Year Group Blog

2019/20

Unlock challenges and Readiness for Year 2

Dear Bumblebees, Dragonflies and Butterflies, We wish you a wonderful summer break with your families and we hope you find time to rest, re-charge and explore the great outdoors! Although it has been a very uncertain end to the school year,  you have worked exceptionally hard and we are all very proud of each and … Continued

Wb: 13th July 2020 ‘The Rescue’

Welcome to the finale of the ‘UCPSpace’ project learning! We hope you survived the crash landing last week and are ready for the grand finale rescue mission! This week, you will re-launch your rocket to complete your mission in the hope to rescue your new teacher from a planet far, far away! Your rescue mission … Continued

Sapling planting- Growing our school forest

Last week some Year 1 children helped to plant saplings in our forest. We learnt how to identify types of tree and how to carefully plant them into the ground. A big thank you to Dr Marcelo Goncalves De Lima for including us in helping our forest grow!

WB: 6th July 2020 ‘Crash Landing!’

Welcome to week 2 of the ‘UCPSpace’ project learning! We hope you enjoyed the launch of our new learning projects last week. The anticipation is building, we hope you can rescue your new teacher from this far away planet! This week you experience a challenging twist to the project! Be sure to access the YouTube … Continued

W/b: 29th June The Launch… 3,2,1, Lift off!

This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week project that will culminate in the children meeting their new class teacher at the final Virtual Family Friday on 17th July. The UCPSpace Project draws on English and creative thinking skills as they journey through space to reach their new commander (new … Continued

WB: 22.6.2020 ‘Fractions and Action Scenes!’

A Message from Corona by Charity Tedder and Leighton Noyes Explore this online e-book resource which supports parents and children at home to understand ‘Coronovirus’ through E-book resources Monday English & Reading: In this lesson, we are going to be retrieving information from Chapter Three of The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We will be reading pages 34-39 … Continued

WB: 15th June 2020 ‘Refugee awareness week and thinking deeper about multiplication’

Welcome to the Key Stage 1 Learning blog for this week with special focus on ‘Refugee Week’ Monday 15th June sees the beginning of Refugee Week 2020. However, to start the virtual festival off, Anglia Ruskin University has paired with Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary to create a Day of Welcome on Friday 12th June 2020. The Day of … Continued

WB: 8th June 2020 ‘Grouping equal amounts and understanding our emotions’

Dear Children and Families, Please note the online learning resources will look slightly different for the rest of this term. A suggested timetable for learning is outlined below, video links for Maths and English learning will be uploaded to the weekly blog below and private YouTube topic/well-being videos will continue to be emailed via enquiries … Continued

Welcome back! ‘Creepy crawlies and investigations, what will you discover? 1.6.2020

         Year One ‘Unlock Challenge’ link: Unlock Challenge Y1 Session 1: English / Phonics combined: This week in English we will be focusing on applying some of our phase 5 alternative spelling into our writing. We will also be recapping what we need to put in our sentences to make them more … Continued

Counting in 5’s and time to get active in gymnastics!

Session 1: English / Phonics combined: This week in English we will be focusing on applying some of our phase 5 alternative spelling into our writing. We will also be recapping what we need to put in our sentences to make them more exciting to a reader. Today we will be looking at the spellings … Continued

Following Instructions 11.05.20

Session 1:  English: This week we are thinking about instructions, we are linking our learning from ‘Robot instructions’ to instructions we follow in everyday life experiences. Watch the YouTube video today and think of different examples of when we follow instructions? Today Ms Bates is following instructions in the kitchen from a recipe book can you … Continued

Robot Adventures 4.5.2020

Session 1:  English: This week, you will become Authors and write your robot fantasy story. Today, we need to plan our stories so that we are ready to write them. Follow the link to the story planning sheet: Session 1 Plan your story Maths: This week we will be recapping counting in 2’s and looking at multiples … Continued

The Adventures of the Robot 27.4.20

                                                      Session 1 English: This week in English we are continuing with fantasy stories. We are beginning to plan our own fantasy story by changing parts ‘The Robot and the … Continued

Fantasy worlds and Robots W/B: 20.04.20

Dear Children and Families, Welcome back to online learning with Ms Bates, Miss Tatler and Miss Tutchener, we hope you and your family kept safe and well during the Easter break and enjoyed the warm, spring weather together. In response to parent feedback, we have made some small changes to the online learning resources and … Continued

