Year 1 Blog

Welcome to our Year 1 blog.
Scroll down to find out in more detail the things we have been learning and see some photos past and present.
Monday 6th July 2020
Here is a video from Mrs Bane introducing the home learning for this week. We are going to be looking at a new story 'After the Storm' and some number problems in maths. Please keep sending photos of your learning to the class email account.
Friday 3rd July 2020
On Wednesday at school we were very excited to see that a butterfly had hatched out of each chrysalis we had made and was ready to fly! We have been doing lots of things outside too, like learning how to play rounders and collecting things in the garden to make a beautiful bookmark. We are enjoying finding out about summer at Shirley School.
Friday 3rd July 2020
Here are some home learning tasks we have been sent this week. We have been writing our own animal hunt stories, using number bonds and telling the time. Please keep sending in pictures of your learning.
Wednesday 1st July 2020 
This week at school, we have been learning all about the life cycle of a ladybird. We found out that a ladybird is an insect because it has 6 legs, 3 body parts and has an exoskeleton (an outer skeleton). We created our own ladybirds and even found some in the nature area. Some children from the 1B bubble found a cocoon. We're going to keep an eye on it to see which creature will hatch from it!
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Here are some of the home learning tasks that we have received so far this week. We have enjoyed seeing your new animal hunt story plans based on 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt!' and are looking forward to reading the finished stories. There are also some more examples of coin activities.
Monday 29th June 2020
Here is a video from Mrs Bane introducing the home learning tasks for this week. We will be telling the time and writing our own bear hunt themed stories.
Friday 26th June 2020
It has been great to receive home learning tasks this week. We have been planning our bear hunt stories and matching coins to their values.
Thursday 25th June
Look what we saw in the sky today!
Wednesday 24th June 2020
At school, Year 1 have been reading the story We're going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We went on our own bear hunt around the school field! We also created our own sound effects to add to the story using body percussion and musical instruments. 
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Here are some more home learning tasks that have been sent in so far this week. There has been some great learning about the value of coins, descriptive writing and reading comprehension.
Monday 22nd June 2020
Please see the videos below from Mrs Bane and Mrs Morris, introducing this week's home learning activities. We will be reading the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and looking at the value of coins. Please continue to send in photos of your learning to the class email accounts.
Friday 19th June 2020
Have a look at some of the learning children have been doing at home this week!
Wednesday 17th June 
Year 1 have really enjoyed going on mini beast hunts in the Nature Area this week. Look at all the different creatures we found in the forest, under the logs and in the pond!
Tuesday 16th June 2020
At school today, our Year 1 bubbles have been working hard on their phonics by studying the 'oa' sound. We also enjoyed reading the story of Sayeeda the Pirate Princess. We completed a quiz all about the story and we enjoyed reenacting the story and drawing pictures of our favourite parts. 
Tuesday 16th June 2020
We have received some great home learning which has been lovely to see. Children have enjoyed creating their own dragons and reading a new exciting pirate story. In maths we have been looking at arranging numbers in arrays.
Monday 15th June 2020
Today we started our new topic, Summer At Shirley School. We are going to have lots of fun exploring our school environment and taking every opportunity to be outside. Using the garden, field, nature area and playgrounds we will be naming plants and animals, looking at life cycles and the structure of animals. We will be minibeast hunting and pond dipping and exploring seasonal changes. To kick start our topic we made some imaginary minibeasts. See the photos below. 
Monday 15th June 2020
Please find below videos introducing this week's home learning tasks from Mrs Bane and Mrs Morris. We will be exploring a pirate themed story in English and looking at arrays, doubling and grouping in maths. Please continue to send work to the class email addresses.
Friday 12th June 2020
Today in Year 1 we were making faces out of playdough to show how we were feeling. We were learning about different emotions and how to read people's emotions.
Wednesday 10th June 2020
At school today, the Year 1 bubbles had a lovely surprise when Miss Harris and Ms Cleland popped up on their screens and read them the story of Slinky Malinky Catflaps. We also had fun playing with play dough and the animals in our own little hoop bubbles.
Tuesday 9th June 2020
We have enjoyed welcoming back some of our Year 1 children today. As we are learning safely within our "bubbles" we thought it would be fun to make some giant bubbles! Take a look at the fun we had today making enormous bubbles.
