Year One

Welcome to our class page!

The adults in Year One are:

Miss Kerry and Miss Mattinson

Tuesday afternoons: Mrs Harris

 Our IPC Topics this year are:

  • Brainwaves
  • A to B
  • All Dressed Up
  • Treasure Island
  • People of the Past
  • I'm Alive
  • Sensational 

The topic letters for these will be posted on our web page at the start of each half term. 

British Values- Democracy

Each day we vote on which book we would like to read at story time. Everyone gets their say and has a chance to share their opinion!

We are using ‘Teach Your Monster To Read’!

Please use the unique username and star code found on the inside covers of your reading diary to login at home.

Summer 2: Sensational

Entry Point

We visited Pizza Express as our exciting Entry Point! We each made a pizza and took it home to eat! We used our senses to smell the ingredients, touch the dough, listen for the instructions, look at the toppings and taste the pizza!

Summer 1: I'm Alive

We are very lucky to have Miss Milnes joining us as our student teacher this term!

our Exit Point was an Ugly Bug Ball!

We set our butterflies free! 

We went on a mini-beast hunt with Year 2! We created tally charts to record which animals we saw, and where each one was located. When finished, we discussed our findings. We agreed that most insects were in dark, cold places hidden away from the sun.

We have butterflies!

Our butterflies hatched from their chrysalises on Friday 17th May! On Monday 20th, we released them into the playground. We were lucky enough to have one butterfly come back to see us after it was released! We watched excitedly as the butterfly fluttered onto the flowers in our playground.

We have each planted a seed!

We are still taking care of our bean plants planted for our entry point 3 weeks ago! Some of us are very lucky and have plants taller than 30cm! We keep measuring them using rulers and are recording our findings in our Bean Plant Diaries.

This morning we planted our seeds! We are each responsible for our own plant and need to look after it very carefully to ensure it grows. Watch this space for updates!

Stick insects!

Friday 10th May

Today Miss Mattinson brought us her stick insects! Some of us were lucky enough to hold one!

Hungry Caterpillars!

Miss Page came to visit us and showed us how to make our very own 'Very Hungry Caterpillars' using fresh fruit and vegetables. Once we had made our artwork, we ate it! Lots of us tried new food we had never tasted before!

We met Sparkle the snail this afternoon! We spent a long time looking for his eyes!

Spring 2: People of the Past

Entry Point: ‘Through the Decades’

Wednesday 27th February

Today we spent our morning working with a partner from Year Two. We swapped classes and learnt about different decades through a range of activities. We sampled food from the 1970s, designed new glasses for Elton John, created our own timelines, created pop art images, painted images of the moon-landings and researched the Beatles!  In the afternoon we learnt the ‘Charleston’ and made up our own routines with new friends in Year Two. We had a fantastic day!

On Wednesday 6th March we had our class assembly! The children did a fantastic job and enjoyed sharing what we have learnt since Christmas.


Significant People of the Past:

Week 1- We learnt about the french inventor of 'braille', Louis Braille. We found out about his life and how he overcame his blindness to succeed in creating a language which is used worldwide.



Week 2- We have found out about the famous fossil hunter, Mary Anning, who discovered the first fish-dinosaur over 200 hundred years ago. We found out what it was like to be a fossil hunter and unearthed some mysterious rocks from the Hill Top Museum of Fossils. 

Spring 1: Treasure Island

Our first day back after Christmas was completely pirate-themed! In the morning we created mind-maps of everything we already know about pirates. We added pictures with labels and sentences to show as much information as we could.

We thought:

  • pirates like gold and treasure and sometimes hide it
  • pirates might have a wooden leg, an eye patch and a big hat
  • some pirates have a parrot
  • pirates say ‘arr!’
  • pirates make maps and to show where the treasure is hidden, they put a big ‘X marks the spot!’
  • pirates travel in ships

We want to know:

  • Where do pirates sleep?
  • What do pirates eat?
  • Where do pirates come from?
  • How do you become a pirate?

Entry Point

For our Entry Point we had a pirate afternoon! We dressed up as pirates, made eyepatches, treasure maps and found out our pirate names using our initials! We also watched part of the film ‘Pirates!’ and talked about what the pirates and pirate ships looked like.

