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Blyton Class (Yr 1)

Blyton Class

Blyton Class 1

Welcome to Blyton Class!


Mrs Roberts


Welcome to Year One!

Welcome to Blyton Class and another busy term.  Important information about our class routines, PE timetables and our expectations for reading and learning at home can be found below. 


Learning Goals

Check out the maths, writing and reading learning goals that children in Year One are working hard to secure this half term.  Each goal is progressive, and as your child secures one step they will move onto the next to ensure they are always moving forward with their learning.

In maths, our focus is to mentally add one and two digit numbers to 20.  In writing, we are securing the spelling of common exception words, and in reading, we are learning to use picture clues and text to infer information on what is being said and done.


At Yewdale, we offer a rich, broad and balanced curriculum.  Please find below an overview of our current geography based topic ‘Exploring Carlisle!'  This curriculum overview shows all of the learning skills children in Year One will be developing in each subject this half term. 

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Our World - Discovering Carlisle

This half term,  our young geographers will explore their local environment, and know that Yewdale is part of the city of Carlisle. They will use aerial and street maps to locate our school and their homes on the map. They will begin to notice map symbols, simple compass points and use directional language to read the maps and follow the routes. They will look at man-made (houses, roads, pathways and railways) features depicted on the map and those that are natural (woods, parkland, lakes and rivers).  Children will then create their own map of their local area using pictures and symbols. 

Blyton News - Read All About It!

Want to know what we get up to in Year One? Then check out our latest news stories and learning activities below.

Launching our new topic - Discovering Carlisle


3..2..1..blast off!  We launched our new topic in deepest darkest space with a challenge - can we spot Carlisle from space?  We used an inflatable globe to find the United Kingdon and England.  We noticed how big our world is and how small our country is.  We looked at the shape of our country on the globe, and how it is surrounded by sea.  We then used google maps of planet Earth to try and spot The United Kingdom.  We zoomed from space into the northern hemisphere, and from there we zoomed into the United Kingdom, and then into Cumbria and Carlisle.  

Knowledge Harvest 

To find out what we already know about Carlisle, Mrs Roberts challenged us to work together to draw or write down eveything we know about our city.  We know that we have a castle, a cathedral and a museum in the middle of our city, a railway station, swimming pool and lots of shops and restaurants like The Entertainer Toy Shop and McDonalds.  Between us we could name lots of places where we like to go with our friends and family.  

Mrs Roberts then asked us to write down all of the questions we had about our city and some of the buildings we see everyday.  We added our questions to our question wall so that we can answer them as we learn all about our local area.  

Here are some of our questions: Who lives in the castle?  How old is the castle?  What is the river called?  How many people live in our city?  Where do all of the cars go at night?  How many shops are there?  Why is there a big park in the middle of the city?    

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Autumn 2 Book Study - Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

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Introducing our new class story - Stick Man by Julia Donaldson 

A mystery bag, addressed to children in Year 1, was delivered to our classroom.  The bag contained  a stick and a set of clues about our new story.  We used the clues to try and guess what our new story might be.   We guessed Stick Man, and when we unwrapped the story, we found a letter from Stick Man asking for our help.  He is desperate for a new adventure and wondered if we would be able to write him a new one.  First however, he challenged us to find out more about him and his previous adventures, so we read the story and looked at the sequence of events.  We then had a go at retelling the story using a Talk For Writing storymap.


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A letter from Stick Man

What does Stick Man look like? 

We are worried that not many people in Yewdale School know about Stick Man, and so we decided to write a character profile for him so that people visiting our classroom will be able to find out all about him.   We looked at the illustrations of Stick Man from the story and used these to describe his appearance.  We mind mapped all of the parts of Stick Man's body that we could describe and then created an adjective word bank of interesting words we could use in our writing.   Did you know that Stick Man's body is rough, brown and bumpy and his arms are long, smooth and bendy?  Read all of our descriptions below:

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We are writing a new adventure for Stick Man.  We decided that his next adventure will take place under the sea.  We illustrated an under water setting with a sandy sea bed, sharp underwater rocks and floating seaweed.   We then filled our setting with a colourful crabs, a sneaky shark, a shimmery starfish and lots of stripy fish.  We looked at Stick Man's previous adventures and decided that we needed to introduce a brand new character to add excitement to our story.  Using large sheets of paper, felt pens and our boundless imagination, we worked in pairs to draw a new underwater creature.   All of our creatures were colourful, unusual and unique.  We hope you enjoy looking at Snappy, ScubaDiva, Scarly, Rainbow, Lines, Snapper, Smilee and Flubber.   

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Shop till we drop!

We know that different coins are worth different amounts of money, and that we can exchange between pennies and 2p, 5p and 10p coins.   We are beginning to explore how we can combine coins in different ways to make different amounts of money. 

In maths, Mrs Roberts divided us into shopping teams, and presented us with a selection of priced items to buy.  We were given a purse of mixed coins and challenged to work as a team to pay for each item of shopping using three different combinations of coins.

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Exploring primary and secondary colours in art.


This half-term, we are exploring colour in art.  To help us learn more about primary and secondary colours, we created a colour wheel.  We painted the primary colours onto our wheel first, before carefully mixing red, yellow and blue to make our secondary colours.  We then grouped the colours we made into warm and cool colours. 


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Mapping Yewdale

In Blyton this week, we have been comparing aerial maps and street maps of Yewdale, our local area.  We talked about the human and physical features we could identify on each map and how they looked different from one another.  We then stepped into the map using google street view, and walked up and down the streets around our school.  We passed some of our homes, our local shop, church and community centre.   We realised that there are a lot of buildings, parks and gardens where we live and that it could be easy to get lost without a map to follow.   Using the aerial and street maps, we imagined our route home from school, and had a go at drawing our own street map of Yewdale.  Do you recognise some of the features on our maps? 

