Year 1 Team: Miss S Law (Class Teacher) & Mrs D Millington
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Year 1 - Spring 2 - Week 6

Date: 27th Mar 2024 @ 5:00pm


Wow! Another term is complete! What a great Spring term we have had in Year 1, I am so proud of how hard you have all been working. We have made lots more memories and learnt lots of new skills! 
We began our final week with a new Maths topic on Mass and Volume. Within this topic, we started by focusing on our STAR vocabulary, learning the meaning of words such as heavier, lighter, greater than and less than, as well as mass and weight. We had a great understanding of heavier and lighter, which was highlighted as we illustrated our ideas of heavy and light objects. We came up with some fantastic examples, for example, the Titanic, small cubes, trees, humans, and classroom furniture. We used measuring scales to have a go at measuring some objects so that we could physically see how the balancing scales work. We had a brilliant understanding of this and shared lots of great ideas as we discussed them as a class. I look forward to continuing this topic in the summer term. 
In Geography this week we travelled to our final destination on our trip around the world! We found ourselves in Antarctica, the coldest continent of them all. We explored lots of interesting features of Antarctica and were amazed by some of the fascinating facts. Some of our favourites were that people often only visit for periods to complete research, there isn’t much to do there apart from seeing the animals, it very rarely rains and it is classed as a desert!
We took part in lots of Easter fun this week, getting into the holiday spirit. We got stuck into an exciting Easter egg hunt around our school field, where we ran around to find different coloured eggs that we later decorated with our own designs. We used our creative skills to complete some Easter crafts that we couldn't wait to share with you all at home! Our baking skills were put to the test as we made some yummy chocolate nests, we focused on teamwork during this activity and we took turns creating our tasty treat. We have been utilising all of our Art and DT skills to create beautiful cards and Easter baskets to bring home for you all to see. We really hope you love all of our creations! 
Sadly, this term we are saying goodbye to our beloved Mrs Millington, I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Mrs Millington for all that she has done for our Year 1 class. We are going to miss you very very much and will cherish the memories we have all made with you this year! We wish you lots of good luck in your next role, we know you will be amazing! 
Have a brilliant Easter holiday everyone, you all deserve a lovely break and a restful 2 weeks. Thank you very much for all of your ongoing support, I look forward to seeing you all in the summer term, ready to make some more wonderful memories. Enjoy!  

Year 1 - Spring 2 - Week 5

Date: 21st Mar 2024 @ 4:49pm


We have had another fantastic week in Year 1!


This week began with a focus on length and height. In Maths we started to explore length, by looking at how long and short a variety of objects are. We used STAR vocabulary such as Length, Height, Longer and Shorter to describe different familiar objects. We had a go at comparing the length of classroom objects such as books, pens, and natural resources. This allowed us to practice using our STAR vocabulary before moving on to measuring. Our next step was to measure the length and height of objects using non-standard units of measurement. We enjoyed measuring our height by using cubes, we estimated how many cubes tall we might be, and then tested it out, we were shocked at how tall we were! 29 cubes long!  We then moved on to measure our favourite classroom toys and other resources using non-standard units of measurement such as paper clips, glue sticks and pens. Finally, we took our understanding of length and height and began measuring objects using standard units of measurement. We enjoyed this unit of work and demonstrated an excellent understanding of length and height.


In DT this week we completed our Puppets! We had so much fun during this project and are very proud of the skills we have developed over this half-term. We can’t wait to share our final products with you all!


To make the most of the wonderful weather this week, we explored our outside area this week as we planted more beautiful flowers, using our gardening skills to make our planting beds more colourful for the Spring! We demonstrated our SHINE values as we nurtured our outside by brushing the leaves and cleaning our most loved areas. We discussed how important it is to respect and care for our classroom environment and we did this with so much pride. We had so much fun taking part in continuous provision activities outside to enhance our learning throughout the week. We are so excited to explore the sunshine even more as the summer months begin!

Year 1 - Spring 2 -Week 4

Date: 13th Mar 2024 @ 10:55am


We have had another fun filled week in Year 1! 


We began our week with another DT lesson as we put our skills into practice. We used our understanding of cutting and joining together materials to create our very own puppets. We were so excited to bring our designs to life! We tried really hard to use our cutting and sticking skills, taking care when assembling our puppets. We were so impressed with the finished result, and are looking forward to decorating their faces next week! 


