Welcome to Year One


Adults in Year One : Mrs Sunderland, Mrs Bulbulia & Miss Richardson

            Teaching Tuesday PM  : Mr Fellender

Please find below important information regarding Year One -

Here is our class mission statement, a set of 'rules' the children chose, to ensure we all have a fantastic year! 

Year One Curriculum for 2023-2024

Here are our School Councillors. These were voted for by the class to represent Year One in School Council meetings and ensure that their voices are heard.

School Council have been involved previously in many important decisions, such as our homework reward scheme, the new playground markers and the dinner menu choices.

Anti-Bullying Week  - 13-17th November

This week was National Anti-Bullying Week.

There have been whole school assemblies and lots of discussions around this subject all week throughout classes.

In Year One we had our first attempt at drama

We read the story 'The Wolf's Colourful Coat' and discussed the events and how all the characters felt.

We then got into groups to act out the story. 

Although some of the children were less confident to 'perform', they all enjoyed the experience and showed empathy

and understanding of the characters and their actions within the story.

Autumn 2 (Nov - Dec)

Our topic this half-term is


In Science this half-term we are looking at everyday materials. 

In our first lesson we learned the names and properties of a variety of different materials.  

The children then completed worksheets to show their understanding of what materials items were made of.

In our next Science lesson, we looked at a variety of toys from around our classroom and sorted them by the materials they were made from. 

Here are a few examples of the children's work after the activity.

In History this week we talked about how we can find out about toys from the past, and learned the term ' sources'. 

Our homework task was to talk to our parents/carers and grandparents about their favourite toys and why they liked them.

In class we talked about what a valuable source this was, being able to talk to people who had first-hand experiences of toys in the recent past. 

The children absolutely loved sharing what they had learned from family members with their friends. 

We then went on the learn about another source - non-fiction books. We talked about how we can use these to find out lots of interesting facts and see photos and drawings of historic toys. 

The children again were very excited to look through the books and were fascinated with 'golden trains' 'china tea-sets' ' Old fashioned baby dolls'  and 'Etch-a-sketches that only drew straight lines!'

In Music the children have been reading The Three Little Pigs and thinking about how using character voices makes a story more interesting. 

This week they have been learning about how to give rhythm to lines from the story to enhance it.

They worked in groups to clap to the words, in order to hear the rhythm of the statement.

In Maths we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

We have learned that 2D shapes are flat & 3D shapes are fat!

We have made patterns with them, talked about their properties and looked at which ones are good for stacking! 

In History this half-term we are learning all about how toys have altered over time.

We started this topic by sharing details of our own favourite toys. 

We talked about how we all like different toys and also how we play differently with these toys and games, how some are technology based whilst others we use our imaginations with.

We then looked at a selection of toys from our classroom and discussed a range of questions about these toys with a partner.

Finally, we drew a picture of our own favourite toy and wrote a few sentences about it. Here are just a few examples - 

In our Reading lessons, we are currently looking at the poetry of A A Milne -  'Now We Are Six'.

During these lessons children are learning comprehension skills, such as inference and retrieval.

After we have read the text several times together and discussed the vocabulary, the children then work with a partner to answer a few questions about the text we have read. 

They are learning to spot the 'clue' words within questions and then locate information by scanning or skimming the text for the answers. 

The children are particularly enjoying this book and are eager to hear other poems from it.

We have begun our Computing lessons this week. 

We have been practising how to log on and off with a partner.

We all have our own unique username and password, so learning how to enter these successfully,navigating the keyboard, is a fundamental step! 

In PE we are currently developing our ball skills to progress onto successfully sending and receiving with partners. We are learning how to watch the ball and think about it's pace, in order for us to do things like clap before catching it. We are realising that to perfect this skill,it takes a lot of concentration!

This half-term one of our class books is Pinocchio

We have talked about adjectives previously in our SPAG lessons, and how they make sentences more exciting and help the reader to get a better picture in their head of what is being described.

With this in mind, we have been 'getting comfy' during story time, closing our eyes and visualising story events, rather than looking at the pictures within the text. 

