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We had a fantastic time at Norton Priory. We learnt all about old toys and staff at the priory and school staff were impressed with how much we had remembered from when we had learnt about them in December.  We made our own wooden dolly peg doll. After lunch we also learnt all about bees and their roles, before making a bees wax candle. 

Our world and Jesus world

In R.E we have been thinking about how different life would have been for Jesus when he was growing up. We have thought about clothes, homes, toys, transport and this week it was food. We thought about some of the foods he may have eaten and then tried some flat bread and lentil soup. 


We have been learning how to skip. 

Making Cars

Today we have been trying out fixing wheels and axles to a chassis in preparation for making our cars. 

Parachute games.

We worked cooperatively with the parachute today, enjoying a variety of games. 

Colourful clothes and umbrellas

This week we have been learning about neuro diversity and that some people may need more help with things than others. We wore our own bright colours to reflect our colourful personalities. We wrote our super powers on umbrellas. 

Jubilee celebrations

We celebrated the Queen’s platinum jubilee with lots of special activities including a crown parade, a picnic lunch and a disco. We were delighted that Y1 won the Cronton Queen’s quiz too. 

Fractions of numbers

Today we have been learning how to find fractions of numbers or amounts.  We found half of an amount by splitting it into 2 equal groups.  Then we practised finding a quarter of a number by sharing it into 4 equal groups.



This week we have been talking about fractions. We started by finding fractions of shapes.  We folded a rectangle in half and found that there were 2 equal parts.  We folded it again to make 4 equal parts or quarters.





To help us understand multiplication, this half term we have been making equal groups.  We started off by making equal groups of 2, followed by 3 and then 4.  We used the cubes and paper plates to help us.



St. George's Day

Well done to the Red Team who all looked fabulous in their red outfits to celebrate St. George's Day.


We have really enjoyed looking at the changes the Spring weather has brought to school. Our beautiful tree is now covered in blossom, and we looked closely at the different shapes and colours of the Spring flowers.


We looked even closer at the parts of some common plants, including weeds, with a magnifying glass. We labelled them and compared the shape of their leaves, stems, petals and roots. 

Bench ball

In our final P.E. lesson this half term we played Bench Ball.  First, we warmed up with a game of Foxes and Rabbits.  Then,  we split up into our colour teams to play the game.  


In Maths, we have been looking at equal and unequal groups.  We practised making equal groups with equipment we could find in the classroom.


At the beginning of the term we planted some beans to explore what plants need to grow. We left one in the cupboard, one wrapped up in a bag, and some with no water.   We all planted a bean, watered them and left them on the windowsill in plenty of light.  Over the next few weeks we watched our plants grow.

These were our plants at the end of the term.  

The bean in the bag and those left without water didn't grow at all.  However, we were surprised that the bean we left in the dark cupboard had grown, but it was very yellow and had hardly any leaves.

We decided that to grow well a plant needs water, light, and air.  We also need to give them plenty of space as they have now outgrown the cups we planted them in!


This week we have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather.  We have been learning about deciduous and evergreen trees.  We found out that deciduous trees lose their leaves in the Autumn, and evergreen trees keep their leaves all year round.  We found an example of each tree by the school entrance.

Comic Relief

Well done Year 1, you have made such an effort and all look fabulous in your red outfits!

Our certificate winners. (18.3.22)


As part of our maths topic, Weights and Measures, this week we have been thinking about capacity and volume.  We measured and compared the amount of water that different containers hold, using non-standard measures like cups and spoons.


St. Patrick's Day

Well done to the children in the Green Team, who marked the day by wearing their green outfits.  You all looked fabulous!

This week we have been reading another book written by Eileen Browne called Handa's Hen.  Handa loses her grandmother's hen and finds lots of other animals during her search to find it.  We have been practising the use of adjectives to describe the animals.


This week we are reading a story that is set in Africa, called Handa's Surprise, written by the author Eileen Browne.



The story is about a little girl  called Handa who takes fruit to her friend for a surprise.  What she didn't realise was that the animals were stealing fruit from her basket on the way.  When she arrives there, it is Handa who gets a surprise!  

We had great fun acting out the story.


Today we measured the mass of different objects using cubes.  We had to keep adding cubes until the scales balanced.





This week in maths, we have started to think about weight.  We explored the balance scales, finding things that are lighter and heavier than each other, and things that weigh the same.








We found out that sometimes bigger objects can be lighter than smaller ones.






