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Welcome to our Year 1 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
For more information please read our curriculum newsletter below:

Our Year 1 Staff

Miss A Hodgson – Teacher

Miss C Orchard – Teacher

Miss R Griffith – Teaching Assistant

Friday 15th November

What a busy week have had in Year 1!

On Monday we had a special visitor come to see us in assembly. It was Pudsey bear! We raised money for Children in Need on Friday. Thank you for your donations. We had a two minute silence for Armistice Day to remember all of those who lost their lives for us.

On Monday afternoon, as part of our Geography work, we went on a trip around our local area. We walked to the park and thought about the features of our environment. We then walked to Sainsbury’s and had a drink of juice and snack. We even went to the pet section and bought our new rabbit Colin some treats! It was great fun.

On Tuesday, it was odd sock day to celebrate anti-bullying week. We have been doing work on verbal bullying and reminding ourselves to only say kind things to each other. We made a kindness jar. Each person in the class wrote a nice thing about another member of the class. We then shared them with each other, it made us feel happy.

On Wednesday, we had a visit from the lady from Kalma Baby Yoga Sunderland. She delivered an anti-bullying yoga session for Year 1. Check out our downward dogs! It was great fun. We learnt how to work together as a team using hula hoops.

It has been maths week this week. We have been learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We also had maths family learning morning on Thursday and we came dressed as rockstars!

We have been acting out our superhero book – there are some very good actors in Year 1!

Our homework for the next three weeks is to complete a Superhero topic. Children can do anything they choose, for example, write a superhero story, do some art, make models, and design a superhero den.

We will put some photos on the blog when they are finished. Some children already have an idea of what they would like to do at home.

The winner of the Plainsy pass this week is Amelia for her effort in all her work.

Layla has had the Plainsy pass this week and is taking Cuddles home this weekend. I wonder what adventures he will have.

Could you please ensure that your child brings their homework book in by Wednesday. We only had 9 children returning their books this week which meant that the new homework could not be stuck in.

The attendance for Year 1 this week is 90.5% which is well below the expected 96%.

Come on Year 1. Let’s see if you can improve your attendance. Well done to all the children who have been at school every day and have arrived on time. I will have to get the Attendance Treat box filled up again.

Have a good weekend everyone

Miss Orchard

Attendance: 90.5%

Minutes Late: 134 minutes

Friday 8th November

We have had a great week this week in Year 1.

We have been busing making firework pictures out of glitter and sequins and we have been making rockets out of shapes.

In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and have been on a shape hunt around school. Can you spot any while you are out this weekend?

Our new topic is Superheroes and we have started a new superhero class story.

In topic work we have started our Geography work and we are learning about our local area. We are going for a trip out around Plains Farm next week!

In science we are now learning about materials, we have been sorting everyday materials this week.

In our Literacy, we have been writing some Wanted posters and have been using some really good adjectives for description.

Could everyone please bring in their PE kits next Wednesday as we have a yoga coach coming in to deliver yoga to year 1 on Wednesday afternoon?

Attendance: 96.5%

Minutes Late: 41 minutes

Friday 25th October

Wow what a fun week we have had here in Year 1!

On Monday we were busy completing lots of Halloween themed activities and we were exploring pumpkins. We used feely bags in the sand, made monsters out of playdough and we were counting spiders and googly eyes!

On Tuesday we had a visit from Reverend Graham. We gave him our thank you letters that we wrote for him on Monday to thank him for letting us come and visit his church. Reverend Graham and his helpers made angels with us out of card. They are beautiful.

On Wednesday, we went on our school trip to Beamish. We went on the bus, then when we got there, we went back to the 1950’s in a toy workshop. We got to play with all the old toys. We really enjoyed it.  In the afternoon, we went to visit the old school, the houses and the farm. We were so tired by the time we got on the bus to come back home.

On Thursday, we came into school wearing fancy dress costumes. Miss Orchard thought we looked gruesome! We had a family learning morning with Halloween activities. We made Gloop, ghosts and skeletons and a lot more. Thank you to all of our adults who came to work with us. The disco in the afternoon was great fun

On Wellbeing Friday, we were thinking about how to be kind and why it is so important to be kind. We gave complements to each other which made us feel good. We ‘took notice’ by collecting lots of autumn leaves and looking really carefully at the colours that were in them. We made pictures of animals using the leaves.

