Year 1


Autumn 1 2018

The Year 1 children have settled well into their classes. We have started the half term establishing routines and introducing the new curriculum.


Explosion into Topic Day - Old and New Toys

Year 1 began their Autumn 1 half term with an Explosion into Topic Day around this half term's topic of Old and New Toys. The children had the chance to make marionettes, jack in the boxes, thaumatropes and dolly peg dolls.


The children were also given the opportunity to share their lovely Toys from The Past Holiday Projects which they had been working hard on over the summer holiday.

Place Value

We have started the year off in Mathematics working on our fluency in Place Value. The majority of the children are now confident with counting forwards and backwards to 20 and have been able to answer reasoning and problem solving questions.


Number bonds

The Year 1 children have been representing the number bonds to 10 in different ways including using a tens frame, the part whole model and writing number sentences.




Year 1 Reading and Phonics Workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended Year 1's Reading and Phonics Workshop on Tuesday 2nd October 2018. We are very pleased to have had an excellent turnout and positive feedback from those who attended. We hope that you were able to gain a deeper understanding of how and why Phonics and Guided Reading is taught in Year 1.

Each child was given a copy of the Powerpoint from the Workshop to take home which includes different styles of questioning which parents can use when reading at home. If you did not recieve this, or need another copy, please ask your child's class teacher.


Year 1's Visit to Weston Park

On the Wednesday 10th October and Thursday 11th October Year 1 went on their first educational visit of the year to Weston Park in Shropshire. The children behaved exceptionally well and represented the school proudly.

The children enjoyed learning about Victorian school life and trying on some of the clothes.

In addition the children got the opportunity to explore and play with indoor and outdoor Victorian toys.


Year 1's Visit to Build A Bear

In the final week of Autumn 1 all children who had recieved 100% attendance for the entire half term were entered into a raffle. Two winners from each class were chosen to travel into Birmingham City Centre to the Build A Bear workshop to choose a new addition for their classes.

The remaining children in school with 100% attendance were given the opportunity to play with brand new board games for the afternoon.

Well done to all those children who came to school everyday in the first half term! Please continue to encourage your child to come to school everyday in Autumn 2.


Autumn 2 2018

Year 1's Author of the Half Term - Jill Murphy

Year 1 started their Autumn 2 literacy lessons exploring and researching their new author of the half term, Jill Murphy. The children have enjoyed reading her books and using iPads and different resources to research the author. The children have been creating informative book reviews and redesigning their own book covers and blurbs for the books they have read by Jilly Murphy.

Year 1's Diwali Sharing Assembly

Year 1 were delighted when they had opportunity to share what they had been learning to parents through a Diwali assembly. The children had practised extremely hard to use their big clear voices and were very excited about their first assembly of the year. The children shared rangoli patterns and latterns they had decorated, as well as beautifully sang Diwali songs.


Year 1's Visit to Shri Venkateswara

The children were extremely excited to go on their second trip of the year to the Hindu Temple, which linked to their Autumn 2 topic of Hinduism. Year 1 were lucky enough to have the experience of being guided around the Shri Vekateswara in Oldbury. The children were very respectful during their visit and listened very well. The children were full of questions for their guide.


Artist of the Half Tearm - Edvard Munch

This half term Year 1 have been looking at artwork created by the artist Edvard Munch. We have been talking about the foreground and background within different pieces of art. Year 1 have enjoyed recreating his famous Winter, 1899 piece using oil pastels and chalk to create the different elements within the background and the foreground.


Key Stage 1 Christmas Music Festival

To finish off the half term both Year 1 and Year 2 classes were very eager and excited to share the Christmas song they had been practising in class with the Key Stage. Both year groups gathered for a Christmas Music Festival and each class sang beautifully.


Spring 1 2019

Explosion into Topic Day - Terry Frost

Year 1 were welcomed back to school in January after a well deserved break with a Terry Frost Explosion into Topic Day. The children were very excited to hear all about our artist of the half term Terry Frost. The children spent the day exploring how to recreate Frost's famous Suns and Boats piece and his Sunburst piece using different mediums including chalk, paint, card, tissue paper, wax crayons, oil pastels and pencil crayons.

National Story Telling Week - Monday 28th January 2019

In assemblies this week the teachers have been sharing their favourite books from their childhood. On Friday the children also brought in their favourite book to share with the class. A lot fo the children brought in their shiny new books from the Parent's Evening book fair.

Visiting Author - Clare Bell

Year 1 were very lucky to have an author visit them on Tuesday 22nd January 2019. Clare shared all of her secrets of how she creates stories and begins to write them. The children were able to draft their own imaginative story with Clare and listen to her read one of her books 'Don't Panic, Annika!'

Looking After Wildlife

To end the theme of the week, on Friday 1st February 2019 each Year 1 class went into the Nursery Rainbow room to meet our latest arrivals at Grove School. The children were able to experience nine newly born chicks.

Sring 2 2019

Hands on Science Workshop

In Year 1 we had a very exciting day when a scientist visited us to help the children to learn about floating and sinking. This was a very enjoyable experience and the children learned about the types of materials to use when they created their own boats and about the shape the materials needed to be. They experimented wth different shapes and sizes of materials and they explored adding weights to the boats to see how it would float under pressure.

Making Boats

The children used what they had learned from the Hands on Science visit and the investigations they had participated in during their science lessons to make their own boats. They knew the types of materials that would float and they experimented with ways to join the materials to maximise its ability to float under pressure. The concentration and team skills the children used while building their boats was incredible. They encouraged each other and shared their joy when witnessing their boats floating, however long they floated for.

Reading and Phonics Parental Workshop

Thank you to all of the adults that attended our reading and phonics workshop. Your support and encouragement for you children is greatly appreciated. The children love sharing part of their school day with you and they are very proud to show you how clever they are.

Poetry Week

The children love listenting to and joining in with poems and rhymes. We have a  new poet and a poem every term and this term we have been learning the poem 'Please!' by June Crebbin. This has been a very enjoyable poem and the children have enjoyed putting actions to it.

The Greatest Fairytale Ever Told

Not only The Greatest Fairytale Ever Told, but also "The best day ever!" according to the children. We had a show-stopping performance from the Hobgoblin Theatre who amazed each and every one of us with their brilliantly written, mixed up fairytale stories.


Year 1 took part in a drama workshop after the performance. The children were taught to show expression through facial movements and body movements. They pretended to be trees and flowers in a lovely calming forest, as well as in a scary, dark forest. We have some budding actors among us!

How to Be Healthy

Keeping within the theme of the week of how to be heatlhy, on the final day of the Spring 2 term, the children put their instruction reading to the test. The children followed step by step instructions which they had written earlier on in the week on How to Make a Fruit Salad. The children were able to discuss the health benefits of fruit, and the importance of using cook untensils safely.

Summer 1 2019

Alien Day

Thank you to all the children and parents who worked hard over the Easter half term to create an alien out of junk modelling to save their trapped teachers. The children came back to school ready to share their aliens and holiday experiences.

The children had a very exciting Alien Explosion Day where they were able to continue with their alien junk modelling and also create a large alien within teams. The children then came up with alien words to label parts of their alien. The alien words which the children created have been saved by the teachers to use for Alien Word of the Day for daily exposure to pseudo words. The exposure to these nonsense words are aimed to build the children's confidence with segmenting and blending these words in the lead up to the phonics screening check.


During Summer 1 the children have been experiencing computing lessons with Mrs Cufflin. The children have using the JIT5 software to create paint images around the science topic of the half term Plants. The children have painted real life flowers and labelled them, and also drawn Jack and The Beanstalk and wrote a story.


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