In Maths this week we have continued with our Place Value topic as we started to partition numbers within 50. We explored the meaning of tens and ones and used part whole models to partition the numbers into tens and ones, we tried very hard to understand this new concept and used base 10 to physically partition bigger numbers. We practiced number formation as we focused on the place of each number, understanding that the tens come first, followed by the ones. We then worked on a number line to 50, as we used our estimation skills again and built upon our understanding of numbers within 50. This helped us to focus on one more and one less later on in the week, by using base 10 to represent tens and ones, we created one more and one less than various numbers within 50. 


This week in Geography we explored another continent, this time it was the breathtakingly beautiful Africa! We specially focused on Kenya, taking a close look at the features of the country. We looked at the language, and practised some phrases ourselves. We then discussed the natural features of Kenya such as Lake Victoria, and the Savannah Grasslands. We were extremely impressed by the wonderful variety of wildlife, we explored characteristics of the animals and described them by drawing and writing each animal most distinctive features. 


To celebrate British Science Week, we acted as super Scientists in order to complete an extra special experiment. We used plastic bottles to create our very own water gauges! By cutting the bottles and sticking a rain gauge scale down each bottle. We acted as meteorologists as we predicted and measured the amount of rainfall we get each day. This years British Science Week theme is Time, we used this within our experiment as we measured the rainfall over a specific period of time. We used a rainfall graph to record our findings for each day, using mm as our unit of measurement. We had a great time acting as real meteorologists, and cannot wait to compare our findings next week!


Well done on another fantastic week Year 1! 


Year 1 - Spring 2 - Week 3

Date: 6th Mar 2024 @ 10:06am



WOW! What a wonderful week we have had in Year 1. We enjoyed lots of excitement this week due to World Book Day. I absolutely loved seeing you all dressed up as your favourite characters!


We began our week with an inspiring lesson on Careers. We shared our understanding of careers and what different careers our families have. We were all so proud to discuss the special jobs our families do. We then had a go at drawing some examples of people doing various jobs, such as a doctor, a teacher, a policeman and nurse. We were amazed as we discussed the stereotypes within such careers, we had some fantastic ideas about equality and were able to understand that both women and men can do any career they wish.


In Geography we explored our next continent, this week we focused on Australia! We loved looking at the fantastic features of the beautiful continent. We discovered that Australia has a huge variety of thigs to do, such a visiting Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Barrier Reef. We had a look at some of the weird and wonderful sea creatures that live in the Great Barrier Reef, we couldn’t believe the variety of animals! 


We took part in an exciting Science experiment this week as we tested our super senses! We explored Linda Buck and what she discovered about senses. We discussed which body parts are associates with each sense and then used our sense of smell to identify and compare some scents! We worked in groups to identify a variety of scents and shared our ideas in order to compare the different smells. We then had a go at sorting the smells on a chart to present our findings.


The highlight of this week was definitely World Book Day! We had so much fun coming to school in character. We took part in lots of different activities based around one of our class favourites, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! We have loved reading this story so far, and enjoyed immersing ourselves in all things Chocolate as we created our own character descriptions, designed our very own sweets and much more. Don't forget to have a look at our Year 1 twitter account to see all of our fantastic photos from this week!


You all looked wonderful! Thank you very much for all of your support! We all had the most amazing day thanks to your hard work! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Year 1 - Spring 2 - Week 2

Date: 28th Feb 2024 @ 10:14am


What a fantastic week we have had in Year 1! 

We started this week with an exciting DT lesson as we discussed Puppets! We looked at a variety of creative designs and discussed our favourites. We then put our ideas into action by designing our own Puppet, we carefully considered the shape, colour and features of our Puppet. We cannot wait to continue this project, we are looking forward to seeing our designs come to life! 

In Maths this week we began a new focus on Place Value. We built upon our prior knowledge of Place Value within 20 and started to count up to 50! We have been practicing our counting skills every day to support our understanding of more and less. In partners we used half hundred cubes to count forwards and backwards within 50. We enjoyed making our Maths hands on this week as we took part in a variety of activities to support our understanding of tens and ones. We used ten frames and different objects to group amounts into 10s and began using base 10 to represent tens an ones. 

As a part of our RE topic we added some life into our classroom, we thought about how Spring life is similar to the life of Jesus. We looked at the life cycle of a plant in Spring, and discussed how plants grow from a small bud into a beautiful flower. We wanted to explore this in more detail so we created our very own table plants! We used gardening tools to prepare our plant pots and worked as teams to take turns in planting our tiny bud. We discussed how important it is for us to nurture our plant by giving it the correct amount of water, sunlight and space to flourish into a wonderful flower. 

