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Peter Gladwin Primary School

Dream | Believe | Achieve


Year 1  

Come and see what Year One have been doing recently!

Here we are learning new skills and having fun in P.E!

As part of Religious Education in Year One we learn about stories which are special to different groups of people. Last week the children listened to the story of Noah's Ark and made a puppet show about it. The children also sang songs related to the story and could recall important parts.

In Year One the children really enjoy perfecting their reading skills in their 'reading pairs'. The children spend 5 minutes reading to their partner, who supports them and is able to enjoy a different book. Then in the next session the children swap. Look at how focused the children are and how much they are enjoying hearing a new book!

In Maths the children have been measuring and estimating the capacities of different containers. We looked at how the taller containers don't always hold the largest volume of liquid. The children then estimated how many scoops it would take to fill their container. Some children's containers took more than 100 scoops to fill!

During Where My Wellies Take Me the children have been taking part in different activities. One of these activities was making leaf booklets. The children collected and identified their leaves and we turned them in to a booklet. Some children wrote the characteristics of the leaves around the edge. Don't they look great!

Here are some photographs from our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) Bubble morning! We made bubble snakes and investigated the best materials to create these. We also made bubble art and we created bubbles inside a bubble! The children learned how to plan and evaluate their activities and showed a lot of determination!

On Friday afternoon the children independently set up their own water station. They used different containers and chutes for the water and experimented with containers with and without holes. They really enjoyed racing the cars down the chutes and learning about capacity through their play. They used amazing team work skills which enabled our youngest children to come and join the fun! Year One were very supportive of the Reception children and helped them to access a lovely activity! I hope nobody got too wet! 

Last week Rock Steady came to school to run some workshops. The children were able to play some instruments and enjoyed making a rock band! 

On Wednesday we wrote letters to special women in our lives. On Thursday we walked to the local post box and posted our letters. Some children took their letters home. On the way back to school we saw two postal workers! We thought that they might be about to collect our letters from the post box. We hope that everyone received their letters! 

On Friday 9th March some Year One children took part in the Big School Clean. We spent 30 minutes on the school grounds and collected 1KG of litter! There was so much left to collect- we think that if everyone in the school picked up one piece of litter we could have finished the job! We discussed the impact on small mammals, insects and birds that this litter has. Well done! 

In our outdoor learning last week the children applied their reading skills during a nature hunt. We were finding photographs of British birds which had been hidden around the field. The children read some very difficult names and were able to remember some facts about the birds. Some of these photographs show us covering part of longer words while we read them.

Recently we had fun during Where My Wellies Take Me when we created natural sculptures. We were initially inspired by Andy Goldsworthy but as our work progressed some children started to make use of the litter which had blown on to our grounds. Aren't they great! 

In Year One we are lucky enough to be joined by two student teachers: Miss Anderson and Miss Barwood. They have taught us some fabulous lessons including this Science lesson where we explored materials and their different uses. 

This week we have been enjoying exploring our Garden Centre role-play area. The children have taken ownership of this and are very good at unpacking it, setting it up and packing it away. Look at how much fun we've had! We've been paying for items with real money, labelling plants and creating areas of the shop. On Thursday we even had some 'robbers' who kept stealing the flowers! It's a good job we had some 'police officers' to chase after them! 

In Year One we are becoming independent readers. Using our phonic knowledge helps to sound out and decode a text but it is also important to understand the story! We have started Reading Pairs every afternoon for ten minutes. The children take turns to share their reading book and enjoy new stories. All the children enjoy helping their partners and we are starting to discuss texts independently. 

Last week we were treated to a very engaging and exciting story telling session from Matteo's granddad! The children loved joining in and learning new stories.

Year One enjoyed watching and taking part in the 'Bling your bike or scooter' parade. Here are some of our children showing off their bikes and scooters.

This week has been quite cold at school. Although we haven't had any snow we have enjoyed exploring and playing with the ice which we found near the mud pit!

Some of the children have been enjoying den building. They have used collaboration skills to decide where to put the materials and have worked together to solve problems about their dens!

On Tuesday the children from Year One and Two went on a school trip to Woods Mill. This was the Year One's first school trip and they all had a successful and enjoyable day!

This week in Where my Wellies Take Me the children learned about the fairies and elves which used to live on our field. We found out that they need water, food, fresh air and a cosy shelter to be happy. We decided to try and coax these fairies and elves back to our school so we worked together to create some new homes. The children worked hard to listen to the ideas of other children in their group and everybody was able to share these ideas. The next morning we realised our fairies and elves probably got wet in the rain! We created an investigation to find out which material from our classroom was the most waterproof and we tested these on our fairy and elf homes. During our investigation the children realised that some of their homes were coated in a mysterious glittery dust. Proof that fairies really do exist!


Last term the children from Year One and Two came together for an Art experience day where we focused on the work of Goldsworthy and Klimt. The children below are creating their own Goldsworthy inspired art!

Year One have enjoyed their outdoor learning this term which takes place on a Tuesday afternoon. The children have been increasing their independence by changing in to their clothes and outdoor shoes quickly and making a decision about which clothes to wear. We always enjoy looking at the weather and trying to predict what will happen! We have been improving our skills of collaboration through circle games and we have been doing lots of learning about taking care of our environment. Here are some photographs of our sessions.

Year One have had a very successful first week back at school. We particularly enjoyed our outdoor learning in science where we used the book 'Leaf Man' to closely observe and discuss leaves. We learned about how the leaves begin to change in Autumn and we're looking forward to making more observations as the weeks go by! We also started to practise mindfulness outdoors and we enjoyed lying down to look at the leaves above us. Miss Oates, Miss Bowles and Mrs Blatcher are all very proud of everyone this week, what a positive start to a new school year! 

These are the topics that we are learning about in Years 1 & 2

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Wild and Wonderful


 On the Move


Beside the Seaside 


In Year One we would like you to really focus on reading with and to your child every day.

If your child would like to stretch their brain further then they can try the spellings and maths homework below. If you complete these please bring them to school so that we can celebrate your child's home learning!