Attendance: 97.6%

Minutes Late: 26

Friday 18th October

This week in Year 1 we had a visit from a very special lady, she taught us all how to be ICE CATS! She turned us into superheroes and showed us what to do to keep ourselves safe in an emergency. She told us that we were the best class in the school!

In maths this week we have been working really hard we have been learning how to add and subtract numbers up to 20! The children are going to practise some more of this for their homework.

In History, we have been sorting old and new toys in preparation for our school trip to Beamish next week, we can’t wait we are so excited!

This week Maja was our writer of the week for producing some amazing independent writing. Our mathematician of the week was Luke for trying really hard with his numbers in lessons and in independent learning time. Well done!

On Tuesday, we had a visit from Reverend Graham, he was teaching us about the harvest festival and why people might need to use food banks. We are supporting our local food bank in school throughout the year and will be having various collections.

Well done to Scarlet for achieving the Plainsy pass for her amazing writing.

Friday 11th October

It has been another busy week here in Year 1.

On Tuesday we walked along to our local church and Reverend Graham showed us around. On the way to the church we gave out smiley faces to members of the public to brighten up their day for smile week. We have been doing lots of writing about our trip to the church in Literacy.

On Wednesday we were learning about keeping our body and teeth healthy. We made healthy lunchboxes.

On Thursday it was Yellow Mental Health Day, we all wore bright colours for school. We all let off balloons in the yard with smiley faces on it was so fun!

We talked about what makes us happy and did some yoga to clear our minds. We then dressed up Miss Orchard in funny clothes and messed her hair up it was soooo funny!

Attendance: 96.7%

Minutes Late: 45 minutes

Reminders:

Please help your child to learn their spellings every week. The spelling sheet does not need to be sent back in with the homework book but can be kept at home. Spellings will be tested every Friday.

Some children have still not got a water bottle in school. Could you please make sure that they bring one in.

PE is on Monday. Please ensure PE kits are in school all week.

Reading books should be brought in daily.

Homework is handed out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

Friday 4th October

Once again in Year 1, we have been working our socks off!

We had a shock when we came in from play on Monday and found that the classroom had been made into a real mess! It was a tip! There was a clue about who had made it like this and it said that it was Cuddles. We knew it wasn’t and we thought that it might have been the bear from the Going On a Bear hunt story.

We told Miss Orchard about what had happened when she came in because she was going to be cross with us for leaving the classroom in such a mess. She couldn’t believe it when we told her what had  happened!

In Design and Technology, we have been designing and making Memory Boxes. Have a look at some of these boxes – they were very impressive!

We have been doing lots of work learning how to write recounts and we will be great at writing about our visit to the church next week.

We have been looking at photographs of things that we might see at the church and we have thought of some questions that we would like to ask Reverend Graham when we go.

We had great fun looking at old toys in our history lesson. The best toy was the Jack in the box as we kept on getting a fright when it jumped out!

Writer of the week:  Layla, who has tried so hard all week to make  her writing even better.

Winner of the Plainsy Pass: Jacob. Well done Jacob for all your hard work this week.  You were very good at putting objects in order of length.

Our class attendance this week was:     93.3%

Minutes late: 50 minutes

Reminders:

Please help your child to learn their spellings every week. The spelling sheet does not need to be sent back in with the homework book but can be kept at home. Spellings will be tested every Friday.

Some children have still not got a water bottle in school. Could you please make sure that they bring one in.

PE is on Monday. Please ensure PE kits are in school all week.

Reading books should be brought in daily.

Homework is handed out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

Friday 27th September

In Year 1, we have been working very hard again this week. In Literacy, we have been developing our writing skills by using describing words and we are trying to remember that these words are called ‘adjectives’. Our sentences are improving and we are using capital letters and full stops. Our challenge is to remember how to place our letters on the lines when we are writing.

Helping to learn spellings sent home every week will support in making us even better writers. It helps to write the words a lot of times.

In maths, we have been counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. Please could you help us to pracise these at home?


