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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

Mrs Owen – Teacher

Mrs Quill – HLTA

Friday 23rd October 2020

Can you believe it is half term already!

This week we have been enjoying all things Halloween! Within our continuous provision we have had opportunities to carve pumpkin, search for spiders, craft a pumpkin, make a potion of numbers and make red blood playdough cakes. Look at how much fun we have had.

In maths we have used resources to help us identify one more and one less within 50.

Also this week in art we have been using the mirrors to help us think carefully about our own faces and used pencils, coloured pencils, chalks and pastels to create some amazing self-portraits. Take a look:

On Monday in PSHE we also spent some time discussing good and bed choices and what consequences and rewards may occur as a result of the choices we make.

And the best news this week…….. In English we wrote to Miss Cassidy to tell her about Poppy going missing. We asked her if we could look at the cameras but she went a step further…. She found us a letter from Rainbowplum the fairy. We all went off to the secret garden and guess what we found:


All the children were so pleased to have found her and she enjoyed the rest of our party day with us!

Today has been our Halloween party, we had fun dancing outside and playing musical statues. We also enjoyed some tasty treats.

Please remember homework has been set for over the holidays on Education City and reading books have been handed out for you to practise throughout the week.

Finally, today is my last day at Plains Farm Academy. It is a very bitter sweet day for me as I move back down to Manchester to be closer to my extended family (after the pandemic), which will be lush for my children as they grow up but of course this means the sadness of leaving Plains Farm Academy. Since joining the school in 2017 I have always felt like a huge part of the team. I am honoured to have had the pleasure of working in this school with amazing staff, parents but most of all children. I will miss each and every child from the school. I hope you all continue to shine and grow and become the smart, sensible and well-mannered young adults that I know you all are. I will be keeping in touch with lots of staff and I can’t wait to hear great things about you all. I may not be here every day to share your successes but I will come back and visit and I will look forward to the day when I come back and share your greatest highs. You all have so many individual qualities that make you shine so bright I hope you hold out and push for your greatest dreams. I have no doubts that each and every child in this school has the potential to do great things in life.

To my year 1s: Sorry we didn’t get long together, I want you to know how incredibly proud you have all made me in such a short time. Keep reaching for the stars you are all able to catch them! Your new teacher, Mrs Whitehead will be delighted to see you all on 2nd November.

Big hugs and love

Mrs Owen

Friday 9th October 2020

This week has been extremely busy in year 1!

When we came in to school on Tuesday morning our classroom was a mess! There was pencils on the floor, books on the floor. Resources all over and Poppy our class bear was GONE!

We searched everywhere and eventually we found a letter from a naughty fairy saying she has taken our teddy because she couldn’t find any juicy apples to eat.

We have spent the week writing missing and wanted posters within our continuous provision as well as building traps for the fairy in our construction area.

In English we have been making predictions about where we think Poppy has gone, sequencing the events and discussing the key elements of a recount.

In Maths we have been learning about length and height. Comparing different lengths and heights to say if they are longer/shorter/taller. We have also been learning about weight and comparing weights using non-standard methods.

In History this week we have continued to learn about toys from the past – we compared toys from the early 20th century and toys from Victorian times. On Wednesday we created a simple timeline to show the various toys.

In PE we looked at how our bodies can move at different speeds, in different ways and directions. We also practiced our co-ordination skills in using a ball to move between two cones.

In music we have continued to learn our class song using sign language we will be ready to add it to the blog soon!


PE is now only taught on a Thursday – please come into school in your uniform on all other days.

Reading books need to be returned to school By Thursday each week

Homework must be completed online by Wednesday each week.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love Mrs Owen and Mrs Quill

Friday 2nd October 2020

Here we are at the end of another fabulous week of learning in year 1!

This week the children have blown us away with their learning within our areas. Take a look:

In English this week we continued to learn about Goldilocks and the three bears. We used the story map to help us write sentences using finger spaces, full stops, capital letters and adjectives. Today we retold the story in our inspired write books.

In maths we have been learning about different 2D and 3D shapes. We explored the names and properties of the shapes, compared them to one another and used a venn diagram to test them out in different ways.

We now have a new class teddy. She is a bunny called Poppy. Poppy is cuddly and cute and keeps a close eye on children during their choosing time to see who is making the most out of their learning opportunities.

In PE, we have worked on our sped and direction. Following a range of instruction to move quickly or slowly in different directions using different movements.

In RE we started looking at belonging. We discussed different places we belong such as school and clubs. Then made our own badge to show all the places we belong.

Within Art, we have been learning about self-portraits, we looked at a range of different artists who have drawn self-portraits and said what we liked or didn’t like about them.

Finally in music, we have continued to learn our new song ‘Hey you’ through the use of sign language.


  • Homework is set every week on education city and should be completed by Wednesday of the following week
  • Reading books go home on Friday and should be returned by Thursday the following week.
  • For the next few weeks we will only be having PE on a Thursday.

Many thanks,

Mrs Owen, Miss Quill and Mrs Cowley

Friday 25th September 2020

Good morning everyone,

We are at the end of another week, I hope you are all now settled back into school and enjoying Year 1.

This week in English we have been learning how to retell a story. Our focus text for this is ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’. During this week we have read the text several times, completed role play activities in small groups as a focus task and within our continuous provision areas and sequenced the story using pictures. Today we have created a class story map using pictures and actions to help us recall the story. Take a look below:

In maths we have been consolidating our number knowledge with numbers to 10. We have counted forwards and backwards, found one more and one less and compared amounts using greater and less than language.

The boys counted objects correctly and practised their number formation.

Within Science lessons, we have continued to learn about the human body. This week we looked closely at our five senses and discussed what each sense helps us to do.

Also this week we have completed some well being activities. This week we looked at ourselves and how we are unique and special. We completed a rainbow about ourselves to show how we are all different. We also filled our jar of dreams with the things that make us happy.  We also took part in some cosmic yoga.

Today we raised money for MacMillan by taking part in the September coffee morning. We loved eating our cakes and biscuits outside.

This week Iqra received our first writing award for using her phonics knowledge to write simple sentences. Her work is displayed in the hall for everyone to see. Well done Iqra!

This week Iqra received our first writing award for using her phonics knowledge to write simple sentences. Her work is displayed in the hall for everyone to see. Well done Iqra!

Have a lovely and safe weekend!

