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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1 2018 to 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,


Last half term was such a busy but enjoyable one. The children really enjoyed the topic Paws, Claws and Whiskers and enjoyed sharing their work with you. We created our own clay animals, learnt about  animals and their habitats and met lots of exciting and interesting animals throughout the topic. We have started our topic off with an exciting trip to Magna. The children were in their element and enjoyed being involved within the workshop. They learnt a lot about science and space and it was a great hook into our new topic.


This term our new Cornerstones topic will be ‘Moon Zoom!’ As part of this topic, we will be looking at position, direction and movement through computing, we will be thinking about how we could welcome an alien to Earth, we will learn about famous astronauts and about the planets in our solar system. As part of this learning, we will be creating a range of design and technology projects linked to space. We will also complete a rocket investigation thinking about how to improve our learning to get the best possible outcome. We look forward to sharing all of this learning with you at our next Express Event.


In English, the children will be writing non-chronological reports, learning about adverts and posters along with other topics which can be found on the website page for year 1.  All these English areas of learning will be linked to our topic of ‘Moon Zoom!’ We will continue to learn through guided reading and phonics each day. The children will continue to learn 5 sounds a week along with green words, white words, red words and including alien words.


In mathematics, we will be learning about addition and subtraction, place Value (within 50 and beyond) and multiples of 2, 5 and 10 will be included in this learning.  We will continue to look at reasoning and problem solving  questions and being more independent with reading them and answering the questions.


It would be great if you could continue to practise math's skills at home as well as writing simple sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.




PE  - Year 1 will have PE on a Thursday (please remember correct PE kit including out-door trainers for all sessions please). 

Reading– it is important to read at least 3 times a week with your child. Please send the reading sheets back in on a Thursday. These sheets need to be filled out every time you read with your child.

Online Homework– Remember to go online and complete the homework set online weekly. If you need your passwords again for any of the websites please let me know.

Phonics: Please practise segmenting and blending words and identifying sounds in words. If you could like any further resources to support this please let me know.

Handwriting: I will be sending home a letter line to show you the formation we follow at school. Please

ensure this is practised little and often as handwriting is a key factor to enhancing writing.

RE: It would be great if you could send in plastic bottles as we will be making music shakers in RE.

Topic: As part of out Engage event regarding our new topic it would be great if you could also send in boxes and other materials which can be used for box modelling to make a space buggy!  We will also be making planets so any spare newspapers would be brilliant as well!


We have lots of fun and exciting activities planned and these resources would be useful to have.


Thank you for your continued support. 


Miss Taylor, Mrs Millington and Miss Machin




Year 1 Homework


Homework will be issued on a Friday.

(REMINDER: Reading books are due back in school on a Thursday)

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activity                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activity                     
  • To learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week.  


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Thank you for your support with home learning!

The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy.  Click on the link below to find out some fantastic books you could read with your child at home!


50 must reads for Year 1...

Common Exception Words

Phonics Learning - Here are the sounds we are learning in phonics.

Express Event

Year 1 Coke and Mentos experiment

Year 1- Coke and Mentos experiment (Science week)

Red Nose Day March 2019

Year 1: How are craters made on the moon? In year 1, we investigated how craters are made on the moon and what impact different objects have. We looked at the height of the drop and the weight of the objects to see what difference it would make to the craters.

Year One... from Elsa to Where's Wally, we loved World Book Day 2019!

We had a fun afternoon of being artists, we drew a picture of a rocket with oil pastels in the style of the artist Peter Thorpe. He enjoyed drawing and painting abstract pictures of rockets so we had a go too!

Beegu Character Profile T4W Map

Chinese New Year Dragons

RE Engage: Graggers (Judaism)

Engage: Making alien slime

Engage: Investigating alien ice balls.

Engage: Alien Crash Landing

Engage: Magna

Christmas 2018

Year 1 wrote a class poem for Remembrance Day about Poppies and performed it.

Congratulations Year 1 on achieving 100% attendance (wc 15.10.18)!  As a reward they enjoyed: Parachute games, football and the trim trail! The children loved being outside and using the outside area and equipment with their friends.

Math's in Year 1!

Autumn 1: We have been learning about place value, addition and subtraction. The children have been learning how to use part-part-whole as well as counting on and back on number lines and in their heads!

The children have been securing their knowledge to 10 and 20 with some children going beyond this.

Talk for Writing Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Talk For Writing 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'

Animal Art: We have been looking at animal prints in topic and identifying animals by their prints. We used oil pastels to make shapes and lines to create patterns. Alongside this, we have been looking at the art work of Jenny Foster she liked to use her imagination to change the appearance of familiar animals. The children carefully looked at pictures of animals and then changed the colour's of them including the patterns.