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Welcome to Year 1 Sydney!


Our teacher is Miss Graham and our teaching assistants are

Mrs Moyles and Mrs Tomlinson.

Summer 2 Week 3




We have been looking at wishing tales and focused on the story, 'Tin Forest'. We have made up some actions and performed to our friends. We have made some sculptures from tin foil to show different items from the forest.


CHALLENGE: Can you draw and label your own Tin Forest?




In Maths, we have been learning about money. We have learnt the value of different coins and notes. We had a visit from Natwest bank to learn how to look after and manage our money. 


CHALLENGE: Can you draw each different coin and note and write down its value?

Phonics screening test 2017

Year 1 children will be taking part in their Phonics Screening test on WC 12.6.17. These will be done informally, during class time. 


You receive a letter informing you of your child's score within a few weeks. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Summer 1 Week 5



We have been classifying animals based on what they eat. The groups are carnivore, omnivore and herbivore. We sorted them out and discussed what group they needed to be in. We have also used our Topic time to practise for our class assembly next week.


CHALLENGE:Can you practise your part for the class assembly at home?



This week in maths we have been dividing using arrays. This is very tricky but we have all worked extremely hard. 


CHALLENGE: Can you draw some division arrays at home (dividing by 2, 5 and 10)



We have started looking at reports. On Wednesday, we arrived at school to find blue gloop on the playground and we realised Mr Garden had gone missing. After we went to investigate, we received a message telling us he had been abducted by aliens! We made missing posters to help find him. Luckily, the worked and Mr Garden returned back to school later on in the day.


CHALLENGE: Can you write a report about your weekend.

Summer 1 - Week 4




In English, we have been writing our innovated story 'Where The Ferocious Things Are'. We have been concentrating on full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and adjectives.


CHALLENGE: Write your own story.




This week, we have been classifying animals into fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. We also labelled body parts of animals and wrote some descriptive sentences.

CHALLENGE: Draw your favourite animal and label its body parts.




We have been busy adding, subtracting and multiplying. We used number lines to add and subtract pairs of numbers. We used arrays to work out multiplication problems.


CHALLENGE: Can you write down your 2, 5 and 10 times tables?


Summer 1 - Week 3



This week, we have visited Middleton woods to find and identify different flowers and plants. We saw lots of nettles, bluebells, daisies and dandelions. We even had time for a quick visit to the playground and enjoyed going on the swings, slides and rocks and had a biscuit! We also visited the school garden and drew and named some garden plants. We enjoyed speaking to Lois who helped us to name the tricky ones!


CHALLENGE: Draw a picture of your favourite flower.



This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting using a number line. We found it quite tricky when solving missing number problems, but we used our growth mindset and kept trying. We have also been practising number bonds to 20.


CHALLENGE: Can you solve some addition or subtraction problems at home?



We have been innovating our story this week. We have decided to call it 'Where The Ferocious Things Are.' We have also tried very hard to include adjectives to make our story interesting.


CHALLENGE: Can you design and describe a Ferocious Thing?

Summer 1 - Week 2




In Topic, we have been learning more about plants. We have looked at the lifecycle of a sunflower. It starts as a seed and it germinates and the roots begin to grow. Next, the stem begins to grow. After that, the flower comes out to attract the bees. Finally, the sunflower dies and the seeds fall out ready to start again!


CHALLENGE: Draw the lifecycle of a sunflower.




This week in English, we have continued to practise The Where The Wild Things Are story witch actions. We have designed and described our own Wild Thing, we have described a setting using adjectives.


CHALLENGE: Can you draw a story map for our story?



This week in Maths, we have been ordering 2 digit numbers, making numbers using base ten, writing number names to 100 and solving problems.


CHALLENGE: Can you order your families ages from youngest to oldest?

Summer 1 - Week 1




This week in English, we have been learning a new story called 'Where The Wild Things Are'. We have learnt some actions for the story, describe a Wild Thing, discussed our favourite part of the story and made a story map.


