Year 1 Spring 2 2021

The children have worked very hard this half term and we have been so pleased with how well they have settled back in to learning in the classroom. They have worked independently in English and maths and are showing us how much progress they have made over this term of learning from home.

This half term we started our new topic ‘Our Planet and Beyond’. We began by learning about significant people in the space race. We learnt how animals were first sent into space followed by people and how Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon and the children placed these events on a timeline showing the order in which they happened. We looked at how scientists use moon buggies to go to space and find out lots of information about the moon. Then we had a go at designing and making our own moon buggies!

In science, we looked at materials and their properties and linked this to our topic by designing a space suit and choosing materials for their specific properties. We thought about whether a material was waterproof, flexible or kept us warm and discussed how this would affect the way in which the space suit would work. The children had fun thinking about what it would be like if chairs were flexible rather than rigid and how they would wear clothes if they were rigid.

Year 1 Spring 1 2021

We have been so impressed with the way the children have adapted to learning online for this term. We completed our topic of ‘Weather Experts’ during Spring 1 looking at different types of weather, keeping a weather diary and thinking about how different weathers impact on us such as the clothes we wear and the activities we do.

We were very lucky to have a video especially made for us by the meteorologist and weather presenter Mr Bell. He explained to the children all about how the weather is measured and forecasting weather. He gave us a tour of the studio at BBC Look East where he sometimes presents the weather from live on TV and we even had a special mention on the weather forecast the next day!

The children also had a Padlet with lots of exciting videos and experiments about the weather made for us from Mad Science. We found out how rainbows are made by water bending the light and about lighting and electric storms.

Year 1 Autumn 2020

We are really impressed with how the children have settled back into school and adapted to all the new school routines. It is clear that the children have been working very hard at home and can apply their skills to help them with new learning.

We have been focusing on catching up and filling gaps from the time the children were unable to be in school. We have been doing daily handwriting, fine motor skills, phonics, writing and maths activities along with the other subjects. 

The children have started the new topic ‘Animal life’ and have enjoyed learning how to classify animals and label the different animal body parts. They have also been painting their favourite animals.