Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”




 Sycamore - year 1

Welcome to the class page for Year 1 Sycamore.  

This class page will be updated throughout the school year with pictures, news, curriculum information and external links to useful documents and activities.  

We hope it gives you an insight into life in our class! 




Iris Scott Art - Sycamore Year 1 - 10th January 2018

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Today we looked at the work of talented artist Iris Scott. She is famous for producing beautiful paintings using only her fingers. We watched videos of her completing different paintings and looked at photographs of her work. We then produced our own Town and Countryside scenes using our fingers to create the backgrounds.

Created: 11 Jan 18 08:28 | Last modified: 11 Jan 18 08:30

Christmas Fun - Sycamore - December 2017

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Sycamore class have had great fun this week getting ready for Christmas. We have enjoyed making items to sell for our Christmas market and had lots of fun having an indoor snowball fight! We also enjoyed dressing up and retelling the Christmas story.

Created: 11 Jan 18 08:04 | Last modified: 11 Jan 18 08:06

Beamish Visit - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 15th December 2017

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Created: 11 Jan 18 07:56 | Last modified: 11 Jan 18 08:02

Old and New - Sycamore - December 2017

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This week we have enjoyed looking at old and new objects. We were detectives looking closely at different objects and predicting what they were used for in the past. We worked in our teams to write down our thoughts. Mrs Verity then explained how these things are no longer used today as we have different things today. We then matched photographs of the things we use today and tried to match them up. We made a video talking about our ideas. We thought the cassette tape could be glasses and the camera film was a measuring tape or slinky!

Created: 7 Dec 17 08:37 | Last modified: 18 Dec 17 09:44

Christmas Gifts - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 14th December 2017

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This week we have been looking at why gifts are given at Christmas. We talked about how God gave Christians the most special gift of all, his Son Jesus to make the world a better place. We talked about invisible presents that can be given at Christmas to make people happy. We all wrote our Christmas promise on a present outline and placed it inside a Christmas box. We are all going to be kind, caring, helpful and friendly to make our classroom a happy place to be at this special time of year.

Created: 18 Dec 17 09:22 | Last modified: 18 Dec 17 09:26

Elf - Sycamore - 1st December 2017

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Sycamore class were so excited today as we received a special delivery all the way from The North Pole! Santa Claus has sent us our very own elf! His name is Christopher Pop-in-kins. Santa has heard how hard we are all working and has sent Christopher Pop-in-kins to check! Every night he will go through his North Pole door and report back to Santa! We are hoping he is going to be a well-behaved elf as we have heard tales of mischievous elves!

Created: 7 Dec 17 08:35 | Last modified: 7 Dec 17 08:36

Snow - Sycamore - 30th November 2017

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Year 1 Sycamore have had a great time playing in the snow and getting ready for Advent by decorating our classroom.

Created: 7 Dec 17 08:29 | Last modified: 7 Dec 17 08:32

Toys of the Past - Sycamore - 23rd November 2017

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This week Year 1 have enjoyed finding out about Toys from the past. We have compared the similarities and differences with our toys today. We made information sheets for younger children to tell them all about how toys have changed. We enjoyed sharing our fact sheets with the Reception children.

Created: 24 Nov 17 13:21 | Last modified: 24 Nov 17 13:23

Remembrance - Sycamore - November 17

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Year 1 Sycamore have been finding out about why we wear poppies. We then looked at different paintings showing the poppies growing in the battlefields. We used watercolours to paint our own pictures.

Created: 23 Nov 17 13:29 | Last modified: 23 Nov 17 13:30

Winnie the Witch - Sycamore - 31st October 2017

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This week Year 1 Sycamore have enjoyed reading Winnie the Witch. We have created our own spells in ICT and in English lessons we have retold the story using fantastic adjectives. In the story Winnie becomes fed up of tripping over Wilbur as he is the same colour as her house. She puts a spell on Wilbur and turns him into a colourful cat. In art we mixed paints to make different colours to make our own colourful Wilbur. We also had some Halloween fun by playing traditional Halloween games together!

