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Year 1

Staff: Miss Turner / Mrs Jeffrey / Mrs Laggan

Please contact – naomi.turner@panshanger.herts.sch.uk    

Music is taught by Mr Mitchell on a Tuesday.

Spring 1

We have had a brilliant half term back following the Christmas holidays!

In English this term, the children have explored free verse poems and even created their own. We had a great 2 weeks writing instructions and after writing our own recipes, we made our own Gruffalo crumble! The children had so much fun creating the crumble and even more fun eating their creation! We have also looked at traditional tales and explored these in different ways, through acting, drama and creating puppets to re-tell.

In History we have been looking at famous explorers throughout history. The children have really enjoyed learning about explorers such as Matthew Henson, Neil Armstrong and others. We discussed differences and similarities in each explorers’ adventures and the children did well to explain the challenges each explorer faced and why they did it.

In science, we have been looking at animals including humans. We have looked at different ways to label and categorize animals and even looked at the different senses we have as humans. We decided to put our senses to the test, we smelt and ate different foods whilst blindfolded and tried to guess what we had eaten. We have also explored the human body and had a go and labeling life size drawings of each other.

This term we also shared another Little People, Big Dreams book and our book was about Steve Irwin. The children read and discussed all of the conservation Steve and his family have done for animals, as well as showing them a new view about crocodiles! Then we all crested our own animal out of plasticine and created our own conservation box for them so we could keep them safe.

We have ended the term with a DT week on the theme of puppets. The children explored different ways we could attach materials to create a puppet, created 2 types of puppets and even designed their own hand puppet. This was the first time many of the children had tried sowing and they did so well, taking their time and created fantastic puppets in which they took home.

Autumn 2

This has been a very busy and fun term! We have managed to squeeze in lots of Christmas fun whilst doing lots of fun and engaging learning. The children really have settled in well to Year 1.

In English this term we have looked different poems and done lots of performance poetry, we used our bodies and props to read lots of fun poems! We also used our imaginations to produce our own versions of Stanley’s stick.

In Maths the children have been working on their addition and subtraction skills as well as looking at shapes. They have become great shape hunters and really enjoyed learning a 3D shape song!

We have been looking at the changing seasons in Science, and at this point in the year it has been really exciting to discover and observe the different changes in seasons! The children are very confident in discussing how we adapt our clothing to the cold weather and will help remind each other to wrap up warm!

The children have really immersed themselves in to art this term in our portraits topic. We had begun practicing drawing portraits of ourselves and each other and then looked at different abstract portraits. Using a range of different tools, the children created their own version of Brianna McCarthy’s Gold mess, which were fantastic and so unique!

In Geography this term we have been looking at our local area and how we get to school. We created our own passports to learn our addresses and even used a map to plan our walks to school. In RE we have been exploring how light is important in different religious activities. The children got to observe a Menorah candle being lit and listened to a Hebrew song. We then revisited the Nativity story and looked at how different lights are used at Christmas time.

At the end of the term, alongside Year 2 and Year 3, we put on a Christmas production. All the children in Year 1 had practiced extremely hard with their singing and dancing and we as a school are so proud of them for all of their hard work! The children were very confident and performed the best they could and the show was a massive success!

We then enjoyed our Christmas lunch and Christmas concert on the last few days and celebrated Christmas with all of our friends!

Autumn 1

What a fantastic start to Year 1 we have had! The children have really settled well and have found their feet in the classroom.  They all have a great understanding of where things are kept and the classroom has really become their own.

Science

In Science we have begun to look at the season autumn and the different changes we have seen in this season. We have also begun to record the weather so we can make a comparison with all of the other season throughout the year. We have also been looking at materials and their uses. We went on a material hunt around the whole school and found lots of different materials.

English

In English we have been practicing our writing skills and making sentences. We have done lots of performance poetry and explored different ways we can share our poems. We created a shared acrostic poem and used our senses to create some very interesting poems about the classroom!

RE

In RE the children have been exploring belonging in different religious groups. We explored how we belong in our own lives, with our families and as part of the school community. We also enjoyed learning about Harvest and the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

Topic

In history we explored old toys. The children had such a great time playing with their own and other toys- it was fantastic to see the care the children took when handling the fragile toys from family members. We made lots of comparisons between our toys and older toys and even linked to our science and looked at what materials the toys were made from.