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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The class teachers are Mrs Davison and Mrs Wilby and the teaching assistants are Mrs Hunter, Mrs Masterson and Mrs Taylor.


During the summer term children will consolidate their learning, with a focus on phonics in preparation for the Year 1 phonics check. 


Learning is great fun in Year 1!


Year 1 Curriculum Overviews

Year 1 Reading Spine 

Book List



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!

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.