Category Archives: Year 1


1AR enjoy learning how to use Bi-Bots




1AR have enjoyed learning about direction in ICT. The children have had opportunities to practise their directional skills using ipads and laptops. We then started to read, write, guide and follow instructions to help find some treasure! We then transferred our skills and used the Bi-bots. Take a look at the pictures of us working together. 


Year 1 enjoy their visit to the Mosque.

1AR and 1C enjoyed a recent visit to the Birmingham Central Mosque.

The children enjoyed looking around and learning about what happens here. We first looked at some pictures and posters and the children were given the opportunity to ask questions and talk about what they had learnt. We then went upstairs to where we pray, we were very quiet and respectful and listened to some information about what was in there and why they were there. IMAG0735 IMAG0739 IMAG0746 IMAG0751 IMAG0755 IMAG0758 IMAG0767 IMAG0763


Literacy in Year 1

Year 1 have been learning all about stories from a familiar setting. We have been focusing on two stories based in Africa. Handa is a character from Handa’s surprise and Handa’s Hen. We have been focusing on settings, events and the characters. We enjoyed trying the different fruits that grow in Africa using our senses and we also enjoyed some role play activities to help us recall the stories using dramatical expression.

IMAG0502 IMAG0512 IMAG0513 IMAG0516 IMAG0519 IMAG0525 IMAG0542 IMAG0538 IMAG0536 IMAG0534


Topic time in 1AR

1AR have been very busy during their afternoons. We have been studying different topics over the past couple of months.

We have enjoyed learning all about plants. We enjoyed planting our own beans and we found out how they grow and what the different parts of the flowers and plants were called. We also went for many walks around the local parks. We used a camera to show you some of the flowers and plants we found.

IMAG0469 IMAG0463 IMAG0461 IMAG0499 IMAG0500

We then learnt about Australia! We have learnt about the attractions we may find there, the weather and the backgrounds of the people who live there and compared them to our own. We carried out lots of activities to help us learn all about the country. We made paintings reflecting Aborigional art and made didgeridoos.  Take a look at some of our pictures.

IMAG0568 IMAG0570 IMAG0572 IMAG0574 IMAG0579 IMAG0580


We are now learning about different Mechanisms. We went on a local walk to the park to look at how the different mechanisms work. We found levers and pivots and we enjoyed observing how they worked and why they were there. Soon we will be learning how to design and make our own moving toy!

IMAG0613 IMAG0609 IMAG0605 IMAG0601 IMAG0602 IMAG0604 IMAG0598 IMAG0590 IMAG0595 IMAG0592




Year One at the Playground

Year One started our new DT topic – Mechanisms. To begin our investigation of how different toys move 1C went on a visit to a local playground. We found lots of equipment which moved in different ways and we started to think carefully about how the pivots, levers and other mechanisms worked. We are going to look at smaller moving toys next and begin to design our own!

IMG_20150427_141310734[1] IMG_20150427_140444202[1] IMG_20150427_140427289[1] IMG_20150427_135742986[1] IMG_20150427_135044434[1]


Handa’s Surprise Year 1

In 1C we have been reading the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which is set in Africa.  After reading the story we sequenced the events in groups, then pretended to be the characters to act out the story.  In the story there are different animals which take the fruit out of Handa’s basket as she walks along to visit her friend in another village.  We tasted the different fruits – mango, banana, pineapple, tangerine, passion fruit – and used adjectives to describe how they looked, tasted, smelt and felt.

DSCN3927[1]   DSCN3936[1] DSCN3930[1] DSCN3935[1] DSCN3937[1] DSCN3934[1] DSCN3932[1] DSCN3929[1]


Following instructions in year 1

1AR have enjoyed learning about how to write and follow instructions. We have been learning about what makes a good instruction and how to follow each step to produce something. We have used instructions to make a pencil dinosaur, chocolate milk, a jam sandwich and we learnt how to plant our own bean plant!

IMAG0319 IMAG0320 IMAG0445 IMAG0451 IMAG0463 IMAG0466 IMAG0476 IMAG0480 IMAG0287 IMAG0278


1AR visit the Lickey Hills

We had so much fun on our trip to the Lickey Hills. We enjoyed exploring our natural surroundings. We looked for different types of plants and trees and used a identification guide to help us. We also measured the tree trunks to see if they were all the same size and we used bark rubbings to explore pattern. It was so much fun! The Lickey ranger took us around and we found lots of interesting things, take a look!

IMAG0339 IMAG0346 IMAG0356 IMAG0360 IMAG0375 IMAG0380 IMAG0381 IMAG0397 IMAG0399 IMAG0403 IMAG0408 IMAG0416 IMAG0418 IMAG0420 IMAG0425 IMAG0438


1C at the Lickey Hills Country Park

We went to the Lickey Hills Country Park as part of our Science topic about Plants. We measured tree trunks, did bark rubbings, identified leaves from different trees, hunted for natural objects, looked and listened for signs of Spring, and went for a walk through the very muddy woods!

DSCN3876[1] DSCN3886[1]  DSCN3885[1] DSCN3892[1] DSCN3919[1] DSCN3912[1] DSCN3907[1] DSCN3862[1]