Love Mrs Owen, Miss Quill ad Mrs Cowley

Friday 18th September

Wow! What a busy week we have had in year one this week.

In English we have been reading the story Dogger.The story is all about a little boy who loses his favourite teddy and searches everywhere until he finds it for sale on a teddy stall. As our topic is ‘All about me’ we then wrote sentences about our favourite things to play with, eat and places to visit.

In maths this week we have continued to build our understanding of numbers within 10 including using tens frames, part whole models and our fingers. We have sorted two groups to find a total and used the addition and equal symbols.

Within our PE lessons this week we have continued to develop our ball control skills including throwing, catching and bouncing balls of different size and weights.

In Science we have been learning all about the human body. Firstly we identified and named different body parts in small groups. Then we labelled the parts using a body template.

Within computing lessons we have practiced switching the computer on and off and learned how to log on using our year 1 log in details.

We have also had lots of fun this week learning within our continuous provision.

In other news….

From Monday we have a new lunch time menu in school. The menu will work on a three week rota basis. Each day the children will be able to choose if they would like a hot meal or a grab and go meal. The menu is available for you to view in the newsfeed section of the website.

Please remember that homework is set on Education city every Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday, please ensure your child comes to school in their uniform on those days.

Here is our class newsletter:

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Owen, Miss Quill and Mrs Cowley

Friday 11th September

This week we have been working hard counting forwards within 10 and then within 20. We have used different picture representations to help us counting including fingers, number beads, numicon and counters. We have also been working hard on our number formation. Please keep practising this at home to make sure our numbers are the correct way round.

In English we have been learning about the difference between fiction and non-fiction books as well as learning more about traditional tales. We looked at a range of traditional stories and identified our favourite character and explained why.

In topic this week we have been looking at how everyone is special. We discussed how people are special in different ways and we told our friends what we thought made them special.

This week we also had our first PE lesson. First we went outside and warmed up using large body movements. Then we practised our rolling skills using different sized balls. As an extra challenge we rolled our balls in straight lines, zig zags and into a hoop.

Today I have sent everyone home with their Education City login. I have set Maths and English homework on there. Homework must be completed by Wednesday 16th September. If you have trouble accessing the internet to complete homework please let me know before Wednesday so we can make alternative arrangements. Homework is an important part of your child’s learning as it gives them the opportunity to embed skills they have been taught during the week.


Flexible registration is between 8.30-8.50am. School finishes at 3.15pm. Please maintain social distancing when picking up your child.

At present I am unable to hold face to face conversations at drop off and pick up times. If you have any issues or concerns please ring or email the school office and I will of course contact you via phone asap.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday – Children should come in PE kits on those days. PE is outside so please ensure clothing is appropriate.

Good morning everyone,

Today for your maths task I would like you to practise your number formation and ordering.

For English I would like you to look at the pictures and write a simple sentence to say what you can see. Use the word bank to help you!

Finally for topic I would like you to tell me more about you by filling in the all about me sheet with pictures and words. Also use the frames to draw your pets and write their name. If you don’t have any pets draw a picture of the pet you would like if you could get one.

Take care and stay safe xx

Good morning boys and girls,

Fingers crossed we will all be back in our lovely classroom soon until then I have put together some tasks for you to complete at home throughout the day.

Hello Everyone

Welcome back! It has been lovely to meet you all properly this week. I am really impressed with how well you have all settled back into the school routine.

This week we have been learning about how we can keep ourselves and others safe in school by washing our hands, keeping distance from each other and cleaning our equipment and belongings.

Thank you to everyone for following our one way system when arriving and leaving school. To limit the number of people gathering together please ensure you arrive to collect your child at the correct time. Not too early or late and please be respectful of our neighbours at all times.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Remember to come into school in your PE kit on these days. PE will be outside so make sure your child’s clothing is appropriate.

Enjoy your weekend and I will look forward to a full week together next week.

Mrs Owen, Miss Quill and Mrs Cowley

Thursday 16th July

Hello Year 1,

Please watch this short video to find out who your new teacher is and how you will come in to school in September.

Your new teacher is……

Friday 10th July

Dear Year 1s,

Next week is the last week that you will be a Year 1 child.

It’s such as shame that we are not all together to celebrate how hard you have worked in Year 1.

Your parents will be getting your school reports next week and we know that they will be so pleased to hear how well you were doing in school.

This week, we were allowed to go back to hairdressers so I’m sure that a lot of teachers will come into school on Monday looking completely different!

Miss Cassidy and all your teachers have been thinking very carefully about you coming back to school in September and we can’t wait to see you. Next week, you will be finding out which gates and doors you will use to come into school and you will find out who your new teacher is. I know that you are going to be really pleased when you find out who it is!

Until next week, keep on smiling those lovely smiles

Love from Miss Orchard, Mrs Maher and Mrs Cowley


Friday 3rd July

Hello to all of Year 1s.

Have you had a good week? Mrs Maher, Miss Orchard and Mrs Cowley hope that you have been doing some of the work that we gave you to do without arguing with your adults about it! We also hope that you have been having a nice time with your families.

This will be the last week of work set by us and the next time you have work given by teachers will be when you are in Year 2. You will all be ready to come back to school and to work your socks off for your next teacher!

Here are some phonics, reading, writing, maths and topic work to keep you busy. Don’t forget that if you cant get onto the Oxford Owl website link for your reading book, you can look at last week’s blog to see what to do. There are lots of books for your to read – some easier and some harder than you are used to. Go on – challenge yourself – can you read a harder book and amaze your adults?

This week, Mrs Maher has been loving being in Nursery. At least she has had time away from her naughty little dog, Frank. Mrs Cowley has been working hard in her bubble and Miss Orchard has been helping Miss Cassidy with her jobs. Mrs Owen, Miss Griffith and Mrs Quill have been working so hard with a power wash in the area outside the Year 1 and 2 classroom – it looks spotless now! You will be using this area for some of your lessons when you come back to school in September so it is all ready for you!

We are missing you lots and can’t wait to see you again. Don’t forget to send in any photos, pictures or writing that we can put into our memory book (see last weeks blog for more information.)

Love from Miss Orchard, Mrs Maher and Mrs Cowley xx

Hello everyone. It has been a beautiful week. We hope that you have been outside enjoying the sunshine (as well as doing some of the work we set for you each day of course!)

