class identity. Class 3 are the Brave Butterflies and Class 4 are the Positive Peacocks.

A message from Mrs Sellers: I am looking forward to seeing how your sunflowers grew over the Summer. Please could you send a photo of you and your sunflower to the office if you would like to. The photos could then be put on this website blog.

It has been a great first full week of the year and we look forward to many more to come.

First week back!

Week beginning 2.9.21


It was lovely to greet all the children and their families on Thursday the 2nd September. Being able to open the doors to a return to normal was uplifting for all the staff in the team. We would like to say once again a big thank you for all your support during the challenges of the last 18 months and that we look forward to working together to make Year 1 a memorable one.

We have spent the first two days introducing some of the knowledge content from what we will be teaching in more depth over the year for History, Geography and RE. We kicked it off with a 'Rio' day, learning about some of the basic facts about what Rio de Janeiro is like and having a mini carnival in the hall.

It was great to be able to be together as a year group and lots of fun was had by all parading to Brazilian music accompanied by children on drums and adults on whistles!

We hope we have sown some seeds of interest and excitement for the year to come.

Please remember that we have an open door policy and now restrictions are lifted we have message boards inside the outside doors that you can use when needed.

The Year 1 team are very excited to be able to take your children on a journey without previous challenges and we look forward to getting to know you all properly.

Welcome back!

From the team - Mrs Bright, Mrs Sellers, Ms O'Hanlon, Mrs Bucknall and Miss Creber