Our Year 1 Class

A very warm welcome to our Year 1 class page. In Year 1 the children make the transition from Foundation Stage to the National Curriculum.  The children's confidence blossoms as they quickly develop the skills to become even more independent in their learning. We learn through practical and concrete activities and work as a team to develop our knowledge and understanding.  The staff within the classroom are committed to providing the best learning experiences possible and are always on hand if you need them.

We look forward to a very busy and fun year where we will all have our time to shine!



Our Year 1 Class 2018-2019


Class Information


Who's Who

Miss McCulley- Y1 Teacher

Miss Thistlethwaite- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bayatti- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson- 1 to 1 Teaching Assistant




In Year 1 we hope to embed a deep love of reading and therefore  base most of our learning around a key text that links with the half termly topic or unit of work. Each week we delve into a new book, both fiction and non- fiction, taking our time to look at it's key features and develop key skills such as inference and comprehension, the story will also be enhanced through wider continuous provision activities within the classroom across each week. During Year 1 we develop our own ability to read independently and it is really important that reading is encouraged as much as possible at home. In school we will also develop our English skills through daily RWI lessons. 


The Phonics Scheme we use in Year 1 is:

Read, Write Inc


Each day we undertake an hour RWI lesson. Within this hour we review the set 2 sounds learnt in Reception and learn a new Set 3 sound each day. After the Speed Sounds lesson we look at a key text for the following three days. Across those three days we read the book numerous times, answer questions about the story and build up to doing our own independent writing. RWI is really helpful for embedding spellings and during each lesson we come across new 'Red Words'  learning how to spell them and are encouraged to use these in our independent writing. We also work hard on different punctuation and how a sentence is structured. We really enjoy our RWI time (particularly the partner work, actions and rhymes!) 



In Year 1 the main mathematical focus is on becoming secure with basic number skills. Some of these key skills include: being able to confidently count forwards and backwards to 100, counting on and back from any given number within 100, identifying one more and one less, addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers within 20 and being able to recall number bond facts to 10 and 20. We enjoy learning through lots of practical activities initially in Year 1, however as the year progresses we will begin to look at Maths from both a concrete and pictorial perspective and even start to reason and problem solve! 


It is important to keep working hard both at school and at home with Maths, so don't forget there are lots of online sites such at 'Topmarks, ICT games and Busythings' that we can use to keep our Maths brains active! 



At the beginning of Year 1 your child will be given a plastic coloured homework and reading packet. Homework will always be given out on a Friday, it could be either written, practical or interactive through Seesaw. So it is really important that you check Seesaw every Friday for homework instruction updates. Please ensure that homework packets are sent into school on Friday mornings, so that homework can be sorted out and given back to your child. 



As you are aware we had a big push on reading last year in school. It is really important to read daily with your child to encourage fluency and comprehension and it is great to see regular evidence of your child reading through Seesaw, however don't forget to record when your child reads in their new reading record book. This year it will be a whole class team effort for a reading prize, so please help the team and read regularly, so that we can get the highest amount of readers and win a prize each week! The children will be asked to independently change their books every Tuesday and Friday and a photograph of the books they choose will be added to their learning journey on Seesaw. 



We love Seesaw in Year 1 and it is our key tool for observations, assessment and communication. You will receive daily updates of your child's progress and I am sure that you will enjoy seeing what they get up to everyday! As stated above we use Seesaw as a regular tool for communication, sending school and class messages through it, so please remember to check it regularly. It is also important that just like in Reception you continue to contribute to your child's learning journey by sending regular observations of your child's home learning and experiences. 


