Year 1: Blog items

Messy Maps!

Date: 28th Sep 2021 @ 6:33pm

Today we created maps of our classroom environments using loose parts! We firstly talked about what a bird’s eye view meant, and how these photographs and recordings are made. We then looked at our classroom in more detail, discussing what shape various things were, and how we could represent these on our map. We pointed out specific points in the classroom that we would need to include. After we created our maps we then described our work to other groups in the class, explaining our reasons for the choice of equipment we had used.

European Day of Languages

Date: 27th Sep 2021 @ 6:24pm

Today, alongside the rest of our school, we celebrated European Day of Languages. We began by learning a little bit about the day, who can participate and why it is good to learn more than one language.

We then focussed more on our chosen language which was Spanish! We learnt how to say hello, good morning, yes, no, thank you, please and goodbye! We all enjoyed learning how to pronounce these phrases and we tried to use them throughout the day.

Finally we watched 'Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas and Pies,' which is heads, shoulders, knees and toes! We had lots of fun joining in with the song and we then used our knowledge and word mats to label different parts of the body, which links to our learning in Science this half term.

Human and Physical Features

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 7:02pm

This week in Geography we began to learn about physical and human features. We learnt that human and physical features are things we can see all around us. We discussed how physical features are natural and would be here even if there were no people around. We identified physical features such as seas, grass, mountains and rivers. We also talked about how human features are man made and built by people. It was then time to visit the outdoor areas around school and the Forest School area to identify as many human and physical features as possible. Have a look at what we found!

Christianity - Baptism

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 6:59pm

This week in RE we learnt about baptism and what it means to Christians. We talked about how a baby being born is a very happy time and some of us shared how we have celebrated this time with our families.  We learnt that baptism is when a baby is welcomed into the Christian faith and the parents and godparents make promises to help the baby. We learnt all about the different parts of the baptism and practiced using lots of new key vocabulary. We then used our new learning to label a picture of a baby being baptized, discussing the symbolism of each feature.

Our Local Area

Date: 18th Sep 2021 @ 8:10am

Today we began our Geography lesson by recapping the four countries in the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We again looked at a UK map and located each country. We then began to identify features of three different locations, Blackpool, Grange Park and London. We looked at a number of photos from each of these places and discussed the similarities and differences. The children understood that Blackpool is on the coast and near to the beach. They were also able to identify that London is a city with tall buildings, a long river and old buildings such as Big Ben.

Counting to 10!

Date: 17th Sep 2021 @ 8:11pm

This week in Maths we have been focussing on counting within 10. We have recapped counting accurately using 1-1 correpondance and forming numerals correctly to record our answers. We have also introduced using tens frames to help us represent different amounts. In continous provison we have also completed lots of activities to support number formation and accurate counting.

Forest School Fun!

Date: 17th Sep 2021 @ 7:42pm

This week we enjoyed our first Forest School session on a lovely sunny day! In the Forest School area lots of fruits are growing on the trees and during our session this week we learnt about which are safe to eat and which aren't. We also held lots of different minibeasts we found in the area, making sure to treat them with care and put them back where we had found them! We all enjoyed spending some time in the area and are already looking forward to our next session!

Grouping and Sorting!

Date: 11th Sep 2021 @ 8:08am

During our first week in year one we have been grouping and sorting! We have used a number of different objects and talked about what is the same and what is different. We have learnt we can sort by colour, by shape, by type and by size. We have learnt how to log into our own Seesaw account and post pictures of our learning! We have also been exploring our new classroom environment and completing lots of maths challenges in continuous provision.

Welcome to Year 1!

Date: 8th Sep 2021 @ 6:47pm

As part of our first day back Science WOW we began to explore our five senses. We talked about which part of our bodies we use to listen, touch, see, feel and smell. We then focused on our sense of touch to complete a feely bag activity in groups, using lots of new vocabulary to describe the texture of objects. 

“The cotton wool was soft and squishy”

“The pine cone was bumpy and rough”

“The tin foil was smooth and bendy”

We then used some large paper to draw round the outline of our body and worked in groups to label as many body parts as we could!

Whatever the Weather!

Date: 14th Jul 2021 @ 8:46pm

This week we have been making the most of the lovely weather! We have been taking some time to read independently whilst making the most of our last few days in year one and our outdoor area. 

We have all enjoyed taking some time each afternoon to enjoy a range of different books, reading independently or with a friend and then sharing what we had found out.

Whilst reading, we have continued to use the skills we have learnt throughout the year to segment and blend unfamilar words and use picture clues to support our understanding.

Kandinsky and Brown

Date: 14th Jul 2021 @ 8:15pm

This week we have explored two artists, Wassily Kandinsky and Steven Brown. We explored the techniques of both artists, linking our learning with four of the seven elements of art, colour, shape, texture and form. We worked on the key skills of mark making using a variety of tools, think and thin brushes and using primary colours to make secondary colours. We learnt that primary colours cannot be mixed from other colours and that secondary colours are mixed using two primary colours. We then practised the painting techniques of both artists, before using these to complete our final pieces. 

Our final product

Date: 9th Jul 2021 @ 8:06pm

Today in DT we created our final playground structure. 

We looked back to the design we had created the previous week to recap on what piece of equipment we were going to make, what we needed our equipment to be and the materials and tools we needed to create and decorate our finished product.

We had lots of resources available to create our playground structure and we tried to use them effectively to build a strong and sturdy structure. We we're all very proud of our finished product!

After we had finished we then evaulated our design. We thought about what had gone well with our design, if it was fit for purpose and what we might change if we were to make our design again.

Heritage Day!

