Welcome to Year One
Welcome to the Year One page.
Here we aim to share useful information that you can refer back to, we also want to celebrate and share the children’s learning with you.
What is happening and when?
- Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Your child should come to school dressed in their PE kits on these days.
- Spellings are uploaded to SeeSaw for the half term and will be tested at the end of the half term.
- Homework will be uploaded every Friday and is due the following Thursday (by uploading to SeeSaw).
- Please ensure your child brings their reading books to school every day where we will change it if they have finished it at home. Phonics books will be changed every Friday. Please try to read at home at least 4 times a week and log on the Boom Reader App.
Please send any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me directly on SeeSaw.
Hello Yellow Day
Year 1 loved wearing yellow or bright colours for Hello Yellow Day to raise money for World Mental Health Day!
Year 1 had a great time at the Halloween Disco!
Children in Need
Year 1 enjoyed wearing their pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need.
Secret Garden Trip
The children had an amazing time at Secret Garden, showing lots of co-operation and team work.
They were fantastic on the long walk up to school and we saw lots of horses.
Year 1 enjoyed the Reindeer Run to raise money for Wakefield Hospice.
Year One Spellings
Year One Statutory Spellings
Below are the Year One statutory spellings. These are covered through the half termly spelling tests but any additional practise will help the children become confident with the Year One spellings. Repetition and application is key when it comes to children remembering their spellings. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.
Our Learning in Year One
Harvest Acrostic Poems
Year 1 have been learning all about the harvest. In English they wrote their own acrostic poems.
We use drama to help develop understanding of a text and inspire ideas for writing. The children listened to the story ‘Storm’ then recreated events from the story. We pretended we had woken up on a stormy day and wanted to fly a kite. The children had to search the classroom to find the kites, just like in the story. Then we took the kites outside and flew them in the playground. Finally we pretended a storm was coming so we had to go back inside. The children then took it in turns to answer questions about their experience. The children had lots of fun and had some brilliant ideas for their writing.
In Art, Year 1 have been developing their drawing skills: learning how to create different lines, exploring different media and drawing from observation. They used these skills to draw Autumn leaves they found outside, paying particular attention to colours and lines.
Year 1 learned about primary and secondary colours in art. They used this learning to create art work inspired by Clarice Cliff’s brightly coloured ‘Circle Tree’ ceramic plate design.
In Science, the children have been learning all about the seasons and the human body. They have enjoyed looking for signs of Autumn outdoors, as well as making predictions and carrying out simple tests using their senses.
In Year One, we engage in practical maths to help us to understand and embed abstract learning. We are using Numicon and cubes to partition numbers to help us to visualise and recall number bonds within 10. We also use Numicon to help us with addition and subtraction problems.
Number lines help us to find a part of a number, add by counting on and subtract by counting back.
Year 1 have really enjoyed gymnastics. They have learnt how to perform different types of balances, jumps and rolls, showing good body tension and creating movement sequences.
Black History Month
Lois Mailou Jones
As part of Black History Month, Year 1 learnt about Lois Mailou Jones who was an inspirational artist, teacher and role model whose work was influenced by Africa and the Caribbean. Despite racial and gender prejudices she achieved success and became the first African American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The children created masks inspired by Lois Mailou Jones’ work.
I know that bodies and feelings can be hurt by words and actions.
The children listened to the Ugly Duckling story and discussed how the duckling was hurt. We discussed how words and actions cannot be taken back so we must think before we speak and act. This was explored by squeezing toothpaste out of a tube, then trying to get it back in. No matter what we tried, we couldn’t get all the toothpaste back in the tube and the paper wouldn’t go back to how it was before.
School Nurse Visit
The school nurse came to visit year 1 to talk about hand washing. The children learned about what germs are, where they come from and how to get rid of them. After applying some cream to their hands, some children shook hands with each other. They checked their hands under a light to see if/how the germs spread. Then they learned how to wash their hands properly.
The Great Fire of London
Year 1 were history detectives and used different sources to find out when the fire started, how it started and how long it lasted. They found out it was started in a bakery on Pudding Lane belonging to Thomas Farriner on 2nd September 1666 and lasted for 4 days.