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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to our Year 1 page.  We will share information on here, about your child's learning and you'll get regular updates about what they have been doing in class.  There is a copy of our curriculum overview below, so you can see what learning will be taking place throughout the year.  If you want to find out about specific curriculum areas, for example: 'Science' or 'Music' look at the 'Curriculum' section of the website.  We have a list of 50 recommended reads for Year 1, which are wonderful books and we encourage your child to read whilst they are with us.  Please mark them off, on the booklet you have been given, when your child has read them. 


Here is some information about our Year 1 curriculum:

Autumn Term

We will begin the school year finding out 'What makes us a human?' by naming our body parts and exploring our senses.  We will also be naming and exploring common animal groups, including: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  We will find out that some animals are carnivores, some are herbivores and some are omnivores. 


In Maths, we will begin our learning with place value: counting, reading and writing numbers and comparing numbers.


In English, we will study a great book called 'The Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis and then  'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr.


Bog Baby Hunt

As an introduction to our new text 'Bog Baby' we took the children on a Bog Baby hunt around school.  We talked about what the Bog Baby might look like, where we might find it and how it might behave.  The children were very excited and did some very careful searching! We looked in the classroom, the hall, the playground and the school garden.  After lots of looking, we finally found him in the garden.  

Summer 1 - Who had the best time - Nana or me?


This half term we are exploring toys from the past and finding out who plays with them and building a chronology from the 1970s to modern day. We will be comparing toys and discussing who played with the best toys and why, learning about famous inventors along the way. We will be investigating the properties of materials toys are made from and identifying their characteristics.  We will design, make and evaluate our own moving vehicle and make fruit jelly. We will become Artists for the day and create a picture in the style of Romero Britto. We will also compare the weather between Winter and Spring, identifying differences between the two seasons. 


In English our Star Author is Mini Grey and we will be completing exciting reading and writing activities based on one of her books 'Traction Man'.


In Maths we will continue to look at place value, addition and subtraction and within continuous provision we will be learning how to tell the time to o'clock and half past. 

Spring 2 - Is it better to be hot or cold?


Welcome back after the half term break. During this half term we will be comparing the features of hot and cold countries and finding out why people choose to go on holiday to these different countries. We will be finding out about the equator and the North and South Poles. We will also be learning about the different foods animals eat and completing a mini beast study towards the end of the half term.


In English this half term we will be completing activities based on two picture books. The first book is ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and the second is ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett who is also our author focus for this half term.






In Maths this half term we will look at counting in 2’s and 5’s and then we will move on to measurements. We will look at length and height and then move on to weight and mass.

A gallery of our learning this half term at home and in school.

You have all worked so hard and we are very proud of you all. Well done!

Spring 1 - 'Is home where the heart is?'


This half term we will be looking at the 4 countries which make up the United Kingdom and the seas which surround us. We will then be looking at Sutton-in-Ashfield, discussing the different types of buildings we can see. In Science we will be learning about properties of materials and discovering which materials sink or float and why. We will be using vocabulary such as 'absorbent', 'transparent', 'opaque' and many others to describe items in our school. 


In Maths we will be learning about 3D shape along with addition and subtraction number sentences. Our focus this half term will also be to develop our reasoning skills - explaining how you know the answer is correct and showing us by using concrete materials or drawing a picture. 


Our key text this half term is 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan Oke. We will learn all about what adventures the Naughty bus goes on and think about how his adventures may make other people feel. We Will also be writing a character description of the Naughty Bus and our very own adventure story!


Bird Feeders


As part of our Science this half term we have made and written instructions on how to make bird feeders. We talked about which type of birds we may see land on them and why. We hung all our bird feeders in the garden and we have heard from staff around school that our bird feeders have been enjoyed by many birds. 



Autumn 2 'Why is our family unique?


This half term we will be looking at our families. We will be discovering if things were different when our Grandparents were little and looking at how buildings and houses may have changed. We will also be looking at the United Kingdom, talking about what makes us an island and learning the 4 seas which surround us.  In Science we will be starting our weather, temperature and rain recording (which will continue over the year) and looking at the four seasons, in particular, Autumn. We will also be looking at classification of animals and learning which family they belong to. In RE and PSHE we will be looking at the Christmas Story and what makes a good friend. 


