Year 1: Blog items

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2018 @ 9:49pm

What a super week we have had in Year 1!

In RE we have been exploring how special Jesus is, through learning about the stories in the bible. We explored 'The Miraculous Catch of Fish' through hot seating and drama. 

We have continued our theme of 'Where do different animals live?' by learning about the different continents and oceans around the world. We have written fantastic fact files about Emperor Penguins, writing about where they live, what they look like and what they eat. We also created beautiful 'seascape' collages, using lots of different materials, to explore the habitats of sea animals. 

We have had lots of giggles this week, particularly when dancing to our favourite Gonoodle dance 'Banana Banana Meatball!'

Have a great weekend!

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 12th Jan 2018 @ 4:33pm

Happy New Year to you all! Team Year 1 hope that you had a lovely Christmas. The children came back to school this week raring to go, full of lots of energy and excited to share their news about their holidays with one another!

In RE we started our new topic 'Why is Jesus special?' by exploring 'The Calling of the Disciples' and considering what makes a special friend. We are so lucky that we have so many friends in our class! 

We have really enjoyed journeying back to Antarctica to learn about Emperor Penguins in our Theme lessons, as we explore our new topic 'Where do different animals live?' We watched some very interesting videos about the penguins and their habitat, comparing it to how different it is where we live! In PE we had lots of fun moving like different animals and exploring how they use their bodies to roam their habitats. We have been challenging ourselves to work as a team and all get dressed for PE in 10 minutes- keep practising at home so we can get even quicker! Well done to Louise, Georgia, Peter and William who are our star dressers this week!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 week 8

Date: 19th Dec 2017 @ 10:59pm

Well, what an amazing first term we have had in Year 1! I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, that I am so proud of each and every one of you! It was a big change at first, getting used to all of the new Year 1 routines but you have all done so well and have lots to be proud of!

We have had so many exciting experiences so far, such as our visit from Guy Fawkes and our trip to the recycling centre! We have had so much fun playing in our special Year 1 garden and making ice scultpures in the frosty weather! We have really enjoyed raising money for lots of charities, like the whole school balloon release for Kindness Week and performing SING like a professional choir. A particular highlight of mine so far has been your beautiful singing in the nativity, as it showcased your amazing talents!

You have made my first term at TSP a truly wonderful one- thank you! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us!

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the lovely gifts that we received today, on behalf of Team Year 1. We are all very grateful. Have a magical and merry Christmas! See you in 2018!


Autumn 2 Week 7

Date: 15th Dec 2017 @ 3:41pm




We have had a magical week in Year 1 getting ready for Christmas!

We started the week off with a brilliant trip to Gilmoss Recycling Centre where we learned lots about the materials we use and how to reduce, reuse, and recycle them. We were also lucky enough to get to see how our rubbish gets sorted and recycled by the special machines! We had a picnic lunch and sung Christmas songs on the coach- what a fun day! Thank you so much to all the parents who helped or volunteered to help on the day, we really appreciate it.

We had a fabulous Christmas Meal on Wednesday, eating our yummy Christmas dinner with our friends and teachers whilst enjoying Christmas music! Then to round the week off we celebrated Christmas Jumper Day by wearing our festive jumpers, in aid of Save the Children.

In Maths we have been learning about minutes and seconds. Year 1 challenged themselves by seeing how many times they could throw a beanbag in a minute and how many times they could write their name- this was much trickier if we had longer names!

We really enjoyed our frosty weather and made the most of our winter wonderland garden by making ice sculptures!

Have a magical weekend everyone! 

Autumn 2 Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2017 @ 4:25pm


What a fabulous week we have had in Year 1!

We ended our week with two AMAZING performances of our nativity! The children performed fantastically and made their families and teachers so proud! I hope you are all feeling as Christmassy as we are!

In RE we discussed Christmas gifts that money can’t buy, for example, generosity, hugs, helping parents wash up! In Collective Worship we explored our new monthly value Compassion by writing ways of being compassionate to one another on beautiful hearts.

In Maths we measured our magical potions using millilitres and litres to help us be more accurate than measuring in bowls full. You have really impressed me Year 1 with your hard work, learning about non-standard and standard units. Well done!