We had a fun filled afternoon on Wednesday as we began our new Music topic 'Dinosaurs'. We focused on Dynamics as we discussed how music can be played loud or quiet. We built upon our understanding of the Pulse by recapping how a pulse is a steady beat that keeps the timing throughout a piece of music. We created a steady pulse and then had the chance to practice dynamics on the drums! We had lots of fun making music in Year 1! We reflected on our music making and shared feedback as a class, celebrating our successes and considering ways we can be better. 

In Geography this week we explored the beautiful country China! We learned about Chinese currency, culture, fashion, animals and more! We then created our very own Chinese Dragons using our Art skills. 
We have had another brilliant week in Year 1, I am so proud of how hard everyone is working. Have a fantastic weekend Year 1! 


Year 1 - Spring 2 - Week 1

Date: 21st Feb 2024 @ 10:15am

What a fantastic first week back we have had! 
We began our week with our new RE topic 'Easter'. We explored features of Spring and discussed new life around us. We went on a beautiful Spring walk to hunt for signs of Spring, we were amazed by the sprouting plants in our outdoor areas. We loved looking for different varieties of flowers and took some pictures to give us inspiration! We discussed how nature is coming alive after sleeping through winter, and recreated this in a beautiful piece of artwork. We looked at various plants as they grow through the seasons, and picked our favourite to draw. We took so much inspiration from our wonderful outdoor areas! 
In DT this week we practiced some new skills by joining various materials. We explored the ways in which materials such as felt can be joined together using tools such as safety pins, staplers and glue! We had a go at developing our skills by trying each tool and discussing which one we prefer. We are extremely excited to continue developing these skills as we work on an exciting project!
In Maths this week we completed the last of our Addition and Subtraction within 20 topic, we consolidated our learning by using a variety of models to answer addition and subtraction sums. We used Part whole models, bar models and ten frames to support our understanding of addition and subtraction. We explored using number bonds to add and subtract as we looked for patterns, we learned how we can use our number bond facts to work out a variety of number sentences within 20. We then put this into practice as we completed lots of missing number problems! 
We began our new topic in Geography this week as we focused on France. Our topic 'Around the World' allows us to explore wonderful countries all around the world! We began by discussing the most famous landmarks, cuisine and traditions within the beautiful country of France! We created our own French flags using a variety of materials, and tried to recreate the Eiffel tower out of straws! We enjoyed exploring this and can't wait to learn much more about our wonderful world. 
Well done this week Year 1! Have a lovely weekend. 



Year 1 - Spring 1 - Week 5

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 7:49pm

What an exciting week we have had in Year 1! We have spent our last week of this half term having so much fun completing our topics and making wonderful memories!


We began this week with an afternoon focusing on all things computers! We explored the inside of a computer and discussed hardware and software. We then had a go on the iPads and learnt how to upload pictures. We practised using QR codes and discussed how to take photographs carefully and respectfully. We then enjoyed taking lots of beautiful photos of each other and loved uploading them to our class account. We even had the chance to share the pictures as a class and talk through our favourites. We discussed what email is and how we should communicate safely online. We had lots of brilliant ideas about being kind and being cautious when being online. We then had a go at writing our own email and shared it with our friends and family.


In PE this week we have had lots of fun! We completed our final challenge as a part of our Team Building topic, we used our communicative skills to keep balloons up in the air. We then used our teamwork to carefully move a balloon from one end to another, we found this really tricky and even came up with some tricks to not drop the balloon!


Our highlight this week was our Titanic-themed day, we enjoyed lots of activities on Thursday as we put all of our learning into a day of fun! We began by creating our own tickets for the ship, we then read a story about a tiny mouse on the Titanic, we found this fascinating! We enjoyed a Titanic-themed PE lesson as we played a game of islands but this time we were racing to get onto a lifeboat! We imagined what it would be like to be first class, second class and third class as we travelled around the ship. We had a wonderful lunch as we boarded the Titanic ship! We enjoyed a picnic and spent the afternoon creating newspaper reports, learning to draw the Titanic and recreating the impressive ship in our Block Play area.

You have all blown me away this week with your fantastic knowledge and brilliant attitude towards learning, well done Year 1! Have a lovely half-term everyone.








Year 1 - Spring 1 - Week 4

Date: 3rd Feb 2024 @ 9:19pm

We have had a busy week in Year 1!


