Year 1

Welcome to the Year One class blog from Miss Williamson and Year One!
Make sure you come back next week to see all of the wonderful things we have been doing.
Week 7

Friday 23rd October 2020

This is our final blog post of Autumn 1 and it is a good one! We have been up to some exciting things this week and can’t wait to share them.

Commando Joe’s

At the beginning of the week, there was a mysterious package dropped off by what looked like the army. As a team we went to investigate. We found a large box full of equipment to help us complete our TOP SECRET missions which were all linked to Traditional Tales. First, we had to rescue Goldilocks from the deep, dark forest where she had gotten lost. She needed help crossing the river so we used the equipment to build bridges. Then we had to help Jack collect the treasure by building a pathway across the beanstalk, past the sleeping giant, to the coins. The gold balls were worth the most points but to get them we had to read a red word. Finally, we had to scale the beanstalk. We completed this mission outside and used the equipment to build pathways and bridges across the different sections. It was very interesting to see what equipment each group selected for the different parts of the beanstalk. Luckily, we were able to save all the characters and complete our missions before it was time for lunch… yum porridge.

Geography: Our School

This week we spent two afternoons completing our Geography project about ‘Our School’. This has created a good base for next terms topic ‘Our Local Area’. We have used the Bee Bots to explore positional language and even turned ourselves into human Bee Bots giving our partners instructions. We also created treasure maps for the Forest School. Our favourite activity was using Google Maps to study the road that our school is on as we got to see how some of the buildings have changed or stayed the same.

History: Thomas Edison

Towards the end of this week, we were able to spend two afternoons completing a project on a significant individual called Thomas Edison. We were really interested in his inventions and what it meant to be an inventor. We created timelines of his life. Did you know that Thomas Edison was partially deaf? We then interviewed the inventor by considering what questions we would ask him if he was here today. We went on a virtual school trip to Cragside, creating links with our local history, and learnt about Robert Swan who introduced the light bulb here. Did you know that Thomas Edison took Robert Swan to court over the light bulb design? Finally, we created gripping adverts to advertise the NEW light bulb.

Your child will be coming home with additional reading books for the half term. Please ensure you continue to read with them during the holidays as I have been so impressed with how engaged the children have been with reading widely and for pleasure.

After the half term, we will be completing our Mission Day. I would like to ask if you could start collecting cardboard, in the form of cereal boxes etc., for your child to use at school. If you could bring this to school before the 4th November, this would help us greatly when completing some of the craft activities we have planned.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Year 1 for the amazing start we have had to the year. They have made so much progress in settling back into school routines and I can tell we are going to have a fantastic year because of this. I cannot wait to see what we get up to in Autumn 2!

Week 6
Friday 16th October 2020
Thank you for checking in with our blog this week. We have been up to lots of amazing things that we can't wait to share with you.
This week we had a break in! Our classroom was taken over by the Gingerbread Man who left flour, crumbs and clues all through school. We tracked him to the Forest School where we found 9 clues about his journey. Over the course of the week, we have been exploring positional language and time conjunctions in preparation for writing a set of instructions to help him escape next week.
In Art we have been apply our knowledge of different mediums to create texture. This week we explored the medium of oil pastels in our sketchbooks before creating our final piece which was a 3D apple on black card. Miss Williamson was blown away by our ability to apply all of the techniques we have learnt such as cross hatching, back and forth and stippling. 
In our PE lessons, we have been sequencing dynamic movements on the large apparatus. It has been lovely to see how over the course of the half term our confidence has grown.
Finally, we finished our 'Victorian Nurse' topic which all children have been so engaged with. This week we compared the two nurses, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, we have looked at previously. We then were introduced to Edith Cavell, a nurse in World War One, who helped both sides. We used conscience alley to explore the different points of view. 
We interrupt this blog post to bring you your top secret mission! Next week we will be running our Commando Joe's missions as part of our RHE curriculum. Children will be introduced to the tasks using a gripping hook before completing a series of missions linked to 'Traditional Tales'. Please make sure children attend in their PE kits on Tuesday.
Congratulations for another fantastic week Year 1!
Week 5

Friday 9th October 2020

Another fantastic week had in Year 1! We have impressed everyone this week from our amazing journey stories to our ability to make shapes with our bodies in PE. Read all about it on our blog.


This week in English our class story was taken over by a sneaky character called Little Blue Riding Hat. We looked at what features were important in a journey story such as story language and wrote our own version inspired by Little Red Riding Hood’s mischievous little brother.


In Maths this week we have been working really hard on using mathematical symbols correctly when representing number bonds to 20. We have even used our bodies to create human part whole models. Say it with me Year 1, 20 (clap)… 18 (click)… 2 (click)!


