Parents' Assembly

Well, that was a treat! Year 1 have just presented an assembly in front of parents, grandparents and friends to show just how much learning they have done since September. It was such a special event, every child stood up and spoke in front of a big audience and Year 2. This is no mean feat given they have had such a disrupted start to their school life because of the pandemic. They showed us how they learn phonics, they sang two songs beautifully (and managed an encore for one of them), they explained about the seasons, about Florence Nightingale and how they had had lots of adventures at Stocks Wood. It was lovely to see them stand up confidently and they should be very proud of their efforts.


Stocks Wood

What a fantastic time we had on our trip to Stocks Wood Forest School.  The day linked with our Science work on seasonal changes and identifying plants.  We explored the forest, looking for signs of Spring.  Lots of wild flowers were starting to grow and we noticed how the trees were starting to grow buds on their branches.  We played a game where we had to think about the seasons and link the object or clothing to the correct season.  When we went pond dipping we saw some frog spawn.  Lots of changes were happening in the forest. A sign that Spring is here!  
We also sang songs, one was very funny, it was called ‘Hedgehog Poo’.  
We made fires with a flint and some cotton wool.  We also toasted marshmallows on the campfire.  They were delicious!
What a fabulous day!



Our art topic is based around Africa and we have been designing head-dresses, mixing paints and improving our cutting skills to create our African sunset pictures.  We also made African water jars out of clay.  
In English we have been studying the book 'Handa's Surprise' which links with our African art topic.



Florence Nightingale

In History this half term, Year 1 have been learning about the life of Florence Nightingale.  We took part in a workshop at Tullie House to learn some more about the famous nurse.  Florence met us all as we arrived and we took part in activities that allowed us to explore some of the personal items Florence would have taken to Scutari with her.  We dressed up in the type of clothes the nurses and soldiers would have worn.  We also compared medicines and cleaning materials that would have been used 200 years ago with the things we use today.  We had an opportunity to ask Florence lots of questions too.  An exciting and interesting day for us all.


Bobby Michael's Baptism

In R.E. Year 1 have been looking at the symbols around baptism.  We took part in a baptism for Bobby Michael at St. Michael's Church.  Ben, the vicar, baptised Bobby Michael at the font.  We were all very excited, dressed in our smartest clothes and had a lovely afternoon learning about what happens at a real baptism.  We had the chance to ask Ben lots of questions too.  When we returned to the classroom we had a celebration to welcome Bobby Michael into God's family.


The Gruffalo

We have been looking at the author Julia Donaldson. We have been enjoying reading lots of her books and have been writing about her stories.  We have had lots of fun.  We also visited the deep dark woods at Whinlatter Forest and went on a Gruffalo Hunt.  We spotted lots of the characters from the book. 

We were so excited about our trip that we came back to school and did some amazing writing using capital letters, full stops and included adjectives in our writing too.  What a super day!

Seasonal Changes

In geography, we have been looking at seasonal changes in the weather.  We thought about what the weather is usually like when it’s our birthdays. We organised our birthday months into seasons.  We thought about what happens to the trees when the weather changes too. Can you describe the seasonal changes?

We explored our area outside school and we then had a walk through the church yard.  We saw a tree and noticed how its leaves had turned yellow and brown.  We can see this tree from our classroom window and now it’s winter we can see that it has changed again.  Our trip to Whinlatter also helped us look for lots of signs of Autumn.  We noticed that some trees stay green “evergreen” and some lose their leaves and are called “deciduous” trees.

Testing Material in Science

We had to look at the different materials to see which material would keep our teddy dry. We tested paper, cellophane, tin foil, plastic and wood. We named the different types of materials and talked about their properties.

The best material was the plastic plate as it was like a big round umbrella! In the end, after testing all the materials … poor teddy got very wet. We did hang him up to dry!

Our Reading Advent Calendar

For Advent in Year 1 we are opening a parcel every day.  Inside the parcel is a book linked to Christmas and the Christmas Story.  It is very exciting when we are chosen to open one of the parcels.  This also links in with our R.E. topic “Why do we give gifts at Christmas?”