Y1 Bluebells 2022/23 

 Welcome to our class page 

Class team - Mrs Shaw and Miss Mather

1:1 support - Miss Aspinall and Mrs Ahmed


Upcoming events:

Tuesday 27th June - KS1 sports day 

This term our PE days will be Tuesday and Friday. Please make sure you bring your PE kit in a bag on these days. 

Please bring your reading books and records everyday so we can listen to you read in school. Come and read with your child in class: every Wednesday morning, 8.40-8.55. This is an opportunity to read with your child and sign their reading records.

This half term we are reading…


Have a look at what we will be studying this term.

Year 1 Bluebells Curriculum letter

Spelling books (small yellow books) need to be brought to school every Friday.


Y1 spelling overviews

Every week we have class worship. It is a time for us to talk and reflect. This half term we are looking at the value of RESPECT. We talked about our school vision 'Let all that you do be done in love' and what it means to us. We then created pictures to represent our ideas. 

This half term our theme is “Royal Patrons – The story of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II". We will have a history focus, comparing the lives of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth was a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother, and both are recognised sources of inspiration whose legacies will live on.

We looked at pictures of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. We discussed what was similar, and what was different. Then we drew our own pictures and painted them with water colours. We have also looked at toys past and present. We sorted the toys into two categories, and then had the opportunity to play with some of the toys. 

Jumbles Country Park 

We went for a walk around Jumbles reservoir. The weather stayed dry for us. We enjoyed walking and talking with our friends, and exploring the environment. 


We went on a fantastic school trip to Eureka science museum. We got to explore various hands on science stations, and spent time in the Soundscpae gallery and the About Me gallery. The children enjoyed pretending to be a doctor and dentist. We spent time in the living and working gallery where children got to explore the garage, the shop, the bank, the post office and the dig. They had the opportunity to dress up and role-play. They all had a fabulous time!


In PE we have been working on the skill of jumping. We setup different stations around the hall, each one focusing on improving our jumping skills. 


In RE we are looking the topic 'Why is Baptism special?' We have looked at the different symbols associated with baptism. We made our own baptism candles. We walked up to St. Thomas' Church and met the Rev. Trantor. He talked to us about what happens during a baptism, and then we got to have a pretend baptism with our doll. 

Spring Two Term

Litter picking

We went around our local area, and picked up the rubbish. We were very surprised with how much rubbish we found around the area. 

Science Day

On Tuesday 14th March we took part in science day. We carried out an investigation to answer the question, "Do taller children have bigger feet?". We measured our heights, and our feet using cubes (a non-standard unit of measurement). We then lined up in order from biggest to smallest. We found that if the chid was taller they usually had bigger feet, although there were a couple anomalies within the class. In the afternoon we made paper helicopters of different sizes and investigated which ones stayed in the air the longest. 

World Book Day

We had a super busy world book day. In the morning, we went to Salford to watch Jack and the Beanstalk, where we also joined in with the songs. Then, in the afternoon, we read Tilda tries again and did some work around the book. We also dressed up as our favourite book characters, and decorated potatoes as our favourite book characters.

Commando Joe in 1S

We have enjoyed our Commando Joe sessions, using teamwork and problem solving to complete a range of tasks. We have been working on our memory skills.

Library Visit

We finally got to visit Bolton Library, and had so much fun. We read books, explored the library, listened to some stories, completed some sheep craft and even got a free book each to take home with us!

Spring One Term


In our theme Record Breaker we found a mysterious bag in our classroom. After looking through it and using the clues, we guessed it belonged to an explorer. Then we decided to become explorers. In pairs, we made lists of things we would like to find both inside and outside of the classroom. Then we had to go and explore and see what we could find. It was lots of fun! Sir Ranulph Fiennes has the title 'The World's Greatest Explorer' as he completed a Transglobal expedition, visiting the North Pole and the South Pole! We have been learning about what made him famous, and completed a class timeline about him. 

