Learning in Year 1

In Year 1 we are working hard to find out how to solve missing number problems. We have started by looking at number fact families and how we can tell if a number sentence makes sense or not. We have also started to create diagrams to help us solve these problems called ‘bar models’ or ‘part, part, whole’ diagrams.


We have been learning about place value. To help us understand this better, we played a game to create two digit numbers using a dice. The aim of the game was to see who could make the number with the greatest value. We had to think carefully about where we wanted to put the first digit we rolled on the dice, otherwise we would make it easy for our partner to win!



Bossy verbs
In literacy we have been learning about how to write instructions using bossy verbs. These are verbs that come at the start of the sentence to give an instruction. “Put your homework in the tray.”


In year one, we created a science experiment in order to see which items would help a seed grow best. Some of us used soil but watered the plant with a range of different liquids including vinegar, squash, lemonade coffee, tea and shower gel. The rest of us, changed the soil and used either powder paint, sugar, coffee, cocoa powder or flour. However, we watered our plants using water as normal. We kept a seed diary in order to monitor which seed was growing the best. We found that the seed that was planted in soil and watered with water did grow the best!


Senses Poems
In year 1, we have been thinking about our senses. We went into the courtyard and thought about what we could see, hear, feel and smell. We created a word bank with different senses that we collected. We then used these to create a poem.

Impressionist art in the style of Monet
In year 1, we have been thinking about impressionist art. We look at examples of this by Claude Monet. We then created our own pictures. We went onto the field and started off by drawing outlines of what we could see such as the trees and plants. We then used our fingers to paint this. We learned that the most important things about impressionist art are the colours and the shapes.

African Drumming: In 1.1, we enjoyed learning about rhythm and pulse in music. We used African drums to play a range of different rhythms. We used animal names such as ‘Polar bear’ and ‘Caterpillar’ as our rhythm. We played these repeatedly in unison. We learned how to play the drums correctly using our fingers rather than our palms.

Bar model maths: In maths, we have been representing addition and subtraction using a ‘bar model’. We began by creating the model physically using multi-link cubes. We then drew the bar model which shows two numbers joining together to create a larger total.

Beebots: In computing, we have been learning to programme ‘Bee-bots’ by entering an algorithm which gives it instructions on which way to move. We learned that we need to ensure our instructions are in the correct order and are accurate in order for the Bee-bot to end up at the correct destination.

Explorer day: In year 1, our topic this half term has been ‘Around the World’. Consequently, we invited Reception to take part in our ‘Explorer Day’ where we could teach them everything we have learned about different places around the world. The children in year 1 created all the resources themselves and were in charge of all the activities on the day.

Habitat boxes 1.1 
We created clay animals based on the animals we have learned about this half-term. We then created a habitat box for the animal. We had to think carefully about where they were from.

Jungle collages
In year 1, we have been learning about the Amazon Rainforest. We created collages based on the work by Henri Rousseau. These were very colourful!

Paired reading Year 1 and Year 4
In Year 1 we have enjoyed reading with children from year 4 every Friday. This has motivated us to read!

We had a visitor who came in to teach us some singing techniques. She showed us the signs used for ‘Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do’ and taught us some songs in other languages.

Telling the time 
We have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half-past the hour. We created our own watches and clocks to remind us where the numbers go.

Weather reports
We have been learning about the weather in each season. We used this information to create our own weather report for countries in the UK. We were able to identify the 4 countries on the map.

Maths, halving
We have started Spring Maths with confidence and have been halving shapes this week. We really enjoyed watching Miss Barker half a pear and get very juicy fingers! We then created the outlines of shapes and found where to put a line to show half. We also cut out shapes and capital letters to find where (and if) we could half through by folding.

As the introduction to our ‘Around the World’ topic, Year 1 had a great fun geography day looking at maps and atlases. We enjoyed making map puzzles as well. It was great fun to find the countries where we have been on holiday or have family.

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