Welcome to Year 1
The class teacher is Mrs Spendlove and the teaching assistants are Mrs Burke and Mrs Masterson.
In Year 1 lessons are balanced between child-initiated learning, as well as more formal lessons. A good transition from Reception into Year 1 is paramount and we ensure that all children gradually and successfully adapt to the new expectations.
The children will be learning about lots of exciting things, including:
Queen Elizabeth I and II
Making moving pictures
The weather and seasons
Learning is great fun in Year 1!
Year 1 were learning about their senses and created a mind map in preparation for our poem next week.
Week Commencing Monday 16th May 2022, Year 1 Fairytale Day
This week Year 1 had a Fairytale Day - dressing up as different characters and completing a variety of super fun fairytale themed activities. First of all we used our Computing Skills to design gingerbread houses on Purple Mash. We then completed an amazing Active Maths lesson lead by Sporting Futures. In the afternoon we hot-seated as different characters and made our own fairytale dens in the forest area. The following day we baked and decorated gingerbread men.
Week Commencing Monday 9th May 2022 LI: to make arrays
This week Year 1 enjoyed an active maths lessons where they had to quickly solve multiplication problems by making arrays with cones. We had a competition to see which team could complete the most multiplication questions correctly in 10 minutes. The winners were Orange Team - well done!
Week Commencing Monday 2nd May 2022 LI: to multiply by 2
This week Year 1 have had the challenge of multiplying numbers by 2. We have been working on arrays and doubling, as well as using cuisenaire rods to help us visualise what multiplying by 2 looks like. I have been impressed with Year 1s determination and perseverance whilst covering a tricky new topic this week.
Week Commencing Monday 25th April 2022 LI: to write a story
Following on from our work on Little Red Riding Hood last week, this week Year 1 have been retelling the story in their own words. We have been working particularly hard and trying to use adjectives and conjunctions in our writing.
Week Commencing Monday 18th April 2022 LI: to celebrate Earth Day
Today Year 1 celebrated Earth Day by having a screen free day. We completed practical activities in lessons and wrote straight in our books instead of using any printed worksheets. We also had a lovely time in our forest area completing mindfulness craft activities with the Happy Little Yogis company.
Week Commencing Monday 21st March 2022
LI: to collect data
Today Year 1 collected data about the weather as part of our ongoing Science topic: Seasonal Changes. We discussed the kinds of weather associated with Spring and compared it with the weather in Winter and Autumn. We then made tally charts of everyone's favourite weather. Following this we counted up the totals to help us interpret the data. The most popular kind of weather was sunny, and the least popular kind of weather was cloudy.
Week Commencing Monday 14th March 2022
LI: to find our about local history
This week Year 1 went on a trip to Knebworth House to find out about our local history. We had a fantastic time on the tudor treasure trail, learning about calligraphy, tudor schools and even learning some tudor dances! We had the chance to look around the kitchen and herb gardens and talked about what food they grew at Knebworth House in tudor times, and also had fun exploring the maze and visiting the dinosaur trail!
Week Commencing Monday 7th March 2022 LI: to prepare different fruits and vegetables
This week in DT we have been learning how to prepare fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways. We practised peeling, grating, chopping and slicing using knives and graters, and discussed how to stay safe when using different kinds of equipment.
Week Commencing Monday 28th February 2022 LI: to celebrate World Book Day
Week Commencing Monday 21st February 2022 LI: to make a pictogram
This week we have started a new topic in DT: Eat more fruits and vegetables. To start the topic we all shared what our favourite fruit was. Each person made a picture to represent this and we all put them together on the carpet to make a class pictogram. The most popular fruit in the class was strawberries, closely followed by apples.
Week Commencing Monday 7th February 2022 LI: to follow instructions
In English this week we have been reading and writing instructions. Today each table group independently read and followed simple instructions to make some oat cookies. Year 1 showed great understanding of how to read the instructions, as well as fantastic teamwork - allocating different jobs to each person on their table. We baked the cookies and enjoyed having them as our morning snack.
Week Commencing Monday 31st January 2022 LI: to understand how to look after the environment
Today we discussed looking after the environment and that even small changes can make a big difference. After talking about the things that we can do inside our classroom and at home, we went outside to pick litter from the school grounds.
