Welcome to Mrs Sampson's Year 1 Class Page


We do PE on: Tuesday and Friday

We test spellings on: Friday

We practise our counting: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our counting and spellings in order to ensure we make the best possible progress during our time in Year 1.

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. 

This term our topic is 'Cracking Ideas'. pdfClick here to find out about the exciting things we have planned.


Useful Documents  

pdfYear 1 recommended book list       

Class Letters                        


The children have had a fantastic time swimming this term. To see the children's confidence grow in such a short space of time has been amazing. They have loved the sessions and gained so much from them. 

In Science this week we smelt different scents as part of our work on our 5 senses. We had to guess what was inside each pot based on the smell. We then discussed if we liked or disliked the smell. Our favourite was definitly chocolate! Our least favourite was vinegar. 

We had a great time celebrating World Book Day We dressed up as a book character, we had a visit from Damian Harvey, a real life author who inspired us all to get writing! We then worked with Miss Middlebrooke and Mrs Barton's class on Narnia themed activities. It was a fun but very busy day! 



As part of our topic on Animals and Humans in Science we looked closely dead fish! We looked at two different types of fish and looked at the similarities and differences between the two. The children were fascinated by them! 

We loved learning to tell the time in Maths this week. We looked at making analogue and digital times. 

We had a great morning exploring lots of different maths activities today. We had to solve shape, number and direction problems working together in teams of 7 or 8. All the children were a credit to the school and worked SO hard to complete all of the activities.


We enjoyed showing the rest of the school and our parents what we have been learning this half term. The children did so well reading their words and sharing their work. 

Parents and Carers were invited into school to learn about a new inititiave that we are starting in school. The parents had a talk explaining 'The Thrive Approach' then they attended activities in our classroom. We made friendship bracelets, dream catchers, lego models and completed some mindful colouring. It was lots of fun. 


This half term we have been working on challenging ourselves in the areas of provision. We have had to complete a series of different challenges, collecting evidence as we go along. If we manage to successfully complete the challenges we win a coloured lolly stick in our pot. 7 sticks and we win a prize! 

As part of our Art Topic on colour theory we explored colour mixing. We learnt about the three primary colours and explored what happened when we mix the colours together. We painted these on a colour wheel. We then used our knowledge to mix our own colours to paint Elmer. 

We have had great fun learning all about measures. We have measured the length of objects around the classroom, the distance cars travelled down the guttering, made potions estimating how much the different contaners hold and found objects that were heavy and light. 

This afternoon we began experimenting with felt making! It was a tricky process but the children were fabulous! They worked together well in partners and enjoyed the activity. 

We had a great time watching the production of Aladdin in our school hall this afternoon. We loved joining in with singing, dancing and of course lots of cheering and booing! 

As part of our topic this term we have been fascnated by the events of the Great Fire of London. We have completed some fantastic writing and mde some great art work. 

This afternoon was our Open Afternoon where our grown ups had the opportunity to come into class and take part in lots of different activities with us. It was also a time where we were able to show them all of the wonderful work we have been doing in Year 1! 

In Year One we were very excited to have a visit from the Year Five children.  The Year Five children have been paired up with our younger children to be their Reading Buddies.  In their pairs they read books to each other and the older children supported our chidlren with their reading. 

In Year One this week children have been exploring our Orchard.  They have used natural resources to make miniture houses for bugs.  They have also worked in pairs to create a piece of natural art using the natural resources they found on the ground.

pdfClick here to access the PowerPoint notes and website links that were discussed at the September phonics meeting on 25.9.18.


Today we had our launch for our Great and Ghastly Events topic. We explored time capsules that had been left in our classroom that gave us clues about different events that had happened. Once all the capsules had been investigated, the children decided they would like to learn more about the Titanic for the first part of our topic. 

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