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Eskdale, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6ED

01695 721881

Delph Side Community Primary School

Enjoy, Embrace, Evolve - "We Make the Difference!"

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1! Our teacher is Miss Moore who is covering Mrs Littler's maternity leave and our teaching assistants are Mrs McVeigh and Miss Johnson (R-L). There are 19 very lovely and enthusiastic children in our class and we are always excited to learn new things. In Year 1 we make learning choices and work very hard to become independent learners.


Year 1 Class 2016-2017
Year 1 Class 2016-2017

Our topic this half term is Robots. In English we will be reading a wide range of texts about robots and carrying out various activities and exciting writing tasks.

We will also be looking at a range of other subjects within this theme including Science, Design and Technology, Art and Design and Music.

In Art and DT we will spend time looking at pictures of a range of robots and identifying the similarities and differences between them. We will then go on to use a range of media and techniques to draw robots and use different materials to make 3D robots from construction kits and other materials.

As part of this theme we will also explore the body and the 5 senses. We will find out what our body is made up of, discuss whether humans are all the same and if we are animals.

In Music lessons Miss Taylor will give the children chance to listen to live recordings and explore the melody in each one.

Plus lots more……



Please check back to see what we get up to along the way.


General information

  • We have PE on Monday and Tuesday morning, but should always have our kit in school.
  • Spellings are given out on Friday each week and are stuck in spelling books. Spellings will be tested on the following Friday, it is important to practice these as often as possible.
  • We need to read at home every night. We aim to change books every day, however sometimes this may not be possible but we will always change them as soon as we can. When we have read at home 25 times we receive a certificate and a book prize in gathering.
  • We have a pupil of the week award which is announced in gathering and they are given a POW award. Other awards include Magic Maths, Handwriting Hero and Boss Behaviour which are also announced in gathering.
  • At play time we can either bring in our own healthy snack or you may choose to pay 20p per day to choose a snack from our snack trolley.
  • Water bottles can also be brought into class in a plastic bottle that is clearly labelled with a name and will be freely accessible throughout the day.

Robot poems

This week in Year 1 we have been reading different poems and finding the rhyming words. We learnt to recite a robot poem off by heart with actions and then used the poem to create our own.


Designing and building our own robots
Over the last two weeks in Year 1 we have been designing and building our own robots using cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and cardboard tubes. We have painted them and decorated them using buttons, pipe cleaners and pom-poms.

Writing recounts
Last week Year 1 were learning about recounts. We watched a video of Mister Maker making a picture of a fish. We practised retelling the different steps using pictures and actions to guide our partners through making their own picture. We then wrote a recount of how we made the picture using time words.

Learning about baptism
This week in Year 1 we have been learning all about baptisms with Miss Taylor. We were lucky to have a visit from a minister who told us all about baptisms. She showed us how she uses the Holy water to bless the baby and we even had the chance to have a go ourselves.

Green day
Last week for Green day Year 1 learnt all about the importance of recycling our rubbish and reusing plastic containers. We also took a survey of how each of us travelled to school and put our information into a picture graph using the I-pads.

Visit to the library
Last week Year 1 had lots of fun visiting our school library and enjoyed browsing through the books and even taking books out to read at home.


This week in year 1 we have been learning about the different language that we can use to describe position. We have also been talking about the different directions that we can give such as forwards, backwards, left and right.

Martin Mere
Year 1 had a brilliant trip to Martin Mere this week! We had fun learning the differences between birds and ourselves as well as learning a flamingo dance. We spotted lots of different birds and even fed some of them. We had a great time den building, so much so that we went back in the afternoon to finish them off!

Is it waterproof?

This week in year 1 we have been talking about what materials are waterproof and which aren't. We have been testing different materials such as fabric, paper, wood, plastic to see if it was waterproof or not.

Writing captions

This week in Year 1 we have been writing our own non-fiction page. We have been reading non-fiction books to find as much information as we can to include in our work. We added our own titles and used the I-pads to find pictures and write captions to go with each piece of information.

