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Year 1 2020-21





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


Monday - Outdoor PE - PE uniform required

Wednesday - Indoor PE - PE uniform required

Summer term 2


Welcome back Year 1!

Year 1 are going on tour!


                                     We have an exciting new                                         topic for our final term!


It is called...


Around the world

Have you managed to be a successful gardener? Tate from class 3 took his sunflower home after our 'Grow Your Own' topic and continued to look after it. Look at it now! 

Recognition Assembly


Today, we had our recognition assembly. Well done to the whole of Year 1 for being amazing this year. You have shown fantastic resilience throughout the year and made us all PROUD.  





On this extremely hot day, the children from class 3 and 4 competed in sports day. It was a fantastic morning where everyone tried extremely hard. Have a look at our pictures below. 


Our first destination is in the UK.


We are going to the seaside in Brighton to write and perform some poetry about our visit.


Performance poetry


As part of our visit to the seaside, we wrote and performed a poem about what it was like to be there. They were all amazing, especially when we performed them outside!


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Year 1 had a very exciting day as they travelled to our new destination of Italy. As part of our amazing WOW day, we went to the airport, took a plane journey (with in flight snacks!), experienced Italy as well as added some amazing facts to our passports. Take a look at the pictures below!




Building our own Leaning Tower of Pisa


Today, Year 1 were set a very challenging task. That task was to create their own Tower of Pisa using nothing but teamwork, creativity, resilience, masking tape and art straws. I think you will agree the results were outstanding!

The Tempest

“Now I will believe that there are unicorns...”
 William Shakespeare, The Tempest.


This week, we have been learning about the amazing William Shakespeare play called The Tempest. We have learnt the story, done lots of drama, created our very own poem based on a storm as well as make our very own tempest in art!

Tempest Art

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep."

Prospero, Act 4, Scene 1


Year 1 had an amazing time this afternoon! We had a real artist come in and work with us to create a rubbing based on the island from The Tempest. Have a look at the pictures below of us hard at work!



The next destination in our world tour is Australia!



Australia Art

Today, we looked at some Aboriginal art and had a go at making our own piece.

Summer Term 1


Welcome back Year 1!


After saving Egbert from the clutches of the big, bad night we move onto our next exciting topic...




The story our topic is based on is the Extraordinary Gardener



This morning Mrs Thomas (Head of Y1&2) in our PROUD ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY acknowledged one child from Year 1 as this term's ALWAYS child. Congratulations to Oscar! You truly deserve this recognition! Thank you for being a STAR of OBS!


This morning we held our end of term PROUD ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY where pupils were recognised and acknowledged by the teachers and peers for the number of PROUD POINTS they have achieved since September.

Congratulations to all of our Y1 pupils earning either their:

Bronze (100 PROUD POINTS)  Silver (200 PROUD POINTS)    Gold  (300 PROUD POINTS) CERTIFICATES AND BADGES this morning!

Tilly really enjoyed the Lettuce we grew for her...

In PE we have been learning to play hockey with Mr Marks.

Van Gogh


In art today, we looked at the artist Van Gogh and his famous sunflower paintings. We then had a go at our own ones and I think you will agree that they have created masterpieces! 

Hunting for wild flowers!


This afternoon, Year 1 got out of the classroom and went searching for wild flowers around the school. After finding and identifying lots of them, they had a go at sketching them in their creative journals.



Look how much our lettuce and sunflowers have grown!

WOW Day!


For our WOW day to introduce our new topic, we rolled our sleeves up and got stuck into a bit of gardening! We planted a sunflower each along with some lettuce and rocket. We also did some amazing artwork based on plants. Have a look at the pictures of our day below. If these seeds grow as much as our confidence has this year, we will be able to reach the moon!

We have extended our play to the outdoors. Look at our wonderful chalk designs...

Spring Term 2

Welcome back Year 1!

