News from Year 1

It’s been another busy week in Year 1 this week. Our Christmas play rehearsals are in full swing and we look forward to practicing on the stage in the hall next wee. If you have any outfits or props that we could borrow, please feel free to send them in.

We have also really enjoyed making lots of creations for our new display area, using junk modeling. If you have any recycled materials/junk modelling you could share with us at school, we would be most grateful.

Don’t forget to check out the updated RE blog here for our latest RE homework task. Well done to the children who have already completed it 🙂

Have a restful weekend, Miss Battams and Mrs Brunt

News from Year 1 – superheroes are go!

This week, we have really enjoyed emerging ourselves in our learning about superheroes, thanks to our new book in English, ‘Send for a Superhero’. We have been writing question sentences with question marks and using adjectives to describe our own superheroes that we created.

In Maths, we have been focusing on subtraction. We have been acting out subtraction stories and then writing them up, using pictures/drawings to support our learning.

In PE this week, we focused on the season Summer in our dance learning. We studied a video of waves on a beach and recreated it within small groups. We had to work in unison to ensure we completed each move together, at the same time. We also worked as a class to use the canon effect to recreate the motion of a wave, which was a little tricky but fun to practice!

Please see the updated RE blog here as we move our focus on to Waiting as part of Advent.

Have a restful weekend,

Miss Battams and Mrs Brunt 🙂

News from Year 1 – the week of weeks!

This week has been a week of weeks. We started the week with anti-bullying week. The theme this year was ‘one kind word’. We discussed different words that we could use that were kind such as love, care, smile, helpful. We chose a word and wrote it on a strip of paper to construct a kindness paper chain, which is hanging beautifully in our classroom.

It was also other faiths week in RE this week. We focused on the religion, Islam. We learnt about how the Prophet Muhammad was the messenger for Allah and wrote the Islamic holy book the Quran, from the teachings sent by the Angel Gabriel. We also learnt what sort of person Muhammad was by listening to stories about his life. We realised that Muhammad was kind and caring but also a wise Prophet who was very helpful.

Today, we enjoyed dressing up in something spotty for Children in Need. Well done to the class for going dotty! Thank you for all of your kind donations too.

Have a great weekend,

Miss Battams and Mrs Brunt 🙂

News from Year 1 – gunpowder, treason and plot!

This week kicked off with a bang! We have enjoyed starting our new History learning about Guy Fawkes and the gun powder plot. We even made our own fireworks by twisting different layers of materials around a straw, securing it with tape. These looked fantastic!

Our new book in English, Send for a Superhero by Michael Rosen

We have sadly come to the end of our learning about the Naughty Bus but we are looking forward to starting our new book, Send for a Superhero by Michael Rosen next week. It really is a super book.

Next week in RE, we will be focusing on Islam and the story of the prophet Mohammed. If you have any artefacts (a prayer mat, a copy of the Quran etc.) linked to Islam at home, it would be great for the children to bring them in for show and tell next week.

Finally, if you have any costumes you could share with the class for our Christmas play, that would be great. Anything from a Mary and Joseph outfit to a star costume, anything nativity related would be very helpful!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Battams and Mrs Brunt 🙂

News from Year 1 – welcome back!

Welcome back Year 1 after the half term break. It has been great to be back as a whole class once again 🙂

This week, we have continued our learning about the story Naughty Bus. We have started to plan our stories using our own toys and will be writing up our stories next week. Thank you for fulfilling my last minute plea for brining in favourite toys!

Just a reminder, we have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, kits should have been returned and on pegs ready to go.

Thank you for the great efforts with Travelling Ted, it has been great to see Ted travelling around our local area. He made it to the park and to church and even to Sainsbury’s! Well done everyone.

Next week, we look forward to starting our History learning about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.

Have a restful weekend,

Miss Battams 🙂

News from Year 1 – happy half term!

What a half term it has been! Well done to all the children for settling so well into Year 1. We have really enjoyed reading about the naughty adventures of the Naughty Bus and the mischievous Cave Baby in English.

In Maths, we have become pros at number bonds to five and look forward to learning more about our numbers bonds to 10. We have really enjoyed using counters, cubes and numicon to help us.

In RE we have looked at families and how we can love and care for others in our church families and in our families at home. We look forward to continuing our learning about belonging and baptism after half term.

Looking forward to next half term, have a look at our curriculum overview to see what we are learning about, including the Gunpowder Plot. I’ll leave you with some pictures of our Halloween mufti day, spooky!

Have a great break, Miss Battams 🙂

News from Year 1 – say hello to… Travelling Ted

To help us with our learning about our local area in Geography, the children will get an opportunity to take Travelling Ted on a journey of your local area for two days.

Whether you’re off to a swimming lesson or playing in your local park, take Ted along and get a picture of him. Even if you’re walking to school or going to Rainbows, show us Ted’s journey of your local area. Don’t forget to fill in his journal so we can see where Ted has travelled to locally.

Ted will start his travels today, working in alphabetical order through the children’s names in the register. Please make sure Ted is returned after two days, with his journal and a completed entry. Feel free to send photographs in the Google classroom or via the office.


Miss Battams (and Travelling Ted) 🙂

News from Year 1 – That Naughty Bus!

It’s been another busy week for Year 1. We have really enjoyed starting our new book in English, the Naughty Bus by Jan Oke. We have been using our new found knowledge of buses to write sentences with full stops and capital letters.

We have also enjoyed using apparatus in PE this week. We experimented with travelling across the benches using different parts of our bodies, at a variety of heights. Here are some pictures of us in action:

In our RE topic Belonging, will be focusing on the first Sacrament, Baptism. It would be great if the children could bring in their baptismal candles, photos from their baptism or even their gowns to share with the class. Thank you to the children that have already brought in their baptismal candles.

Have a relaxing weekend,

Miss Battams 🙂

Year 1 – those tricky words!

Dear parents and carers,

If your child needs to change their tricky words in their reading folders, please have a look at the below list of tricky words for Year 1. Please tick off the words your child is confident with and practice the words they are finding tricky.

This should be completed in addition with reading the colour banded books in your child’s reading folder too.

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Miss Battams 🙂

Y1 RE Learning – Waiting

Our RE topic for the next four weeks is based around the theme of Waiting.

We will be considering the big questions:

  • How do you feel when you are waiting for something you like?
  • What do you find difficult about waiting? 
  • What can you do to make waiting easier? 
  • How can we best prepare for Christmas?

Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.

Prayer and reflection:
Today a Saviour is born!
In the stillness of the night God enters human history 
through the birth of his only Son.
He is our peace and hope.
In him we praise God for his
goodness to us in giving us so great a gift. Amen.

We shall be focuses on the following scriptures:

Luke 1: 26-31, 38 – God’s Story 2 page 55
Luke 1: 39-45 – God’s Story 2 page 56
Luke 2: 1-7 – God’s Story 2 page 58
Luke 2: 8-20 – God’s Story 2 page 59

Key words for the topic are:

waiting, preparing, messenger, visit, celebrate, Advent, Jesus, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, shepherds, angels, Christmas, Bethlehem, manger, worship, wreath, Sign of the Cross, belong, belonging friends, sacrament, invitation, welcome, Baptism, godparents, font, sign

For their RE home learning:
Play a game of hide and seek with your family or friends. Write down words that describe how you feel when you’re waiting to be found.