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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Please visit this page regularly to keep an eye on the new things we are learning.


Our Team:

Class Teacher: Miss Whitehouse

Our classroom team: Mrs Bishop & Mrs Woodall

Introducing Year 1!

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Keeping a beat

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We love our music lessons with Miss Turner every week! Here you can watch us performing a song we are learning using our bodies to keep a beat. 


We have had another fantastic week in Year 1 learning all about the Antarctica. The children have approached their new topic with enthusiasm and fully engaged with their new learning. Here, you can see the children researching their topic by reading library books. We found out lots of new information by reading!


We know all about the 7 continents of the world and can explain their climates. We know that hotter places are closer to the equator because it is closer to the sun and we have done a wonderful piece of writing for our new Antarctica display showing all our new knowledge. 


Here, you can see us exploring a variety of everyday materials. We investigated what these materials looked and felt like. We can name a variety of everyday materials. 


This week we have been consolidating our place value learning. We have practiced making our numbers to 20 using tens and ones. 


We are beginning to use our place value skills to answer reasoning and problem solving worded questions. 




We have had a fantastic start to our English unit in Year 1. 


When we arrived at school there was a large parcel waiting in our classroom addressed to our class! We found out that it had travelled all the way from the South Pole! 


Inside was a lonely penguin. He is very loved in Year 1 and we are giving him lots of cuddles and company. 


Over the next few weeks, we will be learning all about our peguin's story. We will be writing our own narrative and we look forward to sharing our exciting story with you. 

Spring 1

Our driving question is: could a camel and penguin swap homes?

EnglishMathsProject Based Learning

Story Sequencing - Our story is Lost and Found


Character Description - a WANTED poster for a missing penguin


Recount - Our penguin's journey

Addition and subtraction within 20


Place Value - within 50


Length and height


Weight and volume




Geography - contrasting locations. Could a camel swap homes with a penguin?


Science - everyday materials. What material would be best to make a coat to keep our penguin dry?


Art - painting a landscape using hot and cold colours.


The Big Little Nativity

I am immensely proud to show our Year 1 and 2 children in cast photos of their Nativity performance. They have made everyone so proud. Each child showed perseverance and resilience every single day. They were dedicated to learning their lines, and standing up on stage and using a big voice takes such courage. Well done to each and every member of our team, I am so proud of you all. 


It has been a rollercoaster of emotions this term but, despite all of the restrictions, our children face the world head on and strong. We have improved our reading skills and learnt to write with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 


Across all lessons children have tried their very best and enjoyed every minute of their time in school. We have discovered a real strength in Mathematics and learning numbers and their place value. 


I look forward to an exciting new term with you all. Enjoy your Christmas holiday and I look forward to hearing all of the wonderful things you have been up to! 


I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


Miss Whitehouse x



Christmas Party

We have had a fantastic time celebrating Christmas in Year One. We have snuggled our class bear into his new blanket that we made for him in DT. We had read lots of stories and shared Christmas wishes. We have used our reading and writing skills to create wonderful Christmas pieces to share with you at home. Well done Year 1 you have had an amazing first term and Miss Whitehouse is extremely proud of you all. 


Look at our amazing masterpiece! 


We designed and created our own blanket squares. We used the running stitch to sew them all together. 


Our final masterpiece is an amazing blanket for our class Teddy Bear and we have tucked him up for his sleep over the Christmas holidays. 


This term we have learnt a lot about Christianity. We can recognise symbols and can talk about Christian's beliefs in God. 


Here you can see us creating our own World from Lego. 


We talked about how it felt to make our world and how we want it to be treated. 




Miss Whitehouse and Mrs Harkness taught us how to do the running stitch. We have done some practicing ready to sew our class Teddy his winter blanket. 


We've learned so much about numbers to 20 this term! We have explored numbers to 20 that are made up of tens and ones. Look how we explored these numbers practically using cubes and tens sticks. 

M & M Productions

We have had a lovely afternoon watching a live performance of Beauty and the Beast. We enjoyed joining in and singing along. We have had a lot of fun!


Here you can see us practicing our sewing skills. 


We have made a beautiful Christmas home for our class bear. He now needs a blanket to keep him warm this winter. 


We have explored lots of different types of materials and practiced our running stitch to prepare us to make our final blanket for our Teddy. 



We can count on!


This week we have moved onto our numbers 11-20. We are learning that each of these numbers is made up of tens and ones. 


We have looked at groups of objects that were scattered about. These were tricky to count! But when we arranged them into tens and ones we could count them much faster! 




This week we have learnt to recite and then write the poem, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Row of teeth. We are busy exploring our winter surroundings using our senses in order to make our own adaptation of our poem. 


We have been practicing our multi-skills! We created our own circuit of skills and practiced each skill in our groups. We had to work hard at each skill for 5 minutes, it wasn't easy but we are learning one of our Hawbush values "perseverance". Our balancing skills are improving every week!

Remembrance Day 

Year 1 have held a two minute silence for Remembrance Day. We thought about the role that Doctors played helping the injured during the war. We made a class poster to show that we will always remember the sacrifices that people made. One of our core school values is respect for others. 

