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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 (1H), Mrs Hardy and Mrs Coppin (1HC).


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


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, two 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. 

Our Wonderful World Celebration of Learning


This week the children have been learning all about the big problem of plastic polluting our ocean.

To raise awareness of this, we have recycled plastic bottle tops to create some beautiful pieces of art!


We hope you managed to take a look at the children's work when it was displayed outside on the railings at home time. 


Wednesday 7th July


Please find below the slides that we will be exploring next week in school. Feel free to take a look at them with your child. 




Home Learning for week commencing 11/1/21

Home Learning for Week Commencing 5.1.21


Below you can find the learning for the week. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help or support.

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- Celebration of Learning


This week, we have took the opportunity to celebrate our learning in our project, 'Heroes of the Past'. We have all used our designing skills to explore, design, make and evaluate models of castles. Throughout this, we have been able to talk about all of the facts that we have learnt about castles, and we have enjoyed using all the correct names of the different parts of a castle.

Let's Explore Celebration of Learning


On Monday we had our celebration of learning for our project 'Let's Explore!'.  We worked together to create 2 islands using all of the knowledge and skills that we have learnt this term.  We thought about which physical and human features our islands could have.  We also thought about what types of animals would live in the different parts of the island and why.  The children created islands which had cities with tall buildings, farms, woodlands, forests, oceans, rivers, Antarctica and even somewhere for Christmas trees to grow!  


We can see that the children have learnt so much during this project, well done Year 1! 

The Naughty Bus!!!

We could not believe our eyes when we came into school today! The Naughty Bus had been up to mischief!

We have enjoyed predicting what naughty things he may do next. Some of us decided we wanted to write a letter to Mr Lidbury asking politely for a CCTV camera for our classroom so that we can catch him out in the act.

We have also been making our own buses in the provision, practicing our cutting, sticking and drawing skills to make a bus with moving wheels.

Harvest Festival
This week Year 1 have been learning a harvest dance. We started as little tiny seeds and we began to grow taller and taller to stretch to the sunshine, before the farmers chopped us down.

Building human features

We have really impressed our teachers with our man made structures of key places in The United Kingdom. After learning about the four countries that make up The United Kingdom and the capital cities of each of these countries, we were inspired to build some of the key features of these cities. These include Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle, Blackpool Tower, Big Ben and many more.

3D Shapes

We have been busy replicating and building 3D shapes with unifix cubes.

Shape hunt

We have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. We went on a shape hunt around the school grounds to see what shapes we could spy. 

Can you find any of these shapes at home?

Collaging key London landmarks

We are very proud to present our Big Ben and Tower Bridge collaged landmarks! We hope you're as proud as we are!


This term we have been focusing on developing our gymnastics skills. We have been practicing our balancing, making sure these are straight, still and strong. Here are some of the balances we have been very proud to hold.

A postcard from Paddington

Much to our surprise, Paddington delivered a third letter! This time he had been exploring in London. We have since learnt that London is the capital city of England. In Geography, we have been looking at human and physical features. We talked about what human and physical features Paddington spied on his adventure. Some of us wrote some 'I Spy' sentences in the writing area and some of us painted and sketched some of the human features we spotted. Look at just how fabulous we are!

Paddington's request

Paddington sent us a second letter, but this time he had a special request for the children. After writing instructions for Paddington advising him on how to brush his teeth (the silly bear thought a toothbrush was used to clean your ears), Paddington asked the children for a helping hand. Since moving to London he has had to learn to make his own marmalade sandwiches, as his Aunt Lucy is still in Peru. The children rose to the challenge and wrote some fantastic instructions independently in our writing area, ready to post to Paddington's address.

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.

The Colour Monster puppets
The children used their brilliant cutting skills to make their own colour monster puppets. 

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'.