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Welcome to Year 1

Mrs Powell and Mrs Darbyshire


On this page you will find information and news about the exciting things that happen in Year 1.


Our class trip to Cleethorpes is on Monday 25th June.


Our PE days are  Monday and Friday. Please remember your PE kits and remember to come to school without earrings on these days.


Book changing days are on our Parent Notice Board.


Homework for this half term is to complete a Phonics and Reading Challenge! Who will win the challenge?



Our first topic for this term is Being Sorry. We will be learning about choices: good choices and choices that aren't so good. Knowing that we have a choice, we will be learning that God helps us to choose well and to be sorry when we make the wrong choice. And that God forgives us.


Morning Challenge!

Year 1 will be continuing to open our classroom doors every morning at 8:40am. The children have enjoyed taking part in our morning challenges with your help. Thank you for coming along and supporting us and your children in their learning. Let's see if we can get even more parents/carers involved this term!


Let's Read Together!

We will also be continuing to invite parents and carers into school every Wednesday at 3:00pm to read with their child in our lovely new library area. Please come along to these weekly sessions to share a love of reading with your child - the children have really enjoyed the sessions so far. If you haven't been able to join us yet, please come along and take part in the fun if you can.



Our final topic to end Year 1 with is Splendid Skies! We will be looking at the four seasons and what weathers are usually associated with each season. Through science, we will be observing and describing the weather associated with the seasons and how the day length varies. We will be identifying seasonal weather patterns and instances of extreme weather in the UK in our geography lessons. Year 1 will also be taking a trip to Cleethorpes. As a way to remember our final trip in Year 1, we will be designing, and creating, postcards and shell photograph frames in our art and design lessons. 


Our topic to start the summer term was Bright Lights, Big City. Year 1 found out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks. We stepped back in time to discover what happened in the Great Fire of London. Where did it start? How did it end? What caused the fire to rage for four days and spread so quickly? Ask Year 1 - we know! We enjoyed a visit to Cusworth Hall to learn more about this historical event - it was great fun learning about Samuel Pepys, dressing up and writing with a quill and ink!  Our favourite part of this topic has to be, without doubt, baking bread. Have a look at the photos below.

Baking bread!

Our first Let's Read Together! session was great! Lots of family members turned up to read together in our new library. We can't wait for next week's session.

Our topic for Spring 2 was The Enchanted Woodland. To start this topic off we went on a local area woodland walk - we used our senses to help us to spot the nature all around us. What do you think we saw? Have a look at the photos of our walk around Thomas Well's Lake below. We wrote a descriptive recount of our walk and an acrostic poem. In science, learned about deciduous and evergreen trees, and the parts of a plant. We also grew peas, beans and sunflowers! 

Here are some photos of our local area woodland walk around Thomas Well's Lake. We looked at the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees - and we saw some lovely ducks and swans. It was very cold and muddy!

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Our topic to start 2018 off with a bang was Dinosaur Planet. We found lots of facts about dinosaurs, and we invented, designed and made one of our own! As part of this topic, we learned about Mary Anning and made our own ammonite fossils out of clay. Did you know that ammonites became extinct, along with the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago? We wrote dinosaur riddles, went on a dinosaur hunt and wrote our own stories of 'a dinosaur who came to tea'. Were our dinosaurs carnivores or a herbivores? To finish this topic off, we had a dinosaur tea party with our families.

Here are some photos of our work from our topic Dinosaur Planet.

To start our Dinosaur Planet topic off, we invited Dean, from Meet a Creature, to visit us in Year 1. As dinosaurs were a diverse group of reptiles (some were basically 'big lizards' - and lizards are reptiles) Dean brought three lizards and some other reptiles for us to look at, observe and hold. He also brought some other interesting animals along too! We were lucky enough to be able to hold a bearded dragon, a water dragon, a gecko, a royal python, a corn snake, a tortoise, a tarantula, a chinchilla, a millipede and a giant African snail. Do you know which ones are reptiles? Do you know which of the reptiles are lizards? We had a fabulous afternoon doing observational drawings and holding the animals. Walking like an insect, spider and millipede was great fun too! To finish off our fun-filled afternoon, we took part in a group competition to design and draw a dinosaur landscape. Who do you think won? Have a look at the photos below. What an exciting afternoon we had!

To celebrate our learning at the end of our Dinosaur Planet topic, we invited our families into Year 1 to share a Dinosaur Tea Party. We looked at our work and had some light refreshments too. Then performed an oral storytelling of our We're Going on a Dinosaur Hunt story, and a couple of chats and rhymes that we had learned. have a look at the photos below - it was great fun!

Our topic to end 2017 was Memory Box. We thought about special events that we can remember, and found out about things that happened in the past before we were born. We took part in a Teddy Bear's Parade! Check out our photos below - we did have fun! As part of our R.E., English and history lessons, we looked back at photos of when we were babies and special family occasions. Traditional tales and fables were a focus for our reading and writing, and we learned how to retell stories with actions.

Here are some photos of our Teddy Bear's Parade. We brought our teddy bears into class and paraded them proudly around school. After our parade, we split into groups and asked each other questions about our special bears. The following day, we enjoyed writing in past tense about our fun-filled Teddy Bear's Parade.

Our topic to start the year off was Paws, Claws and Whiskers! So we were looking at animals around the world and locally. We had an exciting start to the school year with this topic as lots of visitors cam into Year 1. As part of this topic, we also visited Austerfield Study Centre. We looked at animals around the world and classified them into groups. We had fun building habitats for the local Austerfield animals. To finish our topic, and celebrate our learning, we held a Pet Party. We had lots of fun with our families and pets sharing cake, biscuits and juice, and we also enjoyed performing the songs we had learned about the seven continents and five oceans. Check out the photos below!

To celebrate our learning, we ended our topic with a Pet Party. We brought our stuffed animals along and invited our family members to share some light refreshments with us. During our party, we performed some songs that we had learned: The Seven Continents, The Five Oceans, The Alphabet, The Days of the Week and The Months of the Year. It was great fun!

Emma, From the Dog's Trust, came to teach us how to care for dogs. We learned what dogs need to be healthy and happy. She also taught us how to stay safe if an unknown dog approaches us.

Lisa, from the Rotherham Dog Rescue centre, brought Peanut in to visit. Peanut is a five-year-old rescue dog. She can do lots of tricks - she can jump, sit, roll over - and she's a very good dancer!

Mrs Osborne brought her dog, Alfie, in to visit. Mrs Osborne showed us how she takes care of Alfie in order to keep him healthy and happy. He had lots of fun in Year 1, and then he enjoyed a little rest in Mr Bratt's office.

We saw lots of animals from around the world when we visited Austerfield Study Centre. We classified them too! Do you know which ones are reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds or fish? And what about invertebrates?