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.

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...

Which way do we go?

We have been learning all about directions in our geography work linked to our book 'The Jolly Postman'. We learnt left, right, forward and backward and then we learnt to use compass points to give directions. Outside we drew our compasses and moved North, East, South...

RNLI visit KS1

Today the RNLI came to visit our school to teach us about water safety, particularly around the sea. They taught us the different roles of the lifeguards and coastguards. We acted out different scenarios using the different flags and dressed up in the clothes. To...

Remember, Remember the 5th of November

We have been learning about why we celebrate bonfire night. We learnt about a man called Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with the King inside. The King's soldiers caught Guy Fawkes before he could carry out his plan because a letter had been...

Special delivery!

Today we came back to school and found a post office had been set up in our classroom for our new topic. Heath then discovered that there was some post inside the postbox. When we got it out we saw it was for us. Inside was a letter from the Jolly Postman, one of his...

Autumn walk and wonder

In Science we have begun to look at seasonal changes, focusing on the current season Autumn. We looked at how the trees are changing, the weather, the berries that are growing and the pumpkins that have been harvested.We loved playing in the leaves and looking at the...

Baking Banana Bread

Today we found that we had lots of bananas that were very ripe and we wouldn't it eat them. We looked at reducing our waste and how we shouldn't be throwing food away so we followed a recipe to make banana bread. We worked together to mash the bananas, weigh the...

Florence Nightingale the superhero

Today we learnt about Florence Nightingale and the changes she made to hospitals. We were disgusted to discover that hospitals during he Crimean war were dirty, had rats in them and not enough food or beds for the soldiers. We compared pictures before and after...

Underwater Adventure with YogaBugs

Today we enjoyed another Yoga bugs session. We were joined by instructor Lisa who helped us to imagine and move our bodies to become mermaids and sea creatures whilst on an underwater adventure! We worked hard to control our body movements and balance, achieving 'baby...

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