Mrs Maher has been enjoying herself with the Nursery and Reception children this week we have been playing in the paddling pool and having water fights.We have also been working hard of course! Mrs Cowley has been having great fun having water fights with the children once they have finished all their work and clearing out cupboards and Miss Orchard has been busy in her office catching up with parents over the phone. At home, she has been growing beans and they have really started to grow up the beanpoles!

It is great fun planting seeds and seeing them growing. If you haven’t already done so, what about planting some for yourself?

Radishes and lettuces are easy to grow and they don’t take up much space. You could even plant some cress seeds in the top of an egg shell or a yoghurt carton decorated with a face.

It has been a very strange time that we have been having since lockdown and hopefully one that we will never see again. We hope that there have been some good things that have come out of it.

We would like to record all our experiences of lockdown and gather them collectively into a book for Plains Farm pupils in the future – to become our very own small piece of history, but we need a little help from all of you.  We’d really love it if each family could send in something to reflect their experiences, e.g. a photo, quote, work or anything that would sum up your lockdown experience as a family.  It might be something you are proud of or a new skill you have learned.  Lots of you have already sent in lots of photos, so you could select one of those and send it in again with a small message – grown ups can also send in their own memories and messages about lockdown.

We have been putting together some work for you to do in the next 2 weeks. Please try to do some of this as it will keep your mind active.

If you have difficulty accessing the reading book from the link given, please follow these steps.

Click on link to take you to Oxford Owl page.

Click on Class Login (pink link at the top of the page), email for our class is year1pfa and the password is 1234

Go to My Bookshelf then Levels then Read, Write Inc Level and you will find the book in Read, Write Inc Phonics Yellow

We are looking forward to hearing from you with any photos and memories of lockdown. Please send all emails to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

With love from Miss Orchard, Mrs Maher and Mrs Cowley


Friday 19th June

Hello all you lovely Year 1s. How have you been this week? We hope that you have been staying safe and that you are enjoying time with your families. You might have seen a few more people than you have seen in a while.

It is always lovely to hear from you. This week, Emily and Maja have sent in photos of the work that they have been doing – great work you two!

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The staff and the children in school are organised into ‘bubbles’. They stay in their bubbles which means that they do not mix with others in the school. They stay 2 metres apart to keep them safe. This week, Miss Orchard has been in the Office bubble. She has been working hard. Every day, she has been taking part in the Keep Fit session run by Macie in the Childcare Bubble. They are really tough! Mrs Maher has been having fun in the Nursery bubble and has had her wellies on!

Well done to all the children who completed the work that we set for you last week. We are pleased to hear from you that you have been doing your phonics lessons, reading the book and doing your maths and topic work.

Here is some work that we would like you to do next week. There is a sheet here that tells you the work that we would like you to do and any worksheets that you will need. You can get onto the Read Write Inc videos to do your phonics lesson, just like you do in school- all you need to do is to click on the link and it will take you to the right page. We know that it is hard to do work at home, but just have a go!

Here is a picture of your experiment.

We hope that you do as much of this work as you possibly can. You need to keep those brains active! We think that you will like the little science experiment we have set for you!

Keep smiling those wonderful smiles and be good for your adults at home!

Lots of love from Mrs Maher and Miss Orchard xxxx

Friday 12th June.

Hi Year 1s. We hope that you are staying safe and well. The weather hasn’t been as nice this week so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather is going to get better soon.

You have been off school for a long time. Just because you are not here to have lessons, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do any work! We are setting work for you to do every day so that you do not forget all the things that you have done in school.

If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Orchard

Keep those photos coming! We are loving seeing your smiley faces and look forward to seeing you again.

Stay safe. Love from Miss Orchard and Miss Maher xx

Friday 5th June

Wow, it is June already! These weeks are flying by. I hope you all had a lovely break last week, different to usual I know but at least we had lovely sunshine all week! I spent the week enjoying the sun. I went to Chopwell Woods with my family and had a lovely picnic.

I have had emails from Finley, Emily and Maja this week. Maja was enjoying the sunshine last week in her back garden playing in her paddling pool. Finley went to Jesmond Dene it looked beautiful! Emily went to Marsden beach. Here are some pictures of them as I am sure you are missing all of your friends, it’s been so long since we were all together.

I have had a few emails from people asking for their Education City log ins, you could all be accessing work on here, I have set you all some tasks. There is also lots of activities that you can choose from on there.

Here is a list of websites for you to access if you are looking for extra activities to complete:



Next week we will be providing lots more structured activities for you to complete at home. If you have any questions before then please email me. Stay safe. Love Mrs Maher x

Wednesday 3rd June – School reopening update


Friday 22nd May

Hi everyone, I hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather we have had this week. I have spent lots of time in my garden making furniture this week.

I have had emails from Maja and Emily this week. Lovely to hear from them both as always. Maja has been getting out in the fresh air and has been to the beach. Emily has been very busy at home, she has been using Education City, I have set you all some tasks on there or you can access anything that interests you. Emily has been doing some Science. I would like some more people to log on and have a try of some of the activities. If you need a log in please email me.

You may have seen in the news that last week was adult mental health week.

Next week, we are going to have our own mental health and wellbeing week and the theme is Kindness.

Your challenge is to as many kind things as possible.

Here is a list of some of the things that you could do:

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while (always ask an adult’s permission first)
  • Post a card or a letter to someone.
  • Tell everyone in your family how much you love and appreciate them.
  • Wash and dry the dishes (without complaining!)
  • Make your bed and somebody else’s without even being asked
  • Feed the birds
  • Make a thank you sign for the dustbin men and the person who delivers the post.
  • Read a book to a younger brother or sister.
  • Spend some time with nature, which is good for your mental health.
  • Decorate some stones and leave them in the park.
  • Leave lots of thank you notes hidden around the house.
  • Help make dinner
  • Complain less (or not at all!)
  • Send someone you love or miss a hug voucher that can be used when you can see them again.

These are just a few ideas.

We would love to see some of the things that you did. Please send them to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and we will put them on your class Blog.

For your adults:

If would like some ideas on how to keep yourselves mentally healthy and to be kind to yourself, there are some nice ideas on this fact sheet.


If we were at school, we would be breaking up for our weeks holiday today and it is bank holiday on Monday! Therefore, next week I would like you to have lots of fun at home with your families and take a break from school work. I will have lots of activities for you the following week.