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Money, money, money!


Children were set a money challenge to solve this morning in maths.  To help them recognise and name the different denominations of coins, children compared the shape and colour of each coin and used clues to identify and name hidden coins.  Children were then given a tray of mixed coins to sort from the lowest value coin to the highest.  Children worked in teams against the clock to sort and count the different combinations of coins on their table. They recorded the numbers of each coin on a simple results table, and used this information to answer questions.   

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Programming with Scratch Jr

Our young computer programmers were introduced to Scratch Jr, a simplified version of Scratch designed for younger children. Scratch Jr is an ipad coding app in which children snap together graphical blocks of instructions to make characters move, interact, speak and transform on the screen.  By the end of our first lesson, children had navigated around the program and developed their own sprite character and created a simple animation. 


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Read All About It - Learning Number Bonds to 10

Our young mathematicians have been exploring the different ways to make 10? We know that mathematicians need to know these important number facts, and to so to help us to remember them, we made our own number bonds to 10 display posters to hang around our classroom. We used the internet to look at examples of different posters, noticing that a great poster has  a clear title (to tell the reader what the poster is about), clear facts (that the reader can read and learn) and lots of eye-catching colours (to draw the reader in).  We gave our posters a title, added, in order, all of the different pairs to 10, and then decorated our posters. 

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Multiskills with Carlisle United


This term, children in Year 1 have been working with a specialist PE coach from Carlisle United in a series of multiskill workshops.  During the session, children played games and completed challenges to develop their spatial awareness, movement, coordination and balance. 

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Romans Invade Yewdale!

To celebrate the end of our roman topic, children were invited to come into school dressed as one of the roman people from 2000 years ago that we studied during our topic.   Our classroom was invaded by roman gladiators and centurions wearing body armour and helmets and brandishing swords and shields, wealthy romans adorned in colourful silk robes and jewellery, and poor roman slaves wearing thin, colourless tunics.  During the day, our young romans marched in tight formation around the school, tasted traditional roman foods, used pattern and symmetry to make a roman mosaic picture, used roman coins to create coin rubbing pictures, wrote non-fiction information captions about their chosen character and built a model of a roman soldier.   

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Whizz! Crackle! Pop! Firework Art with a bang!


Children in Year One were selected to take part in an annual workshop to create firework inspired music and art for the upcoming Carlisle Fire Show. The workshop was led by artist and graphic designer Kate Gilman Brundrett and musician, composer and director of BlueJam, Jilly Jarman.

Kate shared images of exploding fireworks and collected children’s ideas about the colours, shapes and patterns they could see. She then asked our young artists to design their own firework explosions using chalks, oil and chalk pastels and wax crayons. She photographed children’s work to use in her final design which will decorate the stage at the Fireshow.

Jilly then played a medley of classical, rock and film score music inspired by fireworks, and challenged children to create their own firework medley using percussion instruments to create lots of banging, crashing, whizzing and popping sounds. Jilly recorded their rhythmic ideas, chants and snatches of melody and will feed these into the final soundtrack which will be played live at the Fireshow.

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Roman Shield Designers

Children were challenged to design and make a roman gladatorial shield as part of their learning in Design and Technology.  They researched the history of traditional roman battle shields and explored different designs on the internet, noticing shape, colour and pattern.  Children then used the ideas they found to plan and design their own battle shield.  Children sketched their idea and listed the materials needed to construct their shield.

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Our Roman Artefact Museum

In our non-fiction unit of writing, we have been exploring labels and captions.  We know that labels and captions are used to give a reader more information about a picture, a person, a place or an object.  We practised writing simple labels for some of the objects found in our classroom.  We then had a go at writing more detailed captions, describing each object.  We looked closely at the contents of a roman artefact box loaned to us from Tullie House and arranged the interesting objects in a 'pop-up' roman museum.  In pairs, we labelled each artefact and wrote a detailed caption for each, describing its appearance and explaining its purpose.   We then opened our museum to visitors, inviting children in Year 2 to explore and learn about the artefacts on display. 

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Mastering Numbers

In Blyton, we are working hard to secure our understanding of numbers from 0 to 20.  We know that numbers can be represented in different ways using numerals, words and pictorial representations. Through a series of practical investigations and challenges, we have been learning to recognise, read, and correctly form numbers, to use the language of more than, less than, equal to, most and few, and to accurately order numbers from smallest to biggest and place them on a blank number line.

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In our first unit of fiction, we dived into the magical 'Rags to Riches' story of The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. We used this quality text to develop our understanding of writing 'super' sentences using a capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. As grammar detectives, we were introduced to nouns as naming words and adjectives as describing words. We identified and categorised the nouns we found in our story into people, places, animals, objects and ideas. We created word banks full of exciting adjectives to help us begin to describe the familiar nouns we found in our shared text.

Sticky Reading!


We are helping each other to get better at reading.  Each day for 15 minutes, we grab a lolly stick, a book and our 'sticky' reading buddy  and we dive into our reading.  We practise our speed sounds and tricky words at the front of our book, before reading aloud to one another. 


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Young Chemists - Investigating Materials

An assortment of wood, plastics, glass and metal objects, trays of water, rocks and stones were placed around the classroom for children to investigate. Children were asked to look closely at each material and describe what they could see, feel, smell and hear when they handled it. They shared their ideas and compared the properties of the different materials. Children worked in small teams to label and annotate a recording sheet with the name and properties of each material.

National Phonics Screening Tests for children in Year One

Please click on the link below to see how your child will be tested in phonics in June.