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Welcome to Year 1!

Our teacher is Miss Faulkner.

Our teaching assistant is Mrs Monger.

Miss Faulkner's email:

Follow us on twitter @bfha_y1    @BilsthorpeFHA


Virtual school

Hi everyone, 


I hope you had a fabulous half term and are staying safe! Can you believe this is our last half term in Year One?! Our virtual learning is continuing this half term as we still can't be together at school just yet. Some of us may be going in soon, but we will keep you all as updated as possible. Every Monday I will upload a grid on this page and on our blog on Purple Mash. This will outline your work for the week. On it you will see that there are some things that you must do everyday but the other things you can choose when you do them so that you do it at a time best for you. Talk to your adult about this at the beginning of the week. Spelling Shed and Times Table Rock Stars need to be used everyday. Some things will be set on Purple Mash (this will be highlighted on your timetable). I will also be uploading a daily phonics lesson for you. You can find the link to this below.


You will still find the links to other fun websites which will support your learning at home, these include links to free e-books and audio books so you can continue to read and listen to stories like we did in the classroom. You can choose to do any of these as optional extras.  You can find more information on the BBC lessons here


I will continue to create a new post on the class blog (a tutorial on how to access this is below) every dayOn Monday's post there will be all the details you need to help you throughout the week. You can also chat and ask questions on here if you need to. I love to hear about what you've been up to, so let me know on the blog.


If you have any photos of things you've been doing that you would like to share with the class please email them to me, as I would love to share them on this page.


If you have any questions at all or if I can do anything to help, please email me!

Weekly home learning grid.

Watch the below video to kick-start your English work...

Dear Diary...

Still image for this video

Phonics at home.

Here you will find our daily phonics lessons. 

Please see the link below to support you with supporting your child with phonics


Copy and paste the URL/click on the link to find the videos.
























































































Purple Mash - Class blog tutorial

Story Time

While we can't be at school to enjoy story time together why not make time for one at home!

I have shared a great story below which you might like to listen to today...


The Bear Who Stared: Storytime and drawalong with Duncan Beedie

Hooray! Duncan Beedie is here to read us his wonderful book The Bear Who Stared, so get comfy and enjoy. And make sure you have some pencils and paper handy,...

Mindful Friday!

Kindness Tree

Fun websites to help you with your learning.


PE with Joe Wicks everyday at 9am 


Mindfulness with cosmic kids yoga - 



home learning -


Problems of the day:

There are no longer any new versions of the problems of the day, so please look to the White Rose Maths daily lessons for home learning. However, if you weren't following along with them on here, you can find the problems of the day we used with this link:

A guide to finding decodable reading books of Oxford Owl

'Mindful Friday'

Important Information: 

Our PE days are normally Tuesday and Thursday. Please bring PE kits in on a Monday and the children will bring them home on a Friday. Over the next few weeks on Friday morning we are having cricket sessions with Chance to Shine, meaning that we won't have PE on Thursday but Friday instead. Some homework may be given out on a Friday to be returned during the week. Homework grids will also be stuck in homework books each half term with work which links to our enquiry. 

Spellings will be stuck in your child's reading diary on a Friday. All spellings either link to the year 1 spelling rules or the new sounds we have learnt that week. The children will have a spelling challenge the following Friday. 

Please make sure your child has their reading diary in school every day! They will be checked as regularly as possible for reading signatures so please ensure reading is happening at home.

It is important to us that your child enjoys school and you also have the best experience with us so please speak to someone if you have any concerns. 


3rd & 4th March - Parents evenings.

5th March - World book day.

30th March - Y1 trip to White Post Farm: cancelled until further notice.




What makes an environment?


Key Driver: Geography


Key Concepts: trade, region, environment, settlement, location, resources, population, migration


In Art and Design we will be exploring primary and secondary colours, the foundation to art. As well as how to draw observational sketches.


In History we will be learning to compare school in the past to present day.


