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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 blog!

Each week, we will be updating this page to show you what the children have been getting up to in the classroom. You may like to talk about this with them when they come home. 

Thursday 28th March 2024


This week in English, we have learnt all about Pandas. The children planned for their non-chronological report and sorted lots of picture facts about Pandas into three sections. The children have all worked so hard and have written some wonderful reports full of lots of fun facts and super adjectives!


In maths, we are continuing our leaning of numbers up to 50. We are learning to count in 10s and have been practising counting forwards and backwards to 50. We have been building numbers up to 50 using dienes and comparing them.  We then moved onto drawing dienes, thinking carefully about which digit represents tens and ones.


This week in art we used different materials to create our island collages. We used different techniques such as tearing and cutting to create the features of our islands. We worked really hard and we are very proud of our artwork.


In topic we have been learning about maps. We moved a compare bear to different places on our maps. We used position and direction language to describe where our bear was on our map. We wrote sentences to describe the bear’s position and also thought about how to describe a journey on a map, using compass directions.


Congratulations to 1D and 1SM for such a lovely performance in your assembly this week. The children know so much about continents, climates, maps and compass directions. Everyone was very proud of all the children for taking part. We especially loved the singing! Well done everyone!

Friday 22nd March 2024


This week in English, we have learnt about lots of bears but polar bears in particular. The children have found out lots of new facts and worked as a team to sort them under different subheadings. We then used all we had learnt to write some wonderful sentences and we included some brilliant descriptive adjectives! The children have also learnt about plurals and found out that some plural nouns need an added ‘s’ and some need an ‘es’ instead.  


In topic this week, we have been thinking about maps. We have looked at maps online and maps in an atlas. Then we made our own maps of our school playground. We thought about the features in the playground and how we could draw them. We also talked about what a key is and how we use it to explain what the map symbols mean. We then created our own, imaginary playgrounds, with all of the features that we would love our school playground to have!


Well done to all the children in 1H and 1M who so confidently showed their geography learning in their assembly this week. They know the continents song so well and made wonderful maps and compasses.  We are so proud of you all. We are excited to see the assembly for 1D and 1SM on Wednesday morning next week.


We enjoyed an Easter Hunt in Forest School this week. We searched high and low for all the pictures and ticked them off on the sheets. We wonder whether a chocolate bunny hopped away because we couldn’t find it anywhere!

Friday 15th March 2024


In topic this week, we have been learning more about the continents. We found out about the equator and worked out which continents are in the Southern Hemisphere and which are in the Northern Hemisphere. We talked about climate is affected by the equator and sorted animals by whether we thought that they would live somewhere hot or somewhere cold. We placed the animals on a world map, either near to the equator or far away from it.,


In art this week we have been designing our own island collage. First, we thought about what features we want our island to have. Then we drew our design and thought about the different materials we will use to create our collages.

Friday 8th March 2024


This week in English, we used Language Through Colour to plan our character description. The children identified some of their teddies important features and wrote down some wonderful adjectives to describe them. The children then used their plan to write down all their ideas.


In art this week, we experimented using a range of recycled materials to explore cutting, layering, tearing and fixing different materials together. We looked at some collages of islands and sketched our favourites.


In ICT this week we used 'I animate' to create a short animation. We learned the new words ‘animation’ and ‘image’. We worked with a partner to create a short animation, moving our character a tiny bit each time as they went on a journey.


In maths, we have been counting all the way up to 50 and building numbers using dienes.


The children (and adults) really enjoyed dressing up in their pyjamas for World Book Day this week. They shared storied with the Year 6 children and enjoyed making bookmarks. They also enjoyed meeting Paul Deslandes, author of The Garden Monster, and hearing him read to them. We were also very grateful to have some adult visitors who came and read to the children. The teachers also swapped and read a story to each other’s classes. We hope that your children enjoy their free World Book Day books and enjoy using their vouchers!

