A new school year!

What a fantastic and fun-filled start we have had in Year 1! We have all settled into life in main school really quickly and have worked really hard in our first week.

One of our favourite activities was making symmetrical butterflies using the 2D shapes in maths. Can you remember what ‘symmetrical’ means?

At the moment, we are revisiting our old Learn Its from Mars. These are:

1+1 = 2
2+2 = 4
3+3 = 6
4+4 = 8
5+5 = 10

1+2 = 3
2+3 = 5

Worksop Walkabout

It has been a very exciting week in Year 1! Not only have we been to visit our new Year 2 class, but we also went on an exciting walk about Worksop.

We stopped on our walk to look at and talk about lots of different sights around Worksop. This included the Market Cross, the Priory Gatehouse and Castle Hill. Can you remember what else we stopped to look and and talk about? Can you remember any exciting facts about the stops and sights on our tour?

What was your favourite thing about moving into Year 2?


Old and new, teapot and kettle

It’s getting towards the end of term but Year 1 are definitely not slowing down!

We have started investigating changes over time in the home to get ready for our visit to Mr Straw’s House. Yesterday, we were looking at a picture of an old kitchen and trying to spot things that are similar to our kitchens nowadays and things that are different to our kitchens nowadays.

Can you remember any of the similarities and difference that we noticed?

What are you looking forward to most about our visit to Mr Straw’s House?

Going and growing outside!

As part of our ‘Change’ topic, we have started to investigate plant growth sequence and what plants need to stay healthy. Yesterday, we all planted our own bean seed, but we are all growing them under different conditions.

Some of our seeds will have water and light.
Some will have water but NO light.
Some will have light but NO water.
Some will have NO water and NO light.

Which conditions is your bean seed growing under?
Which bean seeds do you predict will grow and be the healthiest?

Don’t forget to keep practising our Learn Its at home!

6 + 6 = 12
7 + 7 = 14
8 + 8 = 16
9 + 9 = 18

The Magic Crayons

Year 1 have decided to rewrite the story of The Magic Paintbrush and change it to…
The Magic Crayons!

Can you answer these questions about your new story?

Who is your new main character?
Who gives the magic crayons to the main character?
Who is the bad character?
What does the main character draw with the magic crayons?
What does the bad character want the main character to draw?
What does the main character draw to scare the bad character away?

I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

A busy week!

We’ve only been back at school for a week and a half but we’ve so much in Year 1 already! We’ve made paper sunflowers, we’ve created marble chalk pictures, we’ve made a weather plate, we’ve started a new class novel, we’ve made our very own class map… can you think of anything else? What has been your favourite thing so far?

Mrs Snowden’s favourite thing so far has been reading ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ with you all. If you had a magic paintbrush like Shen, what would you paint and why? Leave a comment to let me know!

We have also been learning how to form plurals by adding ‘s’ and ‘es’. Which of these words would need ‘s’ adding and which would need ‘es’ adding?


Don’t forget to keep practising our new Learn Its at home.

6 + 6 = 12
7 + 7 = 14
8 + 8 =16
9 + 9 = 18

Can you leave a comment telling me another way that we can say all these Learn Its?

Weston Park Museum

WOW! What a fantastic time Year 1 had at Weston Park Museum. When we got off the minibus, Joy showed us the toy exhibit they have at the museum and then we got to make our own. Joy used a special word for this. She said we were ‘curators’ and that were were’curating’ our own display. What were the different toys we put in our display?

After that, we made our own naughts and crosses toy out of clay and got to have a look around the museum. We had the best time!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in Year 1. We made our Teddy Bear Fruit Salads and Mrs Snowden was so impressed with how carefully and sensibly we worked.

Leave a comment to tell everyone what ingredients you used in your fruit salad. Did you like the way your fruit salad looked? Did you like the way your fruit salad tasted? Would you do anything different to improve it next time?

We used a special technique with our fingers when chopping up fruit to go in our fruit salad. Can you remember what it was called?

In Literacy this week, we have been reading a poem called ‘Cats Sleep Anywhere’. The funny cats in the poem slept in all sorts of places like shoes, on top of pianos and in drawers. What other crazy places might you find cats fast asleep in?

Fruit salad and ‘owls on toast’?!

We are feeling a bit full in Year 1 this week! It seems as though all we have done is eat.

Mrs Smith’s nurture group have been learning all about where food comes from and have made ‘Gruffalo crumble’ and ‘owls on toast’. Everything tasted so yummy! Which was your favourite and why?

Mrs Snowden’s group have been fruit tasting to decide which fruits we want to use in our fruit salad that we are going to make. We tried apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, orange and orange juice. What was your favourite? Were there any fruits that you didn’t like the taste of? Everybody’s designs looked fabulous. We can’t wait to make them and share them with our teddy bears next week.

In maths we have been learning about ‘lots of’. If there were 3 bowls and each bowl needed to have 2 strawberries in it, how many strawberries would you need altogether? Can you finish the sentence?

3 lots of 2 strawberries =

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?