This half term we are learning about weights and measures.  First, we had to find someone who was taller, shorter and the same height as us.  We found that it was better to stand back to back or mark our height on the door.







Then, we had to find things that were longer or shorter than the ruler.   


The next day we measured the length and height of objects using cubes (a non-standard measure).








We discovered that it wasn't very sensible to use the cubes to measure long things like the table or ourselves, as we kept running out of cubes and losing count!


We tried using handspans to measure with, but all our hands are different sizes, so we decided to use the rulers and measure things in centimetres (a standard measure).






This week we have been thinking about stories from other cultures.  We read a story called The Tiger Child, which takes place in India.  

In our groups, we retold small sections of the story and tried to add some actions.


Long, long, ago...

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The tiger sent the tiger child to the village to get some fire.

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The tiger cub played all the way.

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By the time he got there, he'd forgotten what his uncle wanted.

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The grandmother gave the cub a fresh bowl of milk, but it was not that.

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The young boy gave the tiger child some delicious fish. But it was not that.

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The mother combed his hair, but it was not that.

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The little girl gave the tiger child a soft cushion, but it was not that.

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The tiger went into the village, and the tiger child was now a cat!

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From that time on, tigers have had to eat their food raw, and cats have lived with people ever since!

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We hope you enjoyed our story, as much as we enjoyed telling it.

Today we celebrated World Book Day by dressing as our favourite book characters, or in red and yellow, the colours of the Spanish flag. You all looked fantastic Year 1!

Our Year 6 gardeners read stories to the seedlings. Thank you Year 6, you did a great job!

We watched other children celebrating World Book Day on the live BBC broadcast, and we learnt about things that make a good story.  


We had a story called The Tooth Fairy and El Ratoncito Pérez.

We read about the little mouse that leaves money for Spanish children when they loose a tooth.



Today during P.E. we tried curling. Mr. Noblett showed us how to slide the stones and we had great fun aiming them at the cones.

Children's Mental Health Week



To begin with, the children discussed their ideas about what mental health is, and came up with the ideas above.  This year the week has been based on the theme of growing together.  We compared ourselves to plants as we are always growing and used the tree trunk as  a symbol of our growth.  We tried to count the rings on the tree to find out how old it is!


Next, we thought about things that we have got better at as we have grown older.




After that, we thought about things we find challenging.




Finally, we talked about things we can do to help us to keep calm and stop worrying.  We watched a clip about a girl called Jessi who was worried about going to secondary school. 



Jessi discovered that drawing keeps her calm and relaxed and explained how doing a hobby can help if you're feeling anxious.  She also told us about the importance of talking to people about how we're feeling.


We took Jessi's advice and did some colouring to relax and discussed how colouring is not just for children, as it can be calming for people of any age.





                             Emma Reynolds




As part of the Liverpool Children's Festival of Reading, yesterday we listened to the author Emma Reynolds reading her book Amara and the Bats.  Emma has always been fascinated by bats and taught us lots of interesting facts about them. 


She also illustrates books for other people, so is great at drawing.  After the story she showed us all how to draw a simple bat of our own.




We had great fun trying ourselves.






It was inspiring to listen to Emma as she explained why she has become an author, and some of the children decided that they would like to write books too!  

Internet Safety Day

Today we learnt about how to stay safe when using the internet. We talked about passwords, why they are important and how we must keep them safe.  We also discussed why we mustn't give private information or details about ourselves to others when playing games.  The children have learnt that they must check with an an adult that the game they are playing is appropriate for their age.


We listened to a story about Digiduck who did not follow the rules as he was so eager to get to the next level of the game.





Last week in P.E. we explored supporting our body in different ways on the apparatus.



This week we worked on balances with a partner.  We realised that you have to really trust your partner.





       We tried a balance with 3 people!  



Goodbye Mr. Critchley



Sadly, today is Mr. Critchley's last day with Year 1 as he returns to university to complete his course.  Both the staff and  children have enjoyed working with him so much over the last few months, and we will all really miss him.  We wish him lots of luck for the future and every success in his teaching career.  To celebrate, we played some party games!


Musical statues

           Pass the parcel and Simon Says



 We danced



Finally, we had some chocolate cake!






Mr. Critchley opened his presents



Congratulations to our final Star Badge winner who wasn't able to collect her award last Friday.

Keeping the pulse

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Here we are keeping the pulse in our music lesson, listening to our new song this term In The Groove. 


