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Year 1

Year 1 2020-21





Miss Wardle: Class 3 Teacher
Mr Ross: Class 4 Teacher
Mrs Widdowson: Teaching Assistant
Miss Dobson: Teaching Assistant
Mrs Thomas: Assistant Head Teacher and Head of KS1

Reading at home - Our new 'Rainbow Reading' reward scheme

Please watch this video to find out more about our new 'Reading Rainbow' reward scheme:



Please find below information linked to reading in year 1.

Year 1 Reading Letter 4.9.2020

Key Words document

PE days


Wednesday - Outdoor PE - PE unifrom required

Thursday - Indoor PE - PE uniform required

Autumn term



Black History Week


For part of black history week, Year 1 looked at the American artist Jean-Michel. We used a variety of skills to create our very own piece of artwork in his style. Below are a few creative examples of what we made. 

Km Club


This morning, Year 1 took part in the Km club as usual but this week it ended a bit differently. We had our first 5km badge awarded. Well done to Ted! I look forward to our first session after half term where I am sure there will be more children earning their first badge. 

We have been learning all about different animal categories. These have included mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians and insects. We then met our school tortoise Tilly. Below are some photos. 



In science today, we looked at parts of the body. This involved drawing round each other and then labelling the picture. Take a look at the pictures below.




Since Year 1 are reading 'Superworm' this term, we have decided to design and make our very own wormery. It was a mucky task getting the worms out of the school compost heap but Year 1 loved it! Once we were back in class with our prized worms, we put together our wormery to give them a temporary home in our class. Maybe one of them will turn out to be Superworm!



Bug Hunt


This afternoon, Year 1 went on a big bug hunt around school to see how many we could find.  After searching under many logs and rocks as well as in many trees and bushes, we found lots of bugs and even some not on our list!

Well done to Hanna who was our Y1 Winner of the Reading Rainbow 'RED' Certificate design! Mrs Whitehead, our literacy lead, felt Hanna's design would make the perfect certificate as it is bright, purposeful and full of colour and enthusiasm.

WOW Day!


Today we had a WOW day to introduce our new topic...


We've got the power!


The day involved looking at some superheroes and their powers as well as discussing some everyday heroes we all know.


Afterwards, we started our own 'Basford Superhero Training School' to practise our own superhero skills and we have an eye on a few who we think may have real superpowers! Before the end of the day, we then designed and made our very own superhero masks that looked amazing!


Well done future heroes!

We have had an amazing start to the school year. As part of our whole school colour topic we have been learning all about the story 'The Colour Thief'.

The Colour Thief


The first book we are looking at this term is called The Colour Thief. It is about an alien who wants to steal all the lovely colour from our world and take it back to his dull, grey planet. 


Below are some pictures of balloons we drew with chalk to try and add some colour to the school. Needless to say, it looked lovely once we had finished!

A warm welcome to all of the children starting in September. We have spent a lot of time getting the classrooms ready for you, below is a sneaky peak...


To start our school year we have some amazing work planned on the theme of colour. After that, our topic will be We've Got The Power. We can't wait to see you all again!

Class 4 - Mr Ross
Class 3 - Miss Wardle

OuMemorieto treasure from


Curriculum overview

Spring 2

This term we are going on an Adventure...

Pack your bags, get your passport ready because there is a trip of a life time in store for you Year 1!

This week we are in...Australia!

Gooday everyone!

On Monday we landed in Australia and found out about the animals that live there, the places that are great to visit and engaged in some Aboriginal dancing. This week we have been hiking around Uluru and learnt an Aboriginal story. We told the story traditionally by speaking it and teaching it to others. We have also learnt about Aboriginal art and made a design for our digeridoo’s. Oh, what fun we have been having!

We are in Italy!


RSC Week - The Merchant of Venice



We had lots of fun learning about the play ' The Merchant of Venice' through music.

