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 2019-2020


Class Information


Who's Who

Miss McCulley- Y1 Teacher

Miss Thistlethwaite- Teaching Assistant



In Year 1 we hope to embed a deep love of reading and therefore base all of our learning around a key text that links with the half termly topic. We study one book either fiction or non- fiction each half term, taking our time to look at it's key features, characters and story line. Taking our time to develop key skills such as inference and comprehension, the story will also be enhanced through wider continuous provision activities within the classroom across each half term. During Year 1 we develop our own ability to read independently and it is really important that reading is celebrated 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 a RWI lesson. During this time we review the set 2 sounds learnt in Reception and will 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 the three days we read the book numerous times, answer questions about the story and practice our writing skills by completing 'hold a sentence' each day. RWI is really helpful for embedding spellings and during each lesson we come across new 'Red Words'  which, we learn how to spell and are encouraged to use in our independent writing. 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 within 100, counting on and back from any given number. Identifying one more and one less than a given number to 100, 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 and embed our skills through daily reasoning and problem solving activities. As the year progresses we also learn to work both pictorially and mentally, developing our quick recall of basic number facts in preparation for Year 2. 

 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 as; '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 packet that will be used as both a homework and reading packet, homework will be given out each Friday. We like to keep homework fun and engaging therefore, the children will be given a variation of activities, both written and practical. All of which will be related to either the children's current learning or recent learning. Homework instructions will be given out each Friday via Seesaw, this will explain the task and highlight whether it is an interactive activity based on Seesaw or a written activity which will be in their packet.



As you are aware reading is high priority for us in school, particularly in Year 1, as this is the crucial time in which your child will become an independent and fluent reader! We change reading books once a week on a Tuesday. The children are encouraged to be independent and change their own books as they enter school in the morning, a picture of your child's books will then be put onto Seesaw. Remember to comment and date underneath this picture each time your child reads at home that week so that they can receive their tally. It is really important that we see evidence of your child reading across the year and I love to watch videos of them reading, so please remember to upload videos as often as possible!  



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.... Spring 2 (February- April 2020)

Over the next half term our topic will be: Treasure Island


  • Literacy - This half term our main focus will be preparation for the phonics screening check. We do this by; playing lots of different games in small groups and as a class, daily sounds reviews, word building and reading activities and our regular RWI sessions. Another focus this half term is to develop our independent writing skills. Focusing on being able to check our own writing, looking for and correct missing punctuation and of course the all important letter formation. We will share a whole class text ‘Dogger’ this text covers many themes as well as linking to our history unit of the past. During this time we will focus on; character feelings throughout the story, we will learn to make predictions based on what we have read and use the pictures as clues to support understanding and continue to focus on identifying new vocabulary, discussing word meaning as we read. Within this unit the children will also continue their work on being able to use ‘and’ to join two sentences and focus on descriptive language as they create a lost poster for Dogger. Towards the end of the half term the children will also produce an independent piece that will be a recount of our trip to Quarry Bank Mill.                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Mathematics - The children will begin the half term by counting in 10’s and 5's. They will learn to identify patterns within these and how to represent groups of these amounts firstly with concrete objects and then pictorially. They will then apply this knowledge to working with money. The children will understand that every coin has a value which is independent of its size, shape, colour and mass. The children will initially be introduced to 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins, understanding the value of each one independently and across the weeks will learn to reason and problem solve using money. In order to become strong Mathematicians it is important that we continue to work on our quick recall addition and subtraction facts and in the later half of the term we will go back to addition and subtraction, learning how to use number bond facts to solve sums quickly, for example, adding and subtracting by making 10.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Topic - This half term we are studying the 'Life of a Victorian child.' We will begin this unit by looking at a local Victorian home 'Pennington Hall,' using Digi Maps to compare the local area around the hall from 1850 to modern day. From this we will then look at individual aspects of Victorian life in more detail, areas such as; home, school and the social lives of children. Using old photographs and artifacts we will look at evidence of what life was like for children and we will use all of this information to compare our own day to day life to that of a child from that era. We will also take a trip to Quarry Bank Mill to have a 'real life' experience! Within this unit we will also learn about toys from the past, we will compare toys then and now, creating a timeline of toys across the generations. We will extend our knowledge of materials, exploring the materials that toys are and were made of and discover the properties of these materials, investigating the most suitable material to make a toy with. Within this we will also investigate how and why materials have changed over the years as toys have been developed and created.                                   
  • Music- Across the coming half term we will be continuing our work on ‘Snow is Dancing’ unit started last half term. Focusing on playing tuned and untuned instruments as part of a group. We will continue with our work on basic notation and following a sequence of notes as we perform as a group. 