Non-Fiction books

This week we are looking at non-fiction books. We have been looking at the different features of a non-fiction book and even had a go at labelling some of our big books in school.

Measuring Capacity

This week in Year 1 we have been describing the capacity of different containers. We used rice and different sized containers to compare the capacity of each of the containers and used mathematical language to describe them.

Messy Maps

This week in Year 1 we have been looking at our school and it's grounds. We went for a walk around school and made our own messy maps of the inside of our school and labelled the different areas that we could see.

Landscape drawings

We have been exploring our playground this week. We used a range of pictures of our playground to help us draw a landscape drawing of the garden using sketching pencils and techniques such as smudging and shading. We took our time and really concentrated on all of the details that we could see and drew some brilliant pictures!


This week in Year 1 we have been talking about our friendships and what we could do to be a good friend. We said kind words to one apple and unkind words to another and found that even though they both looked the same on the outside, the apple that we said unkind words to was rotten on the inside. We have all decided one thing we can do to be a good friend in class.

Exploring objects and materials

In Year 1 this week we were very excited to start our new topic The Great Outdoors. We have been using our observation skills to find objects in our playground. We have also been exploring different everyday materials this week, we used our hands to feel what objects were under the material and tried to guessed the materials that were hidden.

Active Maths

This week in Year 1 we have been learning how to tell the time to the hour and to the half hour. We have been using our body's to show different times on the clock.

The Crocodile under the bed

In Year 1 this week we have been planning our recount which we will be writing next week based on the story The Crocodile Under the Bed. We practised ordering events  from the story, answered questions in role and also looked at some key vocabulary of a recount.


This week Year 1 were lucky enough to have one of the children's parents, grandparent and great grandparent visit us to answer questions we had about families. We asked different questions and found out lots of information about their family, how they look after each other and also had a discussion about how many generations that they have in their family.

World Science Week

To celebrate World Science Week Year 1 carried out two investigation, the first was the find out if all bubbles were round and the second was to create our very own lava lamp. We also had lots of fun visiting the mobile farm that had come into school, we met all of the different animals and even had the chance to feed some of them ourselves. Click here to see the pictures from the mobile farm.

Drawing our family

Last week in Year 1 we were learning all about the different members of a family and used the computers to draw pictures of our own families.


World Book Day

Year 1 had lots of fun on world book day! We had a day packed full of exciting activities to celebrate the day. We read with Year 5's, enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows whilst listening to stories, visited our school library, wrote our own superhero stories and also used clues to guess different books.

World Maths Day

For world maths day Year 1 were challenged to make different 3D shapes using only sweets and sticks. Some of us also made different repeated patterns using beads and pipe cleaners, played dominos, found different ways of making 10 and coloured in number additions. We had lots of fun celebrating world maths day!

Little Red Riding Hood

Last week in Year 1 we were reading the traditional tale Little Red Riding Hood. We thought about different adjectives that could describe each character and even acted out the story ourselves.

Maths Problems

Year 1 had fun solving some 3D shape maths problems last week. We picked a 3D shape, drew it on the inside of a piece of paper and wrote 3 clues on the front. Using these clues our friends had to guess what 3D shape was inside.

Making a fruit kebab!

Following our fruit testing last week, we have been designing, making and evaluating our own fruit kebabs this week. We had great fun, especially the making part!

Bee-Bot programming

This week year 1 have been exploring the Bee-Bots in school. We have been using the mats and the action cards to give the Bee-Bots instructions to ensure they arrived safely at a given location.

Safer Internet Day

For our Internet Safety Day in Year 1, we talked about how a picture can share more information than we think and sometimes even personal information that we do not want strangers to know. We talked about the dangers of sharing our personal information online and looked at a range of different pictures deciding whether they were safe to put on the internet or not. We also made our own 'About me collages' using the I-pads as a way of telling someone all about us without sharing pictures which may share our personal information.

Fruit Tasting

This week we have been tasting different fruits ready to make our fruit kebabs next week. We tasted a range of different fruit and decided which ones we liked and which ones we weren't too keen on.

Following Instructions

This week we have been looking at how to read and write instructions. Throughout the week, we read and followed instructions on how to make different sandwiches.