All pirates are good at treasure hunts! Today we had a treasure hunt for clues on the famous pirate, Blackbeard. We put the clues together and created word maps to show what we learnt. We are LOVING our pirate topic so far!

Pirate Yoga!

We have really enjoyed our pirate yoga stories to calm our bodies and focus our minds. We especially love using our legs to row the boat and our feet to answer the pirate phone! 


As part of our challenge passports we had to build the world map jigsaw! It was tough, but we used lots of co-operation and communication to complete it.

We also creates play dough maps to help pirate Long John Silver to find his shipmates! Each of them had been marooned on a different continent so our maps showed where he would need to visit to rescue them. It was tough, but we think they were great maps!

Volleyball Competition!

This half-term we entered a volleyball competition. We worked really hard throughout all of our P.E. lessons to learn the skills we needed. Our hard work paid off and we won! 

Valentine’s Disco!

Tonight we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a disco! 

Autumn 2: All Dressed Up!

During our topic 'All Dressed Up' we are being scientists and investigating different materials.

We learnt the names of different materials and their properties and which materials are man-made and which are natural. In English, we learnt the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' and retold this using actions, puppets and finally in writing! 

We used iPads to make word clouds of adjectives to describe different materials.

Entry Point

We created t-shirt designs for the Autumn/Winter 2018 'Build a Bear' collection using a range of materials! We were very excited to undergo the challenge of creating something worthy of the amazing teddies! We had a few challenges including cutting the fabrics and attaching them to the t-shirt template. We had to use lots of resilience to overcome these!

R.E with Mr Roop Singh

We have had a very special visitor today . Mr Roop Singh came into our Assembly to talk to us about Sikhism. He talked to us about all of God's wonderful and varied creations, and how we are all different and this should be celebrated. He also explained to the children all about his Sikh ' uniform'. The children thoroughly enjoyed his visit. 


LGBT Families

We listened to the story of Tango, a penguin who has two daddies. We talked about our families and found out that they looked different in each house! Each of us drew a picture of my family. We talked about how some of families live in the same house as us, and some live in different houses.

Christmas in Year One!

Rememberence Sunday

We watched the CBeebies video which follows a rabbit through a field of poppies and learnt about why poppies are important. We carried out our own 2 minute silence and then each made a beautiful paper poppy. Some of us took our poppies to Rememberence Sunday services as a mark of respect. We were incredibly proud of how mature year one were during this special day.

Autumn 1: From A to B!

During our topic 'From A to B' we will be learning about different forms of transport and it's history. As part of this, we are learning abou the Rainhill Trials of 1829. The trials were a competition held to find the best locomotive engine and 5 took part. The winner was Stephenson's Rocket! We are all looking forward to seeing this engine on our upcoming visit to the National Railway Museum!

Exit Point

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that came into school to help us build vehicles for our exit point! We had an amazing afternoon and the finished products were wonderful.

Pedestrian Training

This week we were taught how to cross the road using the Green Cross Code. Amber and Matt from the Leeds City Council Road Safety team taught us the important rules we need to follow when walking by, or crossing a road.


Food Technology

Year One made fruity faces using fruit and vegetables we chopped ourselves! We were shown the correct ways of holding a sharp knife and how to use it safely. We think our faces look good enough to eat!

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween we all helped to carve out a pumpkin! We were very interested in the strange seeds inside and washed them to see what happened. 

National Railway Museum

We had an amazing day on our visit to the National Railway Museum! We took part in a workshop on the famous ‘Rocket,’ which we learnt about in class and watched a ‘Punch and Judy’ puppet show! 

Making trains

Today we built our model engines using cardboard and plastic we have brought in from home. We found attaching some of the materials together a little tricky and had to use resilience to make sure they worked.

From A to B Topic Letter

Thursday 6th September- Parents Meeting

Please see below for the letter given out at tonight's meeting.


Our first IPC topic this year is Brainwaves! We will spend the first two weeks learning about how our brain learns best and what we can do to improve our learning. Among other things we will work in teams and co-operate to make jigsaws, learn how to keep our brain healthy, test our resilience in P.E and build our growth mindset. 

During our first few weeks we have all settled in really well! We are using the provision areas in and outside our classroom to complete our Challenge Passports and expand our learning.

British Values

Each week we discuss the British Values 'Picture News' and share our thoughts.