Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

'Unlocking Potential'

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


We are very lucky to have two classes in our year group – The Daisy class and the Buttercup class.

In the Daisy class we have three adults – Miss Gains (Class Teacher), Miss Lee (Learning Support Assistant) and Mrs Mason (Learning Support Assistant). 

There are also three adults in the Buttercup class – Miss Rushworth (Class Teacher), Miss Tsopa (Learning Support Assistant) and Miss Papaiacovou (Learning Support Assistant).

Key information

Our PE lessons are on a Tuesday (indoor PE) and Thursday (outdoor PE). Please come to school dressed in your PE kit on those days.

Everybody has a reading book and a record to take home. It is important that we aim to read at home every night, even if it is just two pages and write in the record when you have read. Your child will be given certificates for reading at home.

We will begin to send home spellings to practice at home. Our spelling words will be kept the same for the half term so keep practicing!

Autumn 1

We have had a fantastic half term in school. We read the Gruffalo story and even had a visit from the terrible Gruffalo as he knocked our bin over in the classroom. We made wanted posters to send to the mouse to make sure it didn't happen again! 

Next half term, our topic is about Pizzas. We will be reading 'The Little Red hen makes a pizza' and then making them ourselves to write instructions so others can make them just like us. In Geography, we will be learning about our local area, Leeds, using key words like city, urban, shop, house and flat. In maths, we will be using our Maths No Problem scheme to help us learn about addition, subtraction and methods to work out number equations, such as the part-whole model. We have sent home passwords for NumBots (an app that is available to download on the Play Store or App Store). This supports children in maths in a fun way. 

Well done to everybody who has achieved their bronze, silver and gold certificates for reading at home. There is still plenty of time to get yours if you have not already, so keep reading as much as you can! 

Keep up the super attitudes and great work!

Autumn 2

Year 1 had a lovely Autumn 2 half term. Our English topic was based around the Little Red Hen makes a Pizza and instruction writing. We used our knowledge and skills to make our own pizzas (they were delicious!) In maths, we have using the Maths No Problem scheme to consolidate a deeper understanding of numbers to 10. In Geography, we focused on our local area and the human features within it. Please take a look at our geography page to have a look at our local area fieldwork. In computing, we looked at presentations and how we can use these in other subjects.


In Spring 1, our class text is based around the well-known story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will be slowly revealing the story over two weeks and once we have learned our version of the story, we will send it home for children to practice.  In maths, we are going to be using the Maths No Problem scheme to consolidate a deeper understanding of numbers to 20. We will then be focusing on shape and patters, and length and height. We will be using our prior knowledge of Armley and our local area then zooming out to focus on the United Kingdom. We will be looking at its four countries and capital cities with understanding of its surrounding seas.  

Spring 1

It was lovely to see Year 1 back to school after the winter break. We learned a new story in English all about 'Little Red'. The children were able to recite the story using talk for writing. We also used Colourful semantics to look at the structure of our sentences to help us write our own story. In maths, we have been concentrating on numbers to 20. In this topic we have learned about addition and subtraction, and different methods of working these out. We looked at breaking our numbers into tens and ones and subtracting from there. Well done to all the children who are using Numbots!


In Geography, we have been learning about the UK. We learned about it's four countries and their capital cities. We have enjoyed finding the UK on globes and maps as well as looking at the surrounding seas. In Art, we have been learning about sculptures. We used clay to make trees and practice key skills such as hollowing out, using slip to add on parts and we used tools to add details. We have used these as part of our Little Red display - the children have enjoyed using the characters from our story to play in our trees. In PE, we have learned a 'fairy tales' dance to link in with our topics!


In science, we have learnt about different materials and their properties. We looked at what the material might be used for and then described them. We found that some items had more than one material which made it i

Spring 2

What a fantastic term. The children have worked hard in all aspects of their learning and have begun to shine. In English, we have been concentrating on the traditional tale "The Three Little Pigs". The children had been working hard to develop their own character for their story. We have had some wonderful ideas and some fantastic stories. Some examples of this include "The Three Little Unicorns" and "The Three Little Dragons". 

In maths, we have learnt about 2D and 3D shapes. We went on shape hunts and treasure hunts around our classrooms and school to find different shapes. We also learned about length and height. We talked about non-standard units of measurement and standard units. We used non-standard units and then centimetres to measure items around the classroom. We found that using standard measurements was much better because we all got the same number!

In science, we have been looking at seasonal change. We have been tracking the weather and looking at the length of the days. The children have been telling us about how they can have some time playing out in the garden after school as the days are getting longer.

In RE, our topic was called "Who brought messages from God and what did they say". We learned about some stories and talked about what message they might bring and what morals we can take from them. 


In the Summer term, we are going to be learning all about Pirates in English. The children are already excited to play in our Pirate role play area, as well as learning about what was on the pirate ship!

In maths, we are going to be learning about numbers that go beyond 40. Keep practising counting to 40 and back - can you spot how many tens and ones each number has got? 


Summer 1

Year One have been so busy this half term. We have tried our best with all of our work and the progress is fantastic. 
In English, we have been learning all about Pirate Pete. In our story, Pirate Pete sailed to different islands in search of treasure. After learning all about him, the children wrote their own stories and used their own ideas for the pirate's name, and the islands they sailed to. We have had some excellent ideas such as Rainbow Island, Ice-cream Island and even Xbox Island! 

In Maths, we have been learning about numbers to 40, and looking at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We then challenged ourselves to begin learning about arrays. 

In science, we have been learning about seasonal change, and how what the signs of spring are. We went on a walk around the school to see if we could spot any of these signs. We also learned about plants. We named some wild plants and garden plants. 

In PSHE we have been learning about our teeth and how important oral health is. We made some teeth from salt dough and even conducted an experiment on differnet substances on eggs, and what happens to them.


Next term, we will be looking at division in maths and in English our topic is 'All about the farm' (we might even be able to sneak a trip!)