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 2020-2021


Class Information


Who's Who

Miss McCulley- Y1 Teacher

Miss Keay- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bayatti- 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 each half term that can be both fiction and non - fiction. This year we are introducing a new way of writing called 'The Write Stuff.' This focuses on the mechanics of writing as we teach the children how to write with an awareness of audience, purpose and context, whilst increasingly developing new and wide vocabulary. As we work through our focus texts each half term we will use the writing rainbow lenses to construct our writing and form our narratives. We also encourage a love of reading by sharing a whole class text each term, which we read daily together.

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. 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 we use Power Maths. The aim of Year 1 is for the children to become secure with basic number skill, being able to; confidently count forwards and backwards within 100, count on and back from any given number, identify one more and one less than a given number to 100, add and subtract one and two digit numbers within 20 and be 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.

 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, Maths Shed and Numots' 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. Each week the children will be given a Spelling Shed activity sheet that highlights that spelling list and rule for that week. For Maths we are now using the interactive all 'School Jam' this sets fun and interactive maths games for the children to attempt at home that are directly in line with their learning in school. Alongside this we expect the children to read at least 3 times a week at home also. Homework instructions are given out weekly via Seesaw a d can be found under the 'homework instructions' folder. Any work completed at home and evidence via Seesaw is awarded with Dojo points. 


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 Friday. 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.... Summer 2 (June-July 2021)


Over the next half term our topic will be: Holidays!


  • Literacy - We will start this half term by looking at poetry. Using 'The Writing Rainbow' techniques we will focus on using our 5 senses to write a poem. We will start by finding the shape of a poem and then use some experience days to explore what it is like at the beach. This will be our guided write, following this we will take a trip to the park, explore this through our 5 senses and use this experience to write our own park senses poem. We will also be continuing to work on our comprehension and SPAG skills. Every Monday we will have a reading lesson, where we will focus on the specific techniques required to find answers from the text and how to answer specific question styles. This is great preparation for Year 2.


  • Numeracy -  This half term we are going back to basics with our place value knowledge. We will start the term by focusing on mum era 0-28. We will learn how to; spell the numbers in words, order numbers along a number line, compare numbers and build numbers using Base Ten equipment, learning how numbers are made using tens and ones. Following this we will move to working with numbers to 50 and then 100, repeating these steps for each set of numbers. Alongside practical work we will also focus on how to reason and problem solve through written problems. 


  • Topic - This half terms topic 'Holidays' will provide a great opportunity to focus on lots of Geography and History work. We will become confident using our geographical skills such as reading maps, using atlases and identifying human and physical features. To begin with we will look closely at the UK, highlighting the four countries that make it, their flags and their capital cities. We will use Barnaby bear to help us visit various holiday destinations within the UK, identifying iconic landmarks and sites to see within each. We will take a close look at the coast, highlighting various coasts within the UK, looking particularly at its features and comparing its physical and human (man-made) features. Whilst learning about the coast and seaside we will look at how holidays have changed over the years, comparing how we holiday then to now. Focusing mainly on travel and entertainment at the seaside. We will cover our DT topic of healthy eating through our computing unit 'We are TV chefs' using the 'imovie' app on the ipads to create a small TV clip demonstrating how to make our favourite healthy seaside snack.   


  • RE- Our RE unit of work this half term is 'Why is Baptism special?' Throughout this unit we will encounter the concept of God through the promises and symbols of baptism. Learning that many Christians commit to God through baptism thus bringing them salvation and we will tale a visit to church to experience how a baptism service is done in person. Within this unit the children will also look at how other faiths celebrate the birth of new children in their families.   


  • PE- 
  • Indoor- This half term we will focus on our gymnastic skills. We will continue to work on being anle to; lift and carry equipment and apparatus safely, follow simple instructions, jump onto equipment, move at varying speeds, move at different levels, do a teddy bear roll and perform movements within a sequence.
  • Outdoor- This half term we will be doing an attacking and defending unit. This unit will teach us about the skills that players need in different team games. We will learn about attacking skills such as, passing a ball to another planter and dodging defenders. We will develop defending skills, learning how to mark players and how to defend space. We will play a range of mini team games to practice these skills. 


  • Music- This half term we will be focusing on our ongoing music skills by completing one off lessons that focus on specific skills. We will enhance our singing skills, our rhythm, pulse and basic notation.                                                                                                                                                 
  • HEARTSMART- No way through isn't true! 

Summer Term 1 NEWS!

During Summer Term 1 we were extremely busy! We had huge amounts of fun learning all about how to; plant seeds, what seeds need to grow, parts of the plant and all about wild and garden flowers. We also produced some lovely art, using paint, card and oil pastels, making our own versions of the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh's art work 'Sunflowers.' 

