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Year 1



Meet the team...

Important information 



We will check diaries once a week. Please support your child by reading at least 3 times a week with them - this will be very beneficial to their development. 


PE days:

Tuesday and Wednesday - Please come to school in PE kit.


Key words:

The document below contains the key words to learn by sight in Year 1.

What is Year 1 learning about this term?


Our topic this term is called Around the World.

Have a look at our knowledge organiser below to see what amazing things we will be learning about.

Year 1's Latest News...

Leaning Tower of Basford!

WB 27/6/22


This afternoon, Year 1 was set a challenge. This was to build a tower as high as they could that would stand up on its own. As usual, they all did brilliantly and worked well as a team. Have a look at the results below!

Perfect Pizzas

WB 27/06/22


This morning, we made some lovely pizzas and in the afternoon we reviewed them. Most were in agreement that they were delicious!

Trip to Italy

WB 27/06/22


As part of our 'Round the World' topic this morning, Year 1 went on a trip to Venice. We looked at famous sites, tasted pasta, packed a suitcase, made Venetian masks and had a trip in a gondola. We all had a great time and can't wait for our next trip!

Doing Our Best

W/B 20.6.22

This week the children have been doing their best in their end of year assessments. 

Spectacular Shell Sketches!

WB 13/06/22


This afternoon, Year 1 looked at how to sketch by looking closely at objects. For this we used a variety of sea shells. Have a look at our artists in action below!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

W/B 6.6.22


We have created our own Fairy portraits. 

We have made some very lovely fairy doors.


 We made our own fairy potions and wands.

Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

We met Miss Dobson’s Tortoise today. As part of our grow your own topic we have grown some lettuce for them.



Topic Quiz Champions!


As usual, we had our end of term topic quiz based on everything we have learned this year. The competition was VERY close but the teams pictured below are our new champions! 

Creative Homework

w/b 23/5/22


Thank you to everyone who brought their project to school. They were all AMAZING! Have a look at some of them below.

We don't like cricket... We LOVE IT!

W/B 23.5.22


This afternoon, Year 1 had a go at some cricket in PE. They were very excited and did really well. Have a look at the photos below.

Flower Poems

W/B 23.5.22


We have been planning and writing our own poems all about common flowers in Britain. 

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Sunflower Paintings

W/B 16th May

Delightful Dance

W/B 16th May


This afternoon, Year 1 carried on with their dance in PE. Take a look at this amazing example of one below!


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Tree hunt

W/B 16th May


This afternoon, Year 1 went on a walk around school to identify the different types of trees we have.

We Are Growing Our Own Beanstalks!

W/B 9th May

Super Storytellers

W/B 9th May

We have been learning to recite the story Jack and the Beanstalk. 

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Finding Half

W/B 9th May

Super Sliders

W/B 2nd May


This afternoon, Year 1 made a slider to show how a plant grows. Have a look at the pictures below.


W/B 2nd May

Observational Drawing

W/B 25th April


This afternoon, Year 1 had a go at some observational drawings of Tulips. They tried very hard and the drawings were amazing!

Flower Hunt

W/B 25th April


This afternoon, Year 1 went on a flower hunt to identify common flowers we find in the UK. It was very exciting to find flowers we already knew about as well as a lot of new ones. Take a look at the pictures below.

Grow Your Own WOW Day

W/B 18th April


Today we introduced our new topic with an exciting WOW day. This involved rolling our sleeves up and doing some planting as well as painting. Have a look at the pictures below. 

Knights of Old Basford WOW day...

Super Sculptors!


This afternoon, Year 1 became sculptors and made a feather based on Robin Hood's cap out of clay. Have a look at us hard at work below!

Creative Homework!


The creative homework we have had back this half term is AMAZING! Have a look at some of it below!

Nottingham Castle Visit


Today, Year 1 went to Nottingham castle on a trip. It was an amazing day which also had lovely weather to go with it! We went for a walk around the grounds, visited the art gallery and went to the new Robin Hood adventure experience. Have a look at the pictures below.

Capacity Chase!

In maths this week we will be learning about capacity. We will be comparing the capacity of different containers as well as thinking about which container is best for the job.

Creations come to life!


This afternoon, Year 1 used their drawbridge designs to make the real thing! All they had to make the final piece were some resources and their creativity. The results were amazing, have a look at some of them below!

Super Designers

We have used our castle mock ups from earlier in the week to inspire our final castle designs. We were focusing on making our structures stronger and more stable.