Have a festive weekend everyone!


Autumn 2 Week 5

Date: 30th Nov 2017 @ 10:28pm

This week we have been getting into the Christmas spirit in Year 1 and today we opened the first window of our advent calendars to reveal part of the Christmas Story! We were also visited by a mischievous elf who has been a ltitle bit cheeky!

In RE we showcased our creativity by performing puppet shows to retell the Christmas story. We had lots of fun pretending to be the characters! We also explored the concept of giving and discussed how we feel when we give and receive gifts. This helped us understand the magic of the Christmas story, as we discussed that Jesus is a special gift, given to us as a gift from God. 

This week in maths, to help us learn about capacity, we made a Christmas Potion with lots of magical ingredients! We compared and measured the ingredients using non-standard units and then stirred them together to make a glittery concoction! 

Have a great weekend everybody! 


Autumn 2 Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 4:24pm


We have had a great week in Year 1, working really hard to practise the songs for our nativity and perform like a professional choir! We are so excited for our families to watch us perform!

In Collective Worship, we explored scales of justice and wrote a class prayer for those around the world who suffer from injustice. The children showed great understanding of fairness, as well as lots of compassion.

In Maths, we transformed our classroom into a shop to learn about fractions! We shared pizza, cake and sweets equally between 2 and then 4 customers to help us understand 1/2 and 1/4. This linked to our monthly value of Justice as we discussed fairness of people having the same amount! Super sharing Year 1!

Continuing our theme of 'The Gunpowder Plot', we wrote some super descriptive sentences about Guy Fawkes to help us create a WANTED poster next week!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Autumn 2 Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2017 @ 4:09pm




We have had a fantastic week in Year 1 by doing lots of exciting things, in class and as a whole school!

It was such a brilliant end to the week today when we released our balloons with messages of kindness inside and sung together as a school. You brought tears to my eyes! Also, as part of Celebration of Kindness Week, we brought our teddy bears in to look after for the day, practising our school value Nurture, playing games with them and having a picnic. We had a lovely day showing kindness to our bears and one another.

To celebrate Children in Need today, we made and painted salt dough Pudsies, danced to our music video like pop stars and created Pudsy artwork! You all looked wonderful wearing your Pudsey ears, badges and spotty clothes, which has helped raise a phenomenal amount of money, well done!

This week we continued our theme by hot seating, to consider how Guy Fawkes and the conspirators must have felt during the Gunpowder Plot. In Collective Worship we discussed what Justice means to us in Year 1 and how we can give one another a ‘High Five’ to always give our best.

Have a great weekend everybody, you deserve it!


Autumn 2 Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 4:26pm

What a fantastic, fun filled week we have had in Year 1!

Today we ended the week with a super visit from Guy Fawkes, we learned lots about the Gunpowder Plot, through acting out the story, cracking codes and playing games involving soldiers and conspirators. We are very excited to continue our theme this half term!

In RE this week we continued to discover more about the Christian creation story and looked at how people are spoiling our precious earth. We discussed lots of way that we can protect our world and all of the wonderful things in it.

We also had another super experience this week when we got the chance to experience Virtual Reality and take off into space! It was great fun and we learned lots about our universe.

To add to the excitement of our week, we were very lucky to take part in the preparation for our Celebration of Kindness Week next week, by staring in a music video! This video reminds us to BE KIND to ourselves… LAUGH MORE and WORRY LESS. You can enjoy watching it at home and showing your friends and families!

Have a lovely weekend everybody!

Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2017 @ 4:23pm



Welcome back Year 1! What a fabulous start to a new half term.

We have really enjoyed being back with our friends after a week off. We LOVE our special outside Year 1 area because we build towers, practise skipping and play games with our friends.

In RE, as a class we acted out the creation story through freeze frames, using materials and props. We worked together to create a beautiful representation of the whole world! Even though it seemed a little early, we created lovely Christmas cards using paint and sponges which got us excited for Christmas!