Friday 1st March 2024


In art this week we have been continuing our work on collages. We looked at lots of collages of islands and talked about what materials there were made from and what features we could see on the islands. Then we chose our favourite island collages and carefully sketched them in our art books. We had to look really carefully so we could include all of the details.


In maths we have been continuing our learning around subtraction. We have been reading ‘subtraction stories’ and thinking carefully about how to solve mathematical problems. We can draw dienes to represent objects in the story and cross some out to show ‘taking-away’. We then counted how many were left (not forgetting to count the tens too!).


This week in English we have continued our work on the book ‘Dogger’. The children have shared lots of wonderful adjectives and written some brilliant description sentences about Dogger’s face and body. The children have also started to plan a character description about their own teddies from home, which was lots of fun!

In our topic lesson, we learned about the compass points North, East, South and West. We made our own compasses, using arrows and split pins, and used them to direct our friends around the room. We then used them to explain how bear could get home, by giving instructions on a map.

Friday 23rd February 2024


In maths, we have revisited subtraction - taking away small amounts from 2-digit numbers. First, we built the number using dienes and subtracted by removing some of them. We then counted how many were left. After lots of practise we began to draw the dienes and cross out the amount to be subtracted. We are confident to read subtraction number sentences.


This week in English, we have learnt all about the book Dogger. The children listened to the story and we used Language Through Colour to sort different words from the book. The children worked hard to create and learn actions to recite a character description. The children have also revised capital and lowercase letters and have sorted lots of words into the correct alphabetical order.


In Art this week we looked at collages made by the artist Kurt Schwitters. We learned that collages are artworks made from different materials, such as pictures, newspaper, photographs, patterns and found objects which are stuck and displayed together. We worked in groups to create our own collages. We practised cutting, tearing, layering and arranging the images in different ways to create different shapes and patterns.

Friday 2nd February 2024


This week in DT we evaluated the wonderful toys that the children made from recycled materials last week. The children the discussed the toys that they had made and revisited their design criteria to think about what worked well and what could have been improved.


This week, in English, we have enjoyed the story ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’. We have explored rhyming words from the story and matched them together. We have unscrambled sentences about the characters and we have written sentences to describe what is happening. We have continued to work on our pre-cursive handwriting, as well as writing capital letters.


In maths this week we have been solving different types of addition problems. We have been using lots of different strategies, such as drawing dienes, counting on from the biggest number and using a number line. We are really confident with addition to 20 now!

Friday 26th January 2024


This week in English, we have continued to look at the story, ‘Nothing’. We have been practising our pre-cursive letter formation, as well as learning to form capital letters correctly. We have used our language through colour displays to help us to write sentences using ‘who’, ‘what doing’, ‘what like’ and ‘where’ words. We have talked about the terms nouns, adjectives and verbs. We have also continued to look at past tense verbs and have used these in our independent writing.


This week in DT we used all of the different recycled materials we have collected to make our toys with help from lots of our friends and families. The children worked hard to collect all of the materials needed and follow their design criteria to make some fantastic final products!


In maths this week we have been using dienes to add 2-digit and 1-digit numbers. First, we had to think how many tens and how many ones were in each number and then we made the numbers using the 10 dienes sticks and the ones. We have also been drawing the dienes to help us add. We had to put the biggest number in our head and count on. We’re becoming really confident adding to 20!

Friday 19th January 2024


This week in DT the children drew diagrams of the toy they will make from recycled materials. We thought hard about our design criteria and listed all of the tools and materials we would need. The children have made some fantastic designs and look forward to sharing them with you!


This week in English, we have been learning about the story ‘Nothing’. We have been unscrambling sentences and writing our own sentences about the story. We have used our language through colour displays to help us to sort words into different word groups. We have talked about nouns, adjectives and verbs. We have also thought about how to change some words into the past tense by adding the ‘ed’ suffix. 


In maths this week we have been look at numbers to 20. We have used dienes to how many tens and how many ones are in each number. We have also drawn dienes to represent different numbers and we have been plotting numbers on a number line.


