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Throughout the year the children are guided through a series of Learning Adventures. Below is a review of the last Learning Adventure with some associated photos, ENJOY!

Year 1 Spring 1 Newsletter (Up Up and Away)

Autumn 2 - A Toys Story Blog


What a busy but exciting term for the children! The learning adventure this half term, called A Toy’s Story, has been focussed on History.

To kick-start the adventure, the children were invited to bring their favourite toy in to school. We then shared their toys with each other and did an amazing piece of work to put on display.

Throughout the rest of the adventure, the children learnt the timeline of teddy bears; and how and why they have changed. The children found it interesting to see the sorts of toys that would have been played with in the past and compared them to the toys that are played with now. The children then designed their toy of the future and had great fun experimenting with the sorts of technology that they could use.

In English, the children have been working hard to develop their use of phonics and those all-important skills required when writing. They have produced some great pieces of writing. They wrote their own ending for Toys at the Beach, which they then read to Year R. They have also written some fantastic fact files about their toys to be put in the Science Museum.

In Maths, the children have been helping Toodles find his marbles by counting carefully to 20 and adding to check that he has them all back. They have also been working with Bunting Cat to keep all the toys in order by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. To finish the term, the children were asked by Woody to help him work out who was winning races. We then ended the mini adventure by having a wind-up toy car race.

In Science, the children loved learning about different materials. They learnt about where materials came from and how they were made. We then experimented which material would be the best for fixing Paddington’s umbrellas.

In DT, the children made Santa puppets. The children designed their puppets after exploring a range of puppets and commenting upon each one. The children joined their puppets using fabric glue and then they added details to their designs.

The children have also worked hard in RE. Our Big Question this half term was ‘Who was Jesus?’ The children learnt about how and why Jesus was born. They then went on to discover how Christians remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas and how candles and bright decorations are used to show that Jesus is coming.

The children have of course also been taking part in the Christmas production this year. They worked hard to remember the songs and the actions and delivered them beautifully during the performances. Thank you for all your hard work to make their costumes and continuing to support them with their learning at home.



Best Wishes,

Miss Harris, Miss Burgess, Mrs Odling, Miss Olsen, Mrs Andreatta and Mrs Taylor

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Year 1 Autumn 2 Newsletter (A Toys Story)

Autumn 1 - Building our Future Blog

What a start to the year Year One have had! The children have settled in well and the Year One team are immensely proud of them all. The learning adventure this half term, called Building Our Future, has been focussed on PSHE and the children’s future aspirations.

It all started with a wonderful launch whereby the children came in dressed as what they would like to be when they are older. The children came in wearing some fantastic outfits; throughout the day they made lanyards for ID cards and painted portraits of themselves from the future. The children also enjoyed making a time capsule which they buried on the field. Over the rest of the half term, the children have got to know some people with careers that the children showed an interest in. They met the new Year 6 teacher, Mrs Clayton and set about making a map of the school to help her get around. They then worked with Mr White to design something to improve their school grounds and finally Mrs May, who is a gardener, came in and helped the Year Ones plant some flowers in the outside area.

In English, the children have worked hard to improve their understanding of sentences. The children have written the fairy-tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and have used Mama Cook’s recipe to write a set of instructions on how to make Pizza.

In Maths, the children have been working hard to develop their number knowledge. They worked alongside our Lego postman to deliver to the correct houses and in the right order, as well as helping Mama Cook to read her table numbers up to ten. In the last week we started looking at numbers to 20 whereby they helped Builder Ben keep track of all his stock.

In Science, the children have engaged enthusiastically with plants. They have learnt the parts of a plant and the role each part plays as well as learning about what plants need to stay alive and why. The children experimented by planting a seed in a bottle which they found fascinating when it started to grow.

In DT, the children learnt how to make pizza bases when they were given a recipe to follow by Mama Cook. They then designed their toppings for their pizza which they later did in the Grove; they learnt to cut, grate and present their food.

PE has been focussed on ball skills this half term. We have learnt skills to enable us to throw and catch successfully, how to chest pass and throw with force to reach a desired target

The children have also worked hard in RE. Our Big Question this half term was ‘Who created the world?’. The children enjoyed making their own creations before learning about God and how Christians believe he made the world. After they had looked at Christianity, they learnt about how Hindus believe the world was created.

The children have had a busy but productive half term and we as a Year One team hope you have a restful week. We look forward to seeing you all when you return and are up for a new adventure.



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Year 1 Newsletter - Autumn Term 1 (Building our Future)