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Worsthorne Primary School Year 1 Page

Meet The Teachers

Mrs Ridgley



Miss Marsden


Mrs Wells

Teaching Assistant

Autumn 1


Our topic this term is ‘Robots’. The children will be exploring the jobs robots do and how they help humans in real life.

A cave!

Look at the amazing cave that ‘popped up’ in our classroom. The children have been learning new vocabulary to describe the cave.

We have also been exploring different environments that might surround a cave – sand, mud, rocks, grass, forest, water.

This lead us thinking about going through different environments on an adventure to a cave.

Look at our amazing 3D environment maps that we have made.

A new narrative

We read the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and talked about the different environments they had in the story too. We used the structure of this story to help us write our own version by changing the characters and using our environment maps. The children changed the titles to link to their new character and used their own words to describe the environments throughout the book.

The children loved the book they had written and were very excited to read it to the Reception class who loved their books too! Well done Year 1!

What a load of rubbish!

Mrs O’Brien brought in some rubbish from home and we were able to sort it into different materials: metal, plastic, wood, glass, paper, card.

We looked at the properties of each material and described them. was it: shiny, hard, bendy, transparent, opaque, translucent, soft, sharp.

We noticed there was a lot more plastic than any other material. We read the book ‘A Planet Full of Plastic’ and found out that plastic is very useful but is not good for our environment as it does not biodegrade.

The children discussed and learned about new ways of how we can use less materials or what we can do with them once we have finished with them:

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Does it dissolve?

Our scientific enquiry was linked to the different materials. The children chose their own materials and predicted which materials would dissolve (break down into small particles) or not in water.

The children were amazed when they found materials such as salt, soap dissolved and were puzzled why sand did not dissolve. We then thought about a beach and how it might move around but does not dissolve. The children discovered that plastic does not dissolve. It was a great learning afternoon!

As we found out plastic does not biodegrade, we learned that plastic finds its way into the ocean and creates giant floating garbage patches. This is another reason why we need to reduce the amount of plastic that we use.

Four Directions!

The children have been looking at maps and have learned about North, South, East and West.

It was time to put our knowledge to the test! We used a map to discuss using directions and to find different points. we used the language of North, South, East and West to describe which direction we needed to go to, to get to the next point. We then drew a picture of the object at that point.

Gingerbread Men

The children had asked to bake, so Mrs O’Brien brought in the ingredients to make some gingerbread men. We all worked as a team to read the recipe, measure the ingredients, stir the mixture and make a class gingerbread man.

Unfortunately, Mrs O’Brien left the oven unattended and he escaped! We made some wanted posters to try and catch him and also a trap. The cameras caught pictures of him being cheeky and hiding in different places in school.

We also made our own gingerbread men, but made sure these ones did not escape!

Toy Museum

We were very fortunate to have a museum loan of very old toys. Some of the toys were over 100 years old!

The children were fascinated with our museum and enjoyed looking but tried their very best not to touch! We did get the toys out and explore and compare them to toys that we have now.

The also explored what they looked like as a baby, how we celebrate birthdays compared to birthdays in the past and the different kinds of toys we receive now compared to the past.

We also made a timeline from when we were born to now.

You Must Bring a Hat!

Our new book was called ‘You Must Bring a Hat’. It was all about a hat party and what better way to help us to create a recount, than to have our very own hat party!

The children designed and made their own hats, wrote invitations, wrote a list of items for a party, decorated the classroom, enjoyed the best hat party ever and then wrote their own recount all about it. What an amazing few weeks we had! Just look at our amazing pictures.

Another massive thank you to all of you who donated something for our party. It was very much appreciated.

Spring Term 2022

Growth and Green Fingers

This half term our topic is all about plants.

We have been learning all about nature, how plants grow and what they need to grow.

This classroom display shows weeks of work which we have built up when exploring and investigating plants. It has been in all our subjects and we have really enjoyed it.


Year 1 have been exploring all about plants. We have looked outside and identified was is natural or manmade.

 The children then explored their own pansy to look carefully with a magnifying glass and what a plant has.

The children could name all the different parts of the plant and we then learned what each part does.

Growing our own plants

Year 1 found put information about what plants need to grow.

They need sunlight, water, air, a suitable temperature and time to grow.

We planted some cress seeds and made sure they have all the right elements to help them grow. Just look how tall the cress grew!

The children then looked at their cress seeds through a magnifying glass. We could see little hairs on the stem, most leaves were green but some had turned purple and the roots had grown so long they came out of the bottom of the pot!

Jack and the Beanstalk

Some huge keys and a golden egg had been found. We figured out they must belong to a giant because they would not fit any of our doors!

We have read the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We found new vocabulary words and are now sending words into the past by adding ‘-ed’.

We created story maps which helped us to retell the story in our own words. The children’s tried their best to remember capital letters and full stops too.


Year 1 loved riding the balance bikes.

All children made great progress over the 4 days and received a certificate to say how amazing they were.

Great work Year 1!

Autumn Term 2021

meerkat mail a

Our topic for this first half term has been Meerkat Mail.

We have gathered our own ideas about meerkats, read and gathered information about meerkats, learned new vocabulary, read ‘Meerkat mail’ and made our own story maps and story books. Wow! what a busy half term!

Year 1 Mathematics

We have been using concrete equipment to help us to visualise our mathematics learning.

Look at some work we have been doing so far!