Signs of spring and Easter- Wednesday 1.04.20

Good Morning Year 1 Children and welcome to Wednesday’s learning challenges! Can you see any blossom in your garden or out of your window? ‘Why do these trees blossom, what does it mean? Phonics: Today we will be looking at igh, i_e, ie and being able to read them in alien words.Please follow the link … Continued

Signs of spring and Easter- Tuesday 31.03.20

Good Morning Children and welcome to Tuesday’s learning. The beautiful signs that spring has sprung! We hope you get some fresh air and bounce around like these happy lambs. Phonics : Today we will be recapping the alternative vowel spellings: ee, ea, e_e and being able to read them in alien words.Please follow the link … Continued

Signs of spring and Easter- Monday 30.3.20

Good Morning Year 1 children and welcome to today’s learning all about signs of spring, Easter celebrations and 3D shape. Phonics : This week we are continuing to recap the alternate vowel spellings. Today we will be looking at ai, a_e, ay and being able to read them in alien words.Please follow the link to … Continued

Fairy Tales and 3D shapes Detectives : Friday

Good Morning children and families and welcome to Friday 27th March! We hope you are keeping yourself well and keeping your brain active! The caterpillars from Butterfly class have now all turned into their chrysalis and are slowly transforming inside!  Two of the chrysalis did fall before moving them out of their pot, but don’t … Continued

Fairy Tales and 3D shapes Detectives : Thursday 26.3.2020

Hello Bumblebees, Butterflies and Dragonflies Welcome to today’s learning, we will continue to deepen our learning in Fairy Tales and 3D shapes. Phonics : Today we have recapped the alternate vowel spelling for oa oe o_e ow. Please follow the link to complete the learning tasks linked to these vowel sounds.click here Spelling practice: We … Continued

Fairy Tales and 3D shapes Detectives : Wednesday

Hello Bumblebees, Dragonflies and Butterflies. Welcome to today’s learning, we will continue to deepen our learning in Fairy Tales and 3D shapes. Watch the welcome message from Miss Tatler and our special guest today…Can you guess where we are? Mindfulness Yoga: Get active with Miss Natale follow her link for a yoga exercise! https://youtu.be/xK6ZIoW6fKU Phonics : … Continued

Fairy Tales and 3D shapes Detectives – Tuesday

Good Morning Year 1 Children and welcome to today’s learning all about Fairy tales and 3D shape! Watch the morning message with Mrs Bates to see how the caterpillars have moved home, they are in their final stages of metamorphosis! Phonics : Today we have recapped the alternate vowel spelling for ee  ea  e_e. Please … Continued

Fairy Tales and 3D shapes Detectives – Monday

Hello children, welcome to the new way of online learning at UCPS! We hope you enjoy learning with us. You can watch short lessons on our Year 1 ‘youtube’ channel delivered by Mrs Bates, Miss Tatler and Miss Tutchener, you will then access the learning materials, activities and resources linked to the lessons from our … Continued

STEM week!

What a fantastic week we have had in year one exploring our outdoor areas and learning all about the wildlife and nature in our school grounds! We have explored the forest, done some gardening, been on nature and wildlife hunts and even looked closely at nature through microscopes and magnifying glasses.     Within STEM … Continued

Non-Chronological Reporters!

English: We have been non-chronological reporters this week, learning to identify animals by their physical features, what they eat, their habitat and interesting facts about them. Can your child explain to you the following language: habitat, omnivore, herbivore, carnivore We have also had some very exciting new additions to our classes, in the form of … Continued

Animal researchers!

We have had a great first week back in Year 1 exploring lots of facts about animals. We have discovered all about the different types of animals and the groups they belong to, how to research them on the internet (www.nationalgeographickids.co.uk), how to describe them and what habitats they live in. Can you find out … Continued

The Green Lady

  We have had a fantastic Book Week this week! In Year One, we have been getting to know our character from the story ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. Our character was the one and only Green Lady. We explored all aspects of her life from her childhood during the war, to her exciting … Continued

We all live in a yellow submarine

This week we have continued to explore the swinging 60’s. We learnt about protests and why people do them, we related this to current protests like the fight against climate change. Children then wrote their own placards to promote peace and love.   In art we applied all of our shape and pattern skills we … Continued

The heart and the…

This week in English, we have been creating our own versions of the Oliver Jeffers story “The heart and the Bottle.” The children thought of their own location where the girl could have put her heart, ideas included “The heart in the freezer”, “The heart on the shelf” and “The heart in the volcano”. In … Continued

The Swinging Sixties Fashion Design!

