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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 A Maher – Teacher

Miss C Orchard – Teacher

Mrs K Cowley – Teaching Assistant

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: amy.hodgson@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.