Your new design will be uploaded in:
Please contact Delivery Team on
0113 3200 750 if you have any queries.

Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 1 2019 to 2020



Welcome to Year 1! 

Teacher: Miss Taylor  HLTA: Miss Machin 

Go to the Home Learning page for the Summer term message/newsletter.

Hello Year 1,


Welcome back to our final half term in Year 1. Thank  you all so much for the photos and messages that we have continued to receive over the last few weeks! Not forgetting the amazing videos of you learning to ride bikes, playing in the sun and reading we both love seeing all the amazing things that you have been doing at home!The Zoom chats have become our favourite time of the week. We’ve made airplanes, dinosaurs and snakes, we’ve managed scavenger hunts and fun games. It is great to see you laughing and playing along with each other and the excitement of telling us about what you’ve been doing and showing us your many creations!

This half term we are continuing with our topic of ‘Dinosaur Planet’’. Have a look on the Year 1 home learning subject pages for new learning for Phonics, Guided Reading, Maths, English and Topic. Remember that if you need resources sending home please do not hesitate to get in contact with me and I will arrange for them to be sent out.

Miss Machin will continue to set her Phonics Challenges, we have both been blown away with the effort and time you’ve put into completing these and we can’t wait to see what you will get up to this half term! I know Miss Machin has some very amazing activities planned. In addition to this, Mrs Kilby has started to produce some amazing Art lessons which you can follow along with at home! The videos can be found on the website home page under the more tab at the very bottom call ‘Art with Mrs Kilby’ It would be brilliant if you could send any completed art to Mrs Kilby’s e-mail address -

Please don’t forget to keep sending your pictures and videos over of all the things that you have been doing at home and keep a look out for the Zoom invites! Remember that we are here to help... always! 

Keep smiling, stay safe and I hope to see you soon Year 1!

Miss Taylor,  Miss Machin And Mrs Herczeg. 

Year One School Council.

Year 1 Home learning


Home learning will be issued on a Friday.

(REMINDER: Reading books are due back in school on a Thursday and will be handed back out on Friday)

Children will be expected to complete:

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


Click on the logos below to go to the log in pages.


Spelling Shed      


The children will also have access to Times Tables Rockstars.  




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...

Phonics in Year 1

Phonics is taught on a daily basis within class. The children will receive a 30 minute phonics session at the beginning of the day. The phonics will then be reinforced through guided reading, literacy and all other lessons. Below are the sounds which will be taught in Year 1. 
Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. You can also subscribe to access more games

Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. The children will be given real and nonsense words.

It checks that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words.
  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as pseudo words.

You can download a copy of the 2018 Phonics screening check from the website, here. This will give you an idea of what the check looks like and what is expected.

Spring- Moon Zoom.

03.02.20- Space terrain: In topic we looked at a space terrain and what objects we would find such as space rocks, asteroids and planets. We created a space terrain and had to use mathematical language to direct our partners around the terrain. The children enjoyed the exciting mission!

5.3.2020 World Book Day- We joined in with buddy reading with Year 5 and we read our favourite books. We then worked with Year 2 to complete different activities such as The Three Little Pig role play, word searches, reading stories and origami book marks. It was a really fun day!

5.3.20- World Book Day Costumes in Year One.

04.3.20- RE: We have been looking at sacred places. This week we looked at a Mosque and the features and artifacts that are linked to a Mosque. We looked at the prayer mats and decided to make a class mat. We learnt a new skill called cross-stitch and used this skill to create different lines and patterns on the mat. The children loved learning about the sacred places and loved sewing.

04.03.20- Geography: We used Google Maps on the laptops and ipads to find different features on Earth. We discovered lakes, rivers, trees and mountains along with other features. The children are becoming a lot more confident on the laptops.

28.2.20- In Year One we looked at the artist Peter Thorpe. He creates exciting space-themed pictures including patterns and bright colours. The children were encouraged to use oil pastels to create a piece of space-themed art with the main theme being rockets.

27.2.20- Author visit: In Year One, we were lucky enough to receive a visit form Gail Jones. The children enjoyed listening to her stories and even had the chance to ask her questions. At the end of the session the children drew some pictures of robots for a book they would like to write.

25.02.20- RE. In RE our big question is 'Why are some places sacred?' we looked at the Jewish celebration 'Purim'. During Purim they eat the traditional cookies called Hamantaschens. The children followed instructions to make the triangular cookies and were able to work in small teams and turn take to do this. The children were eager throughout the session and enjoyed trying to cookies.

12.2.20 KS1 MULTISKILLS: On Wednesday morning 10 children from Year 1 and 2 took part in a multi-skills competition against Montagu academy. They took part in events based around throwing, jumping and running. The children were a credit to the school. Overall, Barnburgh scored 20 points and Montagu scored 10 points, making us the winners! Well done to all the children.

11.2.20 Valentines Disco- Year one enjoyed dancing the night away and playing games with Early Years and KS1.

10.2.20- Computing: The children had a go at using the laptops and completing a drawing on a paint program. The children found it difficult at first but they persevered.