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Please find below some examples of home learning sent in so far this week. In English we have looked at the story 'Tell Me a Dragon' and created some of our own dragon pictures. We have been counting in 2s in maths and also looking at number patterns. It's also great to see phonics activities being completed.
Monday 8th June 2020
Please find below videos from Mrs Bane and Mrs Morris, who will be working on the Year 1 home learning tasks from this week. Please continue to send photos of your work to the class accounts as we really enjoy seeing your learning.
Friday 5th June 2020
Please find examples of home learning sent in this week. The children have continued to work hard on their Phonics knowledge, sorting words into different sounds. In English, we have been looking at using the prefix un and using and in sentences. Other home learning is also being completed on different topics which is lovely to see as well.
Friday 5th June 2020
Below is a video to welcome the 1A Bubble back to school. This bubble will be taught on Monday and Tuesday by Mrs Taylor, and on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by Mrs Farrer. We look forward to seeing you all next week.
Below, you will find a video of Miss Ullmann and Ms Meynell, introducing you to their 1B bubble, for the Y1 children returning to school next week. 
Please find below a video of Miss Simpson introducing the 1C Bubble for children returning to school next week.
Monday 1st June 2020
We hope that you have had a relaxing break. Please find videos below from Mrs Taylor and Miss Harris introducing this week's learning. The flyer for the outdoor writing competition is also shown below.
Friday 22nd May 2020
Another big thank you for all the work you've been sending in, we really enjoy receiving it! Here are some pictures of some of the home learning we have received this week. We have enjoyed seeing your poetry competition entries. Also, we love to see what other things you have been doing like home 'forest school', making tie dye t-shirts and baking.
Monday 18th May 2020
Please find videos from Mrs Bane and Miss Harris below explaining the home learning that is coming up this week. Take care everyone.
Wednesday 13th May
Thank you for continuing to send in photos of your learning. This week we have been looking at addition and subtraction in maths and continuing with our poetry in English. Here are some examples of work we have received and also a great model of a frog.
Monday 11th May 2020
We hope you've had a restful weekend and managed to enjoy some of the good weather (before Sunday!). Please find below videos from Miss Harris and Mrs Taylor explaining the home learning for this week. The Poetry competition details are also shown below.
Tuesday 6th May 2020
Thanks so much for continuing to send your work in, it is so lovely to see how the children are getting on. Here are some pictures of making and using a Phonics viewfinder (from the weekly Phonics activities). 
Monday 4th May 2020
Please find the video messages from Miss Harris, Mrs Bane and Mrs Joyce below. We miss you all and would love to hear from you if we haven't already!
Thursday 30th April 2020
Some of the children at home have been writing their own stories. Here is one that was written and illustrated by a child in Year 1. They have also added a voiceover of them reading the story. Enjoy reading/listening!
Tuesday 28th April 2020
This week, the children have been working in English on practising using capital letters and punctuation correctly. They have also been completing lots of Phonics work. Some children have made colourful posters for the Months of the Year (see picture below). The children have also been working on capacity in Maths and using household jugs, bowls etc to help them to describe and compare capacity. Other families have been completing work from the Family learning Menu, one example of this is the Bubble experiment with household items.
Thursday 23rd April 2020
We hope that you've had a restful Easter break. We've enjoyed seeing your home learning contributions coming in again :) This week, the children have been working on doubling and sharing in Maths and creating story maps/ answering questioning about the story Sidney spider. We've also had some family learning sent in of lovely rainbows you've created and fruit smoothies. In addition, some families have been doing other work and it's lovely to see what you have been doing. The Chinese shadow puppet show is particularly enjoyable to watch, maybe you could create one of your own?
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Here is some more of the work that we've received so far. Thanks so much for sending in your work and if you haven't yet, we'd love to hear from you. The children have been participating in a range of activities such as the daily learning, making rainbows and junk modelling.
Thursday 26th March 2020
Thanks so much for all the feedback we have received so far. It's been so lovely to see/hear how the children are getting on with their home learning! Please find some pictures below of the children's work on their handwriting. I have also added some pictures of some other activities too that they have been completing.
Thursday 19th March 2020
This week, in Maths we have been learning about more and less. The children have completed sheets thinking about which number comes before and next. They have also looked at different representations e.g. dienes.
