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Hello and welcome to Year 1's page where we will be sharing news, achievements and information about what we have been learning in school. 


The Year 1 team: 


Year 1CL

Mrs Clifford 

Miss Harrison (Thursday afternoon + Fridays) 

Mrs Quinn

Miss Kakanskas


Year 1CA

Miss Carlton 

Miss Harrison (Mondays) 

Miss Harrison 

Miss Cahill 

Miss Lanahan (Thursday afternoon) 

Year 1CL

Clitheroe Castle


On Tuesday 18th January Year 1CA went on their first school trip to Clitheroe Castle. They had a great day exploring the castle and taking part in two workshops. They learned all about Motte and Bailey castles as well as taking part in some sword training to fight the dragons!



This term we are reading some traditional tales. We have been reading 'Little Red Riding Hood' and producing some fantastic writing based on the book. So far we have retold the story and written some letters to Grandma. The role play area has been turned into a castle with plenty of dress ups to act out some traditional stories and the children have been having lots of fun playing in the area.

How can I help my child in Year 1?


Carry on reading

Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps them to develop their learning in lots of areas. Your child will receive two new books on Monday as well as a new e-book on Friday.

You may not always have time to read the whole book (we understand home life is busy) but just a few pages a day can increase their confidence and get them into the routine of practising and applying their phonic knowledge. Sometimes parents say 'Oh my child wanted to read a book from home'. As long as they are reading, that’s fantastic. Most children this age really love to read new and familiar stories. Don't forget to read stories to your child as well!


Keep everyday learning light

Try to keep any home learning light, and don’t push it if they seem tired or reluctant. School is exhausting for a child in Year 1. They are learning so many new things at school, and may well also be starting to join activities after school as well, such as swimming or gymnastics. If you do want to do more than reading and spellings, ask your child to to retell a story, count out the cutlery for dinner, or clothes in the washing pile. Disguise the learning. They won’t want to sit at a table and focus quietly for a long period of time after such a busy day. Remember, your child is only 5 or 6 and still so young.




Our class author is Julia Donaldson. The children are thoroughly enjoying listening to and reading lots of her books. We have been able to produce some fantastic writing based on her books.



What a fantastic time we are having every Maths lesson. The children in Year 1 are amazing the teachers everyday with their dedication and perseverance towards the Year 1 Maths objectives. As we have spent Autumn 1 and 2 focusing on Place Value, most of us are ready to tackle Addition and Subtraction. I have no doubt with the 1C's positive attitude in their Maths lessons they will fully succeed! Have a look at some of the photos below to see what things we get up to in our Maths lessons.

Year 1 Nativity 2021

Minerva Prize Winner Y1CL

Well done to Anenyasha! You impress all the adults in Year 1CL every day by trying your best with your learning. Well done and keep up the hard work! 

Minerva Prize Winner 1CA


Tobi Akibu


Well done Tobi, you come to school everyday with your learning hat on. You always try your best. Keep up the good work and reach for the stars!





In PSHE we are looking at money. So far, we have had some interesting discussions using the following question prompts:


Where does money come from?

Where is the best place to keep money safe?

Why do we need money?

How is money made.


We have had a lot of great (and funny) answers! In Year 1, the children need to recognise the coins and notes as well as understanding their worth. Please support your child with this at home or in the shops when you are shopping. The children in Year 1 are very curious about money!

Well done to Safa for winning the Christmas colouring competition, organised by our school cook, Maxine! 

Princiar rocking and rolling!

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Amelia rocking and rolling!

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Nnenna's super rolling!

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Check out Y1CL's super singing, with our music teacher, Mr Morris!

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Our challenge was to design, make and evaluate a moving Christmas card to give to a family member. We explored lever and slider mechanisms on cards and in books before choosing which mechanism we wanted to use to make a Christmas card of our own. We LOVED making our cards and can't wait to take them home to show our families! 

In Art we have been exploring different printing techniques, inspired by a well-known artist, Richard Long. We enjoyed printing with different sized lids, bubble wrap and even our hands and finger tips! For our final piece, in Y1CL, we decided to use our favourite printing technique- our hands- to create a Christmas wreath. What do you think? 

In Science we have been naming our body parts and learning all about the five senses: hearing, smell, sight, touch and taste. We had lots of fun smelling and tasting different foods! 

Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores

Animal Handling Workshop November 2021

Seasons Calendar 2022

An ongoing Science topic throughout Year 1 is 'Seasonal Change' where we use our senses to explore the changes around us across the seasons. We loved making our calendars, showing how deciduous trees change through the seasons. 

Our next Science unit, after Christmas, is 'Everyday Materials'. Take a look at our knowledge Organiser, so you can see what we will be learning. 

What is a material? What types of materials are there?

So far we have explored a variety of objects and the materials from which they are made.  


We loved working as scientists to sort a selection of objects. A class favourite was definitely the ice, which is made from water! We now know that water is a material. 


We didn't expect the brick to be so heavy! 

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Today in science we investigated different types of paper. 

We all agreed that writing paper was best for drawing on with pencil. The kitchen roll was really tricky to draw on. Some of our kitchen roll even ripped! 


We discovered that kitchen roll was the most absorbent as it quickly soaked up the water. The greaseproof paper and writing paper were not absorbent. We decided that kitchen roll was the best for mopping up spilt water. 


Take a look at the pictures of us investigating like real scientists...

In Geography this half term, we have been learning about the seven continents and five oceans. We loved singing along to the continents and oceans song on Youtube. 

Spring 1

This half term, Y1CL are learning about 'Our Place in the World (Higher Broughton)'.


Our first lesson started by recapping the 7 continents and 5 oceans on Google Maps. We then looked more closely at Europe, where we live, before zooming into the UK. We zoomed in further, spotting motorways, roads, buildings and parks. We carried on zooming in until the map was showing Manchester and then Higher Broughton. We spotted McDonalds and Asda, and then we found our school!


Next, we looked at an aerial view of our school. To make the map easier to understand, we walked around the school grounds to help us work out what some of the map features and landmarks were e.g our playground, the Year 6 Annex, the Parish Hall, and even St Thomas of Canterbury church and the houses surrounding our school!


Take a look at the Knowledge Organiser below, so you can see what other exciting things we will be learning in this topic! 

Our Place in the World (Higher Broughton)

In Maths we have been exploring numbers up to 100, by first making the numbers using concrete apparatus, like straws and Base 10, so we understand the value of each number.


Everyday, we count forwards and backwards within 100. Counting backwards is tricky, so we make sure we spend lots of time practising counting back from different numbers within 100! 

We have been learning to order numbers up to 100, from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. 

Before Christmas we wrote our very own book, inspired by The Highway Rat. We loved being authors and used some fantastic adjectives to describe The Highway Rat e.g. mean, sneaky, bossy, terrible, villainous. We also loved being illustrators, just like Axel Sheffler! 

January 2022

This term, we are reading different traditional tales, to inspire our writing. Our first traditional tale is Little Red Riding Hood, which we have enjoyed so far. First, we read the story and then we sequenced pictures to help us to retell the story. We have also described the wolf, using some super adjectives, like cunning and evil. Well done Year 1!