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Welcome to year one.


Welcome to year one. We are very excited to welcome all the children back to school. Please check the class blog regularly as it is updated with lots of photos and information about what the children have been learning in school each week.

Mrs Bodman and Mrs Skinner


Week commencing 7th December 2020

This week the children have continued with their learning journey in English and have been working on their final outcome pieces. These are where the children write independently using all the skills they have been taught so far. The children have produced some wonderful descriptive sentences describing the Wild Things and the settings from the book.


In maths this week we have completed the unit of learning about place value (11-20). This included the children comparing two numbers using the inequality symbols and saying what is the same and what was different between the two numbers.


The children are very excited about Christmas and are looking forward to the Christmas lunch, parties and other festive fun we have planned next week. They all looked wonderful in their Christmas jumpers - thank you for supporting Save the Children.

Week commencing 30th November 2020 

Wow what a performance ! On Friday the children finally recorded our short Christmas Production of "The Jolly Christmas Post People". They have worked so hard and really were all superstars. The children all sang their hearts out and each and every one of them tried their very best. I was so very proud of them all. We hope you enjoy watching the show with your children when it is released.


Alongside practising and performing in our play we have been very busy this week. The children have continued to think about place value of numbers to 11-20 and we have been thinking about one more and one less than these numbers. The children made lots of numbers in different ways and we talked about what was the same and what was different.


Also this week we finished out Art learning about Andy Goldsworthy. The children used plasticine to make their own stamps and added details. They then experimented using these stamps to make leaf prints. The results were really successful as you can see. Take a look at the pictures below.

Week Commencing 23rd November 2020

This week the children continued their learning about 'Where the Wild Things are'. The children created their own story board to re-tell the story and wrote captions for each picture using full stops and capital letters. I think you will agree that the end results were pretty amazing !


In maths we looked at the numbers 11-20. The children learnt that each of the numbers was one ten and some more. We had lots of practice of making numbers and using the stem sentence "The number has ...tens and ...ones"


Christmas preparations have also continued in year one this week. The children were really excited to start practising the play on the stage and using props. We have also been making some natural and environmentally friendly decorations for the school Christmas tree.


Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the learning that has taken place this week.

Week Commencing 16th November 2020

The children have been fantastic this week! I have been so impressed with how quickly they have learnt their words for the Christmas Play and how enthusiastic the singing has been. We are really excited to be able to share our short production with you.


In maths this week the children learnt about 2D and 3D shapes. We explored lots of different shapes and spotted 2D shapes on the faces of 3D shapes. The children enjoyed making repeating patterns with the shapes and identifying which shape would come next in the pattern.


During our English sessions we continued to think about our text "Where the wild things are". The children enjoyed retelling the story using pictures and produced some wonderful writing where they used adjectives to describe Wild things from the book.

Week commencing 9th November 2020

This week as part of our "Where have the leaves gone?" topic the children have looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. We started by exploring his art and talking about what we liked and disliked about it. The children then used everyday objects to create their own Goldsworthy inspired art. As the week progressed the children explored colour with watercolours and pencils producing some wonderful final pieces.


In English the children enjoyed writing their Autumn poems and performed them to their friends. We started a new text called "Where the Wild Things Are" with the children having to use adjectives to describe the characters. The children designed and made their own "Wild Things" with some very creative results!


We completed our unit of learning on subtraction this week with the children using giant number lines to practise counting back and finding the difference. Next week we will begin to look at 2D and 3D shapes and start to practise for our Christmas performance. Take a look below at some of the pictures from this weeks learning.

Week commencing 2nd November 2020

Welcome back to what I think will be another action packed half term. Alongside the rest of the school year 1 joined in with poetry week and enjoyed exploring Autumn poetry by Shirley Hughes. The children enjoyed listening to a range of different poetry and recorded Spaghetti by Jack Prelutsky - take a look at the video below of the children performing it!

On Monday the children will be writing their very own Autumn poems.


This week the children also learnt about Remembrance Day. We made poppies for the school statue using a range of different art techniques. Mr Powell joined us on a class walk to the Wellow War Memorial and the children asked him a range of very interesting questions.


In Science we have started to look at trees. We learnt the correct vocabulary to talk about the different parts of a tree and made and labelled our own 3D collage. Take a look at some of our other learning from this week below.


Children performing Spaghetti Spaghetti Poem

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Week commencing 19th October 2020

What a finish to the first half term! The children have really enjoyed all their learning this week. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 the children were unable to bake their own Gingerbread this year but really enjoyed using their instructions to tell Mrs Skinner what to do. They used great instructional language to tell Mrs Skinner what she needed to do first, next and last. The children really enjoyed using their designs to decorate their Gingerbread people - they were all very unique !