Created: 3 Nov 17 14:20 | Last modified: 3 Nov 17 14:24

SUMO - Sycamore - 20.10.17

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Today we looked at how Woody was jealous of Buzz’s friendship with Andy. We talked about how he chose to put the ‘I’m sad and feeling sorry for myself’ t-shirt on. We talked about how his feelings made him act in a negative way. We discussed how Woody could have chosen to put on his ‘happy, I am friendly and kind’ t-shirt. This would have made Woody act in a different way. We talked about how Woody should have changed his t-shirt!

Created: 3 Nov 17 14:17 | Last modified: 3 Nov 17 14:18

Friends of Ten - Sycamore-

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Today year 1 sycamore we had a friends of ten party to practise recalling our number bonds to 10.. We had great fun making 10. We played musical number bonds. We were all given a piece of numicon. When the music stopped we had to find our partner to make 10. We then had crowns and had to find our partners too. We enjoyed finding different ways of making ten using sweets and crisps. Our friend of ten party was great fun!

Created: 13 Oct 17 16:53 | Last modified: 13 Oct 17 16:57

Fruit Salad - Sycamore - 13th October 2017

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Year 1 Sycamore have enjoyed reading Oliver’s fruit salad. We all worked together to make our own delicious fruit salad. We followed the instructions and worked together. We washed and peeled the different fruits then chopped them. We added fruit juice and cream. It was delicious!

Created: 13 Oct 17 16:40 | Last modified: 13 Oct 17 16:41

Sense of Taste - Sycamore - 9th October 2017

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This week in science year 1 sycamore have enjoyed exploring their sense of taste. We looked at our taste buds and fund out how our tongues help us to taste different flavours. We tasted lemon (sour), dark chocolate (bitter), crisps (salty) and jam (sweet). We then played a guessing game. We tasted different flavour crisps and matched them to the correct crisp packet. We were very good at guessing the different flavours using our sense of taste!

Created: 9 Oct 17 17:25 | Last modified: 9 Oct 17 17:32

Outdoor Maths - Sycamore - 5th October 17

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Year 1 sycamore enjoyed their maths lesson outdoors today. We worked in teams to throw two bean bags into hoops labelled with 2, 3,4 and 5 points. We worked together to add together the score by counting on from the biggest number. We worked out who had scored the most/least points. We then solved a problem. Mrs Verity wanted to know what the highest and lowest possible scores could be. We worked out that if both bean bags landed in 2 that would give the lowest score of 4 and if both landed in 5 the highest score would be 10.

Created: 9 Oct 17 17:11 | Last modified: 9 Oct 17 17:29

Fruits - Sycamore - 29.9.17

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Sycamore class have enjoyed looking at different fruits. We used our senses to describe the different fruits and chose our favourite. We carried out a class survey and found out that strawberries are the most popular and orange is the least popular.

Created: 2 Oct 17 15:31 | Last modified: 2 Oct 17 15:32

Owl Babies - Sycamore - 29.9.17

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Sycamore class have enjoyed reading the story owl Babies. We looked at the dialogue between the characters and enjoyed role playing the story. We used language from the story and wrote our own speech bubbles for the characters.

Created: 2 Oct 17 15:23 | Last modified: 2 Oct 17 15:25

Symbols of Christianity - Sycamore - 22nd September 2017

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We have been looking at symbols of Christianity. We looked at images of stained glass windows in Christian churches and looked at how they can tell stories about the life of Jesus. We enjoyed making our own stained glass windows of different Christian symbols.

Created: 22 Sep 17 17:14 | Last modified: 22 Sep 17 17:17

Missing Toy - Sycamore - 22nd September 2017

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This week we have been reading the story 'Dogger'. We made missing posters to help Dave find Dogger. We wrote great descriptions. On Friday we brought our own toy in from home. We made a missing poster describing our own toy using great adjectives. We then placed all our toys into the middle of the circle and read out our descriptions to see if our friends could find the correct toy!