In Maths we will be looking at number bonds, subtraction and 3D shapes.

Our key text and author focus in English is 'Grandma Bird' by Benji Davies.






We have been having a great time in Year 1. We have been engineers, builders and mathematicians to name a few!

Welcome to Year 1

It is lovely to see all of the children back in school and ready to learn. Please find below our "Welcome to Year 1" Letter and information to support your child with reading at home.

We also have a list of 50 books we recommend the children read during their time in Year 1. Please mark them off as you share them. Who will be the first to read them all?

Our core text for Autumn 1 is The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward. We will look at what makes us human by exploring the name for our body parts and explore our senses. We will also look at the book The tiger who came for tea, when we will look at healthy food choices.

Presentation Rainbow Final.mp4

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Home Learning in Year 1

Please note: Year 1 classes now have Class Dojo set up. If you have a child in Year 1 and you have not already done so, please could you sign up to their class. If you have a child in this year group and you have not had an email to create your account, then please email the school office so this can be sorted. Please pass this message on to other parents. Thank you.

Please find below a learning pack for each week for children to access and continue their learning from home.

Below are the Common Exception Words for Year 1 that your child needs to be able to read and spell.  Practise using them in sentences.

Please find below a document with lots of useful links to support home learning

Useful websites for remote learning.
For those of you who would like a bit of structure in your lives; here's what various celebrities are offering you and you children for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:
9am - PE with Joe Wicks
9:30am - Wildlife with Steve Backshall on Facebook
10am - Maths with Carol Vorderman
11am - English with David Walliams
11am - Science with Maddie Moate on YouTube (the class can be viewed anytime)
11:30am - Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook
12pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1pm - Music with Myleen Klass
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel
2pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30 days)
4pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)

Daily audio stories with David Walliams.

Now, every day at 11am, David Walliams, author of The Boy in The Dress and Gangsta Granny, will be sharing an audio story from one of his best-selling World's Worst Children short story collections.

Whether your children are already firm fans of the author or not, this is a sure way to add some fun and laughter to their mornings. The daily treat is nostalgically named 'Elevenses', and children and grown-ups can tune in for a tale elaborately told by the TV presenter, actor and comedian. And, yes, he does all the voices. Also on the site there are a range of activities for each book.   

Please find below some ideas for ways to keep active while at home. 

Let's get moving with Joe Wicks! Every Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.

Art activities for home learning

We are really excited to have our 50 'Year 1 Recommended Reads' in our classroom book corners. How many do you think we will share by the end of Year 1?

Summer 2 2020: Terrific toys!


We start our journey by thinking about and looking at our favourite toy. We will then ask an older adult, that we know, to share what they use to play with as a child. Then we will talk about how years are split into decades and move backwards from 1990 to 1950, looking at a member of staff who was born in each decade, to find out what they use to play with. We will then go even further back in time and look at toys from Victorian toys, we will discuss how rich children had different toys to poor children and we will look at a range of Victorian games. We will look at how some toys have always been popular, e.g: dolls and cars, but that sometimes they change a little bit as time goes on and fashions change. We will talk about the main changes have been brought about by technology, changing materials (plastic), attitudes, and health and safety regulations. We will develop our understanding of materials, by comparing the materials modern toys are made of, with the materials, old toys are made of. We will talk about how some materials are natural and some are man-made. Finally we will set up a toy museum in the classroom, we will organise the toys into different groups for parents to come and look at. 

Summer 1 2020: Would Peter Rabbit like to live at Sutton Lawn?


This half term we will be looking at plants in our environment and thinking about how they grow. 


We will start our journey by learning about seeds, how they can look different and thinking about how they grow into plants. We will look at common plants and name them. We will think about how some plants are wild plants and about how they might have got there. We will look at different examples of trees and discuss the difference between a ‘deciduous’ and ‘evergreen’. We will recap the names of parts of a plant and tree and think about the role of each of these parts. We will think about the features of 'Spring' and look for them on a walk around school.  The books we are focusing upon this half term are 'The Rabbit Problem' and 'Peter Rabbit'.

Spring 2 2020: Time travelling adventures!