Take care everyone and I hope to see you all soon. Love Mrs Maher x

Important update regarding the reopening of school

Friday 15th May

Hi everyone, another website for you to access lots of great resources to support you while working from home. The website is education city, I will post the link below for lots of free resources you can choose the right age for your child and the subject. Each child also has their own individual log in for education city, if they cant remember it you can email me and I will send it over. I am going to assign you all some work on there over the next few days so keep checking! But for now you can access this link:


Thursday 14th May

Hi everyone, another week has gone by so fast. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves celebrating VE day, I received some lovely pictures from Maja and Dottie they looked like they had a lovely time with their families. Great to see you Dottie I have missed your face! There is a separate tab to see all the photos from VE Day and from the nature project Mrs Watson set if you would like to have a look.

I hope everyone has been keeping busy with the online tasks. I have some more tasks for you this week.

Maths- outdoor learning

Take maths outside and have some fun! Using any resource you have in your home e.g. building blocks, you could make a den or a house structure. You could use your Lego to make a marble run.

You could collect sticks on your daily walk and then count them up when you get back. Who is going to collect the most?

In addition, you could collect stones while out walking then when you get back home you could write numbers on them.

Staying active and healthy-

I hope you are all taking part in some form of exercise and getting some fresh air, as it is good for both your physical and mental health.

This document gives you many ideas on how to keep healthy and has some great recipes you could try to make with your grown-ups. I am going to try some of them myself!


Coastal school and forest school-

Mrs Watson has created some activities for you to try to keep up to date with your forest and costal skills. Please send in any work you complete to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk


The Great North Air Ambulance have organised a stay at home sports day. The link is below if you would like to take part. It sounds great so please get involved!

If your child has additional needs you may find the information below useful while home schooling.

Key Stage 1


Phonics Play


(Username: march20 Password: home) Click on parents and then interactive resources to access phonics games for all phases. This is quite fun – children have to read the word and decide if it is a real or fake word (we call them ‘alien’ words in phonics lessons)

Phonics Bloom

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-1 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-2

Monster phonics

www.monsterphonics.com                                                                                                               (Username: login   Password: homelearning)

Oxford Owl

 Just type this into Google and sign in using the log-in and passwords below – really good for reading and phonics.                                                                                                                      Year2pfa    Password: 1234

Maths                                                                                         https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Range of subjects

Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize. These are online video lessons across a range of subjects and for children of all different abilities. (from Reception to Year 6)

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/subjects/#subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Choose a year group that you think is suitable for your child. If you are unsure of where to start or would like any advice on supporting your child at home, please contact Miss Orchard on Plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk and she will contact you asap.

Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID19     https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

That’s everything from me this week. I hope to have some emails next week from you all as I have only had one this week, that was from the lovely Maja she emails me every week and brightens up my Thursday. She has been very busy as usual here are some pictures of what she has been getting up to. I am missing you all. Stay safe, Love Mrs Maher x

Miss Orchard and Mrs Cowley also can’t wait to see you all and miss you lots. They would love to have an email from you too!

Information regarding the possible return to school on 1st June

Please click on the link below for information regarding the possible return of Year 1 children on 1st June.

Friday 8th May

Hi everyone, I hope you have all enjoyed celebrating VE Day. Send me your pictures to show me what you have been doing; I would love to see them.

Myself, Mrs Cowley and Miss Orchard have all been busy celebrating at home with our families.

Mrs Cowley had a BBQ with her boys; they made a poster to put in their window and made a special afternoon tea for their gran.

Miss Orchard has been busy baking she made a cookie and ate it in her garden with a cup of tea.

I have been enjoying the sunshine in my garden; we decorated the outside of the house, had a BBQ and enjoyed some sweet treats! Hope enjoyed the treats the most! VE Day is a special day for us in our house as it remembers all of the people that have risked their lives for us. Mr Maher used to be a Paratrooper. He has fought in Afghanistan so we were also remembering that today. I have attached a picture to show you what he used to wear!

I hope to hear from you all soon. Love Mrs Maher x

Thursday 7th May

Hi everyone, we have had a lovely week of sunshine so I hope you have all been making the most of it in your garden. I have been spending lots of time in my garden, as it is Hope’s favourite place to play.

I have had emails from Finley, Emily, Maja and Harper this week. Finley and Emily have been making things from natural resources they found in their garden. This was a task set by Mrs Watson. Emily made a nature loom, isn’t it so pretty? Finley made a boat and then tested it in his paddling pool! Its great. Maja has been working hard again completing our online tasks, well done Maja! Harper has been doing lots of baking this week and I have to say I hope she is going to bring me something in when we get back to school! It looks delicious! Harper has also dyed her hair pink! Can you guess who else dyed their hair pink last week? ME! We are twins Harper!

Tomorrow is Victory in Europe Day also known as VE Day. On 7 May 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered and the Second World War in Europe was over. On 8 May, people in Britain and across the world celebrated Victory in Europe with street parties.

Tomorrow marks 75 years since this joyous occasion. Due to the social restrictions that are in place at the moment, most VE Day 75 events and street parties have sadly had to be cancelled or postponed. 

However, you may still want to be able to mark the occasion in by having a picnic in your garden, sharing your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2. You can make your own special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home. 

Follow the link below to see all the instructions you need to get started using any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint you have or whatever you can find.


Stay home, stay safe and I hope to see you all soon. xx

Thursday 30th April

Hello everyone,

It feels like it’s been such a long time since we saw you all! We hope that you are keeping safe and staying at home and in the garden.

Mrs Maher has been working at Farringdon this week looking after some of the children who have parents/carers who are key workers – they might work for the NHS or collect food to take to Asda.

I hope you have been keeping busy with the jobs I gave you last week. If you have any questions please email me. I have had three lovely emails this week. One from Alfie, he has been busy making rainbow pictures. He is missing his friends from school. I have had two emails from Finley. He is working very hard on his reading and writing at home with his Mam. He also celebrated his 6th birthday this week. Happy birthday Finley! It looks like you had a lovely day celebrating with your family. Maja has been so busy this week completing the home learning tasks. She has been working very hard. Well done! Please keep sending me your emails! I have not heard from some people in 6 weeks and I am missing you all very much.

Alfie has drawn a picture to tell us to stay safe. His smile has cheered me up!

