Year 1: Blog items

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 4:13pm

What a super week we have had!

We started the week off brilliantly by performing our Jungle Book song to the rest of the school and watching the other classes perform! What a treat! 

In RE we explored baptism and identified baptism celebrations from images. We labelled a baptism ceremony and discussed the important features. We learned that many of us have been christened and that some of us may be christened when we are older.

In Science, we learned all about the structure of different animals and why they have important body parts to help them survive. We also went back to the tree we sketched in spring to observe the changes that have occured in the summer season. We were super scientists! Well done Year 1!

In Theme, we learned about Christopher Columbus and his discoveries. We are inspired to be explorers too!

Well done for a great, hard working week Year 1. Have a fabulous weekend!

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 15th Jun 2018 @ 3:57pm

What an amazing week we have had!

In Collective Worship, we explored our monthly value 'Perseverance' by discussing what it means to persevere and thinking about times when we need to persevere the most. We then created 'You can do it' cards for our friends to encourage them to keep trying and do their best! 

We have also enjoyed completing trickier 4 A Day maths challenges this week, using our 'colourful brains' and persevering lots!

The highlight of our week though has to be performing in the TSP Musical! The class made us all so so proud when they performed 'I wanna be like you' from Jungle Book. They all worked so hard to learn and practise the routine- I couldn't be prouder! We worked as a team and showed so much joy throughout our performance! What a talented class we are! We hope that you all enjoyed watching it as much as we loved performing it!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

Summer 2 Week 1

Date: 8th Jun 2018 @ 4:23pm

We have had a super, sunny week in Year 1!

In RE we learned all about the Hindu festival Diwali. We learned about how and why Hindus celebrate it, as well as the symbols that represent the festival. We created our own rangoli and symbolic patterns that represent celebrations during Diwali! We even decorated our small world area outside with rangoli patterns!

We have been working so hard practising for the TSP musical next week and we are so excited for our families to see us perform! We have also been working incredibly hard in our phonics lessons and I would like to thank parents for the hard work you have put in at home to practise with your children.

This week we began our new Theme ‘Who are the most famous explorers’ by learning about Christoper Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Captain Scott. We can’t wait to find out more this half term! 

Before the holidays, we were also extremely grateful to be awarded a cheque by Tesco for next year, to improve the KS1 playground. 6 children from the Yr1 class, who were chosen out of a hat, (and Miss Hughes) were lucky enough to be in the paper!

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

Summer 1 Week 7

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 3:54pm

What a lovely week to end a fantastic half term!

We have enjoyed learning about shape in maths and we are brilliant at remembering the properties of shapes and comparing them! Well done Year1! 

In Theme we have explored the natural wonders of our world and the man- made wonders of our world. We drew beautiful pictures of the Amazon Rainforest and Taj Mahal! 

Yesterday, we had a super time on our trip to Crosby Beach to see Anthony Gormley’s Another Place! We explored the statues and dressed them up to be safe in the sun! We then created our own statues out of clay later that day! 

We ended our week with a fun filled afternoon using the parachute and having circle time together. What a fantastic term we have had Year 1, well done for all of your hard work! You have been superstars!

I hope you all have a relaxing, fun filled week off! 

Summer 1 Week 6

Date: 18th May 2018 @ 4:25pm

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

In RE we tied all of our learning about saints together to give advice to someone about how to be a follower of Jesus. We came up with great advice, such as, reading the bible to get to know Him, being a kind friend, being honest. In Collective Worship we had a lovely circle time thinking about our monthly value Truthfulness and why it is important to be honest and trusted by others.

In English, we wrote super recounts of our special days and I really enjoyed reading them Year 1, well done! We also had a really fun dance lesson where we created a routine for our performance in the school musical! 

To end the week, we had a fabulous day celebrating the royal wedding by having a royal party, fit for a prince! Yesterday we received a letter from Prince Harry, asking us to hold our own party at school to celebrate the event! We created royal invites for one another and learned about the royal family tree! Today we made crowns and became princes and princesses, had a street party and danced our socks off!

Have a royal weekend everyone! 