Computer Science

In computing we have started to look at computer science, and explore the word ALGORITHM. We have had the opportunity to explore the Beebots (a programmable floor robot) and make them move in different directions. Then we got different challenge cards and mats, and had to make the Beebots move to specific places or in specific ways. 


In science we are continuing to look at materials. We have been conducting a range of investigations and experiments, focusing on working scientifically. We tested a range of objects made from different materials to find out which ones floated and which one sunk. We made our own boats out of paper, and carried out an investigation to answer the question "Will a paper boat float forever?" Our next science investigation was to answer the question "Is all paper good for writing?" We tested different paper by writing on them with different writing implements. We found out that crepe paper was not good for writing on as it kept on ripping. 


As part of our PE lessons, we are looking at dance. We started off by pretending to be fireworks, and we used the ribbons.

Commando Joe in 1S

We have enjoyed our Commando Joe sessions, using teamwork and problem solving to complete a range of tasks. We have used our balancing, hopping and jumping skills.

We have been finishing off our topic on the Arctic Circle by looking at Inuits. We have learnt about their clothing, their houses, and what they eat. We had a go at Inuit drum dancing and Inuit throat singing. We then tried to make our own Inukshuks (a stone landmark) using rocks. In PSHE, we learnt how Inuits greet each other by rubbing noses, and then we made up our own greetings.  

Autumn Two Term

As part of our theme we are looking at the Arctic Circle. We started by finding the Arctic Circle using maps and globes. We discussed the different countries that are within the Arctic Circle and identified them on a map.

On Wednesday 23rd November we had our class assembly all about LOVE. 

In science we are looking at different materials. We all had an ice cube, and had to find materials that would keep it frozen the longest. We found that wrapping the ice inn tinfoil worked best, but wrapping the ice cube in cotton wool made it melt faster. We had the opportunity to explore a whole range of different materials. We discussed what the materials looked like and how they felt. We discussed the range of properties for the different materials. We used a microscope attached to our iPad's to look at the materials in a greater depth. 

Children in Need 2022

What a comfy day we had wearing our pyjamas! 

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders : Pankhurst, Kate, Pankhurst,  Kate: Amazon.co.uk: Books  Non-fiction Author Afternoon  Fantastically Great Women Who Made History - Kate Pankhurst; | Foyles  Bookstore

We looked at the books written by Kate Pankhurst, and discussed fantastically great women. We studied the book covers, drew our own images about what makes us fantastically great and discussed women who have changed our lives.

As part of our theme, 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat', we have been learning about the seven continents and finding them on a map. We have also been learning our compass points; north, east, south and west. We played a game outside so we could practice them. 

 Look at this amazing writing Bluebells class completed in English. We read the story 'Handa's Surprise' and discussed the key events in the story. Then, we wrote our own sentences for the story. We also had fun retelling the story using the props from the story sack.

RE lessons

This half term we have been looking at the creation story. We had the opportunity to be creative using watercolours, playdoh, chalk or lego. It was so much fun. 

Fun in forest school

We have climbed trees, played in the mud, made story sticks and leaf crowns, explored and toasted marshmallows on a fire. 

Autumn One Term

We have had lots of fun in Autumn One term. We have been on a treasure hunt for pirate treasure, we have learnt about push and pull forces in science and we have had fun reading in the library.

In PE we have been looking at throwing and catching, as well as taking part in circuit training to improve our fitness.

Rivington Walk

On Monday 10th October we went on a walk to Rivington. We had lots of fun exploring the area. 

Pirate Day

To celebrate the end of our theme Land Ahoy we had a Pirate Day. Captain DanTastic came to visit us, we did lots of dance, drama, art and made our own treasure maps. 

Have a look at what Year One got up to last year (2021/22)

Summer 2:Our theme this half term is 'The Famous Five.' “The Famous Five” is a thematic unit based around famous people and events, with a history focus. Pupils will look at the significant contributions made by individuals in the past and events that have led to change for the future. The suggested five are:- The Great Fire of London / Samuel Pepys, Neil Armstrong / The First Moon Landing and Christopher Columbus. The class are free to choose other people or events that have had a significant impact within history.