Our topic for this first half term has been Meerkat Mail.

We have gathered our own ideas about meerkats, read and gathered information about meerkats, learned new vocabulary, read ‘Meerkat mail’ and made our own story maps and story books. Wow! what a busy half term!


A Planet full of Plastic

Mrs O’Brien has been collecting some of her rubbish to show what could be thrown away into a bin.

We organised it into different groups of the same materials and talked about their properties. We then made our own recycling centre and organised the rubbish into the correct sections.

We now recycle scrap materials from our classroom too.

Which Materials dissolve in water?

The children have been exploring which materials dissolve when put in water.

We used: salt, sugar cubes, sand, plastic and soap.

From our experiments, we discovered:

Salt and sugar cubes dissolve fast.

Soap dissolves slowly and it turned the water white.

Sand and plastic do not dissolve. Sand sinks to the bottom of the water and plastic floated on top.

The materials that dissolved have broken in to tiny particles that we cannot see. They are still in the water but we cannot always see it.

This is going to make us think about materials that are put in our oceans.

The Highway Rat

We have been reading the story ‘The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson.

Can you believe that the Highway Rat came into our class and ate the jam tarts that

Mrs O’Brien had bought?

We made some wanted posters to see if we could catch him.

Home Learning

Wanted posters by:

Alex, Bella, Elsie, Maisie, Thomas and Violet


We made some traps to try and catch him.

But our traps were too good for the sneaky Highway Rat and we managed to catch him!

Look what has hatched!

Look at the amazing egg that has hatched this week! We guessed what was inside but did you guess that it was a dinosaur?

Some children in class decided to name it ‘Tiny’ as it is such a small dinosaur.

Dinosaur Home learning

Look at the amazing work that you have been completing at home.

In order: Toby, Violet, Stanley, Thomas, Seda, Lewis, Maisie, Isabella, Isabella, Elsie, Benjamin, Bella, Bear, Alex, Abigail

Body Parts

We drew around Elijah and found the correct words to match the body parts.

Me in a Bag

Mrs O’Brien had a bag with lots of objects in to show the children things she liked to do.

The children then drew their own pictures of things they liked.


Homework is on Seesaw which is available to access every Friday

Please complete the work before the following Tuesday.


Dinosaurs Including Growth and Green Fingers

Look at this speckled egg Mrs Young has found whilst walking in a forest. It was entangled in the roots of a tree that had blown over in the strong winds we have had lately. We are investigating what kind of egg it might be as it is hundreds of thousands of years old.

Which animal do you think it might be from?

Dinosaur Explorers

We have been using the dinosaur hide to stay safe whist hunting for dinosaurs.

Our own dinosaurs

We have read the book ‘Flip Flap Dinosaurs’ where you can mix and match the top part or bottom part of a dinosaur.

Our new dinosaur creations are amazing!

Look at Arthur’s ‘Flyasaurus’ which is part T.Rex and part pterodactyl.

Winter including Arctic and Antarctic animals

Meet the Meerkats!

Following on from the Arctic and Antarctic animals, we have been researching animals from a different climate.

Meerkat Mail

Sunny the Meerkat is fed up of his family and his home. He wants to find somewhere new to live. He visits his relatives in different environments and realises there is no place like home!

We have research all about meerkats: what they like to eat, who their predators are and where they live. We made our own non-fiction books about meerkats which also includes a contents page.

Our new vocabulary:

humid, desert,  scorching, mob, mail, note, environment, blazing, arid, grainy, perching, hind legs

Ice experiments

The children predicted how we could melt ice quickly. We chose:

Warm water – warm water in a spray bottle

Warm air – using our warm breath

Salt – sprinkle salt on the ice

Guess which melted the ice the quickest?

Looking at different environments

During the first part of the Spring Term, Year One will be looking at different environments and animals. We will be exploring the Polar Regions, observing winter weather and using new vocabulary words to describe environments and animals. We will read the books ‘How the Bear lost his tail’ and ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.


The children are still going to be bringing home 2 reading books a week. Please read with your child for 10-15 minutes (without distraction) each night. Remember to discuss the book: talk about any words they are unsure of and ask questions to show their understanding. We are working hard on fluency and understanding within class at the moment.

Please ensure the children are practicing the phonics sounds (laminated cards in reading bags) at home to help with their reading and writing.

Year 1 are trying so hard with their pre-cursive letter formation but keep practicing as every little helps!

This term we will be looking at reading and writing words containing –s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er, and -est.

We will also be investigating what a ‘Successful Sentence’ looks like using capital letters in the correct place, the correct punctuation, phase 3 and 5 phonics and checking writing for sense.


The up and coming Maths chapters this term are: Addition and Subtraction to 20, Shapes and Patterns, Length and Height, Numbers to 40 (looking at place value including tens and units/ones) and Addition and Subtraction word problems. We are still working very practically using lots of equipment to help the children to visualise processes. Some skills you can help your child with are: number bonds to 5 and 10 (4+1=5 or 3+7+10), counting forwards and backwards from any number up to 100 and counting in 2’s. 5’s and 10’s.

Don’t forget to practice NumBots!

Links to learning:

Downloadable Resources

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During the school closure, the Government is providing vouchers for families of children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  To check if you are eligible, please visit Lancashire’s Free School Meals web page by clicking on the link button below.

If you think you meet the criteria, fill in the online form and let Mrs Fox know by emailing her, info@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk