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Kidgate Primary Academy

‘Shaping Lives, Building Futures’

‘Shaping Lives, Building Futures’

Year 1

Hello and a Warm Welcome to the Year 1 Page!


The Year 1 teachers are Miss Olsen (1O), Mrs Brady and Mrs Coppin (1BC).


Other members of our Year 1 team are Mrs Riley and Miss Mee.


Throughout the year, we will be embarking on lots of thrilling projects & exciting experiences within our learning. We will share our learning journey and update the website with details of our current topic.

We will be sure to show you what we have been enjoying and been proud of!


Key Days:

  • P.E/Games - Monday and Thursday. 


Contacting Us:

If you have any questions or information you would like to share, please use the class teacher email address shared with you at the beginning of the year, or phone the school office. At the start and end of the day, members of the Year 1 team will be available to communicate any matters. Please feel free to ask any questions, no matter how big or small, and we will be more than happy to help. 

Key information

  • Reading books will be handed out on a Monday. Please listen to your child read regularly during the week. It is important to read a book more than once in order to become more familiar with the story and confident with decoding the words. 
  • Please return reading books to school each Friday. 
  • Click on the link to see a list of the common exception words that the children should be able to read and write by the end of Year 1. 

'Heroes from the Past'- Our Celebration of Learning


Over the last week of the term, we concluded our project, 'Heroes from the Past'. We have all really enjoyed this project! In the first part of the term, we learnt about Samuel Pepys and his experiences during the Great Fire of London in 1666, and we then learnt about Lady Nicola from the 12th century. As part of this learning, we learnt about how Lady Nicola defended Lincoln Castle from invasion. 


So, to help recap this learning, we decided to create our very own castle with a moving part. We had fun planning, designing and making our castles. We designed it in detail first, with labels for the different parts of the castle. After that, we used printing with paint and crayons to decorate our castles. Finally, we came up with an idea of adding a creature or person to protect our very own castles, just like Lady Nicola!

Please see photos of our castles and please note that some children were absent during the taking of these photos.


We loved making these as a conclusion of all of our learning in our project, and we are excited about what our next project will be.

'Heroes from the Past'


Please find details about our Spring Project, 'Heroes from the Past'. We cannot wait to start learning about these historical figures.

Science Week February 21st to February 28th

This week we have been thinking about Science Activities linked to Science Week. The whole school topic was the theme of Growth. Year 1 thought about worms and how they help plants to grow by keeping the soil healthy. We had great fun digging for worms in our school garden. We looked at the 3 different types and tried to identify which was which. In the afternoon we talked about what we had found and completed a worksheet to show our findings.

Lincolnshire Day

In Year 1, we have been very busy taking part in lots of activities to celebrate our county.

We have looked at the Lincolnshire flag and have learnt all about what each part of the colour represents. 

We have also found Lincolnshire on a Google Earth and have used the construction blocks to rebuild a traditional Lincolnshire farm landscape. We were able to sort the animals into different groups and we used different coloured paper to represent the different kind of crops the farmers grow in their fields. 

Meet Paddington

The children have had an unexpected visit from somebody special! Paddington arrived at Kidgate Primary School!

It all started when we received a letter addressed to Year 1 under our classroom door. We opened it to find lots of different clues leading us to our special friend. We cannot wait to find out all about the different adventures that Paddington has been on.

How are you feeling today?

We have been exploring the different feelings that The Colour Monster felt in the story. We have been experimenting with colour mixing to create some of the colours represented. We also made a collage of The Colour Monster to show how we were feeling.

The Colour Monster

We have been reading and exploring the fantastic book 'The Colour Monster'.  The children have been learning about the different feelings that are represented in the book and, in their art work, have experimented with how to mix colours together to create a range of different shades and tones.  

In our Maths work, we have been practising our counting all the way to 100! Use the 'hundred square splat' link below to practise counting forwards and backwards from different starting numbers. 

Let's Explore!

Our first project in Year 1 is 'Let's Explore'.