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frownnoWelcome to Year One Class Page! nofrown

*Scroll down for weekly updates* 


I feel very lucky and excited to be teaching Year One. We have had a super first week and I am looking forward to all the wonderful things we will achieve this year! 


Please visit this page as the year progresses for updates, and to find out a little more about what we have been learning in class.


Communication, both to celebrate the good things and tackle any problems or concerns, plays a principal role in ensuring the very best education for your child. Parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to contact me on the school number, or via email:


Alternatively, feel free to arrange a meeting - or simply pop in for a brief chat.


Many thanks,

Miss Richards

w.b 07.01.19 


frownWelcome back and a very Happy New Year! frown


 In Year One, we have had a super start to 2019 and our Spring term. 



In phonics, we have been learning all about alternative spellings for the sound 'ai'. We have enjoyed working with our learning partners to build words using the different graphemes 'ai' and 'ay'. Our spelling challenge was a relay race this week, where we had to work in our teams to spell the correct 'ai'/'ay' words and tricky words correctly. We also enjoyed a tricky word treasure hunt; we worked together to read and write these words. no


We have started to learn about the famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott and we began to write a fact file describing his achievements! We have been working hard on our independent writing too and making sure to double check our sentences for capital letters and full stops. 


We have started the topic of money this week, which we have really enjoyed. We have been working on identifying the different denominations of coins and ordering these according to their value. We set up our very own cake shop in Year One, where we had to calculate the value of each item for sale. We then had to find the correct combination of coins to buy a cupcake and a chocolate coin! We enjoyed this challenge - have a look at our work below! frown


Weekly Update


Updated on 14/09/2018

We have had another super week in Year One! frown

Roald Dahl day

We explored the story, The Twits and visited our own Twits' Diner in class! The children enjoyed building their own Diner in the Construction Area and creating Mr Twit's messy beard in the Messy Area! We had a great time. 



We have been busy reading the story 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon 

Our activities have included;

- Sequencing the events

- Building a space shelter

- Building a rocket to help Beegu get home 

- Designing Beegu's planet 


This week we have been focusing on number skills. The children are enjoyed revisiting the Numicon pieces to 10 and created their own number line. We have also been focusing on numbers up to 100 and have practised counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.



Can you count to 100 in 2's, 5's and 10's? 

Can you teach a family member how to count to 100 in 10's? 


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Updated on 21/09/18 


What another super week in Year One! no




We have continued to work on our number skills this week with particular focus on our number formation. We have had great fun learning new songs and practising how our numbers are formed using our magic fingers.


Our activities have included:


Creating a number ‘washing’ line

Creating a number snake

Rolling dice and threading the correct number of beads

Painting our own 2 part model to show different number calculations



We explored the story of Beegu further and developed our understanding of capital letters and full stops in our sentence writing.


Other activities included:


Making a playdoh model of Beegu

Painting a picture of Beegu

In our own words, explaining how Beegu may have felt in certain stages of the story. 




In exciting news, we received a very special letter from NASA detailing our learning missions to become fully certified astronauts! Our first learning mission is to learn all about the life of Neil Armstrong and why he was a hero.


Our activities included:


Designing and labelling Neil Armstrong’s rocket

Building a Lego rocket

Painting Neil Armstrong in space

Applying our understanding of capital letters and full stops to write a fact about Neil Armstrong


Updated on 28/09/18 




In mathematics this week, we have developed our counting skills and practised counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. We linked our counting to pairs of socks and our hands and fingers, which helped out understanding. We have been working hard to develop our number formation and number recognition beyond 20 too!


Our activities have included:

100 grid splat to paint the multiples of 2, 5 and 10

Counting by 2s and 5s hopscotch

Counting pairs of socks by 2

Matching multiples of 5 to the correct Numicon piece



We started a new fiction story of ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. We had great fun developing our comprehension skills by re-telling the story through freeze framing.


Other activities included:

Packing Baby Bear’s backpack to the moon.

Painting Baby Bear on the moon or another planet we have been learning about!

Sequencing the beginning, middle and end of the story using sentence cones.