This week we have been looking at old toys from the past. We have explored what materials they are made from and how the toys are different and similar to the toys children play with now in the present. We had lots of fun and would like to have some to play with in our classroom.

Friday 12th January 2024


This week in DT we started to think about which materials would be best for our project. The children explored lots of different materials and we learnt about their properties. We also looked at how we could join different materials. The children worked super hard and found that some adhesives worked much better than others.


In maths this week we have been looking at numbers from 11 to 20. We have been making numbers using counters on a tens frame, drawing counters, and using numicon. We have practised saying how many tens and how many ones are in each teen number.

Friday 5th January 2024


This week in DT, we have explored lots of the toys found in the classroom in preparation for when we make our own out of recycled materials! The children discussed which materials the toys are made from, how they work and what they like/dislike about them. We decided on which toys we would make and talked about our design criteria.


This term we are very excited about our new topic- Let’s Play! First of all, we discussed what we already know about toys- new or old. We created a mind map to show the different types of toys we like to play with. Next, we drew a picture of our own favourite toy and wrote a sentence about it.


In English we have been learning about the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The children enjoyed listening to the story and acting it out in the forest school. We have been unscrambling sentences from the story and practising writing sentences, using a capital letter and a full stop. We talked about prepositions and identified them within the story.


This week in maths we have been looking at numbers to 10 and numbers to 20. We have been doing lots of practical activities making numbers in different ways using cubes and Numicon, ordering numbers and reading and making numbers on tens frames.

Friday 15th December

In English this week we have been writing our own fact files all about reindeers. We tried really hard to remember all of the interesting reindeer facts we have learnt. In our independent writing, we tried to use full sentences, capital letters, full stops and adjectives.

In DT, we made our Christmas cards based on the plan and design drawn last week. The children did a fantastic job of constructing their moving part and used a range of materials to make their cards look fun and festive. Glitter was a favourite! Everybody shared the resources and helped one another, and we all worked together to clean up the classroom afterwards. Here are just a few of our fabulous creations…

This week we had lots of fun at our Christmas party making hats, playing games and watching a Christmas panto. We also had a super special visit from Father Christmas!

Friday 8th December 2023


In maths this week, we have been having lots of fun with 2D shapes! We have been naming and describing the shapes, by talking about the number of sides and corners that each shape has. We have worked on our fine motor skills whilst cutting around shapes to make shape pictures. We have then talked about the shapes that we have used. We have also enjoyed making shape patterns and continuing repeating shape patterns.


This week in Topic we have learnt all about maps and have used them to describe the location of lots of different features. The children then drew or built their own maps of the classroom. We also had lots of fun when we used a map to find the location of a set of Stickman clues hidden around the whole school! The children worked super hard and used the key they drew to help them.


In English this week we have been learning about reindeers. First, we thought of questions to find out facts about reindeers. We learnt about question marks and practised using them at the end of our own questions. We discovered that reindeer live in the tundra, and they have hollow hooves. We wrote our sentences remember to use capital letters and full stops.

Friday 24th November


In maths this week, we have been using all of the knowledge and skills we have gained so far to solve different maths problems. Some of the problems were number and place value, some were addition and some were subtraction. We had to think carefully about how to solve each problem.


This week in English we have been continuing our learning reading Stick Man. We have been sequencing the story, thinking carefully about the order of Stick Man’s adventure. Then we retold the story in our own words. We tried really had to use adjectives in our writing.


In DT we have been designing a Christmas card with a moving part. We looked at our design criteria and thought carefully about the tools and resources we are going to need to need to create it. We have some really fun ideas: Santa going up and down the chimney, snowflakes falling outside, presents appearing under the tree… we are so excited to start crafting!


This week in ICT we have learnt all about algorithms. The children explored what an algorithm is and we discussed the importance of the order of instructions. We then sequenced instructions to tell a robot how to make a jam sandwich. The children have also used Beebots to create precise instructions to move from one place to another, which was lots of fun!