Phonics Parent Workshop

A huge thank you to all the adults who were able to attend our Year 1 Phonics Workshop this morning. If you were unable to attend today's workshop below is a handout of all the slides shared today. 

Drawbridge Designs


This afternoon, Year 1 became designers and were put to work designing their very own drawbridges. Creativity was in abundance with all of the amazing designs we produced - have a look at some below!

Super scales!


In mathematics, Year 1 are looking at weight and mass. For this we got out sets of our very own scales and had a go at weighing items ourselves!

Robin Hood


This afternoon, Year 1 learnt about the local legend of Robin Hood and why he is so famous. As part of our activities, we made our own hats complete with a feather! Take a look below.

World Book Day


All day, Year 1 celebrated World Book Day by doing a variety of book related activity. We started the day off with a lovely book picnic in which we all shared our favourite books with each other.

Hooray for Hockey


This afternoon, Year 1 continued to play hockey in PE. They played very well and have developed their skills in the sport a lot since the start of the term! Look at us in action below.



Parent event - 16th March 9-10.


On the 16th March we are having a parent workshop about how we teach phonics in school. This will involve taking part in a real phonics lesson with your child.


Look forward to seeing you there!

Learning in Literacy

We have received a  letter from our friend Egbert. He is safe and on an adventure with Hector to retrieve the magic magic wand from the Big Bad Knight. We have been learning all about the key features of a letter so we can write a letter back to Egbert to help him on his journey. 

Topic Work

In our geography work this week we have been learning to identify human and physical features in Nottingham 



Today, Year 1 had a WOW day to introduce our new topic called...


Knights of Old Basford!


During our day, we became detectives and investigated all the clues left behind by Hector and  the Big Bad Knight. 


Save the date


On the 16th March, you and your child are invited to a parents workshop on how to support your child with phonics and reading. We can't wait to see you!

Getting Outside!


This morning, Year 1 got some bulbs and spades before going outside to do some planting. Have a look at us in action below! 

Glorious Glockenspiels! 


This afternoon, Year 1 became musicians and had a go at learning another song on the glockenspiels.

Brilliant Bee Bots!


Today in computing, Year 1 had a go at putting our learning about algorithms into practice. This involved getting out the bee bots on a map of the UK and using algorithms to get them back to Nottingham.

Finishing touches!


This afternoon, Year 1 added their finishing touches to the vehicles they have made. All that is left now is to test and evaluate their amazing creations!

Toy Vehicles


All week, Year 1 have been hard at work building their toy vehicles and they look amazing! Next week we will be evaluating our creations.


Marvellous Mathematics


In maths this week, we have been looking at place value. We have made a great start at this with the help of some models showing tens and ones which have helped us create different numbers. 

Daring Designers


This week Year 1 started a new DT project. We are going to make our very own toy vehicle. This process was started by us designing and planning what type of toy we are going to make so we can put it together next week!

Amazing Artefacts!


This afternoon, Year 1 leaned about how toys have changed over the years. To do this, we had a play with some Victorian toys to see how they compared to the toys we have today. Lots of us were surprised at how fun Victorian toys are!



Today, we started our new topic with a WOW day! Everybody brought in one of their favourite toys to share. We also looked at toys from different times and how they have changed over the years. It has been a lovely start to the new term.



Our new topic this term is...


A Toy Story


We can't wait to get started!


Merry Christmas!


Well done for an excellent term everyone. We hope you all have a lovely break. See you next year!

Topic Champions!


This afternoon, Year 1 had a quiz. However, this was not an ordinary quiz... this was a TOPIC QUIZ in which teams were asked questions from everything we have looked at this year! All of the teams did fantastically well with the teams below being crowned champions and claiming the Topic Champion trophy!


Who will claim the trophy next term?  

Polar Express


In the final week this term, we have been looking at the story of the Polar Express. We then designed our very own Polar Express train and the tickets we would need to get on them.

Terrific Typists!


In computing today, we started looking at the keyboard and how to use it. We did this by using 'Dance Mat Typing' and everybody loved it!


You can find it below if you want to have a go at home:





For our writing this week, we started by making our own stockings so that we know what to include in the instructions we will write for how to make them. 

Art Showcase


Thank you to everyone who came to our art showcase on Friday, the hall was so full we had to move the tables back! It was lovely seeing pupils take such pride in their amazing art work that they worked so hard on. I think we have some future Van Gogh's in year 1!