Summer 1 Week 5

Date: 10th May 2018 @ 5:19pm

We have a short, fun filled, hard working week in Year 1!

In RE, we had a great visit from Nathan, who spoke to us about his faith in Jesus and how he has followed Jesus throughout his life. He told us that we were all saints as we are following Jesus and we got to ask him some interesting questions. Thank you Nathan for giving up your time to speak to us!

In Science, we explored the different types of animals in the animal kingdom and shared our knowledge with one another. We are very interested in reptiles and insects! Miss Hughes even learned lots of exciting facts from you all!

In Collective Worship, we wrote a letter as class to send to the school in Uganda, telling the children all about our class and what we like to do at school. We also drew pictures of our school, ourselves and hobbies to send along with the letter. We talked about the trip to Uganda with so much compassion and consideration. As a class, we can't to hear all about the trip!

We would like to say a special thank you to the many children in Year 1 who donated pencil cases or stationery to send to Uganda. Your kindness is much appreciated.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Summer 1 Week 4

Date: 4th May 2018 @ 12:05pm

What a fabulous week we have had in Year 1.

In RE we learned about Mother Teresa and how her kind actions and dedication to helping others shows that she is following Jesus' example. We learned about her life and about how she was made a Saint. We also looked at images of people in need, who Mother Teresa helped in her life, and showed our Nurture value through our kind words and thoughts.

We had a fun Computing lesson where we explored the app Daisy the Dino, learning about algorithms and how to use logical reasoning. 

In Theme, we explored a world map and located the Modern Wonders of the World, labelling them in the correct countries. We have loved exploring the Wonders so far and lots of children have done extra research at home, well done!

We also had lots of fun this week playing phonics bingo as a class, practising all of the phonics sounds that we know! Keep up the good practice Year 1!

Have a super bank holiday weekend everyone!

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 27th Apr 2018 @ 8:20am

We have had a wonderful week in Year 1!

In RE, we explored the life of Saint Peter and how he dedicated his life to following Jesus. After sequencing the main parts of Saint Peter's life, we each created a colourful comic strip. We also thought about what we can do to reconcile with our friends, by writing our ideas on paper chain children, joining together to make friends again!

In Maths we explored number bonds to 10 and 20; we created our own number bond rainbows to help us see the patterns and remember the bonds. This was great fun!

We also had a lovely Art lesson, inspired by our Theme, as we painted repeating patterns using natural materials from our local 'wonderful' area. We marvelled at the wonders God has created in our gardens, such as, fruit, vegetables, leaves, and branches and we used these materials to create beautiful art.

Well done for your hard work this week Year 1!


Have a great weekend everyone!


Summer 1 Week 2

Date: 20th Apr 2018 @ 3:48pm

We have had a lovely week in Year 1, enjoying the Spring weather!

In RE we considered what it means to follow Jesus and how people show this. We learned about people in the past and present who follow Jesus and we compared the similarities and differences. We discussed how we follow Jesus by always showing our SHINE values. 

We had lots of fun in English, exploring 'The Queen's Handbag' and learning about our 'wonders' around Great Britain. We then explored images of the handbag that had escaped around our local 'wonders' in Formby! 

Today, we began our Theme topic with a WOW! We were so lucky to be visited by Captain Chaz who spoke to us all about his job as a pilot, showed us many interesting artefacts from the plane and his uniform, as well as telling us about the Wonders of the World that he has visited! We got to ask him lots of questions and explore all of the things that he brought to show us! We also received some gifts from the airport to take home! Thank you so much Captain Chaz!

Have a great weekend everybody! 

Summer 1 Week 1

Date: 11th Apr 2018 @ 9:05pm

Welcome back! What a wonderful week back we have had to start our Summer term!

In RE we began our new topic 'What is a Saint?' by exploring the life of disciples and what the disciples were like as followers of Jesus. We also learned about our new monthly value 'Reconciliation' and explored what it means.

To finish our last Theme topic off, we made and painted our own minature models of the first ever plane out of lollipop sticks and pegs! We had lots of fun!

In Maths, we explored place value and used our 'colourful brains' to find one and ten more or less than numbers, as well as solving some tricky number problems! Also, in PE, we put out underarm throwing skills to the test as we played 'piggy in the middle', which was great fun!