This week we are in Italy and we are looking at the work of William Shakespeare in particular The Merchant of Venice. On Monday we worked with a musician called Liam Maloy. The children had great fun singing songs, playing instruments and learning about the characters from the Merchant of Venice.   

Upcoming Parent Event Cancelled due to lack of numbers


Roll up roll up Year 1 grown-ups!

Come along and join us for a game of Bingo!

On Tuesday the 3rd of March Year 1 are having a parent event.


Who will win the prizes?


We will start with some bingo games.

              Following this we will look at Phonics.

If you didn’t manage to attend our first Phonics workshop this will be great for you. If you did come before, please still join us because there will be some helpful tips and ideas regarding reading and writing.


We followed the instructions, made our catapults and tested them out on our homework castles! The children were brilliant and did an awesome job! Well done year 1, Hector has now made a bigger version and will use it to rescue Robin Hood.  

Spring 1

Out topic is the Knights of Old Basford.

This topic is a mystery for the children to solve. From our class story we have found out that the Big Bad Knight has taken Egbert and the children are trying to help Hector track down and rescue  him.


Egbert has been returned to us safe and sound!

What an adventure he has been on, he is now happy to be back in year 1 helping us with our Literacy. 

Thank you to Robin Hood and Hector who helped to save him!  

Year 1 Robin Hood said he couldn't have done it without your instructions, so a huge well done!

Missing Posters


Yesterday we found out that we could not enter our classrooms because something mysterious had happened! So, we decided to become detectives and search for clues. The children were brilliant at finding all the clues and collecting the evidence. Egbert has gone missing but do not worry we know he is safe. The mystery continues…


See pictures below the news reports. 

We created a newsround report

Still image for this video

Hunting for clues!

We went also went on a hunt around the school grounds. The children were brilliant at using their Phonics and reading skills to read the clues and find out where the next clue was situated. The clues gave us lots of information and has helped us to form ideas of what might have happened!  

Our Autumn 2 Topic Is 

The Night Adventure...

Knowledge organiser - The Night Adventure

Thank you to all the Parents who came to our 'Night Adventure' we had so much fun! 

It was great to see you at school taking a peak into all the activities your children have been immersing themselves in over the last half term.

Artists- Van Gogh and The Starry Night

Readers-Stories around the campfire with hot chocolate

Readers and Investigators- Hunting for clues about the nocturnal animals  

…and so much more!  

Christmas Decorations

We have been making Christmas decorations from scratch. What a treat! See if your child can talk you through the steps of how to make them. 

How to make Christmas Decorations

You will need
1 cup of salt
2 cups of flour
1 cup of water
Food colouring (optional)


Greaseproof paper
Baking tray
Drinking straws
Christmas biscuit cutters
Paint (Christmas colours) 


1. Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
2. If desired, add 5-10 drops of food colouring to 1 cup of water.
3. Stir the water into the flour and salt in the large bowl.
4. Roll out the dough on a flat surface and knead it together. It should be soft and pliable.
5.Make models and ornaments.
6. The dough can be left to air dry or dried in a low oven 120-150oC. The time the dough takes to dry will depend on the size and thickness of your creations. 

Our WOW Day To Begin Our Topic The Night Adventure

We have been learning all about the 5 senses...

Thank you to all of the adults who came to our parents phonic workshop. We really appreciate all of your support.

Autumn 1 Topic

We've Got The Power

We have moved our wormery to the compost heap!

7th October 2019

Today we had the power to make recycled art! 

Thank you to all those parents and carers who came to help out with our creative workshop today, we couldn't have done it without you!

The children and parents looked like they were having such a good time. We have been learning all about materials and recycling linked to our story Superworm. So today we made birds and spiders from recycled material, please have a look on our trees on the trim trail and you'll see the children's amazing creations.


Our FirstTopic is...

We've Got The Power!

We have been learning all about different super heroes and their powers. We have also started to read the story Superworm by Julia Donaldson. This has inspired us to go on a bug hunt and create our very own class wormerys. 


Our Wormery...

The Year 1 Team are excited to begin the new year with our new classes...