Mesty Croft Academy

Believe and Achieve


Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


After a successful Spring term the children in Year 1 have come back raring to go with our new topic, 'Terrible Tudors'. During this half term we will explore this historical era taking a close look at Kings and Queens of Britain during Tudor times.  We will look at the way the Tudors lived their daily lives and make comparisons to how we live today, in particular, homes, education and also punishment systems.


During this half term the children will also experience what it was like to live in the Tudor times by visiting a real Tudor house! Here they will receive lots of interesting information to help support their writing at school. 



Children are expected to bring their reading book and diary into school on a daily basis! Children will read with an adult at least once a week. Please record in the diary when you have read with your child at home.



Indoor PE sessions will take place twice a week.

Class 3 - Tuesday PM (Outdoor) & Thursday AM (Indoor)

Class 4 - Tuesday PM (Outdoor) & Thursday AM (Indoor)


Your child will need to have a PE kit in school on those days. As the weather is still cold, your child will need to have a warmer, outdoor kit. This includes trainers suitable for outdoor PE.



Maths homework is given out on Friday and due in on Monday.

GPS homework is given out on Monday and due in on Friday.

Year 1 Spring 2 Newsletter

French Greetings!

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Class 4 have been learning some fantastic French phrases, learning how to greet each other in different ways. We learnt a song and have performed it for you!
Tres bien Year 1!

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Our Favourite Food! 

As part of our 'Me, Myself and I' topic, we looked at various foods, from around the world, that we enjoy eating in school and at home! We talked about the food we enjoy, and used interesting adjectives to describe our favourite meal!

My Family!

As part of our 'Me, Myself and I' topic, we wrote all about our families. We used word mats to write about our family activities.

Map Reading in Wednesbury

For our 'Me, Myself and I' topic, we looked at our local area, recognising the types of houses we live in, the shops around us and other landmarks we see on our way to school. We used maps to see if we could find places we recognised in Wednesbury.

The Gruffalo Den!

As part of our topic, we built the Gruffalo a Den on the field. We thought about what he would need to keep dry and warm!


STEM - Floating Gardens

Following our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum, we tested different materials to create a floating garden. We discussed which materials would and wouldn't be suitable as a float. We tested each material to see which one would be the best!

STEM - Lego City!

As part of our new STEM curriculum, we were given the opportunity to create our own Lego city! 


During our maths learning, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. 


In maths, we also learn about recognising patterns using shapes and colours. We have been learning about number sequences and being able to fill in missing numbers to complete a sequence.  


We have learnt about the importance of using the mathematical symbols (+, -, =) correctly within number sentences. We have also been learning about writing numbers as numerals and words. 


We learnt the number bonds to 10 and 20 and even song to help us remember them! We learnt how to add and subtract in three ways. First, we looked at concrete objects, then pictorial ways of adding and subtracting. Finally, we moved onto writing number sentences.



PSHE - Jigsaw 

Jigsaw Jack is our PSHE character who loves his hugs on a Monday morning! We participate in a whole class circle-time every week and learn all about how to develop trusting relationships between all members of the class, adults and children alike! We follow a set of ground rules during every session. This is called 'The Jigsaw Charter'. 







Fairytale Day

Year 1 celebrated 'The Jolly Postman' topic by having a Fairytale themed day! Everyone came dressed as traditional fairytale characters. We painted Golden Eggs (from Jack and the Beanstalk), decorated Gingerbread men, designed knights' shields, Gingerbread Witch houses and made magic wands! The day was full of fun, magic and witches potions!

Making African Peg Animals

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Have a look at one of our pupils making an African peg animal. We used this video to help us write instructions for making our animals!

British Values Day

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During 'British Values Day', we experienced what it would be like to be in the 'House of Commons'. We held a debate on whether we should or shouldn't be allowed to have a power nap during school?
We even elected a Speaker and a Clerk.
Here is a clip of Class 3 in action.
"Order, order!"

Twycross Zoo Trip


During the first half of the Spring term we have been learning all about Africa! To deepen our understanding of African animals we went on a school trip to Twycross Zoo near Leicester. Here we took park in an interactive workshop all about animal habitats. We had so much fun seeing all the different animals and learning about how they live, feed and interact with each other.  It really helped put our topic work into context. We all had a fantastic time, children and staff alike!


Everyday, the children take part in phonics groups. To encourage and help your child with your phonics sounds, have a look at the following websites. 

There are games, activities and worksheets you can use at home!


Phonics Play!


Cbeebies Guide To Phonics


KS1 Bitesize Phonics


Oxford Owl - Phonics Made Easy


Phonics Printables