Year 1HB: Blog items

Welcome Back 1HB!

Date: 12th Sep 2022 @ 6:58pm

We have had a fantastic week back in 1HB! We have shared our holiday news and it has been wonderful listening to what everyone has been doing in the holidays! We have settled back into school well and have been getting used to the new routines in year 1. We had a fabulous day on Friday when we launched our new topic "What makes me incredible?" We all dressed up as our favourite superhero, created superhero masks and danced to superhero music!

Platinum Jubilee 2022!

Date: 26th May 2022 @ 1:45pm

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This week the children have been preparing for the Queen's Platium Jubilee. We have sang and danced our way through the week and loved every second! The children did a fantastic performance of Dancing Queen and got a huge applause from the Year 2 and 3 audience. They asked lots of great questions about the Queen and we looked together for answers and discussed what we found. Everyone was particularly interested in the Queen's friend on the back of money. We discovered Sir Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, JMW Turner and Alan Turing! 

Fruit Kebabs!

Date: 19th May 2022 @ 1:38pm

This week we designed and made fruit kebabs in DT. 


The children spent time looking at differnet types of fruit and thinking about what their favourites were. They then designed their kebabs while considering patterns and colours. 


Once designs were finalised the children very carefully constructed their kebabs. They took about 15 minutes to make and 15 seconds to be eaten! The children really enojyed this activity and trying the different types of fruit. It was especially refreshing as we did this activity on a really warm afternoon!


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Still life sketches!

Date: 16th May 2022 @ 6:13pm

As our topic this term is plants, last week we decided to practice our drawing skills and sketch some of the plants in our investigation area. The children had to use their sharp eyes to look at the plants in their area and sketch its shape in detail. They then used pastels to add colour and detail to their drawings. 


The children found this a really relaxing exercise and are often seen in the investigation area with a clip board, magnifying glass and pencils! 


I think we have some artists in the making! 


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Food tasting!

Date: 10th May 2022 @ 6:31pm

This week we have been reading a book called Oliver's Vegetables. Its all about a little boy who only eats chips! But when he visits his Grandpa's house for a week he discovers a new love of all the vegetables he finds... 

The children had the opportunity to try all the different veg on Friday afternoon and share their thoughts. The carrots went down a storm! Along with the peas, onion, potato and spinnach! Rhubarb was deemed to be too "spicy" by all but one person who loved it.


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I hope the children enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to trying lots of new fruits and vegetables just like Oliver! 


Miss Higgins :)  

Happy 10th Birthday Daily Mile!

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 8:28pm

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Happy birthday to youuuuu! Happy birthday to youuuuu! Happy birthday to the Daily Miiiiilllleeeeeee! Happy birthday to you!!!! 


We had a great start to the day by getting our trainers on and doing a few laps of our daily mile track! We had lots of rosy red cheeks by the time we got back into the classroom. After a BIG drink of water the children then engaged with a Zoom lesson in association with Manchester Libraries. We were read a story by Rachel Morrisroe called The Drama Llama, then we followed a tutorial for drawing llamas all by ourselves! The children asked some great questions which I sent to Rachel via the zoom chat - Avaya's question was even read out and answered!! 


We have had a great start to the term. The children are getting really interested in plants and have been really caring towards the ones we have in our investigation area. They planted some seeds of their own and we are now watching and waiting patiently for them to start to grow. Hopefully by next week we will start to see some stems poking through the soil! 


I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and I am really looking forward to our FINAL term in Year 1. This year has gone so fast and the children have made so much progress. As always if you would like to pop in for a chat about your child and the work they have been doing please arrange a time with me at the gate. 


Have a great weekend and see you all next Tuesday! 


Miss Higgins :) 



Week 2

Date: 13th Mar 2022 @ 12:53pm

After a very busy first week back (World Book Day and the excitement of the holidays) we have completed week 2! 


The children have been working hard to demonstrate their understanding of two digit numbers. They have looked at the numbers up to 100 and represented them using base 10 , numicon, number sentences and part whole models. 


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In English, we have looked at the story, Naughty Bus and retold the story using the Time Connectives: First, Next, Then, After that and Finally. The children are really confident when it comes to using these words now and I can seem them applying this skill in their independent writing too! Ask them if they can retell you the story...


Next week is our first ever trip! We are all so excited to go to the airport and see the aeroplanes. I wonder what other veichles we will see while we are there? 


As always, please come and see me if you want to discuss anything we have been doing in class. We will have the opportunity to meet again in Week 5 for Parents Evening too, this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to look at your child's work in their books too.


I am looking forward to another busy week with the children! See you on Monday, 


Miss Higgins :) 

Spring 1 Round Up!

Date: 17th Feb 2022 @ 4:06pm

Hello again! 

We made it to the end of term - pats on the backs all around! 


Our children have been working incredibly hard this term. This week we had some visitors come to watch a writing lesson and each of the adults were incredibly impressed with how independent the children were with their writing. We had some amazing adjectives and the sentences the children produced were incredible. I am super proud! Please do come and see me if you would like to take a look at everything we have been up to this term. 


Yesterday we looked at a music video and the children generated some adjectives together - see if you can test them on their adjectives!


This week we have finished making our DT projects: Puppets! They turned out great and the children had a wonderful time making them. It was difficult to sew with the materials we chose but everyone was really resilient and did a great job! I just hope all the googly eyes stayed on...