Friday 17th November 2023


In maths this week, we have been focusing on subtraction. We thought about different words for the taking away, such as subtract, minus, difference, fewer and less. We used objects to make a number and then took some away, to see how many were left. We then we took away by drawing pictures and crossing some out. We wrote subtraction calculations to go with simple word problems.

This week in English, we have been enjoying the book Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We have been thinking of lots of brilliant adjectives to describe Stick Man and the different settings in the story. We have also been practising using adjectives to write our own sentences about Stick Man.

This week in our topic lessons we have explored the outside areas around school to learn the difference between physical and human features. We have also learnt about which countries make up the United Kingdom. The children labelled UK puzzles and used playdough to make a map of the UK with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in different colours.

Friday 10th November 2023


In our Topic lessons this week, we have explored Margate in the past and present. The children looked at lots of different pictures and compared them, thinking about what was the same and what was different. We have also learnt how to sequence pictures through time in order from oldest to newest.


This week, in maths, we have been learning how to use bead strings to help us to add two numbers together. We have read word problems and found the important information. We then counted out each of the two numbers on our bead string and counted how many we had altogether, to find the total.


In English this week we have been continuing with our fireworks poems. We thought of lots of adjectives to describe what we can see and hear on Bonfire night. Some of us have written our own fireworks poems and some of us worked together to create a group poem. We are all really proud of our amazing ideas!

Friday 3rd November 2023


In maths this week, we have been adding two groups of objects together. We started by building the calculations, using physical objects. We then drew circles to represent the two groups that we were adding. Finally, we practised writing the calculations for our drawings. We worked out the answer by counting all of the objects/circles together or starting with the first number and counting on to find the answer.

In DT we have been exploring books with moving parts. We have learned about different types of mechanisms used in books including flaps, pop-ups, turning wheels, levers, and sliders. We all really enjoyed finding out how they work by watching videos and looking closely at real books. We began to think about our design criteria for making our own greeting cards with moving parts.

In topic, the children have explored the features of a setting. We discussed some of our experiences at the beach and thought about what we see and do there. The children then worked together to make some super beach collages. We also learnt about Guy Fawkes and how he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament! The children drew their own firework pictures, built the Houses of Parliament and made their own stick puppets.

In English this week we have been reading firework poems and learning about adjectives and exclamation marks. We had lots of fun using glowsticks to create our own firework display and we made some amazing firework pictures using chalk. We thought of sound words to describe the noise fireworks make and adjectives to describe what they look like and used them in our brilliant sentences.  

Friday 20th October 2023


In English this week we have continued our learning around the ‘Funny Bones’ story. We have had lots of fun improving a boring sentence by using adjectives or extending it to give more information. See our amazing writing below! We thought of some excellent adjectives- frightening, shiny, spooky…  

In maths we have continued to use the ‘part-whole model’ and have started to learn about how we can use one to add two numbers. The children have drawn their own part-whole models and used counters and Numicon to practice. We have also written some super number sentences!

In PSHE this week, we have been thinking about being kind to each other and how we can show kindness on the playground. We talked about ways that we could help others and how we can share with them. We thought about how it feels to be left out and how we can be kind by asking others whether they want to join in with our games.

This week in topic we have been learning about the seasonal changes which happen in autumn. We went to the field and forest school and spotted lots of leaves changing colour and falling from the trees, lots of berries on the trees and sycamore seeds. We then studied different autumn leaves and thought of some interesting adjectives to describe them.

A little home learning activity…

Over the half-term break, why don’t you go for an autumn walk with your family? What signs of autumn will you spot at the park? Perhaps you could take photographs or draw a picture and add some labels with adjectives, for example ‘crunchy leaves’ or ‘spiky conker shells’. Plus, you could really impress your parents with your knowledge of different types of trees!