We start our journey by looking at modern buildings and thinking about the features they have, comparing this to houses from different periods. We then focus our time travel adventure on Victorian times, looking at who the reigning monarch was and what changes she brought during her time. We look at a Victorian house and the objects it would have inside. we talk about how we can find out about the past using artefacts, photographs and books. We identify similarities between a Victorian and modern kitchen, bathroom and living room. We look at how they would wash their clothes without electricity and running water. We set up our classroom like a Victorian classroom and experience what school life would have been like for a Victorian child. Finally, we write a letter to a Victorian child, describing what we like and what we would find difficult about a Victorian house. We describe how a modern house is different to the Victorian house ad what modern day objects we would like to show the Victorian child. 

We had a great time dressing up in sporty clothes and participating in a dance - athon all for a great cause - Sport Relief!

We have had fun role-playing in our modern kitchen.

Spring 1 2020: Getting about our town.


We start our learning journey by looking at our classroom and creating a map of it. We take a walk around Sutton-in-Ashfield to see where the train lines used to go in front of our school and plot our walk on a map using symbols. We investigate why there is no longer a train line outside our school and undertake fieldwork to find out what transport is used to get around our town now. We research vehicles used in the past including the locomotive invented by George Stephenson who resided in Chesterfield. We then extend out from Sutton-in-Ashfield and use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and the four countries that make up the UK. We begin to identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and discuss places we have visited and how we could get there. Finally, we develop our DT skills by designing, making and testing a vehicle that can move. We will create a transport museum to show our parents and share our learning.

We had fun designing, creating, testing and evaluating our moving vehicles as part of our DT project.

We enjoyed participating in a 'live read' today about trains and staying safe over half term around train lines. We managed to answer all of the questions correctly too!

We enjoyed our RE trip to St Mary Magdalene's church to find out what it was like inside.

As part of Geography, we ‘visited’ each country in the UK and completed our passport with facts about each country.

We learnt about Ireland and learnt an Irish jig.

We learnt about Scotland and did some wellie wanging.

We learnt about England and tasted scones with butter and jam.

We learnt about Wales and learnt to sing head, shoulders knees and toes in Welsh.

We enjoyed our walk to see the station house and where the train lines used to go.

Autumn 2

This half term we are thinking about the question

‘What is the weather like?’

We will be using symbols to show what the weather is like where we live. We will prepare and perform our own live TV weather forecast.

We will be comparing the features of hot and cold countries and finding out about the equator and the North and South Poles. We will think about why people choose to go on holiday to different countries. We will be finding out what things you may need and what things you can do in different countries. We will also make maps to show features of different areas. We will have an African experience.

We had fun being weather reporters and recording each other using an I-pad.

We have been learning about the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and have used his pointillism technique to recreate our own versions of ‘Starry night’

Reward Party

We have worked really hard together as a class to earn 20 leaves for our Key Stage 1 Values Tree.  We have earned leaves for our five school values: respect, responsibility, resilience, independence and kindness.  As a reward for achieving our target of 20 leaves we chose to have a pyjama party on the last day of term.

Year 1 enjoyed their African experience today and were very brave! Ask your child which animal they preferred and why.

In Maths this week we have been creating pictures using 2D shapes.

We have been learning about Andy Goldsworthy who is a British artist. Andy makes sculptures with natural materials on sites in the UK and around the world. He has made them in forests, fields, cities, lakes and fields. They are known as land art. We have been trying to create our own land art using natural materials we collected on our Autumn walk. We hope you like them!

We went for an Autumn walk in our school grounds.

Autumn 1 2019

This half term we are thinking about the question:

‘What makes us a human?’

In order to answer our question we will be learning to -

· Identify and name the parts of the human body and say what senses are linked to each part.

· Identify and name common animals.

· Sort animals into the following groups according to different criteria—fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores.

· Describe and compare the bodies of different animals.

We went to Asda to look at different types of fruits to put into our fruit salad.  We looked at the countries they came from.

Children have enjoyed classifying animals into 6 groups: mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish.

We had fun tasting various fruits to find out what would be suitable to make a healthy fruit salad for the ‘Tiger Who Came To Tea’.

We have been finding out about our five senses.  We have undertaken a range of investigations to find out more about them.  We played a smelling game with lavender, garlic, orange, mint and coffee.  We played a feely bag game to use our sense of touch.  We used a magnifying glass to use our sense of sight to do some observational drawing.  Finally we made a phone with string and cups to see if we could feel the sound vibrations.