Year 1

Mrs Leaver (Teacher) / Miss Lawson (Teacher) / Mrs Cunningham/ Mrs Telford (ARMs)
YEAR 1

Welcome

In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) we build upon and respect the very good start the children receive in the EYFS. We aim to create and provide a safe, secure, motivational and thought-provoking environment that encourages children to become curious and independent learners.

There is a balance between adult directed, child led and independent activities; which incorporates creativity and investigative learning with a solid foundation in more formal methods.

This approach allows for a smooth transition for the children from the Early Years Foundation Stage and encourages the development of self-esteem, independence and mutual respect.

The Lonely Beast

We have started to explore the story of The Lonely Beast which will be our focus this half term. We have looked closely at pictures to make predictions, asked questions we want to find out, created a soundscape of his journey and made our own puppets to retell the...

School in your pyjamas!?

It was the last day of term before we break up for the Christmas holidays. We spent the day in our pyjamas watching Christmas films, eating party food and playing games. We have all had, not only a wonderful day, but a wonderful first term in Year 1. Thank you to...

It’s party time!

This afternoon everyone put their best party clothes on for the Key Stage 1 Christmas party. There were dickie bows, glittery dresses and a lot of hair gel! The children enjoyed playing party games, eating a buffet and even had a special visit from Father Christmas...

Christmas jumper day

Today we have all worn our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children. At this time of year it is important to think about other people who may not be as fortunate as us. We also had our Christmas lunch which was delicious! In the afternoon we finished...

Noisy Nativity!

Thank you to everybody that came to support Years 1 and 2 today. The children have worked very hard learning their lines and the songs for the nativity. I know you will all join me in saying 'Well done!' to the children. I would also like to say thank you to everybody...

Year 1 Help Mrs Claus and the Reindeer

Year 1 and 2 went to Gibside estate to help Mrs Claus. We had to find the sacks of magic reindeer food that were hidden around the estate so the reindeer would be able to fly on Christmas Eve. Inside each sack was also a card with a song to sing, information about the...

Recording our Christmas CD

Today a company came in to help us record our Christmas CD. We sang Band Aid 'Do they know it Christmas?' as a whole school and then each class and the choir sang songs they had chosen. In Year 1 we sang 'Santa Claus is coming to town'. If you have not yet bought your...

Fee-fi-fo-fum with a twist

We read the story of Jim and the Beanstalk and discussed how it was different to Jack and the Beanstalk. Heath explained that instead of taking things from the Giant, Jim was bringing things for him. Today we made giant glasses, false teeth, wig and gold coin. We will...

Year 1 post letters

Today Year 1 went on a walk of Swalwell to post letters to our friends in one of the three postboxes along our route. We followed a map through the park, down to the fire station and then along to the church. Whilst at the church we looked at the cenotaph, poppy...

Shadow play

As part of our science topic on the seasons we have been looking at shadows. Outside we looked at where our shadows were in relation to the sun and drew around then to observe how they move and change through the course of a day. In the classroom we made shadow...

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