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Year 1 Class Owls

Welcome to Year 1 Class - Owls!


Class teacher:  Mr Gray 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Adams

Our topics for this year are:

Autumn 1 - Houses and Homes

Autumn 2 - The Dark

Spring 1 - Toys

Spring 2 - Growing

Summer 1 - The Sea

Summer 2 - Ourselves

PE this half term is on Monday and Wednesday.

PE: Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on the days stated above. If your child is unable to tie laces they should wear velcro trainers. Earrings should be removed and long hair tied back. 


Library: The children will visit the school Library on a Tuesday. All children will be able to choose a book from the Library to take home and share. Please do ensure this book is kept in your child's bookbag. 


Reading books: It is important that all children read to an adult on a daily basis and that a parent/adult signs their child's reading records to acknowledge that they have read to them. We kindly ask that reading books and records are stored in bookbags at all times to ensure that they can be changed regularly. Please do not put water bottles in book bags. 


Homework: Please continue to support your child with their math's challenges. They can access additional reading material on Reading Eggs and maths activities on Maths Seeds. These can both be accessed on the Reading Eggs site and a login should have been provided in Early Years. Please speak to the class teacher if you need a login.  

Summer Term

We had an amazing time at Colchester Zoo!

We wore red, white and blue to celebrate the Kings coronation.

We had a great time at forest school!

Spring Term

In music we created our own graphic score to accompany a piece of music.

In History we looked at toys from the past and discussed how they have changed. We even got a chance to play with some old toys.

In DT we made paper toys. We had great fun making them and playing with them.

In science we looked at the different materials that toys are made from and found out about their properties.

Autumn term

Reindeer Run - Today the children took part in the sponsored Reindeer Run to raise money for St Luke's Hospice. An assembly was held beforehand to explain why we were doing this. We completed it in the hall because it was wet outside. The children all had great fun for a very worthwhile cause.

We were all amazing during our Christmas play and all looked great dressed up in our costumes.

In Maths we have been learning about different shapes. We named and sorted shapes and found real life objects which were the same shapes.

In Science we sorted animals into different groups.

We had a special visit from the Owls at Barleylands.


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This is our song that we sung for the Harvest festival. It is called '5 a day'.

In Science we have been looking at materials and their properties. We carried out an investigation to find out which materials were waterproof.

As part of our Geography we walked to Billericay Highstreet. During our walk we looked at tthe different types of houses. We also visited the library.

In Maths we have been comparing numbers and objects.

We paid our respects to Queen Elizabeth


Our learning during Summer term

In DT and tasted different fruits and designed and made our own fruit skewers. They were delicious!

We had a great time creating music with Junk Orchestra.

In Science we explored our 5 senses and carried out different investigations.

In DT we made clay fish. We used different tool to roll, shape and cut our fish. We also made our own under the sea themed shoe boxes. We had great fun creating the sea creatures and making them move by adding a slider, spring or hanging them on string.

Our topic in PSHE this half term is 'Relationships'. The children looked at appropriate ways to greet each other using physical contact. We discussed that it is ok to say 'no' if there is a touch that you do not like.

In Drama 4 All, we became superheroes and came up with different ways to help the environment.

We had such a great time on our school trip. We visited the sea life centre and saw lots of amazing sea creatures. We played on the beach and collected shells.

In PE this half term we have been practising tennis skills. We have learned how to hold a racket correctly and how to hit the ball to a partner.

In History we looked at how the seaside has changed over the past 100 years. Dis you know that people used to be fully clothed and get changed in a bathing machine when they wanted to go into the sea?

Our amazing learning -  Spring term

In RE we learned about the Easter Story. The schools ministry provided us with different activities based around the Easter Story as well as some calming, spiritual activities.

As part of an on going science investigation we tried to grow seeds without soil. We still provided them with light and water. Some of our seeds have started to grow!

We were very lucky to have chicks in class. We watched them hatch from eggs and begin to grow.

In music we used '2 Beat' on the laptops to compose our own music notation. We used different instruments and changed the number of beats.

In maths we have been learning about measuring length and height. We used cubes to help us measure objects from our classroom.

In computing we followed algorithms to complete tasks. An algorithm is a set of instructions.

In science we went on a flower and leaf hunt on the school field. We found brambles, daisies and ivy.

Our learning during Autumn term

In DT we made toys out of paper and card. Some children made toys from the past such as spinners.

In RE we learned about the creation story. We used natural resources to recreate one of the days of creation.

In Science we sorted toys into different groups according to their material and properties.

In PSHE we learned about Dreams and Goals. We looked at the different steps we have to take to achieve these.

In PE we were taught different basketball skills. We learned how to pass, dribble and shoot.

Christmas Red & Green Day

We learned lots of interesting facts from our owl visit.