Children have been working at the Office station and have been taking important phone calls!

Thank you to Olly and Harper for helping at the MacMillan Coffee afternoon. They were very good sales people.

On our Wellbeing Friday, we have  been learning the skills of listening carefully to others and deciding what makes a good listener. This fits in with the ‘Connect’ area of Wellbeing. We have also been outside and made pictures using natural materials.

Luca  was the winner of the Pom pom challenge. He had to use tweezers to pick up pompoms and put them in a basket. This improved hand-eye coordination and finger strength.

Writer of the week: Sophie

Winner of the Plainsy Pass: Frankie

Our class attendance this week was: 100% Well done Year 1!

Minutes late: 30

Reminders:

PE is on Monday and Friday. Please ensure PE kits are in school all week.

Reading books should be brought in daily.

Homework is handed out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

Please help your child to learn their spellings every week.

Please make sure that your child brings a coat into school every day.

Some children have not got a water bottle in school. Could you please make sure that they bring one in.

Many thanks

Friday 20th September 2019

Children in Year 1 have been working very hard this week but have had lots of fun.

We have started our Guided Reading sessions every morning and have been reading a text together to work on our reading and comprehension skills.

In Science, we have started looking at the five senses. We went on a sense hunt around school. We have been listening and identifying lots of different sounds and have been touching different textures. We tasted different foods with different textures.


I am not sure if Sophie and Harper liked eating jelly!

Children are getting better at getting themselves ready for PE and have been moving in different ways and practising their throwing and catching skills.



We were challenged in the Maths Escape Room and Reading Escape room on Tuesday and Wednesday. The children acted as detectives and used their amazing counting and phonic knowledge to solve the clues.

In Literacy, we have been making our sentences better by using adjectives to describe nouns. Well done Kayden for describing the mud as ‘sticky and squishy’. We have also been learning how to write capital letters and to match them to lower case letters. Keep practising at home Year 1!

There has been some excellent work produced in the creative areas. I particularly like Harry’s snail. A photo of it is going on our wall display

The famous Plainsy Pass this week has been awarded to Kyle for his perseverance and resilience in writing this week. Well done Kyle!

The Maths award has been awarded to Layla for excellent effort trying to write her numbers.

The Writing award goes to Harry for trying hard in is writing.

Keep up the good work Year 1.

Our attendance this week is…… 98.1%

The number of lates are…….. 87 minutes

Friday 13th September 2019

Welcome back! It was lovely to see all the children dressed so smartly in their school uniforms. They have grown so much over the summer holidays! The Year 1 team have really enjoyed their first week. The children have blown us away with how sensible and hard working they are.

We spent the first few days deciding on our class rules and getting to know the classroom. We chose who was on the School Council and the Anti-bullying team and made an Anti-Bullying Charter.

Our school council members this year are: Harper Smith and Olly Reed. Well done for being nominated!

The two children on the Anti-Bullying team are: Tia and Kayden Rose-Long.

On Monday, we started our new topic ‘We’re going on bear hunt’.

In Literacy, we acted out parts of the story, sequencing pictures and making our own story maps! We can tell the story using the story map – ask us to show you some of the actions at home – we are very good!

In Maths, we have been practising our counting skills to 20 and above. Some children could even could even count to 100! We are going to be working on this throughout the year. In the areas, we have been ordering bears and counting bears to match numerals.

We have started our Science work and  have been learning the names of our body parts. We have been learning that humans have senses and what these senses are.

Our PE lessons have been fun. With the coach, we learnt to move in different ways using different parts of our body.

We named our class teddy ‘Cuddles’. Cuddles went home with Emily this week. He went to the swimming baths but he decided to stay in the car so that he did not get wet.

The Plainsy Pass has been awarded to Tia for her hard work and enthusiasm this week. She will be first in the line all week, get something from tuck shop everyday, first in for dinner everyday and Thursday lunchtime ICT session. Well done Tia.

Our class attendance this week is: 98.1%

Minutes late: O – Well done everyone!

We are aiming at attendance over 96% every week.

Reminders:

PE is on Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure PE kits are in school all week.

Reading books should be brought in daily

Homework is handed out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

Please make sure that your child brings a coat into school every day.