Friday 13th October 2023


On Monday, in English, we practised letter names and sequenced the letters of the alphabet from a-z. We enjoyed a range of activities such as: missing letter sheets, matching magnetic letters and putting letter mats in the right order. Our story this week is Funny Bones. We have been practising writing sentences from the story using a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces.

In maths this week we have learnt how to split a number into two parts. The children have used animal counters, pom poms, numicon and much more to practice. We have also explored how to use a ‘part whole model’ to find all the different ways a number can be split.

The children enjoyed forest school this week and made witch’s broomsticks out of sticks and leaves. They had fun in the mud kitchen, which is finally starting to be a little bit muddy, and enjoyed looking at nature, building dens and swinging through the trees!

In science this week we have been learning about trees which are common to the UK and how we can identify them by looking at their leaves. We carefully studied oak, sycamore, pine, holly and horse chestnut leaves, describing what they looked like and whether they were evergreen or deciduous. We have also been making repeating patterns using the seeds from the trees, and making some lovely leaf rubbings too.  

Friday 6th October 2023


In maths this week, we have continued to practice using greater than, less than and equal to symbols in lots of different ways. The children have used the symbols to compare pictures, objects and numbers. We have also learnt about ordinal numbers and when we use them. The children enjoyed a bus stop game where we all had a number card and had to work together to line up in the correct order.

We have been using Language Through Colour to answer questions about stories and to better understand different types of vocabulary. We used nouns to answer questions about who is in a story, where they are and what they have. We used verbs talk about what they were doing. We also used adjectives to describe what things were like.  

This week in topic we have been learning about the properties of different materials. We learnt that the properties of a material means what it is like. We sorted lots of objects, identifying the material it was made from and the properties of that material, such as hard, soft, waterproof and transparent.

Friday 29th September


In maths we have continued to compare one group of objects with another but have learnt to now use the symbols, greater than, less than and equals to. The children learnt that the crocodile always wants to eat the largest amount! We have also practiced using greater and less than in sentences and learnt how we can use greater than to describe the largest group of number.

In PSHE this week, we thought about what it means to be unkind. We talked about how it feels when someone is unkind to us and what we can do about it. We then listened to different scenarios and decided whether the children were bullying, teasing or just joking (in a friendly way). The children enjoyed listening to a story about a cheetah who was left out by others, and what his friend did to help.

This week in topic we have been learning about different types of materials, such as glass, wood, plastic, metal, and fabric. We went on a materials hunt around school, looking for objects made from the different materials. We have also been sorting objects by identifying what materials they are made from.

In English this week we have been reading the story ‘The Lumberjack’s Beard’. It is very funny! We used our fantastic fine motor skills to make our own bears using strips of paper and cut out animals to stick on. We worked together as a group to write sentences that included a capital letter, full stop and finger spaces. We have also been learning about verbs and acting out interesting actions such as lugging and trudging!

Friday 22nd September

In English this week we have been reading story of ‘The Tree’ and talking about how the forest changes during each season. We drew things that we might see in a tree and learned about plural and singular words (owl, nest, acorns, squirrels). We have been building and writing sentences about our own tree pictures, deciding whether to add an ‘s’ or ‘es’ to plural words.

In maths we have looked at more, less and equals. We have learnt how to match one group of objects with another and compare groups of objects to explain which one has more or less. The children also enjoyed a dominoes game where we explored what it means when groups of objects are equal.

In PSHE this week, we thought about good listening. We talked about why it is important to be a good listener and how we can show others that we are listening. We then played a traffic light game, to test our listening skills! When the teacher called green, we jumped on the spot. When the teacher called orange, we jogged on the spot. When the teacher called red, we stood very still.

This week in topic we have really enjoyed lots of panda themed activities linked to our school value ‘Safe and Settled’. The children have made a panda house from Lego and panda masks, as well as creating beautiful panda pictures, labelling the parts of a panda, and even watching a live stream of Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo!

Friday 15th September


Welcome to the Year 1 blog. Your children are settling in really well and have had a lovely week in their new classes. They have been enjoying lots of fun activities this week.


