Year Group Blog


The end of an incredible year!

What a year it has been! As this is the last Year 1 blog of the year, there will be lots of information about ways to keep those brains active over the summer!   This week, we had Sports Day! Although it poured, the weather did pick up and we had the opportunity to finish … Continued

Number bonds and outdoor learning…you wouldn’t be-leaf it!

This week Year 1 have been practising their number bonds to 6, 7, 8 and 9!  To help us learn we have been singing along to Jack Hartmann! Once we know the parts to make each number, we can think of 2 addition sentences and 2 subtraction sentences… 9 is the whole, 1 and … Continued

Let’s do the Time Warp again!

This week, we stepped back in time to the Tudor days at the beauteous Kentwell Hall!   The Tudor clothing-clad children stepped into the time tunnel and impressed the locals using phrases like ‘Good morrow’, ‘aye’, ‘nay’ and ‘thank thee’. We were led to visit an array of workers like the washer women, the alchemist … Continued

Money, money, money, must be funny, in a Year 1 world!

This week we have been learning all about money!  We have been identifying different coins and sharing how much they are worth!  We’ve been using our knowledge of addition and subtraction to help us know how much we have, and to find out how much change we need! Can you try some of these problems … Continued

Pat yourselves on the back, Year 1!

What a week in Year 1! The children got the chance to show all of their Phonics progress over the course of this year by sitting their Phonics Screening Check this week. This is an assessment tool to give us an idea what every child’s reading next steps will be.  They are NOT formal tests … Continued

Mission: Preparation Phonics!

This week the children in Year 1 have been showing us what they can do in their learning! In Maths, we have been counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s…can you spot the missing numbers? Warm up by singing along to this video first! Count in 2’s 5’s and 10’s We also practised our number … Continued

Swap-Shopping and Hip-Hopping!

What a week! We started by writing more about our incredible dragons!  By the end of the week we had started to publish our big book of dragons!  We can’t wait for you to see it! In maths we were subtracting bridging 10.  To do this, we had to use dienes and take a trip … Continued

Watch out! Dragons about!

This week the children in Year 1 have entered a world of DRAGONS!  On Monday, the children learned how to draw a dragon following these step-by-step instructions: Draw a Dragon Instructions Then we created our own dragons, each different to the others.  We used our own choice of colours and design to create the dragon … Continued

That pesky dragon…

What a week! Butterflies and Bumblebees have been plagued by a pesky dragon who has been burning up our resources. This meant that we had to figure out how to put the hundred squares back together again. We looked for patterns in the numbers, using our knowledge of tens and ones, to support us. We then went … Continued

Busy Butterflies and Bumblebees

It has been a jammed-packed four days in Year 1! We returned from our three day weekend and started looking at cinquain (San-cane) poetry in our Literacy learning. The Bumblebees and Butterflies had lots of fun clapping out the beats in each line and putting actions to the words.   In our Maths learning, we have … Continued

Beware of the greatest, mightiest, strongest suffixes!

This week the children in Year 1 have started to innovate the story of George and the Dragon.     They have created their own versions of the story with a new character who moves into the cave next door.  They have been investigating different root words and adding suffixes to adapt the meaning. Root word         +          … Continued

Turrets and Tiaras!

What a glorious week! This week, Bumblebees and Butterflies have been immersed in the world of the Tudors! We kicked off our topic by writing with very posh quills what we hope to learn over the next half-term. We even got to seal them with a wax stamp!   We also tried our hand at … Continued

Happy Easter!

What a week!  Bumblebees and Butterflies have been so busy this week in their learning! On Wednesday we had Infinity Maths Day!  The children participated in a number of mathematical adventures.  We even had a visitor from NRich to help us with lots of fun puzzles! Why not try some of them over the holiday? … Continued

The Art of Collage!

This week in Year 1, we have been exploring collage techniques. First, we tried making a chick by tearing paper then we made another using scissors to cut it out. We discussed which we preferred and why. We went on to try out different adhesives to see which worked best. We then collaboratively made a … Continued

Science…how eggcellent!

Firstly, can we say a huge thank you to all of those who took on the challenge to retell the story of the Little Red Hen, and send it to us! We have really enjoyed sharing these with the class! Sadly, the files are a little too large for us to put on here, but … Continued

The Author, The Gymnasts, and The Little Red Hen!

What a busy week it’s been for Year 1! On Monday we were thrilled to welcome the author and illustrator, Alexis Deacon, to our school.  He shared some of his stories, and he even showed us how to create our own characters!   Also on Monday, we enjoyed our Gymnastics Day!  We had a lot … Continued

Book Week!

Come and take a book…I mean look at what we have been learning this week! We have been looking at the story: I am Henry Finch! By Alexis Deacon.  We have even used Henry Finch to create arrays to help us learn multiplication in Maths! In Literacy we created our own version of the book, and … Continued

Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep!

THIS WEEK Welcome back to all Bumblebees and Butterflies! It sounds like you had a fabulous half-term holiday! We have been bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to explore our eggcelent new topic: From Farm to Fork! But not before celebrating different kinds of families on Monday’s Diversity Day!   CRACK! This week, we have been lucky … Continued

Pink headphones, teeth and an internet-savvy duck!

This week, we have had a few special events! Tuesday 7th February marked Safer Internet Day so we discussed how to use the internet wisely. We agreed that giving people too much information about ourselves online was not a good idea. We also read a story called Digiduck’s Big Decision and talked about sharing photos … Continued

The Art of Science!

This week, the children started with a BANG!  The Cambridge Science Centre came to visit and brought with them some really exciting equipment!  We had a show where we learned all about what it is like in space.  Some of us even hovered above the ground as if there was zero gravity! In Maths we … Continued

Dinosaurs in Cambridge?!