Anti-bullying Week 

We have learnt lots about looking after our friends. We know what bullying means, and we know what  to do if we feel someone is being bullied. We created our own anti-bullying superhero with Mr Ross and reflected on what it means to be a good friend. 


In year 1, we are practising our multi skills. We had a series of activities which tested our endurance which we thoroughly enjoyed. 


This week we have enjoyed maths week! 


We have used our problem solving and reasoning abilities to put our maths skills to the test! 


Please help us to log on to Numbots and further our learning. 


This week in year 1, we have been reflecting on what makes us happy. We enjoyed circle time where we passed on our smile! Did you know, smiling is contagious?!


We acted out scenarios for situations which would make us happy. This included winning football games, getting a certificate of achievement in assembly and receiving presents on our birthday.

Autumn 2

Our driving question is: "What would a teddy bear's picnic have been like 100 years ago?"


EnglishMathsProject Based Learning

Character description - help us find our lost bear!


Poem - using our senses


Instruction writing - making a teddy bear's blanket

Addition and subtraction


Geometry - Shape


Place value - within 20

History - toys

- which is the oldest bear in the woods?


D&T - making a blanket

- how can we keep old bear warm?


Science - animals including humans


Monster Maths

We are learning our number bonds to 10 by singing our Farmer Pete song.

Halloween Celebrations

Year 1's Pumpkin Competition Winner

This afternoon, Year 1 were making preparations for our halloween party tomorrow! We have made our own pumpkin designs and then had a go at hollowing using tools AND of course our hands! We enjoyed getting stuck in and messy! We thought about our senses came up with lots of  vocabulary for what our pumpkin smelt and felt like. 


The children thoroughly enjoyed our pumpkin carving activity! We will show you our results soon!


Poem Assembly

Fire by Shirley Hughes

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Today, Year 1 performed a poem they have learnt in assembly. The children all did very well on stage and performed with big confident voices! Well done Year 1, Miss Whitehouse is very proud of you!


The Swirling Whirling Snowstorm

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Stumble...trip...in the forest

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Thick Oozy Mud

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Splash Splash in the water

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Swishy Swashy Grass

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In PE we have been busy creating dance moves for each part of our favourite Bear Hunt story. 


Here you can see the final moves that the children chose in their groups. To perform their moves they are practising creating moves to the beat of 8. 



Reading for Pleasure

We thoroughly enjoy our visits to our new Harry Potter themed library! Mr Ross has shown us around and some of the older children played some very fun games with us. 


We really enjoy the time we spend in our library. We can choose books to read together and we take a new book home every week! 


Please help us celebrate our love for books by reading to us the new book that we bring home each week. 


When we had researched Andy Goldsworthy and practised using his artistic techniques and skills, Year 1 have created their own masterpieces in our woodlands. 


Every child created their own piece of artwork inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We used natural materials from our woodland and sorted them into colours and sizes before finally making our own piece of art. 


We added lots of detail with smaller pieces of materials and colours. 


We have had lots of fun and loved working outdoors. 


In maths, Year 1 have moved our learning on to addition. We are learning all about the part-whole model. We know how to represent a whole number and that we can make two parts. 


We are exploring numbers using objects to represent their value. Here you can see us representing numbers using cubes. 




In our art lessons we have been researching Andy Goldsworthy and using his artistic approach of natural art to influence our learning. Here you can see us using clay and other natural materials to decorate the trees in our woodland area. 


We know that Andy Goldsworthy is an environmentalist and reflected on our school value, 'respect'. We respected our school environment by only using natural materials as we know over time they will deteriorate and become part of our environment again. 

MacMillan Coffee Morning 


Year 1 would like to share with you their performance of "Big Red Combine Harvester". 

Big Red Combine Harvester

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In maths we are learning to recognise and write our numbers to 20. We can count forwards and backwards using a number line. 

We are learning to understand the value of each number and order numbers independently. 


The children are keen to show off their new learning! Tell your child a number to 20 and ask them to tell you one more and one less. We are very proud of what we can do!

Forest School

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This week, Year 1 were lucky to begin their Forest School learning with Mrs Beard. Everyone had a fantastic time and the children enjoyed exploring the woodland (especially getting muddy!). 


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We are learning how to move our bodies to a rhythm. We can practise our movements to the count of 8 and are preparing to create our Bear Hunt dance!


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In PE this week we learnt how exercise changes our heartbeat. 


We felt our heartbeat before doing lots of exercise. Then, we felt it again to find it was pumping faster!

Our Topic Hook:


Year 1 have had a fantastic start to the Autumn term. We have been on a 'Bear Hunt' in the deep, dark forest and found our class bear waiting for us with our new story book!


We're Going on a Bear Hunt 


This was very exciting and we enjoyed listening to our story in a real forest! 


We went exploring in the forest!


Our driving question is: Would you go down to the woods today?

EnglishMathsProject Based Learning


Talk for Writing

"We're Going on a Bear Hunt"


Writing a narrative


Writing instructions

Place Value (numbers to 20)


Addition and subtraction



Geography- Making a map


Science - Animals including animals


Art - Andy Goldsworthy 

     - Creating land art


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