Year 1AI: Blog items

Maths Star!

Date: 17th Oct 2021 @ 8:05am

Maths is one of our Key Priorities in school this year. In Year 1 we have started a project called 'Mastering Number' which allows children to use lots of concrete resources to help them to understand number bonds, odd, even numbers and concepts such as ordinal numbers and doubling and halving numbers. 

We have a maths star this week who has used the ideas in our mastering number lessons and independently went to the maths area to find the number bonds for 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 using the part whole model and cubes. Well done Hussain!!! He even went to show Mrs Thewlis and Miss Wendt the photograph and explained what he did! Great Job!Hussain.JPG

Friday Maths Challenges

Date: 10th Oct 2021 @ 7:16am

In Year 1 on Friday's we consolidate our maths learning from the week and take part in some challenges. This year we are part of a project called 'Mastering Number' which will allow us to explore number using lots of different representations (visual images) like tens frames, reknereks, dice patterns and something called a Hungarian dice pattern. Last week we explored the concept of early addition and adding two groups of objects together using part whole models and tens frames. We have also become much more confident at using the iPads to support our learning in class and have been playing some addition games. We have used the game called robot addition on the 'Topmarks' website.

Why not have a go at home by clicking on these links: 

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Take 10 to Read

Date: 10th Oct 2021 @ 7:02am

On Sunday 10th October is Mental Health Awareness Day. In school on Friday 8th October to support this we took part in 'Take 10' to promote health and well-being through the love of reading. The Take 10 Challenge encourages people to read for just 10 minutes a day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy.

We tried this in school on Friday by stopping everything and reading/lookTake 10 to Read.pnging at a book for 10 mins in the morning. We listened to the author Tom Percival reading a page from his new book called 'Silas and the Marvelous Misfits.' He then set us off on our take 10 minutes reading challenge. We had a very peaceful and reflective time enjoying the books in the classroom. During the day children went to the reading area and continued to read for pleasure during area time. Why not try this at home...? 

Loose Parts Area

Date: 3rd Oct 2021 @ 3:23pm

In the Year 1 classroom this year we have an area called 'Loose Parts.' In this area children are provided with lots of different things such as buttons, pebbles, cotton reels, plastic cogs and wooden sticks to name a few. Each week there is a new challenge that children must do by creating lots of diiferent models. To extend children's learning they are encouraged to do some independent writing by writing labels, captions or sentences. Loose parts blog.png

Over the last few weeks children have been creating characters from the story 'My mum is a Supermum.' They have also created some superhero characters and scenes from the story. 

Different representations of Numbers

Date: 27th Sep 2021 @ 9:07pm

In Maths we have started our work on Place Value. This means understanding all about number by sorting objects, counting them and knowing how different numbers can be made using lots of different resources. 

We explored using the different equipment in Year 1 such as Numicon, tens frames, counters and bead strings to make a number that was given to us. 

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Date: 27th Sep 2021 @ 9:00pm

Last week we started our ICT lessons in class. We started the lesson by beginning our work this half term all about esafety. We started the discussion about what it means to be safe online and had a chat about what personal details are with some examples. Year 1 ICT.JPG

After that we got an opportunity to use the class IPADs and understand how to handle them correctly. In pairs we took turns to play a counting game using the website called Topmarks. 

What a great start to Year 1!!!

Date: 20th Sep 2021 @ 9:39pm

What an amazing first few weeks we have had in 1AI!!!

The children have very quickly settled into the routines of Year 1 and we are working our way through understanding our new timetable. The children have been very busy exploring the areas in Year 1. We have started to think about our topic question called 'What makes me Incredible?' and we launched it by having a Superhero Day. In English we have also started to think about our new story called 'My Mum is a Supermum.' We have been looking at the main character called 'Milo' and have written some labels to describe him. Phew!

This is just the beginning! Watch the video below to get a glimpse into our first few weeks in Year 1....

Welcome to 1AI!!

Date: 14th Sep 2021 @ 10:12pm

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Welcome to 1AI's blog page. I can't believe it has been a week since the children started school!

The children have been amazing and are becoming much more confident at remembering the routines of Year 1. 

Keep watching this space for weekly blogs about all the fantastic things that we do in class!

African animal dance

Date: 18th Jul 2021 @ 10:03pm

This half term in one of our PE lessons we have been working on a dance sequence linked to our topic work and science work all about African animals. Over the last few weeks we have thought about how animals move in the African Savannah and used the space available to think of some animal movements. We then worked in a small group and put these movements together into a short dance sequence to the rhythm of 8 beats. 

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Silhouette Artwork

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 9:56pm

This week in our topic work we looked at different animals that can be found in Africa with a focus on animals that are in Kenya. We used some of our art skills using oil pastels to create a sunset background in an African Savannah. We used the technique of smudging to make it look like a real sunset. We then used black card to draw our animals and any other details such as trees, sunshine or the Savannah grasslands. Afterwards we cut out our shapes and glued them on to the sunset background. We were amazed by our creations and guessed each other's silhouette animal shapes! 

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Animals Parts

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 9:49pm

In our Science work this week we have been looking at the different categories of animals such as amphibians, mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. We have identified animals in each catergory and thought about the features of each animal. After that we discussed the different parts of an animal and how they all have different things that help them to survive. Some of the parts included tusks, tails, shells, fins and tentacles. We chose an animal from one of the categories and used our observational skills to draw the animal and label the different parts of that animal using the correct vocabulary. 