We started the week with a new Maths topic focusing on Addition and Subtraction within 20. We built upon our prior knowledge of Addition and Subtraction within 10, using our understanding of part-whole models and number bonds. We enjoyed lots more practical work as we practised adding by counting during a game of snakes and ladders! We explored patterns by jumping up and down number lines 1-10 and 11-20, we loved using the giant number line in class. We used number sentence lolly sticks to put our skills into practice by working out sums independently. We are growing so much in confidence!


In art this week we had an exciting project! We used lots of old newspapers to create a giant spider! We loved putting in lots of time and teamwork across the week to complete our class spider.


We celebrated National Storytelling Week by engaging in an imaginative activity. We read the story ‘You Choose’ and created our very own world on paper. We ‘Dreamt up a World’ by discussing and considering our dream home, clothes, form of transport and much more! We shared some fantastic ideas such as living in a big, beautiful castle, travelling in a hot air balloon, and having wild monkeys as pets! We created the most amazing pictures as we illustrated our dream life, we shared these with each other as we discussed the power of storytelling.


In History, we continued our learning on ‘Why we remember the Titanic’. We used our enquiry skills to work out why more people weren’t saved from the Titanic. We looked at multiple reasons and rated them based on their probability. We used a spectrum to place each reason based on which are the most and least plausible.


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Year 1 - Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 26th Jan 2024 @ 8:37am

We have had another great week in Year 1! We began our week with an exciting History lesson as we explored the Titanic in more detail. We used our knowledge so far to investigate what made the unsinkable sink! We wanted to go beyond a simple answer, and explored more than one explanation. We worked in teams to read a variety of explanations to why the ship sank, we then used our investigative skills to explore which answers were most likely. We used all of the ideas to help us create our own sophisticated explanation of why the disaster occurred. We started to understand how the quickest answer is not always the best, we really needed to think about all of the possible explanations before articulating our own informed ideas. I have loved seeing such enthusiasm when we are exploring this topic, Year 1 have shared such fantastic thoughts and ideas!

In Maths this week we have come to the end of our ‘Place Value’ unit. We completed this unit by using all of our knowledge on counting within 10 and 20. We put our understanding into practice as we explored number lines to 10 and 20. We discovered the meaning of halfway and put this STAR vocab into our learning as later on in the week we had to focus on the start, halfway point and end of different number lines. We then used this understanding to estimate on a number line, we explored the meaning of estimate as another STAR vocab word. We had fun estimating the amounts of different things in the classroom! We then compared numbers within 20, by using greater than and less than symbols, we then made the numbers usingmanipulatives. 

This week in RE we read another story from the Bible. We read ‘The Calming of the Storm’. We are beginning to understand why Jesus is so special! We were fascinated by his amazing life performing miracles and how his miracles show that he is the son of God. We put ourselves in the Disciple’s shoes by re-enacting facial expressions and exploring how they might have felt on the boats.

Have a lovely weekend Year 1!

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Year 1 - Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 18th Jan 2024 @ 5:24pm

We have had another fantastic week in Year 1! We enjoyed lots of new learning and had fun exploring our new topics.


We started our week with another exciting art lesson, as we worked on our sculpting skills. We practised our cutting and sticking skills as well as our creative thinking. We have been re-creating sculptures in our continuous provision areas, using a variety of materials such as blocks, play dough, and Lego.


We put our historian hats on as we explored evidence from the Titanic. We needed to prove whether statements made about life on board the Titanic were true, so we analysed a variety of pictures taken on the ship. We used our investigative skills to work out what was true and what was false, we loved this task! We had some interesting thoughts about 1st 2nd and 3rd class passengers, we couldn’t believe the difference in their living conditions!


We enjoyed another fun-filled PE lesson this week as we used a parachute to work as a team. We used our communication skills to work together to complete specific goals. We tried moving our arms quickly, slowly, low to the floor and high up. We had a great time playing cat and mouse and worked as a fantastic team to support each other throughout.


In RE this week, we re-enacted ‘The Calling of the Disciples’, we used our recall skills to discuss the story and explore how Jesus is so special. We focused on the word miracle and understood that Jesus performed many miracles! We used our drama skills to retell the story in groups. This was a great way to put ourselves in the shoes of Jesus and his disciples.


Have a lovely weekend everyone, thank you for all of your hard work.

Year 1 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 8:46pm

We have hada brilliant first week back in Year 1! I am so impressed with everybody’s hard work and enthusiasm this week.


