Year 1 Class News

Free White Rose Rugby event for all pupils

Posted on Sunday 16 January 2022 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our partnership with White Rose Rugby and Moortown Rugby Club, here is an invite to a free rugby event, for all pupils, on Sunday 23rd January.
Last term, White Rose Rugby worked with classes for curriculum PE and also delivered the Thursday after-school rugby club.
We hope you can take up this opportunity for a fun morning at Moortown Rugby Club. Click here to register for the event.

eBooks – an update.

Posted on Friday 14 January 2022 by Mr McGriffiths

First of all, thank you very much for your support and engagement with our new online reading books. I hope you have seen, as you were reading with your child this week, that they were reading more fluently and more confidently as a result of the changes we have put in place. I would just like to update you all on a couple of items regarding the new system.

Sharing books – the ‘sharing books’ are the books that your child will bring back from the library every Friday. Take time to enjoy these books and talk with your children about the story or information they contain. We have also been working hard on expression in reading so these books are a perfect chance for you to model good expression which your child can copy.

It is very important that these books come back to school every Friday so that your child can bring home two new books.

eBooks – From next week I will assign your child’s new ebook on a Thursday. This is to avoid your child having 3 new books on the same day (Friday).

I have heard that some people have had a couple of problems accessing the books on a laptop or tablet device. There is an app you can download for tablets and phones which would probably make the experience better. Search Collins ebooks to find the app. If you are still having problems, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Reading records – I would still like to see reading records once a week, on a Thursday, as it is an important line of communication about your child’s reading.

Additional books – I will release all the books from your child’s previous reading phase into their ebook library early next week. This is so your child can have additional practice reading fluently and with expression if they want to.

Thank you for all your support with this new initiative and, as always, get in touch if you need to.



Mr McGriffiths


Posted on Friday 07 January 2022 by Mr McGriffiths

This evening you will have received a letter in your child’s book bag explaining how to log on to Collins eBooks. Your child will has been assigned a book that they can read at home through this website (link here). These books match our phonics teaching in school and your child will have practised reading it three times this week. Therefore,  they should be able to read it with fluency. After having heard them read, focus on reading with expression (prosody) and comprehension. At the back of each book there are some tips to help with this.
Your child will also have brought home a book to share from the library. This book is intended to inspire a love of reading and is for sharing with an adult at home. You can read this with them and talk to them about the story or non-fiction book.
Further information regarding this will be sent in an email from Mr Roundtree.
If you have any problems logging in please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support with this and have a restful weekend.

Mr McGriffiths


Posted on Friday 07 January 2022 by Mr McGriffiths

Today we got a delivery of Rekenreks today. These are to help us with our Maths fluency skills and we were excited to try them out! The idea is that you can represent the number using one push rather than counting. This practice then cements these number bonds and relationships. You can ask your child how it works and have a practice at an online version here. 

City of Leeds Basketball

Posted on Friday 07 January 2022 by Mrs Taylor

The City of Leeds community basketball sessions will be restarting this weekend and can be booked here.  Sessions are available for children age 5-8 and age 9-11.

Winter poems!

Posted on Friday 10 December 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

Today in Year 1 we got more into the Christmas spirit by writing some beautiful winter poems! We thought of lots of nouns, adjectives and verbs to describe a wintry scene. Then we arranged them into a diamond to make a poem. We started with a noun and then two adjectives. The middle line was three verbs and then we finished with two more adjectives and a final noun. We did amazingly well and enjoyed reading them out to the class as well.

Living and Learning: I make healthy choices

Posted on Friday 10 December 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

Last week in Living and learning we talked about making healthy choices to keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy. We talked about how physical activity can keep our minds and bodies healthy. We talked about our heart being a muscle and discovered how it beats much faster after some of exercise!

Then we thought about when we could be physically active throughout the day. We learnt we had to be active for 60 minutes a day!!


Skipping ropes for sale

Posted on Wednesday 01 December 2021 by Mrs Taylor

This year we are continuing to work with Skipping School to develop the children’s skipping skills. Skipping School ropes (KS1 ropes and longer KS2 ropes) are now available to buy from the office.

Girls rugby opportunity

Posted on Wednesday 24 November 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Leos Junior Rugby Club are hosting a girls only training session, open to all girls in Reception to Year 6, on Sunday 28th November, with the aim of setting up a girls only rugby team in the area. Please see below for more information.


Posted on Friday 19 November 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

This week in Art we produced some wonderful prints, inspired by Paul Klee as well as our trip to Leeds Art Gallery. We designed our patterns and then drawn them carefully on polystyrene tablets. Next we had to roll out some printing ink so it was very thin before we rolled it on to our polystyrene design. The final stage was to firmly press our design onto the white paper and gently lift it off! It was brilliant to watch the ‘wow’ moment when the printed pattern was revealed! We can’t wait to do more printing next week!