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Year 1

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1/10/18- Yoga

Year 1 look forwards to our weekly yoga sessions. We go in small groups to the hall and take part in a story based yoga session. Each week involves a journey to the giggle tree. The Yoga is having a positive impact on the children. We have even seen them hold their own sessions in class where one of the children will lead a session repeating the stretches and breathing techniques that we have learned.
Yoga has many benefits for the children, including, improved balance and concentration, muscle strengthening and improved sense of wellbeing. The children use words such as ‘relaxing’ and ‘fun’ to describe the sessions.
Why don’t you ask your child to share some of our yoga poses or stretches at home? The tree pose is a good place to start.

09/09/18- Brand New Term

The children have all come back to school refreshed and ready to learn after the summer break. We have learnt the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and the children are becoming very animated in their re-telling of the story. Ask them to tell you the story at home.
We have discussed the key question ‘Can you build a bridge out of paper’. The children came up with some interesting thoughts and opinions on this.
The children have worked as a team to build a bridge out of paper. We then tested the strength of the bridge.
We have now moved on to exploring different materials and thinking about how we could make a stronger bridge. It will be great to see what idea’s the children come up with.

18/05/2018 – Life Caravan

Year 1 visited the Life Caravan today and we were ever so lucky to meet Harold the Giraffe. We helped Harold learn all about the different food groups and sorted his favourite foods onto the food group chart. We also discussed different ways of maintaining a healthy body and shared our ideas. We then helped Harold solve a problem for his friends about a fruit sculpture that had broken and we had to help him fix it by choosing the correct fruits. At the end we were lucky enough to stroke Harold and even give him a little cuddle!



8/03/2018 – World Book Day – Roald Dahl

This year, KS1 celebrated the work of Roald Dahl. We carried out a range of fun activities focusing on the story of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Children took part in making delicious chocolate brownies, designing chocolate bars and acting out the story. We had the opportunity to work with children from Year 2 and 3. All the children enjoyed the day and they loved dressing up as their favourite character from the story. They really made a brilliant effort with their costumes!



7/02/2018 – Chester Zoo

Today we went on a very exciting trip to Chester Zoo.  We were fascinated by all the animals and learnt lots of new and interesting facts about the different animals. Look out for our recounts about our fun trip.


2/02/2018 – Creative Castles!

This term we are learning all about castles. Some children have made their very own models of castles at home after learning the key features of a castle in class. Well done to Oujj, Aleem, Zulkarnain and Umme – these castles look amazing!

26/01/2018 – Too Smart To Start!

Today we took part in spreading the ‘Too Smart To Start’ message! We explored the theme with a range of activities that reminded us how to keep safe, healthy and drug free.  We acted out various scenarios and demonstrated this in the whole school assembly. We created posters and also created healthy food plates. We even got a special visit from PC Baines who talked to us about keeping safe on the streets and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle free of drugs.


20/12/2017 – Christmas Party!

We had lots of fun at our Christmas party. We played lot of games and did lots of dancing but the most exciting part was when Santa came to visit to give everyone a Christmas present.


15/12/2017 – Parent workshop

Thank you to all those parents who attended our Phonics workshop. Parents had the opportunity to play some phonics games and complete various phonics activities with their children. Whilst at home, please try to carry out these phonics activities to support your child’s learning in class.


8/12/2017 – PDSA

Today we had a special visitor from the PDSA, which is an organisation that looks after animals. The children learnt about the basic needs of an animal and how to take care of a pet. Year 1 took part in sorting objects for the different animals and had a chance to demonstrate how to look after a pet.


7/12/2017 – Winter Fair!

For our school Winter Fair, Year 1 decided they wanted to bake chocolate crispy buns with a winter twist to it. We decorated our scrumptious buns with melted white chocolate for a “snowy” effect.


13/11/2017 – “My neighbour Totoro”

As part of our school visit, year 1 had the opportunity to watch “My neighbour Totoro.” The film links in with our work we are doing on celebrating differences, friendship and teamwork. Year one enjoyed the film and really liked the characters. They also found it quite emotional as the characters were upset at times. After the movie we had the time to discuss friendship, sad and happy feelings. They then created posters about the film encouraging others to watch it.


10/11/2017 – Gingerbread Man Hunt

In English we are learning the story of The Gingerbread Man, so we decided to bake our own gingerbread men. We carefully read and followed the instructions to make the gingerbread men.

We left our gingerbread men to bake in the oven but you will not believe what happened next…all the gingerbread men ran out of the oven!!!!! The cheeky gingerbread men left a few clues and riddles behind and we had to work them out in order to find them. Miss Simpson even said she had heard lots of little footsteps outside her office!

Luckily we eventually found them in Miss Khalifa’s office. We enjoyed decorating and eating our gingerbread men in class. Did the gingerbread men really run away to Miss Khalifa’s office or do you think Miss Khalifa took them all for herself?!


10/10/2017 – Bolton Abbey – Seasons Workshop

As part of our science topic, Year 1 visited Bolton Abbey to observe changes that take place in the Autumn season. The workshop was led by Simon. He carried out practical activities to help children understand the changes that take place during this season and how animals prepare themselves for the winter season. To help understand the parts of a tree, children used their bodies to create one giant tree. We also had the opportunity to play some games linking with animals and the weather. Simon also introduced why trees are useful.

It was a fun day and the children were every excited to use this information to create a book about their visit and were very keen to apply their new learning during our science lessons!


29/09/2017 – Dogs Trust Charity

As a school we are raising money for a range of charities. Year 1 are raising money for the Dogs Trust charity and have worked hard to learn about the work carried out by the charity. We had special visitors from the Dogs Trust to tell us all about how they take care of the dogs and the class had a chance to take part in some fun role play activities. We also had a chance to stroke the cute little puppy Winnie.

We have decorated and made sweet boxes to sell on Friday 5th of October and all the money raised will be sent to the Dogs Trust.


12/09/2017 – Road Safety

Today, Year 1 and 2 had some have training on road safety. They were taught the rules for crossing a road safely and participated in some role play.

The aim of the session was to help children understand the Green Cross Code in order to keep themselves safe when crossing the road.

We believe it is important to give children the skills, understanding and confidence to deal with traffic safely while they are engaged in them.


Our Class Charter

In Year 1, we believe that it is crucial for our pupils to understand the difference between rights, responsibilities and respect. We hope to encourage our pupils to become responsible citizens and learn the importance of respecting others. The purpose of the class charter is to encourage decision making and nurture a positive classroom environment.

‘’The best way to enjoy your own rights – is to protect the rights of others.’’ Mary Robinson

We have created a class charter to show the rights we think are most important and the values we share as a class.



05/09/2017  – Getting the Year off to a Good Start!

Have a look at all the fun things we have been getting up to in our first week in Year 1.

Self portraits.Self portraits.

Parachute games.

‘All About Me’ books                                    Friendship Hands.

Team building activities.