I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!

This week has been British Science week and Year 1 have been helping the three little pigs on their journey to build a new house! After their houses made of straw and sticks got blown down by the Big Bad Wolf, they were wondering if there were any other materials that would be resistant to his huffing and puffing!

Seeing as Year 1 are now experts on materials, we decided to help them out.

We used bricks made from 4 different materials to build 4 walls. We had plastic bricks, paper bricks, wood bricks and foam bricks. Then, we used a timer to see how long they would stand up before being blown down by the Big Bad Wold (a hairdryer with a wolfy face!).

Can you remember how long each wall stood up for?
Which material would be the best for the three little pigs to build their next house from?
Why would it be the best?

Capital letters and pirates!

In English this week, we have been learning about all the times that we need to use a capital letter. We need to use a capital letter at the start of a sentence, for names and for the word ‘I’. Can you add capital letters into these sentences in the right place?

dougal went on trip to atlantis.
in one day i am going on a trip to neverland.

Can you set a challenge for someone else?

We also enjoyed lots of activities for World Book Day in Year 1. We read a story called ‘The Pirates Next Door’ and then made our very own treasure maps to go with the story. We then wrote clues in a message in a bottle to help other people find the treasure on our maps.

Our Learn Its at the moment are…

4 + 3 = 7
5 + 3 = 8
6 + 3 = 9
7 + 3 = 10
8 + 3 = 11
9 + 3 = 12

Don’t forget to keep practising them at home.

Sharks and crocodiles!

We’ve had a very busy week in Year 1!

In English we have been reading ‘Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary.’ In the book, a man called Dougal goes on a very exciting underwater adventure. He swims with mermaids in Atlantis, he sees some sharks and he even finds a sunken treasure chest! If you were Dougal, what other exciting things might you get up to under the sea?

We have also been learning about how we can change words by adding ‘ing’ or ‘ed’ to the end (a suffix).  Can you add ‘ing’ and ‘ed’ to these words and then use one of them in a sentence?


From sharks to… crocodiles in maths?! Well, not real crocodiles, but we thought the two symbols we have been learning about looked a little bit like a crocodile’s HUGE open mouth. Crocodiles are very greedy and so they always like to eat the biggest number. Are these number sentences correct?

4 > 12
14 > 11
10 < 15

If you really want to impress me, you could have a go at writing your own in the comments!

Ted’s Materials Test!

In science this week, we investigated which material would be best to make an umbrella out of for Ted. We put Ted into a cup and covered the cup with four different materials. We then poured a cup of water on top to see which materials would keep Ted dry. We tried fabric, metal, plastic and paper. The materials that kept Ted dry were metal and plastic.

If you did this experiment at home., which other materials would you like to test?

In English, we have been writing our own version of ‘One Snowy Night’ called ‘One Hot Day’. In our story, Percy the Park Keeper worked hard to find lots of ways to keep his animals friends nice and cool. Some of the ways we came up with were…

  • Have an ice-cream.
  • Go in a swimming pool.
  • Put a sun hat on.
  • Find some shade underneath a tree.
  • Put some sun cream on.

Can you think of any other ways that the animals could stay cool?

I look forward to hearing your ideas. Have a wonderful half term Year 1!

Capital letters are important!

We have carried on with our learning about One Snowy Night this week. We learnt that the animal’s names need to have a capital letter at the start to show that they are important. We named the squirrel Rupert, we named the rabbits Lola and Lily, and we named the badger Marvin.

We didn’t decide on names for the fox, the ducks or the mole. Can you think of names for these animals and write them on the blog. Don’t forget to use a capital letter at the start!

In maths we have been learning about missing number  problems and have been using Numicon to help us solve them. What are the missing numbers in these number sentences?

4 +         = 9
5 +         = 7
2 +         = 8


One Snowy Night

We have really enjoyed reading the story ‘One Snowy Night’ this week. We haven’t quite finished it yet, but we are looking forward to finding out what is going to happen next. So far, two rabbits, a squirrel and a fox have knocked at Percy the Park Keeper’s door because they are feeling really cold in the snow and are looking for shelter.

We decided our favourite part of the story was when the squirrel’s tail is tickling Percy’s nose. Some of us decided that Percy the Park Keeper is our favourite character because he really kind when he lets all the animals come into his hut and share his bed.

Is Percy the Park Keeper your favourite character? Or do you have a different favourite character? Tell me in the comments who your favourite character is and why!

Hello Year 1!

Year 1 are very excited to finally be back up and running on our blog! We think the new website looks fantastic. We have done lots of exciting learning already, and can’t wait to share the things that we do this term.

In English this week, we are going to read One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth. We will update the blog again on Friday to tell you who our favourite character is and our favourite part of the story!

Our Learn It’s for this term are:






Summer Term fun!

It’s been a while since Year 1 have been on the blog, so here is an update on what we’ve been up to!

We’ve been on two trips to Southwell Minster and Mr Straw’s House. One of our favourite things about Southwell Minster was when we learnt all about the Last Supper and got to eat some bread. Our favourite thing about Mr Straw’s House was when we got to wash the clothes with our hands!

What was your favourite part?

This week Year 1 have been reading The Frog Prince. We have also read Lollipop and Grandpa’s Back Garden Safari. We have all enjoyed these stories because we like the characters. Our favourite character is Lollipop because we like that she is named after a sweet and she is very lucky that she gets to go on an exciting safari. We loved reading about all the animals like a crocologus and chimpantrees.

What other animals do you think Lollipop and Grandpa might have seen on their adventure?

The Bog Baby

This week in Year 1 we read a very lovely story called ‘The Bog Baby.’

The story is about 3 children who go fishing at a magic pond in Bluebell Wood (which wasn’t allowed because they didn’t have a grown-up with them).  The magic pond is only ever there in Spring. When the children were at the magic pond they found a Bog Baby! They decided to take the Bog Baby home with them because they loved him so much, but then the Bog Baby got sick because he was away from his pond. The children decided that even though they loved the Bog Baby very much, they should put him back in the water.

Can you write a little description about the Bog Baby?

Welcome back to a new term!

As we begin the Summer term in Year 1, we are all very excited about everything we have planned! We are going on four trips to Mr Straw’s House, Clumber Park, Southwell Minster and a Worksop Walkabout.

In Year 1 this week, we have been reading a story called ‘The Magic Paintbrush.’ The story is about a little girl called Shen who has a paintbrush that makes things come to life. Shen paints a basket for a woman, a ladder for a man, a melon for a boy and a fan for a girl. Next week, we are going to start writing our own version of ‘The Magic Paintbrush.’ Can you remember what we said we are going to call it?

If you had a magic paintbrush, what would you paint?