Year 1 - Ash, Pine and Willow Classes

Term 5

George and the Dragon

Another fun filled and jam-packed term for year 1. During the first part of the term, we learnt about our final country in our trip around the United Kingdom: England. We really enjoyed reading ‘George and the Dragon’ by Chris Wormell and comparing it to the legend of George and the Dragon when we celebrated St George’s Day. The children also learnt about where England is situated, it’s capital city and some of the main landmarks by pretending they were the dragon trying to escape.

Diary of a Minibeast

As the weather began to be brighter, we started learning about what happens in Spring. We enjoyed going on a spring walk and doing some of learning in the outdoor environment. We also welcomed the ponies, the bees and the new chickens to Sandown!

The children absolutely loved reading the diary of a Minibeast stories. Ash class relished the Diary of a Spider, Pine class enjoyed the Diary of a Fly and Willow class giggled at the Diary of a Worm! We also went on our own mini beast hunts, learning about what actually lives in our school grounds. The children studied the structure of insects as well as other animals. They also had the opportunity to make their own minibeast hotels.

Our garden also started to come alive as the children helped sow, water and watch the plants grow. We hope to harvest some of our hard work in the summer.

We ended the term with our home learning celebration and were again, very impressed with the high standard of projects. Fantastic work year 1!

Term 4

Ivor the Engine

It has been another busy and exciting term in Year 1. We began the term by celebrating 100 days in year 1 by having a Maths Party with our parents. The children loved learning the maths games with their parents and taking home the party pack of games to play at home too.

We loved reading and watching ‘Ivor the Engine’ and making model trains using our knowledge of solid shapes. We even used the beebots to show Ivor’s journey around Wales.

The children went on to learn about the location of Wales and its capital city and we celebrated Saint David’s Day.

World Book Day was a huge success and the children really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters for the day. They were buzzing about books and very excited to have the opportunity to listen to stories read by different adults in the school too.

The whole school thoroughly enjoyed Aspirations week where the children had opportunities to explore leisure, community and career aspirations. Year 1 welcomed in a banker, a nurse and a musician into class to speak to them about their careers. They had the chance to ask lots of questions and think about their future career choices. Key Stage 1 also took over the school for the day, having further opportunities to explore different jobs within a school such as teachers, office staff and cleaners. They also loved being a head teacher. The Oscars have never been so shiny!

The Giant’s Causeway

One of the highlights of the term was learning about The Giant’s Causeway by reading ‘Finn Macool and The Giant’s Causeway’ by John Dougherty. We learnt about the legend of how The Giant’s Causeway was made and explored the country of Northern Ireland, including Saint Patrick’s Day. The children wrote a postcard pretending they were Finn telling their audience about all the places they had visited using the past tense.

We ended the term with our home learning celebration and were very impressed with the high standard of projects, from exciting scrapbooks to huge giants and fantastic models of trains. Well Done year 1!

Term 3

Winter Wonders

Wow! What a fantastic term! Year 1 have been very busy learning about what happens in Winter. We began the term with some Winter walks around the school, finding out what happens to the plants and animals at this time of year. The children were excited to measure the temperature, rainfall, wind direction and strength on our new weather station.

We even glimpsed some snow!

We really enjoyed reading and writing about our class story ‘Ridiculous’ by Michael Coleman about the tortoise who goes out in Winter. “That’s Ridiculous!” we cried!

As it was a new year, we decided to set some goals in our PSHE lessons, ensuring we can make good choices in our learning by persevering, being resilient and having high aspirations.

The Jolly Postman

We loved reading ‘The Jolly Postman’ and exploring lots of different traditional tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We made some porridge for Goldilocks and learnt how to write about what we did in the past tense.

We ended the term by inviting our parents into class to help us decorate the puppets that we had sewn together. We made our puppets look like characters from traditional stories.

Numberblocks

Parents, have a look at this exciting new website to help your children learn more about numbers. 

Term 2

Term 2 review

‘We’re All Going on A Monster Hunt’

Our topics this term started with a dinosaur trail, as we followed giant footprints around the playground and into the school. Along the trail, we spotted letters from Rockanaurus – a unique dinosaur drawn by the illustrator Quentin Blake, especially for the Hastings Story Telling Festival.

Poor Rockonaurus was very lonely because he couldn’t find any friends. Of course the kind Y1 children were all keen to help him so we have been painting and printing huge dinosaur banners for the Hastings Festival Parade to be his friends.

Our monster hunt continued as we met Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and ‘she’ sent us postcards from different places in Scotland. But does she really exist?

We discovered a Beebot monster who wanted to help poor Nessie find her way home.

We found out about animals which live in the water.

‘Santa’s Workshop’

As Christmas approached and we started to prepare for our Nativity performance, we became Santa’s helpers in a very busy workshop.

We made:

  • Cakes, gift tags and Christmas decorations to sell at the School fair
  • Christmas cards, calendars, wrapping paper and more gift tags as presents for our families.

The main characters and backgrounds as we explored the Nativity Story, retelling it to our friends.

Dances for our performance of ‘Light, Camel Action’, including ‘The Funky Camels’.

and ‘The Line-dancing Travellers’.

‘We’re All Going on A Monster Hunt’ and ‘Santa’s Workshop’

Our topics this term started with a dinosaur trail, as we followed giant footprints around the playground and into the school. Along the trail, we spotted letters from Rockanaurus – a unique dinosaur drawn by the illustrator Quentin Blake especially for the Hastings Story Telling Festival.

Poor Rockonaurus was very lonely because he couldn’t find any friends. Of course the kind Y1 children were all keen to help him so we have been painting and printing huge dinosaur banners for the Hastings Festival Parade to be his friends.

Term 1

Cloud Spotting

Ash class are learning about Autumn and the seasons. We went outside to do some cloud spotting and look for different types of clouds. Do you think there is rain in those clouds?

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Marvellous Me

The new school year has brought us a new group of enthusiastic learners ready to engage with the Year 1 curriculum. So far, we have remembered the success of Great Britain in the Olympics by holding our own ‘Marvellous Me’ challenges. The children worked in their houses to earn as many points as possible with everyone making a medal to take home.