The Year One curriculum is very similar to Reception, particularly at the beginning of the year. Children’s learning takes the form of play, through which they are provided with a variety of carefully tailored challenges. While these challenges will often be linked to the current topic, the curriculum is very flexible and may change in order to closely follow children's needs and interests, while also covering the National Curriculum objectives for Year One.
YEAR ONE STAFF (left to right)
Mrs Robson - teaching assistant
Mrs Myers - class teacher (am)
Mrs Ward - class teacher (pm)
Important information for parents...
READ, WRITE INC
In Year One, your child continues to build upon the reading and writing skills that began to develop in Reception by taking part in daily phonics lessons which follow the Read, Write Inc programme. Please access the web-link below in order to find out more about the programme and how you can support your child at home. Mrs Myers would love to help if you have any queries or concerns about your child's progress in phonics.
By the time your child leaves Year One they must demonstrate a secure understanding of the value of numbers to 100.
You can help your child by talking about the numbers around you every day - reading them; writing them; discussing their value.
Follow the links below to find games and songs which can help engage your child in number activities.
Explore our journey so far...
Year One's trip to Valley Methodist Church
We went on a field trip to Valley Methodist church yesterday. All the Year One children used their maps to successfully direct the staff to the church. Once at the church the children listened carefully to Rev. Purdy, enjoyed seeing all of the features within the church and got to hear Vanessa playing the organ!! Thank you to Rev. Purdy and his Wife Vanessa for a fantastic visit.
Bread and Books for Kenya (BBK)
Today, Year One children got a visit from Maureen and Caroline from BBK. They run a Christian charity which supports orphans in Kenya. They came into school to support our 'Harvest' learning and to tell us about how their orphanages grow their own food! The children were amazed at the variety of fruit and vegetables they were growing and would like to support the charity in their quest to build another orphanage.
Year One have decided to raise money to build a toilet for the soon to be build new orphanage, so on Friday Year One will sell cakes, and with the cakes a lego brick to add to the model lego toilet. Once the toilet has been built from lego they will have enough money to build a toilet and they will have achieved their goal!!
Academic Year 2018 - 2019
Bread and Books for Kenya
Year One have been thinking about Harvest.
Maureen and Caroline from the charity 'Bread and Books for Kenya' came to school to talk to us about how their charity helps the children of Kenya to grow and sell their own food. They told us a bible story, showed us lots of fantastic pictures from Kenya, and played 'Guess the fruit and veg in the sock'!
The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and have deciedde to organise a cake sale to raise some money for the charity.
Academic Year 2017 - 2018
Year One were extremely excited today because Scarlett Moffatt and Miss Emma came into school!! They judged our Pride week fashion show and talked to us about how important it is to be yourself and be kind.
"Thank you Scarlett and Miss Emma"
To celebrate IDAHOBIT (international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia) the Year One children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the school colour run. They all got suitably 'painted' and are looking forward to decorating their newly coloured T shirts tomorrow.
We have been reading Elmer By David McKee. We explored how Elmer was different to all the other elephants and how this made him feel. We recognised being different as a positive thing and we learnt about the importance of "showing our true colours."
We designed our own elephants, competing to try and design the most different and unique from all the others.
We have also enjoyed reading Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. We talked about what made Gerald the Giraffe different from all the other animals and we explored how differences make us unique and special. We talked about what makes us different from our friends in Year One and we celebrated our unique qualities with pride.
We have been considering what "family" means and sharing the types of family that we come from in Year One. We have also been exploring types of family that we are less familiar with and then we challenged ourselves to see how many different types of family we could think of. We represented some of these families by making collages of coloured birds.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
In Year One, we were fascinated by the customs and traditions associated with Chinese New Year. Along with the rest of the school, we took part in a carousel of craft activities in order to find out more. We loved creating our own lucky red envelopes, paper lanterns and Chinese symbols and discovering the meanings and relevance behind them.
This half term we are thinking about 'trains'.
We have learned a little bit about George Stephenson and are now designing and making our own trains using junk.
Class One have had a visitor today.
Unfortunately this elf wasn't very well behaved!!
We had to send him to Mark's office for a bit of thinking time, and he was put on a behaviour, Good to be Green, chart.
Take Over day!!
In Year One today we were 'taken over' by a new teacher, teaching assistant, learning mentor and first aider!!
They did a fantastic job and we learned lots of new things.
A huge 'Thank you' to our takeover staff
In Maths, we have been exploring pairs of numbers which have the same total.
By learning the number bonds which make 10 off by heart, we can do more challenging calculations quickly as we get older.
Please help us learn our number bonds to 10 by helping us access the songs below:
Harry has really impressed everyone in Year One with his excellent attitude and enthusiasm towards learning. Not only has he completed his weekly class homework tasks, he has also chosen to make this fabulous picture, linked to our learning about France. What a homework hero!
