Year 1JH: Blog items

Term 1 - done!

Date: 22nd Oct 2021 @ 11:38am



I can't believe we have finished the first term of the year. It seems like only 5 minutes ago I was meeting the children for the first time on the playground... now they know their way around the classroom like the back of their hand and and showing some amazing independence. 


I am so proud of all the children and I can't thank you parents and carers at home for all of your support. It is great to see them progressing and I am looking forward to meeting with you next term to show off the fantatsic work they have done so far. 


Today we have had a special visit from the local fire officers who spoke to the children about what they should do to keep safe around bonfire night. One member of our class even got to give a demonstration to the whole of Key Stage 1 - well done Lilly Ann! 


Over the holidays we will be setting some special homework for the children to do based on what they have learnt so far. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with! 


On that note, please enjoy your holiday with the children. As I keep saying, they have worked so hard this term so really do deserve a big rest. I can't wait to hear what they get up to! 


See you soon, 


Miss Higgins 

Counting on!

Date: 15th Oct 2021 @ 5:01pm

Hi everyone! 

We have had another very busy week this week. This children have continued to work hard and make me proud... big high fives all around!


We have looked at the addition symbol and began to use concrete resources to solve them. We introduced ourselves to counting on on a numberline and used the big number tiles to make our own numberline on the carpet. Everyone was given a number sentence to solve and hopped their way to the answer! Have a look at some of our brilliant mathematicians...

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In Science we have explored our senses and used our noses to conduct a smell test! We had some mystery pots and gave them all a sniff to predict what was inside before the truth was revealed! Some of us loved the scents... others not so much. 


In English we created our own speech bubbles for characters in Supertato and used time connectives (First, Then, Next, Finally) to write sentences to order the story. 


Another great and productive week in 1JH - I can't wait for another! 


Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday for one final week of learning before a well earned week off! 


Miss Higgins and Mrs Cooper :) 

We have 5 senses!

Date: 7th Oct 2021 @ 11:27am

Hello everyone! 


What a week... The children have been working very hard this week and have begun to explore their 5 senses. We learnt about the 5 senses and the body parts we use for each. We even learnt a new song! If you would like to have a listen here is the link: 

Once the children knew what the 5 senses were they had a go experimenting with the sense of touch and smell. Ask the children what things they felt and smelt!

In maths, we have explored the number bonds for 5 and 10. Children have used a part - whole model to represent the number bonds to 5 and also explored ways to show bonds to 10 on a tens frame. They have then applied these skills to their challenges! 

In english we were visited by Supertato! We have spent some time drawing what we think an evil villan looks like and labelling them using adjectives. We have also ordered events from the story using a giant story map and our teamwork skills. 


I am really pleased with the effort the children are showing whilst working! Keep it up everyone, two more weeks until you can have a well-earned break! 


Miss Higgins :)

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Our Amazing Bodies - Continued

Date: 2nd Oct 2021 @ 10:53am

Hi everyone! 


I hope you all have had a lovely week. 


This week the children have continued learning about their bodies and explored the bones that make up our skeletons. We have read the story "Funnybones" toegther and talked about what the skeleton looks like and what it is made of. We have built skeleton pictures from puzzle pieces and drawn and labelled some of the bones we know. Some of us even wrote sentences to describe what different parts of our bodies do! We have also explored what we can do with our bodies in different amounts of time. 


We have continued to use our bodies in PE as we are learning to be gymnasts! We have learnt how to transition between two new gymnastic poses (arch and dish) by rolling on our mats. 


In maths we have explored finding one more and one less than a number by using a number line, and other concrete resources. The children are becoming very confident using all of the differnet maths resources w ehave in our classroom! 


In English we have begun to verbally compose and write our own sentences. We have discussed what a good sentence needs to have and had a go at writing independently in our Big Write session. 


I am so proud of the independence 1JH are devloping. I can't wait to see more of the amazing work they will produce as we go through the year. Keep on working hard everyone! 


Miss Higgins :) 

Week 3 - Our Amazing Bodies

Date: 27th Sep 2021 @ 3:49pm

Hello all! 