In PE this week, we completed a series of jumps from the large vault with Miss Williamson’s help. We were very brave and conquered our fears. By the end of the lesson, we were using the large vault to do half turns, full turns, star jumps, tuck jumps and pikes. Check out our action shots below.

Forest School

Finally, we attended Forest School where we learnt all about the animals that use our school as a home for their families. We decorated bug hotels and even made our own soft, warm nests for some mice. Let’s hope that they find some comfort from this cold weather.

I hope that you have all received your Teams login details and have been able to access it. I have uploaded the Spelling Homework to the ‘Assignments’ tab at the top of our Year 1 channel as well as providing a printed copy. If you would like to get more familiar with this online platform, please respond to the Spelling Homework Assignment with a picture showing me all the creative ways that you have been preparing for our weekly spelling quiz.

Congratulations for another amazing week! I am looking forward to Week 6!

Week 4

Friday 2nd October

We have had another fantastic week in Year 1 and can’t wait to update you on our blog!


In English, we have moved on from labels, lists and captions to start writing our own journey story. We started our week by venturing into the deep, dark woods to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We really enjoyed playing the roles of the characters and began sequencing the events of Little Red Riding Hood’s journey. Towards the end of the week, we wrote our own setting description and Miss Williamson was blown away by the descriptive language we used. Next week, we are beginning to write our own journey story and we can’t wait!


In Maths, we have been representing numbers to 20. Please ask us what represent means as we have created our own catchy rhyme to help us remember to use all of the amazing mathematical language we have been taught. We then looked at ‘less’ and ‘more’ by comparing two groups of objects.


In PE, we had lots of fun moving at different heights. It became quite challenging when Miss Williamson introduced some obstacles. We really impressed not only Miss Williamson but ourselves and earned a Class Dojo point for perseverance. Keep up the good work!

Next Wednesday, we will be returning to Forest School to spend some time outdoors with Ms Owens. This is very exciting and we will be learning lots of great skills that we can then apply in the classroom such as team work, confidence building and resilience. Please make sure that on this day you are well prepared to brave the outdoors!

Lastly, we have started our Harvest collection so if you would like to donate anything we would be very grateful.

Well done Year 1! You are making yourselves and Miss Williamson very proud. 

Week 3

Friday 25th September

We have had an amazing week in Year 1 and made Miss Williamson very happy with all our hard work! We have had lots of exciting and engaging things happen that we can’t wait to share with you on our blog.


We started our week by venturing into Forest School to complete an Autumn scavenger hunt. Back in the classroom, we continued with our work on labels, lists and captions, creating our own Autumn Checklist based on the things we found. We then labelled the leaves we found in Forest School.

I would encourage you all to print out the checklist we created as a class and go on your own scavenger hunt. Happy hunting!


In Art, we looked at the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who was alive 500 years ago! He made portraits out of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Miss Williamson was super impressed with how well we were able to talk about his paintings and the ones we liked and disliked. We were so inspired by his work that we made our own fruit faces to hang in our classroom.


To finish off the week, we went on a school trip. Can you guess where? We travelled all the way to the San Diego Zoo to watch live footage of the animals. We were able to see penguins, pandas, giraffes and owls. If you would like to check in on our animal friends the link you need is

We also had our first visit to the school library to choose some books to enjoy at home. This was a very exciting time for Year 1 and we really enjoyed sharing our choices with a friend.

Lastly, PE is on a Tuesday and Thursday. Text messages will be sent out as a reminder. Please ensure your child is sent to school in the appropriate PE kit as we will be attempting to go outside as much as possible.

Congratulations Year 1 for another fantastic week! I look forward to seeing you all in school on Monday.

Week 2

Friday 18th September 2020

This week in Year 1 we have been continuing to adjust to our rules and routines with lots of handwashing! I am so pleased with how well the children have responded to coming back to school. We have had a fantastic week and I am already looking forward to next week.


We started the week with a shape hunt in our classroom and on the yard. We found lots of shapes and were able to name them. Then we moved onto writing numbers to 20 in words and numerals. Make sure to ask us what a numeral is!


In English, we have been writing labels, lists and captions. We had lots of fun labelling parts of our bodies. We now know what a hamstring, stomach and lungs are.


In Science, we were very lucky to visit the Forest School to explore the changing seasons. While you are out in the garden or on a walk this weekend have a talk with your child about the changes they notice surrounding Autumn.

Next week Year One will be visiting the library and selecting a book to take home to enjoy. Remember as this is a bonus book, the children can choose whichever book they wish, so it may seem too hard or too easy for them to read but it is a sharing book to enjoy at home that reflects the children's own interest. 

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