Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Year 1 Class - Miss Jones

Year 1 Class Letters

Year 1 Visit to Hartlepool Maritime Museum (Friday 7th July 2017) - Letter sent out 21st June 2017

Year 1 Favourite Toys  - Letter sent out 16th November 2016

Year 1 Visit to Beamish - 1st December 2016 - Letter sent out 3rd November 2016

Year 1 Fruit Salad (13th October 2016) - Letter sent out 4th October 2016

Look what we have been learning about

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Buddhist Flags - Year 1 - June 2017

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In Year 1 we looked at how Buddhists pray and compared this to how Christians pray when they go to church. We looked at a video of a Buddhist monk chanting using prayer beads. We looked at the Buddhist prayer wheel, bell, incense sticks, prayer beads and prayer flags. We found out what the different colour flags represent and what prayers they are for. We looked closely at the shapes, patterns and symbols printed on the prayer flags and made our own. We then decided what we would like to pray for and created our own prayer flags. We created a prayer tree outside by holding a ribbon and saying a prayer. We tied our ribbons on to the willow outside to create our very own prayer tree. Buddhists believe their prayer flags blow in the wind sending their prayers around the world. Our ribbons will also blow in the wind carrying our special prayers too.

Created: 5 Jul 17 16:03 | Last modified: 5 Jul 17 16:14

Victorian Times - Year 1 - May 2017

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Year 1 have enjoyed finding out about school life during Victorian times. We found out how the children had to take part in daily exercises called drill. We had our own drill session and then enjoyed playing some traditional playground games like In and out the Dusty Bluebells and Granny’s footsteps.

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RNLI Visit - Year 1 Miss Jones - 27th April 2017

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Year 1 have been so lucky this week. We had a special visitor from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) come into our classroom to tell us about their voluntary work. Anne let us try on costumes, she told us more information about Grace Darling and she taught us how to stay safe at sea. We had such a great morning and we already knew so much about the RNLI and Grace Darling that Anne was so impressed with all of our answers to her questions!

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Souter Lighthouse Visit - Year 1 Miss Jones - 26th April 2017

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Year 1 enjoyed a visit to Souter Lighthouse. We climbed 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse! The view was amazing at the top! We also looked around the cottage that used to belong to the Lighthouse Keeper. They did not have electricity so it looked very different to our houses today. We also enjoyed making a working lighthouse with a simple circuit and switch. It was a great day out.

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Circuits, making a lighthouse - Year 1 Miss Jones - 26th April 2017

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On our school visit, to Souter Lighthouse, we followed instructions to make a working lighthouse. We made a simple circuit and a switch to turn our lighthouse on and off. We then used different materials to decorate our lighthouses.

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Easter - Year 1 Miss Jones - April 2017

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In RE we have been learning about the Easter story. We have written about his arrival into Jerusalem and how the people waved palms and took their cloaks off. We role played The Last Supper. Jesus (Charlie) washed the disciple’s feet and then he shared the bread and wine with them. Jesus said, ‘This is my body and blood, remember me.’ The disciples then prayed for Jesus.

Created: 2 May 17 08:50 | Last modified: 2 May 17 08:52

The Gingerbread Man - Year 1 - 16th February 2017

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Year 1 have been reading lots of different fairy tales. We have enjoyed comparing the different characters and settings. We are really confident at identifying the different features in a fairy tale and even made up our own fairy tales! We particularly enjoyed reading the story 'The Gingerbread Man'. We decorated our own Gingerbread men then something strange happened over night – they vanished! We couldn’t believe it. Our classroom was covered in gingerbread man crumbs. Mrs Jenner was so shocked when she checked the school cameras – she saw our Gingerbread men running away! She showed us the video and we were so surprised but determined to solve the mystery! We discussed what could have happened and shared our thoughts and ideas. We then wrote letters to the fox begging him to return our tasty gingerbread men. The fox still did not return our gingerbread men so we made wanted posters and displayed them around school! Thankfully they were returned safely and we could enjoy them! What a relief!

