Year 1SR: Blog items

Lucy’s magic toy box

Date: 22nd Jan 2020 @ 7:09pm

Lucy's toys have been escaping from her toy box! Every morning she had to add all of the toys altogether to make sure that they are all back and safe. Today we have been helping Lucy to learn new and fast ways to add her toys together. We have used tens frames to help us bridge through ten. 

Super sketching

Date: 21st Jan 2020 @ 9:58pm

Today year 1 spent the day learning how to draw and shade with Mrs McAffer.

The children learnt to use their hands to help them make sure that their pictures weren't to big or small. They also learnt how to shade light, medium and dark as well as how to make their teddy bear pictures look soft and furry. 

Mrs McAffer was so impressed with the children's observation skills and can't wait to see them again next week ! 


Terrific toys

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 1:27pm

This week we have been comparing old and new toys. We have looked at and have played with old and new toys and have been thinking about what is the same and what is different?


Can you think of any ways old and new toys are the same and different?

Old and new toys

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 1:20pm

This term we are learning all about old and new toys.

On Friday we all brought our favourite toys into school. We had lots of fun sharing our toys with each other and playing different games. We loved playing board games like snakes and ladders and learnt how to play guess who. William in Miss Rileys class was a great bingo caller and we played a whole class game of bingo!

In the afternoon we were very lucky and had a special visitor who showed us some old toys and taught us how to play with them. We loved learning about the old toys, especially 'jacks' and 'shut the box'.



Stick lady comes to visit year one

Date: 4th Dec 2019 @ 1:40pm

Yesterday we received a letter from stick lady love, we weren't expecting it and it was a big shock !

Stick lady love is very miserable, she has lost her stick man and does not know where he is. He went into the forest and still hasn't returned. Without him she is so upset and blue and her children are missing their dad. 

Today we asked stick lady love lots of questions so that we could find out a bit more about stick man and help her find him. Stick lady helped us to make character profiles so that we can help to find him and so that the family can be happy again !

Perfect partitioning !

Date: 4th Dec 2019 @ 1:27pm

Stick lady has lost her husband ! We have founds lots of sticks but none of them are her stick husband... This week we have been counting to the number 20 to find out how many sticks we have. We have been partitioning the numbers into tens and ones. We know that tens are in the left and ones are on the right.

Our favourite phonics !

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 2:30pm

This week during phonics we have been playing our favourite game - step hop jump !

We have been practising our phase 4 end blends this week and are becoming real experts ! 


Year 1s amazing houses

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 1:37pm

This week we have been using lots of materials, like plastic, metal and cardboard, to make strong houses that the wolf cannot blow down. 

I think that the metal houses were strongest because they couldn't blow down - Jamaine

I think that my house made of plastic connectors was best because they can't break apart or blow down - Harris 


by Jamaine and Harris 


Date: 7th Nov 2019 @ 9:30pm

2D and 3D shapes

This week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been learning the names and properties of these shapes. We know that 2D shapes are shapes that are flat, that we can't hold and 3D shapes are chunky and are something that we can hold.

We have been having great fun making towers, straw and lollypop stick shapes and 3D shapes with the resources in our provision.

V.I.P Art Gallery

Date: 7th Nov 2019 @ 9:23pm

Our Very Important People art gallery

As part of our Connected Curriculum learning we have been thinking about the people who are important to us. The children looked into different artists like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warholl and created portraits of their special people. The children decided that they wanted to have a chance to make their important person or people feel special so they decided to create an art gallery for the morning so that their grown ups could see their beautiful work and smile. Here are a few pictures of us creating our master pieces...


Mrs Pig needs help!

Date: 7th Nov 2019 @ 9:08pm

Mrs Pig has been in touch. She's worried about her three little pigs. They've left home but there is a big bad wolf on the loose! Mrs Pig has asked for our help to keep the three little pigs safe....


This week we have started to sequence the story of the three little pigs, we have found the important parts and have re told the story to one another lots of times. We have decided to write the story of the three little pigs again, but this time we are going to find solutions to make sure that the three little pigs are safe. 

Holiday homework!

Date: 8th Apr 2019 @ 9:05am

We have been learning all about transport this term. For holiday homework we would like the children to make something linked with transport. You can be as creative as you would like! 

Some potential ideas: 

Make a new type of transport 

Make an information poster about a type of transport 

Use junk modelling to make a form of transport 

Research an old type of transport and compare it to transport today

Write a story about a time of transport 

Tell us about a time that you used a type of transport 


We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Maths Workshop!

Date: 27th Mar 2019 @ 4:27pm

Thankyou to everyone who attended our Maths workshop!