We started our new theme this week ‘Why should we remember the 5th of November?’ We explored the reasons for celebrating Bonfire Night and discussed what we do to celebrate. This has helped us with our English writing, as we are planning our own poems about Bonfire Night, using our senses to create imagery. We can’t wait for our visit from Guy Fawkes next week to find out more about the Gunpowder Plot.

In Maths we have been exploring patterns of shapes, objects and numbers, which involved practising our 2 times table in lots of silly voices- we had great fun! Finally, we ended the week by trying ‘Speed Stacking’, which was challenging and involved lots of teamwork.

Our ‘Star Dressers’ this week are Jenson, Henry and Rosa for speedy dressing before and after PE. Well done!

Have a great weekend everybody!


Autumn 1 Week 7

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 7:23pm

What another fabulous week we have had in Year 1!

We ended our first term with a fun filled, creative day! As part of our Theme topic 'Around the World' the children created beautiful artwork using chalk, inspired by deserts around the world. The class also 'blew me away' with their WOW writing, as they independently wrote a diary about a day in the countryside- I have really enjoyed reading them, well done Year 1!

This week in RE we began our new topic 'God and Creation' by learning the Christian creation story and discussing our favourite part. The class contributed some wonderful ideas, as we discussed how God must have felt when he created the world. On Wednesday we had lots of fun making Christmas cards and packing shoeboxes at church, to send to those who are less fortunate than us, through the help of 'Operation Christmas Child'.

Our 'Star Dressers' this week in PE were Layla and Peter for speedy dressing- well done!

After half term we will be starting our new theme 'Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?', and as a class we decided that Monday afternoon will be our new time for 'Show and Tell'. I can't wait to see and hear what you have been up to!

You have worked so hard in your first term being KS1 children, I am so proud. Enjoy your half term and have lots of fun!

Autumn 1 Week 6

Date: 13th Oct 2017 @ 4:01pm

We have had a great week in Year 1!

In RE we have explored how we can help those who do not have enough food. We know how lucky we are to have all the food we could wish for, but the children understand that there are some people who suffer as they do not have access to the food they need. We created beautiful posters to share our ideas and convince others to help too.

After exploring life in London, the children wrote fantastic diaries pretending they had visited for the day. I can't wait to read them all! We also explored what life is like in the countryside and compared the difference between rural and urban areas. We learned about how rural areas are sometimes built upon and we discussed the importance of both rural and urban areas. The children decided that both are important! We will be exploring the rainforest and desert next week, considering the amazing landscapes and the differences between them.

In Maths we had lots of fun collecting data about our favourite sweets in the class and creating block graphs outside. In Computing we explored algorithms through giving BeeBots instructions to reach a destination! The PE 'Star Dressers' this week are Jenson and Louise, as they managed their top buttons all by themselves! Well done!

I'm looking forward to seeing you all again next week, have a lovely weekend Year 1!

Autumn 1 Week 5

Date: 5th Oct 2017 @ 11:48pm

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1! In RE we listened to the jolly 'Harvest Samba' and wrote postcards to Donan in Guatemala, explaining all about our Harvest in England and drawing lovely pictures of the foods that we grow and harvest.

Our topic this half term is ‘What will we see on our journey around the world?’ so this week we have been exploring our capital city of London and thinking about what it would be like to live there. We discussed our visits to London and watched videos that explored the exciting places to visit. The children drew beautiful pictures of the London Eye and Big Ben and have been planning a diary of their visit to London. We have also enjoyed exploring the airport in our classroom by taking on different roles, as passengers and airhostesses.

In PE we have had fun exploring different ways of travelling by crawling, turning, jumping and skipping. Well done to this week’s ‘Star dressers’ Ellie and Henry for getting changed speedily! We have also really enjoyed dancing to our GoNoodle song which wakes our bodies and minds up each day.

Have a great weekend Year 1!

Autumn 1 Week 4

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 4:14pm

We have had a fantastic week in year 1, with the highlight being our beautiful performance at the Harvest service. The children were wonderful and are really proud of themselves for having the confidence to stand up and sing in front of the whole school.