Van Gogh inspired art


Today, Year 1 started making their pictures based on Van Gogh's

Starry Night painting. They can't wait to show off the finished ones in our art showcase on Friday! 

Dazzling Dancers!


In PE we have been looking at dances based on woodland animals as well as learning the 'Shake your tail feather' dance from the Blues Brothers. It has been very exciting! 

Trip to Vernon Park


Today, Year 1 went on a trip to Vernon Park to have a go at some geography fieldwork (and have a play on the park of course!) It was an amazing trip to a lovely park with a group of amazing pupils. Have a look at the pictures of us being geographers below! 

Twinkle Twinkle Year 1 Stars!


This afternoon, Year 1 got out the glockenspiels and had a go at playing a very well-known song! Along with amazing instrument playing skills, their singing was also beautiful!

Book Fair


This afternoon, Year 1 had some time with lots of lovely books thanks to the book fair being in the hall. There was so much to choose from!



This week, Year 1 got the chalks out and produced some AMAZING firework art. Take a look at the EXPLOSIVE artwork being created below!



'No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted'


This afternoon, Year 1 made some kindness fortune tellers and used them to spread kindness. It was a very happy afternoon.

Year 1 visit a church


This morning, Year 1 visited the very lovely St Leo's church to have a look at its features. It was a delightful trip and everyone had a brilliant time! Take a look at the pictures below. 

Senses Walk


In science this term, we are looking at the 5 senses. There was no better way to start our study then to get out of the classroom for a senses walk around school!

Catch up homework


In Year 1, we have been amazed at the projects on dinosaurs which were completed over half term - The creativity blew us away! Have a look at some of the amazing work below.



WOW day


We started our new topic off with a BANG as we looked at the story of Bonfire Night and why we celebrate it.


We then made our very own sparklers out of breadsticks and icing sugar. They were delicious!



Our new topic this term will be called...


The Night Adventure


We can't wait to get started!

Catch up creative homework!


If you fancy releasing your creative side this half term, have a go at the optional creative homework. It is based on a topic that was missed last year due to school closures. See the sheet that was sent home or check Tapestry for more information.


We can't wait to see all of the creativity! 

A stitch in time...


Year 1 have been trying out a new skill (to most) by having a go at threading. To go with the superhero capes they made, Year 1 made their own superhero logo using a needle and thread. Take a look at the pictures below. 

Superhero Capes


Today in literacy, Year 1 made their own superhero capes and they looked FANTASTIC! Now we will be able to write a set of instructions that will let others create these fantastic capes.

Year 1 are getting ready to save the world


This afternoon, Year 1 looked at what recycling is as well as why it is good for the environment. They then sorted different types of material into the correct bin.

Future Gymnasts


On Wednesday every week, the children have been doing lots of gymnastics in PE. We have gone 'all out' by using mats as well as the gymnastic equipment and the children have loved it! 

Glorious Glockenspiels!


Today, Year 1 got their musical hats on and used the glockenspiels for the first time to play along to our song this term 'Hey You'. They all did a great job, I can feel a future number 1 single is in the making!



This afternoon in science, Year 1 looked at the properties of different materials by examining them. 

Heads, shoulders, knees and... lots of learning!


Today, we learnt about different body parts. To do this, we got into groups, drew round each other and then labelled the outline. 





Today in science, Year 1 learnt about the different categories of animals. They then had a go at putting various animals into the correct category and had a 'whale' of a time doing it!



Today, we rolled our sleeves up, grabbed our tools and made our very own wormery. We also found some worms from the compost bins to live in it. Could one be Superworm? 

In Maths we have been learning to sort objects into groups and recognise numbers to 10.



We had a very exciting day introducing our new topic, which is called...


                               We've got the power!


As part of the day, we designed and made superhero masks, acted out some superhero stories and took part in Old Basford's very prestigious 'Superhero training boot camp'.


Well done future superheroes! 


Building the Dream


Today, Year 1 had a go at some building. We designed what we were going to build using chalk and then came inside to put our plans into action!

Someone Builds the Dream


To start off this year, we looked at the book 'Someone Builds the Dream'. The book contained all types of jobs in it so year 1 had a go at dressing up as some of them.

Welcome to Year 1!

We cannot wait to welcome you into Year 1 and get started with some exciting learning. We have so many wonderful topics planned this year, starting with 'We've got the power'. We hope you all have a lovely summer and we will see you soon!