Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure my children have felt safe at school. My child is happy to come to school, the staff are visible and approachable. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not!

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. 

Friday 20th May 2022

In art this week, we evaluated our Pop Art artwork. We shared our work with each other and talked about what we thought we had done well, as well as what we liked about it. We thought about the features of Pop Art that we had included and the different oil pastel techniques that we had used. With our partners, we then talked about what we would do differently next time and gave each other ideas about how we could improve or change our work.

This week we have been looking at money. We looked at 1p, 2p, 5p 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. We explored money in a variety of ways such as coin rubbing, sorting by value and properties as well as making repeated patterns.

Later in the week, we looked at the values of coins and how we can add different coins to make the same value.

This week we have been very creative. We have been looking at poems with the theme of ‘Spring’. We had a look at some poems and discussed the features such as rhyme, repeated words and starting a new line for a new sentence. We used all the skills we have learned so far this year to improve our ideas by using adjectives to describe the nouns we chose. We created a class ‘Spring’ poem (see below) and then planned and wrote our very own poem.

During our topic lessons this week we looked at the results of our cress experiment. Last week, we set up our experiment by planting some cress seeds and placing some in the light and some in the dark. We predicted that the cress seeds in the light would grow, and many of us thought that the seeds in the dark would not grow. Look at our results below!

Our cress seeds that were placed in a light area grew full and green. The cress seeds kept in a dark cupboard grew very tall and looked very stringy and yellow! We found out that this is because plants use sunlight to make food so that they can grow healthy and strong. The seeds kept in the dark had grown very tall trying to find some light. They also had yellow leaves because they had not been able to make enough food to grow healthy and strong. Afterwards we drew pictures in our books and wrote about our findings.

Friday 13th May 2022


This week we created our own Pop Art artwork in the style of the famous Pop Art artist, Andy Warhol. We used a repeated image of our chosen animal and coloured it in using oil pastels. We made sure that we used bright, bold, unrealistic colours! We tried to include some of the oil pastel techniques that we had practised in Week 1. We then stuck our four pictures onto a brightly coloured background to make them really stand out!

This week in English we have been practicing our reading skills. We have been reading about elephants and finding out facts about them. We looked at a different text about going to a farm and then found out some excellent information.

This week in maths we have been looking at the word ‘quarter’ and what this means. We learnt that a quarter means to split shapes or numbers into four equal groups. We explored finding a quarter using playdough, shapes, chalks, and numbers.

In our topic work this week we undertook our very own investigation! Firstly, we spoke about the things a plant needs to grow, and thought of water and sunlight. We spoke about what might happen if the plants didn’t get any sunlight and then set up a fair test to find out. We planted some cress seeds and put some in a light area and some in a dark space. We predicted if they would grow or not grow in both areas. We are looking forward to finding out the results of our fair test next week and will keep you posted!

Friday 6th May 2022


In Art this week, we have used the themes of animals and poetry to plan our own Pop Art pictures. We read some poems from the book ‘Farmyard Hullabaloo’ and talked about the different animals on the farm. We then experimented with unrealistic, bright colours to colour the animals in. We also thought about some of the techniques that we could use with our oil pastels. After this, we then chose our favourite animal, which we will use to create our Pop Art pictures next week!

This week we have been looking at the word ‘half’ and what that means. We learnt that half means to split a shape or object down the middle, and that each half needs to be equal. We explored finding half using playdough, shapes, and paper.

Later in the week, we explored the idea that we can half quantities as well as shape. We made different numbers and split them into two equal halves.

This week in our topic work we have continued our focus on science and learning all about plants. We looked more closely at the different parts of a plant and what their function is. We especially liked learning about the roots and knew that they held the plant in the ground! We were interested to find out that roots also soak up water from the ground to help the plant grow.

Friday 29th April 2022


In art this week, we have been finding out about Pop Art! We looked at some Pop Art pictures and thought about what they had in common. We also had fun playing a game called ‘Pop or Stop!’, where we looked at lots of famous artwork and decided whether we thought that they were Pop Art or not.

This week we have explored turning our bodies and looked at quarter, half, three quarter and full turns. We went outside and drew circles on the playground and practised our turns with a partner.

Later in the week we looked at 3D shapes and their properties. We hid the shape in the bag and had to explain what we could feel and what shape it might be!

This week in our topic work, we have been looking more closely at plants. We went on a plant hunt around the school and found dandelions, daisies and daffodils. We also learnt about the structure of a plant and identified the petals, stem, leaves and roots. We enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look at marigold flowers too!

Friday 22nd April 2022


This week we have been looking at the word equal and what this means. We looked at making two groups of numbers and seeing whether they were equal or unequal. We then went on to speak about how we could make the two groups equal.

Finally we spoke about how two equal groups when added make a double.

This week we have been following instructions to make a paper plate fish. We looked at our fish and discussed the features. We talked about a title and what makes a good title.  We wrote about keeping a fish as a pet and made a list of all the things that you would need. We discussed what an imperative verb is. The children then had to spot the imperative (bossy!) verb in the sentences.

In science this week have been learning about seasonal changes. We used sticks and leaves to make ‘trees’ and then we labelled all the parts of trees that we could remember. We observed trees, looking carefully at how they have changed now spring has finally sprung! We learned the words deciduous and evergreen.