In Literacy, we had lots of fun investigating the story of 'The Bog Baby.' During this unit we embedded our knowledge of basic sentence structure, writing responses to questions and using past tense and suffixes in our writing. Some of us were also beginning to use commas within our writing. We enjoyed getting to know the characters closely, studying a page at a time also allowed us to work on sequencing events within a story carefully. This story also introduced us to a wide range of new vocabulary that promoted great class discussion as we talked about how the words are used in everyday language and where we may have heard the words before. We also developed our reading skills across the half term, focusing on making predictions and inferring based on what we have read. We also learned to understand how the author carefully picks specific language and text styles within the story. 

In Maths we continued our work on measurement of mass and volume. We enjoyed lots of practical exploration activities, investigating the mass of different objects within the classroom. By the end of the unit we were able to use lots of comparative language such as: 'heavier than, lighter than and equal to' and can now solve simple reasoning problems! From this we moved onto measuring volume. We enjoyed exploring the volume of various containers using rice and coloured water and using units of measurement such as cups and spoons! We also developed our skills of problem solving and using the vocabulary of 'full, half full, empty, almost empty...' Towards the end of the half term we moved onto using our prior knowledge of being able to count in 2, 5 and 10 to make equal groups, solving various word problems relating to this. We also looked at sharing and are now all confident with this concept. 

In Science, we have really enjoyed our topic of planting and I think we may have some very keen gardeners in the future! We enjoyed learning how to plant seeds, what seeds need and how to take care of them as they grow. As a class we developed our 'working scientifically' skills as we observed real life roots from a Horse Chestnut tree using magnifying glasses, discussing in groups the different parts of the plant that we could see and their functions. We enjoyed working creatively as we drew our own plant and labelled these independently. We also developed our enquiry skills as we built our own scientific investigation around a sunflower seed. Creating our own question that we investigated and reported on. We have also enjoyed learning all about garden and wild flowers and evergreen and deciduous trees, enjoying lots of exploration within our own home environments.

In P.E. we have been lucky enough to have some specialist rugby sessions delivered by Wigan Warriors. During this time we enjoyed learning the basic skills of rugby such as; holding the ball, catching, throwing and grubber kicks. Throughout these sessions we also worked hard on developing our team work skills. 

In R.E. we looked closely at an important figure of the Old Testament. As a class we shared the story of 'Joseph and his colourful coat' thinking about how this story promotes the key Christian value of forgiveness. We were able to link our prior learning of how Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins to the moral of this story, explaining how the story prompts us to remember the importance of forgiving others for their actions. We are all also very confident retelling this key story from the Old Testament. 


During Spring term we were in Lockdown, so News updates were done collaboratively through Seesaw. 


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 exploring the new writing rainbow through the story 'Last Stop on Market Street.' During the first few weeks back to school we focused on being able to form and write a simple sentence. Following on from this we explored the text 'The Gruffalo' using the noticing lense to identify what the Gruffalo looked like and wrote basic adjectives within a sentence to describe him.

In music we began by playing simple copy me games and follow me games within which we had to copy a basic rhythm and steady beat. Following on from this we explored body percussion through the story 'Starry eyed Stan' a musical starfish. We worked in small groups exploring, basic notation through pictures and finally were able to compose a short body percussion sequence that we performed in front of each other. 

In Geography we have enjoyed lots of outdoor practical activities to develop our basic mapping skills. We started our unit by going out into our local area for a walk to the park. On our journey we looked for local landmarks such as; the canal, the bus stop, the church and the park. Along our journey we learnt how to orientate a basic map and marked off each landmark as we went along. Once back in school we continued our map skill work by exploring aerial and non aerial views, learning about the importance of map symbols, eventually creating our own symbols and adding these to our maps of the local area.  To finish our unit we spent some time reflecting on the landmarks in our area and talked about our own likes and dislikes. 

We linked our computing unit to our Geography mapping unit.  Working in small teams we wrote our own algorithms to direct Beebot around the board to different landmarks that we saw in our local area. 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! 

We began our Art work by recapping on our knowledge of primary and secondary colours enjoying lots of colour mixing ideas. Following on from this we studied the work of various artists, beginning with; Bridget Riley, using a specific technique to create our own painting. We then moved on to the artist Paul Klee, we went on a colour walk around school and used these colours to create a piece of abstract art focusing on lines and shapes. Finally, we studied the art of Wallis Kandisky and created our own pictures using one of his techniques 'squares with concentric circles.'

In PE we have explored the school games value of passion through a gymnastics unit. We began our unit by learning how to safely move equipment around the hall, learning how to lift and carry safely and we understand that this is a key skill. Following on from this we learnt how to travel safely around the hall, at different speeds, levels and in different ways, we pretended to be different zoo animals to help us with this. Throughout the unit we learnt how to make and hold different shapes such as; log rolls, egg rolls, Teddy bear rolls and straight jumps, tuck jumps and star jumps. Towards the end of our unit we focused on being able to link two actions to make a sequence and to also link two or more actions with a movement. We worked independently and were able to perform our sequences in front of each other. 

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.