Mrs Cowley has been doing lots of fun things with her boys and enjoying time playing with them in the garden.

I have been planting some seeds in my garden and I have to remember to water them each day. I hope they grow like Maja’s and Luke’s plants!

Next week is National Wildflower week.You can celebrate this while out on your daily walk. It is important to get out every day for your hours exercise as it allows you to stay healthy and active. Hopefully it is going to be nice weather and you can get out for a walk. I thought that you might like to make one of these Nature Looms.To make a nature loom you need lots of natural resources that you will find when you are out and about on your daily walk. For example you could collect sticks, leaves and flowers but remember to only pick things that have already fallen onto the ground. You might even find some of these things in your own garden. Here is an example of the kind of thing you can make. Please send a picture of your creations to: plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Here are some other activities that you might like to do:

I have attached some everyday maths activities for you to have a go at. You do not need any resources for these activities, these are all tasks that you can complete in your home. Please have a go and take pictures then send the pictures over to me. It is important to still keep learning even when we aren’t at school.

Myself, Mrs Maher and Mrs Cowley would like to send  a big hug to all of you and can’t wait to see you again.

Here is a big hug from me.

If you would like to send a big hug or a wave to your friends, send your photos in to


Let’s see how many hugs or waves we can put on your blog next week. We hope you stay safe and enjoy your time doing nice things with your families.

Love from

Miss Orchard, Mrs Maher and Mrs Cowley xxxxx

Friday 24th April

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had another fun and safe week staying at home.

I have had some lovely emails this week. I have had emails from Finley, Luke, Maja and Emily. I love receiving emails from you all!

This week Finley has been out for a walk and while he was out, he used his Mam’s camera to take some amazing photographs! Here are some of his photos, aren’t they great? Luke has planted his own seeds and it has started to grow. Has anyone else planted some seeds? Maja has been busy making things at home. Emily’s Dad has built her a mud kitchen, isn’t it fantastic?

Since it has been quite a long time since Miss Orchard and myself have taught you at school. We have prepared some resources for you to use at home to teach you all the things you would have been learning about at school. I will attach all the information below. Please make use of the links and the activities. If you have any questions please send them to:



https://www.tate.org.uk/kids  (activities, games, quizzes)

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob (A children’s illustrator has put together a collection of tutorials).

KS1 – MAKE A KALEIDOSCOPE – https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/cut-paste/make-kaleidoscope



 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zdykjxs/resources/1 – click on Christianity there are full lessons on here

Activity for ks1- a church is a special place for Christians what is your special place and why?

Draw it and write an explanation.

My special place is the Lake District as I have many happy memories there with my family. Jamie and I also were engaged there.


In Geography, so far this week there is: ‘An introduction to the UK’ and in History – ‘Who was Rosa Parks?’

Nice links to consolidate understanding of your topics.


Another Geography activity for KS1 that doesn’t need a computer: 

Ask your children to raid the kitchen cupboards and see if they can figure out where the food products are from.

This activity can link to many areas of the curriculum, such as:

• Find the country information on the product packaging.
•  – Learn the names and location of different countries. Have you visited any of these countries, or do you have friends there?


Create a family. Perhaps you can use photographs of your family or draw pictures of them.


Science Sparks investigations https://www.science-sparks.com/science-experiments-for-kids/

More fun investigations https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (Times tables)

https://mathsframe.co.uk/ (Maths games)


https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub (Coding projects)

https://www.j2e.com/j2data/ (Data handling)

https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland  (Online safety game)




(Username: march20 Password: home) Click on parents and then interactive resources to access phonics games for all phases


www.monsterphonics.com (Username: login Password: homelearning)

These are available as well as the already shared link for Oxford Owl




Listen to a story! You could draw a picture and write a description about one of the main characters.

https://www.worldbook.com/wbblog/covidsupport (Access to a wide range of books) 

Hi everyone,

The Oak National Academy launched today, Monday 20 April. This has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.

here is the link below for Year 1 resources, please use them 🙂


The Government have also released some recommendations which should help when you are home schooling your children

sit with them as they work

do active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and listen for long periods

try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate

take frequent breaks

praise or reward them when they do well- you could create a reward chart together.


Talk with your child throughout the day and try to explain new words. For example, discuss everything you are doing and pick out words that might be new to them.

Reading together

When you read with your child try to:

  • express the emotion in the story
  • give colour to the characters using voices, tone and pace
  • discuss the things you are reading

You can make a story more interesting and help your child develop their understanding of a book by linking what you are reading to their life. For example, while reading about Cinderella going to the ball, talk about how a ball is similar to a birthday party.

Ask your child questions about what you are reading as you go. For example:

  • ask some questions that only need a short answer, such as what colour something is, or the name of a character
  • ask some questions that need a longer answer, such as how a character is feeling
  • ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far


Try to help children to continue to practise their writing. This may include the formation of letters and familiarity with pens and pencils for younger children, or practising creative writing for older children.

Ask children to write about their day-to-day experiences of being at home, or to write letters to send to family members.

Numbers Practise counting and numbers. This does not always have to be a planned activity. For example, count things around the house while you are doing other things like cooking or cleaning

Friday 17th April

Hi everyone, did you all have a lovely Easter?

The weather has been great this week so we have been having lots of fun with bubbles in our garden. What have you been doing?

This week I have had emails from Harper, Luca, Emily, Maja and Frankie. Harper has been busy making cakes and bath bombs. They look amazing!

Frankie made us a hug, which was lovely. Luca has been very busy planting seeds; I can’t wait to see them grow! Maja has been making cakes and reading with her mam. Emily made me a fact-file about Red Pandas keep up the good work!

Emily and Maja also drew an amazing picture of me for Mrs Owens challenge, has anyone else started to draw a picture for this? If you have please send it in. Emily included my leopard print shoes and put my hair in a bun, it was just like me! Maja drew a picture of me and Miss Orchard! it was fantastic! Miss Orchard had her skirt on and I have my bun in my hair and I’ve got my dog Frank with me!

I hope you have still been keeping busy with the tasks I have set you while staying safe and having fun.

Here is a website for you to try David Walliams puts a story a day on his website for you to listen to:


Myself, Miss Orchard and Mrs Cowley hope to see you all again very soon, stay safe x

Thursday 9th April 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you have been busy with the activities I left for you last week.

