Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Oak tree Elm tree

The teachers in Elm Class are Mrs S DeMatteis and Miss K Dobson.

The teacher in Oak Class is Miss E Rankin.

Our teaching partner is Mrs Sowood.

Our teaching assistant is Mrs Rowley.
Mrs Barber also spends some time working in Year 1.


Days to remember for Oak Class:

Monday – Homework return. PE.

Tuesday – PE.

Wednesday – Homework sent out.  Library books changed.


Days to remember for Elm Class:

Monday – Homework return.

Tuesday – PE.

Wednesday – Homework sent out. Library

Thursday – PE.

Our Learning Challenges

Autumn 1

How is my life different to my Grandparents?

This is a history based theme where we look what toys our Grandparents used to play with and how they have changed over time. We will examine old and new toys and make decisions about which are more fun to play with. We think about how shops have changed over time and what things we put in our trolleys today compared to a long time ago. We will also look at what holidays were like for our Grandparents and look at  famous people from history that have helped our lives be better today. In Literacy we will start to write sentences about our favourite toys and re-tell familiar stories through drama and by sequencing the events correctly.

We link our History theme to our Science topic: Materials. We investigate what materials our toys are made from and we compare these to olden day materials. We also investigate the properties of everyday materials around the classroom and carry out simple tests to explore the properties of common materials.

In Maths we focus on reading and writing numbers to 20 and practice counting reliably up to 20 objects. We will recognise and name 2D and 3D shapes and work with money up to 10p.

We also design and make old fashioned toys and write instructions for them. We learn songs and poems for performance in our Autumn Harvest assembly.

Autumn 2

Can a Meerkat live in the North Pole?

In this Geography based theme we look closely at our local area and where we live. We compare our climate in Queensbury to a hot and a cold climate and use atlases and Google earth to locate different hot and cold countries. We observe a range of maps and have a go at producing our own bird’s eye view and road maps. We think about how we get to school and draw maps of our journey, putting in landmarks. We will continue learning about Plants and Changing Seasons in Science.

In Maths we will be learning to count to 50 and will be starting to learn to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will start to learn to tell the time and know the days of the week and months of the year.

Spring 1

Do I need a coat today?

This Science based topic is linked to the topic of Seasonal Changes. We learn to identify different seasons and when they begin. We will plan and carry out simple experiments, for example, predicting and measuring rain fall. We also learn about how animals and people change their behaviour in different seasons.

In Literacy we will make information books about seasons. We will also read lots of stories from other cultures.

In Maths we will start to look at basic multiplication and division and will learn to use the language of position and direction.

Spring 2

Arts and Music Theme

Each year our Spring 2 Learning Challenge changes, but it is always focused on The Arts. The Learning Challenge incorporates The Arts in the widest sense, including Art, Music, Dance, Poetry etc. The theme culminates in an amazing Arts Festival created by the whole school. It really is an event not to be missed – look out for the date during the Spring term.

Summer 1

Why do you go to Church?

This R.E. based theme includes a visit to Holy Trinity Church in Queensbury to look at the features of churches and learn about the celebrations that take place there. We will then use our knowledge to plan a class wedding. As part of our wedding celebration we will use the cooking room to make a wedding cake out of individual buns. Children will learn the skills of all-in-one cake mixing, creaming and dividing mixture. Children will be asked to think about the meaning of the word ‘precious’ and will be asked to bring in a precious object from home to show to the rest of the class and to prepare an explanation. There will be numerous opportunities for extending our writing skills as children will be asked to write invitations for the wedding and a recount of the visit to the church.

In Maths we use measuring equipment to measure length, mass and capacity. We will continue to add and subtract numbers to 20 and solve simple problems using these operations.

Summer 2

Is the Rainbow Fish a good friend?

This theme focuses on P.S.H.C.E. We read the Rainbow Fish stories and think carefully about the characters’ actions, behaviour and feelings.

In Literacy we will learn how to write instructions using numbered steps and time words and will also write poems about the five senses.

In Maths we will be consolidating our learning from throughout the year and using and applying our math’s skills to solve 1 and 2 step problems and ‘real life’ problems.

In Science this half term we learn about animals. We look at different species e.g. fish, birds and mammals and will identify the features that are specific to each and why certain animals have particular features e.g. Why do birds have feathers? Why do fish not have legs? We also go on our school trip to Nell Bank in Ilkley and link this to our Science learning. We look at the animals that live around Nell bank and learn how animals senses help to them survive and how they adapt to survive.