Year 1

Welcome to Year 1- 2015-2016

School Games Day – July 18th

Year 1 Dance Performance July 2016 on PhotoPeach

Year 1 Trip to Martin Mere July 2016
Year 1 Trip to Martin Mere July 2016 on PhotoPeach

British Values Day 2016 in Year 1
Year explore the values of Mutual Respect and Rule of Law through story and role-play.
British Values Day 2016 in Year 1 on PhotoPeach

Take a look at our recent work which is linked to Literacy and Design Technology.
Year 1 Make Bog Babies on PhotoPeach

Arts Week Wednesday. Today we welcomed artist Isobel Pickup to Year 1. We had a great time learning new skills and drawing into clay!
Arts Week 2016 Year 1 Visiting artist Isobel Pickup on PhotoPeach

Monday afternoon with artist Julie Walsh
Arts Week in Year 1 Monday afternoon session with artist Julie Walsh on PhotoPeach

Arts Week 2016
Monday mornings activities in Year 1
Arts Week (May 2016) Monday morning in Year 1 on PhotoPeach

After learning all about penguins in Antarctica, we set ourself the challenge of keeping eggs on our feet and surviving the cold Arctic wind by working together. Would we survive? More importantly will our eggs survive?
Penguins take over Year 1! on PhotoPeach

Let Year 1 show you the way…
Using directional language.
Let Year 1 show you the way! on PhotoPeach

This story has inspired both our written work and our understanding of the world.
‘The Lonely Beast’ Year 1 on PhotoPeach

We had a fabulous day out at Dunham Massey being servants for the day.
Have a look and see what jobs we had to do.
Year 1 visit to Dunham Massey 2016 on PhotoPeach

Happy New Year from all the staff in Year 1. We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas.

We really enjoyed looking at the work of this artist in class. We looked at the colour, shape and size of materials and tried to use these in our own patterns in class. Have a look!
Year 1 Pattern Work inspired by the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy on PhotoPeach

Please find below group photographs of the children in Year 1 and 2 taken just before their afternoon performance of ‘It’s a party’
‘It’s a party’ Christmas 2015 on PhotoPeach

The Jewish festival of Sukkot is celebrated at Harvest time. We have been learning all about this celebration in class. Take a look.
Year 1 build a Sukkah to celebrate Sukkot on PhotoPeach

Year 1 had a lovely time visiting the local church, St. Mary’s and meeting Vicar Karen Owen. In class this half term we have been finding out how different religions celebrate Harvest and it was wonderful to be able to go and see for ourselves the church at harvest time.
Year 1 Visit St. Mary’s Church, Ellenbrook on PhotoPeach

Take a look at all the fantastic measuring in Year 1!
Year 1 get busy measuring! on PhotoPeach

September 25.9.2015
Animal Boogie dancing to inspire our writing in Year 1 on PhotoPeach

September 2nd 2015
We have had a fabulous first day today in Year 1. Mrs Cowell and myself are busy getting to know the children and helping them settle into their new classroom.
On this blog page you will see photographs of the children working and information about their learning. This half term our focus is ‘Wild Animals’ so please keep checking on this page for our ‘wild’ posts and refer to Long Term Planning on the web page for more detailed information about coverage.

Year 1 2014-2015.

Summer Term


Final day of Book Arts Week 2015.
Pictures of children’s finished art work and of the classroom all set up for the parents on Friday. Thank you to all those parents who came and to all those who couldn’t on this occasion these are for you.
Book Arts Week 2015 Year 1 Finished work on PhotoPeach

Day 4 (afternoon in class).
After the visit from Melanie we continued to work on our rod puppets and story map. Another busy day and great art work once again. Well done everyone.
Book Arts Week 2015 Year 1 (Day 4 in class) on PhotoPeach

Day 4 and the fun continues with a visit from the illustrator of ‘The Great Fairy Tale Disaster’ Melanie Williamson today. Thank you Melanie we had a great time!
Book Arts Week 2015 Year 1 Illustrator Visit on PhotoPeach

The excitement continues in Year 1, take a look to see!
Year 1 Book Arts Week 2015 (2) on PhotoPeach