In maths we have worked with numbers from 1 to 10. The children have ordered and written numbers both forwards and backwards! The children have also worked super hard to practice their number formation and have enjoyed lots of missing number activities too.

The children loved visiting the forest school again and had lots of fun climbing, exploring and working together. They discovered different creatures and talked about different materials that they found. They made cakes and potions and even dens! We can’t wait to see what they will find next week!

In English this week we listened to a story called ‘The Jar of Happiness’. We thought of things that make us feel happy and drew pictures of them inside our own jars. We added labels, learning how to use a ruler to draw a straight line, and used our phonic knowledge to sound out words.  

This week in topic we have really enjoyed lots of panda themed activities linked to our school value ‘Safe and Settled’. The children have made a panda house from Lego and panda masks, as well as creating beautiful panda pictures, labelling the parts of a panda, and even watching a live stream of Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo!

Friday 21st July


Thank you Thanet Earth!

We are so grateful to Thanet Earth for their support again this year with our DT food project.  Thanet Earth kindly donated lots of peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers for our project. As you saw on the blog last week, the children had so much fun planning, preparing and eating everything (well almost everything!) that they made. They loved seeing the bell peppers and the pointy peppers although we had trouble persuading some of the children that the pointy peppers weren’t chillies!

We had lots of fun looking after jelly babies this week. We chose our jelly babies, named them and made birth certificates for them. We thought about the things that they might like and drew pictures of their families. The jelly babies enjoyed playing with the toys in the classroom, reading books, riding on ponies and being chased by dinosaurs! We also enjoyed building houses and transport for our jelly babies, along with beds and even designing and making clothes! We also had lots of fun building a jelly baby village. Unfortunately, some were not so lucky and ended up being trodden on, or even worse – EATEN!

Your children have had such a fun and busy year! They have learned and grown so much and we are all very proud of them. We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our families for your support throughout the year and would also like to wish everyone a very happy holiday. 


Best wishes to you all from everyone in the Year 1 team.

Friday 14th July


We had lots of fun this week making our face salads in DT. We spoke about food hygiene and made sure we washed our hands and had a clean surface to work on. We also learnt how to cut vegetables safely. We made very fun and silly faces!

In English this week, we looked at the story 'Sam’s Sandwich'. We talked about the different fillings and designed our own sandwiches, with both tasty and disgusting ingredients! We enjoyed making a sandwich with different pictures and collage materials and then wrote about what we would put in our sandwiches.

Some of the children enjoyed planting wildflower seeds in our outdoor planter this week. The seeds were very kindly donated to us and were to commemorate the coronation of King Charles III.

Friday 7th July


In English this week, we have enjoyed talking about the animal visit from Creepy Claws. We looked at photos and talked about our favourite animals. We used adjectives to describe the animals. We also enjoyed talking about our library books and Jackson brought in a picture to share, which he had created using his arts and crafts library book - great work, Jackson!

1A had their visit to the library this week and had lots of fun! We sat for a talk about the library from a librarian named Jill, and then explored all the different books available. Some of us then chose a book and scanned it out using the self-service tills and our new library cards!

Friday 30th June


We have had an exciting week in Year 1 with some children visiting Cliftonville library, the RNLI coming into school to teach the children how to stay safe at the beach and lots of animals visiting too!


We had lots of fun at the library exploring the books! There were loads to choose from. The children said such lovely things about the experience:

“I have had a great time walking around looking at the lovely books!”

“I would love to come here again!”

We were told about the summer book challenge “Ready, Set, Read!”. This is a challenge to read 6 books during the summer, do you think you can do it? It would be amazing if you could try you even get a medal!

This week we have also had a visit from Creepy Crawlies. They bought in some animals for us to meet, including a snake, a millipede, a ‘skinny pig’, a hedgehog, a scorpion and a tarantula! We had lots of fun touching the animals and learnt lots of interesting facts!