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Welcome to Year 1!


The Year 1 classes are called Snowdrops and Bluebells.


In Snowdrops, our teachers are Mrs Simpson (Monday/Tuesday) and Mrs Meakin (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday) and our teaching assistant is Miss Coutts.  


In Bluebells class, our teachers are Mrs Ariss (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday) and Mr Bradshaw (Thursday/Friday). Our teaching assistant is Miss Brett.


Here is the Year 1 timetable for Spring term.

Our P.E. day is Wednesday, please make sure your child has the correct kit with them. 

Class Rules

We follow the whole school non-negotiables:

  1. We always present our work at the highest standard, so we can be proud of it.
  2. We always correct our spelling.
  3. We know our success steps and always use them, this helps us to achieve our lesson objective.
  4. We always respond to our teachers marking as this helps us to improve.
  5. We use the grammar taught in our writing and can explain it using the correct language.


In Year 1, we have made our own class rules:

We always use our RICHER values:







Children who demonstrate good RICHER values are rewarded with dojos, special RICHER value stickers, and can even be chosen to be a RICHER value champion! 


The children have been learning about the characters who are based on the RICHER values.

Good to be Green 




Every week we try to stay on green following the school rules and using our RICHER values. 

If we stay on green all week, we enjoy participating in a fun activity on Friday afternoon during RICHER Rainbow Time! 

However, if we receive a red card during the week we don't get to join in with RICHER Rainbow Time that Friday. 

Star Writers

At River View we like to celebrate our children's efforts in writing. During our celebration assemblies children can earn a certificate and star writer pencil if they have impressed us with their writing efforts in class. 

Summer Term

Our Topic for Summer Term is Flight. We are going to be learning about hot air balloons, planes and rockets! We will be learning about how they work and we'll be making and testing our own models. We'll be learning about the famous 'Amelia Earhart'. We will be learning about airports and pilots, we'll think about the career opportunities that arise from the world of topic! 

CBeebies Land - 17th June 2022

On Friday 17th June we visited CBeebies Land for an end of year treat. It was a very hot day and we had lots of fun! We went on a couple of rides, had a picnic and had an ice lolly to cool us down! 

Sports Day - 16th June 2022

Our Jubilee Party

On Thursday 19th May we celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee, we had a morning of crafts, a picnic lunch and an afternoon at the fair! It was a fantastic day! 

Our Design & Technology Hot Air Balloon Project

During Project Friday we have been designing and making hot air balloons. We used paper mache to create the balloon, then we designed and painted on our design. Finally, we made a basket for the bottom. 

Maths - Summer Term 

Have a look at some of our Maths learning from this term. 
Our topics this term include:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Position and Direction
  • Place Value to 100


Please find your homework below. We also send home a paper copy and assign via Google Classroom. We ask that Homework is returned via Google Classroom, we always look forward to seeing photos of your homework. If you have any issues logging onto Google Classroom please see your child’s class teacher who will be happy to help. 

Spring Term

Our Topic this term is 'Poles Apart'. We are going to be learning about the habitats of Penguins and Polar Bears, we will be learning about the continents and oceans of the world and we'll be learning about materials in Science. In English, we are going to be reading 'Poles Apart', 'Lost and Found' and 'The Bear who went Boo!'. We will also be using non-fiction books and the internet to discover facts about Penguins. Finally we'll be reading and writing some penguin poetry! 

Project Friday

Our Project Friday this half-term has been centred around the artist, Lowry. We have been learning to mix colours, to develop our drawing skills and to create digital art too. Have a look below at our lessons!


This week we learnt “A Keelie”, a traditional song from Ghana, and compared it to an Inuit lullaby. We investigated the rhythm and melody of each piece of music before discussing the similarities and differences. We then created paper plate shakers and used these to accompany our performances. 


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A Keelie performed by Year 1

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Jack and The Beanstalk


To kick off Science Week, we were treated to a fabulous performance of Jack and The beanstalk. We all thoroughly enjoyed joining in. 

Forest Schools

Year 1 will have forest schools every Monday during Spring term 2. 

