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Year 1

Mrs Paganuzzi and Ms Shorthouse (Class Teachers)

Miss Harvey and Mrs Sweeney (Support Staff)

Summer 2022

Year One have had an amazing start back after Easter. The first English topic has been based upon fairy stories. Children have read and acted out ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. Children have thought of their own ways to end the story after reading different versions of this popular tale. Our next topic is based on the book ‘Billy’s Bucket’. Children will be doing a range of different activities based on the book and its themes. Lastly, children will be working on non-fiction writing skills.

In Maths, children have been learning how to share amounts into equal groups. They have discovered that even numbers can be shared into two groups, with no remainders. Children will be then working on multiplication, beginning the topic with repeated addition.

In History, children are learning about Grace Darling and her act of bravery. Children are learning what it would have been like to live two hundred years ago, in a lighthouse without electricity. All the children thought it must have been a hard life.

In Art, children are looking at primary colours and mixing them to create new colours. Children will learn how to make lighter and darker shades of their colours. Children studied the work of Piet Mondrian, famous for his use of primary colours.

Children have enjoyed the cricket sessions provided by Chance to Shine. They have been practising their throwing and catching skills and are working on fielding techniques.

In Science, children have completed their topic on animal classification. The trip to Paradise Wildlife Park was a fantastic ending to their leaning. Children enjoyed a talk on different animals and loved exploring the park. The highlights were seeing the tigers up close and watching them be fed. Children were amazed that the big cats were so well trained! Children also loved the lions and the tarantulas, amongst many of the animals at the park. It was a fabulous day out for Year One.

Spring 2022

Children in Year 1 have had a great term. They have worked really hard and learnt many new skills. 
In English, children have read a selection of traditional tales, such as Jack and the Beanstalk. They acted out the story and read parts of the story out loud. They then developed their own ideas and created their own stories.
After this topic, children moved onto writing instructions. This was linked to their D and T topic on sandwich making. Children made their own sandwiches in class and children described them as
“delicious” and “10 out of 10”.
In Maths the children have been learning all about the money we use in the UK and can recognise and compare coins and notes. They have also been busy counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. To finish off the term they have been measuring. They loved using different equipment like counters, paperclips and cubes to measure lengths. They also learnt how to use rulers! They enjoyed finding the mass of various objects around the classroom using balance scales and cubes.
This terms Science has been all about Animals. The children have explored the 5 vertebrate animal groups – mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. They absolutely loved finding out more about different types of birds and using the bird watch station to spot the birds on our field and around our school grounds.  The children have also been in the wildlife area, quad and school field looking for signs of spring. They spotted many signs including daffodils, bluebells, birds, new leaves, bees and even some frogspawn.
In D and T, children worked on a fantastic project, where they constructed their own houses. Children learnt how to join materials in different ways, such as with glue or tape. They planned their own houses, then constructed them using a variety of materials. Some children even created furniture for inside their houses.
In Geography, children have learnt all about the different weather we experience in the UK. Children were able to learn how we can keep safe when the weather is too hot.
The children have been excitedly developing their videoing skills in their computing lessons. They have filmed each other telling us all about themselves, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and also making their sandwiches! Well done!
Everyone is very excited about our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park next term! 

Year One have had a great start back after Christmas. The first English topic was report writing, based on woodland animals. They have loved learning all about the habits of different animals, especially hedgehogs. The children also enjoyed reading the book “Can’t you sleep little bear?”. They completed a range of different activities based on the book and its themes.

In Maths the children began the term comparing measures. They enjoyed using the balance scales to compare objects from Ms Shorthouse’s kitchen cupboards. They have been singing songs to practise the days of the week and the months of the year. After that the children moved on to using different methods and equipment, including tens frames, counters and number lines, to add and subtract within twenty.

In history, children have been learning about a range of significant explorers and their achievements. Children have studied some lesser known explorers, such as Matthew Henson, who travelled to the North Pole and Ibn Battuta, a Moroccan explorer.

In art, children are looking at the work of Henri Rousseau. They have been exploring the skills and techniques he used in his artwork.

