Category Archives: Year 1

Bonnie Scotland

This week we have been learning all about Scotland. 

As part of our EXPLORE challenges we have had to: make a Scottish landmark, design our own tartan and paint pictures of the Loch Ness Monster. 

Our favourite facts about Scotland have been:

The national animal is a unicorn.

The Scottish eat Haggis (stuffed sheep’s stomach)

Some Scottish men wear a type of skirt called a kilt. 


We had great fun learning to Scottish dance in PE. The highland fling was certainly exhausting!

In English, we have been writing our own stories based on “Stuck”. This time we had a naughty elf who was throwing all kinds of toys and winter objects into a Christmas tree.

Maths has been learning all about partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones.  We have been practicing saying and writing our teen numbers.

In ICT we have been having a go at completing some Expresso coding. The children have impressed with their confidence and focus. 

Croeso i Gymru

This week we have been learning all about Wales.

In geography we have been locating Cardiff and thinking about how we might travel to Wales from England. We have been looking at the physical geographical features of Mount Snowdon and thinking how the weather might change from the bottom of the mountain to the top.

We had a wonderful time learning some Welsh traditional dances in PE. The children worked in partners learning to reel dance. 

It has been anti-bullying week this week. As part of this the children have constructed worry boxes using their DT and ICT knowledge. These will be sent home for the children to place any worries into. We have also made helping hands in PSHE to show the trusted adults we can tell our worries too. 

The year one team have been impressed with the children’s exploration of 2D and 3D shape. They have also created repeating patterns using 2D shapes.

In art, we have been working on colour mixing exploring primary and secondary colours. 

Next week we are off to a country with a slightly cooler climate, I wonder where we will be visiting? 


Luck of the Irish.

We have been busy learning about the geography of Northern Ireland this week. All of the children have had great fun building models of The giant’s causeway and Samson and Goliath (the giant cranes).

It has been the end of another challenge week with all of the children earning stars for completing a variety of challenges across all subjects. This time they had to: identify evergreen and deciduous leaves, make a chalk version of a Jack Goldstein picture and create a part part whole house. 

We had a lovely day today for Children in Need. The children had great fun practicing their gymnastics rolls, learning some disco rhythms in music and celebrating our differences in PSHE. 

Next week we will be learning about another UK country- I wonder which one it will be? 


Year 1 – Challenges Galore!

Another fantastic week of exploration and learning in year 1. 

This week we set the children a series of challenges to complete in their independent learning time. They had to complete each task, get a photo taken and collect stamps to complete the challenges. After half term we will be setting lots more challenges around our foundation subjects so watch this space…

In Maths, we have been challenging our addition knowledge by using part part whole diagrams to learn how to write addition number facts to 10. We have investigated what changes when our equal sign moves places and solved various addition problems.

In writing, some of our children have been busy answering silly questions using their knowledge of phase 4 and 5 sounds. Do you think chimps come from Mars? Can sharks climb trees? 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed our first read to succeed assembly. It was lovely being able to virtually visit the other classes in school. Congratulations to our three winners. Thank you to all children who have been reading lots at home. Remember to bring your journals in on a Monday to earn a ticket and it could be you who wins a brand new book next term.

The year one team would like to miss all parents and children a happy and healthy half term.