Watch this page fill up with our amazing learning in year 1!
Our history based topic this half-term is 'toys'. We have been exploring toys past and present, changes within toys and even brought our own favourite toy into school! Interlinking with our science topic of 'everyday materials', we used wooden pegs to make Victorian Peg Dolls. We also incorporated art into our topic, by creating our own Andy Warhol inspired toy pop art.
In guided reading, we used our skills to examine the book 'I love you blue kangaroo', a lovely story about a girl and her favourite toys. As you can see, we've been learning a lot about toys! We loved using our prediction skills with this story.
In writing, we began learning how to complete amazing sentence stacking work, starting with our first book 'Last Stop on Market Street'. We had a super time writing about CJ's explorations with his Nana. We've been trying really hard with our adjectives and verbs this half-term.
We practised our one-to-one correspondence in maths through a very fun game of snakes and ladders
We took inspiration from Andy Warhol and created our own Toy Pop Art for creative curriculum
We had so much fun digging in our Forest School garden
In maths, we examined all of the different ways that we can represent numbers
In Science, we did an experiment to test which materials were waterproof and could be used to fix a broken umbrella!
We had a fantastic time bringing our favourite toy into school to share with our friends for our final lesson on 'Toys'
We took today's maths lesson outdoors to practise forming our part-part-whole models
Our geography based topic for Autumn 2 was 'Home Nations'. We began to learn the names of places in the UK beyond our immediate environment and locality. We explored the UK by looking at individual countries, capital cities, human and physical features, along with comparing the capital cities of London and Brasilia. We used our science knowledge of materials to design our own new landmark. We had some amazing ideas, from zoos to statues to boats!
We also linked our topic to our shape work in maths where we viewed the Earth in 2D on Google Earth and visited the places that we are learning about in creative curriculum.
In writing, we began by studying the book 'The Queen's Hat'. We really enjoyed this story as the Queen's hat blew all over the famous London landmarks that we had been learning about in creative curriculum. It really helped us write some amazing sentences!
This term we also celebrated Interfaith Week in School. Interfaith Week allowed us to promote diversity and gain a better understanding of the different members within our society. We read and told lots of stories, took part in a tiny tasters cooking class making Jewish Boureka and created places of worship.
Obviously, we finished off the term with lots of Christmas festivities! We put up our class Christmas tree, Buddy the Elf visited our classroom and brought advent calendars with him, we made wreaths during our Forest School outdoor morning and we incorporated Christmas into as many lessons as we could. For example, for our last lesson on 'everyday materials' in science, we designed our own sleigh for Santa, considering which materials would be best suited for each part of the sleigh.
We made bird houses in Science using everyday materials!
We began our new English unit on a firework poem by creating some firework artwork using pastels.
In PSHE, we discussed who we can talk to if we're worried about anything.
We made 'One Kind Word' hand wreaths for BBC Children in Need 2021
We made Jewish Bourekas with Tiny Tasters during Infer-Faith Week 2021
Look at our Hindu Mandalas we created during Inter-Faith Week 2021
We put up our class Christmas tree!
and Buddy the Elf landed in our reading corner!
We crafted Christmas wreaths in our forest school garden
We examined religious symbols in RE
Christmas Party Time!
Making healthy lunchboxes in PSHE
Making gingerbread people with Mrs McGray
For the Spring term, our topic focus was 'Hospitals Past and Present'. During this topic, we have learnt what makes an individual significant, explored and compared the lives of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell and considered how these individuals have influenced nursing today. We continued our learning on significant women in English, where are focus non-fiction text was 'Bold Women in Black History'. Here, we learnt about the life of Florence Joyner.
In science, we learnt about the human body and considered the key question 'where do we go when we are ill or injured?' so our topic really helped us with this! In PSHE, we were also exploring how medicines can help people stay healthy and that some people need to take medicine everyday to be healthy. We loved sharing our own stories of visits to the doctors and times where we have needed medicine.
Our guided reading book for this half-term was 'Zog and the flying doctors' which we loved! We used lots of skills when studying this story, such as predicting, rhyming and sequencing. We also incorporated lots of play-based tasks into our lessons, using art, Lego and our reading corner in every lesson. Look at the images below to see some of our fantastic Zog creations using Lego!
In science we began our new topic of 'Animals including Humans'. Here we identified and named a variety of common animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We described and compared the structure of animals. as well as named and sorted animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We took our learning outdoors for a bug hunt where we explored our Forest Garden and school grounds for different types of minibeasts. We used our magnifying glasses and trays to examine the bugs that we found.
We examined photographs and information about the moon for an experience lesson in English
We practised using less than and greater than in maths
We sorted animals into their diet groups: carnivore, herbivore and omnivore
I sequenced the life of Edith Cavell into a timeline during Creative Curriculum
We read a range of Julia Donaldson books
I used Lego to build Zog and the Flying Doctors
In science, we went on a bug hunt around our forest school garden
We became rhyming detectives in guided reading
We dressed up for Valentine's Day
I re-created my favourite part of Zog using puppets
We continued our topic learning on hospitals where we compared hospitals and medicine from then and now, looked at the role of the NHS and even performed some simple first aid (on teddy bears of course).
Our guided reading text explored the life of Mary Seacole where we examined her life in depth and the prejudice that she faced when trying to become a nurse.
In science, we continued our learning on 'animals including humans' where we explored the human body, senses and finished off our topic by conducting research on pets held by our class. In this lesson, we were able to show off our knowledge on tally charts which we have explored in maths. In our DT lesson, we considered how to keep our bodies healthy through food and created our own fruit salad.
This half-term it was STEM week and we had a fantastic time. We created our own Joe Wicks workouts, designed planet friendly burgers, planted seeds in different medias and had an amazing visit from Sublime Science.
We also celebrated world maths day by learning about endangered animals. In year 1, we focused on tigers. We completed some length and height work by measuring our tiger leaps and jumps which was super fun. We also created our own lovely tiger artwork.
We finished off the term with a visit from the most adorable ducklings we've ever seen and completed some lovely Easter arts and crafts.
We completed activities without some of our senses in Science
STEM week - creating our own Joe Wicks workout
STEM week - designing planet friendly burgers
STEM week - wonderful worms
Red Nose Day 2022
Examining non-fiction texts in guided reading
Making our own fruit salads in DT
Measuring our tiger leaps for world maths day
Creating tiger artwork for world maths day
First aid work in creative curriculum
Using measuring scales in maths
Creating our Piet Mondrian inspired art
Meeting adorable ducklings
We have had a fantastic half-term in maths. We dived into using arrays during our multiplication and division topic and had so much fun creating the arrays with paint, cubes, counters and all sorts! We especially love when we write on our tables with whiteboard pens in maths! We also began our short fractions topic and we made some amazing fraction pizzas.
We began an author study of Julia Donaldson in guided reading and our first focus book was Superworm. We examined different plot points in the story, discussed our favourite characters and created our own, and learnt a lot about Julia herself. We've created some fantastic Lego models, artwork and read a lot of stories!
In creative curriculum, we began our geography based topic 'All Aboard'. We've compared the features of human and physical geography, used compasses, explored different maps and map symbols, and performed our own fieldwork on the school grounds. It was so much fun!
We also celebrated the Queen's Jubilee by painting portraits of the Queen with the lovely Amy from Mrs Barts.
Painting rainbow arrays
Counting in doubles
Using cubes to practise multiplication
Reading lots of Julia Donaldson stories
Using a compass
Making fraction pizzas
Creating our favourite Superworm characters