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Year 1

Welcome to Year One

Class Teacher: Miss Sykes


This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.

While school is closed, your class teacher will add regular challenges to keep you thinking. There is also a separate page with school closure information and lots of great learning tasks. Please click on the link below.


Please take a look at these useful websites. Oxford Owl is brilliant for free E-books at your child's book band level, once they have read the book/s in their learning pack.

Home learning websites

Year 1 home learning ideas 23.3.20

Week beginning 9th March 2020


Year 1 have been very busy this week writing postcards to Handa. We described what it was like to live in England including: what the weather is like, what we like to eat, what kind of animals we have and what we live in. 

We have also been practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and using our problem solving and reasoning skills. 

In Science, we have enjoyed learning about different animal groups including mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The children also made up their own ways of grouping the animals.

We are really looking forward to our Birds of Prey visitors next Tuesday! 

Week beginning 2nd March 2020


This week we have been reading our new class book 'Handa's Surprise', written by one of our class authors, Eileen Browne. Handa puts 7 delicious fruits into a basket to surprise her friend Akeyo, but on the way, 7 cheeky animals pinch the fruits! Handa's story is set in a village in Kenya, Africa, so some of the fruits and animals were new to us in Year 1. All the children tasted banana, orange, pineapple, mango, avocado, passion fruit and guava, and used adjectives to describe the way they smelt and tasted.

In Maths we have been cutting shapes and objects into fractions (halves and quarters). We have even begun to share out quantities into fractions!

In Science, we went on a 5 senses walk around school using our sense of sight, hearing, touch and smell.  

Thank you to all the children and parents who took part in World Book Day and decorated their potato as their favourite book character. A special well done to Kian, who won our class competition! 

We have been practising our counting in multiples of 2!

Samuel Pepys visit for our Great Fire of London topic!

Ronnie The Rhino came to visit us for 'wear yellow and blue' day!

Ronnie The Rhino came to visit us for 'wear yellow and blue' day! 1

Week beginning Monday 13th January 2020

We hope you enjoyed our Traditional Tales assembly on Tuesday!

During the remainder of the week we have been learning about humans including animals. We used different resources to make a picture of our bodies and labelled the parts we already know about. Next week we will identify and name some of the parts we weren't so sure about.

In English, we have been looking at fantasy stories. We watched clips of different fantasy films such as Harry Potter, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to get some ideas for our own fantasy settings. We have drawn our own fantasy settings and used 'adventurous adjectives' to describe a picture of a setting to a friend. They then had to guess which setting we were describing based on the adjectives we used.

14.1.20 Year 1 Class Assembly- Traditional Tales

13.1.20 Today, Shannon from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, brought a friend with her. Caitlyn played professionally for both Leeds Rhinos, and England's women's rugby team! The children enjoyed meeting Caitlyn and practised their throwing and catching skills. Maybe we have some future Leeds Rhino players in Year 1?!

Week beginning 6th January 2020

Welcome back to school, we hope you have all had a wonderful, well-deserved break.

Year 1 have a made a great start to the new year this week! We have been practising for our class assembly (Tuesday 14th January at 10am), which is based around our topic from last half term, which was Traditional Tales. We hope that you can all come and watch!

In Maths, Year 1 have been working on number and place value, mainly focusing on numbers 10-20. In English, we have begun work on stories with fantasy settings. Throughout this unit we will be referencing our class author, John Burningham, and this week we read 'Oi, Get Off Our Train!'. The children enjoyed using their imaginations to decide where their train would take them. Mason said he would go to Africa, Olivia said she would go to the beach and Henry said the train would take him to desert! We also borrowed a huge train set from Nursery to use in choosing time for imaginative play. 

Something we really enjoyed this week was our P.E lesson with Shannon from Leeds Rhinos Foundation, who coached us in practising different kinds of jumps. We are looking forward to our next lesson on Monday.

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Week beginning 9th December 2019

We have been very busy this week practising for our Christmas performance of Babushka. The staff have been extremely impressed with how hard the children have worked to perfect their singing voices, dances and small speaking parts. Thank you to everyone who came to watch, what a brilliant turn out and we hope you enjoyed it!


This week we have also been building 3D shapes, wrapping 3D shapes (in the elves workshop) and using adjectives to describe Little Red Riding Hood and the items in her basket. Some children even had a go at using similes in their writing!

Throughout the week we have also been making and writing our own Christmas cards to be sent out next week.

9.12.19 Year 1 have had a lovely morning using their 5 senses to describe some of the foods Little Red Riding Hood could put in her basket.

Friday 25th October 2019

Today, we had a visitor in Year 1. Teddy came to us asking for our help. He knew we had been studying different materials and their properties. He said that he was about to go on a journey but he was afraid of getting wet (it was a very rainy day!). Could we help him by designing and making an umbrella to keep him dry? The children decided that the material we were going to use needed to keep water out. We found out that the material needed to be WATERPROOF. Here we are testing the different materials to see if they are waterproof or not, then making an umbrella for Teddy, using the waterproof materials.

Our KS1 Harvest Festival. Thank you for all the kind donations :)

Week beginning 30th September 2019


This week in Year 1, we have continued our work on 'Pirates Love Underpants' in English. We have been practising using sentence features by writing silly sentences using nouns or 'who' words. In Maths, we have been counting backwards from different numbers and finding missing numbers in sequences. 

In preparation for our local walk, we completed a walk of the school grounds and drew the different landmarks we could see. This will help us to complete a map of our school grounds. We have enjoyed practising the songs for our Harvest Festival in Music lessons.

Week beginning 9th September 2019

Week beginning 2nd September 2019


This week Year 1 have a had a great time becoming familiar with their new surroundings and routines. We attended our first ever House Meeting and gave some brilliant new ideas for our school. 

We have drawn and labelled our families, discussed what we did over the summer holidays and things that are special to us. We have practised counting forwards and backwards from different numbers and played games involving 1 more than and 1 less than. 

We have created our own paper plate portraits to add to our Goldsworthy class display (feel free to come and have a look when you come to pick your child up!).

Next week we will kick start our new topic all about pirates!