Welcome to Year 1, to see some of the things we’ve been doing, please click on the links below.
Year 1 Staff
Miss Bramley – Class Teacher
Mrs Oxenham – HLTA
Spring 1 2018
Super storywriters from Year 1 have written their own stories about trolls!
Year 1 visit to Durham Castle
Do our royal outfits match our wellies?
Year 1 have Diamond Power
Autumn 2 Christmas Activities
As always we love the countdown to Christmas in Year 1. We have even been sent a special visitor from Santa. Morgan the Kindness Elf has come to visit our classroom to make sure we are on our best behaviour. Our first challenge was to make a surprise box for Mr Farnell with some notes of kindness inside. Mr Farnell couldn’t believe how brilliant our writing is now! We also sent some pictures and well wishes to our Lunchtime Supervisor – Kim. The Kindness Elf also wanted us to spread some Christmas cheer by giving out candy canes to staff in our school. We are sure we made their day with this surprise!
We LOVED our patch of snow! We could all write our name in the snow and had such a good time exploring the snow and ice.
We have been busy little elves ourselves making lots of exciting things in the classroom, so far we have made cards, tree decorations, edible Christmas trees and Christingles. Mikey even wrote us a new Christmas song – we are certain he’s a star in the making!
Autumn 2 Three Little Pigs
We enjoyed reading the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We know that this story is a Traditional Tale and that it has many different versions. We loved hearing different versions of the story and acting them out with puppets. We can tell the story really well…
Autumn 1 2017
Children in Year 1 have enjoyed learning all about Autumn. We went to Hardwick Park and learned about lots of trees and what happens to them in Autumn. We have learned about Harvest and created Harvest cards as part of our RE work. In the classroom we have used fruit and vegetables to create patterned pictures. Some children worked in the Play-doh to create fruits we had talked about. We all helped to make a display picture for the Hall, we decided to make a picture showing Harvest – to represent our part of the Lord’s Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread”.
Summer – Marcus from Cycle Generation
Marcus came to work with our class on the balance bikes. The children loved going super-fast in the MUGA and some were brave enough to lift up their feet as the bike was moving. Marcus was really impressed with everybody.
Summer – Fire Engine
We had a surprise visit from the Fire Engine from Darlington Fire Service. The firefighters talked to us about the dangers in our home which could cause fire and what we must do at home to stay safe. The best part of the afternoon was firing water out of the hose to knock a football off a bucket. It was great fun.
Summer – Animals Masks
We have learned lots about Animals including where different animals live in Geography and all about animal groups and food chains in Science. In DT we all made an animal mask, we took our time to decorate them carefully and they look amazing on our display alongside our animal puppets.
Summer – Zoolab
As part of our ‘Animals’ topic we had a very special visit from Rob from Zoolab. He brought with him a Giant African Snail, a Salamander, a Tarantula, a Snake and some rats. The children were brave enough to hold or touch the animals with great care and listened very carefully to facts about them too. In our English work we read and matched up the facts to the animals and have written some fact files which are on display in our classroom.
Spring – Gardening
As part of our Science topic ‘Plants’ we have been planting and growing peas. We have made sure to take good care of them by watering them often and making sure they get enough sunlight in our lovely courtyard area. With any luck we will get to try some of our peas very soon.
Spring – Easter
To celebrate Easter we did lots of creative activities. The children made cards for the people at home as well as a poster of the Easter story. The children thoroughly enjoyed their Easter Story Hunt in the School Grounds.
Spring – Adam Bushnell
Author Adam Bushnell visited our classroom to help us create stories about robots to link with our ‘Inventors and Inventions’ topic. He inspired us to be creative in our writing. The following week we got to work on our stories in our Extended Writing books. We all tried hard to make sure our stories had a beginning, middle and end and that we used lots of adjectives. Rhys and Kaisha-Mae won the competition for the best two stories in the class and received a signed book by Adam. Well done!
Spring – House of Objects
As part of our ‘Inventors and Inventions’ topic we took the children to the ‘House of Objects’ in Newcastle and it was brilliant. The children could choose from an enormous range of recycled materials to create their own invention – something new that would help others. The children had lots of excellent ideas and were really enthusiastic about their inventions.
We had so much fun at our Christmas Party. We played party games, ate party food in the dining room and danced our socks off!
Christmas Classroom Activities
We also got to work in classroom as we spent lots of time weaving crosses and trees and sewing stockings ready for Santa coming! We had to concentrate very hard to finish our creations independently.
Christmas – Making and giving gifts
We have been very busy elves in the run up to Christmas making gifts for the people at school and home. We loved using our new woodwork bench outside to create wooden Christmas tree decorations.
Autumn – Judo
We loved taking part in a Judo session by ‘Destination Judo’. It was great to learn some new skills.
Autumn – Leaf Man
We love the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. The book inspired us to create our Leaf characters and make our own short stories in English. Some of us could read our work aloud to the class.
Autumn – Harvest
In RE we learned about Harvest around the world. Year 1 really enjoyed taking part in the Harvest festival at St John’s Church and even harvesting our own apples from the orchard – they were delicious!
Autumn – Fireworks
After Bonfire Night we made firework sculptures using natural materials – inspired by artist and sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Autumn – Funny Bones
The children loved learning all about Funny Bones using the book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We had great fun making the ‘dark, dark street’.
Autumn – Hardwick
As part of our learning in Science we went on a trip to Hardwick Park. We took part in the ‘All about Autumn’ Workshop. The children could spot the signs of seasonal change and had great fun working together.
You can find out about our class curriculum by visiting the Our Curriculum section of our website.