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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Davison and Mrs Paice are the class teachers and Mrs Masterson is the classroom assistant, and will be supporting in class every morning and most afternoons. Mrs Taylor will be supporting us on Tuesday afternoons.


We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school and have lots of fun learning planned. In Year 1 we will be building on all the skills developed in Reception and developing our skills further through new topics and stories.


 This year we will cover a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding including the following topics:

  • Dinosaurs (Mary Anning)
  • Toys
  • Animals including humans
  • Plants
  • Fairytales


The children will be participating in PE and outdoor skills on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Autumn 1. Their PE kits should be in school every day. Wellington boots also need to be brought into school to remain here so that the children can take part in our fantastic OPAL lunchtime playtimes.


Reading books and reading records will also need to be brought into school every day. The children will be asked to place them in the reading box when they come in. Please continue to read with your children as much as possible at home and make a note in the reading record when you do.


Spelling words will be sent home to learn on a Friday (based on the weeks Phonics lessons) and will be tested the following Friday. We thank you for all your support in helping your child to practice and learn these words. We encourage the ‘Look, Cover. Write, Check’ method.


We look forward to an exciting year ahead in Year 1.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - Mrs Davison

Wednesday afternoon and all day Friday – Mrs Paice


Mrs Davison

Year 1 Curriculum Overviews

Year 1 Reading Spine 

Book List



Week beginning Monday 27th November 2023 LI: To sort 2D shapes and create 2D shape patterns.

Week beginning Monday 20th November 2023 LI: to investigate which materials float.

Week Commencing 6th November 2023: LI. To explore what Salat is.

In RE we have been learning about prayer. This week we had a visit from Mrs Dogar who came to talk to us about Islam and the Salat prayer.

Week beginning Monday 30th October 2023 LI: To ask questions and investigate.

Week beginning 16th October 2023 LI: To order events.


This week in our History lesson we 'celebrated our sisters' as part of Black History month. We listened to the story Coming to England by Floella Benjamin and then talked about what significant things she has done in her lifetime. We then sequenced events from her story into chronological order.

Week beginning Monday 9th October 2023 LI: To investigate and create prints to convey the texture of dinosaur skin. 

Week beginning 2nd October 2023 LI: To explore how different religions celebrate Harvest.

In RE this week we were looking at the Jewish festival of Sukkot. This is the Jewish harvest festival, so we made some comparisons to the Christian harvest festival. The children went outside to the forest area and created their own mini Sukkahs which we then hung pictures of our favourite fruits and vegetables in.

Week beginning Monday 25th September LI: To understand why Christians celebrate harvest.

Week beginning Monday 18th September 2023 LI: To copy, repeat, create and perform actions that represent the theme.

Year 1 have been having great fun in PE creating and learning a dinosaur dance with Mr. Sapsed. Thye have been thinking about to use travel and speed to represent the movements of dinosaurs.

Week beginning Monday 11th September 2023 L.I. To explore a significant figure in history.

Week beginning Monday 4th September LI: To count objects from a larger group.

Year 1 have had such a super start to the new academic year and it has been wonderful to see them all coming in with big smiles in the morning ready for their learning. It's been a busy week and we have done lots of practical Maths activities, labelled dinosaurs, learnt a dinosaur dance, been on a materials hunt around school and much more! Well done Year 1!


Week beginning Monday 10th July 2023 LI: to use a range of artistic techniques such as rolling, printing and making patterns to produce artwork in the style of artist Angie Lewin.

Over the last few weeks we have been finding out about the artwork of artist Angie Lewin in our Art lessons. We have used her work to inspire our own art work. We used rollers to create a background, printed our flower and leaf shapes, and added patterned detail in black pens. Year 1 worked really carefully and conscientiously to produce these beautiful pictures. 

Week beginning Monday 3rd July LI: to compare 2 digit numbers.

Year 1 have been using all their place value knowledge this week to compare 2-digit numbers, using language such as 'greater than', 'less than', 'more then', 'fewer' and 'equal'. Today they rolled dice to create 2 digit numbers, made them using base 10, or drew the tens and ones on their whiteboards, and compared them using these symbols: < > = We were really focusing on explaining our mathematical thinking, using 'because' to talk about the difference in the number of tens and the number of ones. Lots of us noticed that it's the tens number that makes the real difference finding the greater or smaller number. Perhaps you can play this game at home over the summer holiday?

