Year 1 Blog

Our Year 1 Classes are Puffins and Penguins.

These are our curriculum newsletters.


Stepping into the light!

This week in science, we have been looking at different light sources to link with our Space topic. We identified that the sun is our main natural source of light and the children were able to describe different man made light sources.

The children have been doing lots of addition in maths this week. The children started the week with addition within ten and used lots of practical resources to help with this. They then applied this to working out number bonds to 10.


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Over the last few weeks we have learned so much about space and we really want to share that learning with our friends in Y2, so we have decided to make moving pictures to help us explain our learning. On Thursday we explored and created sliding mechanisms. We thought carefully about what image would be suitable to slide up and down or side to side.

Visit to The Centre for Life

What a wonderful and exciting day we had yesterday at the Centre for Life! Our Space topic was brought to life through workshops, visits to the planetarium and spectacular science shows. We had a warm welcome from Tim Peake himself and were given the chance to test different materials for strength, flexibility and weight to see which would make the best spacesuit. In the planetarium, we followed Little Bear on his journey North using the stars as his guide. The science show wowed us with it’s amazing experiments and we were given the chance to ask questions and find out how the experiments worked. We were also given the chance to explore the DinoJaws exhibition and spent time in the Curiosity Zone. What a fun filled day!DSCF4622 DSCF4566 DSCF4571 DSCF4573 DSCF4576 DSCF4580 DSCF4584 DSCF4610 DSCF4611

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A leaf man’s got to go where the wind blows…

This week we have been exploring the story Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert.

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We discussed her stunning illustrations and commented on her use of colour and how this links to autumn. As part of our science learning, we examined trees in our woodland area and noted the changes we could see. Did you know that trees begin to lose their leaves in autumn because the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder?

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We collected different leaves and created leaf rubbings using chalk. Before we picked up the chalks, we thought carefully about which colours would be the most effective. Then we considered how we would arrange the leaves before beginning our leaf rubbings.

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Later in the day we created autumn tree pictures inspired by the artistic technique Pointillism. We compared the media we had used that day. Some people preferred the paint because it was brighter, whilst others thought the chalks because they could be smudged and blended.

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Last week, we designed a protective outfit for Humpty Dumpty as part of STEM week. During this process, we explored different materials, used these to design a protective suit or container, created the protective suit or container and tested them by putting a real egg in them and dropping them from a height of 1 meter. When we dropped the eggs, some of cracked but lots of survived the fall! We found that the protective containers worked best as the egg did not smash in any of them.DSCF4284 DSCF4283 DSCF4263 IMG_1290 IMG_1283 IMG_1282

Visit to Alnwick Castle

What a wonderful visit we had to Alnwick Castle last week! Our children took part in a wand making workshop and were taught the magic words to make our wands come to life. We were an audience for a fantastic story about knights, giants, wizards and dragons. We used our wands and the magic words to help the brave knight rescue the princess from the evil wizard.

We had fun exploring the castle grounds and were wowed by the grand ceilings and chandeliers inside the castle.

Afterwards, we were given the chance to become real life knights and took on the Dragon Quest. Some brave knights even made it to the end and defeated the dragon!



Welcome back!

What a wonderful start we have had in Year 1! The children have all settled in really well and are enjoying all of the exciting things going on in the classrooms.

We have started off our term with the story of Biscuit Bear by Minnie Grey- an exciting story about the adventures of a lonely biscuit. The children have tasted biscuits for themselves and created pictograms of their favourite and explored different decoration choices before following a recipe to bake and decorate their very own biscuit bears.

We followed this up with some drama work where the children became the biscuits from the story and acted out their different talents.

We have been exploring place value during our maths sessions, counting and recognising numbers as well as learning how to represent numbers in different ways.

We also begun our topic themed learning around castles ahead of our visit to Alnwick Castle next Thursday. Please remember to complete the annual blanket consent form if not already done so and to send your child to school wearing their school jumper or cardigan, sensible shoes and a waterproof coat.

We would also like to remind you about the KS1 parents meeting taking place in the school hall at 9am on Wednesday morning. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.DSCF3842