To those of you who weren't able to come here are a few of the activites that we showed the parents and that you can be playing at home...

Things you can do to help at home

Games that you can play at home

Counting games that you can play at home

World Book Day!

Date: 27th Mar 2019 @ 4:17pm

We had a fantastic world book week in year 1! We enjoyed listening to stories all week and we especially loved it when we had a chance to read to each other!


On Thursday some of our grown ups came into our class and read their favourite stories to us! It was a great way to start the day!

On Friday we all came in to school dressed as our favourite characters - Miss Riley and Mrs Cooper could hardly recognise some of us! We had princesses, pirates, superheroes and lego men! We went into the hall and catwalked our amazing outfits - it was a bit scary but everyone managed to strut their stuff! Then we were lucky enough to read with some of the older children in the hall. We loved it and are hoping to read with them again soon!

Here are some of our favourite outfits... Can you guess who we are?


Manchester Airport

Date: 27th Mar 2019 @ 4:09pm

On Monday 18th March year 1 took a trip to the airport. Unfortunatly we didn't get on a plane and go somewhere hot and sunny but we did have a great time learning all about the airport and the different airplanes!

We loved learning about the different people who work in the airport and especially enjoyed dressing up as all of the different people. We all also got the chance to be pilots in an old planes. We got taken to lots of different places including Turkey, Disney land, Northern Ireland, we even went all the way to Africa on some flights!

Captain Winnie and Second in Command Winnie wizzed us off to Africa whilst engineers Payton and Harrison manned the engines.

During the trip we were also lucky enough to have a look at the concorde - the fastest passenger plane! We counting its wheels - 13 we think! 


Date: 23rd Nov 2018 @ 2:47pm

Year 1 have been busy naming and sorting all of the animals that they saw on their exciting trip to the zoo on Wednesday!


Peace at last!

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:49pm

We had a story delivered to our school by a secret visitor. We read the book and it was all about Daddy bear being kept awake by lots of different sounds. We thought maybe we had been given this book because we have been learning all about our sounds. 

We acted out all the different sounds in the book. Can you guess what action we are doing?

Super sentences!

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:44pm

We have been thinking about how to make our sentences super!

We know we need:

A capital letter

Finger spaces

Segment the sounds (use our phonics)

Get a sound mat to help

Stretch out all of the sounds 

Full stop

Free Nelson Mandela!

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:44pm

This term we are going to be learning about Nelson Mandela in our Connected Curriculum lessons, so to get us prepared we have been listening to the song 'Nelson Mandela' by the Specials and have been creating our very own dance moves to match.

Get labelled!

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:29pm

We've been learning all about the parts of the body. We had to stick labels on our friends for each part of the body. It was so funny!


Don't let them trick you!

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:24pm

This year we have been practising tricky words during our phonics lessons, we have really enjoyed listening to songs to help us learn how to spell.

If you want to help us with our spellings at home the links to our favourite songs are on this page.


Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:15pm

We have been partitioning numbers! This means splitting numbers up. We used our part whole model.

First we made our whole number. Then we split this number into two parts. We had to say our number sentence before we wrote it down. 


Number Bond Investigation

Date: 12th Nov 2018 @ 4:15pm

Year 1 have been investigating all of the different ways we can make a number - We now know that these are called number bonds. We have been experimenting using different strategies to find the number bonds. We have really enjoyed experiementing with bead strings and numicon. We are now more confident writing our number sentences and some of us are even challenging ourselves to write them in different ways, for example, 3+4=7 and 7=3+4.


Our Incredible map of Clayton

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 8:26pm

Our connected curriculum topic this term has been 'Incredible Me'

We have been busy learning about lots of different things including all about our body parts and where we come from.

We have made a big 3D map which we would love you to take a look at if you're lucky enough to come into our classroom.


The sound collector has been to year 1!

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 8:15pm

The sound collector has been to year 1 and has stolen lots of our sounds! 

He threw away a poem as he was running away because he doesn't like poems. We have been really worried that the sound collector might steal more sounds from our school so we have decided to make a poem so our sounds are safe. Here are a few lines that we have written from our very own independent poems...


The dripping of the glistening raindrops

The stamping of the smelly feet

The chatting of the noisy children

The flushing of the dirty toilet

The barking of the loud dog

The banging of the heavy door








We have also been saving our big numbers from the sound collector (he likes stealing those too)

We have been collecting part whole models and making them into addition number sentences.




We hope we have done enough now to save our numbers and sounds from the sound collector! 

Keep reading our blog to find out!

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