We began our week with a fun and exciting maths challenge, as a part of our new unit on Place Value we have been exploring 20. We started by racing each other to get to 20 in a dice game. We used our counting skills to move up and down the number line 20, focusing on one more and one less. We enjoyed some practical work using lots of different manipulatives to make numbers within 20, such as rekenreks, counting bears, cubes, and dice! We were able to develop a good understanding of numbers within 20 and can’t wait to put this knowledge to use next week as we explore 20 even more.


In art this week we began our new topic on sculptures. We were able to develop some new skills as we created our very own sculptures! We were so excited to share them with you all at home. We used our cutting, sticking and creative skills to create our colourful sculptures.


We had an interesting new object in year 1 this week, that made us all very curious! We had lots of questions about the ship living in our classroom, we spent a few days wondering why it was there and what it was for. We then discovered that it was part of our new History topic The Titanic! We began our topic by exploring what the Titanic was and why it is so famous. We shared lots of brilliant thoughts and ideas and are so excited to learn more about this fascinating topic!

In PE this week we started our new topics Team Building and Gymnastics. We loved working together as a team to complete fun and exciting challenges! In Gymnastics, we explored travelling movements, and we were blown away by some of the skills we had in Year 1!

All children across the whole school are encouraged to read each day both in and out of school. Some additional recommended Reading at Home resources can be found here


Well done on an amazing week Year 1! Have a lovely weekend.





Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 8

Date: 18th Dec 2023 @ 8:29pm



That's a wrap for 2023! What a wonderful first term we have had in Year 1. 

This term we have enjoyed making many memories, learning lots of new things, and practising some fantastic new skills. I am sure our school Twitter reflects how much fun we have had! I am incredibly proud of how much Year 1 has achieved so far, and I cannot wait to see how much more you can all aceive in the New Year! 

I wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your support and for your kindness this Christmas with the wonderful gifts. 

I wish you all a very well-deserved break, and hope you enjoy an amazing holiday filled with Christmas magic! Thank you for making my first term so special, I can't wait to see you all in the New Year! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Miss Law and the Year 1 team.

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 15th Dec 2023 @ 2:54pm

Well done this week Year 1! We have enjoyed a fantastic fun filled week as we prepared for Christmas.

We began our week with another special task from Father Christmas! He needed our help to identify and sort all of his presents. He left us a note and lots of 3D shapes wrapped up, we needed to describe and identify all of the shapes so that we could sort them. We started with a game of pass the parcel, as we felt for vertices, edges and faces. We were brilliant at recognising the different features of each shape. We understood that 3 – dimensional shapes are solid shapes. After we had identified each shape and its qualities, we had to sort them! To do this we unwrapped each shape, then discussed the ways we could sort them. We created groups of 3D shapes based on the number of vertices they had, as well as groups based on their faces, and finally we created groups based on the surface of each shape. We were so proud of our hard work and hope that Father Christmas is too!

We explored the final country in the United Kingdom in Geography, as we discussed Northern Ireland and its features. We learned all about the festival of St Patricks Day as we looked at how and why it is celebrated. We looked at the national flower, famous food and the national music and dancing. We had a go at some Irish dancing and came up with some fantastic dance moves!

This week we completed our Modern Tales unit in Computing. We explored digital literacy as we discussed online safety and online rules when using apps, Year 1 had a brilliant understanding of how to safely use all of their favourite apps online. We then explored animation, and began by looking at some famous animation films, we found these fascinating! We had a go at creating our own simple step animation frames. Finally, we created our own class story tale with a focus on online safety, we used our understanding of this unit to share ideas and come up with a brilliant story board.

I hope everyone enjoys another weekend of Christmas magic!


Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 6th Dec 2023 @ 11:48am

What a wonderful week we have had in Year 1!

We had a very special task as we started this week, we have been recruited by Father Christmas to help him create some wrapping paper. We found this extremely exciting! We knew we would be up for the challenge. As a part of our new Maths topic 'Shape' we have been asked to identify and sort 2D shapes to help create a pattern for our wrapping paper. This week we began to sort a range of 2D shapes and describe what makes them 2 dimensional. We used our understanding of shapes to help us identify the features of each shape. We had to hunt around our classroom to find the shapes, this was great fun! We can't wait to complete the task in time for Christmas. 

In Geography this week we had another brilliant lesson on the United Kingdom, this week our focus was Scotland. We discussed Scottish food, as we looked at Haggis and tasted some delicious shortbread! This was one of our favourites so far. We loved exploring Scottish music, and were fascinated by the bagpipes. We then looked at traditional Scottish dancing, and even had a go ourselves! We recalled our prior learning as we named the 4 countries in the United Kingdom, and discussed the key features of each one we have learnt so far!