CAUTION! SHOCKING NEWS TO FOLLOW…   This week, we were met by a very frightened Miss Smith and Miss Stuart. They described what they saw: creatures that had sharp teeth, large heads and pointed claws. We got a hold of the CCTV footage from Mr Biddulph and it turned out that what they saw were… … Continued

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Friends, families, fairies, lend me your ears!  This week has taken a magical turn through inspiration from William Shakespeare himself! On Monday, he came to visit us, and he shared some of his most famous plays with us…but there is one play in particular, which has captured our hearts this week… A Midsummer Night’s Dream! … Continued

Them bones, them bones, them dinosaur bones!

Happy New Year!   This week: Year 1 have begun their new topic: Digging up the past, with a letter from a Palaeontologist who needed help searching through soil samples to see if there were any bones or fossils within.  The children used paintbrushes to carefully sweep away the dirt and reveal the bones beneath.  … Continued

Take away tunnel!

In our Literacy we started looking at our story of The Tunnel by Anthony Browne! We kept stopping the story to make it more exciting!  When we got to the part of the story with a dilemma, we used CONSCIOUS ALLEY to help us decide what to do!  Should she go into the tunnel to … Continued

What adjective best describes your week of learning?

This week we have continued on our theme of art, discussing the emotions we can link to different colours.  We have extended this learning by exploring different tools we can use to create line using paint.  We were given a plethora of unusual tools to try and make straight, dotty, jumpy, twisted and zigzag lines … Continued

A week of art, and story telling in the dark!

This week started with a bang, when we welcomed a storyteller into the school.  Marion brought her special tent with her which helped us to experience total darkness!  It was so dark we couldn’t even see our own hands!  We heard a story about a brother and sister who argued, and explored different light and … Continued

Laszlo, piano, forte…

This week has flown! We have been so busy exploring Maths, Literacy, Music and much more… In Maths this week, we used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and had a go at adding three numbers together. Bumble, Flutter and Marvin invested in some CubeLights to celebrate our topic of Light and Dark but … Continued

A spot of light poetry, and a chance to reflect!

This week the children have continued to work on their own poems about Light.  Using illustrations, actions and expression the children were able to attend their own Poetry event, where they performed to one another whilst enjoying delicious snacks and a spot of jazz! In our maths learning, the children have been learning about finding … Continued

I’m Not Afraid of the Dark…

What a week full of exploratory learning! This week, we delved deeper into our Light and Dark topic. We learned what a light source is and had a go at classifying objects based on whether or not we thought they were light sources. We got creative and sorted them in lots of other ways too! … Continued

We put the FUN in FUNDRAISING!

This week the children in Year 1 have really embraced our values of empathy and gratitude.  We started the week learning about loss of sight and really trying to understand what it would be like to be blind. They used their other senses to try and understand what it would be like to have no … Continued

Sponsor a class of Guide Dog puppies!

Dear Parents and Carers, As part of the Year 1 classes learning on Light and Dark, we were fortunate enough to receive a visit from Gillian and Fargo, the guide puppy in training. The children have been deliberating on how they can raise £300 to sponsor a class of puppies to be trained up to … Continued

Happy Half Term! Have fun, don’t forget to send us a POSTCARD!

The children have come to the end of this half term and they have already learned so much! This week, the Naughty Bus continued to shock the children with his cheeky antics!  In fact, the children managed to make up some of their own stories about the Naughty Bus using their own ideas on what … Continued

Phonics Resources

Some parents have expressed interest in having some phonics resources to support children’s learning at home.  Please find below some of the resources that we use to help teach phonics in Year 1.  If you attended the Phonics Workshop recently, you will have already been sent these resources. If you would like to play online … Continued

A very naughty visitor…

This week in Year 1, we received a present! We were all very excited to open it and when we did, we found a bus! We discussed everything we already knew about buses and put our heads together to come up with some questions we had about them!   But this was no ordinary bus… … Continued

A couple of announcements…

Dear Parents and Carers, There are a couple of pieces of information we want to update you on: School Ambassadors – Due to the demand in Year 1 and the keen interest of the children, we have decided to have 2 more ambassadors in Year 1, so that we will have 4 in each Year … Continued

Happy Birthday Traction Man!

This week it is Traction Man’s birthday!  We have been so busy preparing a surprise party for him!  Firstly we used lego to help us plan what we wanted for the party… Then we made lists and wrote invitations to make sure all of his friends could be there!  Finally, we had the surprise party!  … Continued

A very villainous week!

Oh no! Bumblebees and Butterflies have been overrun with villains! This week, we learned some fantastic adjectives to describe villains and created our own using objects from around our classrooms. Can you remember some of them? In Maths, we have been using part-whole models to partition numbers up to 5. We also played a game … Continued

All in a day’s work!

What a week it’s been! This week, we dived into our new topic, Toy Stories: Old and New. We have been setting up toy shops in our classrooms and working as a team playing with (and creating) a range of toys and games! We even took advantage of the sunshine and played a spot of croquet! … Continued

Fine Motor fun and much more!

This week our Year 1’s have been learning all about numbers.  We have been counting objects up to 20 and we have been showing these numbers in lots of different ways!   In Literacy we have been reading the familiar story of Goldilocks and the three bears.  We have acted out the story, and even … Continued

Welcome to Year 1! What a week!

This week the Bumblebees and Butterflies have settled in magnificently! We have spent the week learning about learning.  We have talked about our Golden Agreements, and about how we learn best!  We have been learning together and working as a team! Reading together…                                                                                                       Building together…   Taking on challenges together… Would you like … Continued