Inspired by Harry, Jasmine now joins him in the Homework Hall of Fame with her fabulous picture of Paris.
SINGING IN FRENCH!
Following our interest in The European Day of Languages and our enthusiasm towards singing, we have combined the two! We practised singing Frère Jacques as a group and then we learnt how to sing it in rounds.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
In order to celebrate the European Day of Languages at Prince Bishops, we threw ourselves into learning all about other countries.
In Year One, we chose to learn more about France. We explored its location using Google Earth and decided on the best forms of transport to get us there. We tasted lots of French food - even some strong smelling French cheese! We made our own French flags and we looked at photographs of famous French landmarks so we could recreate them using building blocks. We also learnt how to sing Frère Jacques, completely in French! In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we also learnt some French greetings so that we can do our morning register in French.
We have been making maps of our classroom.
OUR CLASS PET
Meet Billy O, our new new class pet! He is a thirteen year old donkey, who Mrs Bell kindly adopted for us, from The Donkey Sanctuary.
His best friend is Ollie and he especially likes playing welly tug of war with his friends.
We love him already and are desperate to meet him. Unfortunately, he lives in Leeds (too far for a school trip!) so we have decided to draw him pictures and write to him.
Academic Year 2016 - 2017
In Maths, we have been exploring fractions and how to find half and quarter. The children were introduced to some quarrelsome quadruplets who always argue because they can't share fairly. The children were set the task of designing a birthday cake for the foursome, ensuring that each quarter was exactly the same...
AUCKLAND CASTLE WORKSHOP
We were lucky enough to have a visitor from Auckland Castle come to tell us the story of a Prince Bishop, a knight called Pollard and a wild boar. We acted out the story and made some collages to help tell the story. She also showed us some real chain-mail. We couldn't believe how heavy it was!
As a homework task, Megan chose to grow some butterflies from caterpillars. She created a beautifully written diary of the changes she noticed and used photographs to help show what had happened. Once each butterfly had emerged from its chrysalis, Megan brought them to school and we read her diary to find out what she had been doing. We were all fascinated by the changes we could see. We talked about what butterflies like to eat and drink and where they might like to live. As a result, we decided to release them in the school garden.
As part of our History topic, we visited Shildon Locomotion to find out about the lives and significance of George Stephenson and Timothy Hackworth. We handled artefacts and investigated pictures from the past to find out what their lives were like and we looked at replicas of the Locomotion, Sans Pareil and Rocket. We used role play to find out more about the significance of the events surrounding these inventions and we completed craft activities to reinforce our learning. However, our favourite part of the trip was exploring all of the different trains and then letting off some steam in the play area!
Year One enjoyed showing we care with our hair!
WORLD BOOK DAY
The children had a wonderful day, celebrating World Book Day. They all dressed as their favourite book characters.
We read Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae.
Enjoy the story yourself, by following the link below.
After reading the story, we made our own giraffes from plasticine; drew jungle animals; wrote invitations and made shopping lists for the Jungle Dance; and made trophies and prizes to show Gerald how much we loved his dancing.
We finished the day by sharing some of our favourite stories with the Year 6 children.
SAFER INTERNET DAY
In order to learn how to stay safe when using the internet, we celebrated Safer Internet Day. We watched videos, sang songs, read stories and completed lots of fun activities, which helped us understand why and how to stay safe online. We presented what we found out to the rest of the school and to our parents and carers in a special assembly.
Follow the links below so you can find out more about how to keep your child safe online.
During our Design Technology lessons, we have designed, built and decorated our own trains using recycled materials.
Our Science topic has been Seasonal Change and we have investigated the changes that take place between Autumn and Winter. After observing and measuring changes in the weather, the children decided they wanted to create somewhere safe for hedgehogs to hibernate over the Winter. Which hedgehog home would you choose...?
The children were lucky enough to have a chat with paralympic gold medalist, Tim Prendergast. He inspired us all with his life story and encouraged the children to reach for their dreams.
Catch a snippet of him talking to the Year One children during the Channel 5 News report below.
A well-deserved disco to reward our hard work and excellent attitudes throughout the term!
We received a masterclass in Hula-Hooping from HoopStarz. It was great fun and even the staff had a go...
Bonfire Night Art
Children talked about the history behind Bonfire Night and ways to stay safe. They shared their experiences from home and explored using oil pastels and a variety of different mark making techniques to create representations of the fireworks they saw.
Children in Need
The children helped raise money and awareness for Children in Need and explored their creative sides by designing their own spotty fancy dress. Well done Year One (and parents/carers)!
Mondrian Inspired Art
In Art, we have been exploring primary colours and the way that different artists use them in their work. The children have enjoyed creating their own primary-coloured art in the style of the artist, Piet Mondrian.
In Maths, we have been exploring the value of numbers and practising reading and writing numbers accurately. Follow the links and videos below to continue the fun at home...