This half term.... Summer 1 (April-May 2019)


Over the next half term our topic will be: Planting and mini beasts

  • Literacy- As we are coming into the Summer term it is really important that we now focus on developing as independent writers! To support this over the coming term we will explore writing though the story 'The Bog Baby.' We will look at specific sentence types, different language features as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar. We will also continue to revise our recent learning of the prefix 'un' and suffixes 'es, ed and ing.' The children will have various writing challenges set through continuous provision that they will be able to access, these will be linked to their topic work and are aimed to develop independence. We can't forget the upcoming screening check this term, so will continue to complete a daily revision of sounds and activities will also be out within continuous provision to support this.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Numeracy - We will continue to work on addition and subtraction, particularly focusing on adding and subtracting crossing ten and comparing number sentences. We will then move into measure, looking at measuring length, height, mass and capacity. We will have lots of fun exploring this practically and will continue to build on the vocabulary that they learnt in Reception such as: heavier/ lighter, more/less, heaviest/ largest/ lightest, full/ empty, greater/less, largest/least and volume.
  • Topic - We will begin this topic by investigating seeds, learning how these develop into flowers, plants, trees, vegetables and fruit.  We will then plant our own sunflower seeds and complete a question based investigation over a couple of weeks. During this topic we will also explore the parts of flowers and trees and find out the differences between wild and garden plants and flowers, some of us will even be able to name and identify specific common flowering plants. By the end of the unit we will also be able to identify trees by their leaves and talk about how evergreen or deciduous trees change throughout the seasons.  
  • RE- This half term we will looking at 'People of God'. We will focus on the story of Joseph by exploring the story, learning how God was present within Joseph's life and how this can apply to our lives currently, learning that God is our provider and protector.                                          

   HEARTSMART-  Fake is a Mistake!


Dates for your Diary:


P.E. days are Tuesday and Friday. 



During Spring Term 2 we explored the Victorian Era! and began by using Digi maps to explore our local area during that time.  We found that Pennington Hall was a house built during this time in our area and enjoyed making comparisons of the area surrounding it then and now. We also used an interactive website to explore the inside of a Victorian house and were able to make simple comparisons to our own houses now. We learnt how Victorian homes were run, the types of people that lived in them and how these highlighted social divides at the time. (Rich and Poor families.) During this time we learnt that coal was the main source of energy used during this time to power homes. In art we used charcoal to make simple drawings, learning to shade. Half way through the term we had a very exciting visit to Quarry Bank Mill. During this visit we spent some time in the Apprentice House, learning all about the life of Victorian Children and after our trip we used the app 'Thinglink' to display our learning and compare the life of rich and poor Victorian children. 

In Science we learnt about everyday materials, focusing particularly on the materials which our toys are made from and their properties. We thought about how and why these materials benefit the toy and their purpose and also linked this to our Victorian Era topic by comparing toys then and now, learning that most Victorian toys were made from wood. We also enjoyed exploring and playing with a wide variety of old Victorian toys in the role play area. 

In Maths we explored making and identifying doubles to 10, using a song to help us! We also worked on being able to make equal groups and share equally, using practical equipment to help us. From this we moved onto working on how to add by making 10 and had a quick recap of how to make numbers and basic place value skills. We also continued to work on being able to identify number bonds to 10 and then used these skills to identify bonds to 20. We have enjoyed using the app 'Hit the Button' to practice these skills! 

In P.E. we have had lots of fun learning all about balancing, the children have shown their caring nature and great team work skills as they have worked together to work on being able to counter balancing with another person. They really enjoyed having the three different coloured challenges and are becoming very confident in being able to judge their own ability, knowing when they need to continue to practice a specific skill or whether they can challenge themselves by trying the green or red challenge cards. Well done everyone keep up the hard work during PE.

In R.E. we learnt about the Easter Story. We took a close look at the events of Holy week, splitting them up and learning about them one at a time, which helped us to gain a real understanding of the sequence of events. We thought carefully about the people that were around Jesus at the time, his mother and the Disciples in particular. We used an emoji wheel to think about their feelings at specific times such as, Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Good Friday and the day that Jesus rose again. The children were encouraged to 'put themselves in their shoes'  which they did really well and produced some great pieces of work. We then put on a lovely Easter performance in church working with the rest of Key Stage 1 to show the events of the Last Supper and sharing with the rest of school our recent learning.

