Year 1 Bitterns - Kingfishers

Autumn Term.

Year 1 Christmas Holiday Homework Fun.

Please have fun with our ‘Make your own Playdough’ activity pack.
Please take pictures of your child making their playdough creations.
Can they write an explanation about what they did?
What did you find tricky?
What did you enjoy the most?
Enjoy quality time together and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The Year 1 Team.

Continuing our Arctic theme, we have talked about how we would survive in the extreme conditions if we wanted to be explorers.


We have started exploring the different ways in which we celebrate Christmas within our own families. We found that whilst most of us share traditions, some of us do things differently. We have thoroughly enjoyed making Christmas decorations.


We have learned about the Nativity, the characters involved and the sequence of events. We have been preparing for our School Nativity Play and have enjoyed learning the new songs and actions.


Last week, we learned about British animals and what happens to them during the winter. We thought about what it would be like to live in a burrow and discussed new vocabulary, such as camouflage and nocturnal.


This week we have been focussing on animals who live in the Arctic and Antarctica. We have talked about how the animals survive the cold weather and moved on to what we would need if we were to become explorers.


We have talked about changes in the weather and have become weather forecasters in our own Year 1 weather station.



The children have been inspired by our history topic of Guy Fawkes. They have learned about the Houses of Parliament and how parliament works. Some children worked together to build the Houses of Parliament using recyclable materials.



Last week we talked about Remembrance Day and made poppies for our display.



In P.E., the children have started to learn how to play hockey. So far, they have learned how to hold the hockey stick correctly and how to dribble the ball under control.



This week we are starting to talk about seasonal changes as we move into Winter. We will be discussing how the weather varies in different parts of the UK and worldwide weather; moving on to animal habitats and seasonal behaviour such as hibernation and migration.

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring autumn. We sorted the leaves and named the trees from which they came.
This week we started learning facts about Guy Fawkes and the time in which he lived. We even tried writing about the sights and sounds of bonfire night using quills!


To view the half term homework, please click here.

In Year 1 we have been exploring the topic of ‘All About Me’.
We have labelled and talked about parts of our body, and what we use them for. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing photographs of ourselves as babies, and our families. We have also had a visit from Asda Man, who talked to us about a range of healthy foods.

Over the last few weeks, we have been continuing our topic on ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’.

We have had a science focus this week and the children have been making boats out of plasticine, then testing them in the water tray. We talked about what makes things float and sink, and what they may need to adjust to make their boat more successful. We have also been talking about electricity, and the children have had the opportunity to explore and create electrical circuits.

We have been talking about Grace Darling, who lived in a lighthouse and managed to save nine people from drowning in the sea. The children have been re-enacting the story in role play, and using their hand made puppets in the puppet theatre.

In maths, we have been measuring the height of lighthouses, and discussing and using size words. We have also been thinking about number bonds to 10.

Next week we will be moving on to our new topic of ‘All About Me’.

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The children have now settled very well into their new classes. Our current topic is based around the book ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage.


We have talked about the characters and the main features of the story, and the children have re-enacted it using small world play.


We have designed and made our own lighthouses using recyclable materials and a range of resources for sticking and joining. Once they are ready, we will be painting them.


Over the next few weeks the children will be designing and making sandwiches, gaining an understanding of how and why we use pulleys and using a range of resources for measuring height.