On Friday night I opened my emails and I had emails from Maja, Luke and Finley, it made my week! It was lovely to see what you have been getting up to and to see you working so hard, keep it up! Maja also sent me a picture of the seeds I sent home, her plant is growing! is anyone else’s? Send the pictures to plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

I’m sure you are missing all your family and friends as much as i am, so we thought you could make them a hug. You could send it to them or take a photo and email it. Send one to us it would make our day! Or you could

send in a photo of you giving a hug – we bet you have grown a little bit! If you would like to send a hug to all your school friends, send an email to


and we will put it on the blog for all your friends to see.

What Miss Orchard has been doing.

On Saturday, we camped out in the garden to raise money for the NHS. We loved it so much that we camped out on Sunday night too!

We have a tipi which is like a cone shaped tent. In winter, we have a stove (a fire in a metal box) inside and the chimney comes up the middle of the tipi. It wasn’t cold enough to have the stove in this time though.

This week, Mrs Maher has been getting ready for the Easter bunny coming, Hope and I made some Easter rice crispy cakes. Here if a recipe for you to try at home. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!


Friday 3rd April 2020

Hi everyone, I hope you are all staying safe and well.

I have lots of new activities for you to be getting on with while you are at home. If you complete some special work and want to show me or you have any questions that you would like to ask me about your work, ask your grown-ups to email me: plains.farm@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk. I would love to see what you have been getting up to!

  • Before we started working from home, we were learning lots about dinosaurs and different types of animals. If you want to find out more about animals you could go onto the Chester Zoo Facebook page (ask a grown up to do this for you) and you can watch the animals live at the zoo. You could then write your own fact-file about the animals as we did for Jane Goodall.
  • There are lots of phonics activities to keep you busy, if you ask a grown up to log you on, the website is www.oxfordowl.co.uk and click on my class login the username for Year 1 is year1pfa andthe password is 1234. on there you will find the RWInc books we read during our phonics and guided reading time, phonics and spelling activities. Have a try at reading the green books first, if you want to challenge yourself, have a look at the purple ones. Everyone should be continuing to read either by themselves or to a grown up at least twice a week. Show your grown-ups how amazing you are at reading!
  • Have a look on white rose maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/ (remember to ask a grown up first) it has a maths lesson on for each day. It includes a video, a task and the answers if your grown up wants to check the answers. Let’s see who can get the highest score! Email them over to me.

I look forward to hearing from you all soon. I am missing you all and hope to see you back at school as soon as it is safe. Love, Mrs Maher x

Friday 27th March

Hello to all children and parents/carers of children in Year 1!

We are going to send you some activities to keep you busy every week. We hope that you are having a good time at home. We are certainly missing you all!

We have been thinking of some things that you could to at home this week

  • Make a miniature garden in a box. You could get an adult to take a photo of it and we can look at them when we get back to school.
  • Draw some fruit and vegetables.
  • Plant some seeds. (You could plant apple pips or chop the top off a carrot and leave it in a plate with water then watch it grow)
  • Help an adult make some healthy food.
  • Draw some pictures to put up on your windows to cheer anybody up that is passing by. Have you all drawn a picture of a rainbow and put it up on your window yet?

Remember our 5 Ways to Wellbeing

  • Give to someone by making them smile – you could phone a friend or relative to cheer them up (always make sure that you have permission from an adult first.)
  • Keep Active- Make sure that you have plenty of exercise. You could do the PE exercises live on YouTube every morning – get an adult to Google Joe Wickes PE. How about making an exercise course in the garden or house – you don’t need much room. Get an adult to time you getting round it. See if your adult can beat your time – I be they can’t!
  • Connect- make a card or write a letter to a friend or relative to cheer them up and tell them what you have been doing.
  • Keep learning – can you find out about your favourite dinosaur and make a little book about it?
  • Take notice- I’ve been noticing that there are birds singing when I get up in the morning. Can you see if you can hear any birds?

This is what we have been doing.

Miss Orchard

To keep fit, I have been running up and down her stairs 10 times every morning and afternoon! I’m really tired and out of breath when I’ve finished but it is getting easier.

I went out into the garden on Wednesday because it was so nice and I mowed the grass – I only have a small garden so it didn’t take me very long.

I have been working looking at all your Inspired Write books and seeing how much you have all improved since September and I have been writing some reports for Miss Cassidy. This has kept me very busy.

I will write to you again next week

Love from Miss Orchard

Miss Maher

This week I have been spending lots of time in my garden with my family. We have made a gym in the garden and Hope has been playing on her new slide she has been having lots of fun!

I have also been spending lots of time cleaning my house catching up on jobs I have been too busy to do!

Miss Cassidy is keeping me busy with some school jobs too. I hope to see you all soon, I am missing you all. Love Mrs Maher x

Friday 13th March

Children in Year 1 have been really working hard this week.

We have finally written up our story of Tyrannosaurus Drip and then today, we decided on an alternative ending to the story – your children have great imaginations!

In history, we have been learning about Mary Anning who was a famous fossil hunter. Over the next few weeks, we are going to write a report about her life.

In computing, we can now just about all log on and find our own files. We are able to use the keyboard and mouse to change font size and colour and delete and add words. We can give our work a title and save it in our own files.

Next week, we will be learning how to cut and paste pictures and texts.

The Plainsy Pass this week has been awarded to Finley for his hard work. Well done Finley!

Attendance this week is 94.5%



 Please make sure that all homework is returned in orange homework books by Wednesday. This gives us time to mark work and stick in the sheets for the following week.

Reading Books

New Reading books go out on Friday and are to be returned by the following Thursday. It is really important that you return the reading books by then as they are in sets which are to be given to the next group of children.

Each child has a Reading Record book. Please hear your child reading their book three times and sign to say that they have been heard reading. If books are not returned, unfortunately we will have to ask for payment towards purchasing new books.

Friday 6th March

Year 1 have had a very eventful week.

We really enjoyed going into the Secret Garden on Wednesday afternoon to make dream catchers. We wanted to hang the dream catchers up in our bedrooms to catch any bad dreams that we had.

We have been continuing with the story of Tyrannosaurus Drip and have been writing sentences using ‘and’. We need to remember to add capital letters and full stops at the end of the sentences! When we have written up our stories, we are going to make a class book that we can put into our Library area

World Book Day on Thursday was exciting. We had an author called Tony Wooten into school and he came to talk to us about his books. We asked him lots of questions to find our about the life of an author.