We then talk about what we have imagined and discuss which words within the story helped us to create those thoughts.


 Halloween Disco 26th October 2023

The children all looked amazing for our Halloween Disco!

We had lots of fun.


All Around The World Day 

16th October 2023


Year One have been learning all about France today!

We began our day by learning some facts about France, such as it's capital city, population and it's currency.

We looked at some famous landmarks too.

We did a quiz to see what we could remember!

After that, we watched a video on how croissants were made and we all tasted some. 

They were a big success!

We then had a 'virtual tour' of Le Louvre and learned all about the Mona Lisa.

Did you know she is painted on a wooden panel? 

We all drew her ourselves! 


We have learned lots of french language today.

We have learned to count to 10 in French. 

Then we learned how to introduce ourselves & tell people our name. 

Finally we learned the names of some colours in french and coloured in an 'L'arc-en-ciel' (rainbow).

We also all created our own french flags!

Finally, the children were tasked with filming each other as they talked about something they had learned, or enjoyed from our French Day. 

Here are a few...

Autumn 1 

Our topic this half-term is 

Marvellous Me!

In Science this week we have been conducting our own research into an animal of our choice.

We used the I-pads to find out the diet, habitat and class of animal of our chosen animal.

We then recorded our findings on a fact-file.

Below are a few examples of the completed research.

In PE we have now moved on to the topic of 'Ball Skills'.

Today we practised keeping control of our ball, by carefully 'dribbling' it around cones.

There are some potentially talented footballers amongst the class! 

Monday was DT Day! 

The topic this half-term was 'Fruit & Vegetables'.

We began by looking closely at a selection of fruit & vegetables and seeing if we could identify which group the foods belonged to.

We learned that fruit has seeds, whilst vegetables do not.

We then went on to learn all about where fruit and vegetables grow. 

We spotted the pattern that fruit grows on trees and vines, whilst vegetables grow just above the ground, or below the ground.

Our next task was to sample a range of fruit and vegetables, to see which ingredients we would like in our smoothies! 

Once we had chosen which ingredients we liked, then we began working in small groups to make our smoothies, carefully chopping the food & loading the blender - making sure that the lid was on before we pressed Go!

Finally we evaluated our creations! 

Some were successful, others...not so much!

In Art this half-term we are looking at spirals and continuous line drawing. 

We talked about how we can use our whole bodies to create spirals, then practised this with firstly art pencils, then chalks in the playground. 

As you can see, the children were fantastic at this!

We then went on to create 'Rainbow Snails' using oil pastels.

Here are our finished masterpieces!

In Science we have been learning about our 5 senses. 

Today we did some experiments to find out how hard it is to only use one sense! 

We visited the 'Senses Stations' and had to record what we could hear, see, smell, taste & touch. 

Here are a few photos & some examples of our findings!

In Music we are exploring pulse & rhythm.

This week we listened to a song and tried to hear the pulse (or heartbeat) in the music.

We learned that this is often the beat that we nod, clap or tap our feet to. 

We then tried to join in with the pulse using a selection of music instruments.

In RE this half-term the children are learning all about special books and stories. 

They have looked closely at a selection of children's bibles and Mrs. Bulbulia shared her Qur'an with us. 

The children enjoyed learning about the differences between these special religious books.

In PE today we were practising our jumping skills.

We began by moving around the hall in the style of different animals, such as frogs, lions and snakes.

Then we moved on to see if we could jump higher and/or further than our partner.

Finally we had a whole class jumping competition.

In Science today we were all scientists investigating how many of our class had which eye colour and hair colour.

We conducted surveys to record our findings and then looked at our data to make conclusions! 

The children loved completing these tasks and some even began investigating whether boys or girls in our class had the longest arms/feet/ heads etc by measuring them with pegs! 

Today in PSHE we talked about how we are all unique. 

We watched the story of Elmer, and talked about how he didn't initially like being different from his friends, but he learned that his differences were an important part of him. 

We then worked with a partner to talk about what was the same as them, and what was different. 

Here are our ideas.