This was an extra special week in Year 1 as we finally got to perform our Year 1 Nativity! We have had an amazing time learning, rehearsing and performing Whoops a Daisy Angel! We have tried our very best each week practising our singing and dancing, and we had the best time doing it for all of our families! This was such a special day for us in Year 1, we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did, thank you all for your support!

You all deserve a fantastic weekend break! Well done on your hard work, I am so proud of you all! 


Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 1st Dec 2023 @ 3:59pm


This week Year 1 have worked so hard this week! In maths, we focused on Addition and Subtraction. We used a variety of practical resources to support our learning. We focused on fact families and used part-whole models to create number sentences, this week we were able to work out additions and subtractions!

In RE this week, we focused on our Christmas topic, we began discussing gifts and what it feels like to receive and give gifts. We shared some lovely thoughts as we discussed how giving gifts makes us feel warm inside and is often even better than receiving gifts. We discussed the times and reasons why we receive and give gifts. We created gifts of our own and discussed the importance of giving gifts at Christmas. We understood that God gave us the gift of Jesus as we explored the Nativity story in more detail.

This week we explored Wales as a part of our Geography topic ‘Where in the world are we?’. We focused on the United Kingdom and its countries, specifically Wales and its features. We looked at the national flower, and animal and even looked at some Welsh cuisine! We had the chance to taste some famous Welsh food!

We ended our week on a wonderful note! As weenjoyed a fun filled day on Friday 1st December. We were so excited to get involved in all things Christmas! It made us all so excited for the next few weeks, we can’t wait to celebrate the Christmas season as a class.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.









Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 23rd Nov 2023 @ 5:00pm

IMG_3564(1).jpegYear 1 have had another brilliant week! We began our week finishing our fantastic windmills in Design Technology. We have thoroughly enjoyed developing new skills and putting them into practice, we are so proud of our structures, and cannot wait to share them with you at home!

In PE this week we continued our beautiful underwater themed dance! We had so much fun recreating under water creatures. We loved practising to one of our favourite songs too! We have been building upon our technique and now feel more confident dancing the whole routine as a class. 

We explored the country of England this week in our Geography topic, by delving into the features of England as a part of the United Kingdom. 'Where in the world are we?' allows us to focus on different parts on the United Kingdom and discover some of the key features of each country. This week we discussed that the United Kingdom is made up of 4 countries, we then explored England in detail. We had a great afternoon learning about the English flower, national animal and cuisine. We then made a visit to the English Cafe and tried some scones! 

We focused on Road Safety this week as we discussed how we can be safe on the road. We explored some of the most important rules on how to be cautious when crossing roads, we then created our own stop signs to encourage road safety. We even had a practice at using them on our playground! This was a fun way to enhance our understanding of roads and how we can be careful when crossing. 

Have a lovely weekend Year 1! Thank you for all of your hard work. 

Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 15th Nov 2023 @ 10:43am


We have had another fantastic week in Year 1! We began our week continuing with our Design Technology project. We enjoyed creating the turbine and the roof for our windmill. We used our cutting and sticking skills to create the turbine, as well as our designing skills.


In RE this week we discussed how we can take care of God’s amazing creation. We began by looking at the ways in which humans have ruined our world such as littering and pollution. We understood that we should take care of our world by respecting its wonder and beauty. We discussed how we could use our efforts to care for God’s creation, we had some brilliant ideas! We highlighted the importance of picking up litter wherever we go, we also discussed how crucial it is to encourage wildlife by planting more trees.


We had so much fun this week as we celebrated Kindness Week! To begin we focused on the importance of understanding bullying and how we respond to bullying in school. We discussed the features of bullying and highlighted how our school value of ‘Nurture’ encourages us to be kind to one another. We then celebrated how kind our classroom is by discussing the ways we support each other to thrive in every way.


We then designed our very own kindness stones, we decorated a stone with kind words and beautiful drawings. We thoroughly enjoyed this activity! We then went on a walk around our local area to drop off our stones. This was our way of celebrating and spreading kindness as we hope people in our local area can spot our stones and feel a sense of happiness and hope. If you find one of our stones please tweet us!  


Have a great weekend everyone! We can't wait to see you all for another fantastic week on Monday. 


Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 8:25am

Well done for another amazing week Year 1! We have had a great week.


We started the week by continuing our Maths topic on ‘Addition and Subtraction’. We introduced the subtraction symbol and focused on our STAR vocabulary – minus and subtract. We used a variety of practical resources to support us in subtracting numbers within 10.


