Year 1 Blog

Shapes and Patterns

Dawn Bullen 0 8

This week the children in Year 1 have been learning about William Morris. A Victorian artist who was one of the first people to design patterned wallpaper for people’s homes. After looking at some of his artwork the children have explored lots of different ways to make patterns using shapes and colours. The children even had a go at designing their own wallpaper designs using their own ideas. As well as a busy week for learning the children have also had a really positive week for celebrations and rewards. Last week we had the highest attendance in Transition Phase and enjoyed an extra playtime on the banking and climbing frame. We also filled our class ant hill. Over time the children collect leaves for the ant hill by working well together as a team and trying their best. Once all the leaves have been collected in the ant hill the children are rewarded with a treat they chose at the beginning of the year. This week it was a party! The next reward we are working towards is a pic nic and we already have started collecting leaves for this. I’m sure the children will have earned it before they know it!

School Days

Dawn Bullen 0 26

The children in year 1 returned to school this week to a brand new topic ‘School Days’. Through this topic children will be thinking about school days in the past and comparing them to what life is like in school for children now. We will be particularly focusing on the Victorian Period and learning about the day to day life of a Victorian Child. To help children understand this they spent our first day back stepping back in time and having a Victorian Day. The children went to a fantastic effort in dressing in costume and experienced different lesson in the style of a Victorian Classroom. The children had to use chalk and chalk boards instead of paper and had to sit silently in rows. We also banished electronics and played some traditional Victorian Games. The children enjoyed traditional toys such as card games and wooden trains and made their own peg dolls and figures. The children loved the experience but agreed they would definitely have not liked to have gone to school in Victorian Times!

World Book Day

Gary Child 0 87

The children in Year 1 were so happy to finally celebrate World Book Day on Tuesday after being snowed off last week! Every child went to an amazing effort and looked wonderful in their costumes. There were some brilliant choices and it was interesting to learn about the traditional characters children chose to dress up as.  During day the children immersed themselves fully in Traditional Stories and Fairy Tales and enjoyed working in teams to explore different stories. We read to each other, re-told stories out loud and worked as a team to make story maps. The children also used their data handling skills they have learned this week to find out which books, stories or characters the children in the class liked the best.

Back with a Bang!

Gary Child 0 102

Year 1 have had a brilliant and busy first week back to school after the half term holiday. We really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year and building up our knowledge of China and the things that happen at this time of year. The children had a go at making their own Chinese decorations and dragons and enjoyed drawing some Chinese symbols. In Literacy the children have also been taking a dive under the sea! We have enjoyed stories in under sea settings and learning about The Angler Fish as part of a very exciting task sent to us from Disney! The children are helping researchers find out about this interesting sea creature and are working towards putting together a very important report.

The Aliens have Landed!

Gary Child 0 125

This week in year 1 was all about the aliens! The children enjoyed reading ‘Alien’s Love Underpants’ and other fun books in this series. We were inspired through this to design our own aliens and use our phonics to create funny Alien names for them. The children have improved their blending skills to read words and enjoyed playing alien snap and pairs games to practise this.



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