Summer 1: Our theme this half term is 'Light Up the World.' Light Up the World is a thematic unit based around the sun and other sources of light, with a science focus. Pupils will look at solar power and how to save electricity, as well as learning about sun safety and the importance of protecting both the skin and eyes. They will also learn about how shadows are formed when solid objects block light. Nocturnal animals will also be introduced in this unit.



What an amazing day out. The students and staff had an amazing day visiting all the animals and feeding them. We all had turns petting and feeding different animals. We also found out a lot about different farm animals eg what they are called and what their babies are called, how big they grow and we even found out how milk is taken from the cows. We all had a blast of a time! 

Imagine That Trip 

we went on a trip to Imagine That where we played and learnt all about science. We used all our senses and learnt all about light and dark. We had great fun making snow, and creating our own magnets. 

Forest School

We started our learning in Forest school this week. We loved being outside and learning in a different way. We can't wait for more learning in the Forest school. 

This week used used tools, we were fantastic at sawing.

MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm toasted marshmallows.

This week we turned our wooden disks into necklaces. We were brilliant using the tools. 

We whittled and tree painted in Forest school this week. 

We worked in pairs to complete a scavenger hunt. We loved collecting the items on the list.


Easter Cards 

10 Easter Cards







Our class had so much fun creating our own Easter cards. We used different materials and wrote our own little message inside. Look at how well they turned out!

Fairy Tales 

After learning about the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have also been discussing how this story links to new beginnings.

 We all decided to work together and make our own Easter Gardens. We used cardboard for our hill and covered it with soil. We all got a turn to put some soil on and some of us sprinkles some grass seeds. We then used sticks to make a cross and placed it on top of our hill and added some rocks for decoration. We will water our garden and watch as the grass grows and gives us hope for our new beginning.

Fairy bags

What a great day! 

We designed, stitched and decorated our very own fairy bags. We chose our own shape, colours and decoration for our magical bags then we stitched our material together to make our own bags. We worked really hard and had so much fun and it really payed off. Just look at how cool our bags are!

History Day 

British Values Day



We read the "Barnabus Project" and created great work around this book! We dressed up as an animal and had great fun through out the day.


Spring Term 1

We have been taking part in so many activities so far. We have looked at different fruit, discussed what is healthy and what is not. We also talked about where it comes from and where it grows (underground or on a tree). We used our creative art skills to sketch our fruit. 

We have also been looking at our world map. We know the 7 continents and the 5 oceans. We can also point out where England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland is on a map. We can also match them to their flags. We have also talked about their capital cities and used the Ipads to show our understanding through another matching game.

We have discussed the word Algorithm and we understand that it means instructions. We have been making our own algorithms for the bee-bots. We made the bee-bots move by pushing the buttons on his back and trying to get him to a place on the map. We also tried making shapes with the bee-bots.

In maths we are on our second book, we are learning how to count on from a random number up to 50. We are also learning how to add and takeaway big numbers like 13 by taking away the 1s first then the 10. Others have been focusing on our numbers too 10. 

In English we are writing more and more adjectives and are using our sounds. We are writing neatly and are even trying to add question marks and exclamation marks. 

Through PE, we have a day with commando Joe and a day for dancing. We are dancing to the season. 


Values Day 

on values day we wore our own pink clothes because the value we focused on was LOVE. We talked about how we show love through kindness. We each wrote out how we are kind and typed it on the computer. We made the writing beautiful and the size of writing to what we wanted. We printed our work of and stuck it on a leaf. The leaf is now on a real tree in our classroom on display. 



We loved our first session with Commando Joe, we can't wait for next week 

Commando Joe










We have been having so much fun in year 1 this term! 


This video is all about how you can help your child read at home. 

Archived year 1 documents

Year 1 Spellings Aut 1

Y1 Curriculum Letter




Click the above image to watch a RWI video. 


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