Created: 22 Sep 17 13:32 | Last modified: 22 Sep 17 13:35

Friendship Soup - Sycamore - 14th September 2017

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As part of our Lucinda and Godfrey scheme we have been finding out about friendship and what makes a good friend. We made our very own friendship soup and then decorated pebbles. We then chose a friend to give our friendship pebble to. We all know what makes a good friend and have promised to all be good friends to each other.

Created: 14 Sep 17 17:36 | Last modified: 14 Sep 17 17:42

Doctor Bones - Sycamore - 12th September 2017

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Year 1 have been finding out about the human body. We found out how mazing our bodies are. We use our bodies for everything we do. We played a game of Doctor Bones. We worked together to draw around one of our friends and labelled the body correctly.

Created: 13 Sep 17 10:13 | Last modified: 13 Sep 17 10:15

Recipe for a happy classroom - Sycamore - 9.9.17

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This week the children have created a recipe for a happy classroom. We added lots of ingredients – sharing, kindness, caring, happiness, friendship, love, laughter and helpfulness. We then mixed the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and emptied it out into our classroom to create our happy class.

Created: 11 Sep 17 12:28 | Last modified: 11 Sep 17 12:30


In addition to the weekly spelling and times tables practise teachers will be sending home this year, we have introduced a more creative and fun approach to home learning. Based on the topics your child will be exploring in class, we have included activities from across the curriculum subjects.

During the half term, we expect each child to earn a minimum of 60 points from their homework options. Obviously, if they’d like to complete more, we’d love to see this too! Those pupils who complete individual tasks will be invited to share their creations and research to the class on a Friday afternoon.

Spring Term 1 Comparing where we live with different localities

Spring Term 1 Homework 

Autumn Term 2 Homework

Autumn Term 1 Homework 

Sycamore Class News

Check back here regularly to find out what's going on in our class.  Whole school news can be found by clicking on the below links.

School News   Diary Listing  Thorney Times   Notices

3rd November 2017

We enjoy singing songs to help us to remember our number bonds to 10. Follow these links at home to practise.



22nd September 2017

Well done to Michelle and Alfie who have completed their half term fruit homework. Michelle made fantastic fruit kebabs and Alfie made a tasty fruit smoothie! Well done!

9th September 2017

We have had a fantastic first week in Year1 Sycamore. We have enjoyed working in teams and thinking of our team names. We have won a lot of points this week in our teams for working so hard. In English we have enjoyed reading the story Alone in the Woods. We have used super adjectives to describe the setting and Teddy’s feelings when he became lost.

In Maths we have enjoyed counting on and back. We had a lot of fun keeping fit counting to 100!  If you want to try this counting song at home then please click here.

Sycamore Class Letters

 Below you will find letters that have been distributed to our class. All downloadable material will be offered in PDF format for easy reading and printing. However, if you do not have access to a printer and require an additional letter then please do not hesitate to request a copy at the main school office. Whole school letters can be found by clicking on the below links.

Thorney Times Whole School Letters Educational Visit Letters

Beamish visit letter

Autumn Term 2 Homework

Fruit Salad Letter

Autumn Term 1 Homework 

Soft Toy Letter - 22.9.17


Click on the curriculum icon below to view the curriculum topics for the current school year. 


Year 1 and Year 2 Spelling List

Year 1 Writing Checklist


At Thorney Close Primary School, we value the support of parents in enabling their children to become fluent readers, who read for pleasure and enjoyment. Please click on the guidelines below for an overview on how you can support your child at home to ensure they make the maximum progress.

Reception and Key Stage 1 Reading Guidelines

Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check for Year 1 children will take place week commencing Monday 11th June 2018.

In June every child in Year 1 is assessed for their phonetic knowledge. The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete.

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (nonsense words, pseudo words or alien words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words are presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!)


Thorney Close Primary School Calculation Policy

Useful Links and Documents

Below you will find links to useful documents, resources, online games and activities.



Oxford Phonics Check Support Maths for Year 1 English for Year 1

Letter-join  Letter-join is an on-line resource for teaching cursive handwriting at school and at home. It uses interactive animations to demonstrate joined-up letter formation and hundreds of worksheets for real handwriting practice.