Thursday 5th March 2020
What an exciting day we've had for World Book day dressed in our wonderful costumes. We have learnt more about the story Little Red Riding Hood. Here are some pictures of a few of our costumes.
Tuesday 25th February 2020
Before half term, our focus was Safety week. During safety week, we read a story about Smartie the penguin who had received a tablet for his birthday. However things kept going wrong with his tablet for example some pop up adverts came up. We discussed what we'd do and drew pictures/ wrote a sentence. Here is some of our work.
Friday 24th January 2020
In Phonics, we have been revisiting the split sounds a-e, u-e. We have played some phonics games. Your child may have bought home one of the words and pictures from the u-e matching game, please ask them to read the word to you or they could add the sound buttons and show to you. 

Friday 17th January 2020

This week, we have started our new topic Superhumans. We began the topic by completing our entry point which involved a senses walk around the school. We used our 5 senses and drew what we could smell, hear, touch, taste and feel. As part of our knowledge harvest, we drew around a child and wrote down what we know about the human body. In English, we have written letters to the Queen which will be sent next week, we hope to hear back from her about whether she will let us borrow her crown!

Thursday 9th January 2020
We really enjoyed our trip to see the Pantomime of Cinderella at Cambridge Arts Theatre. Today, we discussed our favourite scenes. One of them was the scene in the spa where the Ugly Sisters kept slipping and sliding around the stage. We thought that it was hilarious
Thursday 12th December 2019
We all had a lovely day with History off the page (and Lord Patrick) doing our Castles event. In the morning, we could choose which activities we wanted to do. These included making leather purses, making soap and pies. There was also some gossip being spread around the Castle about Steven and Matilda. In the afternoon, some children were learning how to be servitors, other children were practising plays, juggling and singing. After this, we held our banquet and enjoyed food and entertainment.
Friday 29th November 2019
A huge thank you to all of our parents and carers who attended our Share a story event, it was lovely to see so many of you and your children enjoying the books and reading activities. Please find below some pictures from the event and a link to the powerpoint that was shared about how to help your child with reading at home. 
Friday 22nd November 2019
Today in Maths, we have been learning about the months of the year. We have sang the months of the year song and ordered the months of the year into the correct order. We loved singing the song! Please ask us to sing it at home. Some of us also talked about the timetable of the day.
Thursday 14th November 2019
This week it is anti bullying week, focusing on change starts with us. We have thought about how we can be good friends to others at breaktime, lunchtime and in class. Some of our ideas are playing kind with others, asking others to join in our games.
Friday 8th November 2019
We practise our tricky words everyday in Year 1. We often use games on Phonics Play to help us to do this such as tricky word trucks which we love! Here is a picture of us using it.
Friday 1st November 2019
This week, in English we have been looking at safety posters and today we created our own safety posters about how to stay safe on fireworks night. There are some really useful tips listed below!
Thursday 17th October 2019
This week, we have finished writing our Three Little Pigs innovated stories. Some of us have been writing captions for the wolf falling in the pot. Some of us have been writing our stories into our books using our success criteria. Our teachers are really impressed with our wonderful writing using the lines, take a look at some of it below!
Friday 11th October 2019
This week, we have completed some Joe Wicks 5 minute classroom workout videos. We had to do a variety of exercises. Some were quite tricky!
Thursday 3rd October 2019
This week, in our indoor forest school session we have been focusing on trees. We have done a variety of activities linked to trees such as leaf rubbing, leaf threading, making our own trees. Take a look below.
Friday 27th September 2019
We have been focusing on the story of the Three Little pigs over the last few weeks. The children have retold the story brilliantly- please ask them to retell it to you at home! Some children have cut out and ordered events in the story during busy learning. They have all drawn their own innovated story maps by changing the story e.g. changing the animals.
Friday 20th September 2019
This week in Maths we have been focusing on one more/one less. We have counted the number of cubes in towers and talked about what one more and one less would be. We have also used numicon to help us to see what one more and one less is. Some of us have been doing an extra challenge of finding some missing numbers using our knowledge of more and less.
Friday 6th September 2019
What a lovely start to Year 1! The children have drawn and written about their summer holidays. In Maths, the children have been practising counting and reading/writing numerals. Take a look at some of their writing that they have done below.