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Year 1 – Trip to Weston Park Museum

On Thursday 17th January, Year 1 went to Weston park Museum to investigate both old and new toys. We all had a great time and even managed to get dressed up! Thanks to our volunteers for helping us all to have such a wonderful day.

Year 1 Islands topic

In Year 1 Potter and Murphy we have been learning about islands.

In our Islands topic, we have been looking at the weather. We have made our own weather forecast, a weather diary and have drawn pictures to show the changing seasons. We also went for a walk around Totley and found all the things that we do and don’t like. We used these ideas to write a letter to Councillor Ross telling him what we thought. We have also been looking at e-safety and how to keep ourselves safe online. In this, we made our own class acceptable use policies which you can see on our Year 1 blog. We have discussed how feelings online are the same as offline and the different ways we can connect with people.

In English, we have looked at the story ‘Grandad’s Island’. We each created a scrap book  of Syd’s adventure and have written a prediction about what Grandad wrote in his letter to Syd. In Maths, we have been learning all about telling time to o’clock, half past and quarter to/past.



Y1 Science week and Totley Book Day

This half term in year 1 we have been extremely busy and learned some amazing things. We thoroughly enjoyed our plants topic and even managed to fit in some extra work during Science Week.

We had a visit from some students from The University of Sheffield, they taught us all about microbes! We made our own viruses and bacteria out of Plasticine and pipe cleaners. We also had a microbe treasure hunt using our very own magnifying glasses.

Thank you ever so much for the fantastic Totley Book Day costumes – everyone look brilliant and had lots of fun on our Alice in Wonderland themed day across both Y1 classes.

Click here to see what we have been up to!

It was lovely to see you all at parents evening and share the wonderful work we have done. Have an amazing Easter and we will see you back for the summer term!

Y1’s Toy Trip

We have had a very exciting week this week. We reflected on what we had learnt so far about toys with a visit to Weston Park Museum.

We had a great day and have made some fantastic toys – they will be coming home soon.

Click below to watch our Animotos.

Y1 Potter

Y1 Murphy



Y1 – Magic

We have really enjoyed our magic topic this half term. Thank you for coming in and sharing all of our wonderful learning. Click here to watch our video showing all that we have done.


Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2018!


From all of the Year 1 team.

Y1s Magic Topic!

This week in Y1 we have started our new magical topic…

Y1 Murphys will be thinking about “What if you had a letter from Hogwarts?” and Y1 Potters have asked “Is magic real?”

We started off our topic with a visit from the fantastic Professor Shell! He dazzled us with his delightful display of magic – along with his furry friend Peter Rabbit! The children had a great time and were totally absorbed in his show. We will be learning some tricks throughout the topic and are hoping to share these with you at the end of the term.


Y1… New year, fresh start!

Y1 Potters and Murphys have had an amazing start to the school year!

Have a watch of our Animoto

Click here!


From Miss Goodbody and Mr Flevill

Y1’s Sunflowers

We have started our new topic this half term which is all about plants and how they grow. We are really excited about this topic as there are so many different things for us to do and investigate!

One of our learning questions was, ‘How do plants grow?’ so we decided as a class that we would plant some sunflowers and watch them grow and keep a diary.

We discussed with Mrs Taylor what it is that plants need to be healthy and grow and then we spent Wednesday afternoon being gardeners and planted our little seeds! We are very excited about watching to see how tall they grow!

We are keeping them in the classroom at the minute as it is nice and warm but as soon as they start to sprout we will be putting them in our quad where it is nice and sunny so hopefully they will grow huge!

Each week we are going to keep a diary and monitor their progress so feel free to pop in and take a look!

Here are some pictures of us planting our seeds!

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Year 1 are scientists!

Today in Year 1 we spent the day as scientists! We put on our lab coats and goggles and investigated some materials!

As some of you may of heard, Miss Coupe’s favourite teddy, Fred, was stolen by the mysterious ‘Boris’ and when he was returned we discovered that he had spent the weekend on our playground!

Fred sent us a message and asked us if we could design him a raincoat to keep him dry as whilst he was on the playground he got very wet because it rained all weekend!

So… Our mission was clear. We needed to find a material that was waterproof.

First we discussed which materials we were going to test. We had six to choose from. We then discussed what a fair test is and what we were going to keep the same about our investigation. We decided that in order for it to be fair we needed to keep the water, the teddies and the cups the same.P1070001

We then got in to our groups and decided on the three materials that we would test. We talked about which materials we thought would be the most and least waterproof.





It was then time to test our materials. We had three cups, each with a bear in it. We had to carefully cover our cups with our chosen materials and secure it with a rubber band. We then worked together to take it in turns to use the pipette to drop the water on to the materials. We then had to be patient and wait to see if any of the materials let the water through!P1070012













Once we had finished our experiments we came back together as a class and we discussed our findings… we all agreed that the best materials to make Fred’s coat were foil and plastic!

We had a great day investigating the materials and it really got our brains thinking about the properties of materials!

We also did a super job of recording our investigations and findings in our learning journeys, so please feel free to come and have a look!

Shadow Puppet Workshop 2015

We had a special visitor in Year 1 today! Mrs Laurie from ‘Dark Star Puppets’ came along to school to teach us all about shadow puppets and help us create our own shadow puppet show!

We had a great day, first we learnt the story that we would have to retell using our shadow puppets. It was called ‘Mr Fox rules the stream’. The story was about a mean fox that abused his power and took control of a stream. The other animals in the forest worked together to teach him a lesson about being kind and that we should look after each other!



We then got to look at some of the puppets that Mrs Laurie had brought with her and we talked about how the shadows were made. We learnt that if light can’t pass through a material its called ‘opaque’ and if some light can pass through a material it’s called translucent.

We had lot’s of fun laughing at all of the funny shaped puppets!

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After playtime we then moved on to making our puppets to retell our story ‘Mr Fox rules the stream’. We could either make a fox, a rabbit, a shrimp, a fish, an elephant or a snake. We stuck the outlines on to cardboard to make sure that they were secure and then we cut them out. Once we had cut the eyes out or the ears we could use cellophane to put over the gaps so that when the light shone through we could see colour – they looked really effective!

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After lunch we then had a bit of a practise of the story and we went outside to collect foliage to decorate the screen – so that it looked more like a forest!

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After our practice, FS2 became our audience and we got to retell our story and show off all of our hard work! You can watch our performance by scanning the QR below!