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Year 1

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Check out this section of the Year One page for the most recent information!

Welcome to Year 1!


Welcome to Year One. This term the children will be developing their historical skills by learning all about The Great Fire of London. We will look at materials in science and Christianity in RE. During Art we will focus on our painting and drawing skills and in computing our mouse skills eventually moving on to using basic programmes. To get a glimpse of what our daily life in Year One is like please look at our class gallery where I will regularly share photos of the things we have been up to. In order to do this I need parents to send consent forms back asap.


I love setting the children little challenges every now and then to engage and enthuse them. These challenges are optional and meant to be fun, creative and interesting, something you could do as a family and there will usually be a small reward such as merit stickers, house points, certificates or a dip in the prize box. 


If you would like to ask me something please feel free to introduce yourself (I'm gradually recognising more and more faces at the gates each day) after school or drop me an email at  As a working parent myself,  I appreciate how tricky it can be to speak to your child's teacher in person, I will always endeavor to respond to emails the same day or alternatively send me a letter or ring the school office.


So far we have had three children become published authors in Year One, who will be next? Please check your emails to see if you have a request from Pobble to publish your child's work, I can not put their work online without permission. If you don't have an email it means the school office doesn't have your email address on the system. Please get in touch and tell us what it is.

History Detectives Challenge

This week we've been thinking about the poor residents and fire fighters who tried to put the Great Fire of London out. Do some research, write me some sentences about what you have discovered and win some merit stars!

Super Scientist Challenge!

Our topic this half term is all about materials. click on the link below to find a copy of our first challenge! 2 merit stars each for anyone who accepts the challenge! Good luck scientists.

Computer Whizzkids

in this section you will find links to free, safe, internet based games that will support your child's learning. We use these in class in our Cool Computing area.


Our P.E lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoons led by Mr Ashton. Mr Ashton will dismiss the children and Thursday morning led by Mr Traves. Please make sure P.E comes into school on Mondays. I am happy for kit to stay in school until half term if that makes life easier, or children can take it home on Fridays.

DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (*new* 1-10 version)

WWW.HARRYKINDERGARTENMUSIC.COM ...or find me on Teachers Pay Teachers!­­­­Kindergarten-Music HARRY KINDERGARTEN MUSIC, LLC Hip educational songs & videos for the K-2 Classroom! Song: DOUBLES! DOUBLES! (1-10 VERSION) Educational Content: Practicing "doubles" addition; This version has both the "small doubles" and the "big doubles" in one song, whereas my previous versions repeated one or the other in both verses.

Over the next few weeks information regarding the new academic year will be added, please keep checking for updates.

Class photos 


Look under the classes tab > class galleries > Year 1 > 2018/19


The rest of this page refers to the previous Year 1 class, why not have a look to see the types of things your child will get up to. 
Life Centre Trip
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We had a fantastic time visiting the Life Centre in Newcastle. Starting the day with an exciting trip on the Metro, we arrived in good time and went straight to look at the Dino-jaws exhibition. This wet our appetite for our fossil workshop where we learnt more about ancient creatures and the bones that have been left behind. We also watched 'Little Bear' in the Planetarium and a disgusting, yet insigthful 'Poo show.' To finish the day we brushed up on our science skills in the Brain Zone before returning to the Metro to catch our ride home. What a great day! 

Pictures can now be found on the class gallery page. 

Spring Newsletter

DT Week


We had a fantastic week designing and creating our junk-model bridges. Inspired by Sydney Harbour Bridge, we set ourselves the challenge of creating a bridge over three pieces of blue paper. During the week we improved our cutting and gluing skills. We were also looking at ways to strengthen our structures by using tape and glue. More photographs can be found under the class galleries page.

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A new year begins!


Welcome back to Year 1. We have an extremely exciting year ahead, filled with varying experiences to enhance our learning across the curriculum. It all kicks-off with a trip to Kirkley Hall on 20th September.


Autumn 1 Newsletter


Here are my top 10 story books for children in Y1. In no particular order:


1. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

2. Aliens love underpants - Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

3. Room on the broom - Julia Donaldson

4. The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister

5. Laura's Star - Klaus Baumgart

6. Giraffes can't dance - Giles Andreae

7. The dinosaur that pooped a planet - Tom Fletcher

8. No - Bot - Sue Hendra

9. The bravest ever bear - Allan Ahlberg

10. The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson



All children in Y1 have now received a login and password for Sumdog. Sumdog is a fantastic way to encourage your child to do more maths at home in a fun way. They can play against their friends, re-capping methods learnt in class or challenge themselves with tougher problems.


If your child has lost their login details, please get in contact with the school for a new set.




PE during colder months


Children will still be doing PE outside during the colder months. As long as the playground is safe for use, the children will be doing basic games outside using a variety of equipment.


Please can you ensure that your child has suitable clothing, such as: tracksuit top and bottoms, hat and gloves.



We expect all our children to read every evening and at weekends. In Year 1, 10 minutes should be a minimum and, in addition, most children love to share books with adults, especially at bedtime. Please ensure you sign the reading log to confirm daily reading is taking place.


Some children will also have phonic sheets from taken from their recent sessions in school. These are a great way to supplement reading at home and it gives you the chance to practise sounds that we are learning currently in school.  


Year 1 Spelling List

Spellings are tested every Wednesday, with new words for the following week handed out on the same day. Alongside the new spellings, you will receive a sheet of tested words for that day with highlighted words that were spelt incorrectly. 


Your child will receive stage 1 spellings every week unless it has been deemed more appropriate for your child to receive stage 0 spellings. This will have been discussed with you before hand. You can check your child has received the correct spelling each week by looking in the top left corner. (List 1:x) are taken from stage 1 and (List 0:x) are taken from stage 0.


Children learn 12 spellings each week, ready to be tested on 10 random ones.


If you have lost the spelling sheets, they are available for download, with the corresponding dates, below.

Spring Newsletter