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Welcome to Year 1!


Staff in Year 1


Class Teacher: Miss V. Mapp

Teaching Assistant: Mrs K. Jansen

WRPITT Teacher: Miss A. Coleman



Other adults in Year 1:

Mrs C. Baines (Tuesday pm)

Mrs C. Brookes (Thursday pm)





  • Please bring your PE kits to school on a Monday and take them home on a Friday. Don't forget your trainers!
  • Homework books will be handed out every Friday and need to be in the homework tray by Wednesday each week. This will include some maths work and spellings to learn.
  • Please listen to your child read their reading book every day. Can your child read the book using their phonic knowledge and skills? Can they answer questions about what they have read?
  • Children will take their water bottles home every Friday to be washed. They can bring them back to school on Mondays.



What are we learning about in Year 1?



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Happy Families



This half term we will be talking all about our families. We will be explaining how we have changed since we were born, and how some things may have been different when our parents/grandparents were young. We will also look at some objects from the past and think about what they might have been used for!


Guess who?! We guessed who was who from our baby photos! We discussed how we have changed since we were born.


The children loved creating their own stick man characters outside! They acted out their ideas for their own versions of the story 'The Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson.



Lots of children in Year 1 have enjoyed celebrating Eid with their friends and families. In school we have been talking about how Muslims celebrate Eid and we have written our own Eid stories. We celebrated Eid at Pinders by having an Eid party!



Year 1 had a brilliant Inspire event! One of our favourite authors in Year 1 is Julia Donaldson. In English this half term we have been reading lots of her stories and doing some fantastic writing! We really enjoyed all the Julia Donalson activities in our Inspire event - labelling the body parts of the smartest giant in town, writing instructions to be a good dragon from 'Zog', creating a big collage of the gruffalo, measuring the witch's broomstick and other objects from 'Room on the Broom' and creating a map of the journey the stick man takes! A big thank you to all the parents who came in to work with us!



How Does Your Garden Grow?



We have loved learning all about plants and growing! We can now label the parts of a plant - roots, stem, leaves and flower. We planted our own sunflower seeds, cared for them and then took them home to continue watching them grow! We know that plants need soil, water and sunlight to grow. We also wrote instructions on how to plant a seed.


Planting sunflowers

In English this half term we have done lots of wonderful writing! We have re-written the story 'Camille and the Sunflowers', our own poems called 'Mary, Mary Planting Fairy', instructions on how to plant a seed and our own stories set in a garden!

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Sports Day


What a fantastic sports day! Well done to the children in Year 1 - you were all superstars! Image result for star clipart

Deaf Awareness Week


This week we have been thinking about how people who have lost their hearing communicate. In Year 1 we have learnt some sign language and have been using these signs throughout our week at school. Here we are learning how to fingerspell our names!

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We have also learnt sign language to one of our favourite songs 'Good to be me'. Below is a video of us singing and signing to the song.

Good To Be Me

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Art Appreciation Week


This half term we have had art appreciation week at Pinders Primary School and our grown ups came to buy our art work in our gallery! In Year 1 we focussed on the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We painted the painting 'Starry Night' on canvas'! We mixed different shades of blue, we made the swirls in the sky using forks and we painted the cypress tree with black paint. We really enjoyed being artists!





In our maths learning we have been partitioning numbers. Here we are using the part-part-whole model.

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Never Eat Shredded Wheat!


During our topic 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat' (North, East, South, West) we enjoyed learning about different countries. We learnt lots about the United Kingdom and it's countries and capital cities. We also talked about what we would see and wear in a hot country and in a cold country. 

We can name the countries and capital cities in the United Kingdom!



Also this half term we learnt about oceans and what lives in the ocean! We loved finding out about different sea creatures, especially during our class trip to The Deep Aquarium! We even pretended we were sea explorers and wrote a diary entry about our day diving in the sea.

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DT Egg Vehicle Challenge!


Mrs Kemplay gave us a challenge... to design a vehicle to transport an egg safely down a ramp! Firstly, we designed our vehicles, thinking about what they would look like and which tools and resources we would need to make them. Then, we made our vehicles working as a team! Finally, we tested our vehicles before rolling them down the ramp in our DT egg event! Who's vehicle transported the egg safely? Who's vehicle went the furthest?

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Red Nose Day!

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World Book Day


We had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite book characters on World Book Day! During the week we were looking at a book from a different country. We read the story 'We're Going on a Lion Hunt' by David Axtell which is set in Africa. We re-wrote this story with a different African animal. We also painted a picture of the animal in our stories. 


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Shrove Tuesday in Year 1



Fairy Tales



We enjoyed reading lots of different fairy tales! In our English learning we focussed on re-writing well known fairytales and also editing fairytales to make them our own! We worked on describing the setting and characters, the problem in the story and a solution. Below is some of our wonderful writing!

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Investigating Goldilocks' crimes!

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We have been grouping objects equally in maths.

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We had lots of fun celebrating Christmas in Year 1. We have been busy taking part in Christian traditions like decorating our classroom and learning all about the Christmas story. We also performed in a fantastic Nativity! Other fun activities have included a trip to the pantomime, a Christmas party and a special visit from Santa!






For our pupil voice project, the children in Year 1 decided they would like to learn about superheroes! We enjoyed creating our own superhero stories in our role play area, small world area and in our writing. What was your superhero name? What was your superpower?


Here is a version of the story 'Super Daisy' by Kes Gray.



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We have been working hard in maths to count in 2's, 5's and 10's!







We have learnt lots about weather this first half term in Year 1. We particularly enjoyed acting out different seasons. In which season would we see it snowing?



In our DT lessons we designed and created our own kites. Here we are flying them on a windy day!


Fun in the snow!


We did lots of super work on the poem 'Rain Rain' by James Horner. Below is a video of us reciting the poem!

'Rain Rain' by James Horner

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