Week Beginning Monday 26th June LI: to name some people in the community who help us. 

In PSHE this week we talked about what it means to belong to a community, the different communities we belong to and the people who help us within those communities. We hot-seated different community figures and had to guess who we were being!

Week beginning Monday 19th June 2023 LI: To use our English, Maths, Science and DT skills and knowledge to enjoy Fairytale day.

Week beginning Monday 12th June 2023 LI: To use positional language. 

Week beginning Monday 5th June 2023 LI: to identify and name some common trees.

Week beginning Monday 22nd May 2023 LI: To identify and name some common garden and wild plants. 

Year 1 have been learning about plants in our Science lessons, and this week we went on a nature walk around the school to see what we could find. We talked about the difference between wild plants and garden plants and used a key to identify the ones we found. We carefully drew some of the plants we saw. We also talked about how fortunate we are here at Trotts Hill School to have such beautiful outdoor spaces. Perhaps you will see some wild plants and garden plants in half term - can you find out what their names are? 

Week beginning Monday 15th May LI: To design and make a hand puppet. 

This half term Year 1 have been planning and designing their own hand puppets in DT. Many of them used sewing skills for the very first time, joining the fabric using running stitch. We all agreed that perseverance and determination were very important learning behaviours when sewing! Today, the children added key features to their puppets and decorated them. The children felt that independence and enjoyment were the key PRIDE learning behaviours today. Well done Year 1, it has been lovely to see all your creativity. 

Week beginning Tuesday 9th May 2023  LI: To role play the story of Little Red Riding Hood. 

This week Year 1 have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They acted out the story in small groups, thinking about how to be their character using their speech, actions, voices and facial expressions. They worked well in their groups to assign their roles, and were very convincing characters! This will really help us next week when we begin writing the story in our words. 

Week beginning Tuesday 2nd May LI: To describe and compare plants and seeds.

This week when Year 1 came back to school after a long weekend, we were surprised to discover that our runner bean plants had grown! When we left them on the Friday there was not one shoot but they grew lots over the weekend. Year 1 looked closely at their plants and carefully drew the stems and leaves. The children measured them and discovered that some had grown 30cm tall! We might need to think about new homes for our plants to help them grown big and strong. 

Week beginning Monday 24th April LI: to ask questions and investigate toys from the past.

This term Year 1 are learning all about Toys from the past with Mrs Paice in their History lessons. On Wednesday we enjoyed a visit from Kate from the Stevenage Museum. Kate showed us photographs of children from the past and we talked about how they wore different clothes to children today. We investigated lots of toys from the past - some were a few years old and some were over 100 years old! Kate told us that the pull-along horse was a replica of one that children would have played with in Roman times! Year 1 asked lots of thoughtful questions about the toys and thoroughly enjoyed investigating them. 

Week beginning Monday 17th April LI: to plant a seed.

This week it was lovely to welcome Year 1 back to school and some warmer weather too! We started our new Science topic - Plants. We discussed what we already know about plants and we each planted our own runner bean seeds. We drew and described the seeds. when we looked carefully we saw that they were pink, purple, brown and speckled. We have put them next to the window and will water them every day. We are looking forward to watching them grow.

Week beginning Monday 27th March LI: to compare old and new, explore new places and learn about their history. 

Year 1 had lots of fun on their trip to Knebworth House this week. We were given a tour of the house and looked at lots of old objects from the past, such as a shield, armour, furniture, and musical instruments. We dressed up in Tudor clothes and tried our hand at calligraphy. We even found some secret doors. In the afternoon we explored the maze and playing with toys and games such as wooden skittles and croquet. We saw some dinosaurs too, and learnt lots of facts about Knebworth House. 

Week beginning Monday 20th March LI: to design and make a fruit kebab.

Year 1 have been busy again this week designing their own fruit kebabs.  They planned which fruits they wanted to include and how to arrange them. Then they carefully used a variety of skills to cut, slice, chop and peel their fruit. Finally they got to eat them, and the consensus was that they were 'Yummy!'

Week Beginning Monday 13th March LI: to taste different fruit, describe and sort them.

Year 1 have been busy this week taste-testing different fruit as part of our DT topic, Making Fruit Kebabs. The children were really adventurous trying some new tastes and discovering their likes and (dislikes!) Next we will be planning which fruits to use in our own fruit kebabs.

