Welcome to Year 1
This year your teachers are Mrs Troupe, Mrs Otwinowska and Mrs Hughes.
We are very excited about teaching Year 1 this year and have lots of exciting topics planned for you. We will begin by investigating our local area, using maps, photographs and outdoor activities to help us and will then develop this to include castles and mining. We will also be taking part in Forest School at the beginning of this term. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn in an outdoor environment and will include many varied cross-curricular activities.
Scroll down the page to see photographs of what we have been learning. Photographs and other information will also be posted regularly through the class story on Dojo throughout the year.
What you need/important information
PE- PE kit to be in school (earrings to be removed or covered by a parent/carer)
Forest School (Autumn Term) – Bring wellington boots
Year 1 Autumn Term Newsletter
Year 1 Spring Term Newsletter
Year 1 Summer Term Newsletter
Transition Information Booklet
Year 1 information for parents
Anti bullying information
The Botanic Garden
We have had a fantastic day at the Botanic Garden! Durham University's 10 hectare Garden is set amongst beautiful mature woodlands on the southern outskirts of Durham city. It has offered us a wide variety of landscapes to explore and discover. The Botanic Garden contains a wide variety of rare, fascinating plants that we have learnt about. We have all been fascinated about finding out some interesting facts about different animals and also exploring some in their natural habitats.
The visit has definitely supported children's learning of our topics in the foundation subjects, especially Geography and Science.
Chicks in Year 1!
We have been amazed by learning about Brazil. We have been exploring this country from geographical perspective by locating it on a map and looking at characteristic of this fascinating country. We have looked at different fruits which grow in Brazil and we have been making a fruit salad. Everybody was impressed with an aromatic and exotic smell in our classroom on that day.
Research about Romero Britto
I am so proud of the children in Year 1. They have been using laptops to research information about Romero Britto. He is an international artist that uses vibrant, bold and colorful patterns to reflect his optimistic view of the world around him. Britto has created a visual language of hope and happiness all its own that is relatable to all, inspiring millions. He definitely inspired us and we will be creating art work using his unique style.
We have been investigating which material would be the best for Ted's umbrella. We have tried to make our test fair so we have tested all 4 materials under identical conditions. We have had so much fun!
Design and Technology Project
I am so proud of the children as they have designed fabulous houses.
We have been learning about different structures of buildings and we have chosen African huts to make. We have carefully planned our designs and followed some steps. We have used cardboard boxes, paper and straw. Also, we have been colouring some parts and using symmetrical patterns.
Our houses have been approved by Bishop Francis from Africa and Reverent Alan.
Thumbs up for Year 1!
Sign Language Week with Year 1 Class
Year 1 Gymnastics Carousel
You were all marvelous!
We have also watched some incredible performances of the professional gymnasts. So impressive!
Children's Mental Health Week 2019
The children have been celebrating this special occasion in the classroom. They have been creating posters representing how to stay healthy inside and out. They have tried their best and have had a great fun. We have had the opportunity to vote democratically for the best poster and the winning one has been designed by the Raindrops, although I personally like all of them. Well done everyone!
Start of the year 2019 with Geography
Merry Christmas from Year 1!
by Auckland Castle Project
The children explored the legend called Pollard and the Boar (the fascinating local legend set in the Auckland Deer Park, introducing children to Pollard the brave knight and the ferocious boar which terrorised Bishop Auckland in Medieval Times).
Newcastle Castle Educational Visit
During our educational visit to Newcastle Castle the children have explored different aspects of History. They have had the opportunity to learn about the castle and what have been happening to it over time. We all have had an amazing time there and we would recommend visiting this castle to our friends and families.
Thank you so much for the parents who presented their determination during our last Forest Schools session. It was raining and it was cold but we did it! Well done everyone:-)
Year 1 Forest Schools
The children have had a wonderful time completing their Forest Schools block. Here are the fabulous experiences they have had in the forest.
*used the leaves to identify trees
*thought about deciduous and evergreen trees
*completed hunts around the forest and sensory garden to find wild plants and garden plants
*investigated the different parts of a plant using real plants and then created a giant plant using the woodland fall
*made lavender pouches
*made grass heads
*completed observational drawings with charcoal
*made petal cotton prints, using mallets
*made rose petal perfume
*cooked hotdogs on fire
*roasted Polish sausages on sticks
What an amazing opportunity to explore outdoor learning!
We celebrated Harvest Festival at St Gile’s Church today. It was a great opportunity for singing, praying and decorating the church with baskets of food.
Lovely performance Year 1!
Our Art Project
The children have been making a collage. They were very good at it. Well done!
Meet the teacher event
Thank you everyone for joining us. We had an exciting afternoon