Year 1

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


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.

Printing portraits

This week in art we looked at the work of Andy Warhol and learnt how to make prints. We explored using leaves, potatoes, bobbins, apples, sponges and pears to print with. We then created portraits using these prints. Some of us created a printing block and changed the...

We’re artists in Year 1

Last week in Year 1 we learnt how to sketch portraits, paying close attention to the features of the face. This week we looked at the work of Van Gogh and how different colours can be used to express emotions. We then sketched portraits of family members and used...

Year 1’s class assembly

Today Year 1 performed their class assembly to the whole school. The children acted out the story of 'The enormous turnip', explained how to grow potatoes and shared the riddles we had been writing in English.

Growing in Spring

The potatoes we planted last half term have begun to shoot leaves. To encourage the potatoes to grow as large as possible we keep topping up the soil and watering them. We are looking forward to harvesting them on 12th June, when we will weigh them and enter the...

Amazing arrays!

Today in Year 1, we have been applying our knowledge of counting in 2's, 5's and 10's to make arrays with cubes and counters. We have learnt the vocabulary 'groups of', 'row' and 'column'. We can write the number sentences as repeated addition. [gallery link="file"...

What’s it like in hospital?

Year 1 had a visit from Wendy, who works at the QE hospital in Gateshead. She told us all about what it was like in hospital, including how we might get there, who we might meet and some of the things that happen there. We also got to explore some of the machines! We...

Cooking up an Indian feast

Today Year 1 used their measuring they have been practising all week to make a curry. They followed the recipe to make a Chicken Tikka masala, including peeling and grating vegetables and adding spices. After the curry had cooked we all tasted the curry with rice and...

Creating with clay

Last week we looked at animals from India and studied their form through sketching them. We used this to sculpt animals from clay, practising using tools to add texture. We used our work from science to shape the clay by rolling, twisting and bending. [gallery...

Out for a jog

For day 4 of Sport Relief week the children chose to have a jog around the playground. They had to set their own personal record for how far they could run in 10 minutes. Everyone did really and we learnt about the effects of exercise on our heart and pulse rate....

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