All in all a very busy and enjoyable half term, thank you for all of your hard work! 



During Spring Term 1 we have been 'Polar Explorers' finding out about life for humans and animals in the Arctic. We have enjoyed exploring the world,  locating the 7 Continents and 5 Oceans on the globe and have learnt about the climate in the Arctic circle, the people and the animals that lived there alongside the physical and human features that can be found there. We particularly enjoyed finding out about the life of the Inuit people.  Next, we discovered which animals live in the Arctic and enjoyed a particularly disgusting investigation involving animal poo, exploring whether animals are carnivores, omnivores or herbivores, we found this very exciting and can easily sort animals based on what they eat now. 

For our seasonal change we have looked at the changes that happen from Autumn to Winter and compared the times when it is dark and light during the winter and summer in the Arctic and the UK, representing this in a pictogram. We also studied the work of researcher and artist Wilson Bentley, finding out about his early life and his love of snowflakes! We then used various materials to create our own snowflakes, starting with wax crayon and water colours and concluding with real wax. 

In Literacy we have been working really hard in our Read, Write, Inc sessions: learning all of the set 2 and 3 sounds, practising our handwriting and doing some lovely writing. We had lots of fun reading our book 'Betty and the Yeti' - a lovely story about a surprising friendship, we focused on adjectives and the children wrote some great descriptive sentences about the items that Betty found. We also worked really hard on a piece of independent writing based around our topic. This was a question based fact file about a polar animal of our choice. 

Our computing unit also linked directly with our topic work as we created a Polar animal presentation using the 'Key Note App' on the ipads. During this activity we searched for and saved images of polar animals on the internet and used binary questions and groups to sort the images. This activity also developed our typing skills, as we typed headlines on each page. 

In Numeracy, we have done lots of work on number and place value, working with larger numbers from 20-100. Firstly we looked at 'tens and ones' and how to build and make a 2 digit number.  We used lots of different maths equipment to 'build' the two digit numbers and can now recognise how many tens and ones are in a two digit number easily. The children can also identify and represent numbers using objects and pictures. We have also focused on the language of 'greater than, less than and equal to' in order to compare larger numbers, we have done this through concrete and pictorial representations and are becoming much more confident with this. Alongside all of this new learning we have continued to work on counting forwards and backwards from a given number within 100 and have even begun to count in 2's!

In P.E. we have continued out 'REAL PE' lessons, focusing on balancing on beams and slow and focused movements. We have followed the story of a train and a young girl that is training to be a tight rope walker. The children have really enjoyed these topics and enjoyed being able to decide which challenge to attempt.


During Autumn term 2...

We have worked very hard and have enjoyed learning about various topics. 

We have become very knowledgeable on the Great Fire of London across this half term and have been engaged with topic from start to finish. We began by focusing on where, when and how the fire started, enjoying looking at various non-fiction and fiction texts as we developed through the topic and using these to extend our knowledge and understanding. We have developed our enquiry based skills through building, asking and answering questions throughout the topic, enjoying finding out about life in London in 1666 and comparing this to modern day. (Finding it almost unbelievable that they didn't even have light bulbs back then!) Across the topic the children have produced some fantastic pieces of writing, from factual reports about the events of the fire to personal recount letters in role as a person experiencing the fire first hand. They have shown their growing confidence in being able to use specific grammar and punctuation independently when writing, particularly basic sentence punctuation such as capital letters and full stops and I look forward to seeing this independence grow even more in the coming term! The class worked really hard across the topic and to finish it off in style created some great 3D houses from basic materials and equipment for the DT project on houses and homes. 

The children have worked hard across the term as we have taken our time to secure our learning of addition and subtraction within 10 and 20. We have worked hard on being able to identify addition facts to numbers within 10 and quick recall facts of number bonds 10. We are now all mostly secure with these and are ready to move on next term, although it is always good to keep working on these basic skills. We have also continued to work hard within RWI, moving quickly through the levels with most of us now working within the orange band, we have now learnt all of the set 3 sounds and are beginning to work on being able to confidently read these within both real and 'alien' words. It is really important to keep up the hard work with the set 2 and 3 sounds in the coming term alongside regular reading, as preparation for the Phonics Check get under way.  

