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Welcome to Year 1


In maths we have been learning addition and subtractions with numbers to 40, this includes adding three numbers and solving word problems. We have also looked at weight, length and picture graphs. Our superhero challenges are still ongoing and they include; counting in 2’s to 20, counting in 10’s to 100 and counting in 5’s to 100, both forwards and backwards. Well done to everyone who has their picture/name displayed on the superhero challenge wall.

Terrific Tigers

We began this topic by looking and comparing pets to wild animals. We made class pictographs of the pets that we have at home, to find out which were the most popular. As part of this topic and the link to literacy, Mrs McIntosh brought her dog Betsy in and we wrote amazing fact files. We then looked more closely at the human body and the body of a tiger. We identified the similarities and differences and we also completed the BBC tiger quiz and were amazed to find out that a tigers wee smells like butter popcorn! We then looked at what animals eat and classified them into herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

Eco Fortnight

During Eco fortnight Year 1 learnt about the importance of the environment for birds and plants. Our project was to improve an allocated area. First we looked at the area (large planting boxes) and as a year group we decided how we could improve it. We began by clearing out the area and turning the soil. We decided to plant potatoes to ensure the area had a specific purpose. We looked at the life cycle of potatoes and what they need to grow. We discovered that you plant old potatoes with sprouts and new potatoes grow from this. We had a great time and cannot wait until our potatoes are ready to see what we can make! 

Marvellous Maths!

In Maths this term we have been focusing on consolidating numbers to 10. In particular we have looked at number bonds and addition & subtraction using the part, part, whole model. We have also looked at pattern and shape as well as ordinal numbers, where we had great fun racing each other! 

Awesome Aliens

As part of our literacy, design, I.T and science topics we looked at the text Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. Our topic began with an alien visiting our Year 1 classrooms and we cannot believe how naughty they were!  In literacy we wrote about all of the naughty things the alien did. We also read a further two books about aliens. In I.T we typed an invitation to the pants party and a made posters about the aliens. We copied and pasted to insert pictures, changed the colour and sizes of fonts and we also saved our work.  In science we looked at materials and their properties and carried out experiments to see which materials were waterproof. In design we designed and made our very own underpants which we wore at our pants party…we all looked fabulous!


As part of our history and design topics we had a visit from Technology Tom. We were amazed to find out the properties of different materials. We were able to experiment with magnets and different metals. We found out that if we look through a plastic cylinder we turn upside down. We had a great day and we even made our own cup and ball game and moving vehicle. 

Also as part of our topic work we visited Beamish Open Air Museum. During our visit we took part in a special workshop where we got to play with old toys and make our own thaumatrope. We visited the school and sat at old desks. In addition we played in the playground with hoop and sticks, skipping ropes, hopscotch and cup and balls. We also went down the mine and visited the old town. We had a fantastic day!

The Church

As part of our Religious Education we visited our local Church. We learnt about the main features of a church including the alter and pulpit. We sat in the pews and listed to the organ. We also stood at the lecturn. We all particularly liked the stained glass windows and the stories they told. When we returned to school we made our very own stained glass windows for our classrooms.