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Year 1

This half term Year 1 have been learning about the Jewish faith and customs in our RE lessons. We learnt about the importance of Shabbat to Jewish people and this week we ended the topic by holding our own special celebration. We spoke about people or things we were thankful for and we shared some bread similar to Challah bread. The children enjoyed sharing all the information they remembered as we named the items from the Shabbat table.

This half term Year 1 are looking at the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy.  We have seen several examples of his work, in which he uses natural materials to create sculptures.  At Forest School and outside our classrooms the children have collected natural resources and created their own artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.  The children have enjoyed working outside and we have been impressed with their creativity!


Year 1 had a great time on our trip to Colchester Zoo!


We saw lots of animals including elephants, zebras, giraffes, snakes, sealions, sun bears and chimpanzees.  We had a lesson on lifecycles during which the children identified different kinds of eggs, and pretended to be caterpillars.  The children were very well behaved the whole day, and especially enjoyed lunch time and playing at the playground!  Thank you again to all the parents who accompanied us; we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.


Year 1 have been creating sunset pictures inspired by the books we have read in Literacy ‘The Ugly Five, Handa’s surprise and ‘Anansi the spider’. They used paint and black paper to create their animal silhouettes and we were delighted with the results.


The Year 1 have been investigative scientists, exploring animal scat and using their knowledge of the different types of eaters in the animal world. In their groups, they were given the challenge of examining some animal droppings (all pretend, of course!) and deciding what animal may have made them – a carnivore, herbivore or an omnivore. We were so impressed with their team work and how much they had remembered from our previous lessons.

Well done Year 1, you were super scientists but please don’t try this experiment at home!

This term in Design and Technology, the children have been learning how to sew. Each child sewed their own puppet, using either a running stitch or an overstitch method. We were very impressed with the children’s resilience and how quickly they picked up this new skill. The children were delighted with their creations and they cannot wait to take them home, to show them off to friends and family.

This half term in Computing, children in Year 1 have been creating art using computers.  After looking at the work of Mondrian, Matisse and Kandinsky, the children created work inspired by these famous artists.  They also drew self-portraits. They have enjoyed exploring the different tools available, finding out what they do and how these can be used to create their own art.  We have been very impressed with their efforts!


In PHSE this half term, children in Year 1 are thinking about their dreams and goals.  They decorated a treasure chest, and thought of a success they have already had.  The children thought of some lovely ideas of things they were proud of, and tried hard to sound out their own words. They also did a great job of colouring in carefully.

During Forest school,  Year 1 have enjoyed making models using natural materials.  We made hedgehogs using clay, and reindeer with wooden discs.  The children even used a hand drill to create holes for the antlers!

Mondrian Inspired Artwork


In art, the children in Year 1 have been working on colour. They chose their favourite colour and drew objects that are usually that colour, and we thought about the importance of colours in our lives, for example red traffic lights and different football team kits. They then learnt about primary colours, and we looked at the work of the artist Piet Mondrian, who used these in his paintings. The children then created their own work inspired by Mondrian, using red, yellow and blue squares and rectangles, and black strips of paper. We were very impressed by their careful work, and by how different all of the finished pieces were.