The children have really enjoyed this half term's RE unit and found it particularly interesting when it started with a surprise, unopened gift! We have worked hard thinking about the gift that Jesus was to the world, understanding the 'true' meaning of Christmas and the children have truly inspired me with their ability to think about others and about the importance of how gifts that cost little to no money to others. 

During Anti bullying week we shared the story of 'Monty the Manatee' enjoying the simplicity of the story line that highlighted the importance of not judging a book by its cover. The children demonstrated maturity when discussing bullying issues and how to deal with these within  and outside the school environment. 

We have enjoyed our PE unit across the half term, developing our balancing skills whilst exploring the surface of the moon as astronauts. We have also been lucky enough to have some lessons directed by Wigan Athletic, further extending our work on balancing through the playing of team games. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed this half term and look forward to seeing how the children develop across Spring term 1. Well done everyone!



What a busy half term we have had! All of the children have settled into Year One very well and have shown a real love of learning.

In Science this half term we have enjoyed the topic 'All About Me!' exploring animals including humans. We started our learning by labelling life size versions of ourselves, thinking about each body part and how we use them. From this we then discovered that we have 5 senses and learnt all about what these are, what part of the body they are linked to and how we use these to do basic daily tasks. We also explored the question 'Are humans animals?' We enjoyed learning about the different types of animals the groups that they belong to and comparing them to ourselves and were shocked to learn that humans are in fact animals! 

As a class we have really enjoyed exploring the books of familiar author Julia Dondalson, some of these being; Sharing a Shell, The Snail and the Whale, The Scarecrow's wedding and The Gruffalo. We have shared one each week, focusing on, the different rhyming strings within each story, main characters and basic story plots and everyone has really enjoyed making simple predictions whilst reading. A particular class favourite was 'The Gruffalo' and the children were very good at joining in with the repeated refrains whilst reading and everyone tried really hard with the independent writing activities provided through continuous provision. We enjoyed the story of 'The Gruffalo' so much that we used this as a base for creating our moving pictures, enjoying learning all about pulley mechanisms and working independently to create our own mechanism, making our favourite story characters move as we retold the story. 

This half term we have been extremely lucky to have a specialist music teacher (Mrs Loughney) in our class for an hour a week! During this time we have been exploring the basics of music, being able to find the pulse, beat and rhythm within a simple song. We began our learning by completing lots of 'follow me' rhythm games and by listening to the song 'Funky Big Bear.' We built on this further and were introduced to the musical instruments claves and then used these to help us to find and make the rhythm within the song. We were so good at this we then moved onto creating our own rhythms!

In Geography this half term we have enjoyed completing lots of outdoor practical activities to develop our basic mapping skills. We started by going into the playground and learning how to orientate a basic map, from this we learnt how to navigate ourselves and our partner around the playground following the map. Through this topic we have enjoyed learning all about aerial perspective and enjoyed pretending to be birds as we learn how to plot on a map from a 'bird's eye' view. We then learnt all about landmarks, enjoying using chalk on the playground to draw out local landmarks between school and the park. To finish our topic we put all of our new mapping skills into practice with a walk to the park! Once at the park we then became scientists, using all of our new knowledge about the human senses to look for signs of Autumn, taking pictures of these on the Ipads! 

The children have really impressed me so far with their hard work in RWI and it is great to see such enthusiasm and eagerness to read and write. The children enjoyed our trip to the park this half term and from this used all of their writing skills to produce a great piece of independent descriptive writing based on Autumn! Well done everyone! 

In RE we enjoyed learning all about Harvest, learning how and why as Christians we celebrate it within England and enjoyed putting this into practice through our church Harvest celebration.