In Geography we will be learning how to study the location of an environment. We will look at school and our village. We will learn what a village is, how to use and create maps as well as recapping the UK's four countries and its surrounding seas.


In Science we will be learning about common wild and garden plants, trees and the structure of plants. We will also be learning about common animals and their structure.


In RE we will be learning more about the Jewish religion. But we will lucky enough to be reading and learning from stories within the bible. 



We are lucky to have our specialist sports coach Mr Harrison teaching all of our PE lessons.


Find out more about our curriculum here

We loved World Book Day on Thursday! We also enjoyed our second session of cricket. What a jam-packed great week!

We worked on descriptive writing in English this week and throughout the week Miss Faulkner was very impressed with the amazing adjectives we came up with in lots of lessons! We also had lots of fun in Geography learning about the hottest and coldest seasons in the UK.


We spent some of the week discussing kindness on the lead up to kindness day. On the Friday we made beautiful hearts and wrote what we thought kindness was! To top it off we made a paper chain because kindness is like a chain connecting us all.


On Friday we had a go making our very own model classroom! In science we planted cress and started an investigation to see whether water effects the growth of the plant. 


Miss Shewen visited us on Friday when we were writing all about Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy. in our non-chronological reports. We enjoyed writing and we blew Miss Shewen away. Miss Carpenter came to visit us and see our fantastic maths on Monday as well! Miss Faulkner was so proud to show off all the amazing work year 1 did! 

Miss Faulkner was not very well on Monday and Tuesday and year 1 missed her (Harry included!) and Miss Faulkner missed them! 

On Friday we celebrated Chinese New Year! Also we looked at a poem on Tuesday all about how Chinese New is celebrated. 

Finley's favourite part was doing the picture! 

Lottie's even went on purple mash and found some bits on Chinese New Year! 



This week we went on a walk around the village and it was so fun! We saw the church with the cross of Jesus, the park and some of us saw our houses or our roads. 

Alfie said he even saw some sheep! 





In reading we looked at the fantastic story 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. Layton enjoyed the part where purple crayon told Duncan that he drew outside of the lines. We were introduced to purple mash and lots of us went on it over the weekend! Miss Faulkner was really proud of the amazing writing we did this week on 'Once upon an ordinary school day'. 

This week we performed our Christmas concert to parents! We loved dressing up in our costumes. It was fun going on the stage. We really enjoyed playing our different parts. We had a KS1 party! It was fun to play loads of games and eat some yummy food. It was a real treat after all of our hard work! 

We loved practising our Christmas concert, we worked really hard on it this week! Harry loved practising his lines. It got us feeling very excited for Christmas! We also wrote some lovely letters to Brackenhurst to thank them for our trip.


We went to the Pantomime on Thursday and we thought it was really good! 

Maddison's favourite part was when we saw Sutty and Sweep! 

Ruby's favourite part was seeing Cinderella and some unicorns that flew! 

Harry's favourite part was when Buttons got trapped! 

Miss Faulkner was really proud of us for our excellent behaviour and politeness on our trip. 

On Monday we went on a trip to Brackenhurst! We were so excited to see the animals and take part in a real life nativity. After lunch we made some Christmas crafts. It was a cold day but it didn't spoil our fun! 





On Science day we tested different materials to find out which were waterproof. After testing paper, plastic bags and tin foil. We decided that the plastic bag was the best. We then made Toby the teddy a waterproof coat. 

We loved our Remembrance Day event. We had been learning lots already about Remembrance Day, creating letters to the soldiers and a beautiful piece of art. We love you soldiers! On Wednesday we learned all about staying safe online and we had a visitor Henry the dog who we taught all our fantastic top tips to. 

We looked into the history of remembrance day, why we remember the army men who fought and died in the war. On Wednesday we had a lovely Autumn walk where we collected a pine cone and lots of leaves falling through the air. We had a great week exploring what it means to belong to Autumn as well as the UK. 


Look back with pride and forward with confidence