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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Welcome to

Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

‘Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future.’

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’ Hebrews 13:8
(Father, Son and Holy Spirit – The Trinity)

Year 1


Welcome to Year 1's page!


We hope you enjoy looking below at all the exciting things we have been learning about this year!

A celebration of all that we have learnt during the Summer term so far...

Below you can find this term's knowledge organisers which show what the children will be learning about in each subject...

  History         Geography         Art and Design          Design and Technology         Science 1         Science 2       

Cultural Week

Hear all about our week learning about Mexico...

Celebration of our achievements in Autumn term 2...

Celebration assembly Autumn 1...

Below you can find this term's knowledge organisers which show what the children will be learning about in each subject.


Art and Design


Design and Technology




Autumn Term...

This term the children in Year 1 have been learning lots of new things. In History, we have been learning about how toys have changed over time. Children have had the opportunity to play with toys from a range of different time periods in order to understand how technology has changed the way children play. 

In Geography and science, we have been studying the weather and the changing landscape as we transition between seasons. The children have enjoyed using the outside area to make discoveries and conduct field work investigations.

In Art and Design we have been experimenting with painting techniques and colour mixing. We are learning about the artists Peter Longstaf, Keith Salmon and Vincent Van Vogh, who all have their own unique way of creating landscape paintings. They helped to inspire us when creating our own landscape paintings.

In music, we have explored the inter-dimensions of music such as pitch, tempo and duration. Our task was to work with a partner to compose, practice and perform a simple tune to reflect what we had learnt about the duration of a note. We used lines and dots to represent the length of a note. You can hear us perform our tunes in the video clips below.


Home Learning Packs

Home Learning Pack 4

Themed Challenges


Additional Maths Activities


Additional Phonics Activities



Home Learning Pack 3 Themed Challenges Additional Maths Activities 

Additional Phonics Activities 


Home Learning Pack 2

*Use your home learning packs and aim to complete one of the activities from the maths and writing worksheets each day.

*Practice hand writing each day using the LetterJoin website as guidance for letter formation.
*Upload your child's learning to See Saw where Mrs Ellison will provide some feedback. You will need to download the app for this and log in using the information in your pack.
*Check your 2Dos on Purple Mash.
*Check your activities on See Saw.
*Phonics play is free for parents to access at the moment and there are lots of interactive resources that support all phases of phonics sounds. 
*Use Numbots, Purple mash, See Saw and Phonics Play to support your child's learning and develop their skills.
*Access Oxford Reading tree to access online reading books each day.





Spring term

'Adventures all Around'

The children have come back with their brains switched on after having a good break over Christmas. They are enjoying our topic ‘Adventure all Around’ were we have been looking at different continents and oceans as well as famous explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Amelia Earhart. They have recognised how their achievements have helped to shape history and the world around us. It has also helped us to understand how technology and industry has changed how explorers have traveled throughout history from sailing, to flying and to space exploration.

The children used the Disney Pixar film ‘UP’ to give them inspiration towards writing their own adventure stories. They are really beginning to think about how they can make their writing sound more exciting through using more exciting vocabulary.

In Science the children have been investigating the five senses. They have enjoyed conducting taste tests, guessing the scent of candles and using magnifying glasses and telescopes to play around with their vision. We also spent an afternoon thinking about what it might be like for a person who is visually impaired through wearing blindfold to complete everyday tasks that we would usually find quite easy. 

Our RE lessons have focused on the Easter story. We have discussed the Christian traditions of Easter as well as our own experiences. The children have enjoyed taking part in a spring walk around the church grounds where they had to hunt for signs of new life. We spent time sketching these signs of Spring using close observational skills. 

World Book Day

For World Book Day we picked our favorite book from the classroom book box. We had to wrap it up and write 3 clues about the book so that our friends could guess what story was hiding under the wrapping. We had such fun and it was really difficult trying to think of clues with out mentioning characters or the title. We enjoyed reading our clues out loud to the class and unwrapping our books. 

In music we have been experimenting with body percussion. We watched 'The Body Percussion performance' on the BBC 'Ten Pieces' website to help inspire us with ideas for our own performance ( We collaborated as a group and practiced before performing in front of the class.  

This term we have participated in Mental Health Awareness week. We wanted to think about ways in which we could relax and look after our minds. We listened to some relaxing music and realized that we could use the instruments in school to create our own calming music. We had a practice at playing soft sounds. Some of us played instruments in class which really helped people to feel calm whilst getting on with work activities.

Later on in the week we had a go at a Yoga lesson. We know all the different poses and it really helped us to focus and relax.Some of us made amazing Yoga instructors.

Autumn term

'Childhood memories'

We have been very busy on the lead up to Christmas. Our school Christmas play was called 'The Match Girls Christmas' and we had such fun practicing for our performance. Take a look at some of us in our costumes for the play...

On Friday the 13th we celebrated Christmas Jumper day to raise money for charity and we enjoyed tucking into our Christmas lunch. 

To celebrate how hard we had worked we held our very own Christmas party. We dressed up, played games and made party food. Whilst we were playing a game of sleeping lions, Father Christmas paid us a visit. He talked to each one of us and gave us a Christmas present.

On the first day of opening our Christmas calendar we noticed some strange things happening in our classroom.  Someone kept leaving us messages on the board and messing up the classroom. Eventually we found out who the culprit was. We were very excited to meet Ernie the Elf! Ernie helped us with our math lessons and gave us a surprise each morning when we walked into the classroom.

Unfortunately, one morning Ernie went missing and a horrible message was left on the board telling us that he had been kidnapped by the Grinch. To help us find out who the Grinch was we read the story by Dr. Seuss. We really wanted Ernie back so we set ourselves to task making wanted posters to put up around the school. Everyone in school wanted to help us find our Elf! After two days without Ernie, Year 1 decided that the Grinch needed to learn how to celebrate Christmas properly so they wrote him a set of instructions. The Grinch must have been happy because Ernie turn up in the classroom the next day.  

We have also been working on our sewing skills to help us design and make a Christmas stocking to take home and fill with gifts. We spent time researching existing designs and mag-pieing ideas that we could use for our own. We made mock ups to make sure that our stocking would be the correct size and shape. When we were happy with our design we cut into fabric and began to stitch our stocking together. 


In our Deign and Technology lessons we used the Halloween theme to design and carve a pumpkin to take home. Some of us really enjoyed getting our hand messy.  We used different tool to help us scoop, carve and mark make our pumpkin faces. To make sure that we didn't waist the left over pumpkin we scattered the seeds on our picnic tables so that the squirrels could take them to their stores for the winter. 

In the continuous provision area we have investigated capacity and created our own magical potions like real witches and wizards. Afterwards we wrote a set of instructions on how to make our potions and described what effect it would have on someone if they were to drink it.

Little Composers

In music, we have explored the inter-dimensions of music such as pitch, tempo and duration. Our task was to work with a partner to compose, practice and perform a simple tune to reflect what we had learnt about duration. We used lines and dots to symbolize the length of a note. You can hear us perform our tunes in the video clips below.