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Y1 Summer Half-term 1 2024

Science - Trees

As part of our Science unit on plants, we have been exploring the different types of trees. We have learnt that there are 2 types of tree; deciduous and evergreen. The children have been exploring the trees in our school grounds. We have been sketching the trees and labeling these, and we have also had a go at bark rubbing. This has helped us to see how rough the bark is on a tree and how hard it is. 

School Trip to Chatsworth House

The children all joined the rest of the school and visited Chatsworth House. In the morning we searched for key human and physical features using photos. This led us to the Farmyard. We looked at the different farm animals there were, including some animal babies. We then spent some time in the new playground. 

We had our lunch on the lawn outside the house, then we went to visit the house and look at all the amazing artifacts on show. We found the violin painted on the door that looked like it was 3D, and we went up the golden staircase. The children enjoyed looking at all the different art work and asking the guides lots of questions. 

Finally, we went around parts of the garden and looked at the towering water fountain. 

DT - Making a Puppet

The children enjoyed their 5th DT day, designing and making puppets. They had to think about the size of the puppet and whether it would fit onto their hand, the shape of the puppet, how they would join the front and back and also how they would decorate this. 

The children started by trying different joining methods, glue, staples and safety pins. They considered which would be best and easiest to use for the puppet. 

Next they designed their puppet. They consider the character it would be, and what they needed to distinguish them. 

They used the design as a pattern on their puppet to cut out the shapes they needed, then they joined the sides together, remembering to leave a side free at the bottom to be able to put their hands in. 

The children decorated their puppets next using a variety of materials and finally, they evaluated their puppet based on the decoration

and functionality. 

Graves Park - Gymnastic Event

The children were invited to a gymnastics event hosted at Graves Park. We all had a go at trampolining, obstacle courses, balance beams, high bars and the foam pit. 

Art - Creating paper structures

The children started a new art unit, exploring paper structures and how to make 3D art. The children learnt how to make flaps on their paper structures in order to make them stick to the card as well as exploring different heights, shapes and colours. 

Spanish Day 17-04-24

As part of the school's Spanish Day, Year 1 looked at Mexico! The children dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag, tried tortilla chips and salsa, made festival masks and floats for a school parade and learnt lots of new facts about Mexico. 

The children used the facts they had learnt to write a fact file for Mexico, to tell others some fun facts about this country. 

The children also were lucky enough to take part in a Spanish dancing lesson! Look at their moves!


Geography Fieldwork

As part of our new Geography unit; What is it like to live in Shanghai; today we conducted our first piece of fieldwork. In this work we needed to look for Human and Physical Features of our own neighbourhood. Human features are those which as humans, we have created. Physical features are those that are natural. 

We walked up to the library, stopping on our way to take photos of our team bears in different places. The children had to work out if

the feature was physical or human and use the correct label in our photo. We worked in our teams to decide together and used our class

ipads to take photos of these. 


Understanding the Structure of a Plant

Our focus this term in Science is the structure of, and classification of plants. The children built on their previous learning about the

basic structure of a flowering plant by dissecting a flower. The children sorted the plant parts into flower (or petals), stem and leaves.

Author of our Term 

The Author we have chosen to look at this term is Quentin Blake.