Year 1 have had a busy year full of great learning and exciting trips. We expanded our curriculum to include Learning Outside the Classroom, which has been a fantastic success. It has allowed us to explore some great areas of learning. Role playing the ‘story of milk’ and the Giant Turnip were certainly highlights!
We started Year 1 with the topic of Food and got stuck into lots of cooking including making bread, smoothies and butter. A firm favourite were the milkshakes!
Our first trip of the year was to Garson’s Farm where we saw first hand where our vegetables come from and how they grow. We were able to pick some produce to take home for our dinner and we chopped up vegetables to make soup back at school, which was surprising delicious! We looked at the history of food and after discovering that Early man used to hunt animals for their meat, we went on a mammoth hunt of our very own. We role played being early men and women and living in caves, making fires and drawing cave paintings on the playground floor. Our topic continued with learning about food groups and healthy eating. We explored the fats and sugars group by visiting Pizza Express where we all made a tasty pizza for our tea.
The pinnacle of our food topic was our annual Food Fayre. We ate national dishes and exciting foods from all over the world and we all tried new things that day. Italian olives and Greek pitta bread with humus disappeared off plates very quickly.
Christmas came round and we performed our Nativity play. Everyone took part and sang beautifully. We celebrated the end of term with the staff pantomime and class parties.
The New Year brought with it a new topic, this time we learnt all about London. We learnt about important London buildings, people who work in the city and public transport. Again we had two exciting trips to enjoy. First we rode different types of public transport and were lucky enough to talk to a real train driver and go into his cabin to see how to drive a train.
Our second trip was to the capital city itself. We saw first hand all the things we had been learning about back in school. The day finished with a ride on the London Eye and perfect views across London with all of the city’s familiar sights.
During this term we also had a brilliant Maths Week. We started each day with a maths game in a whole school assembly and then continued the maths learning with activities in our classrooms. One of the highlights of the week was the mini maths Olympics where we jumped, flicked and threw our way to success. The whole school took part in a maths treasure trail and we stretched our brains to answer tricky questions and become Mathletes!
The last topic in Year 1 has been Living and Growing and this allowed for lots of hands on learning. We grew our own bean plants in the classroom and planted flowers and vegetables from seeds, in our class garden boxes. We also learnt about our bodies and found out more about our skeleton, organs and senses.
Our trip to Kew Gardens meant we could learn lots about pollination and seed dispersal from the plants in the Botanical Gardens and we tested our nerves by climbing up the tree top walk.
A few weeks later we went on the always popular trip to Crane Park Island, where we even went into the river and paddled about in the cool water. We fished for what was living in the river and caught some interesting creatures. Studying lifecycles was made all the more fascinating by the tadpoles and butterflies we nurtured in the classroom and watched change. We certainly gave them all interesting names!
Our second production of the year was the summer concert. Together with year 2 we acted and sang our way through ‘The Grumps Next Door’ and the marquee looked beautiful as a magical fairyland.
We celebrated the end of year 1 one afternoon, with a pirate party. We had great fun playing pirate themed games such as a treasure hunt and digging for gold in the sandpit. Our supper was finished off nicely with marshmallows dipped into a chocolate fountain. The evening finished with a rousing chorus of campfire songs.
To all of our Year 1 pupils this year, Year 1 has been a very busy but exciting time. We look forward to seeing all the good learning that you do in Year 2 and bid farewell and good luck to those children who are leaving, we will miss you all.
Miss Bima and Miss Bonnell