Week Commencing: Monday 24th January 2022 LI: to investigate everyday materials
This week we have started our new Science topic, which is about Materials. We discussed the different materials that we could think of, investigated what different materials we could see around the school, and sorted materials from our classroom into groups.
Week Commencing: Monday 17th January 2022 LI: to create a self portrait
This week we have been learning about the artist Hans Holbein. After looking at his realistic portraits we created our own self portraits. We carefully studied our faces using mirrors and worked hard to make the portraits as accurate as possible.
Week Commencing Monday 10th January 2022 LI: to observe animals
Today we had the chance to observe tortoises in our classroom. We discussed what they eat and how they move, identified them as reptiles and completed observational drawings of them.
Week Commencing Monday 6th December 2021 LI: to make a Christingle
Year 1 have been learning about Christian celebrations in RE this week. They discussed why Christians make Christingles, and what the different parts of a Christingle represent. They then had a go at making their own Christingle to take home.
Week Commencing Monday 29th November 2021 LI: To place numbers on a numberline
This week in Year 1 we have been exploring place value in maths. We made out order number lines using border roll, and practised placing the first and last numbers, followed by the middle number and then filling in the rest to ensure the numbers were spaced evenly.
Week Commencing Monday 22nd November 2021 LI: to edit our work
This week we have been retelling the story of Farmer Duck as part of our work on writing a narrative. Children have had the chance to edit their work for the first time - using blue pens to fix capital letters and spelling mistakes, and adding in extra sentences to make our work even better.
Week Commencing: Monday 15th November 2021 LI: to write bossy instructions!
This week we have been reading the story 'Farmer Duck'. Today, we learnt about writing instructions and pretended to be the bossy farmer! I have been very impressed by Year 1's growing independence with their writing, as well as their beautiful cursive handwriting that we began using this term.
Week Commencing: Monday 8th November 2021 LI: to investigate old and new toys
In History this half term, Year 1 are learning about old and new toys. Today, Kate from Stevenage museum came into school to give us a workshop all about toys. We looked at photos from the past and present and discussed how we can tell if they are old or new. We also investigated lots of different toys from different time periods and thought about how old they might be.
Week Commencing Monday 1st November 2021 LI: to explore different kinds of puppets
This week Year 1 have started a new unit in Design Technology about puppets. We have been learning about different kinds of puppets and what materials they are made from. We showed out knowledge by drawing and labelling different kinds of puppets.
Week Commencing: Monday 18th October 2021 LI: To make a vegetable soup
As part of 'Eat to Grow, Grow to Eat' week we have been learning about where food comes from and making vegetable soup! We each had a turn at preparing the vegetables before putting the ingredients into the soup maker and trying our soup for our snack. Over the week, we made a story map of the soup making process and added labels to this to help us remember the correct order that we prepared things in. We used our story maps to help us write a recount of our soup making activity later in the week. I have been very impressed by Year 1's beautiful cursive handwriting!
This half term we have been learning computer skills during our Computing lessons. Today we combined all of the skills that we have been learning; logging on, opening a document, using the trackpad and dragging objects to make shape pictures on Word. We then practised saving our work by giving the file a name, and shutting down the laptop correctly.
In Geography this half term we have been learning about our local area. We went on a trip to our local shops to investigate what the area is like around The Oval, see what shops there were and think about why people might visit there. We discovered lots of shops including a butchers, a pharmacy, a carpet shop and a hairdressers. We also discussed if the houses were old or new, and talked about the similarities and differences between our houses and the houses that we walked past.
This week in Year 1 we have been busy writing recounts of our trip to Disneyland Paris! On Monday we had a virtual visit to Disneyland - experiencing the rides, listening to music and even making our own Disney ears. Throughout the week we recounted out even - making a story map, adding labels and then writing multiple sentences describing our day.
This week in Science Year 1 have been learning about the senses. We discussed which part of the body corresponds to each sense, and completed different activities to help us explore how we use our senses. This included smelling different pieces of cotton wool that had different smelling essential oils inside, and wearing a blindfold whilst feeling different objects and describing their textures.
Year 1 have had a fantastic start to the new school year at Trotts Hill! We have been busy discussing our school rules and PRIDE values; perseverance, resilience, independence, determination and enjoyment.
We celebrated children who has already show the PRIDE values in the first few days back at school, and are very excited for a fantastic year ahead.