In DT this week we created stable structures for our windmill project. We had so much fun designing and creating the bases. We then made some mice to go inside our windmills when they are complete! We can’t wait to see the finished result.


We started our new PE units this week as we focused on Dance and Target Skills. We began exploring the importance of teamwork, positive support and developing a good technique. We loved developing new skills as we practiced underarm throws and used our kindness to encourage our peers.


In Geography we had a great afternoon exploring our local area as part of our topic ‘Where in the world are we?’. We discussed that we live in the United Kingdom and located it on a world map.      We then explored our local area and discussed some of the local features within Formby. We then explored the area by going on a local walk to pinpoint some of the physical and human features in our school surroundings.


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Year 1 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 1st Nov 2023 @ 11:55am


Welcome back Year 1! Well done on a fantastic week back. 

We have had a fun-filled week, we began this week with lots of excitement about Halloween, and we discussed some of the brilliant costumes and spooky activities we had all been doing over half term.

In Maths this week we continued our topic on Addition and Subtraction. We began looking at adding using our number bond facts, we used ten frames to support our learning. We have made fantastic progress in this topic, as we are now able to recognise number bonds quickly and use our knowledge to work out number sentences. We enjoyed our practical sessions as we used sweets to help us add on more, this was a fun and relatable way to practise our addition skills. 

We began our new topic in Science this week as we explored Seasons. We went on a hunt around school to discover the features of Autumn. We found some fantastic examples such as orange coloured leaves, and empty branches on the trees. We then compared the Autumn season to Summer, as we discussed how in Autumn we need to protect ourselves from the cold, by wearing lots of layers, where as in Summer we need to protect ourselves from the sun by wearing sun cream, sunglasses and sun hats. 

We have been getting extremely excited about Kindness Week, and have been practising our best moves in preparation! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Well done for all your hard work this week.



Wednesday 8th November - School Nurse - Nasal Flu Vaccination 

Friday 17th November – Children in Need – more information to follow

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 19th Oct 2023 @ 4:42pm

What a wonderful end to a fantastic first half term!


We started this week with a focus on our Computing topic ‘My Online Life’. We loved learning about online safety and how to be sensible when using technology. We discussed some brilliant ideas about how to ensure we are being responsible on our devices at home, we understood that asking permission is the most important part. We especially loved having the opportunity to use our school Ipads, as we explored search engines and how we use them to find out interesting facts.


We had fun in our Music lesson this week as we practised finding the pulse in more detail. We found it really tricky trying to hold a steady pulse whilst staying in time with each other! We followed a conductor as we continued to practice performing in time and as a team.


In PE this week we explored ball skills in more detail, as we focused on dribbling the ball. We focused on control and keeping our eyes on the ball. We loved playing 'croc chase' as we tried to catch each other out. We have some fantastic footballers in Year 1!


Our week ended on an exciting note as we attended our school Monster Disco on Thursday! It was amazing to see everyone having fun and trying hard to win some of the dancing games.


Year 1 have been absolutely amazing this half term, they have all settled in so well, tried their best every day and have made our classroom such a happy place to be. I hope everyone has a lovely half term break, it is very well deserved!



Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 12th Oct 2023 @ 4:29pm

We have had a fantastic week in Year 1. It has been filled with so much fun and excitement.

We started the week with a very exciting visitor, we were lucky enough to have a current NHS nurse come to answer our questions on how nursing has changed over the years. We were so enthusiastic when asking questions, and were eager to share all of our knowledge on Florence Nightingale, she was blown away! We told her how grateful we are for the fantastic work nurses do, as she helped us understand her daily roles and routines when caring for people. We were so inspired by her kindness, lots of us hope to be nurses when we grow up!

In Maths this week we began our new topic on part whole models. We enjoyed using practical resources to explore the structure of a part whole model, we had some great mathematicians sharing their number fact knowledge. We then consolidated our new learning by putting our practical models into number sentences.

In Music this week we had so much fun finding the pulse, as we used different senses to find and keep a steady pulse. We discussed how the pulse is the heartbeat of the music, and used the sound of our hearts to help us replicate a steady beat. We have some brilliant musicians in Year 1!

We celebrated Hello Yellow Day this week, as we created our very own class paper chain. We joined each individual together to represent how we are all connected by the special bond we have as TSP family.

This week we especially enjoyed a day in our PJs as we took part in Alder Hey PJ day! We loved taking part in activities to mark this special day. We feel very lucky to be a part of such a fantastic school family.


Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 5

Date: 6th Oct 2023 @ 3:24pm

Well done on another fantastic week Year 1! We are so proud of how you are working hard and having fun.


We started the week thinking about the new month ahead. We discussed our favourite things about the Autumn season, and felt very excited about pumpkin picking, beautiful leaves falling from trees, conker hunting and Halloween costumes! In art this week we took inspiration from the month of October as we explored a variety of pumpkins. We created some brilliant pumpkin drawings, and were blown away by the talent in our classroom!


We had an exciting afternoon on Tuesday as we took part in a Martial Arts workshop, learning self defence skills. This was a new way to get us active. In PE this week we have focused on ball skills, by practicing our dribbling and rolling skills. We loved showing off our skills and working as a team to pass the ball.


In Maths this week we made our very own human number line. We ordered numbers 1 – 10, and moved objects up and down the number line using our knowledge of more and less. We began using Rekenreks to support our counting skills, as we learned how to create numbers within 10 and 20.


Well done on another great week Year 1. Have a lovely weekend!

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Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 4

Date: 28th Sep 2023 @ 2:42pm

What an exciting week Year 1 have had!
In Maths, we have continued our topic on Place Value, focusing on less than and greater than. We have used a variety of manipulatives to support our learning, some of our favourites are ten frames, counters and large cubes. We have enjoyed lots of practical activities this week, using our number bond knowledge to create and order numbers within 10.
We have had another fantastic History lesson this week, learning more about nurses. We explored the fascinating life of Mary Seacole, where we discovered how she helped the soldiers in Crimea just like Florence Nightingale! Together as a class we compared the two nurses, discussing their similarities and differences. We discovered that they both helped care for soldiers in the Crimea, and they both changed how nursing was perceived. We also realised that they had a lot of differences, as Mary Seacole was soon forgotten after the war ended, whereas Florence Nightingale was remembered as a hero. Year 1 reflected on this by commenting that the way Mary Seacole was treated was unfair, as she was just as deserving and worked just as hard.






Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 3

Date: 22nd Sep 2023 @ 3:41pm



We have had another fantastic week in Year 1!

We had an exciting start to the week as we had the chance to take part in a circus skills workshop, we learned all about spinning plates, flowers stick tricks and even practiced some juggling! We were fascinated by the circus performers from Bring he Fire Project, their skills were incredible! We would all love to be part of the circus one day.

In Maths this week we have continued to develop our understanding of place value. This week we have focused on understanding how to count backwards. We have used concrete recourses throughout the week to support our understanding. We used small cubes to help us find one more and one less, we have also practiced counting backwards from 10 on a number line.

This week we began our History topic, learning all about Florence Nightingale. We read all about her life and how she helped soldiers in the Crimean War. Together we created a story map of her life in chronological order. We were so impressed by her resilience and kindness as she worked to make such ground-breaking changes to nursing. We were truly inspired by her achievements, and lots of us would love to be a nurse like her one day!

A poster containing 100 recommended reads has been attached to this blog. By providing 100 quality texts at an age-appropriate level, this may be useful when choosing your chiu8lds next book. we hope it inspires the children to continue on in their reading journeys whilst encouraging a love of stories.


  • On Wednesday 27th September, parents are invited to the KS1 workshop which will focus on reading fluency. Please click on the link in the letter to sign up.
  • Can you please ensure that any additional contributions are sent in before Friday 29th
  • Can reading folders be returned by Thursday each week, to ensure the children can go home with new books every Friday.

Year 1 - Autumn 1 - Week 2

Date: 15th Sep 2023 @ 3:41pm

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What a fantastic week year 1 have had! We have had so much fun getting to know each other even more.

At the start of the week, in RE, we began our topic ‘Harvest’ and discussed how the food we eat comes from different parts of the world. We created our own pitta pizzas, using ingredients from all around the world. We investigated the packaging and discovered that some of our ingredients came from the Middle East!

We had an exciting day on Wednesday celebrating Roald Dahl Day. We looked at Roald Dahl’s life story, and discussed some of our favourite Roald Dahl stories! We decided that one of our class favourites is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! We had so much fun looking at the Oompa Loompa song. We then created our own characters and designed individual gingerbread men.

We had the greatest afternoon learning all about the Circus! Taking part in an amazing art workshop, creating the most fantastic circus themed bunting. We are so excited to take part in more workshops next week!

Well done for all of your brilliant work this week Year 1, we are so proud of how much you are learning already! We hope you all have an amazing weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Miss Law and the Year 1 team!