The Book Fair will be open every day next week at  8:30am, 10:30am and 3pm. Every child has a £1 book token which can be used towards books at the fair. You will also be able to get bagels in the hall when the book fair is on in the morning.

Professor Onesmith, a scientist has been in school on Friday and we had an amazing time making Slime out of ingredients that are probably in our bathroom cupboards. Emily very bravely volunteered to take part in an experiment and got a massive fright when the liquid she was holding in a jar started to bubble like a witches brew!

We did not have our special assembly today as the Professor was in the hall so we will wait until next week to have the new person for the Plainsy pass.

Attendance this week is: 99%

Minutes Late: 22 minutes

Friday 28th February

Year 1 have had a really good 4 days back at school.

In Maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction.

In Literacy, we read the first part of the story Tyrannosaurus Drip and predicted what would happen next. We then heard the rest of the story and acted it out in groups.

There are some very good actors in Year 1!

On Wellbeing Friday, we have been thinking about our community and ways that we could make it better.

To Keep Learning, we have been learning the names of percussion instruments and how the sounds are made. We have been striking the metal instruments and feeling the vibrations. We then decided which percussion instrument sounds would accompany the settings and the characters in the story. We will be practising this over the next few weeks and will make a recording of it when it is finished.

The Plainsy Pass was awarded to Tia. Well done Tia.

The red Story box has been taken home by Emily this week and we hope that she has a lovely time cuddling up with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit and having a story read to her.

Attendance: 100%

Minutes Late: 13

Reminder- we are using a new phonics and reading scheme. Each Friday a new reading book/sheet is sent home. We would like you to hear your child reading three times before returning the reading book on Friday (or before) with 3 signatures in their Reading Record Book.

The Reading books will  be passed onto the next group so it is really important that they are returned to school by Friday.

Friday 14th February

Year 1 have been working very hard this week on lots of different activities. They developed their vocabulary to use in story writing when they went outside on the very windy Tuesday. We nearly got blown away!

The Valentines Disco was a huge success and the children seemed to really enjoy it.

In Art, we have been looking at the painting of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. We then developed our collage skills by making a collage on the theme of Van Gogh’s painting. We learnt how to cut out curved shapes which is quite tricky.

Here are some of our collages.

The Plainsy Pass this week is awarded to Emily for always trying her best and being so good natured. Well done Emily! Kane received the Plainsy Pass last week and has enjoyed getting to do all the jobs for the teachers and taking home Cuddles. You have done a good job this week Kane.

Attendance this week is 96.5%

Thank you very much to all parents for their support this term.

We hope you have a lovely half term holiday and we will see you back to school on the Tuesday.

Friday 7th February

What an exciting week we have had in Year 1.

In maths this week we have been learning the months of the year. Can you please keep practising these at home with your child along with the days of the week.

We made our own wind streamers as part of our science topic, we took them outside to test them but it wasn’t very windy!

We had our own Bonkers Bingo on Thursday which was great fun. Everyone had a great time showing off their dance moves. The children won some fantastic prizes and we loved the effort the parents put in. We even had some homemade costumes!

Friday 31st January

The year 1 class have been working very hard this week on improving their writing. We have been writing descriptions of the forest in Little Red Riding Hood and remembering to use some good adjectives, capital letters and full stops.

Homework this week is to practice handwriting. By accident, the following weeks handwriting has been stuck in also, so children don’t have to do this till next week!

When we came into the classroom on Friday, Elfie the naughty Christmas elf had made a surprise visit as Santa let him come back for a day. He has not learnt any lessons and we came into the classroom in the morning to find all the books thrown all over the floor.

He gave us some instructions for Wellbeing Friday.

First, we went into the hall to play ‘The sun shines on….’ Which encourages us to listen. Then we took part in drama activities. We had to make a shape in a group which involved us ‘connecting’ as we had to work together to decide what we were going to do. We had to listen to each other and be respectful of other children’s ideas.

In the afternoon, we went into the ICT suite and we worked on using Word to write our names and short sentences. We were learning how to change the font size and how to write with capital letters.

Elfie rewarded us at the end of the day by giving us a treat. Hopefully we won’t see him again until next December!

Friday 24th January

What a great week we have had in Year 1.

In maths we have been extending our learning on money. To practice our skills Mrs Maher pretended to be a shop keeper she had lots of sweets. We had to read the price tags and decide if we had enough money to buy the sweets. If we were right we got to eat them! We had lots of full tummies J

Next week we are moving onto time, please help your children by discussing this with them at home and introducing them to clocks. Thank you.

In PE we have been doing gymnastics, we have been practising our balancing. We even performed for the rest of the class! Please ensure your child has a change of clothes for PE on a Tuesday afternoon. Thank you.

We have started our new topic which is ‘Wonderful Weather’ we have been learning about different types of weather in the UK. We are also busy learning the four seasons.

In Literacy, we have been working really hard to write the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We are getting much better at using capital letters and full stops in the right place. The Literacy homework over the next few weeks is to practice handwriting. Children may need adult support in making sure that the letters are the correct size.

The Plainsy Pass this week has been awarded to Harper. Well done Harper.

Attendance this week is: 93%

Friday 17th January

We have had another very busy week here in Year 1.

We have been learning about money in maths. We are finding it quite tricky so parents, if you could encourage your children to recognise the value of each coin at home, that would be very helpful! We are also going to have our own sweet shop in Year 1 next week.

Our Art/Geography work is based on the work of L.S Lowry. Lowry loved coming to Sunderland to stay in a guesthouse and painted pictures of the beach and the docks. We have been doing some painting and have learnt how to mix primary colours to make secondary colours. I think we might have some future artists in our class!

In Literacy, we have been doing a story map of Little Red Riding Hood and we have been making up actions to go with each part of the story.

Just to remind everyone, our PE day has now changed children need their PE kits on a Tuesday.

Everyone will be taking their reading books home this Friday. Some children may have sheets for reading instead of books

Can you please hear your child read the book/sheet 3 times and sign the Reading Record Book. Please return the book by Friday. This is really important as these books are in sets and we will be passing the set of books onto the next group of children.

Attendance: 97%

Minutes Late: 39 minutes

Friday 10th January

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. It’s great to see everyone back.

