Class Blog for Year 1

Year 11.04.19 

Posted: 11/10/2019
Helen Adams


This week we’ve learnt about the part whole model. Parents, you can take a look at how this works here:

We’ve learned about the addition symbol and what it means. We’ve also written some simple number sentences and made fact families.

Next steps: Using the part-whole model to support us, we’ll be learning about number bonds and will be making numbers up to 20.


We enjoyed reading 'How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson. It introduced us to the idea of instructions and “bossy verbs” (imperative verbs). We had to listen to and follow each other’s instructions to complete various tasks. Using the iPads, we explored coding using the Bluebot App.

Next steps: We will write simple instructions to explain how to complete simple tasks such as how to brush our teeth and how to make a milkshake.

We've been reading...

Poems! One of our favourites was ‘ ‘Cousin Lesley's See-Through Stomach’ by By Brian Patten.

Cousin Lesley took a pill

That made her go invisible.

Perhaps this would have been all right

If everything was out of sight.

But all around her stomach swam

Half-digested bread and jam,

And no matter how she tried

She couldn't hide what was inside.

In the morning we often noted

How the toast and porridge floated,

And how unappetizing in the light

Was the curry from last night.

Some Gruyere had fallen victim

To her strange digestive system,

And there seemed a million ways To digest old mayonnaise. 

We were often fascinated

By the stuff left undigested,

A mish-mash of peas and jelly

Drifted round our cousin's belly.

Certain bits of Cornish pastie

Looked repugnant and quite nasty,

While the strawberries from last year

Were without cream, I fear.

And at dinner, oh dear me!

What a disgusting sight to see

Chewed-up fish and cold brown tea

Where cousin Lesley's tum should be.

Year 1’s Recommended Read this week:

'Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson.

In the wider curriculum...

We’ve been looking at some old photographs and children playing with toys. From these photographs, we found out more about different toys from the past. We discussed how the toys would have been different for rich and poor children.

Next week...

PE will take place on Tuesday.

We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: you, your, they, be, he

This week’s challenge words: door, floor, poor


Year 1 04.10.19 

Posted: 03/10/2019
Helen Adams


We have started noticing something strange about our toys - we think they may be coming to life while we are not around! One night, our dinosaurs decided to race each other and we discovered the evidence the following morning! The idea of racing led us to think about ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.). We've also been doing some work around number lines which have helped us to compare numbers.

Next steps: We are going to learn about the part-whole model and what is meant by 'addition'.


This week , we finished our brilliant stories. We are starting to get the idea of putting our ideas into sentences. We also did a piece of writing about our 'History Day' last week.

Next steps: We will be learning about instructions. To kick start our topic we will be reading the book, 'How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson.

We've been reading...

A non-fiction book about toys and games from the past. Unlike story books, we've noticed that information books often contain photographs rather than pictures.

Year 1’s Recommended Read this week: 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.

For the next few days, the 'Teach Your Monster To Read' app is available for free. It has great reviews!

In the wider curriculum...

Following on from our learning about old and new toys, the children have decided to set up a toy shop role play area in their classroom. This week, they've been busy deciding what should go in the shop and how much it should cost.

Next week...

PE will take place on Friday this week. Please make sure that all kit is clearly labelled with names and check that all kit that comes home belongs to you!

Photographs on Wednesday.

We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: was, is, his, has, I



Posted: 26/09/2019
Helen Adams

Despite the rain this week, we've had had a fun, happy and productive time in Year 1!


This week, we have learned to compare two groups of objects to decide which is more and which is less. We used the less than (<) greater than (>) and equal to (=) symbols to compare quantities.

Next steps: We are learning to order quantities and numbers. We will be learning about ordinal numbers and explore the number line.


In English this week, we designed our very own toy adventure. We had to think about the setting of our story, our main character and the problem we needed to solve. 

Next steps: The children will be writing their stories. We are practicing putting our ideas into sentences. We need to make sure that our sentences end with full stops.

We've been reading...

Our favourite story this week has been 'The Blue Balloon' by Mike Inkpen. We thought that the balloon seemed quite ordinary at first, but actually turned out to be rather extraordinary!

Year 1’s Recommended Read this week: 'Funnybones' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

In the wider curriculum...

We loved 'History Day'! There were some fantastic outfits representing characters, events and ideas from history. It really demonstrated the fantastic creativity of our children and parents at St Cleer. The children had the opportunity to explore toys from the past including skipping ropes, hula hoops, bouncy hoppers, lego, cup and ball, yo-yos, a diablo, marbles and jenga. We had to try and plot the toys on a time line in order from the oldest to the newest. Did you know that footballs have been around for over 500 years?

Next week...

Don't forget: PE with Mrs Tyrell on Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure that all kit is clearly labelled with names and check that all kit that comes home belongs to you! We will leave any items of clothing on top of the green box for you to check at the end of each (dry!) day.

We are learning to read and spell these common exception words: of, said, says, are, were


Year 1 20.09.19 

Posted: 20/09/2019
Helen Adams

We have had yet another fantastic week in Year 1. We have been busy settling into our routine and are certainly starting to get the hang of it!

This week we have been learning to find one less and one more than numbers up to 20. We’ve done some fun activities and played games to get us used to counting forwards and backwards!

Next steps: Two numbers we are getting muddled between are 13 and 15, especially when counting backwards. To help us tell the difference we’ve been wiggling our thumbs for 13 and wiggling our fingers for 15.

In English this week, we designed our very own Traction Man adventure! The children had to plan at outfit suitable for Traction Man to wear on his adventure and put together some sentences to explain what happened.

Next steps: The children will be designing their very own adventure for their favourite toy! We will continue thinking about how we can put our ideas into sentences.

Going along with our theme of toys, we also read the story “Dogger” by Shirley Hughes. It’s all about a boy who loses his favourite toy! This made us think about our favourite toys and how precious they are to us. Do you have any toy themed stories at home that you would like to share?

The children in Year 1 have been asking parents and grandparents about the toys that they used to play with as children. This has lead us to think about how toys have changed overtime. As part of our independent learning time, the children were challenged to look at some pictures of toy teddies and toy cars and put them in order from oldest to newest. One of our brilliant pupils, Jacob, brought in a fantastic toy tank with an amazing history. It was made by a prisoner of war who was situated at Boconnoc. The children enjoyed looking at it and decided to sketch some images of it too.

Next Friday, we are celebrating all things 'History'! You are invited to come in wearing an outfit or accessory representing something from history. Maybe you have a special object you'd like to share (or a photograph if it is not practical to bring to school with you!)

Year 1’s Recommended Read this week: 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett.


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