Book Arts Week Year 1 June 2015
Exciting work in Year 1 this week, take a look to see!
Year 1 Book Arts Week June 2015 on PhotoPeach

Homework 15.05.2015
Homework Year 1 (optional) 15.05.2015
This week we have been bird spotting and learning to recognize different birds visiting our school grounds. To support this learning I am asking the children to do a little bird spotting of their own this weekend. For 10 minute sessions please record the types of birds and numbers of birds visiting your garden. You can bird watch for as many 10 minute sessions as you want (weather permitting) but ask that you do for at least two 10 minute sessions, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The children have recorded sightings in charts and have also looked at tallying as a way of recording, so they may choose how to record their sightings. There are some useful bird spotting resources on
to help identify the birds or you may like to visit the library for some bird books.

Spring Term

Three Little Pigs – A Musical Story

A special message for Freddie who has been off school poorly. We miss you and want to say…


The rain did not stop us having fun at Dunham Massey. Enjoy seeing the children dressed up as servants and doing jobs you never thought they would with such enthusiasm! killing bed bugs, emptying chamber pots, polishing the silver and setting the table were just some of the jobs we were taught how to do properly in order to meet Lady Stanford’s high expectations!

Year 1 Trip to Dunham Massey Spring 2015 on PhotoPeach

We had a fantastic day celebrating books and reading on World Book Day. Take a look at some pictures of the day.
World Book Day 2015 Year 1 on PhotoPeach

Year 1 show how team work can help over come difficulties and meet new challenges. Here we try to strengthen materials with great results!
Strengthening materials Year 1 on PhotoPeach

Year 1 were set the challenge of finding out which brick pattern built the strongest wall. Find out how they got on…
Year 1 Testing the strength of different brick patterns on PhotoPeach

Learning all about different building materials. Spring 1 2015.
Come and see what Year 1 have been learning about this half-term.
Building materials on PhotoPeach

Design Technology. A busy start to the new term building model houses.
D.T. Building model houses. on PhotoPeach

Healthy Eating Autumn 2.
This term we welcomed Julie, from the health team into class to teach us all about eating healthily. She reminded us to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and showed us how to wash our hands properly. She spoke to us about portion sizes and shared some lovely healthy recipes with us.
As you can see we have had great fun learning about eating healthily.
Healthy Eating Year 1 on PhotoPeach

Autumn 1 Year 1 having a ‘Wild’ time!

Year 1 Autumn 1 Literacy and Science on PhotoPeach

Click below to see some of the work we have been doing in Maths this half-term.

I am delighted to announce that Ellenbrook is the winner of the Walk to School week competition that was run last half term. Lots of schools took part from all over the city but in true Ellenbrook style we managed to fight off the competition with a winning score of 3.80. This means that most children walked to school on 4 out of 5 days.

As a reward for the children’s efforts, our school will receive a scooterpod to store pupils’ scooters, helping to encourage a sustainable and fun way to travel to school.

The winning class, with an average walking rate of 4.40, was Year 5. Well done to everyone in this class; you will all receive a high visibility zip pull that you put on your coat or bag to help keep you visible in the dark!

Well done Ellenbrook – keep walking!
Miss Watson

Autumn 1 Maths

Walk to School Week 2014.

13th – 17th October will be Walk to School Week at Ellenbrook. We would like as many pupils as possible to walk to school during this week. Walking is great exercise, healthy, free and helps reduce pollution, traffic and congestion around school.

On Friday 10th October, each pupil will be issued with a coloured band on their bookbag/schoolbag which will be ‘hole punched’ each morning if they have walked to school. At the end of the week the teachers will collect up all the bands and count up how many pupils have walked. The campaign has been organised by Salford’s Road Safety team and there will be prizes for all members of the class who have walked the most! Our school’s results will also be counted in the Salford wide competition against other schools and the school with the best walking rate will win a ‘scooterpod’, a colourful and fun way to store scooters.

If you don’t usually walk to school, please make an effort to participate in walk to school week. Even if you manage just one day in the week it will make a difference to the traffic around school.

Happy walking everyone!

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