Creating a shopping list for Baby Bear's and Owl's yummy picnic on the moon.

Creating a shape and Numicon rocket for Baby Bear. 

We have also been working on our letter formation this week, focusing on the curly letter 'a'. Look at our fabulous work below! smiley



We have had great fun this week continuing our learning about space! We enjoyed learning a new song all about the solar system and adventuring on a spacewalk to collect all the moon rocks!

Other activities included:

Packing a space backpack

Designing a spacesuit

Building a rocket using 2D and 3D shapes

w/b 01/10/18
Updated 05/10/18


We have been working hard to improve our understanding and writing of numbers greater than 10.

We started our new topic of measures this week with a focus on length and height.


Our activities included:

Measuring our learning partner with Lego bricks – how many Lego bricks tall am I?

Finding different combinations of objects that are longer, shorter or the same length as a metre ruler!

Ordering items from smallest to tallest, and tallest to shortest!



In literacy, we have read a new fiction story ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey. As a class, we discussed how our toys are special to us and linked our experiences to the story. Inspired by ‘Toys in Space’, we are planning a fabulous Toy’s Party next Friday (12.10.18) to celebrate! Please bring along a special teddy if you would like. In class, we are busy writing some fabulous invitations… we are very excited!


Our activities have included:

Creating a lost poster for Hoctopize’s toy, Cuddles

Writing stories to tell our cuddly toys

Building Hocotopize’s Spaceship in construction

Designing parachutes to help the lost toys return to Earth


During P.E, we have been practising movement and exploring lots of different ways we can move our bodies. We have also been working on developing our balancing, catching and throwing skills, which we have really enjoyed!


For our spelling challenge this week, we had great fun completing a spelling treasure hunt with our learning partner! 



Updated on 12.10.18


Is the Big Ben longer than a sunflower? Is a Pokémon card shorter than a caterpillar? Is the teddy bear heavier than a Numicon piece? Here are some of the questions we have been asking ourselves this week when learning all about measure!


Our activities have included:

Ordering 5 and more objects from shortest to longest.

Finding objects both in and outside the classroom that are longer and shorter than each other.

Writing sentences to describe the measurements using key words ‘shorter’ and ‘longer’.

Weighing different objects using balance scales to discover which ones are heavier and lighter.


This week, we have continued to work on our new fiction story, ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey. We have been busy writing our very special invitations for our Toy Party, by making sure we have used capital letters, full stops and finger spaces!


Our activities have included:

Writing stories to tell to our toys

Den making and rocket building challenges during outdoor provision 

Circle time to share why our toys are special to us and how we can link our experiences to our book, 'Toys in Space'. 

Road Safety Afternoon no

On Friday afternoon, we had some very special visitors in class helping us learn all about road safety. We had lots of fun and learnt the Green Cross Code: Think, Stop, Look and Listen. 


Updated on 19/10/18


In mathematics this week, we have started learning all about addition! We started using concrete objects to create number calculations and began to record our calculations in written form. We had fun using hula hoops, bean bags and unifix cubes to represent our numbers and support our counting.


During early bird maths and provision led challenge, we have enjoyed practising the two part whole model too. Have a look at our work below!



This week, we have compared the two fiction stories ‘Beegu’ and ‘Toys in Space’ by creating our own venn diagram. During discussion, we explored how the characters and their experiences were similar and different in both stories.



During P.E, we played a game of 10 bin bowling but slightly differently…

We had to work together in our pairs to build the tallest tower and try and knock it down using bean bags! We were really proud of our hard work and enjoyed the challenge.  

w.b 5.11.18

Updated on 9.11.18 


This week in literacy we explored the nursery rhymes, 'Incy Wincy Spider' and 'It's Raining, It's Pouring'. We had fun identifying the rhyming words in each poem and we began to recite both by heart. Similarly, during our guided reading session we read 'The Worst Princess' and spotted the rhyming words as a class. 



We started the topic of shape this week. We had fun completing a 2-D shape treasure hunt around the classroom and we learnt how to create a tally to represent our numbers. 