We are very excited about this and are looking forward to participating in all the fantastic activities. 


World Book Day

On Friday 4th March we celebrated World Book Day. In Year 1 we dressed up as characters from ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. On Thursday 3rd March we read the story and we took part in some Art activities linked to the story. Then on the Friday we invited the rest of the school into our year to also engage in our story. We got to visit all the other year groups too! We had our photos taken in our costumes by a professional photographer, these photos will be available to purchase. It felt so exciting to be able to be celebrate one of our favourite days of the year again, in River View style! 

Climate change!

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Today during our topic lesson we discussed what a climate is and how climate change is affecting the planet. We made posters to encourage people to help look after the planet and stop climate change. We also recorded some short videos to give some of our ideas of how people can stop climate change.


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A Special Delivery! 

We had a special delivery. It was a Penguin called Peeky and a letter from Uncle Victor. We spent the afternoon researching penguins after Uncle Victor asked us to. 

Magic Mayhem

On Wednesdays we learn circus skills at lunch time!

Autumn Term

Our topic this term is 'Toys'. We will be learning about old and new toys and we will be finding similarities and differences between them. We will be reading stories linked to our topic, such as: Thread Bear, Paddington and Kipper's Toybox. In Science we will be learning about our bodies and senses. 


Spring 1 Homework

Please make sure your homework is uploaded onto Google Classroom by Wednesday 16th February. If you have any problems using Google Classroom, please speak to your child's class teacher. 

The Jolly Christmas Postman

We have been reading The Jolly Christmas Postman. We have written letters to Santa and a magic postbox appeared for us to post them in! When we were posting our letters we think we saw Santa’s sleigh dashing through the sky so we sang him a song! We have made Christmas cards and decorations inspired by the story. 

Storytime with Billy Brewer

Billy Brewer came to read us our story, The Jolly Christmas Postman. 


Anti- Bullying Week 2021 


We started the week off by wearing odd socks and our English was based on the book Monty the Manatee. In our afternoon lessons we created a song about being kind and produced some fantastic art work. 

On Thursday afternoon we took part in a workshop and joined in with the activities to help us learn about kindness. 


Pinxton Puppet Visit


On Tuesday Year 1 had a visit from Pinxton Puppets. 

We all had a fantastic afternoon! 

We had fun in the puppet workshop, creating our very own puppets and then enjoyed watching a puppet show. 


Project Friday - Autumn 2 

This half-term we are designing and making a roly poly toy. So far we have made a design criteria and we have investigated joining methods. 

Project Friday - Autumn 1

This half-term our Project Friday has been focused on Computing. We have been learning about algorithms and using the Bee-bots and Chromebooks to use algorithms. 


Have a look at some of our learning from our Maths lessons.


We filmed adverts for toys. 


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Toy Music Videos

We used different musical instruments to create music videos representing the movement of different toys. 



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Our Toy Shop Dance

We started our lesson by learning a robot dance. Then we imagined we were the toys in the toy shop at night. When all the customers had gone home we came to life and we cleaned the toy shop. 



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RICHER Rainbow Time!

Every week we can earn our Richer Rainbow Time by following our School Values and showing our best behaviour. This year we have already enjoyed parties, dodgeball, arts and crafts, making bubbles wands and many more activities! We get to choose each week which activity we'd like to do. 

Star Writer 


Year 1 Star Writers 

Online safety 


Resources and Internet Links

Please use the following websites and resources to support your child with their learning at home.


Numbots:  (Type in the username and password on the letter sent home at the start of the year.)

Number square:

'Hit the button' game:


Number pairs to 10:


Counting in 2s:


Counting in 5s:

Phonics & Reading

Oxford Owl:  (Go to 'My Class Login' and type in the username and password on the letter sent home at the start of the year)


Obb and Bob 'Picnic on Pluto' (real and nonsense words) game:


'Buried treasure' (real and nonsense words) game:


'The Literacy Shed' website:


Full stops game:


BBC Bitesize - KS1 English:

Year 1 Common Exception Words


Now > Press > Play

Into Film

Google Classroom. 

The following link is a guide to how things work when using Google Classroom.