Week Beginning Monday 13th March  LI: to recognise and make 2 digit numbers



This week Year 1 have been learning about 2 digit numbers and how to partition them into tens and ones. We used different manipulatives, PE equipment, and ourselves to represent tens and ones. 

Week commencing 6th March 2023   LI: To control body movements.

Year 1 have action mats each week and have been learning different games and movements with their bodies.

Week Commencing 27th February 2023  LI: To investigate books

Year 1 created their own aliens using play d'oh.

Week Commencing 20th February 2023   LI: To follow instructions

Year 1 focused on their listening skills when following instructions. They had to listen out for different instructions and put the cubes down accordingly.

Week commencing 6th February   LI: to classify

Week commencing 30th January 2023   LI: To recognise our senses.

As part of our science topic the children have been looking at their senses. The children investigated taste and smell.

Week commencing 23rd January 2023  LI: To describe

Year 1 brought in their favourite toys this week. The children discussed what their favourite toy was and why it was special. The children were looking at toys in preparation for learning their new book Knuffle Bunny.

Week Commencing 16th January 2023   LI: To infer

Year 1 are currently reading The Last Noo Noo by  Jill Murphy. The children created their own NooNoo catchers and described them.

Week Commencing 9th January 2023   LI: To investigate shapes.

Year 1 investigated different shapes. They learned about 3D shapes. The children created 3D models and then listed the shapes that they had used.

Week commencing 12th December 2022 LI: To perform

Year 1 had a fabulous time performing their Christmas songs to an audience.

Week commencing 5th December 2022   LI: To recognise human and physical features.

The children went on a walk of the local area and investigated physical and human features.

Week Commencing 28th November 2022   LI: To use part and whole models.

In maths Year 1 used the same number for their part and had to figure out what the other part and the whole would be.

Week commencing 14th November 2022     LI: To recognise a map.

Year 1  created a class map and thought about where each door, room and table was situated.

Week commencing 7th November 2022       LI: To investigate

As part of our maths/ DT/ Science week the children created balloon buggies using bottles. The children made them and measured how far they would travel.

Week Commencing 31st October 2022   LI: To role play.

Year 1 role played and freeze framed different part of the life of Mary Anning. They acted out her childhood, finding fossils and exciting times in her life.

Week commencing 17th October 2022   LI: To order numbers

The children worked in teams to order numbers to 30, 50 and 100.

Week commencing 10th October  LI: to investigate

The children completed an investigation testing the strength of paper.

Week commencing 3rd October 2022      LI: To use a timeline.

Year 1 investigated the life of Mary Anning and put significant moments of her life on a time line.

Week Commencing  26th September 2022   LI: To represent numbers.

Year 1 were representing digits in different ways. Using different equipment, the children had to represent a specific number.

Week commencing 19th September      LI: To recognise dance theatre

The children enjoyed a dance lesson focusing on musical theatre. The  children used a parachute to experience wind and cold air.

Week commencing 12th September 2022     LI: To visit a locality

Year 1 visited Standalone Farm this week. The children watched pigs being fed, groomed a pony and went on a tractor ride!

Week commencing 5th September     LI: To solve addition problems.

Year 1 solved problems adding to 10. They used counters to help them count.


Week commencing 11th July  LI: To make a moving picture.

Year 1 made moving pictures using different levers and pulleys.

Week commencing 4th July.     LI: To use ball skills

The children were practising different balls skills in preparation for  sports day next week.

Week commencing 27th June LI:  To learn about our senses.

Year 1 were learning about their senses and created a mind map in preparation for our poem next week.

Week Commencing Monday 16th May 2022, Year 1 Fairytale Day

This week Year 1 had a Fairytale Day - dressing up as different characters and completing a variety of super fun fairytale themed activities. First of all we used our Computing Skills to design gingerbread houses on Purple Mash. We then completed an amazing Active Maths lesson lead by Sporting Futures. In the afternoon we hot-seated as different characters and made our own fairytale dens in the forest area. The following day we baked and decorated gingerbread men.

Week Commencing Monday 9th May 2022 LI: to make arrays

This week Year 1 enjoyed an active maths lessons where they had to quickly solve multiplication problems by making arrays with cones. We had a competition to see which team could complete the most multiplication questions correctly in 10 minutes. The winners were Orange Team - well done! 

