Year 1 Class News

Odd socks day

Posted on Monday 08 November 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week.

This year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’ and we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day on Monday 15 November.

Odd socks day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. Come to school wearing your odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.

This year, the Junior Leadership Team have requested a voluntary donation of £1 on the day to raise money for our school charity, Dog’s Trust.

Thank you for your support.

Rugby roadshow

Posted on Wednesday 20 October 2021 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, just for our pupils, taking place after half term on Wednesday 3rd November. White Rose Rugby have been working with classes for curriculum PE and also delivering the Thursday after-school club.

We hope you can take up this opportunity for a fun evening at Moortown Rugby Club.

Adel Tennis Club coaching

Posted on Wednesday 13 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, Year 1, 2 and 6 are developing and improving their tennis skills in sessions led by John Moore from Adel Tennis Academy.

Adel Tennis Academy are running half term tennis camps. Click here for more information.



Wonderful writing!

Posted on Friday 08 October 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

This week we have been reading a story called ‘We’re going to find the monster’ by Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola. 

The children have loved imagining what kind of monster the children are seeking as well as mapping out the journey the brave explorers take. We then thought of our own ideas for where they could search for the monster and wrote up our ideas wonderfully! We thought really carefully about what we were going to write making sure we included all our Year 1 must dos. We even practised clapping at the end of each sentence to remind us to use a full stop!

Well done everyone!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr McGriffiths

After-school clubs return

Posted on Thursday 07 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Our autumn term after-school clubs return next week.

Here is the schedule that has recently been sent out to all children.

We invest part of our government PE and Sport Premium in subsidising these clubs and we hope to get as many children as possible active after-school.

If your child is interested in joining a club, please sign up via School Gateway or contact the school office.

Living and Learning: 8Rs for learning

Posted on Friday 24 September 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

The Eight Rs for Learning promote good learning behaviour.

They include being resilientresponsiblereflectivereadyresourcefulrisk takingresponsive and remembering. Each attribute is represented by an animal, I wonder if your child can remember which animals they are.

We have been learning all about these in our Living and Learning lessons this week and we have been thinking of different times we have shown these attributes. In doing so, we have been showing excellent resilient, remembering and responsive behaviour. Mrs Taylor was very impressed by how much we remembered in our Monday assembly!

Although these eight attributes have been our current focus in Living and Learning, we refer to the 8Rs throughout the year. Can your child think of different ways they can show these attributes at home and at school?

Read more about the Eight Rs in our guide for parents and carers.

Bike to School week and Let’s ride

Posted on Wednesday 22 September 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Biking and scooting are one of the ways we encourage children to actively travel to and from school and next week we’ll be taking part in Bike to School Week (with Sustrans and the Bikeability Trust). We are pleased to be part of this UK-wide event, encouraging families to cycle, or scoot, to school. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate active school journeys and the positive impact it has on children’s health and wellbeing – as well as the environment.

Bike and scooter storage facilities are available by the side of the Year 4 classroom.

Also, taking place this weekend is the free Let’s Ride session held locally at the Brownlee Centre.

This free family community event is ideal for the whole family to enjoy cycling in a safe and friendly space. At the Leeds Brownlee Centre, Bodington Playing Fields, you can ride at your own pace as many times as you like with volunteers on hand to chat all things cycling.

Sign up for the event here.


Fantastic week!

Posted on Friday 17 September 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

Year 1 have had another excellent week at school and have shown great learning and listening skills. They were given their first class treat this afternoon for their wonderful learning behaviour, some time out in the sun playing on the front playground equipment. Well done everyone!

In writing we have been looking at the book Lost and Found more and we thought about how we would feel if a penguin knocked on our door! The children produced some wonderful sentences, making sure they used a capital letter and full stop.

In maths, we have been continuing to practise counting backwards and forwards to 100. We even counted how long it would take someone to deliver a message to Mrs Weekes and come back (we got to 97!). Keep using Numbots at home to continue to support your child’s learning.

Thank you for sending all your children’s reading books back this Friday, they have all been changed and are due back in on Tuesday.

Have a great weekend,

Mr McGriffiths

Netball coaching and half term camps

Posted on Wednesday 15 September 2021 by Mrs Taylor

We are looking forward to having some coaching in school from Elite Netball Academy in the next few weeks.

Elite Netball Academy run weekly netball classes on a Saturday morning at Gateways school and they have an early bird offer for their October half term camps held locally at The Grammar School at Leeds- £25 per day if booked by 17th September.

First week back!

Posted on Friday 10 September 2021 by Mr McGriffiths

We’ve had a brilliant first week back at school in Year 1  and the children have shown a wonderful attitude to learning. They have been really eager to learn new things and I am sure they will be very tired this Friday!

This week we have introduced our topic for the half term all about British Geography, Where in the world am I? We have updated the maps in the playground so have a look at them with your child as you arrive at school.

In maths, we have been using the 100 square to practise counting forwards and backwards. Help at home by practising counting different objects around the house. You will also have received a log in for  Numbots today which is a great way to support their maths learning too.

In reading, we have been developing our reading fluency by reading our weekly fluency text based on the book  Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. The children will also have sent home with a new reading book this Friday. Help at home by reading daily with your child and choose some of the reading activities from this guide. Books will be changed every Tuesday and Friday.

In phonics, we will be recapping the Phase 4 learning from the end of Reception before moving onto Phase 5. Help at home by playing some of the games on Phonics Play, accessed through their website not an app, choosing Phase 4 games (Login Sphere Password Sphere3)

In Living and Learning we have been working on this week’s target, ‘I greet someone politely’. They have done a brilliant job and we practised in small groups how we would greet each other politely.

Homework books will be sent home on Friday and they can be kept at home and used for the children to practise their weekly spellings and to record any brief notes from their talk time homework.

Please do let me know if there is anything we can help with.

Mr McGriffiths