Date: 9th Jul 2021 @ 7:55pm

Today we became historians and celebrated Heritage Day! We we're looking forward to finding more about our local area and the history of Stanley Park.

We began the day by creating some observational drawings of the early Blackpool Illuminations and discussing how these have changed over time. We watched a video which showed us how the  illuminations have developed into what we know today!

We then took part in a virtual tour of Stanley Park, whilst completing a timeline and answering lots of questions about different aspects of the park. 

We then created our very own illumination! We watched a video of the illuminations through recent years and collected lots of ideas and thoughts about what our own illumination may need to include. We all had lots of brilliant ideas for our new illuminations, ranging from Sonic The Hedgehog, to Ben 10, to a Winter Snow Scene to Elsa and Anna from Frozen!

We thought about what colours we wanted the bulbs to be, how they were going to flash and how different parts of the design may move!

Sports Week!

Date: 2nd Jul 2021 @ 7:26pm

Along with the rest of Boundary this week we have taken part in and enjoyed sports week!

We had two brilliant afternoons filled with balloon races, speed bounce, hurdles and egg and spoon races.

We all had lots of fun, showing lots of our Boundary characeristics throughout the week and supporting our friends and team mates.

We enjoyed all these activities in the lovely sunshine and contributed to our Road to Tokyo goals with each physical activity we completed. 

Forest School!

Date: 2nd Jul 2021 @ 7:11pm

During the last two weeks year 1 have enjoyed our final two sessions of Forest School. We were very excited to be able to take part in our last sessions before the summer holidays! 

Over the past two weeks we have explored teamwork, resiliance and cooperation through a number of different activities. We also linked our learning to our current topic in DT, structures.

We recapped on the key fundamentals of Forest School, looking after nature, keeping ourselves and others safe and having fun!

During our sessions we matched different colours in nature, made plates of food for fairies, tried fruit growing from the trees, collected 'nectar' for the Queen Bee, toasted marshmallows and ate them!

An exciting visit!

Date: 26th Jun 2021 @ 7:59am

This week in Year 1 some of us were lucky enough to get a visit from the ducklings that had hatched in Reception class. We thought of different questions we wanted to ask about the ducklings and drew some pictures and did some writing about them in Always time!

Growing and Caring for Ourselves

Date: 23rd Jun 2021 @ 8:20pm

This week in Year 1 we have been learning about how we grow and change and how we are all different but can still be friends.

We recapped on a number of different emotions and discussed examples of when we have all felt this way. We then read a story about two very different children. We paused at different parts to explore the emotions the characters were feeling and why. The two children initially thought they couldn't be friends, but we know that it is okay to have friends who are different to us! We talked about the ways we are all different and why it is important to be kind to those who are different to us.

Our learning has also involves discussing different types of families and who we can ask for help. We read another story and thought about all the different people who are a part of our families. We learnt that we all have lots of different people who are our family and we identified that all our families are different! We have also discussed how babies need lots of care and support, but as we grow and change we begin to learn and do more things for ourselves. 


Striking & Fielding

Date: 22nd Jun 2021 @ 6:53pm

This half term in our PE sessions we have been focussing on striking and fielding games, including cricket. We have watched lots of videos of cricketers striking balls, noting how the batsman stands in a sideways position, the position of the fielders and how the bowler bowls the ball.

We have practised striking a ball off a tee, stopping a ball with 2 hands and hitting a ball correctly. We have worked to communicate effectively and work well with others in our team and how to work safely in a defined spce.

How to...

Date: 18th Jun 2021 @ 7:51pm

As part of our current journey in reading into writing we have been exploring lots of different types of instructions.

This has included us verbally sequencing different sets of instructions, before writing them down. We have also pieced together mixed up instructions and improved them by adding missing features. Whilst talking through our instructions we have continued to use time connectives and imperative verbs to tell people what to do and when. 

One of the sets of instructions we have verbally sequenced were how to make a jam sandwich. We gave Miss Kay instructions and found out what happens when our instructions aren't specific! We will be writing our own instructions next week.

Number Bonds!

Date: 18th Jun 2021 @ 7:26pm

This week in Year 1 we enjoyed a Now Press Play adventure all about number bonds.

We each had a headset and used our outdoor area to take part in a pirate adventure! We explored life on a pirate ship and acted out each part in the story brilliantly. We met other characters, discovered hidden treasures and solved the problem of the missing treasure! 

We all loved our Now Press Play experience and listened brilliantly to the story. 


Date: 11th Jun 2021 @ 8:40pm

This week in Maths we have explored partitioning numbers. We built lots of different numbers using Base 10 and completed sentences together to show the tens and ones, e.g. 49 = 4 tens and 9 ones. Once we understood the concept of tens and ones we worked to represent each number on a part part whole model. We then extended our learning to show these numbers in different representations, using Numicon, number lines, bar models and hundred squares. We worked hard to understand the value of each number in a 2 digit number and that ten ones are equal to one ten.

How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth!

Date: 11th Jun 2021 @ 8:34pm

As part of our WOW for our new journey in reading into writing we read a new story, ‘How to wash a Woolly Mammoth.’ As our next journey is all about instructions, we read this book to tell us how to wash a woolly mammoth, something not many of us had done before! We then had a task to complete. Lots of dirty animals had been left in our outdoor area! Our task was to work with a partner to verbally give instructions on how to wash one of these animals. We recapped on our past learning about the importance of giving specific instructions, before choosing which tools we thought would be best for the job. We were then ready to get started and give our first instructions!

BLT Summer 2 2021

Date: 6th Jun 2021 @ 6:32pm