There was some great teamwork in year 1 this week when the children used their design skills to make a house for the 3 little pigs to live in. They needed to think about strong materials and the house had to include a chimney windows and an opening door. The children learnt about different ways to join materials and the finished results were very impressive. I did my very best to huff and puff them down (with a hairdryer) but they stood strong !


I hope you all have a lovely half term !

Week commencing 12th October 2020

Another action packed week full of learning ! In R.E this week the children have been considering the concept of "Specialness". I shared with the class some places that are special to me and my family and the children participated in a class discussion about places which were special to them. I was very impressed with how well they explained their reasons and listened to each others ideas. Later in the week we considered places that were special to Christians and went on a virtual tour of a Christian Church.


Multi-sports day was a great success! The children had a very enjoyable morning trying out hockey, golf and cricket. The children had coaching from outside visitors and developed new skills in catching, putting and ball skills. We had several comments from the outside visitors about the excellent behaviour from our class - well done year 1!


We are very excited about the last week of term where we will be making some Gingerbread Men and designing a house for "The three little pigs" this space !

Week commencing 5th October 2020

This week we the children have continued to think about how to write instructions to make some Gingerbread. First of all they had to tell me exactly how to make a jam sandwich which ended up with some very funny results !


In maths we have been looking at the part-whole model and the children have been fantastic at understanding that bigger numbers can be partitioned into smaller numbers. The children have also really enjoyed completing their science investigation looking at the best environment to grow a healthy bean. This week we looked at the results and the children talked about which bean looked the healthiest. They were very surprised to see the one in the dark was the tallest but decided that it didn't look strong or healthy. The children used their observation skills to produce some wonderful and accurate scientific diagrams showing their results.


Finally, we made Christmas cards. We looked at Pointillism ( a technique of painting small distinct dots to form an image) and the children worked really hard to paint their own Christmas this space ! Take a look at the photos below to see some of our learning this week.

Have a look at the PowerPoint below to see all of the amazing beans you have been growing at home. Thank you so much for sending in the pictures - the children have really enjoyed sharing them with the class.

Week commencing 28th September 2020 

It was a very exciting start to the week when the children arrived on Monday and found a crime scene in the classroom. We talked about all the clues and described them to our friends and the children decided that the Gingerbread man might have visited the classroom. Throughout the week in English we explored the story thinking about our favourite part of the story, created a story board and wrote shopping lists of what we might need using our phonics to help us spell.


In Geography we continued to look at our local area using maps, satellite images and Google Earth. The children then drew their own maps of Wellow and thought about how to use a key to identify local features.


In Maths we continued to look at place value and explored how to order numbers. The children then practiced using number lines in class ready to begin looking at partitioning next week. Take a look at the photos below to see some of the learning in year 1 this week.

Week commencing 21st September 2020

The children have been super busy in year 1 this week. We started the week thinking about what plants needed to stay healthy. The children planned an experiment and we are growing four different beans in the classroom with no water, no light, no soil and one with everything the children think a plant needs to grow healthily. The children planted their own bean to take home and look after too!


In maths we have continued to look at place value and comparing numbers using the inequality symbols (< > and =) as well as ordering numbers. The children really enjoyed comparing numbers and objects in the classroom and were very successful at ordering numbers. In English the children finished their work on "The Three little Pigs" and wrote a sequenced story. Mrs Larcombe was very impressed with the children's independent writing. 


Have a look at the photos below from this weeks learning!

Week commencing 14th September

Thank you for all the wonderful pictures on Google classroom of the children sharing their favourite stories. I have really enjoyed looking at them all and sending the children some comments.

We have had yet another action-packed week in year one with the children working hard with all their learning. In English this week we have been learning about full stops and capital letters. The children learnt Kung-fu punctuation for full stops and capital letters and practised forming sentences. Check out the videos below!

During our Science lessons, we continued to find out about plants and learnt about their components. The children then created some wonderful collages to help them remember.

Keep up the great work year 1! 




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Week commencing 7th September 2020

This week the children were very excited to find a treasure map in our classroom. We looked carefully at the map and talked about what we could see. The children decided it was a map of Wellow School. We used the map and found lots of clues which told us the story we would be looking at would be "The Three Little Pigs".

In science this week we have been looking at plants. The children became plant detectives and hunted common plants around the school ground. We also used our observation skills to look closely at plants identifying their roots, stems, leaves and flowers.

Welcome to year one

The classroom is all ready for the children to enjoy. Here are a few pictures of the year 1 learning environment.