Last week we learned all about our bodies and how amazing they are. We drew around our bodies and added labels like: legs, arms, head, hands, feet, hips. We even learned a new dance called "dem bones" - ask your children if they remember how it goes! 


In English, we continued reading our story: "My Mum is a Supermum!" about a boy called Milo who thinks his mum has X-ray vision. We labelled pictures of Milo's mum and other superheroes and even tried adding some adjectives to our work. 


In Maths, we looked at representing different numbers up to 10. We had lots of fun exploring the concrete resources in our Maths area and making our numbers in different ways. 


I am looking forward to continuing our learning this week and can't wait to see what amazing work the children continue to do! 


Miss Higgins :) 

Creating African Animal silhouette pictures

Date: 11th Jul 2021 @ 12:50pm

This week we have continued our artistic skills and created the most beautiful African animal silhouette pictures!

We used watercolours to create a sunset background then carefully drew and cut out an African animal. Some children also included a tree, hill and another animal in their pictures too! 

Creating Massai Shields

Date: 4th Jul 2021 @ 6:39pm

Over the last 2 weeks we have been working with Mrs McCaffer our Art teacher. 

The children have explored different African patterns and used them to plan what they would draw on their African Massai shields. They used watercolours and thought really carefully about which colours they chose, where they would put the pattern on their shield and how to make the lines look thicker. 

They then decorated the edge of their shield by sewing with coloured wool. The children all showed great skill and concentration when completing these shields, I am so proud of them! 


Date: 4th Jul 2021 @ 6:36pm

To start our new story 'Mama Panya's Pancakes' we looked a picture from the story. We talked about what we could see in the picture and who the characters might be. We looked at the way they were standing or how the objects were positioned and recreated the picture with our bodies! Some children were Mama Panya, Adika or the dog, whilst some children were the trees, the houses or even the stool! All the children tried really hard to get into character and think about what the different characters might be saying, thinking ot doing. Well done everyone!

Making Arrays

Date: 4th Jul 2021 @ 6:31pm

We have been working really hard on our multiplication skills in year one. One of the ways that we have been making groups in by making an array. Last week we used cheerios to make array and this week we used stickers! We tried really hard to show the multiplication sum in the form of an array, making sure each sticker was in a square in our books. We all did fantastic learning and we loved using the stickers to do it! 

Kenya or England?

Date: 21st Jun 2021 @ 10:03pm

We took our learning outside to look at photographs of Kenya and the UK. We stood on one side for Kenya and one side for the UK. We then gave reasons for our decisions. 

Africa day!

Date: 21st Jun 2021 @ 9:55pm

For the launch of our new topic How do we get to the Maasai Mara? We had a fantastic day at school where we:

* Played djembe drums 
* Made African necklaces and masks 
* Made our own Kenyan flag
* Learned some Kenyan phrases and words

Look at the pictures of what we got up to! 

Making fruit salad

Date: 26th May 2021 @ 3:33pm

Last week we changed the vegetables in Oliver's Vegetables to fruit and discussed the fruits that we like. 
Then this week in CC we have designed and made our own fruit salads! We chose the fruit that we liked and decided whether we wanted fruit juice on our fruit salad or not. Then we used a knife very carefully to cut the fruit! 

Following instructions

Date: 26th May 2021 @ 3:26pm

This week we have been reading instructions in our Reading lessons. Today we have followed instructions to make a flower fingerprint picture! Look at the fantastic fun we had! 

Exploring 20

Date: 20th May 2021 @ 10:24pm

Today we have been using tens frames to help us to explore the different ways that we can make 20. Look at our fantastic work! 

Fruit tasting

Date: 20th May 2021 @ 10:16pm

This half term we have been reading a story called Oliver's Vegetables. In the story, Oliver visits his grandpa's house where there are lots of different vegetables in the garden. Oliver tries the different vegetables in the hunt for potatoes to make chips. He realises that vegetables are really yummy! 
This week we have been changing the story and adding fruit rather than vegetables. We tried kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple and plums to help us to think of adjectives to describe them. Next we will use these fantastic adjectives in our writing! 