Tomorrow we will be having our final independent write of the term. After seeing the progress made in the last few weeks I have no doubt that it will be amazing. In the afternoon as a well-deserved reward for their effort this term we will be enjoying a movie afternoon and a disco! 


I can't wait to see the children tomorrow and celebrate another successful term of Year 1! 


Miss Higgins :)



Lost in the Toy Museum!

Date: 12th Feb 2022 @ 10:56am

Hello again everyone! 


I hope you have all had a great week. It has been wonderful to meet with some of you and show off some of the brilliant writing the children have been producing! If anyone else would like to meet with me after school please come and see me. I am always keen to share the amazing things the children have been doing in class. 


This week we started off with a drama workshop! The children took part in a range of activities while they explored a Toy Museum. They acted out what it would be like to be different toys from different points in history. The children also explored how toys have changed throughout history with a focus on everyone's favourite: the Teddy Bear! Ask the children if they can remember a fact about the first ever teddy. I wonder if they can remmeber which US President it was named after... At the end of the workshop the children had to invent a brand new toy that has never been seen before. We then drew our designs up in class and wrote about what made our toy so special. 




Have a great weekend - just one more week to go before a well deserved break! 


Miss Higgins :)



Catch Up Blog!!

Date: 3rd Feb 2022 @ 10:47am

Hi Everyone! 


It's been a while since I did a blog so I thought I would catch you up on this term's main events! 


Maths - 


In maths we have been working hard learning new multiplication and division skills. The children have been learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to find a total. They are now spotting patterns and making counting choices during the input. Yesterday one of the children noticed that a picture of cupcakes we were counting were stacked in columns of two, so instead of counting in ones, we all agreed that counting in twos would be much faster! Recently, we have been working on dividing. The children have been sharing and grouping objects and pictures this week and describing the groups and how many is in each one. 


English - 


We have started reading a new book! Our story is called Lost in the Toy Museum. We have predicted what we think will happen in the story; written sentences about what we would like to see in a toy museum and written some beautiful sentences about the settings in the story. The children's writing is coming on really well - I am so impressed! Many of the children are writing completely independently and challenging themselves to write at length. Keep up the hard work superstars! 


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We have looked at the changes in weather and the order of the seasons this term. We have noticed that although the sun has been shining this week it has still been very cold. We also went on a shadow hunt - unfortunately the sunshine was hiding behind the clouds so we didn't get to see many shadows, but we will keep a look out! The children have also been looking at and comparing toys from the past and present. They have had the opportunity to play with differnet toys and evaluate them with their friends. 


I am so proud of the children at the moment. There are so many changes in school at the moment but they are taking everything in their stride. Two more weeks until the holidays now, lets keep working hard and celebrate all the wonderful work we have been doing! 


Have a lovely weekend! 


Miss Higgins :) 

Happy New Year!

Date: 8th Jan 2022 @ 12:01pm

Welcome back 1JH! 


What a great first few days we have had...


We started the week talking about New Year Resoloutions. The children were very thoughtful and considered the things they would like to achieve in 2022 at school and at home... expect your houses to be cleaned from top to bottom and all dishes washed by the wonderful girls and boys in our class! The children wrote their resoloutions in their books and spent some time in the provision doing other New Year activities. 


At the end of the week we had our launch for the new Topic. This term we will be learning all about toys in the past and present. The children had a great afternoon playing with a variety of different toys and even rated some! Some of the toys are now in the investigation area for the children to enjoy. 

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I am so looking forward to the work this term - it is a really exciting topic! 


As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak to me about your child and their learning please don't hesitate to get in touch. 


Heres to a great 2022!! 


Miss Higgins 


Date: 10th Dec 2021 @ 1:14pm



What a week to come back to 1JH! Our little superstars did FOUR amazing performances of our Nativity story: "It's a baby!". I was blown away on Monday watching it for the first time and I am sure you were just as impressed when you came to see it on Tuesday. The children were so excited getting to perform to you, so thank you for coming!


Yesterday I got to show off the great progress the children have been making this year at Parent's Evening. If any of you who had a phone conversation and would like to meet face to face I would be happy to do this in the new year on a day that suits you after school. :) 


On Monday, we have our Christmas Party! Thank you to those of you who have offered to bring in snacks for the children - your kindness and generosity is greatly recieved and I am sure the children will be very excited to share with their friends. 


One more week to go and I'm sure it will be a great one! Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday. 


Miss Higgins :) 

CAUTION: Children at Work

Date: 12th Nov 2021 @ 5:36pm

What a week! 


We kicked off this week with our launch day. The children worked in teams to build their own houses from junk. They talked about how they could make their houses better than the three little pigs and use some collage materials to decorate their houses. Some of the children even added some security systems to keep any big bad wolves away! 

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In english the children have done some amazing writing and (as always) I am so proud of the way they are working. I am looking forward to seeing them make even more progress. 

Next week in maths we will be looking at subtraction even further. This was introduced to the children this week but we will be going into more depth next week as we learn to use the concrete resources in class and count back on our numberlines. 


Thank you as always for your continued support, if you ever have any questions or want to have a chat then please email I am always happy to help with anything you may need. 


Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday! 


Miss Higgins :) 


Date: 7th Nov 2021 @ 3:56pm

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Miss Higgins :) 

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! 

‘We create, We explore,

We care, We soar’


Ravensbury Community School

Tartan StreetClayton M11 4EG

Maureen Hughes | Headteacher

Jo Wendt | SENCO

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