  • Art-  This half term will begin by a continuation of the printing begun in Spring 1. The children have really enjoyed learning all about William Morris and the work of printing on the Victorian era. The children will continue their work on printing as they learn to print using polystyrene tiles. From this the children will move onto their next DT unit which will focus on researching, designing and making their own winding toys. The children will compare winding mechanisms within toys from the past and present.


  • Computing-  ’We are painters.’ 
    This unit gives the children an insight into the creative processes involved in making an ebook and how illustrations are created for a specific purpose. They will begin the unit by exploring familia stories through both ebooks and hard copy book and make comparisons of these. Working in groups the children will choose a familiar traditional tale and using the ‘paper53’ app will create their own illustrations to match the written story. Through this process the children will learn how to manipulate their digital images and store them safely on the iPad, in order to use them again at a later date.                                                                                                                                                    
  • RE- This half term we will looking at Unit 1.5 titled 'Easter- Celebrating new life'. The main focus being on the celebration of new life and how Christians celebrate this during Easter time, we will do this through the Easter story from the Bible. 
  • Heartsmart- 'Don't rub it in, rub it out!'

    This unit focuses on Forgiveness and learning how to process negative emotions, disappointment and hurt.

    Don't rub it in, rub it out is about choosing to forgive, leaving the pointing finger in our pocket and accepting that we too need grace just as much as we give it away. Everyone makes mistakes. Don't demand perfection, instead celebrate progress, that's what loves does.


  • PE- Indoor and Outdoor

    Indoor PE - Yoga ‘The Salute to the Sun’

    This unit will teach the children a yoga sequence which comprises of a full range of movements incorporating; forward and back bends, inversions, twists and balances, each week building on the sequence and refining their movements. As the unit progresses the children will expand on their range of yoga poses and how they transition between them, the children will support and work with a partner to create their own sequence and by the end of the unit hopefully be able to lead others in specific yoga poses. 

  •  Outdoor PE - Invasion Games

    This unit will teach the children basic skills of participation and interaction all taught through an engaging and motivating fairground theme. The children will begin by learning different ways of travel including; backwards and side stepping whilst changing direction, they will then learn to apply these methods of travel whilst using a ball, learning to pass a ball to a partner whilst travelling. The children will then refine and apply these newly learnt skills through fun and interactive games. 

  • Please ensure that your child has the correct kit for both indoor and outdoor so that they can fully join in with each lesson! 

Our sporting value this half term is RESPECT and this links directly to our HeartSmart unit 'Don't rub it in, rub it out!



Dates for your Diary:


P.E. days are Tuesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (Indoor) 

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March 


Educational Visit to Quarry Bank Mill: Friday 13th March 


Sport's Relief: Friday 13th March


Easter Service in Church: Friday 3rd April


Spring Term 1 NEWS!

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 using the globe and atlases. We have learnt about the climate in the Arctic circle and are able to identify the physical and human features that can be found there. We also discovered which animals live in the Arctic and particularly enjoyed exploring whether animals are carnivores, omnivores or herbivores. We are now able to sort animals based on what they like to eat! 

For our seasonal change we have looked at the changes that happen from Autumn to Winter. We took particular interest in identifying and comparing the amount of daylight hours during the winter in the Arctic and the UK. We enjoyed merging our Science and Maths lesson together by going into the hall to create a huge pictogram. This showed the data that we had collected from our science lesson on the number of daylight hours, we then went back to class to complete a smaller version for our Science books! The children were very good at interpreting the data from the pictogram and answering questions on it. 

In Literacy we have been working really hard in our Read, Write, Inc sessions: learning and going over all of the set 2 and 3 sounds and developing our fluency and comprehension skills with our daily lessons. We had a very exciting but yet mysterious visitor in our classroom one morning, it was a penguin with a tag around him, he was lost! This was a very exciting hook for the children as we began our work on the popular children’s story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. Across the half term the children became very familiar with this story, sharing it every day as a class, discussing new vocabulary and sequencing the story together. Across the weeks we worked as a class to draw pictures that represented each section of the story. The children used these as they orally retold the story to their partner. We then used the same pictures to rewrite the familiar story and the children produced some fantastic pieces of independent writing! They were able to focus on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces independently and some children were able to use ‘and’ to join two sentences together and the suffix ‘ed’ to write in the past tense. 