Created: 16 Feb 17 18:01 | Last modified: 16 Feb 17 18:03

Beamish - Year 1 - 1st December 2016

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Year 1, enjoyed visiting Beamish to find out about Toys from the past. We had a fun day out exploring the museum visiting Santa’s Reindeer, the church, old school and sweet shop! We enjoyed playing with the different toys from the past including: - spinning tops, flick books, peg dolls, dominoes, cups and balls, rocking horse and Noah’s Ark. We even made our own spinning toy too.

Created: 7 Dec 16 10:17 | Last modified: 7 Dec 16 10:41

Year 1 Church Visit - Year 1 - 17th November 2016

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Year 1 have enjoyed a visit to church. We enjoyed looking at different symbols of Christianity. We found out about the different colours that are worn and used to dress the altar in Church at different times of the year. We also found out how Christians show they belong. We found out that they say prayers, light candles and sing special hymns. We looked at the font and Isabella dressed up and baptised the baby.

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Can you use a number line to count on and back? - Year 1 Jones - 1st November 2016

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Today we practised counting forwards to 20 and then back to 0. We held hands and counted together saying one number for every step we took. When we reached 20 we walked backwards and counted back from 20 to 0. We then helped Winnie the Witch to solve her problems using a number line. Winnie the witch was on page 9 of her spell book how many spells did she need to do to get to spell 15? We drew number lines and drew the jumps to work out the answer. We repeated this with different numbers counting forwards and backwards.

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Can you make turns in a clockwise direction? - Year 1 Miss Jones - 21st October 2016

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We used a compass to help us with our quarter turns, halve turns and whole turns. Miss Jones asked us to move half a turn from point B or a quarter turn from point C etc. We were really good at moving the compass point clockwise and into the right place.

Created: 2 Nov 16 10:55 | Last modified: 2 Nov 16 10:56

Fruit Salad - Year 1 Miss Jones - October 2016

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We have been reading the book 'Oliver’s fruit salad'. We enjoyed making fruit own fruit salad. We wrote instructions to help Oliver make a fruit salad.

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Can you create an artistic portrait using fruits? - Y1J - 12th October 2016

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Our art lesson was inspired by the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. We have been looking at his work as he uses seasonal fruits, vegetables and meats to create artistic portraits. We then used real fruits to create our own class masterpiece. We then went to our tables and made individual portraits using pictures of fruits that we had to colour in and arrange ourselves in order to form a face.

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Can you explore your sense of taste? - Year 1J - 11.10.16

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In Science we have been exploring our sense of taste. We looked at our partners taste buds and found out how our taste buds help us to taste sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods. We tasted sour lemon, bitter dark chocolate, sweet jam and salty crisps to test our taste buds. We then played a tasting game where we had to taste different crisps and guess the flavour!

Created: 12 Oct 16 07:32 | Last modified: 12 Oct 16 07:50

Problem Solving Maths - Year 1J - October 16

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We worked with our partners to find different ways of making 6 using three numbers. We tried hard to work systematically and recorded all the different ways of making 6 using three numbers. We then shared the biscuits and ate them!

Created: 12 Oct 16 07:36 | Last modified: 12 Oct 16 07:41

Settling into Year 1 - Y1J - 19th September 2016

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We have all settled well into Year 1 and are working so hard. We have enjoyed making a recipe for a happy classroom. We added lots of different ‘ingredients’ to make our classroom a happy place to be. The ingredients included laughter, fun, smiling, sharing, kindness, cheerfulness, friendship and respect. In Science we have been finding out about the human body. We had great fun drawing around each other and labelling the body. In English we have enjoyed reading the story ‘Alone in the Woods’. We used role play to retell the story.

Created: 19 Sep 16 14:07 | Last modified: 19 Sep 16 14:10

Year 1 Movies

Barnaby Bear visits Thorney Close - January 2017

Barnaby Bear visited out school.  We took him on an adventure around Thorney Close.


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

Thorney Close Primary School Calculation Policy

Year 1 Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check for Year 1 children will take place week commencing Monday 12th June 2017.

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!).

Useful links and Documents


Oxford Phonics Check Support