Children have enjoyed the rainforest dance we have worked on in PE, which is linked to our art topic. We have also included a session on Yoga, which the children found very relaxing.

In our RE topic, ‘New Beginnings’ the children began identifying the groups that they belong to. They also learnt about how Christians show they belong to Christianity and how baptism welcomes Christians into the Christian faith. The children also had a virtual tour around All Saints Church with Reverend James Brown, who baptised a donkey on his video call.

In Science the children finished off their learning about materials from our previous topic by investigating whether certain objects float or sink. They made predictions and worked in groups to test each material. The children also continued their learning on seasonal changes, focusing on the changes from Autumn to Winter. Our next topic is all about the classification of animals.

Autumn 2021

Year 1 had a wonderful ‘Wow’ day recently. The children were all inspired by our forest school activities and fully embraced our outdoor learning about Autumn. They enjoyed hunting for leaves and other treasures around the wildlife area and the school field.

Each child helped chop some wood for the fire and watched the wax melt as they sat around the fire talking about leaves and trees in Autumn. They carefully dipped their leaves into the wax to preserve them.

In groups, the children worked together to create interesting and creative art work using some of the treasures they found outside. The children warmed their bodies with delicious hot chocolate and spent the afternoon making leaf crowns, wreaths and leaf men. What a fantastic day!

Year 1 are really enjoying their Autumn term topics. In English children have been learning all about instructions. They have been sequencing and writing their own texts, explaining how to get ready for bed and how to get on a bus. They are linking cookery and English when they follow a recipe to make apple muffins.

In maths the children have been enjoying using lots of equipment to add and subtract. They have used counters and tens frames, multilink and even learnt how to use a number line to count forwards and backwards. They have also been writing lots of number sentences using the +, – and = symbols.

In their geography lessons, children are thinking about their locality, asking questions about where they live and starting to draw maps of their area. They will use maps, atlases and Google Earth to explore their area in detail.

Year 1 have loved doing the new RE topic,  Festivals of Lights. They enjoyed making their own Diwali patterns on the playground using lots of bright colours.

In their geography lessons, children are thinking about their locality, asking questions about where they live and starting to draw maps of their area. They will use maps, atlases and Google Earth to explore their area in detail.

In Design and Technology our topic is moving pictures. Children will be exploring levers, sliders and wheels. This will make a number of their own moving pictures using these mechanisms.

In Science we have started learning about materials and have explored what materials different objects are made from. The children have also been learning about seasonal changes and are very excited about our Autumn themed wow day, where they will be using our wildlife area for a forest school session and using leaves to create some artwork.

The children have loved our trips to the moon in our PE lessons so far this half term. They explored different ways of moving around the moon and taking care of the alien’s eggs. They have practised jumping on the moon too.

Year 1 have settled wonderfully back into school this September and are looking forward to an exciting half term ahead. They have been looking at labels and captions for books with an animal theme and writing lists about what animals need. Later on, the children will be looking at stories with a familiar theme and using them as a basis for their writing work.

In maths the children have been using positional language to describe where objects are and learning how to remember which is left and right. They have enjoyed using lots of practical equipment in our lessons. They were brilliant at sorting objects into different groups and representing numbers up to 10 in different ways. They have also been practising their subitising skills.

In their history the children have been thinking about how they have changed so far. They will use pictures of babies and toddlers to show how children become more independent as they get older. We will link this to work on toys from the past and present.

In science the children have been naming and labelling different parts of the body. They loved going outside to draw around each other and label the parts. They have also been singing some songs to help remember the names and playing ‘Simon Says’.

In PE the children have been practising getting changed for PE and making sure all their clothes and shoes are kept together. They have impressed us with how well they followed the instructions. Some of the children have even been trying to fold their clothes! They have enjoyed travelling around the playground in different ways.

In art we have been exploring patterns around us and in nature. This will be the basis for our work using printing and painting.

The children have also loved exploring the shoe shop in the role play area, building masterpieces using the Lego and developing their fine motor skills with threading, colouring and cutting and sticking activities.

What a fantastic and fun filled start to Year 1!






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