Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Miss Spencer

Green Class Teacher

Mrs Caramelo

Purple Class Teacher

We have two year 1 classes. Children in these classes are developing their skills and building on the learning from Foundation Stage. When the children are ready, usually by October half term, the learning becomes based on the Key Stage One National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We still believe that children learn best when the ‘subjects’ are linked in a meaningful way and then basic skills are taught for a real purpose. We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, ask questions and have a say in the planning process. We hope to motivate all children by taking account of their needs, strengths and interests and provide rich experiences and learning opportunities which will continue to excite them.

Author Julia Donaldson, her illustrator and social distancing.

This article may be of interest to some of you as many of our children enjoy books by Julia Donaldson:

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson shows her characters social distancing
The makers of the children’s book The Gruffalo have drawn their characters practising social distancing to help children understand the regulations.

They feature The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos – all keeping a safe distance from one another.

As well as social distancing, the characters stress the importance of exercise and making video calls to their family members.

Donaldson hopes the images will emphasise best practices and help with home schooling, without being seen as “preaching”.

The characters are also seen helping the vulnerable with their shopping.

While on lockdown, the author is also producing a weekly broadcast on The Gruffalo Facebook page, reading stories, poems and singing songs.


Year 1 Friday 3.4.2020

Hi All,

You have made it through to another Friday and what is the end of term! Well done for all the support you have given your children so far and well done to all the children who have completed activities and tasks. It is wonderful to receive emails from you with what you have been learning and doing.

We thought a scavenger hunt would be fun for today, so the challenge is to find as many of these objects as you can…Something with wheels
A sock
Three things beginning with the letter S
Something soft
Something that makes you smile
Something round
Something with a nose
Something shiny
A book with the first letter of your name in the title
Something purple
Something you can eat
Something with a number on it
Four things that are red
Something smaller than your thumb                Be as imaginative and creative as you can, Good luck!

We won’t be setting daily challenges through the next two weeks as they are the holidays but we do know that some parents are choosing to keep some of the routine going so here are some lesson type ideas based on chocolate, well, it is Easter! Please do keep sending the emails .

Year 1 Easter Holidays Chocolate Project

There are also lots of Spring craft ideas to do on too depending on how creative you are feeling. I will be doing some with the key workers children who are in school next week. We will also be getting your new learning packs ready.

Please do still keep in touch, keep well and safe

Take care

The Year 1 team.




Year 1 – Thursday 2nd April

Good morning,

Today is a day that we are going to have to make our own sunshine. It is very cloudy and still not very warm. Maybe you could make a den today with all your favourite toys and books.

Today’s activity is to think about sharing, linking it to the faith of Sikhism.

home learning Charlie and Blue visit the Gurdwara

The Year 1 children love the video clips from Charlie and Blue. I have double checked opening the hyperlink this morning. You will have to enter a log in code. I have set one up: email account is :, password : year1. Otherwise, you can just youtube and search: sikh education video for kids – Charlie and Blue – Going to Gurdwara.

If you don’t have access to the Internet, don’t worry, you can still think about what sharing means and use the sheets as a stimulus to talking about this subject. Remember also, that we don’t expect to see loads of work, it’s just a guide, but complete the worksheets if you wish or write in your exercise book.

Take care everyone and do keep your photographs coming, we are really enjoying seeing how you are and what you’re up to.

The Year 1 team.

Year 1 Wednesday 1.4.2020.

Can you believe it’s April already? If we were at school we would have been talking about April being the fourth month as part of our maths Meetings. Have you received any April fools?

On Monday we suggested looking at halves and quarters of objects. Today we will take this to the next step to find fractions of shapes. Below are a couple of videos on you tube to help with this learning. Don’t worry about the use of the names unit and non unit fractions, but do try and learn denominator and numerator. This is a good opportunity to learn how to use a ruler to draw rectangles and squares. Find an object to draw around for circles!

Thank you to those who have emailed us, it is great to hear from you!

Take care

The Year 1 team.

Tuesday 31st March

Good morning,

Please continue with your spelling practise and fraction challenges, that were on yesterdays blog.

The weather forecast is telling me that it is going to be sunny this morning, but still cold. So, today’s challenge is to create some shadows. You can stay in the warm and use a patio window or a window ledge, or wrap up and go onto your balcony or into your garden or even when out doing your daily exercise. If doing this at home, please collect some of your favourite toys, of varying sizes and notice the shadows that they make (cast). If you have paper (do not use toilet paper!) you can draw round them to create a shadow picture.

Talk about what you see: Which toy makes the smallest/biggest shadow? What do you need to make a shadow? What if that source (of light) is blocked? Do shadows change? If you want to challenge yourself further, leave your toys for a couple of hours and go back to them to see if the shadows have changed (altered). Why do you think they have changed?

Here is an example…

Have fun and good luck with your experiments, from the Year 1 Team.

Year 1 Monday 30.3.2020

Good morning year 1 and your parents / carers,

How are you all? I hope you had a good weekend.

So, here we go with week two and learning from home. Thank you to all those of you who sent emails to us last week letting us know what you have been up to.

