Welcome to Year One

Our two classes are;

  • Robins class with our teachers Mrs Davies and Mrs Chilton and our teaching assistant Mrs Greenland
  • Wrens class with our teacher Miss Lymer and our teaching assistant Mrs Richings

Year One is exciting and we discover new things in an active way through hands-on learning! It is usually linked to the topic that we are exploring and it allows us to get involved in a variety of focused play activities and independent tasks. On our learning journey, we develop confidence, a respect for others and learn to work in a group. We are given opportunities to solve problems, make decisions, be creative, explore and discover.

In the Autumn Term…
September begins with reading the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’, which launches our new topic ‘Africa’. We also read a range of information books about Africa to find out more about the continent. The children take part in a special ‘African day’ where we dress up in brightly coloured clothes and take part in a drumming workshop. We explore African printing and then we design and create an African drum. After the half term break we launch our dragon topic by finding a mystery egg and wait excitedly for it to hatch. The children are so engrossed with this magical topic they produce some quirky poetry in groups and develop their story writing skills. In Art and D.T. we produce a spectacular dragon and weave a dragon scale that forms part of a collaborative display. In R.E. we learn about Creation and Incarnation and take part in the nativity play.

In the Spring Term…
Our first topic of the term is ‘There’s no place like home’, the children share their paintings of their ‘homes’ that form a collaborative display. We take on the role of an estate agent and write a property description of the house that the children have designed, built and decorated in small groups. We explore everyday materials and describe their properties and their uses. We look at traditional tales and in particular ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and learn to retell it with props. We blast off to space for our second topic ‘Out of this world’, the children immerse themselves in information books about space and design a model alien and write a tourist guide for those visiting space! In History the children find out why Neil Armstrong is such an important historical figure. In R.E we will talk about what Christians think God is like and learn about why Easter is so important to Christians.

In the Summer Term…

Our topic is ‘Sunflowers’ and we visit a National Trust garden called Wakehurst Place. We learn about the different parts of a plant and how plants grow. We plant seeds in the potting shed, make story sticks and handle exotic seed pods. We study the work of Van Gogh and paint our own pictures in his style. Finally, we sail the rough seas in search of treasure in our Pirate Topic.