In RE the children received a letter from Actionaid, about a boy in Guatemala who has a very different way of life and Harvest to us in England. We discussed that people's lives are different all over the world and that the Harvest is differs depending on the climate. We learned about charities and what we can do to help people around the world who might be suffering. As a class we decided that we are going to write back to Donan in Guatemala, telling him about our harvest and asking him about his way of life.

We really enjoyed celebrating International European Languages day on Tuesday as we tasted lots of different foods from countries in Europe and rated them! In Science we compared our heights to the tallest man in the EU- Neil Fingleton and compared our own heights to our class friends. 

A big thank you to everyone who has donated CDs for our class project, it is much appreciated!

I can't wait to see you all on Monday for lots more fun! Have a great weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 3

Date: 21st Sep 2017 @ 7:37pm

We have had a great week in Year 1 this week! We have been learning about harvest and thanking God for providing us with all of our wonderful food. We learned about foods that are grown in the UK, as well as around the world and discovered that lots of us grow vegetables in our gardens at home! We have written a class prayer about harvest and have been learning a harvest song to sing in the service next Thursday. The children have been singing beautifully and are very excited to perform it.

We have been learning about adjectives in English, so to help us we got into the role of Oompa Loompas. We tasted and described some yummy treats for Willy Wonka! In maths we have been learning about 'greater than' and 'less than' by using crocodiles to help us!

In PE we have been learning about different ways to move around and have begun to practise skills with a tennis ball. Our 'star dressers' this week are William and Issy, well done you two!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Autumn 1 Week 2

Date: 15th Sep 2017 @ 4:43pm



What a fun second week we have had in Year 1! We started the week with a Charanga music lesson, which prepared us to start the day with lots of energy. To celebrate Islam week in RE we learned about the Mosque. We listened to the call to prayer and compared elements of the Mosque to a Church. We also learned about the beautiful mosaics that decorate a Mosque and created our own mosaic designs. To explore our monthly value 'Respect' we created a class jigsaw to understand that we are an equal part of Year 1.

On Wednesday we celebrated Roald Dahl day by reading the BFG and using adjectives to describe the giants in the story. We have really enjoyed playing 'Splat' as our starter in maths to help us count in 10s and 2s, as well as sequence numbers. The children have been focusing on trying their best in all they do and having a positive brain to help them achieve. We have been enjoying the 'Year 1' outside area where the children have been skipping, dancing, cycling and playing in the small world and mud kitchen.

We have also had our first PE lessons this week and have awarded our first 'Star Dressers' who have been brilliant at independently doing their buttons on their new shirts- well done Will and Georgia! Look how smart they look!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Autumn 1 Week 1

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 5:23pm



It has been a pleasure to welcome 29 wonderful children into Year 1 this week. We have had a lovely few days getting to know one another, exploring our new classroom and outside area. At the beginning of the week we heard that Cinderella had been accepted into the England football team, despite her sisters discouraging her and telling her she wasn't good enough. We performed drama pieces to explore how the story represents our SHINE values and how this can inspire us to fulfil our dreams! The children then decided on a goal that they would like to fulfil this year and created beautiful hot air balloons, considering how they would fulfil these goals! Thinking about our monthly value of 'Respect' and our school motto 'Be Kind', we explored the kind, encouraging words that the sisters could have said to Cinderella instead. We also had a discussion about whether girls and boys should play football and other games together- I was extremely impressed with how the class discussed this and listened to one another, deciding that they definitely should! Finally, the children created some beautiful artwork which represents them 'shining like stars in the universe' and using Jesus as an example in their lives.

We have had a great start to the year and I look forward to seeing you all again next week!

Have a brilliant weekend everyone!

Welcome to Year 1!

Date: 8th Sep 2017 @ 4:55pm

Miss Hughes, Mrs Hall, Mrs Grayson and Mrs Warwick would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 1!

Homeworks for English, Maths and Spellings will go home each Friday. They are to be returned by the following Wednesday.

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on Thursday and Friday. Children must have both their indoor and outdoor school PE kits with them on these days please.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break time. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack - e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Bottles of water with a sports cap lid are also encouraged so the children can have a drink of water as and when they need it throughout the day.