Year 1

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


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.

Afternoon Tea -Y1

Afternoon Tea is an English tradition and a classic and enjoyable occasion. It was introduced in England in about 1840 when the Duchess of Bedford could not wait until 8 p.m to eat. She asked for a light tea to be served at 4 p.m to cover the long gap between lunch...

Year 1 Assembly

Year 1 children astounded all staff and pupils in Swalwell School with their  knowledge of foods from around the world. As well as studying countries and cultures, the class also  tasted pizza, curry, pancakes, stir fry and items found on an afternoon tea. The...

Hansel and Gretel

To build on pupils' current knowledge of Classic Fairy Tales  we welcomed into school' Say Two Theatre Company'. They performed Hansel and Gretel to children from Nursery to Y3. Good music, acting and costumes brought the tale to life. Workshops followed where...

Cinema and Santa’s Grotto Outing

On Friday 11th December, Year 1 pupils visited the Metrocentre. Whilst there, they went to the Cinema to see ' The Good Dinosaur'. Children were given popcorn and a drink.  After the Cinema, children were introduced to Santa Claus and told him what they wanted for...

Party Time

End of year party time is upon us with lots of noise, party food, fun and games in the school hall. Miss Lawson and Miss Thielmann certainly know how to throw a brilliant Christmas party with creative games which bring children together and provide the joy they need...

Hey Ewe

It was lovely to see so many family members come along to support children in their Christmas play... Hey Ewe. The play was about a very small, curious sheep who witnesses the  journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. It was a great hit with our large , appreciative...

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