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Year 1 Information

Summer Term

We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help with this we produce Topic Overviews for each term outlining our main topics.

Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Year 1. You may also wish to take a look at the Y1 Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.

Spellings and Maths

Optional Homework

No Nonsense Facts

Guidance For Parents

Miss Barnes

1.1 Dolphin Class

Mrs Rutter

1.2 Seahorse Class

What's been happeningYear 1


In Science, Year 1 have been learning about the human body. We identified the different parts and then we drew and labelled our own drawings of a human body. We shared vocabulary and thought about how we use the different parts of our body. We also thought about how our senses are used together.


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Drama Workshop

Year 1 really enjoyed the exciting ‘Traditional Tales’ drama workshop sessions with the Spinning Wheel Theatre Company. We had fun thinking about the key elements needed for a traditional tale and how those pieces are put together to make a story. The children worked in small groups to create their own traditional tales using the key parts and developed them as freeze frames to perform to each other. They also explored how to use their bodies to show what the different characters were like. The workshops were a physical and engaging way of recapping and celebrating the work that the children have done in English so far this half-term.


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Traditional Tales Day

Year 1 had a fantastic time reading out their own imaginative versions of The Three Billy Goats to the class and they enjoying being dressed as a character from tales that we love!


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Year 1 have had a wonderfully creative time using Peta Boyce, an Australian wildlife artist, as an inspiration for our watercolour paintings of birds. As part of ‘Nature Explorer’ topic, we looked at the birds that we find locally and made observational drawings. Then we used watercolours to bring them to life.
We have loved finding out the names of the birds that we see around us!


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What's been happeningYear 1


Year One, have been busy learning about arrays! We have learnt that an array is an arrangement of objects or pictures that help us with multiplication.


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Year 1 have been finding out about plants. First, we looked at the structure of plants. Then we explored the school grounds to find out about different types of wild plant. We identified dandelions, daisies, buttercups and nettles. In pairs, we recorded our findings in a tally chart. We discovered that daisies are the most common type of wildflower growing on the field; buttercups are the least common. We also spotted some cowslips which were very pretty.


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In RE, we discussed what Christians believe about Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We then made our own palm leaves and acted out a parade with people waving palms.


What's been happeningYear 1



What's been happeningYear 1


In D&T, we had to design a castle with a moving drawbridge for the Queen! To begin the unit, we planned our design and included the features of a castle, for example the battlements and the arrow slits. We then discussed how we could make a moving drawbridge by using a simple lever mechanism and then we made our castles using recyclable materials. Finally, we evaluated our castles and wrote about what we liked and what we could change next time.


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100 Days


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Year 1 have been finding out about instruction texts – what they are and why we need them. We looked at different instructions, created a toolkit, created actions for our model text on making a worm smoothie and then drew a text map. We learnt that the order is important, and we worked with a partner to order some muddled instructions. We are enjoying learning how to follow instructions too!


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Balance Scales

In Maths, we have been learning to weigh different objects using balance scales. We had fun comparing the weight of different objects and discussing which objects were lighter or heavier.


What's been happeningYear 1



What's been happeningYear 1


Year 1 children have been exploring place value to 10, using the part-whole model and comparing numbers using <, > and =. We have also started to explore number bonds of numbers to 10 and fact families in addition. Plus, we found out that addition is commutative! We are enjoying investigations from Nrich too. The one entitled ‘Two Dice’ was great fun to try with a partner. We were challenged to try to find out all the possible solutions at home!


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Designing Tshirts

Year 1 have enjoyed thinking about what is special about them by designing a T-shirt to represent themselves and their skills. They have also been identifying a new skill that they would like to develop before moving up to Year 2. Some children wanted to learn a new sport like karate and others were keen to improve their reading or Maths skills. It was a lovely opportunity to share our goals for the future!


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Night and Day

We observed what happens at day and night. We learnt that one day on Earth is a full spin of the Earth on its axis, one month is the time it takes the Moon to orbit around the Earth and the orbit of the Earth around the Sun is one year. Working in groups, we acted this out by taking it in turns to be the Earth, Sun and Moon.


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Solar System

In science, we have been learning about the planets in our solar system. We discussed the difference in their sizes by comparing them to fruit! We then discussed the colours of the different planets. Using a template, we coloured and labelled the planets of the solar system and put them in order.


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Year 1 children had fun creating firework Art using straws and paint. We watched some clips of fireworks to spark our imagination and then had to be careful when using the straws to blow the paint.


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Self Portraits

In Art, we have been creating self-portraits. First we drew the outline of ourselves by carefully observing and copying our features using a mirror. Then we completed our portraits by mixing different colours together to match the correct colours for our skin, hair and eyes. We also tried hard to stay inside the lines! You might want to come and see our paintings which will be hanging in our classroom windows.


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Year 1 have been investigating which materials are waterproof because Traction Man wanted a new outfit to swim in. Exploring the various materials helped us to make predictions about which materials would be waterproof.

We then planned our experiment. We carefully wrapped a doll in one material at a time (paper, tin foil, rubber and plastic), before pouring water over it. We found that tin foil, plastic and rubber were waterproof because the materials have tight bonds. Traction Man was excited to find out which materials would keep him dry!

We continued our investigations into more materials and thought about why they are suitable for their use. For example, metal for radiators, plastic for Lego and glass for windows. We are really excited about different materials and their properties!


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This week, we have completed our first D&T unit. In D&T we had to design a moving vehicle to help Traction Man escape from the shark scissors! We discussed which recycled materials we could use to make our cars and we planned our design. Next we made our cars and attached wheels to an axle so that our cars can move. Finally, we evaluated our them and wrote about what we liked and what we could change next time. Well done Year 1!


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Number Lines


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Busy Fingers


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