CHALLENGE: Can you perform the story with actions?

Where The Wild Things Are



This week in Maths, we have been counting to 100. We made our own 100 square by putting pieces back together like a jigsaw puzzle! On Friday, we went to the garden on a number hunt to match numerals to number names. We had lots of fun!


CHALLENGE: Can you write the numbers and their names from 40-100?



This week,we have started our new topic 'The Great Outdoors.' We have discussed what we already know about plants and animals and have made a list of things we would like to find out. On Thursday, we went to the garden and went pond dipping, planted our own sunflower and hunted for minibeasts. We found slugs, snails and worms in our garden.


CHALLENGE: Can you draw a picture of a minibeast? Can you look for minibeasts in your garden and write them down/draw them?


Don't forget to water your sunflower! Can you bring in a photo of your sunflower when it starts to grow?

Week 4


This week is Science Week!


We have taken part in some fun science experiments such as:making a skittle rainbow, making a bottle of Coke explode, making rainbow bubbles and blowing up a balloon using only vinegar and bicarbonate of soda!


CHALLENGE: Can you write down what happened in each experiment?

Coke Explosion!

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Science Week



This week we have been innovating "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch." Our innovated version is called "The Zookeeper's Lunch." We have worked hard to innovate characters, animals and adjectives throughout the story.


CHALLENGE: Can you think of some adjectives to describe Mr Bolton?



This week in Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing by 2, 5 and 10. We have been using arrays, cubes and counters to help us.


CHALLENGE: Can you practise your 2, 5 and 10 times tables at home?



This week in Topic we have been continuing our work on the seaside. We have been looking at the features of the seaside and made a glossary of words associated with the seaside. We have also looked at animals that live in the sea and completed some observational drawings and labelled the body parts. We have also looked at food chains of animals in the sea and discussed words such as 'herbivore' and 'carnivore'.


CHALLENGE: Can you draw a food chain for some sea animals?

WC 6.3.17




We started to learn the actions for our version of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch.' Next, we innovated the story and decided that we would change it to 'The Zoo Keeper's Lunch' featuring our very own Mr Bolton! We have also completed word studies for interesting vocabulary such as 'concocted, perched, scrumptious, jubilant and scavenging.'

CHALLENGE: Can you perform your story at home?

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

This week in English we have finished writing our version of 'At the end of the rainbow'.  We looked at using powerful adjectives to make our story super exciting and we came up with some brilliant descriptions of the dragon.  


In Maths we have been exploring height and length.  We have used comparative language such as:  taller, longer, shorter, tallest, the same, shortest and longest.  We then used objects to measure different items around the classroom.  We used blocks, rulers, pens, hands, counting cubes and paperclips.  We then went on to measure in cm using rulers. 


Sydney's top tips for measuring in cm


1. Make sure that you have the ruler the correct way up with cm at the top.

2. Put the 0cm line at the beginning of the object you are measuring.

3. Look at where the object or line finishes on the ruler and write down the number.

4. Don't forget to put cm (centimetres) at the end next to the number so that you know what units you have measured in.

Reading at home

Following a training course, we have been told that your child's reading record can be a key piece of evidence in helping decide if your child is a fluent reader or not. The comments that you put in the reading record can be extremely important. Below is an example which highlights the strengths and areas to work on for the child.



In addition to this, we have also been told that children should be keeping reading books for anywhere up to 2 weeks. This will enable your child to have a much deeper understanding of the book. Being able to read books is an important skill but if books are kept longer, children will know the texts better and therefore will be able to engage in discussion about the book. This is an important skill for any child to be Working at the Expected Standard in Year 1. Please keep this in mind if your child's book is not changed as frequently.

Below are two lists of words that all children in Year 1 should be getting familiar with.   By the end of Year 1 we would like children to be able to confidently read, write and spell all of these words and more!! Please have a look at the lists and check with your child and help them learn them!


