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Year 1 MM

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Welcome to our page. We are Y1MM and we are happy, creative, independent and most importantly confident learners. Please take your time to look at the photographs and text below to find out what Y1MM have been up to this academic year so far! Additionally, there are also some songs for you to listen to, videos for you to watch and games for you to play. For daily updates please follow us on Twitter @AmberleyYear1 (or click on the link below) we would love to hear from you.

Spring term

Queen Elizabeth II


In the first half term of Spring we are investigating the hook question ‘How is Queen Elizabeth II’s life different to mine'. Y1MM have created a timeline of her life, compared the toys she used as a child to those we have now and looked at the household objects that the Queen had in her house and those we have in our houses now.


In History, we then brought in a picture of ourselves from home as a younger child. We created a display page on the app ‘Book Creator’ using our iPad’s to share the similarities and differences between us as a young child and the queen as a young child. Here are some of the pages we created...







In Geography we read the story ‘The Queen’s Handbag’ by Steve Antony. Through reading this story we learnt about famous landmarks across the United Kingdom. We used maps to plot these landmarks on a map of the United Kingdom and discover which main towns and cities in the United Kingdom we could find them in.  Y1GA also followed algorithms to help us plot the landmarks correctly.



Autumn term

The Wild West


In the first half term of Autumn we are investigating the hook question 'Who lived in the Wild West?'. Y1GA have been looking at the lives of Cowboys and Native Americans; learning about how they lived and comparing their ways of life to ours now. We have even been role playing as Cowboys and Native Americans too. Our Hoe Down Show Down Class Assembly was on Monday 16th October where we celebrated all our learning from the topic and shared it with parents and carers too.  







Our class assembly...










Now into Autumn 2, we are investigating the hook question ‘What’s Beyond the Sky?’ Y1GA have been looking at the significant events and life of Neil Armstrong and artefacts from space and space missions that have changed over the years. On Friday 24th November we are taking part in a Moon Walk around school and dressing up as anything related to space...we will post pictures to share our celebrations with you soon!



Spring term 


This term in Mathematics we have been focussing on Number and Place Value and Measures (length, height, weight, capacity). Look at the pictures below to walk through our learning with us...






Autumn term


We have been working really hard in Mathematics in our first half term in Year 1; especially in developing problem solving and reasoning skills. We have been building Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction skills using a range of models such as the whole-part-part model. Our main focuses have included:

  • Reading and writing numbers from 1 to 20 in words
  • Reading and writing numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals
  • Identifying one more and one less of a given number
  • Reading and interpreting mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs
  • Representing and using number bonds within 10.
  • Adding one-digit and two digit numbers
  • Subtracting one-digit and two digit numbers.

Look below at the some of the learning activities and investigations we have been doing in Maths.




Spring term


Y1GA have been looking at the poem of ‘The Dragon Who Ate Our School’ and have learnt the text using Talk for Writing. Scan the QR code below to watch all the children recite the first verse and chorus of our focus text. ​​​​​​



We have also focussed on the text 'Tell Me a Dragon' by Jackie Morris. In talk partners and small groups we created adjectives maps, to create a bank of words to support us in describing dragons. We talked about writing synonyms for words to help us make our word choices more adventurous. 



We then used these adjectives maps to support us in writing descriptive sentences about dragons. Some children including similies, alliteration and joining words within their sentences too!



Our final challenge for our 'hot write' was to design our dragon and write a descriptive narrative about it. Look at a couple of examples below...








Autumn term


We have had a fantastic start to our time in Year 1. Throughout our topic of the Wild West Y1GA have been looking at the text of The Gingerbread Cowboy and learnt the text using Talk for Writing. Scan the QR code below to watch all the children act out the story of The Gingerbread Cowboy.





This half term we used the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle and innovated it with our choice of character linked to the Space. Below as our picture of the class picture map which enabled us to create the story ‘The Very Hungry Space Puppy’. We have also begun to produce some non-fiction writing about space using all of our knowledge that we have learnt so far in the topic. Look below at some of the writing we have created about Space.












Throughout Autumn term we have been developing our knowledge of musical terms and applying and linking them to a range of classical and more modern melodies. We have focussed on:

  • Pulse
  • Rhythm
  • Dynamics

Check out the videos and pictures below to view how our skills have developed.


Watch this video of us keeping the pulse



We drew chalk pictures as we listened to 'Mars' from 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst to represent the dynamics in the piece of music






We have been very lucky to work with Newcastle United Foundation this term and we have been developing the following skills:

  • To throw and catch a ball with accuracy
  • To dodge an opponent in 5 different ways
  • To run with agility
  • To link skills together in across a range of activities.
  • To jump with height and distance.


Take a look at the photographs and videos below to see how our skills have developed.