School nurse: Safe Touch- The school nurse came into Year One to discuss safe touch. We spoke about safe and unsafe places as well as an activity which enabled children to identify where they thought safe places were. The children ended the session watching the Pantosaurus song which they enjoyed singing along to.

ENGAGE RE- 20/01/2020 Children worked in Walts Wood to make a safe space by den building. Children worked in teams to make a den for a given object or person. We had certain key questions that we linked to this session such as ‘Why is it important to make it feel safe?’ ‘What can you add to it to make it safe and feel safe?’ The children reflected back on the previous lesson and photos.

15.01.2020 Engage- Making Slime The children found some slime over the rocket and the tables in the classroom. They passed the slime around and spoke about the texture of the slime and we had a discussion about where we thought it came from. The children were then given the opportunity to make some slime of their own. They worked in small groups and followed instructions to make their very own alien slime!

ENGAGE: Alien Ice balls 14.01.2020 There was a knock a the door and a year one friend was the first to spot the silver rock and went to go and get it but when he picked it up it was ice cold! The children took the ice cold, silver balls back into class to investigate them further. In class Miss Taylor could hear a strange noise coming from inside the silver ball and as we passed the ball around the class a lot of the children agreed they too could hear a strange noise. Very carefully the children opened up the silver ball and we were shocked to find two little aliens trapped inside a ball of ice. The children set off investigating how we could help to free the aliens from inside the ice balls and in the end we decided to try out three ideas. Our first idea was to put the ice ball in a sink of hot water, the second idea was to put it by the radiator and the third was to wrap it in paper towels and towels. The children then predicted which of their ideas would work best and then we set off testing our ideas to see if we were right.

ENGAGE: Rocket crash landing- Year One heard a bang outside and were keen to investigate. The children looked outside for clues and came across the crash scene and they couldn't believe their eyes! The children found slime, moon rocks and a broken down rocket. To top it off we found 2 alien eggs!! The children were excited to tell everybody about what had happened.

Autumn- Paws, Claws and Whiskers.

Christmas Concert: The children performed in the concert 'Away in a Manger'. The children did so well remembering all the words for the songs and their lines in the play. The children have made all the staff very proud!

Express Event: The children presented their work to their parents/carers in the Express Event. We had an animal art gallery to display creative pieces of work from throughout the project. Children explained how they had created a certain piece of art by talking about the technique they used. In addition, we performed the poem ‘A Rumble in the Jungle' as well as ‘Old MacDonald Had a Jungle’. The children guided their parents around the Express Event to enable them to explain and show their work.

Following instructions: In English, we have been reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Sophie made and fed many sandwiches to the tiger so we decided we would look at how to make a sandwich. We followed an instruction map and looked at the time connectives and imperative verbs. The children loved making the sandwiches and especially loved eating them!!!!

Clay animals: The children used the Ipads to take pictures of their clay animals. They spoke about what their animals do through the day and placed them in different places around the school.

English- Reciting 'There's a Rumble in the Jungle'.

English- Reciting 'There's a Rumble in the Jungle'.

Children in Need 2019: We spoke about why we support Children in Need and how we can help. The children joined in with 5 minute active videos by Joe Wicks and these were completed throughout the day. We also made Pudsey masks and though of an usual way to decorate Pudsey rather than his usual yellow colour. The children really enjoyed the day.

Anti Bullying Week- Odd socks day and circle time. The children were involved with a circle time regarding bullying. We spoke about who we can talk to if we have a problem and how can we resolve it in school etc. The children looked at and spoke about how can the change we make, can make a difference to somebody. The children wrote on stars to make pledges linking to the theme ‘change starts with us’. The children came up with ideas such as ‘smile at somebody’ and ‘ give someone a nice compliment’.

The Great Barnburgh Bake Off: These are the entries from this year's Barnbrugh Bake Off. They all look delicious!!

Year One Multi-Skills: Year One went to Doncaster Dome to join in with different physical activities. The children rotated around activities such as Sharky Shark, hoop games and ball games. All the children loved joining in and learning some new games!

Remembrance Day Poppy display: We will remember them.

Remembrance Day Poppies: As part of a whole school project, Year 1 have made their own individual poppies. Although it was difficult at first, all the children persevered and were happy with the finish poppies!

Talk for Writing 'Old MacDonald had a Jungle'.

Talk for Writing 'Old MacDonald had a Jungle'.

Talk for Writing 'Old MacDonald had a Jungle'.

World Mental Health Day 2019

Golden time- 100% attendance

Healthy eating

Engage: A visit from Mattie. The children loved playing with Mattie outside!

Engage- Animal tea party. We came to school dressed as our favourite animals. We made invitations, bunting and tea cups. We then made healthy fruit kebabs and listened to our new class text 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. It was a really fun day!

We have loved our animal tea party!

Engage- A visit from Poppy, we found out how Mrs Grange looks after Poppy and how she keeps her healthy.

RE Engage- Baking bread linked to Harvest

Topic Engage- Falconry display

Engage: A special visit from Tee-Tee the cat.

Home Learning- Paws, Claws and Whiskers

PE- Movement and direction