High Frequency Words list


Year 1 Common Exception Words

Welcome Back!

We would like to wish all pupils and families a Happy New Year and look forward to a successful 2017!

Week  1



In Maths, we have learnt to read and write number names to forty. We have also looked at how many tens and ones a number has in it using base ten. For example, the number 35 is made up of 3 tens and 5 ones. We have also done some problem solving.

CHALLENGE: Write the number names to 40 in words



In English this week, we have been learning the story ‘At the end of the rainbow’. We have learnt some actions and drawn a story map to help us learn the text off by heart. We will also be describing the characters.

CHALLENGE: Draw a story map for ‘At the end of the rainbow’



This week we have been very reflective and wrote some New Years resolutions. Here are some of our ideas:

“To remember to bring my water bottle to school every day.” Wiktoria

“To drink 3 cups of water every day.” Jonny

“To learn to hula hoop on my legs.” Naylah



We have been using the alternative ‘ee’ sound ‘y’. We found that it is usually at the end of a word. For example: twenty, baby, happy.

CHALLENGE – How many words can you write that end with this sound?

Week 4

This week we have had a very busy week in Sydney! On Thursday, it was Take Over Day and Scarlett from Year 5 came to take over the role of Miss Graham! She did some of the jobs Miss Graham usually does such as helping us with our work, playing outside with us at break time, doing the register and reading us a story. We all enjoyed having Scarlett with us and wished that she could come and visit us every week!


ENGLISH - We have been working really hard on our innovated story this week. We have been focusing on capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and neat handwriting. We have also tried to make sure that our weekly spellings are included in our writing too and that they are spelt correctly! 

Challenge - can you write your own version of Little Charlie at home?


MATHS - This week in Maths we have been looking at subtraction with numbers up to 20 using a part part whole model. We have also been working on missing number problems.

Challenge - I am thinking of a number. I subtract 8 from it. My answer is 7. What number am I thinking of?


TOPIC - Over the next 2 weeks, we will be looking at weather changes associated with Autumn. We talked about the 4 seasons and what we thought Autumn was like. We then went to the garden and did some observational drawings. We also collected some leaves and thought of some adjectives to describe Autumn.

Challenge - can you list some adjectives to describe Autumn?



Asda fruit tasting 15.11.16

Snowy Maths!

Snowy Maths!  1
Snowy Maths!  2


This week, Year 1 took part in the first Growth Mindset challenge. The challenge was to flip a coaster from the edge of a table and catch it. We had lots of fun trying to catch it with 2 hands to begin with and once we had mastered that, we moved on to one hand. Miss Graham was very proud because everyone used their growth mindset and didn't give up even though it was tricky. Well done to Sam who made it look very easy to start with and well done to Gabriella who showed excellent resilience!

Growth Mindset Challenge 7.11.16

Oliver's super growth mindset attitude!

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WC 17.10.16




In Maths this week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We went on a shape hunt to the garden, PDC, hall and gallery to find as many 2D shapes as we could. Lster in the week, we learned about 3D shapes and their properties. We also looked at the work of the artist, Kandinsky, who creates art based on 2D shapes. We had a go at making our own!


Challenge - can you find some 2D and 3D shapes at home?




Working hard in Maths!

Week 6 10.10.16



We are writing our innovated story and changing key parts of the text to make it our own. 


Challenge: Can you write your new story at home?




We have been learning about addition and subtraction fact families. We have even worked on some missing number problems!


Challenge: Can you draw a fact family house using the numbers 10, 9 and 1.




In Topic we have been talking about how small our world is. We have completed some super homework and found out that some children have family in different countries. Naylah's family are from Portugal, Oliver's mummy is from South Africa and Laila's family are from Egypt.


We have also been learning about Steve Irwin. He is a famous Australian who worked with scary crocodiles and koalas at Australia Zoo.


Amber - Steve Irwin was very brave.

