Year 1 Blog

Our Year 1 Classes are Puffins and Penguins.

These are our curriculum newsletters.


Centre For Life

What a wonderful day we had at the Centre for Life.  The children demonstrated excellent behaviour, as always, and Simon who taught us about space said he had never met a school with so much knowledge!

We took part in a range of activities:

Lab work:  Identifying objects to see if they were alive or not alive, finding out that astronauts can only have 30g of food per meal and using the electronic scales to weigh out a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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We also had the opportunity to explore the gigantic model of the moon and found out it has seas (with no water) and extinct volcanoes.


The planetarium was a wonderful experience and everyone liked the comfortable chairs that allowed you to lie back and look at the stars.  We learned about different star constellations.

After a very quick lunch we explored the Curiosity Zone.  Some children had the opportunity to explore the fast moving spinning wheels, floating fabrics and a very hot brain.  The very brave drank out of a toilet! IMG_6951 IMG_6945  IMG_6943 IMG_6940 IMG_6955 DSCF8013 DSCF8015


Finally we went to the Science Theatre and found out easy experiments that can be done in our own kitchens.  A couple of children were lucky enough to go onto the stage and join in.

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The only thing left to do was get on to the bus and head back to school after a very exciting and fun day.




Outdoor Learning

We have had a fantastic introduction to learning in the outdoor environment over the last couple of weeks in Year 1. We have found clues that led to the special space story ‘Whatever Next!’, made cookies to show we are ‘Woodland Walk Explorers’, been on an egg box treasure hunt to find interesting natural objects and used compass points to guide a blindfolded friend around the field to find clues linked to our space topic! The children are learning to be look after them selves, each other and the environment and to show respect to all.

Thank you to all parents who have provided wellies for their children when asked to. This will become a more regular request so if your child has a pair of wellies that could be kept at school permanently, this would help enormously!

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Whatever Next!

The children went on a lovely walk in the school grounds to find clues for the next story we will read.  What strange items we found hanging in the Woodland Walk! Whatever could they be for? We made a list of everything we found to discuss when we went back to class.

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The children discovered we will be learning the story Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy.


Snow Fun!

This week Year One went outside to explore the brief but very exciting snow shower.  We made snow balls, drew Beegu (our friendly alien) in the snow, made snow angels and looked closely at the different patterns on the sole of shoes.  Some of us even had a go at Dancing on Ice!  Most of all we had lots of fun!

We have also been very excited to communicate with a young girl Beegling, from the planet Beeg.  Beegu is a small friendly alien who had crashed onto the school field last week.  We received an email off her to let us know she had arrived home safely as we had made a fantastic magic potion to call for her family to collect her.

In Maths we have been learning about money.  Practising at home to count in 2s, 5s and 10s will support your child in school.

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Year 1 had the most wonderful day at Beamish on Wednesday. The sun was shining and the children were impeccably well behaved, making us very proud of them indeed!

We had the opportunity to visit the school and take part in a Victorian lesson with a very strict teacher who showed us what it would have been like learning to read, write and do arithmetic.

We took a ride on the tram which was very exciting and visited the pit village where some very interesting people told us all about life as part of a pit man’s family. We spotted lots of objects in the homes that we have been learning about in school as well as lots of new things.

We had a look around the farm and farmhouse where there were lots of animals to see and some old fashioned farm equipment.

Some children were so exhausted from their exciting day that they fell fast asleep on the bus coming home.

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