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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

The class teacher is Mrs Spendlove and the teaching assistants are Mrs Burke and Mrs Masterson.


In Year 1 lessons are balanced between child-initiated learning, as well as more formal lessons. A good transition from Reception into Year 1 is paramount and we ensure that all children gradually and successfully adapt to the new expectations.

The children will be learning about lots of exciting things, including:


Queen Elizabeth I and II

Animals and Humans

Old and New Toys


Puppet making


Learning is great fun in Year 1!

Year 1 Curriculum Overview Spring 2022

Book List


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!

This week we have been reading the story 'Farmer Duck'. Today, we learnt about writing instructions and pretended to be the bossy farmer! I have been very impressed by Year 1's growing independence with their writing, as well as their beautiful cursive handwriting that we began using this term.

Week Commencing: Monday 8th November 2021 LI: to investigate old and new toys

In History this half term, Year 1 are learning about old and new toys. Today, Kate from Stevenage museum came into school to give us a workshop all about toys. We looked at photos from the past and present and discussed how we can tell if they are old or new. We also investigated lots of different toys from different time periods and thought about how old they might be. 

Week Commencing Monday 1st November 2021 LI: to explore different kinds of puppets

This week Year 1 have started a new unit in Design Technology about puppets. We have been learning about different kinds of puppets and what materials they are made from. We showed out knowledge by drawing and labelling different kinds of puppets.

Week Commencing: Monday 18th October 2021 LI: To make a vegetable soup

As part of 'Eat to Grow, Grow to Eat' week we have been learning about where food comes from and making vegetable soup! We each had a turn at preparing the vegetables before putting the ingredients into the soup maker and trying our soup for our snack. Over the week, we made a story map of the soup making process and added labels to this to help us remember the correct order that we prepared things in. We used our story maps to help us write a recount of our soup making activity later in the week. I have been very impressed by Year 1's beautiful cursive handwriting! 

Week Commencing: Monday 11th October LI: to use computer skills to make a shape picture 

This half term we have been learning computer skills during our Computing lessons. Today we combined all of the skills that we have been learning; logging on, opening a document, using the trackpad and dragging objects to make shape pictures on Word. We then practised saving our work by giving the file a name, and shutting down the laptop correctly. 

Week Commencing: Monday 4th October LI: to investigate our local area

In Geography this half term we have been learning about our local area. We went on a trip to our local shops to investigate what the area is like around The Oval, see what shops there were and think about why people might visit there. We discovered lots of shops including a butchers, a pharmacy, a carpet shop and a hairdressers. We also discussed if the houses were old or new, and talked about the similarities and differences between our houses and the houses that we walked past.

Week Commencing: Monday 27th September LI: To observe and describe weather associated with the seasons

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In Science this half term we have been learning about seasonal changes. This week we discussed the changing weather, and children had a go at being weather forecasters!

Week Commencing 20th September 2021 LI: To learn and perform a poem

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This week we have been learning the poem 'In Autumn'. We hope that you enjoy our performance!

Week commencing: Monday 13th September 2021 LI: to recount an event 

This week in Year 1 we have been busy writing recounts of our trip to Disneyland Paris! On Monday we had a virtual visit to Disneyland - experiencing the rides, listening to music and even making our own Disney ears. Throughout the week we recounted out even - making a story map, adding labels and then writing multiple sentences describing our day.

Week commencing: Monday 6th September LI: to identify which parts of the body we use for each of the senses

This week in Science Year 1 have been learning about the senses. We discussed which part of the body corresponds to each sense, and completed different activities to help us explore how we use our senses. This included smelling different pieces of cotton wool that had different smelling essential oils inside, and wearing a blindfold whilst feeling different objects and describing their textures.

Week commencing: Wednesday 1st September 2021 LI: To discuss our school rules and PRIDE values

Year 1 have had a fantastic start to the new school year at Trotts Hill! We have been busy discussing our school rules and PRIDE values; perseverance, resilience, independence, determination and enjoyment.

We celebrated children who has already show the PRIDE values in the first few days back at school, and are very excited for a fantastic year ahead.