Live, Love, Learn

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 

My name is Miss Barrett and I am the Year 1 class teacher for this academic year. We are very lucky to have Mrs Eaton as our class teaching assistant! We  are looking forward to getting to know your children over the course of the year. We have an exciting and engaging journey ahead of us!


Below are some key dates for you!

-        Homework will be handed out on a Friday and collected on the following Wednesday.

 -        Year 1 will have PE on a Monday and Wednesday

 -        Your child will change their books once a week. Their allocated day will be written in your child's  reading record book. Please ensure your child reads every night and that their reading record is signed.  


Please keep an eye on this page for more information about what we have been up to and to have a sneak peek at any photos we have taken along our learning journey.

Please also find below the end of year expectations for Year 1.

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I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge Well Done to all the children in Year One. You did an amazing job at the Talent Show, singing and signing. I am very proud of how hard you worked remembering all the words and the signs.

Well Done!!!

3D Shapes Everywhere!

This week the children have been identifying 3D shapes. 

Number Bonds

Today the children have been working on number bonds. The children had a go at making 10 and 20 in as many ways as they could. The children also had to solve some missing number problems. Well done Year One 


Say hello to Freddy the Frog!

Today the children had a new member in the class. Little Freddy frog came to visit. The children loved meeting Freddy and getting to look at him closely. The children used the iPads to find out more information about Freddy. 

A Special Delivery!

Today the children went for a walk to the local postbox to post a very special letter. The children worked very hard writing their letters and really enjoyed posting them. They are looking forward to them arriving at their destination. 

Past and Present

Today the children have been looking at toys from the past. We looked at them and compared them to the toys that the children play with now. The children had lots of fun playing with the toys. 

Full stops and Question marks.

Today the children have been looking at punctuation. The children had an envelope filled with sentences. The children had to decide whether the sentence was a statement or a question and sort them into groups. 



This week the children have been spending some time doing lots of fun Easter activities. The children even had a little visit from the Easter bunny! 

Observation Station

The children are loving our ‘Green Fingers’ topic. The children planted beans in Cd cases so they could closely observe them grow. The children have labelled the different parts of the plant as they have grown. 


The children have loved watching the school chicks hatch and grow. The children have also loved having a hold of them.


The children have been using coins to help them count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Finding half

The children have been finding half of a given amount of objects. The children know that when you find half of something you get two equal  amounts. The children used counters and cubes to support them.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The children in Year One have been working very hard to create a beautiful gift for their mum. The children had a go at screen printing to create a lovely bag for their mum. I think they did a great job and I am sure all the mums loved them. 

What time is it? 

The children in Year 1 have been working hard learning to tell the time. The children can recognise o’clock and half past times and can show them on a clock.


The children are still loving gardening. They really enjoyed spending time outside today making the flower beds outside the classroom look beautiful. They really love their new waterproofs and I think they look fabulous in them! 

Nature Art

The children have enjoyed some time outside creating some art work using nature. The children created a variety of images. Fabulous work Year 1!


As you may have seen in the flower beds near the front playground, the children in Year 1 have been working hard to make them look beautiful. The children designed what they wanted the flower beds to look like and where they wanted to put the plants. It is a work in progress but I think they are doing a great job! 

After a day planting in flower beds at the front of the school the children warmed up with a yummy cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows. 

Grace Darling

This term the children in Year 1 are learning all about Grace Darling. They are looking at what she did to make her so famous. The children have visited her lighthouse on interactive whiteboard, they have written postcards as though they were Grace telling a friend about the events that happened on the night that made her famous. They have created artwork of lighthouses and sketched portraits of Grace.  

Position and Direction

Observation Station

The children in Year 1 have been doing lots of planting. The children have planted beans and peas in Cd cases. They will now spend some time watching and observing them. 

World Book Day!

During World Book Day the children in Year 1 had the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities. The children made book marks, designed book tokens and front covers, acted out the stories they came dressed up as and even had hot chocolate and biscuits while sharing a story with a friend.

