Year 1 Blog

Welcome to the blog for our Year 1 classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Foulds

Green Class Teacher

Mrs De Vynck

Purple Class Teacher

We have two year 1 classes. Children in these classes are developing their skills and building on the learning from Foundation Stage. When the children are ready, usually by October half term, the learning becomes based on the Key Stage One National Curriculum Programmes of Study. We still believe that children learn best when the ‘subjects’ are linked in a meaningful way and then basic skills are taught for a real purpose. We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning, ask questions and have a say in the planning process. We hope to motivate all children by taking account of their needs, strengths and interests and provide rich experiences and learning opportunities which will continue to excite them.

Animal Afternoon in Year 1

This afternoon Year 1 continued immersion in our current topic – animals. We were delighted to have Ms Hudson here. She led a fantastic creative, energetic dance session – one with either class – where the children explored the movement and habits of animals. Today was monkeys. Ms Hudson showed video clips of monkeys travelling and socialising. The children decided, in pairs and then groups, which actions they wanted to use. They then sequenced them and performed to the class together. Every child was original and confident in deciding and carrying out the moves. With Mr Bainbridge the children then sang some of our favourite warm-ups and then Mr Bainbridge taught two new animal songs -“I Went To The Animal Fair” and “I Once Saw An Elephant” (which was also new to me!)

Thank you for all the PE kits which have found their way back to school.

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Congratulations New School Councillors

Huge congratulations to our new School Councillors who have been elected today.  We are thrilled that we have 4 new Councillors from Red and Blue Class.  Our new Councillors are:

Red – Alex B and Ollie

Blue – Bonita and Sam

Purple – Taneem and Emily

Green – Eddie and Teghan

Gold – Catherine, Toby and Daniel (3 due to a draw)

Silver – Kyle and Sarah

I look forward to working with you over the remaining Summer Term and Autumn 1.

Please look out for their photos in the foyer.

Well done!

Thursday in Green Class

This morning the children in green class who wanted to be School Councillors presented to the class, explaining why they would make good Councillors. We are all very proud of the children who do this, because it takes a lot of bravery to talk in a loud voice in front of everybody. I hope that the children who did not become Councillors this time do not feel downheartened. Everyone got some votes and there were only small differences between the number of votes for each person. For democracy to work it’s essential that plenty of people have the courage to share their views publicly. So by sharing their ideas all the children who stood in Green Class are taking the first steps towards maintaining and expanding democracy in every day life in our country. Well done to them all!

Well done to Teghan and Eddie who are this class’s Councillors until Autumn in Year 2.

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Animal Magic in Green Class

This afternoon Green Class learnt about animals and practised Maths and computer skills, in an “animal context”. Some children used playdoh to make features, or whole animals; other children wrote some sentence about an animal and imported a clipart picture; and other children role-played buying pets from “The Great Pet Sale” shop. The children are building their language to describe animals’ features, for example wings, trunk, tail, claws, fins, flippers.

Earlier on, with Mrs Reed, the children used objects to solve word problems.

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Animal Magic!

Following our fantastic trip to Gulliver’s Land (we were so proud of all your children for the way they represented their school!), we are learning about different animals and how we can group them. We have been thinking about different features of different animals and why they are important. Our Gulliver’s trip visit has really fired our imaginations!


Here are some of the animals we saw. What do you think their most important feature is? Why?

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Year 1 Trip to Gulliver’s Dinosaur Park and Farm

Year 1 had a busy, interesting day at Gulliver’s today. We did have some rain and wind, but nothing that stopped us doing anything. It was very exciting to see life-size models of dinosaurs and children and adults alike had good fun trying to name them. As well as seeing animals which have long-since been extinct, we saw some very animated, very much alive animals. The lambs and turkeys were very vocal, while the small piglets slept soundly through all the noise. This was a good opportunity to talk about the names for baby naimals and the groups which animals live in. The children have some “slime” to bring home and they made some peppermint sweets too. We found out how to make a seed pot from some newspaper and have planted more seeds to watch growing. A highlight of the day was the boat-trip, when we could keep an eye out for more dinosaurs. The children’s behaviour was excellent and the adults were all very proud of how well they followed the rules and their interest in everything we did and saw. Thank you for sending your children all so well-prepared and early to school, which meant we could leave as soon as the coach was ready. And a big thank you to the parents who gave up their day to help, including making alternative arrangements for children and pets. The effort (and expense) is very much appreciated. Here are some photos of the group I was with. Other photos will be posted soon.

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