Welcome to Year One

     Staff in Year One: Mrs Sunderland & Mr Fellender

PE Day : Friday ( Children to attend school in full PE kits & remain in these all day)

Please see welcome video below for other useful information

Below is an overview of the intended learning throughout this year -

Here are the 'rules' that the children chose for our  Class Mission Statement: 

Our first topic is 'Brainwaves'.

For our Entry point we talked about our brain and what it controlled. We discussed what an amazing organ it actually is!

We watched a short film explaining the parts of the brain and what each section controlled.

We then all examined a brain....well, a jelly brain! 

On Thursday we received a parcel through the post from Professor Sparks! 

It was a puzzle!

We had to use the Professor's clues to figure out what he wanted us to do. We worked as a team and looked at all the clues. We worked out that he wanted us to create an obstacle course! 

This is because both solving puzzles and exercise are good for our brains!

Before we could build and complete the final challenge, we decided to write some instructions of how to stay safe and also what we needed to do to complete

our obstacle course successfully. 

 We had lots of fun completing our Obstacle Course! Some of the tasks were easy and some were challenging, but the children 

showed lots of resilience and kept trying!

For our Brainwaves Exit Point, we had a morning of 'Puzzles Galore!'

The children had a variety of puzzles to choose from and had lots of fun trying to solve them!

Our next Topic is 'The Magic Toymaker'.

For our Entry Point we received a parcel from the Magic Toymaker, with a challenge inside.

The Toymaker wanted us to work in teams to make our own toys! 

We had lots of  great ideas and displayed super teamwork!

The finished items were: a speedboat, a lighthouse, a doll's house, a train station & a chocolate coin making machine!

See if you can spot which team built which toy?

For our Knowledge Harvest we worked in teams to answer the following questions:

  • What is a toy?
  • Why are toys important?
  • What toys do you like to play with?
  • What toys did you like to play with when you were younger?

In Science we looked at the 'properties' of a variety of toys & then sorted them by these.

We looked closely at soft and hard toys & discussed what materials these were made from & why we thought these materials were more suitable than others.

We then sorted the toys by wood and plastic, and again discussed why these were the best choice.

The children then chose which categories they wanted to draw and drew three toys in each group.

In Art this week, we looked closely at the painting ' The Toyshop Window' by Peter Blake.

We discussed what we could see in the painting and why we thought Peter Blake had chosen to create this work.

We then painted our own 'Toyshop Windows'  by painting our favourite toys in each window pane.

In PE we have been working on throwing & catching, and target games. We began using beanbags to throw & catch, then to 'throw, clap , catch'! 

When we thought that we had developed this skill with beanbags, we challenged ourselves by repeating the tasks with a sponge ball. This proved a little trickier!

We have been practising under arm throw too.

For Black History Month we have talked about Dr Maya Angelou, an author, poet & civil rights activist.

We discussed her life and her inspirational observations of human nature.

Our favourite quote from her was -Be the rainbow in someone else's cloud.

We discussed what Maya Angelou meant by this and the children were very good at breaking it down to

"just being kind to everyone all of the time, but especially if someone is feeling sad!"

We then went on to listen to one of her poems and the children closed their eyes to visualise what the poem triggered in their own imaginations.

The children then used pastel crayons to re-create their ideas. See if you can spot the 'lions on the loose', 'shadows on the wall' or 'the dragons breathing flame'.

For our Magic Toymaker Exit Point we firstly designed our own puppets, labelling the different parts of our design.

Then we created our designs & had lots of fun playing with our new toys! 

Our next topic is FREEZE IT!

For our Entry Point we learned all about the 'Three States of Matter': liquid, solid & gas.

We talked about the atoms within these and how they moved. 

We then went into the hall to be atoms! 

Can you see when the children are being a gas, liquid or solid? 

After our lesson, some children decided they wanted to draw some solids, liquids and gases & label them! 


For our Knowledge Harvest, we all had the opportunity to closely examine some large blocks of ice. The children were asked to consider the following three questions about ice and water :

  • What does it look like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What can we do with it?

The children then all completed a worksheet with their answers. 

In Science this week we learned how to read a scale on a thermometer and then conducted an experiment to see at what

temperature water (a liquid) becomes ice (a solid).

We recorded our findings. 

In Geography this week we learned about the 5 oceans of the World.

We learned lots of facts including that the Pacific is the largest and that the Southern (AKA Antarctic ocean) is the coldest!

We also were shocked to learn that the World is covered by 70% water! 

This week we have read the book Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers.

The children were tasked with re-writing the events of the story in their own words. They did an amazing job!

Some children also chose to independently create story maps to support their work.

Below is just a sample of some of the super work the children produced.

In Art we have spent some time looking closely at frosty cobwebs and the amazing natural patterns that spiders make.

We then went on to paint some frosty cobwebs of our own.

We all enjoyed playing in the snow today!

The children had so much fun!

It's that time of year again! We had a lovely afternoon listening to Christmas songs & decorating our tree.

Today we all took part in a Charity Reindeer Run for Wakefield Hospice. Santa even popped in to lead the way! 

The Exit Point for our topic was split into two halves.

Exit Point 1 involved the children choosing what flavour ice-lolly they would like to make, what colour handle to have and pouring the chosen liquid into the lolly-maker.

Exit Point 2 was much more fun! This involved the children eating their creations! Yum yum!

We are in full Christmas mode in class now and the children have all written 

super independent letters to Santa, with some fantastic illustrations! 

It was lovely to read their wishes for Christmas, what they will leave Santa

on Christmas Eve, but particularly their honesty about whether

they have been good all year! 

Christmas Jumper Day! 

10th December 2021

Happy New Year!

Our new topic for this half-term is All Dressed Up!

For our Entry Point the children all brought their favourite teddy into class and they designed an outfit for them.

We had some fantastic designs & super labelling work! 

For our Knowledge Harvest we worked in teams to answer some questions about what we already knew about clothes.

This week we have been doing lots of work around the tradition tale The Elves & the Shoemaker.

We began by re-telling the story, in two parts to help us remember all the important parts of the plot.

Below are some examples of the children's independent work. 

Then we worked in teams to act out the story.

We really enjoy doing Drama!

We also wrote our own stories based loosely on the text.

Some children chose to be shoemakers, hat makers or dress makers. We even had a football kit designer!

Below are just a few examples of the exciting and interesting stories the children created.