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Ruskington Chestnut

Street CofE

Primary Academy

Care. Believe. Grow

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Year 1 - Sycamore Class

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Hello and a big warm welcome to our class page!



Meet the team!


Class Teacher:

Mrs Darling


Support Staff: 


Mrs Murray

Mrs Keay


In Year 1 we begin the children's journey into Key Stage One. We make the transition from Reception (EYFS) into Year 1 and the next stage in your child's learning easier by supporting them with lots of hands on learning through our inspiring and creative curriculum. 


In Sycamore class we learn in a variety of ways, with a mixture of formal, practical and play based learning. Children take part in whole class, group and independent activities throughout the day.

We concentrate on a different Church School Value every term they are:


Compassion, Respect, Honesty, Perseverance, Trust and Forgiveness.





Please ensure children come to school with their P.E kits in a suitable bag on a Tuesday every week. Children need both indoor and outdoor clothing and footwear in order for us to benefit fully from our P.E Lessons.




Year 2021-2022




We have been looking at lots of different books this year.  We really enjoy getting immersed in them by acting them out and often use puppets.


After reading 'Silly Billy' by Anthony Brown we made our own Worry Dolls to help us with any worries we might have.





We really enjoy working inside and outside the classroom doing our maths.


 We use manipulatives everyday and have fun searching for maths all around us.














We found lots of shapes outside.




Year 2020-2021


Land Ahoy!


We received a letter in a bottle from Pirates today!! 


Ahoy!  A Pirate ship came to visit!





Mess, Muck and Mixtures




This term in maths we have been concentrating on number skills.

We have been counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and used our concrete equipment to embed our knowledge.



We took part in the NSPCC number day.  We really enjoyed spending the day making a book about counting in 2’s for the children in EYFS.




We have had fun in English this term concentrating on the book ‘Morris the Mankiest Monster’.  Morris is a friendly creature with disgusting habits that most children will revel in reading about.  Disgusting, spot-covered, flea-infested Morris lives in a house made of dung, where mushrooms grow under the damp wallpaper.

The children have really enjoyed writing instructions to make a potion for Morris, the ingredients are really horrible.  We used our cross curricular skills to show what our potion would look like.





In science we have been investigating a range of everyday materials.  Gathering data, recording and talking about their findings and using simple scientific vocabulary.  We have observed ice and oil closely and describe changes over time.  We had fun making the largest bubbles using different soaps.   We even made ice cream in a bag!











Design and Technology


We have made our own smoothies this term.  We tasted many fruits to decide what ingredients would make the best tasting smoothie.  We then cut the fruit, blended it and tasted it.  There was a mixed reaction to the taste!















We are getting very good and listening to music and saying what we like about it.  We have really enjoyed playing the glockenspiels.





1D have 2 P.E sessions a week:

Outdoor: Thursday PM - Cycle skills

Indoor:  Thursday PM - Ball skills






Moon Zoom


We had great fun looking at Space, the moon landings and aliens!


We designed, made and launched bottle rockets.



 We also made 'Moon buggies'.











We looked at a variety of books and created out own poems.


We linked our RE topic of Islam to our space topic.



Bright Lights and Big City.


Our local study comparing Ruskington to Lincoln was very interesting. 


We did a study of London looking at how it looks and is used today, and how it was in the Great Fire of London.


Wiggle and Crawl


Great fun was had by year 1!  We went on bug hunts, worm catching, built bug hotels and planted wild flowers to try to encourage bees to our school.


We really enjoyed the wonderful stories about these amazing creatures.


Super Heroes


We have had a brilliant start to the topic.


We have invented our own Super heroes.  




We also looked at real life heroes.  We made fire engines, police stations and had a go at being a nurse.






In English we used the story 'Supertato'. Year 1 acted out the story.



We then made Supertato out of fresh vegetables.



We all designed our own super hero and made them out of vegetables and fruits.

We are all really proud of them.




We are learning about numbers in maths and getting active whilst doing so!




Reading and Phonics

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. You can help support your child by reading with them and allowing them to read their book to you. We ask that our children read to an adult daily. Please record your child’s daily reading in their reading diary so that we can see how they are getting on.


How to support your child at home.


  • Read every day with your child.
  • Read to your child to model expression.
  • Give them time to read to a pet or a sibling.
  • Read comics, menus, signs, leaflets, posters, labels in supermarkets and a variety of books.
  • Use an ipad to record your child reading, allow them to look back at it and discuss what they liked about it.
  • Eye spy with phonemes for example I spy something with the phoneme ‘a-e’   they might say snake. It has the ‘a - e’ sound in it.
  • Word hunt – post it notes around the house with words on for them to find.
  • Write on the pavement with chalk or in sand.





We welcome volunteers to listen to readers. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you would like to support us with this. 

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