Jedd - I think Steve Irwin had to train a lot.

Laila - Steve Irwin looked after the animals.


Challenge - Can you draw a picture of Steve Irwin?


Week 5 3.10.16



We have been practising our story in groups this week. We are now ready to create our own version of 'How Tortoise Got His Shell'.


Challenge: Can you draw a story map for our story?



This week, we have been subtracting numbers. We have worked very hard to use bar models and part part whole models to show our subtraction. We have also been writing number sentences.


Challenge: Can you write 5 subtraction number sentences?


In Topic we have been looking at our families and where they are from. We have also had fun painting our hands and printing them in our favourite colours. We will celebrate how we are all unique and part of the world.


Challenge: can you find out where your family is from?

Week 4 (WC 26th September)




This week in English, we have been learning the story "How Tortoise Got His Shell". We have drawn our own text maps and learnt some actions to help us remember it.


Challenge: Can you tell your friends and family the story using the actions?



In Maths, we have been adding numbers together. We have used numicon, counters and multi link cubes to help us. We have been trying to write our number sentences correctly, with the addition and equals symbols in the correct place.


Challenge: Can you write 5 addition number sentences?

Topic - All About Me


This week, we have been looking at where we live. We used Google Earth to find our houses. We then drew a picture of our house and coloured it in. We also discussed 'continents' and 'countries'. We also watched a video showing us houses all around the world. They looked very different to ours.


Challenge: Can you write your full address?

As the weather is now getting colder and wetter please ensure that your child brings a coat to school every day.  As we are going to be spending lots of time in the garden we are asking for children to bring a named pair of wellington or snow boots to be left at school.  These will be kept in the cloakroom along with their other belongings.  Thank you.  

We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks in Sydney class! Here is an update on what we have been doing:



We have been working really hard to write captions to go with pictures. We have been focusing on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to make our writing fantastic! We have also been acting as Super Sentence Spotters for our friends and helping them to remember to use them in our writing.



​In Maths, we have been ordering numbers 1-10 and learning to write down the names of each number. We have realised that some are very tricky and are not spelt how they sound! Next, we will be moving on to counting in 2's.



 ​Our current topic is 'All About Me'. We started off by looking at our bodies and labelling all the different parts. We had so much drawing around each other onto sugar paper! We have then learnt a song to help us remember the names of our body parts. We also paid a visit to Lois in the garden and went on a 'Senses Hunt' to see what we could see, hear, smell and touch in our school garden. Lois was very impressed when we told her about our wiggly worm!

W/C 5th September 2016



​Welcome back! We hope that you have enjoyed your summer holidays and are fully rested and recharged ready for another fantastic year of learning at Sharp Lane! This week we have worked really hard to settle back into school life and set up new routines. We have been very impressed with how mature the children have been and showed they are ready for life as a Year One! We have been discussing 'Growth Mindset' and how important it is to challenge yourself and train your brain to become stronger so that you can learn even more new things. We are also encouraging the children to be resilient and keep on trying even if they find something difficult at first - this will help your brain become super strong! Hope you have all had a fantastic week - keep it up!


Miss Graham, Mrs Moyles and Mrs Tomlinson

PE Days

Our PE days are Mondays (Outdoor) and Wednesdays (Indoor).
Please make sure your child has:

* A plain white t-shirt

* Plain black/dark coloured shorts

* Plain, dark coloured jogging bottoms

* Plain, dark coloured hoodie/zip up jacket (Outdoor PE)

* A pair of trainers

* A water bottle


Health & Safety: Please ensure children with shoulder length and longer hair tie it up in a bobble. Children with pierced ears will need to remove their earrings for PE lessons. We strongly advise they are removed at home as staff are unable to remove the earrings for the children. If you are unable to remove the earrings, please provide plasters for your child to cover them.








Reading books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  To help develop independence children will need to place their book and signed reading log in the blue box at the front of our classroom so we can changed their book on these days.