Trip to Tesco

In Year 1 this week we visited Tesco as part of our theme 'Growth and Green Fingers'. We learnt about where sugar comes from as well as which different foods contain sugar. We also learnt about different types of fruit and vegetables, how they are grown and we even got to taste some of them.


Year 1 have enjoyed music this afternoon. We have started to learn about the pulse of the music.

Money Fun!

This week we have been learning all about money and the different coins that we can use. We have been practicing how to make amounts in different ways. Our snack was even hijacked this week and we actually had to 'pay' for our fruit!!

Tree Hunt

In Year 1 this week we have been learning about two different types of trees, the evergreen tree and the deciduous tree (which has been a bit of a tongue twister for some of us). We went on a tree hunt around school to see which type of trees we could spot!

Becoming gardeners!
Year 1 have been learning about what a plant needs to help it grow. This week we have had lots of fun planting our own cress seeds. They have been placed on the windowsill and are being watered daily we'll keep you posted on how well they grow...


We have had lots of fun answering questions in character!


Christmas Fair

Year 1 being fantastic little helpers setting the stall up for the Christmas fair! Well done.

Rice Krispie Christmas Trees
Look at these amazing trees that Year 1 made to sell at the Christmas fair. They were delicious!


Year 1 have been experimenting with charcoal and graphite and drawing houses in 1666 during The Great Fire of London.

We experimented by adding colour as fire to our drawings!

Gift Bags
We had lots of fun making these and they look amazing.

Pop up Cards
The children found it tricky to make these pop up cards but kept on trying. Well done!

Visit from Dan

Year 1 enjoyed the visit from Dan an ordinary author from Blackpool. They were amazed by his brilliant storytelling!

Library grand opening

Year 1 absolutely loved being up in the library, choosing a book to take home and checking books out!


We were very lucky to get a visit from the very Gruffalo himself.  This was very exciting for us in Year 1.


Year 1 enjoyed taking part in the hour of code!  They used various apps on the iPads. 


We have been learning about whole, quarter, half and three quarter turns!


In English Year 1 have started to plan their own 'Zog' story. They have created their own characters and changed the ending.


Anti-Bullying Week

Year 1 and Year 2 loved swapping their anti bullying gifts that they made for each other. Year 1 made super hero masks to show that they want to stand up and stop bullying. Year 2 made friendship bracelets to show that they always want to be friends.

Anti-Bullying Week
Year 1 enjoyed making origami hearts to show love and that they want to stand up against bullying. They want everyone to be friends!

We also had fun making superhero masks for our partner class Year 2.  We made superhero masks to show that we want to stand up, be brave and stop bullying.

Year 1 know about cyber bullying. Here is a video of a little song.


Remembrance/WW2 Week

Year 1 loved making gas masks!

Remembrance/WW2 Week

Year 1 have absolutely enjoyed the WW2 role play area this week! They have really enjoyed learning about evacuation.

Remembrance/WW2 Week

Year 1 enjoyed taking part in a military exercise PE lesson! It looks like they worked hard.


Times Tables

Year 1 pratcising 2 and 10 times tables. Amazing.



These children are very enthusiastic reading their information texts on penguins.


Year 1 have enjoyed making penguins, pigs and possums using clay.


Blackpool Zoo

We have been using different media to draw icebergs, desert and trees. We have also had a go at drawing penguins, pigs and possums.

Over the past two weeks we have been practising following and giving instructions to each other, programming Beebots to move from one place to another and using a game on the computer.



Year 1 have been learning the 7 continents of the world. Test your children to see which they can remember.


Today we enjoyed a bit of hot seating and pretended to be the characters from the story. We asked and answered questions.


In maths we have been learning ordinal numbers. We enjoyed having races and pretending to queue for the ice cream van.

In English we have been reading the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. The children had a go at freeze framing and showing feelings of the characters from the story.

Maths Games

In year 1 we have been playing maths games. We have been ordering numbers and playing addition bowling.

Living Things

Year 1 have been looking at creation and researching living things.

First Week in Year 1