Week Commencing Monday 2nd May 2022 LI: to multiply by 2

This week Year 1 have had the challenge of multiplying numbers by 2. We have been working on arrays and doubling, as well as using cuisenaire rods to help us visualise what multiplying by 2 looks like. I have been impressed with Year 1s determination and perseverance whilst covering a tricky new topic this week.

Week Commencing Monday 25th April 2022 LI: to write a story

Following on from our work on Little Red Riding Hood last week, this week Year 1 have been retelling the story in their own words. We have been working particularly hard and trying to use adjectives and conjunctions in our writing.

Week Commencing Monday 18th April 2022 LI: to celebrate Earth Day

Today Year 1 celebrated Earth Day by having a screen free day. We completed practical activities in lessons and wrote straight in our books instead of using any printed worksheets. We also had a lovely time in our forest area completing mindfulness craft activities with the Happy Little Yogis company.

Week Commencing Monday 21st March 2022

LI: to collect data

Today Year 1 collected data about the weather as part of our ongoing Science topic: Seasonal Changes. We discussed the kinds of weather associated with Spring and compared it with the weather in Winter and Autumn. We then made tally charts of everyone's favourite weather. Following this we counted up the totals to help us interpret the data. The most popular kind of weather was sunny, and the least popular kind of weather was cloudy. 

Week Commencing Monday 14th March 2022

LI: to find our about local history 

This week Year 1 went on a trip to Knebworth House to find out about our local history. We had a fantastic time on the tudor treasure trail, learning about calligraphy, tudor schools and even learning some tudor dances! We had the chance to look around the kitchen and herb gardens and talked about what food they grew at Knebworth House in tudor times, and also had fun exploring the maze and visiting the dinosaur trail!

Week Commencing Monday 7th March 2022 LI: to prepare different fruits and vegetables

This week in DT we have been learning how to prepare fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways. We practised peeling, grating, chopping and slicing using knives and graters, and discussed how to stay safe when using different kinds of equipment.

Week Commencing Monday 28th February 2022 LI: to celebrate World Book Day

Week Commencing Monday 21st February 2022 LI: to make a pictogram 

This week we have started a new topic in DT: Eat more fruits and vegetables. To start the topic we all shared what our favourite fruit was. Each person made a picture to represent this and we all put them together on the carpet to make a class pictogram. The most popular fruit in the class was strawberries, closely followed by apples.

Week Commencing Monday 7th February 2022 LI: to follow instructions

In English this week we have been reading and writing instructions. Today each table group independently read and followed simple instructions to make some oat cookies. Year 1 showed great understanding of how to read the instructions, as well as fantastic teamwork - allocating different jobs to each person on their table. We baked the cookies and enjoyed having them as our morning snack.

Week Commencing Monday 31st January 2022 LI: to understand how to look after the environment

Today we discussed looking after the environment and that even small changes can make a big difference. After talking about the things that we can do inside our classroom and at home, we went outside to pick litter from the school grounds.

Week Commencing: Monday 24th January 2022 LI: to investigate everyday materials


This week we have started our new Science topic, which is about Materials. We discussed the different materials that we could think of, investigated what different materials we could see around the school, and sorted materials from our classroom into groups.

Week Commencing: Monday 17th January 2022 LI: to create a self portrait 

This week we have been learning about the artist Hans Holbein. After looking at his realistic portraits we created our own self portraits. We carefully studied our faces using mirrors and worked hard to make the portraits as accurate as possible.

Week Commencing Monday 10th January 2022 LI: to observe animals

Today we had the chance to observe tortoises in our classroom. We discussed what they eat and how they move, identified them as reptiles and completed observational drawings of them.

Week Commencing Monday 6th December 2021 LI: to make a Christingle

Year 1 have been learning about Christian celebrations in RE this week. They discussed why Christians make Christingles, and what the different parts of a Christingle represent. They then had a go at making their own Christingle to take home.

Week Commencing Monday 29th November 2021 LI: To place numbers on a numberline

This week in Year 1 we have been exploring place value in maths. We made out order number lines using border roll, and practised placing the first and last numbers, followed by the middle number and then filling in the rest to ensure the numbers were spaced evenly. 

Week Commencing Monday 22nd November 2021 LI: to edit our work

This week we have been retelling the story of Farmer Duck as part of our work on writing a narrative. Children have had the chance to edit their work for the first time - using blue pens to fix capital letters and spelling mistakes, and adding in extra sentences to make our work even better.

Week Commencing: Monday 15th November 2021 LI: to write bossy instructions!