Thank you for visiting the Year 1 page! We hope you enjoy looking at what we have been doing.
On these pages you will find important information about life in Year 1, including our termly topic sheet, and photos of the Year 1 staff, so you can put a face to the names your child mentions.
Please also take the time to visit the Learning (in Year 1) page for photos of recent activities and examples of the children’s work. Many of our lessons have an element of hands on learning. We are always on the playground at the end of the day so please do come and talk to us if you have an queries or concerns.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Phillips
We have been learning the difference between capacity and volume. We worked as a team to pour water and label cups with words and phrases like ‘nearly empty’ and ‘more than half full’.
We have really enjoyed the start of our plants topic! We have been exploring our school grounds and investigating the different trees and plants. We used our observation skills to look closely at the leaves, bark, branches and flowers on the trees to help us identify them.
From the very beginning of the day, the children imagined themselves living in a castle. Through role-play, they experienced life as it would have been during 1145, using authentic tools and materials. Throughout the day they were involved in the issues of the time and began to learn about lots of different aspects including
Making a leather finger guard to protect your fingers when doing archery
Rope-making and braiding wool to edge collars and cuffs
Working with the wise woman to dispense cures for a variety of illnesses
Making clay gargoyles for the great hall
Making a leather purse to store keepsakes
Creating scent bags to dispel the smells of the castle
Making a sample of woollen weaving
Throughout all this activity, there were knights and hunters outside, protecting the castle and hunting for food for our feast! They managed to hunt wild pig, rabbit and a large number of rats! They also managed to save the castle from the attack of the dastardly Sir Geoffrey!
To celebrate the defeat of the enemy and managing to defend the castle, the children joined in a huge banquet! Servants did a wonderful job of serving bread, cheese, fruit and biscuits to the knights and performers and everyone was entertained by jesters, singers, dancers and a jousting tournament.
What a wonderful day we will remember it forever. Thank you very much to the volunteers who joined us on the day.
Measuring dragon’s footprints!
This morning Year 1 have investigated which dragon has the longest foot. We talked about how to measure accurately and used cubes to measure how long each different foot is.
“The blue one is shorter than the yellow one.” Marley
“The yellow dragon’s foot is longer than the blue one.” Dua
Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, all pupils at Queen Edith dressed up as animals! Look below at some of our lovely photos.
We all linked our English work to the book Welcome by Barroux. Reception children made their own islands inspired by those in the book. Year 1 designed a welcoming place for the monkeys from the story to stay in. Year 4 wrote inner monologues imagining that they were in that situation. Later Years pupils looked at Welcome and also Leaf, The Day War Came, The Island and The Arrival and found out about refugees around the world before writing diary entries, imagining that they were in that situation.
This week year one have been exploring how to build strong structures by designing and creating Mott and Bailey Castles. Lots of skills were used to build these castles- paper mache for the motte, rolling clay to hold up the fences around the bailey and painting the castles. Some people even integrated closing drawbridges into their castles! Fantastic teamwork was displayed by all.
Last week we had great fun exploring the school with Sunny and describing what he likes and does not like about each place. When we got back to the classroom, we used the iPad to share our ideas and mark up the pictures with our ideas. We found these pictures really useful and used them to write fantastic stories about Sunny’s adventures!
Year 1 have been forming numberlines and representing numbers up to 20. We were careful to show numbers using tens and units.
Year 1 are exploring different words in dance. We practised creeping along like a spy and using different heights to add dimension.
We have begun learning all about the world in our new topic. This week we learnt the names of the different continents. We have lots of tricks and mnemonics to help us remember their names!
In Maths, we explored how to separate numbers into tens and ones. We found it very helpful to use dienes to visualise the problems we were solving.
Event, Year 1, Year 2
KS1 Christmas Production
KS1 have really enjoyed their Christmas production this year. “The INN-Spectors” was a comical performance with beautiful acting, singing and dancing. Congratulations to all the children for working so hard on learning lines, songs and dance moves. Thanks too to parents who supported the memory challenge and helped children every step of the way. The cast also looked stunning in their costumes, so thanks again to mums and dads for equipping us so well. Our many rehearsals paid off as the final show is one we can all be proud of.
Happy holidays to one and all!
Year 1 are creating a toy museum! Today the children used their computing skills to photograph and write labels for the exhibits that will be in the museum!
Toys From Around The World
Year 1 explored toys from around the world and compared traditional toys in Britain and Russia. They enjoyed creating Russian stacking dolls and learning the story of The Littlest Matryoshka.
Peg Doll Toys
We designed and created old fashioned peg doll toys. Lots of people had very creative ideas. Here is a particularly happy Year 1 child with his Iron Man doll!
We have been learning to use imperative verbs and give commands by directing Traction Man to save Scrubbing Brush. Lots of fantastic commands were overheard, such as “climb over the mountain” and “tiptoe through the crocodile infested river”.
Year 1 have been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Here we are putting all of those pesky 2D shapes into prison. There were some fantastic conversations about the differences between 2D and 3D shapes.
We investigated which material was waterproof.
We have begun our weekly spelling quizes in year 1. Sometimes we will complete them using iPads.
In year 1 we are beginning to develop an awareness of the past. We explored toys that our grandparents used to play with, that our parents played with and now that we have played with. We noticed that today we still play with many of these toys but some people noticed that the materials we use now are different. Some people also noticed that the toys we play with today often use batteries or are plugged in to make them work. We are excited to explore more of these toys and find out other differences about the past.
1.2 Have been working extremely hard recently and have earnt lots of ‘sunshines’ for their reward time.
As a class, we voted to spend our reward time climbing.
We loved using our bodies in lots of different ways to climb up and over a range of equipment.
This week we have been learning how to use the + and = symbol.
We worked together in groups to practise addition fact families and we discovered a pattern.
Can you spot the pattern?
We practised our presenting skills by sharing facts about owls, just like David Attenborough!
October TV Presenters
Year 1 had lots of fun creating sock puppets this week. First we designed our puppets, thinking about what shapes we can see in an owl. Then we cut out felt pieces and glued them on to create the owl puppet. Finally, we enjoyed playing with our puppets and telling super stories using our class puppet theatre!
We practised balancing on a wobbly ‘bridge’ which grew wider and wider. We had to talk to our partners and help each other to make it safely across the ravine!