We have had a great first week back.

In maths we have been learning how to find a quarter of a shape and an amount. We have also been sorting odd and even numbers.

In Geography we have started a two-week topic. We are looking at L.S Lowry’s artwork of Seaburn beach. We have been identifying physical and human features of his artwork.

In Art, we have evaluated a piece of artwork by Lowry and imagined what we would see around us, hear and smell if we were actually in the paining. We were then taught how to improve our painting skills by choosing the correct size paintbrush and holding the brush correctly.

Our Literacy topic for the next few weeks is traditional tales and we are focusing on Little Red Riding Hood. Yesterday, we Hot Seated characters from the story. This is where one child is chosen to sit in the Hot Seat and becomes one of the characters from the book. We ask them questions about their roles in the story.

Today, we acted out parts of the story, which was great fun.

Just to remind everyone, our PE day has now changed. Children need their PE kits on a Tuesday.

Everyone will be taking their reading books home this Friday. Can you please hear your child read the book 3 times and return it by Thursday.

Some children from Year 1 are attending after school interventions on Monday and Tuesday. If your child is attending an intervention can you please collect them from the Year 1 door at 3.45pm.

The Plainsy Pass this week has been awarded to Chase for his good manners and his hard work. Well done Chase!

Attendance this week is…… 96.5%

Minutes Late: 162 minutes

Friday 20th December

We are finally at the end of the Autumn term and we would like to say what a pleasure it has been to teach your children this term.

They have really settled into Year 1. We have seen them really growing up over the last few weeks.

We have had a lovely Christmasy week, doing Christmas crafts and activities.

The week started with a letter from Santa asking us to see if we could find Elfie, our naughty elf. He had run away and had disguised himself. We put up posters around school and eventually found him. We thought that his disguise was so good that we didn’t recognise him at first!

The Christmas party was good fun. Well done to Amelia and Chase for winning the Hot Potato game!

There are some great dancers in Year 1 and 2 and we didn’t know that your children could stand so still – we want to play Musical Statues more often!

We sent off Miss Hodgson with a rendition of Here Comes the Bride as she is getting married today. We wish her and her husband the best of luck for the future. When she returns after the holidays, she will be called Mrs Maher.

Only 4 sleeps until Christmas day!

Attendance this week was: 95%

Minutes Late: 148

We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in January.

Friday 13th December

We have had another great week here in Year 1.

On Tuesday we had our Nativity Performance. All the children were amazing. We are all so proud of them. Thank you so much to all the parents for your support with costumes and for coming to watch.

On Wednesday, we made Christmas cards but we are not putting photos on the blog as it will spoil your surprise.

On Friday it was Christmas jumper day. Thank you for your co-operation with all the Christmas festivities!

Our naughty elf has been up to mischief, but he did help us with our writing by leaving photos of how to make our Christmas cards which we could use to write instructions.

On Friday, we got a surprise when Miss Cassidy told us it was snowing and we went outside and it really was!

Our attendance this week was: 99%

Minutes Late: 20

Reminder: Please bring in all reading books that you have at home so that they can be sorted over the holidays

Thank you

Friday 6th December

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

A naughty elf called Elfie has arrived in our classroom. He is so naughty he flushed his hat down the toilet!

He has been coming into our classroom every day and playing tricks on us and leaving us messages!

We have also had a special delivery of festive treats. Each day one child in Year 1 gets to open a door on our advent calendar. The lucky child gets a piece of chocolate and a candy cane, yum!

On Tuesday we had such a busy day. I’m sure all of the children slept well that night! In the morning we got on a double decker bus with EYFS and went to Washington Arts Centre to watch Jack Frost. It was amazing! When we got back, the cooks had made us packed lunches. After that, we walked to church for a carol service. The school choir sang beautifully and we all sang little donkey together. It was so lovely. Thank you so much to all the parents that attended.

On Wednesday we made Rudolph cakes for the Christmas Fayre, I hope you all tried one they looked delicious!

This week in maths we have been learning how to halve shapes and amounts, it’s really tricky so we used pizza toppings to help us share equally.

In Literacy, we have been learning about the features of instructional texts and are able to identify imperative verbs (ask us about them and see if we remember what they are!)

Attendance: 99%

Minutes Late: 20

Friday 29th November

We have been starting to get a little bit festive this week by beginning to practice our Nativity performance. Each child has a part – either speaking or acting. Please help your child to learn their parts at home and speak in a clear, loud voice.

We have been practising our singing for the Carol Service at St Mary and St Peter’s Church on Tuesday 3rd at 2.00. We would love you to come along to hear us singing. Reverend Graham is very kindly going to put on mince pies and cups of tea and coffee.

In phonics we have been getting used to our new phonics scheme. Children will be reading a book/sheet in school and then will get a sheet/book sent home as their reading practice which will include the words that they have been reading in school. It is vital that you hear your child reading at home at least 3 times and sign each time you have heard your child read. Children will need to return their book for changing on different days each week and the teacher will let you know when the books need to be returned.

Spellings will be given and tested on a Friday. They will include some of the words that the children have been learning that week.

We love our new Reading areas and all the different opportunities for reading in our classroom.

All children have been trying really hard to improve their writing and have been writing a three part story.

In maths, we have been sharing objects into 2 as an introduction to halving.

Our star writer of the week is Layla – well done!

The Plainsy Pass has been awarded to Finley for trying really hard to improve his reading.

Attendance this week is: 84.5

A lot of children have had the bug that has been going around.

Minutes Late: 206 minutes (nearly 3.5 hours of lost learning time!)

There have been a few children late this week. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time. We begin our Phonics lesson at 9.00 and don’t want children to miss any of this.

Thank you for your support.

Friday 22nd November

This week in Year 1 we have been doing lots of reading. We have made a special story telling chair which is full of pictures of our favourite books and their characters. It is beautiful! We can’t wait to read lots of stories on it.

We have started a class novel, Charlie and the chocolate factory and we love it.

We designed our own reading area. It has superhero cushions and a flying Albie from our story. We even have comics to read in our new reading area. We are so lucky.

We have been doing more work on materials this week in Science. We have been learning about the properties of everyday materials.

In maths this week we have been learning how to write numbers in words. It’s very tricky we are going to practise for our homework this week.

Attendance: 93%

Minutes Late: 85 minutes

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


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


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


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.


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.