Happy half term!

A big well done to everyone in Year 1 for their hard work this half term!  There are no spellings over the break but please make sure you are reading every day.  There are also sounds and tricky words at the front of your reading diaries that you can practise.


We are going to be looking at shapes in Maths next term.  Can you do a shape hunt at home or when you are out and see how many 2D and 3D shapes you can see? For example, a window is a rectangle.

The Year 1 Team


Superstar Squirrels

Today in Maths we used all our knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve a problem. We had a triangle with number at each corner and we had to work out the missing number if every side added up to 10.  We were so proud of ourselves for having a go and working it out! 

It looked liked this:

We either added up all the parts to make the whole, which was 10 (like this):

Or we started with our whole, which was 10, and subtracted the two parts to be left with the missing part (like this):

Hedgehogs play sodoku! 

In maths this week we have been learning addition and subtraction facts.

We learnt how to solve problems and use the inverse to complete equations.

Today we worked with our learning partner to play sodoku where we had to find the missing number in the line to make 10.Some of us found it a little challenging but eventually worked together and Miss Shakes was super proud of us! 👍

Keep practising your number bonds over the half term!

Our long journey’s to a hot/cold climate

In Science we looked at the globe to identify hot and cold climates. We talked about long journeys we have been on like the little boy in our story called ‘My name is not refugee’. We thought about what important things we might pack on a long journey. Here is us working with our partners making a poster about long journeys we have been on. 

Squirrels workshop

We had a workshop to follow on from our used themed assembly for Black History Month. We listened to lots of music by black artists we we had to move and draw pictures to show how it made us feel. Some of the music was very sad and some of it was angry. We spoke about how this could have been how the musicians were feeling at the time because they didn’t have equal rights.  Here we are taking part! 

Every little thing is going to be alright!

We have had some fantastic workshops this week to celebrate Black History Month. We learned about the power of music because lots of musicians used their music to talk about things that they weren’t happy about or to share their feelings. In particular, black musicians used their lyrics and music to give them a voice in a time where they wanted equal rights for everybody. 

We have also been talking about how important it is to respect everybody, because we are all different and that is was makes us so special. 

Homework due Friday 17th October

We will be continuing to practise our high frequency words in Phonics next week.  We have seen lots of children using these words in their writing and thinking about the spelling which is fantastic to see.  Keep up the hard work!


Spellings this week are therefore:

not, then, were, go, little, as, no, Mum, one, them

Can you put them into sentences once you have learnt them?


In Maths, we are starting subtraction next week.  Can you find a group of objects at home and take some away? For example, I have four teddy bears, I take one away and now I have three.  So, four take away one is equal to three.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 1 Team