Welcome to Year 1!
Welcome to our Year 1 class page. Take a look at what we are going to be learning about this half term. Our page will be updated with photographs regularly so you can see what we have been getting up to!
Our whole school topic is ‘Around the World’ so we are going to be learning about the continents of the world and some countries within these. We will be focusing on identifying the human and physical features of places in the UK and comparing these to parts of Africa. This will link closely to the story we will be reading in English, Meerkat Mail, which is set in the Kalahari Desert.
Children will have PE every Wednesday and Friday so please make sure they come to school with their PE kits on these days. Art aprons also need to be in school in case we feel like getting messy!
Every Wednesday morning the class will be taking part in outdoor learning with Mrs Farrow so please make sure children come equipped with the necessary clothing for the weather (for example, wellies, hats and gloves).
Year 1 have been enjoying Forest School so far. Over the past few sessions some children have used loppers to prune trees that were shading our growing area and we have now laid soil down ready to create our own vegetable patch. We used some of the branches that we cut to create a bird hide and this week children had a great time peeking through the leaves to spot birds-and to make their friends jump! Children looked for pine cones which they made into bird feeders to hang up in the woods, so hopefully there will be lots of birds to spot next time. The class have enjoyed some games in the forest and have worked really well together to build some very impressive dens using tarps, ropes and hazel poles. Some children have begun to use some simple knots when tying their ropes. Over the past two sessions children have learnt how to stay safe around the campfire and many children have lit their own mini fires using twigs, cotton wool, petroleum jelly and a fire steel. Last week we toasted marshmallows and this week we made some yummy toffee apples over the campfire. Many children have been interested in the pond and so we made some fishing rods from sticks and some apple boats to float on the water; the children loved fishing these out with their nets. We were looking at different colours in the natural environment this week. We searched for coloured cards scattered around the woods and then looked for a natural item that matched each card as closely as possible. Children thought very carefully and really began to notice the differences in the shades of colours in the natural environment. We made nature bracelets with some of the items that they found. We look forward to lots more fun next week-thank you so much to our brilliant volunteers and thank you to parents who have donated things for us to use at Forest School!