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Masai Shields Part 2

Date: 1st Jul 2021 @ 9:42pm

This week we managed to finish our Masai shields with Mrs McAffer. We used oil pastels to design the front of the shields. Then we sewed some wool all around the edge of the shield. This showed what the stitching would look like on a real shield. 

Watch the video below where we are showing our amazing shields...

Masai Shields

Date: 27th Jun 2021 @ 7:25am

This week we have been working with Mrs McAffer for our Art lesson. She introduced us to sketch books and what they are used for. We then used our sketch books to start to put our ideas in them all about Masai Shields. We learnt about the Masai tribe and the type of shields they have. This week we have been researching and designing some sketches of shields. Watch out for next weeks blog when we will have finished the shields!!!

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Kenya Information Texts

Date: 20th Jun 2021 @ 4:30pm

We have been very busy in 1AI since the launch of our current CC topic question 'How do we get to the Masai Mara?' After the launch in our reading and writing sessions we have been using a non-fiction book all about Kenya. We have been learning lots of facts about Kenya and then having a go at writing the facts that we can remember or that were interesting to us. 

We then collated all these facts and started to think about the features of an information text. In an information text we learnt that we needed a title, subheadings, picture/diagrams and facts as sentences. 

Look at our information texts!!! We planned what sections we wanted to include in our information text and then took our time writing the information and adding pictures and diagrams. We have worked really hard and they will now go on display on our CC display in the classroom. 


Africa Day CC Launch

Date: 13th Jun 2021 @ 10:39am

Welcome back to the last half term of Year 1!!!

The children came back to school this week buzzing with excitement right from the start with the launch of our final CC Topic question - How do we get to the Masai Mara?

On Tuesday we had Africa Day where we came to school dressed in brightly coloured clothes and did a range of activities to get us started in our learning for this half term. 


  • Made some Masai Mara tribal necklaces
  • Learnt some Swahili greetings
  • Learnt some African dancing
  • Did some African drumming using djembe drums in class
  • Created some African patterns by looking at some printed fabrics
  • Created some Kenyan flags
  • Used the green screen technique to dress us as someone from the Masai Mara tribe in the Kenyan Savannah

Phew!!! It was a busy day! Look at the video below with some our wonderful creations and African Savannah photos. Enjoy!!!

Oliver’s Vegetables 🍏🍉🍇🍊🍌

Date: 30th May 2021 @ 9:40am

7D04FE45-BF56-40EC-BB06-27C91605F9DD.jpeg37D39FC4-5A07-42C1-83AF-2ACC01497119.jpegIn the final week of using the text Oliver’s Vegetables we innnovated the story by changing vegetables to fruits. We discussed different types of fruits, tasted some and thought of adjectives to describe the taste. We innovated the story by rewriting it where Oliver pulled out fruit instead of vegetables. 

In CC we carried out a DT project where we designed, made and evaluated our very fruit salad. During this work we focussed on our cutting, slicing and chopping skills using a safe wooden knife. The class smelt very fruity!! 



We have a Cheerleader!!!

Date: 23rd May 2021 @ 11:02am

On Friday Darcey shared a very special certificate to the class. She has joined a local cheer leading sqaud and had her first sessions last week. She shared the certificate her cheer leading taecher awarded her and Darcey even showed the class some of her moves!!!

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It's great to hear what the children get up to out of school!!

Wind Socks

Date: 23rd May 2021 @ 10:58am

In Science this half term we have been learning about the four seasons and weather. Over the past few weeks we have learnt about different types of weather, we have kept a weather diary and measured rainfall over a few days.

Last week we were thinking about wind direction and made some wind socks. We learnt about why some people who have certain jobs need to measure wind direction and made our very own colourful wind socks. We even tested them out and hung them up outside our classroom. They will come home this week when it is a dry day! Wind sock 1.JPG Wind sock 2.JPG

Telling the time

Date: 17th May 2021 @ 11:01pm

Last week we have been learning how to tell the time to o'clock and half past times. We used our own analogue clocks to tell the time and then we read times and drawed the minute and hour hands correctly on a blank clock. 

We discussed how telling the time was an important skill that will help us all the time. We also looked at lots of different images of clocks so we had an understanding that clocks can look very different. 


Why not try this game and continue to do some learning at home... Click on the top sections where it says analogue to analogue and o'clock/half past times.


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Measuring Sunflowers

Date: 17th May 2021 @ 10:54pm

Our CC topic this half term is called 'How does the garden grow?' We have learnt lots of facts and vocabulary linked to plants, flowers and trees. We started the half term by planting some sunflower seeds and over the last few weeks we have been looking after out plants and measured how tall the plant is growing. We used our maths skills to measure our sunflowers using a ruler and record how tall they have grown. Next week we are hoping to take them home and continue to look after them until they have grown into beautiful sunflowers. 




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!

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

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



Friday 18th December - Behaviour Star!

Date: 28th Dec 2020 @ 2:06pm

The final Behaviour star of the Autumn term and 2020 goes to...

Ferdows for always doing the right thing and following the class and school rules and expectations.

Great Job!!! 

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Tartan Street
M11 4EG

Tel: 0161 223 0370
Fax: 0161 231 9595


Contact:  Maureen Hughes - Headteacher

Contact:  Jo Wendt - SENCO

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