Year 1 Blog 2020-2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021  Sports Day
We were very proud of all the children and the effort that they made this afternoon during our Sports Afternoon. They showed good team spirit, supporting each other and cheering everyone on. They did a throwing event, a jumping event, a running event and a ball handling event. Then after these we moved on to the track events with a sprint race and a long distance race around the field. The only thing missing was our parents cheering us on - fingers crossed you can be there next year! Well done everyone - great effort!
Wednesday 14th July Safety Assembly via video
We enjoyed our assembly today with PC Jon from the Police Service and Joe from the Fire Service. They talked to us about how to stay safe over the summer holidays. We learned about crossing roads, staying safe on our bikes and also about staying safe near water. Joe told us that by floating on our backs we can practise water safety skills and Jon told us about STOP, LOOK and LISTEN when we cross roads, holding our grown-up's hand. We also met Eggward and his little cycle helmet.
Friday 25th June 2021
Swifts class have enjoyed learning about the country Wales during International Week. We started off by locating Wales on a map of the United Kingdom and looking at the Welsh flag. We had fun learning to say 'Helo!' (hello) and 'Bore da!' (good morning). We also had a go at counting to ten in Welsh. Here are some pictures of the learning we shared during our assembly at the end of the week.
Thursday 17th June 2021
This week Year 1 have enjoyed learning about staying healthy during our 'Health Week'. We have talked about the importance of having a healthy balanced diet and had fun making our own fruit smoothies. The children carefully prepared the fruit and then enjoyed tasting the smoothies at the end.
Equality and Diversity Week
Thursday May 13th 2021
We have been enjoying a wonderful week in Year 1 learning about our school community. We mapped out where the children in school were born and noted 23 countries across the world. We shared our different languages and those used across the school.
Thank you parents for sharing you precious photographs as well, we have been learning about other cultures and finding out what is different but also noting our similarities. We have talked about food, festivals, homes, transport and special family traditions.
We will end the week looking at our own personal cultures / identities and writing about what we are proud of. 
Please take a look at the photographs of using mapping the school community.
Friday 23rd April 2021
Today was National Skipping Day and the children have been outside in the sunshine having lots of fun learning the skills required to skip successfully. Take a look at the photos below and see how they did. All the classes across the school have had new skipping ropes and whether skipping alone or with a long rope shared with a group of friends, everyone has had lots of fun. 
Friday 16th April 2021
Spring is really with us and we have been enjoying the sunny weather. We had a great time at Forest School this week looking at Deciduous and Evergreen Trees, one of our Science objectives.
We noticed how many trees are growing new leaves and the how the nature area is getting greener. We even found prickly holly and identified it is evergreen. If you have the opportunity please talk to your children about the types of trees you see around your home.
At the end of the week all the children planted their own sunflower seed. They can keep their flower at school to plant or eventually take it home. Our science unit is all about understanding plants and we will have a super opportunity to watch how our seeds grow and observe what happens.
All the children in the school have their own seed and there is competition to see who can grow the tallest! Take a look at the photographs below to see us planting.
Friday 26th March 2021
This week we have been working hard and in English we have been learning about the features of instructions. First we highlighted the features, such as the title, the list of items you will need, and the pictures. Then we found the imperatives such as; put, stick, fold, cut. We called these "bossy words". Finally we noticed the numbers that tell you when to do things.
Then the children wrote their instructions and today they had lots of fun following them. They wrote instructions for making jam sandwiches. What a yummy lesson! Enjoy the photos of them following their own written instructions. 
Friday 12th March 2021
Welcome back! It has been a fantastic first week back with lots of chance to chat and play with reunited friends. The children have really enjoyed being back and have settled quickly into familiar routines.
We finished our first week with the highlight of World Book Day. Thank you for all those wonderful costumes it was lots of fun to hear about the children's favourite book characters. We focused our classroom activities around Red Riding Hood and enjoyed sharing the story. The children also wrote character descriptions and designed book covers.
A great first week, well done to all the children.
Tuesday 19th January 2021
We have been really pleased to receive your emails and photographs showing us how much you have been learning at home. Take a look at some of the photographs you have been sending us. 
Also, please join us for our live maths and phonics lessons, we really look forward to you taking part.
Thursday 7th January 2021
Happy New Year to you all. Here are videos from Mrs Bane and Miss Harris, introducing the remote learning activities in Year 1. Please continue to send photos of learning and feedback to the class email accounts:
We look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Friday 18th December 2020
We have enjoyed seeing photos of the castles home learning project. The children liked writing about them in school and could talk about all the different parts.
Monday 7th December 2020
Every week, alongside our maths, English, phonics and other specific subject lessons we always have "Busy Learning." These activities give children a chance to develop fine motor skills, social skills and to apply their subject knowledge independently consolidating their learning. This week our busy learning is Christmas based and we have been using our cutting skills to make and decorate Christmas trees. We have used our fine motor skills to paint and colour. Constructions toys have helped to build co-ordination and 2D shapes have been explored to make pictures. We have written Christmas lists and made Christmas cards. 
Take a look below at some of our busy learning photographs.
Monday 30th November 2020
What a busy week we had last week! In English we completed our work on Castles and did some free writing, without adult support, to show just how much the children had progressed. The adults were thrilled to see lots of progress and a big growth in confidence when writing and punctuating sentences.
In maths last week we carried on consolidating our understanding of halving, and halved numbers.
In history we continued learning about Queen Elizabeth and learnt about Family Trees. The children completed part of a family tree for the queen and wrote down the name of the Queen's heir.
Monday 23rd November 2020
Last week had lots of fun and a very busy time with a special focus on Anti-Bullying Week. We learnt about what bullying is, and now know that it is deliberate and persistent. We talked about what to do if we are subject to bullying behaviour or if we see it happening.
We discussed how we are all different and what makes us each special. We sorted the things we like to do with a friend and compared our likes and dislikes.
As the week progressed we learnt about the National theme for Anti-Bullying week: United Against Bullying. We had a circle time to discuss what this means and came up with ideas of what this would be like for us.
United as classes we each made a jigsaw piece to share our ideas and these are going to be displayed on our classroom window to share with everyone. We hope you have time to take a look.
Friday 13th November 2020
This Friday we enjoyed Children In Need day. The children have been talking about the purpose of the day and then developed their fine motor skills by completing some fun colouring and pencil control activities.
Wednesday 11th November 2020
In English, we have started to look at Castles which is our English topic for this half term. The children have started to learn about the different parts of Castles and have completed some writing about them. We are also focusing on using our Phonics knowledge to help us to write words.