Well done for your hard work this week Year 1! Have a great weekend!

Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 23rd Mar 2018 @ 3:33pm

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

In RE, we used water colours to paint images that illustrate the sadness and joy felt by Christians in the Easter Story. We drew and painted our own images to represent signs of new life. We also learned about our monthly value 'Sacrifice' and explored this within the Easter Story. We had some lovely discussions as a class and the children listened to one another very sensitively and respectfully. 

In English, we wrote some amazing stories about our own fantastic planes, inspired by the story 'Mrs Armitage on Wheels'. Well done Year 1 for your super writing! 

We had lots of Easter fun this week as we made lovely cards and little Easter baskets, which were filled by the Easter Bunny! We were also visited by two Easter Bunnies and we had a super chocolate bunny hunt around school!

To finish our week off, we had a fantastic week celebrating and raising money for Sports Relief! We were lucky enough to have lots of fun on a bouncy castle and the KS2 Trim Trail! 

Well done for all your hard work throughout this Spring term, you have all been superstars!! 

The Year 1 team hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday! 

Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 16th Mar 2018 @ 3:56pm

We have had a great week in Year 1!

In RE, we explored the Easter Story by making and decorating Easter Wreaths with pictures of the important events in the story. We discussed how Easter is a happy time to celebrate new life and new beginnings and we can't wait to celebrate Easter over the holidays! In Maths, we have been learning how to tell the time by moving the hands on our own little clocks and playing fun, interactive games! In English, we have been exploring the story Mrs Armitage on Wheels, to inspire us to write our own story next week about a crazy plane!

To celebrate British Science Week, we had a fantastic assembly by the Mad Science team and spent a whole afternoon experimenting like real scientists. We focussed on the scientist Charles Darwin and his theory of Natural Selection. We learned about the beaks of different birds and how they are adapted to pick up specific foods, according to where they live. We had a real challenge of picking up different food items with cocktail sticks, tweezers, chop sticks and spoons (beaks) to test which were easiest to pick up the different foods and why! 

We had a fantastic end to the week today by taking part in a live fitness session today, led by The Body Coach, inspiring us all to get fit and active! 

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 8th Mar 2018 @ 7:28pm

What a lovely week we have had in Year 1! 

We started the week by planting cress seeds in RE to help us learn about life cycles and new beginnings. We read the story 'Waterbugs and Dragonflies' and learned about how creatures begin new lives as they turn into different things throughout their life cycle. We linked our learning to the Easter Story, as we learned about the cruxification and resurrection of Jesus. We talked about how Jesus began his new life in heaven with God, after his resurrection and we listened carefully to one another's thoughts. We have been watching our seeds grow over the week and can't wait to see what they look like after the weekend!

On Tuesday we were lucky enough to have a FANTASTIC  science workshop, led by Generator John, where we explored different liquids and potions! In groups we created an erupting volcano and then we made our own coloured slime, which was so exciting! Generator John even let Miss Hughes make some too! We absolutely loved our morning- thank you to the Mad Science team!

In Maths, we learned all about language to describe position and direction. The children worked in groups to complete an Easter egg hunt by following a set of instructions left by the eggs! We really worked hard practising our left and right!

Have a super weekend everybody!

Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 2nd Mar 2018 @ 12:25pm


What a fantastic week we have had in Year 1! 

In RE, we began our Easter topic by learning about the Easter story and finding signs of Spring around the school. This was tricky to do in the snow but we discussed with lots of signs of 'new life' that we know and used our 'colourful brains' to learn new things, with the help of Springwatch! We discussed how Easter is a time for celebrating new life and new beginnings- we are already excited for Easter time!

In Theme, we enjoyed learning about the invention of the first plane, invented by the Wright Brothers in America. We created a timeline of events and retold the key parts of the story in a comic strip. Your illustrations of the events were super! We can't wait to learn more!

We had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day on Thursday by dressing up as our favourite characters from our favourite books. We shared our stories with our friends and Year 2 buddies and we really enjoyed learning about one another's favourite books. Later on, we read 'The Day the Crayons Quit' by Oliver Jeffers, learning about the feelings of the crayons and how we could use our school values to help them feel happier. We then drew our characters using all of the colours in our pen pots so that all the crayons felt valued!

