Year 1

Autumn Term 2018

Year 1 Craneflies

The children have settled in wonderfully to Year One Crane Flies this year and work very hard every day. We have been learning lots of exciting new things over the last couple of months – we love a new challenge! We always bring our listening ears to the carpet so that we never miss anything and are used to working quietly at our table spaces as well. This year, Crane Flies held a vote to choose a WWF animal to sponsor and have chosen to sponsor Amur Leopards. When sent a cuddly toy leopard, we held another vote to choose what to name him. He is called Arlo the Amur Leopard.

Maths has seen the children exploring numbers within ten. We started the term with lots of counting, both forwards and backwards, using concretes to help us and exploring the classroom to make groups of ten objects. We met some strange creatures called Zoombinis that could be sorted according to nose colour, hairstyle and their funny feet! We also learnt that numbers can be represented in different ways, for example as digits, a word or a picture. We have compared numbers using the more than and less than symbols and we have been building up our mathematical vocabulary in lots of different areas including prepositions, shape and direction. We have written our own coding instructions using ‘forwards, clockwise and anti-clockwise’ to help our Bee-Bot friends get from point A to point B! More recently, we have been focusing on learning our number bonds to ten and addition within 20.

In PE, Year One goes out to the Muga to practise different skills in a carousel so each class gets three different activities to do each lessson. During our first term of outdoor PE, we practised different types of passes, improved our speediness, precision, control and worked on our teamwork skills. We can put all of our skills to the test in a big game of handball!

Our Autumn 2 focus is Tag Rugby. The children are encouraged to use all of the skills that we have been practising to apply to some short games such as ‘Tails’ and ‘Rats and Rabbits’ which the children have really enjoyed. In our other outdoor activities, we are practising teamwork skills and dodging skill. Indoor PE has seen us focussing on core strength training. The children have been learning a mixture of balances and movements and the final goal will be to be able to link them together to create a short routine in pairs. The children have been fantastic at remembering the names of the movements and balances, which are named after different animals.

We are very excited to continue our journey through Year One so check back soon to find out more!

Year 1 Dragonflies

In Year 1 Dragonflies we have had a fantastic start to Year 1 and have learnt lots already! We have been learning about the weather and seasons in Science.  We have been recognising the signs of Autumn and became meteorologists making wind streamers to investigate the direction of the wind. We have chosen focus trees around our school environment to monitor and observe the changes over the year. Starting our topic of animals including humans has been really exciting. Did you know that humans have five senses that they use to understand the world around them? We became sense detectives and investigated different sights, smells, tastes, sounds and textures…some of them weren’t very nice!


Our phonics has been lots of fun this half-term! We have been revising our phase 2 and 3 sounds…AND we even know some of our phase 5 words already! We love going on sounds hunts around our classroom and in the book corner to find words with the sounds that we are learning. Our tricky words have tried to trick us out but we use our reading eyes and our working walls to help us if we are not sure of our spellings. We are so enthusiastic, we even know that some letters can make different sounds like ‘i’ as in ‘kind’ and ‘i’ in insect. We also know that ‘f’ and ‘ph’ make the same sound. Fab phonics!


Year 1 Fireflies

In Fireflies class, we have had a wonderful start to our first weeks in Year 1! We have brilliant attitudes to our learning and are always keen to challenge ourselves in all of our subjects. We have settled into Year 1 life really well and are very excited to have lots of lovely new learning opportunities!

In English, we have been linking our learning to our Science topic of ‘Animals including humans’ and ‘seasonal change’. We have been observing changes to the natural environment and have explored these changes with our different senses. We then used these ideas to create some wonderful Autumn poetry! We also looked at the story of Diwali and discussed our people celebrate different holidays and important times throughout the year. We made mind maps of the story and characters. We the used these mind maps to help us write a descriptive ending to the Diwali story. We are learning to write sentences using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, as well as using some of our new Year 1 sounds in our writing!