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Christian Value 

As part of our learning about this term’s Christian value creativity, we read the book Ten Black Dots and then used our creativity to see what we could use black dots for.  Here are some of our pictures. 


Congratulations to our star badge and ninja belt winners this week.  We are so proud of you all.


Today in maths we started a new topic about the place value of numbers within 50.  We practised making different numbers up to 50 using tens and ones with the base ten equipment.



Today in PSHE we have been thinking about the best ways to work with a partner.   We had to design a welly with a partner and discovered that it's important to listen to each other, share ideas and take turns.





This week in PE we have been working on balances.  First of all we played bean bag buckaroo with a partner.  We had to balance 4 bean bags on our body, whilst holding a balance.







Then we had to make a balance on the apparatus and hold it for 5 seconds.





Merry Christmas Everyone

What a term we have had. Despite all the difficulties we have managed lots of learning, lots of fun and made lots of memories. Happy Christmas everyone. We will see you all in the New Year. 

Talent show

We ended our first term in Year 1 with a talent show. There were some great talents on show including magic acts, gymnastics, reading, tap dancing , hip hop and contemporary dance with music choices ranging from Men In Black to  Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It was lovely to see every child have the confidence to perform in front of the class knowing they had the support  a great audience, their class mates. Well done everyone. 

For our last maths lesson this year we have been practising all the skills we have been learning about this term. We worked around a carousel of activities, including weighing, counting in 2s, ordering numbers, reciting days and months, using money and making numbers with tens and ones. One of the favourite activities was using our new rekenreks. 

Poster competition winner

Here is our winner for the poster competition that Mrs Whitehouse set in worship.  

Star Badges


Be Safe Be Seen

We used our knife skills to cut up our fruit to make our fruit salads. Delicious! 

Christmas dinner

Year 1 winning bauble

Santa Dash

We went exploring today. We looked at the large timeline, finding Rosa Parks and the Gunpowder Plot before going to the library. Then we went down to see the outdoor classroom and had our a little outdoor picnic  snack.  

Here is one of our songs. The others can be found on seesaw. 

Whoops a Daisy Angel

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We looked at lots of different toys as part of our History topic and compared old toys and new toys. We had lots of fun trying out some of the older toys. 

St Andrews Day

Blue team celebrated St Andrews day by wearing blue. 


We have been watching the trees outside change since we have been in y1. Today in science we talked about how  animals adapt to winter. 

We have been planning our fruit salads in DT and today we practiced our knife skills ready for next week when we make our own. 

We have been learning about odd and even numbers and some  children made this fantastic visual demonstration. 


This week's certificates

Check out story telling on our reading blog. 


We have been learning how to use the iPads to film events. We acted out the right thing and the wrong thing in different scenarios and filmed them. 

One Kind Word

This week we have been thinking  about  being different and being kind to everyone. Our crazy ties and hair and our odd socks have helped us discuss this. Don’t forget to say   one kind word to someone today. 


We painted our self portraits.  

Being Anatomists

Today we learnt what an anatomist is. We worked in groups to see how many body parts we could name. 


As part of our PHSE topic on Being  me , we talked about things we have done that have made us feel proud. The children recalled many things including getting trophies, certificates, lesrn8ng to swim, ride bikes and score goals. I gave them a note to tell them how proud I was of them all for making such a great start to Y1 and working so hard this half term. Well done all of you, enjoy your half term. 

We have been looking at different parts of our school as part of our Geography topic. We have also been finding out about maps. We combined the two today by making our own map of our school using the blocks. We all helped and even wrote labels for it. Can you work out where the hall is? Year 1 ? The Nursery and it’s  playground? The offices? 


It was raining and we were unable to get in the hall for our P.E lesson so we learnt  a new game , Kurling  instead. It was great fun.  We had a mini competition,  that involved all the tables playing against each other, with Sycamore being the unbeaten winners. Well done Sycamore table. 


We had lots of certificates awarded this week , star badges, brilliant handwriting, white belt Ninja reading, as well as for displaying our  Christian value,  Hope. 


We had our first go at composing music today. We made a lovely tune using several different notes, which we all agreed sounded great. However we soon realised when it was our turn to play it , that it was quite tricky to play when there were so many notes to find on the glockenspiel and so  we simplified it.  We hope it still sounded good! 


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Playing PacMan in PE

We had to stay on the lines and avoid being caught by  ‘PacMan’. 

Certificates this week

Thrive and flourish day