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WB 27th June 2022

 In English, this week Year 1 were innovating the story, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl. They used the story as a foundation for their own plans last week and were able to start writing their versions this week.  They planned the key events in the story by adding Pie Corbett’s story actions and a few others to help them recall the story and made a story map. They started their stories with an opening, then added a build-up and a problem before writing a resolution. It’s amazing to see the children include interesting openers, expanded noun phrases, similes  and conjunctions in their work.

WB 20th June 2022

In DT, this week Year 1 had to do a taste test of a variety of fruit and vegetables.  This was to help them decide which ingredients they would like to use to make their own smoothies.  To start the lesson, we discussed what a smoothie is and why it is such a good drink to have.  We watched a BBC Bitesize video about the importance of having five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and that vegetables are quite tasty when blended into a smoothie with fruit. We tasted the following ingredients: Carrots, cucumber, spinach, strawberries, bananas, grapes, apples, pineapple and mango, whilst recording the appearance, texture and taste of the ingredients. We finished the lesson by choosing one of three smoothie recipes to make in the next lesson.

WB 13th June 2022

In Science, this week Year 1 had an amazing day at Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, for our plants topic. The children were able to participate in three fantastic activities, lead by RHS guides and their volunteers.  In 1B, we started with a leaf and petal collection hunt. We then used what we found to sort before adding some of the collection to a strip of card, creating our own bookmarks.  Our second activity was to become birds! With one hand behind our backs and a peg in the other, we had to make a bird's nest from what we could find on the ground. It was a lot trickier than we thought it would be! After lunch, we ended the day with a carousel of five activities in the learning centre where we drew plants and bugs, made a bug habitat, created our own cress head plants, explored a nature table with magnifying glasses and imitated a bumble bee transferring pollen from our own pictures. We had the best day with perfect weather.

WB 6th June 2022

In Science, this week Year 1 had class discussions about where fruit and vegetables come from and the adjectives used to describe them.  Following a teacher model, in pairs, the children had to sort a variety of fruit and vegetables into two classifications.   They were then challenged to find other headings to sort the fruit and vegetables.   We also addressed the common misconception that tomatoes, cucumbers and butternut squash are in fact fruit



WB 16th May 2022

In English, this week Year 1 were learning a new story, The Magic Porridge Pot, for their writing focus.  They started the week by immersing themselves into the story by adding Pie Corbett’s story actions and a few others to help them recall the story without reading it.   They then had to make a story map to include the key events of the story before editing and innovating it.  This will be used next week, in preparation for writing their own versions of the story. We had shared so many fantastic edits, I can’t wait to read their final versions. 

WB 9th May 2022

In PSHE, this week Year 1 were learning about keeping safe in the sun.  They started the lesson by sharing an image of the sun and discussing their own opinions, with their talk partners, about whether they thought it was healthy or dangerous.  They then discussed their thoughts as a class and addressed any misconceptions about sun safety. They had to complete a poster about keeping safe in the sun and why it is important.

WB 3rd May 2022

In Art, this week Year 1 had to draw a building showing different textures.  They started the lesson by revisiting our last Art lesson of exploring natural surroundings. We discussed the differences between a natural and an urban surrounding.  We looked at some famous buildings from around the world and discussed how they could recreate the textures seen, using different pencils strokes.  They had to try showing textures on a practice sheet before trying to draw their own chosen building.


WB 25th April 2022

In PE, this week Year 1 have been doing athletics.  The lesson started with a warm up game, where the children had to follow a travel instruction from Mr. Henderson. For example skip.  Mr. Henderson called 3 or 4 and they had to get themselves into groups of 3 or 4, as quickly as they could, before following another instruction.  The children then played Pick-up Relay. In groups of 3 and 4. They had to sprint to and pick up a bean bag to move from one hoop to another in relay style. They later developed their hand and eye co-ordination with some throwing skills and showed great sportsmanship, by encouraging their peers.

We also had 2 children from 1B take part in a gymnastics competition on Thursday at Woodside. They did incredibly well.

WB 19th April 2022

In History, this week Year 1 have been learning about the Titanic. The lesson started with our ‘History Mystery’. The children were given images of an iceberg, lifeboats, rooms from inside the titanic and the Atlantic Ocean. The children then had to guess what they would be learning about and collaboratively record their thoughts onto A3 paper. Their ideas generated an amazing class discussion, with reasoning and logic, ranging from a “Viking battle” to a “cruise rescue”.

WB 28th March 2022

In Art, this week Year 1 had to create a final paper weave and evaluate it.  The children had to refer to the weave plan they made prior to this lesson and recap the under and over motion to weave accurately. They had to address some misconceptions and errors during the making of their paper weave but showed great perseverance during the task, followed by delight when they mastered weaving. Their evaluations highlighted that they were happy with their final pieces and found the new weaving skill to be most challenging but would practice this and add more colours to improve it next time.

WB 21st March 2022

Linked to our Science topic of animals, Year 1 had a visit from Gemma’s Farm. Leading up to this, we looked at living and non-living things, grouped animals based on their characteristics, explored their similarities and differences, how they move and challenged ourselves by sorting carnivores, herbivores and omnivores using a Venn diagram. Having the farm visit, encouraged lots of discussion about our prior learning and some questions about the animals we saw. We had the best time.

WB 14th March 2022

In History this week Year 1, have been learning how bread was made in the past and present. We discovered that Ancient Egyptians used to make bread by using flour and water – frying it on stones and Greeks used to use flour, water and yeast – baking in a fire oven, whilst Victorians used yeast, flour and water and baked in home fire ovens. It was only 70 years ago, the British loaf was baked for the first time. Nowadays we can have freshly sliced bread straight out the oven thanks to the evolution in machinery. Industrial mixers and oven can produce freshly baked and sliced bread for the British population.  The children then had to generated some questions they would like to know from the past before ordering photos of bread making from various time periods on a timeline.  

WB 7th March


In Art, we have been learning how to create a repeated pattern through block printing. The children have been looking at the work and inspired by the famous Artist William Morris, who is best known as the 19th century’s most celebrated designer. The children explored his work and discovered that he made stained glass windows, wallpaper and tapestries. He created many floral patterns, inspired by plants and flowers. The children shared their own idea of what a repeated pattern is and used pencils to create their own designs. They then used a pencil and a polystyrene square to create their own unique pattern block. They later used a small piece of cardboard, glue and string to create another design, before using a roller to apply paint and print their creations. They all showed amazing creativity, used accurate lines and used developed detailed patterns to create their own repeated patterns.