Year 1 Class News


Posted on Friday 29 September 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This week there was a mystery in Year One. The school bell that Mr McGriffiths uses in the morning had disappeared! The children were very keen to find it and bring it back. After reading the book Hermelin: the dectective mouse (watch the story here), we came up with the idea of creating a LOST poster. You can see our marvellous efforts below. If you do see the bell anywhere, please contact Mr McGriffiths!


Help at home by discussing where your child thinks the bell has gone and what has happened to it!

Autumn term after-school clubs

Posted on Wednesday 20 September 2023 by Mrs Taylor

*Availability update*

Thank you for the great take up so far of our after-school clubs. Some clubs are now open to other year groups. Please see below for spaces that are still available to book.
Fun and Games – limited spaces available 
Reading Club – limited spaces available
Multi-sports – spaces available (now open to Y3)
Wake Up Shake Up – full
Sewing Club – full
Dodgeball – limited spaces available 
Yoga – spaces available (now open to Reception)
Netball – spaces available (now open to Y3)
Hama bead Club – full
Drama – limited spaces available 
Street Dance (Flex Dance) – full
Girls Football – spaces available (now open to Y2 and Y3)
Basketball KS1 – limited spaces available
Basketball KS2 –  spaces available
Lego Club – full

Our after-school clubs are available for booking on schoolcomms. Please contact the office if you need any further information or help with booking places. Clubs will begin next week.

We are Geographers!

Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This half term we are learning about geography in topic lessons. Our unit is called Where in the World am I? It is all about where we live, including our locality as well as the countries, capitals and seas of the UK. Our vocabulary for this topic is listed below.

atlas a collection of maps, usually in a book
city a large town
compass a tool for finding direction
locality an area or neighbourhood
landmark an object or feature of a locality that has importance and can be used to help you find your way
physical geography physical geography looks at the natural things in our environment
human geography human geography looks at the changes in the environment by humans
to survey to find the opinions of a group of people by asking them questions
issue an important topic or problem that needs discussion

This week we have been learning about the names of all the countries that make up the United Kingdom as well as their capital cities. We worked with our partner to look in the atlas to find the UK.

Help at home by discussing the four countries of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The BBC bitesize website here and this song are great for helping the children remember too.

We are scientists!

Posted on Friday 15 September 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

This half term in Science we are learning all about the human body. We will be learning about the five senses as well as the names of body parts (see below).

In our first two lessons we investigated whether older people had longer feet. We drew around all our feet and then cut them out. Then we arranged the footprints from oldest to youngest. We discovered that older people don’t have longer feet. We also discussed what things made people have longer feet and we decided that the tallest people in the class had the longest feet.


Help at home by talking to your child about the names of different body parts or even play a game of ‘Simon Says’.


Blue Peter Book Badges – apply now!

Posted on Tuesday 12 September 2023 by Miss Wilson

Do you like reading? Do you fancy getting your hands on an exclusive Blue Peter Badge? Now is your chance!

Blue Peter are introducing their exciting new Book badge, designed by one of the UK’s best known illustrators, Sir Quentin Blake, who you might know from bringing to life characters such as Roald Dahl’s BFG and Matilda! To earn your badge, just share your love of books with Blue Peter by answering the questions on the website! You can apply using the online form or by post.

Make sure you get an adult to help you!

Please read this information before applying.

Good luck!

A brilliant first week!

Posted on Friday 08 September 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

Well done everybody! We have had a fantastic first week in Year 1! The children have been amazing settling in and have really impressed both Mrs Roth and myself with their brilliant attitude and learning.

We look forward to meeting you over the next few weeks but for now, here is some key information about Year 1.

Important days and dates

PE – Monday and Thursday

Spelling test – Friday

Library – Friday

Class assembly – Wednesday 25th October at 2:40pm

Water bottles

These should be brought to school daily and they will be brought home every day for refreshing and cleaning.


Whole school homework is set every Friday (along with new spellings). Homework and spellings can also be accessed from the website.


In Year 1, we will continue using e-books for our reading practice. Your child will bring home a log-in for the e-book website. Please log out of last year’s account and log in with the new account. This will ensure any new books are in the account.


We continue to use Numbots in Year 1 (using the same login as reception) and certificates will be awarded every Friday for children who complete the different stages.

For spelling practice, reading and Numbots, little and often (10/15 minutes a day) is recommended.


Please do check the uniform policy to ensure your child is wearing the correct items including for PE days. Earrings must be removed on PE days.

Finally, please do ask if there are any queries and keep checking back on class news to find out more about your child’s learning!


Fun and games!

Posted on Friday 21 July 2023 by Mrs Lake

In Year 1 and Year 2, we’re enjoying our last day of the term with board games, construction toys and colouring. The children have had a wonderful morning playing, smiling and working together.
Have a happy and healthy summer holiday!

Thank you to Roundhegians

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2023 by Mrs Taylor

We had a great sports day last Thursday and thanks go to Roundhegians Rugby Club for once again allowing us to use their great facilities.

Have a look at the options for rugby coaching available at the club.

We know the children appreciated it too.




Being healthy themed week: bike safety

Posted on Sunday 16 July 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to Stu and Alex from Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative, based in Chapel Allerton, for visiting this during our Being Healthy week.

They were kept busy by checking lots of bikes to ensure they were safe to use. Thank you to everyone who brought their bike into school.

Then, Year 5 and 6 learnt some different bike maintenance tips to do on their own bikes.

Living and Learning: Being healthy themed week

Posted on Friday 14 July 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

We have had a jam packed week of activities all about staying healthy this week. Here is a little snippet!

A calm and peaceful Yoga session to start on Monday morning!

Learning about healthy food with Mrs Taylor.

D:side Dave came in to talk to us about how we look after our bodies.

We also had a healthy eating assembly on Wednesday morning!

This was followed by a brilliant skipping session!

Thursday afternoon we pushed ourselves in sports day! Well done to everyone involved!

On Friday morning we were very brave tasting new and unusual food in a bush tucker trial!