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 enjoyed our indoor dance unit of puppets. During this we completed lots of partner and group work, worked on out listening skills and ability to follow instructions, use a space safely and 

Autumn Term 2 NEWS!

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. 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. We had lots of interesting discussions about how to identify and compare old and new artefacts and photographs. 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. 

In Maths 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 after a short recap will be ready to move on next term. We have also continued to work hard within RWI. We are now all confident with the set 2 sounds and shortly after we come back will learn all of the set 3 sounds. 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 gets 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. 

The children enjoyed both our indoor and outdoor PE sessions this half term as we tested our accuracy and endurance skills outside learning specific athletic skills and tested our balance and jumping skills indoors and we explored our animal antics gymnastics unit. The children worked well to show this half terms sporting value and are working hard on their listening 

Our Science themed day was a huge success and everyone should be rewarded for their scientist costume efforts! It was during this day that we learnt about the early life and work of famous scientist Marie Curie and the children produced some wonderful independent writing about her. In the afternoon we enjoyed a practical science test that tested our reflexes, I think everyone’s were quicker than mine! 

As always our term was finished off by a wonderful Nativity performance, the children were fantastic sheep and did us all proud with their fantastic singing voices! 

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


Autumn Term 1 NEWS! 

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, we have enjoyed the topic 'All About Me!' and 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 and the groups that they belong to and comparing them to ourselves. We were very shocked to learn that humans are in fact animals! 

As a class we really enjoyed sharing the story ‘The Gruffalo’. The children enjoyed listening to the story and were very good at joining in with the repeated refrains. All children enjoyed working together across the different areas of continuous provision, getting into role and retelling the story in their own way. The children also became familiar with the terms ‘noun’ and ‘verb’ and enjoyed identifying these specific word types within the story. They then worked hard to build simple sentence using a noun and a verb.  

In music the children focused on the key concepts of listening and performing and singing, through the ‘Inside Music’ teaching programme. They enjoyed listening and learning to sing new songs such as ‘I, I, Me Oh My’ ‘Rain in the green grass’ ‘Have you brought?’ ‘Hello, How are you?’ and ‘Copy Me.’ The children learnt to commit a song to memory, using physical actions to help remember the words and continued to build on their skills of keeping a steady beat and pulse. 

In Geography they have enjoyed 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 also learnt 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 and creating our own Autumn Pic Collages. 

We linked our computing unit to our love of ‘The Gruffalo’ story.  Working in small teams we wrote our own algorithms to direct Beebot around the board to different scenes from the story. Most of us were confident directing Beebot and could also ‘debug’ him and make changes to our algorithm when we hit a problem. We are super problem solvers! 

In Art we began the term by creating an amazing piece of art for the Leigh Festival, using lots of glue and paint! Following this and using the artist Paul Klee as inspiration we enjoyed ‘taking our pencils for a walk,’ as we learnt how to create lines and shapes of varying sizes, our artwork is proudly displayed in our classroom! We then moved onto looking at examples across history of artists that have focused on drawing self portraits. Armed with a pencil and mirror we enjoyed attempting to capture our features by drawing our own self portraits and found the game of guess who very interesting at the end of the unit. Finally we ended the half term by focusing on a piece of ‘pop art.’ We recreated our own version of this which tested our knowledge and understanding of primary and secondary colours. 

In PE we have explored the school games value of passion through an athletics and gymnastics unit. In gymnastics we focused on being able to balance and creating symmetrical and asymmetrical balances. We learnt all about the importance of agility, balance and co ordination. In our outdoor lessons we explored basic movement skills, such as jumping over hurdles, ladders and hopscotch. We also enjoyed working on our personal challenges, these involved throwing and catching a ball, jumping accurately over a line with two feet and running round a measured space. These were all timed activities and really reinforced the need for self motivation, encouragement of others and a determination to succeed. 

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, they are continuing to develop reading fluently and we can’t wait to continue this next half term. 

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.