Well done for your hard work this week!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 23rd Feb 2018 @ 4:29pm


What a fun filled week we have had to start the new half term!

We started the week making our fabulous rafts in Science and testing them on water to see if they would float. We used our scientific thinking and used materials that would be sturdy and waterproof. We added flags with our team names on and even designed some handy features for our Small World characters to enjoy (for example, a hot tub!) as they sailed the sea!

In RE this week, we have been learning about Judaism. We learned about the Synagogue and compared it to our place of Worship. It was so interesting to learn about the special artefacts in their holy place. We also learned about the stained glass windows displayed in Synagogues and then designed our own beautiful Star of David stained glass art. 

In Maths, we have been learning how to measure length in centimetres and metres. We had our own mini olympics, attempting some mini table challenges and measuring using a ruler! Super team work Year 1!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 9th Feb 2018 @ 8:24am

WOW what a week in Year 1! 

The week started in an exciting way when it snowed on Monday! Although it didn't stick for long, we enjoyed playing in our outside area with our friends in the wintery weather, after wrapping up warm. Then we noticed signs of Spring as we were lucky enough to be welcomed into Reception to see our new little chick friends, which were adorable! We loved watching them play and some of us even held them gently, which was a really special experience. Thank you reception for inviting us!

In RE this week we explored the kindess shown by the little boy in the story 'The Feeding of the 5000' when he shared his picnic with Jesus, who was then able to share the food with the crowd, after performing a miracle. We thought about why it is important to share and what kind of things we can share with one another. The children thought of some fantastic ideas, for example, sharing ideas, love and friends. We then created a 'Sharing Basket' full of colourful fishes, displaying things that each child would share with others this term. We also shared some delicious homemade banana loaf, made by a talented baker in our class- it was so yummy, thank you Eoin!

On Thursday we were so grateful to be visited by the fantastic Paralympian Anna Jackson, who led a brilliant sports workshop with us and told us lots about her sporting experiences. We were inspired by her enthusiasm and talent playing wheelchair basketball and we loved having our questions answered to learn more about the sport.

To round off the week, we celebrated Chinese New Year on Friday by painting masks and learning Chinese Calligraphy with our buddies in Year 2! What fun!

Next half term we will be begin our new History theme 'How did the first flight change the world?' which we are really excited to start learning about! Also, on Monday after half term, we will be completing and testing our rafts in Science, so children are welcome to bring in more waterproof and sturdy materials, as well as a small character to sail on top of the raft, as we perform scientific tests. 

Well done for all your hard work this half term. You have been fantastic! Have a wonderful, restful week off!


Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 1st Feb 2018 @ 8:31pm

What a great week we have had in Year 1!

In RE we explored the bible story 'Feeding of the Five Thousand' by acting it out and frieze framing the key parts in groups. We then considered questions we would have liked to ask Jesus if we had been there at the time.

In English we have been reading the story 'The Snail and the Whale', which has been very exciting to explore! We described the locations visited in the story and thought about the emotions the characters would have felt at different times throughout their journey around the world. In PE, we explored the ways that different animals move and then performed animal dance sequences infront of our friends. 

Next week we will be making a small scale raft in Science, so any recyclable materials that you may have at home would be greatly appreciated. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 7:21pm

We have had such a fun week in Year 1! 

In Collective Worship we learned about our new monthly value 'Wisdom', by exploring what it means to be wise. We explored this by thinking about wise characters in stories and films we enjoy, for example Wise Owl in Winnie the Pooh. Then we wrote our own pieces of advice to others to create some beautiful 'Owls of Wisdom'. 

In Maths we have been challenging ourselves by learning about multiplication- we created an 'array city' to display our new understanding. We really had to use our 'colourful brains' and have a positive growth mindset, well done Year 1!

We also had lots of fun in Computing, learning about how to use digital cameras and iPads through experimenting. We took lots of fabulous pictures of our friends, teachers and ourselves #selfie! 

Have a relaxing weekend everyone!

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!