We have missed you all terribly and are so happy to have you back in school. For the rest of the term, we will have a brand new and exciting topic which will be a lot of fun.


We can't wait to get started!


For parents/carers, please see the letter below for a recap/reminders about the return to school.   

Our new topic this term is...


Knights of Old Basford




The story our topic is based on is called 'Hector and the BIG BAD Knight'.



Mathematics is back!


In maths, year 1 have started the term with measurement and had fun using cubes to measure all sort of things around the classroom. See pictures of our very hands-on maths investigation below:



Capacity champions!


In maths today, year 1 looked at capacity and volume. There is no better way to learn about this than to get outside, roll your sleeves up and have a good old-fashioned relay race using containers with different capacities! A lot of fun and learning has taken place today! Well done Year 1!


A local legend!


This week, we have been learning all about Nottingham Castle and the legend of Robin Hood. We then got creative for our project and made a bow and arrow out of clay before painting it. Have a look at our amazing creations below!



Spring Term 1

WOW day


To start our new topic

The Night Adventure


Year 1 had a WOW day where we looked at animals which only come out at night, things that happen at night as well as introducing our new book:


The Owl Who is Afraid of the Dark


We also did some artwork by creating our own firework display with chalk as well as doing some leaf rubbings. Have a look at our amazing work below!

Autumn term




A huge well done to Tiarna! Mrs Thomas (Assistant Head of School and Year 1 & 2 Leader) has been so impressed with your many qualities and attributes! In all you do, you follow our PROUD rules and have the most impressive attitude towards school life! CONGRATULATIONS!



Well done to all of the following Year 1 pupils who have managed to collect and earn an impressive 100 PROUD POINTS during the Autumn Term achieving their OBS Y1 BRONZE PROUD ACHIEVEMENT certificate and badge! We know many children are also very close to this achievement and look forward to acknowledging you too with much praise and celebration during the Spring Term!

We are the champions!


Today, Year 1 did their end of topic quiz where one group would earn the right to call themselves 'Topic Champions'. The questions were based on their topic from this term as well as the topics they looked at last year. The competition was fierce and the winner had to be decided by going into extra time as all of the teams scored so highly! In the end the champions were...




Well done everyone, it was great to see how much year 1 have learnt this term. We cannot wait until the next quiz to see if the Lion team will roar again or whether a new champion will be crowned!  

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


This week, we have done several Christmas related activities. In literacy, we made our own presents by writing greetings cards and wrapping them up. We also looked at naughty elves in computing and art, even making our very own naughty elves which you can see below!




To end this week, Year 1 had a very fun 'Superhero day' where the children could come in dressed as a superhero. We had a whole range of heroes from Superman to a paramedic! We also did lots of fun activities based on our topic and it was lovely to see the children have so much fun! Well done Year 1!

Anti-Bullying Week

This week, we have been doing activities linked to anti-bullying week. This has included what bullying is, why people may do it as well as what to do if you ever feel like you are being bullied. We also looked at the school's anti-bullying message, STOP (Several Times On Purpose). Have a look at some of our work below.

Superhero 'Capers'


As part of our literacy work, we are making our very own superhero capes. After we are finished, we will write a set of instructions so that others can have as much fun as we did becoming a superhero!

Well done to all the children in Class 3 that have achieved their Orange Reading Rainbow Certificate this week! Keep up the super reading at home.

Year 1 Remembers


This afternoon, year 1 looked at the famous poem 'In Flanders' Fields' as well as talking about what Remembrance Day is and why it is important. Afterwards, we made some amazing bookmarks.

Saving the World


Today, we started our new book, 'George Saves the World by Lunchtime'. After taking inspiration from George, Year 1 decided to go litter picking around school to make the environment even nicer!  

A Thrilling Conclusion!


During our literacy lesson today, we finished off our class story, Superworm. It was a lovely end to a lovely book. After, we acted out the ending ourselves with some Oscar-worthy performances!

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!

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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

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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...