This weeks spellings are some common exception words: your, they, be, he, me, she, we, no, go, so, that. and an. I think these are quite easy for most of you this week so I challenge you to do the following ones too which have the or digraph or the ore trigraph: for, short, born, horse, morning, more, score, before, wore and shore. Again these can be found on Purple Mash as another way to practise: Spellings – year 1 – Spring 2 – weeks 5 and 6. 

This week in maths we would have been learning about fractions: halves 1/2 and quarters 1/4. During the next few days try finding halves and quarters of objects. This could be your snack, can you break / cut it into 2 equal pieces for halves and 4 equal pieces for quarters? What other inventive ways can you find halves and quarters of objects? Send us pictures of what you find.

Take care, keep well

The year 1 team.



Year 1 – Friday 27th March

Hello everyone,

Thank you for sharing your fantastic learning over the past few days, please keep sending photographs of what you have created or what you are up to, for us to see! There have been some lovely rainbows appearing in windows, you are certainly helping to keep everyone happy.  We are sharing your photos with Miss. Cooper too and she will be uploading them onto twitter.

So, your daily challenge (for Friday or over the weekend) is to look at the story of Noah and the Arc. I have uploaded some worksheets, but you do not have to print them, just write/draw your answers in your ‘Doing School at Home’ exercise books. You will see that the final challenge is to create a rainbow, which is part of the story.

home learning The Story of Noah

Using the theme from this story, the animals went in two by two, find pairs of objects and line them up. This could be small world characters, your teddies, toy cars, transformers, books, etc and then try to count in twos. Maybe, your line will circumnavigate your whole front room or even further afield! Please take a photograph and let us know what number you were able to count to, in twos.

Remember, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Take care everyone, The Year One Team.



Year 1 Thursday 26.3.2020

Good Morning Year 1 and parents / carers,

Have you tried the Joe Wicks work out yet? It is live each morning on you tube and an excellent way to get some indoors exercise! Or, has anyone else found something different and inventive to do to keep physically moving?

Has anyone made a snack shop to practise using money? Today’s maths challenge is to see if you can find these shapes around your house: square, rectangle, circle, triangle, star and oval. Can you draw and label these shapes with their names, how many sides and vertices (corners) they have?

There are some lovely rainbows appearing in windows of houses, have you produced one? Remember to send us photos of what you have done please.

I will try to attach some sheets today that can be used as a stimulus for writing. Remember your capital letters and full stops! They are pictures with suggested words to describe the scene. Try to include adjectives (describing words) too. KS1 Describe the Scene Worksheets

Have a good day

The Year 1 team.


Year 1 – Wednesday 25th March

Good afternoon,

Sorry for the late blog today, I hope you are all well.  I have had so many emails to answer today, but it’s been an absolute joy to read and see what you have been doing over the last few days. Please keep your photographs and experiences coming, we really do enjoy hearing about what you’ve been up to.

I hope you are continuing with your daily spelling practise and using money to buy snacks throughout the day. Maybe you could record the snacks you eat to create a journal and add up the total spent!

Challenge – Can you follow a recipe to make something with a grown -up? It could involve baking some fairy cakes or making a fruit salad. This might involve weighing ingredients or counting pieces of fruit, but make sure you stay safe with sharp knives and make sure an adult puts the items into/out of the oven.

Lastly, one or two parents have requested a daily timetable. As every family is different, with different commitments outside the household, it is difficult to be regimented. We can only do what we can do. Saying that, I have put together a suggested ‘Doing School at Home’ timetable, which I attached:

Take care everyone. The Year 1 team.

Before 9am Wake up Eat breakfast. Make your bed, get dressed, tidy your room
9.00 – 10.00 Morning exercise Family walk/ride/scoot.

We have been enjoying The Body Coach – Joe Wicks on Youtube

10.00 – 11.00 Lesson Time

(no electronics)

Activity from Home Learning Pack/Journal writing/Practical Maths, etc.
11.00 – 12.00 Creative Time Lego/drawing/crafts/cooking/gardening
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch  
12.30 – 1.00 Jobs Time for chores

Wash up/sort the washing/recycling

1.00 – 1.30 Quiet Time Reading/Puzzles/Rest
1.30 – 2.30 Lesson Time Purple Mash /Activelearn (Bug Club)

Spelling / Handwriting practice

2.30 – 3.00 Reading School Reading / Library books /

Audio Books

3.00 – 3.15 Mindfulness Play some relaxing music/

Make yourself aware of the moment and do some gentle deep breathing

3.15 – 4.00 Afternoon exercise If you are lucky enough to have outside space, enjoy your garden/balcony/ Open a window – do some exercise/play with a ball, etc.
4.00 – 5.00 Games Time Board Games/Puzzles/Electronics
5.00 – 6.00 Tea Time Help with the dishes
6.00 – 7.00 Wind down Time Watch your favourite TV programme/Have a bath/shower
7.00 / 8.00 Bedtime Story Time


Staff collections and cards


I hope you are all keeping well.  In light of the lockdown, the collections for the 3 staff will be extended until the end of the academic year.  I will be in touch when I know more.

Many thanks for your support.

All the best

Mrs Barwin

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