Marvels – Y1 (2018/19)


Little Marvels Love to Learn!

Class teacher – Miss Tate

Mrs Hutchinson also helps us with our learning


In Year 1 we work really hard with our Phonics every day so that we can improve our reading and writing. We also do Maths and English every day and we use lots of practical equipment to help us with our learning.

In the afternoons we do Science, History, Geography, Art, DT, Music and PSHE lessons, so we are always very busy!

We do spelling tests every Friday and have PE lessons twice a week. Homework is given out at the start of each term.


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Summer 2

We have created non-fiction information booklets in our English lessons. Our booklets were all about World War One that we learned about in our History lessons. After this we moved onto Stories with Fantasy settings. We have read ‘No-Bot’ all about a robot with no bottom!

WE have continued to work on our coding skill sin Computing. The children have all enjoyed using Purple Mash to do this.

We have continued thinking about where our food comes from in Geography. As well as learning about dairy farms, we have been learning about bananas and other fruit that isn’t grown in the UK.

In History, we have continued to learn about World War One. We have discovered that pigeons were not the only animals involved in the war. Horses, elephants, camels and fireflies were also used!

In Maths, we have been learning about money. In class, we set up a little shop and practised paying for items. We have also done work on length and mass.

Our athletics has continued in PE and this came in handy for us on Sports Day! directions.

In Science, we have been looking at the weather and seasonal change again. We have noticed how the days get longer in summer and how the leaves on the trees change throughout the year.

In PSHCE, the children have been learning about the human body and using the proper names for each body part.

We have been using instruments in Music and composing our own pieces of music.

For DT we have designed and made vehicles. In addition to this, we also designed and made our very own robots – linking it to the story we have read in English.

We really enjoyed using a technique called pointillism in Art and we looked at an artist called Eric Joyner who paints pictures of robots with donuts! As well as trying to recreate his work, we also tasted some donuts!

Finally, we had a brilliant time on Sports Day and for our school trip to Towneley Park!


Summer 1

In English, we enjoyed reading a story called ‘Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors’. We wrote diary entries and made story maps and then we wrote our own version of the stories with little changes. We have also been working very hard on our sentence writing by trying to make our sentences more exciting by using a range of punctuation and interesting vocabulary.

We’ve had a great time learning all about Coding in our Computing lessons. When it was coding day we worked with the Year 2 children to design our own mats for the Beebots and wrote algorithms.

Our Geography learning this half term was about where our food comes from and we started by thinking about dairy products and where we get them from. We then linked this to our Art learning and during sculpture week we created cows out of pebbles.

In History, we have really enjoyed learning about World War One. We started by hearing about a man who got sent to prison for shooting a pigeon. We then learned that this was not just any pigeon, it was a messenger pigeon, and these pigeons played a massive role in the war!

We have been telling the time in Maths and we are all confident with o’ clock now! Most of us can tell the time to half past the hour as well. We have also been learning all about fractions of shapes and different amounts. Alongside this we have continued to consolidate our number and place value knowledge.

In PE, we have been doing athletics activities such as running and jumping. We also used balls to dribble and control it to go in different directions.

Our Science lessons were all about the human body and the senses this half term. We started by labelling pictures of ourselves with all the body parts that we knew. We explored all our senses. This included tasting different flavours of popcorn, feeling things in a secret bag to try and guess what they were and even making our own perfume with natural ingredients!

In PSHCE, the children were learning all about relationships. We talked about relationships with our friends as well as our families. We also had some good discussions about what makes a good friend and appropriate ways that we could greet our friends.

We have been using instruments in Music and composing our own pieces of music.

We linked our DT learning to the book we have been reading and made tents for the great outdoors. We designed, made and then evaluated our work.

Spring 2

This half-term we combined our Art and English together by following instructions to make a variety of pieces including Paper Plate Fish! We worked very hard to read instructions and identify the features of instruction texts. We then went onto write our very own set of instructions for how to make a fruit kebab.

In our Computing lessons we have been learning using Purple Mash to understand how coding works.

We were learning all about Seasonal Change in Geography. Again, we did cross-curricular learning and we created pieces of art work and music using the weather as a stimulus. We also studied a map of the world to work out which countries are hotter and colder.

For History, this half-term we learned about toys from the past. We looked at lots of pictures of toys from the past and even had some in our classroom so that we could investigate them.

In Maths we have continued to use lots of practical equipment to help us with our number work.

We have enjoyed studying gymnastics in our PE lessons. We are better at holding balances now!

We have done lots of outdoor learning in our Science lessons for our plants topic this half-term. We know what plants need to grow and what the parts of a plant are called.

We loved Science week where we got the opportunity to work with a Scientist and meet lots of new animals from Wellybobs Farm. We also did our own experiments in class about the theme of transport.

Spring 1

We have enjoyed doing lots of Art work this half-term. We started with self-portraits and experimented with lots of different mediums. Then we moved onto Street Art which was great fun!

We have loved our Computing lessons this half-term.  We are getting better and better at using the mouse and typing. We have also enjoyed using Purple Mash.


In English, we have been trying to get our handwriting nice and neat as well as including correct punctuation in all our writing. We have also taken part in lots of drama activities including hot-seating.

In our Maths lessons we have been consolidating our number and place value work.

We have been learning all about materials in our Science lessons. We have been investigating different materials and trying to work out what different objects are made from. We also did an experiment to work out which would be the best material for an explorer to wear.


Autumn 2

This half term we have loved learning about the weather and the seasons. Our learning has taken us outside most lessons so that we could see things first-hand.


In Art, we have been looking at the work of Kandinsky and trying to create pieces of art work in the same style. We have also started doing some Winter and Christmas crafts.


The children have been really enjoying their Computing lessons. We have been working on mouse control and typing so far.


In English, we have enjoyed reading a variety of stories about princesses and dragons! To help us understand about the characters more we did some hot-seating.


We also read poems about penguins and learned one with actions.


In Maths, we are still learning lots about place value as well as addition and subtraction.


We have also been finding out about explorers in History. So far we have learnt about Ranulph Fiennes and Amy Johnson. In Geography we have continued our learning about hot and cold places.

Autumn 1

The Little Marvels have had an extremely busy start to the year.

In Maths we have been working hard to get to grips with Number and Place Value.


For our English lessons we have been reading the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We have done lots of drama activities such as hot-seating and role-play. The children have written about the story, written a diary extract and finally wrote their own version of the story with their own changes.


In Science, the children have been learning all about animals. We have identified and named lots of animals, learned the terms herbivore, carnivore and omnivore and identified the structures of different animals.


Our History lessons have been all about the Great Fire of London. The children have enjoyed learning about life in 1666 including what houses were made from and how they were built. We have also learned about Samuel Pepys as his diaries are one of the reasons we know so much about what happened.


Our learning in Geography has been all about animals around the world. For example, we have learned about penguins living in the Arctic to camels and how they are adapted to the Sahara Desert.

In DT the children have designed and made their very own moving picture cards. We have also studied the work of Henri Rosseau in Art as well as attempting to sketch penguins using different mediums including pencil and charcoal. We have also painted self-portraits and animals linking in with our Science and Geography learning.


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