Year 1 Class News

Living and Learning: Me and My Money week

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

Year1 have been learning about all things money this week during our Me and My Money week.

This learning forms part of our Living and Learning curriculum.

We learnt all about different aspects of money: where it comes from, how we use it and where it is kept.

What money do we use?

People from the bank came to visit us and spoke to us all about different kinds of coins and notes. They also spoke to us about the history of money and how it has been changed over time.

Why should we keep our money?

We spoke in class about where is best to keep our money so it is safe. Lots of us had a money box or a piggy bank – some even had a unicorn bank! We discussed how when we grow up we will keep our money in a bank so it is safe.

What is the difference between needs and wants?


Year 1 and 2 worked together to learn what is a need and what is a want. We thought deeply about some of the items and where they fitted in.

Clothes are a need but if you already have lots of clothes they become a want.

The internet is a need as some people have to work from home.

How do people use money?

People make different choices with their money. We talked about how some people spend their money, some save it and some people donate it.

I want to save my money in my moneybox so I get get something big.

I like to spend my money straight away!

I want to spend my money so that the person it goes to has money for what they want.

At Moortown, we donated some money this week. On Monday, Steph from St Gemma’s Hospice, our current school charity, shared how our donations of £1500 have helped the hospice.

This week, we’ve been donating money to St Gemma’s Hospice by bringing any spare 1ps and 2ps to make a penny trail at the end of the week.

Where does my money come from?

We thought about where our money might come from and how that would change as we get older and have a job. Lots of us got money for doing jobs around the house or when we lost a tooth!

Help at home: discuss this learning with your child at home to consider how they use money and why money is important.

Living and Learning: anti-bullying day and odd socks day

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

On Monday, all children will be learning about bullying and how to STOP bullying as part of the national antibullying week.

Our Junior Leadership Team have recently reviewed our bullying definition. As part of this, we use two STOP acronyms: Several Times On Purpose Start Telling Other People – one’s a definition of bullying and the other’s a solution.

On Monday, we will also be taking part in Odd Socks Day which celebrates that we’re all unique. Children are invited to wear odd socks to school, marking the fact we’re all different in some way.

Odd socks day sends an important message to pupils that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying. It helps us celebrate anti-bullying day in a fun and positive way.

Help at home: Talk about our school definition of bullying and the differences between falling out and bullying, and between a one-off situation and something that’s happened more than once.

Me and My Money week – school charity donations

Posted on Wednesday 08 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Donating money is one choice people might make when using their money.

As part of our Me and My Money themed week, we welcomed visitors from St Gemma’s Hospice, our current school charity, to hear how they have been using our donations over this year.

We have raised a staggering £1500 across the year so thank you for all of these donations. St Gemma’s Hospice are very grateful for this support.

There is one more way we can donate money this week and this is by bringing any spare 1ps or 2ps into class to deposit in each class’ saving jar.

On Friday, we shall be having a money trail with all the coins donated so please bring any spare change before then.

Here are Year 2 counting their coins so far.


We are readers!

Posted on Thursday 26 October 2023 by Miss Wilson

This half term, teachers have been keeping an eye out for children impressing them with their reading.

In KS2, teachers were looking out for Reading Records where the weekly activity had been completed with time and care, book reviews had been done or challenges ticked off!

In KS1, teachers were looking for children who were putting the most effort into learning to read fluently.

Well done to our winners for this half term and welcome to the Library Team! They’ll meet with Miss Wilson occasionally to share their ideas and help make decisions about our library.

Take a look at some of their fantastic efforts:

Did you know?

Those who read for pleasure…

  • Know more words
  • Are better writers
  • Have more empathy
  • Have better general knowledge
  • Have a better understanding of other cultures
  • Are better at making decisions
  • Do better in school generally!

Keep up the fantastic reading, everyone. There were so many people to choose from and you never know – it could be you next time!

Reading: Phonics

Posted on Friday 20 October 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

Today your child will have brought home a pack of sounds as well as tricky words. There is a letter explaining how to use these to help your child with their phonics learning.

After half-term,  the children will start learning more and more alternative ways to write the sounds they know (for example, ie making the /igh/ sound). Each week we will send home the new graphemes for you to practise as well as any new tricky words we have learnt.

Have a look at the games you can play with the flashcards we have sent home here.  For more information about Little Wandle phonics and videos of how to say some the sounds, look here.

A quick reminder as well that reading records should be brought in on a Thursday and library books should be brought in on a Friday.

Thanks a lot for your support. I look forward to seeing you at parent’s evening and the class assembly next week.

Mr McGriffiths

Geography: fieldwork

Posted on Friday 20 October 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This week in Geography we have been conducting fieldwork in our school grounds. We were investigating what type of trees we had on the Green. We found lots of fallen leaves and collected them up. When we were back in the classroom we tried to identify which trees the leaves had come from.


Help at home by talking to your child about different trees, the seasonal changes in Autumn and maybe go out on a tree hunt yourself.

Tom Palmer local events

Posted on Tuesday 17 October 2023 by Mrs Lake

This year, some children at school attended an online workshop with author Tom Palmer. Tom Palmer has been in touch to let us know about some local events he is attending in half term.

Message from Tom

For children and families – I am also coming to Leeds on Thursday 2 November
2023 :
*       Farsley Book Festival – 10am-11am more here
*       Chapel Allerton Library – 2pm
*       Pudsey Community Hub and Library – 4pm

Living and learning: Respect

Posted on Friday 13 October 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

Over the past fortnight in Living and Learning we have been discussing respect. First of all we discussed how we show respect to other people. We talked about respect meaning caring about other peoples thoughts and feelings. We were able to come up with lots of examples of how we showed respect both at school and at home.

This week, we spoke about how we can respect ourselves by celebrating what makes us unique. We looked at each other and compared ourselves, saying what was the same and what was different. After that, we said what some of our favourite things to do were. Our partners listened really respectfully to what me said and then drew some pictures of their partner doing their favourite thing. I was very impressed by both the listening and drawing skills shown!

Help at home by discussing what makes your child unique and the amazing things that make them awesome!

Science: Using our senses

Posted on Friday 13 October 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This week in Science we have been learning about the sense of taste. We discussed what part of the body we use to taste and the different tastes there are. We talked about sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savoury. Then we had a taste test! Afterwards we discussed what kind of taste the food had.

The white bit was bitter.

The apple was sweet and sour.

The strawberries tasted nice. They taste sweet.

It is sour. It makes my lips sting.


Help at home by talking to your child about their 5 senses as well as different tastes they might experience.

Marvellous Maths!

Posted on Friday 06 October 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This week in Maths we have been beginning to learn about addition. We have been using the language of parts and a whole. For example,  3 is a part. 2 is a part. The whole is 5. We have been drawing part whole models and writing out addition number sentences.   Below you can see some pictures of Year 1 marvellous maths work. Well done Year 1!

Help at home by investigating how different numbers are made. Remember to use the language of parts and a whole. Your child could then practise writing some addition number sentences.