Date: 26th Jan 2021 @ 10:13am

Last week the children were very excited to see the snow when they came to school. At break time we played in the snow made snow angels and had snowball fights. 

Look at the fun we had!

Making Jam Sandwiches

Date: 20th Jan 2021 @ 9:19pm

This week our English focus is how to write instructions. The main features that we need in our instructions are:

*a title

*a 'what you will need' list

*numbered instructions

*time connectives 

*bossy verbs 


The children have already done a fantastic job of writing instructions on 'how to clean your teeth' this week. 

Today we have made jam sandwiches and the children are going to write their instructions tomorrow using their own photographs.



Old Toys

Date: 18th Jan 2021 @ 8:15pm

This afternoon we have explored some old toys as part of the launch to our 'toys' topic. 

We played with dominos, playing cards, dolls, Barbies, flick books and many more old toys. Miss Powell even brought her Barbies and dolls in from when she was little! 

We had a lovely afternoon playing with them and learning some new rules for the old games! 

P.E. Mondays!

Date: 18th Jan 2021 @ 8:08pm

This morning we had our P.E. lesson with our city coach Georgia. This was our second lesson we Georgia and we loved it! 
We warmed up with a relay race and moved onto a game of pirate treasure. The children had to dodge the pirates, collect the treasure and get back to their base without getting caught! 
we can't wait until our lesson next week! 


Year 1 - Super Home Learners

Date: 18th Jan 2021 @ 7:42am

In Year 1 during the first two weeks of remote learning we have had fantastic work being sent in. Children have been working really hard and are asking questions and making comments on padlet all the time. The engagement has been brilliant. Have a look through our pictures below...


Well done everyone!!! smiley

Mrs Iqbal, Miss Powell, Mrs Cooper, Miss Kevill


Date: 12th Jan 2021 @ 8:40pm

The last few days in school have been very strange! The children have been fantastic and have been putting a smile on my face every minute though! 
min our Maths lessons we have been measuring using non-standard units. We started by measuring the length of different objects in the classroom using cubes, paper clips and lolly pop sticks. 

How to access Padlet week beg 4th January

Date: 6th Jan 2021 @ 3:46pm

Hi Everyone!

Sorry about the confusion with the padlet link today. It was a little bit annoying and frustrating. So this week when you use the link posted in the discussion thread for padlet on school spider you must add the addtional details that are explained on the video. 

Please see the video below where I am explaining how to do this. The details will also be posted on school spider each day. 

Hope this helps!

Any questions please email us on 

Mrs Iqbal and Miss Powell 

Year 1 Remote Learning 06/01/21

Date: 5th Jan 2021 @ 4:05pm

Happy New Year!!!!

We hope you have had an amazing Christmas. Unfortunately we will be working from home this half term due to the National Lockdown which came into place Monday evening. We do not want you to worry as we are here with you. However we would like you to continue with your learning at home using Padlet and school spider. 

You must log onto school spider each morning and do the register. We will then post the padlet link for that day where you will find all the day's learning. Make sure you go to the column for that day. So today go to the column labelled Wednesday and scroll down to see your activities for the day. At the top of the column you will find some messages from the staff in Year 1. 

Each day we would like you to ask us questions or tell us about your learning using the discussion thread for that day. Parents if you have any questions or can't find any logging in details for any of the online resources that we use please email us on the year group email or alternatively when you receive a call from Miss Kevill please let her know as well.

It is important that you log onto school spider each morning and do the register and complete the activities on Padlet. Miss Kevill will be ringing each day to any parents of children who have not been accessing the remote learning and have not been completing the daily register. 

Thank you for your support and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask through email, school spider or when you receive a call. 

Stay Safe!!!

Mrs Iqbal, Miss Powell, Mrs Copper, Miss Kevill and Mrs Tierneysmiley



Phonics fun!

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 7:34pm

This afternoon we have been playing lots of new phonics games. We have used them to practice our tricky words and our reading skills. Have a look at the fun we have had whilst practicing our phonics! 

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