Ash Wednesday 

Following on from our visit to church, for Ash Wednesday Mass the children in Year 1 spent some time thinking and discussing about why they feel Ash Wednesday is important and the importance of the ashes. The children created artwork which is now hung up in the classroom.

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt!

This term the children in Year 1 will be doing work focusing on the text We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. So far this term the children have been on a bear hunt and created story maps. 


The Gruffalo

This term the children in Year 1 have been doing lots of worked linked to Julia Donaldson's book - The Gruffalo. The children created, story maps, character descriptions, instructions to make a Gruffalo crumble. The children create bar charts for their favourite food from the Gruffalo story. At the end of our topic the children had a Gruffalo day. They made all the food from the story, mouse toast, Scrambled Snake, Roasted Fox, Owl Ice-Cream and Gruffalo Crumble the children had lots of fun trying the different foods and acting out the story.

Manchester United Football

This term the children in Year 1 are very lucky to have two coaches from Manchester United come in to school to teach them lots of new football skills. Some of the children in the class have even attended a football tournament. The children did a fantastic job!

Chinese New Year

The children in Year 1 have been creating some Chinese lanterns and dragon mask for Chinese New Year.

Hot and Cold

The children in Year 1 have been looking at hot and cold countries in geography. They have looked at what clothes you would wear in different countries and what activities you can do in different weather conditions. The children were also very excited to receive a letter from Switzerland telling them all about what life is like in a cold country. The children created hot and cold collages.

Religious Printing

The children have combined their new printing skills with their religion work to create some beautiful prints.


The children have been working on capacity in maths. The children have shown and compared different amounts.


Great Fire of London.

This term has been an exciting term in Year 1. The children have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. The children created paper bag houses, acted out the events from 1666. The children learnt how the fire started, why it spread so quickly and how the fire was eventually put out.

To finish our topic the we had a Great Fire of London day. The children had the opportunity to come to school dressed as though they were in London in 1666. During the day the children took part in lots of exciting activities such as bread making, flame cookie decorating, writing on tea stained paper and even putting out pretend fires in the playground. At the end of the day the children preformed a Great Fire of London song to the school and their parents, Not only did they sing the song but they also signed it. Fantastic work Year One. :)


This term the children have been looking at the season, Winter. The children have been looking at the weather you will see in Winter. The children had a look at snowflakes, they even had a go at making some paper snowflakes. Once they made their snowflakes they discussed how the snowflakes looked different. 

Naughty Bus

This term our topic is Naughty Bus, The Naughty Bus arrived in Year 1 but before the children could meet him, he escaped from his envelope. The children have had a fantastic time looking for the Naughty Bus. They created posters and put them up all around school to see if anyone had seen him. They were shocked to find out that the Naughty Bus had been travelling all around school causing havoc everywhere he went. Some of the classes even wrote to the children in Year 1 to tell them what he had been up to.

Below are some pictures showing what the Naughty Bus got up to.

The children in Year 1 managed to catch the Naughty Bus in a big tray of jelly. Once the Naughty Bus had been caught the children created a story map of his adventures.

The children in Year 1 have been learning the alphabet. They created their very own alphabet line which is now pegged up in the classroom.


This year in Science the children in Year 1 will be looking at the different seasons. This term the children have been focussing on Autumn. We have been linking our science observations into our art work. We have created leaf rubbings using autumnal colours and we have also created some detailed clay leaves.


The children in Year 1 have been learning all about shapes. They have been on a shape hunt around school. Made 2D shapes using spaghetti and marshmallows and solved problems using lolly sticks.

They have also followed instructions to create a train picture using shapes.


This term in PE the children in Year 1 have been working on their ball skills. They have been practising throwing, catching and dribbling. Keep up the great work Year 1.


I would just like to say a huge WELL DONE to the group of Year 1 boys that went to play their very first football match for the school. They represented St Peter's brilliantly. They worked fabulously as a team and supported each other throughout the match. Even though the boys didn't win the match they came away thoroughly enjoying the experience and wanting to participate in more matches. I am very proud of what the boys achieved and I know they are too.

Well Done!