English: Our key text this week was ‘The Heart in a Bottle’ by Oliver Jeffers. During our English lessons we learnt to identify what a problem is those found in familiar stories that we have read previously.  We then identified the problem linked to the key text which was all about the heart that was … Continued

Happiness for my family…

English: We continued to explore the key text ‘The Jar of Happiness’ in more depth with a purpose to write a poem about our family. First we looked at the characters in the story and began to imagine what happiness might look like for each of them. Would happiness look the same for the cat … Continued

Jar of happiness!

Happy New Year! The children have had a great first week back to school, we have enjoyed hearing all about what they have been up to over the holidays. We have launched our new topic ‘All you need is love’ through our first key text: A Jar of Happiness where we thought about our emotions, … Continued

Shape Explorers!

Its been a shape-tastic week in Year 1! We have been exploring shapes and their properties through building them, drawing them, finding them in our classroom, reading shape stories, creating shape art work and finishing our week with a shape workshop with Mr Rolls! At home: can you identify the shapes of the presents under … Continued

How to Wash a Wolly Mamouth

What a festive end to the week, the children thoroughly enjoyed designing and creating the wonderful ‘2020 seasonal calendars’ to sell at this years Winter Fest’ – Thank you to all the children who worked hard to create stunning art work and to the parents for supporting the school in raising money to further the … Continued

Look out for the letter!

We have continued to deepen our understanding around the Great Fire that broke out in London in 1666. We explored active story telling where we developed a sense of emotions that were connected to individual characters who were involved in the disaster. English: This week we learnt to edit and improve our writing (letter to … Continued

Dear King Charles II

  What a interesting week we have had at UCPS , thank you for your understanding on Tuesday when the school was closed due to heating failure. English: This week we learnt to build noun phrases using a writing frame to ensure the adjective is placed before the noun e.g. heavy, leather bucket  or wooden, … Continued

Help! London’s burning!

This week we have gone back to our Great Fire of London learning! In English we have been exploring using exclamation marks to portray feeling and emotion. We have used this to write a letter in role to the Mayor of London, asking him to help stop the fire. In maths we have continued with … Continued

Forest and Fairy Fun!

This week the children have been immersed in the Shakespeare play ‘Midsummer Nights Dream’ a story about love, fairies, magic and mischief. Through active story telling we have become the characters and explored the quite complicated story lines. Our favourite was when the fairy queen Titania is tricked into falling in love with Nick Bottom, … Continued

Fire! Fire!

  This week the children have become immersed in the story of The Great Fire of London! We have learnt about the what happened, why it spread so much, why it happened and we have used our senses to think about what it may have felt like to be there. Can you tell your adults … Continued

Happy Half Term!

What a great week to end our first half term in Year 1! We’ve had some fantastic story writing about the little boat in English, finding all the ways to partition 5 and 6 in Maths and learning the 7 Continents in Topic. The children have especially enjoyed singing the continents song, here is the … Continued

Lead me to the golden treasure!

This week we have been doing lots of fantastic learning across all subjects as we come to the end of our topic and the children have shown great enthusiasm towards the new golden challenges during the afternoons! In English, the children have explored using adjectives by describing pictures, and reading and identifying them in a … Continued

The blog that wouldn’t post from Week 5

A week of fantastic independent learning has occurred with many children really challenging themselves across the curriculum. Singing: Morning has Come   &   Dan, Dan the Silly Wee Man! English: This week we wrote a free verse poem all about the onomatopoeia words that we might hear onboard Christopher Columbus’ ship! We challenged ourselves … Continued

The pots went bubble and the sails went flap!

A week of fantastic independent learning has occurred with many children really challenging themselves across the curriculum. Singing: Morning has Come   &   Dan, Dan the Silly Wee Man! English: This week we wrote a free verse poem all about the onomatopoeia words that we might hear onboard Christopher Columbus’ ship! We challenged ourselves … Continued

Jump aboard the ship, shhh what can you hear?

It has been fantastic to see the children really settling into the Year 1 expectations and forming new friendships in their classes. English: the children jumped aboard a sailing ship and explored onomatopoeia words to describe the sounds they could hear with a gramma  focus of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. E.g. The … Continued

Lets go on an Adventure!

This week we have started exploring our new topic! In English we have been focusing on labels, what they are and what their purpose is. We have been very busy not only labelling equipment for a sea adventurer but also labeling things in our own classrooms. In maths we have been focusing on comparisons, using … Continued

First week fun!

Welcome back! We have had a great week in Year 1 exploring our classrooms and making new friends. We have been focusing on remembering our golden agreements and understand how we can show them in our classes and across the school. Can you remember the 5 golden agreements? We have also begun to explore our … Continued