Our weekly challenge within provision was to create a 2-D shape picture to consolidate our learning in class no

Challenge: How many 2-D shapes can you spot at home? 

w.b 12.11.18

Updated on 16.11.18

What a fabulous week! Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday for our opening morning. We had great fun learning all about 3D shapes - have a look at some of our work below! frown



In English this week, we have learnt all about rhyming words. Our previous learning has included identifying the rhyming words in the two nursery rhymes: Incy Wincy Spider and It's Raining, It's Pouring. Working in our groups, we chose to perform Incy Wincy Spider to the rest of the class and recite the poem by heart, with our own actions too! 
We enjoyed listening to each other's performances and we explained our thoughts and ideas on each one.


We have also been working hard on our letter formation and this week we have practised forming the curly letter 'g' no


In Science this week, we identified and organised a range of light sources into bright, brighter and brightest! no

w.b. 19.11.18 

Updated on 23.11.18



We have worked hard to develop our counting skills this week by practising counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Our class challenge was to complete the missing number sequences. 


Challenge - Can you spot the mistake in this sequence? 

5, 10, 15, 22, 25, 30 ... 

We worked particularly hard on our counting by 2s by improving our understanding of 'pairs'. Our activities included: 

  • How many pairs of smelly socks are hanging on the washing line? 
  • How many pairs of animals entered Noah's Ark?




In English this week, we went on an Autumn walk around school and described what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We have been inspired by the rain and enjoyed learning about the poem April Rain Song by Langston Hughes. We used our experiences to write our very own rain poem and worked hard to include capital letters and full stops in our writing. 


Take Over Day! 

It's been a very exciting Friday with Take Over Day! We enjoyed a phonics lesson with our new teachers, where we practised our speedy sounds. We learnt the new sound 'ew' - chew the stew and practised this sound during spellings. 


w.b 26.11.18 

Updated on 30.11.18 


frownSTAR OF THE WEEK! frown


In exciting news, we have just started star of the week in Year One to celebrate our hard work and achievements in class. This week's star of the week is... 

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For super participation and hard work during our fraction learning! no


In mathematics this week we have started the new topic of fractions, which we have enjoyed learning all about! 

Our activities have included:

  • Finding a half and a quarter of a hula hoop using metre sticks and bean bags! 
  • Making fraction food and creating a fraction food menu! 
  • Exploring halves and quarters when designing a fraction picture.

Some of the questions we have been exploring in class are... 

  • If I were to split an object in half, how many equal parts do I have? 
  • If I were to split an object into quarters, how many equal parts do I have? 

We have just started to explore how to find a half of a number using the part, part whole model to support our learning. Have a look at our super work below! 



This week we have been developing our independent writing skills and continuing to work hard to remember capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We enjoyed choosing a picture and writing a caption to describe it. 

Drama Workshop 

We took part in a special drama workshop. We had lots of fun playing drama games to develop our communication and practise using our voices. We learnt and performed a play where we became ants who were trying to eat the crumb of a chocolate cake! It was fun performing as a class and practising our drama skills.

w.b. 03.12.18

Updated 07.12.18


frownSTAR OF THE WEEK!frown

This week's Star of the Week is...

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For being a kind friend to all your classmates! Well done! no


We have been learning all about capacity this week, which we have enjoyed. We used the vocabulary full, half full and empty to describe different measurements. We used different materials to fill a variety of containers and enjoyed solving different problems for capacity. 



In English this week, we received a very special letter from Father Christmas explaining that he needs our help! Father Christmas had lost his very important to do list, so we had fun writing Father Christmas a new one! We also had fun writing a reply letter to Father Christmas explaining why Christmas is important to us. It was lovely sharing our ideas and celebrating our writing as a class. 

w.b. 10.12.18

Updated 14.12.18

It has been a very exciting week! We enjoyed the Road Safety Pantomime, where we learnt all about the green cross code: think, stop, look and listen. We also had a very important visit from the Yorkshire Police to provide a Hate Crime talk, who said "the children were amazing and were all actively engaged and listening". no


We have enjoyed making our own Christmas cards and calendars, which we can't wait to take home next week. 


frown Thank you for all your hard work and wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from Year One!frown



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