Year 1 Learning Updates

We're Going on a Lion Hunt

Term 3 Week 4

Our key text for this week is 'We're Going on a Lion Hunt'.

This is a retelling of the familiar tale 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children have listened to, read and learn the story, focusing on story language and adjectives (describing words). They have also learnt actions to help them to remember the key events and retell them in order. 


Marvellous Maths

Term 3 Week 3

In maths we have been looking at 'Place Value within 20'. The children have been counting, ordering and writing the numbers between 11-20. They have explored a new manipulative this week too, dienes! They have been using the dienes to partition numbers into tens and ones. This has help to consolidate their understanding of what the teen numbers represent. 

Africa Day

11th January 2023

We all had a fantastic day with our African visitor, Anna!

The children took part in African storytelling, a few children even took part in acting out the character parts of the story. They loved the African drumming and were able to drum along to the rhythm using different parts of the drum to create tone, base and slap sounds. Our African dance session involved us dancing along to the sound of the African drum, this brought out some great dance moves!

We also looked at African tribe jewellery and masks, before creating our own and also learnt lots of new facts about Africa. 

Protect Our Planet Day

10th November 2022

The children took part in a variety of activities during our 'POP' Day. 

We were lucky enough to join a live broadcast from Antarctica where the children were able to see what the landscape was like and listen to scientists who were actually living out there currently. In our main science lesson we posed the question 'which works best to melt the ice?' referring to a range of different materials. The children were encouraged to predict what they thought, before investigating and discuss their findings with an adult in order to draw conclusions.

We also created a whole class piece of Arctic artwork using our hands (see photo below).

Guy Fawkes News Reports

9th November 2023

As part of our history this term, the children have been learning all about Guy Fawkes, who he was and what he did that made him significant. After watching and listening to real new reports, they then created their own news reports all about Guy Fawkes and what happened on 5th November 1605. They were all superb news reporters!


Purple Mash Computing

Term 2 - Week 1 

During this week the children took part in 4 computing lesson. They learnt how to access using the Purple Mash program using their own usernames and passwords. Which was fantastic! They changed their avatars, accessed their 2Do list and completed a range activities that had been set for them. All the children experienced adding images and text to different programs. They also were able to change, the size, colour and font of the text that they typed. 

Diwali Day

19th October 2022

For our whole school Diwali celebrations, the Year 1 children attended an assembly lead by a lovely Hindu woman from our local community. They were able to ask her questions about Diwali and they enjoyed listening to the stories that she had to tell them about Rama and Sita and also her own experiences of Diwali.

In their classrooms, the children learnt about Rangoli patterns and were able to create their own design using coloured rice. The children also learnt how children, who celebrate Diwali, prepare for the celebrations, they joined in with some Diwali rhymes and songs and some even took part in a Diwali dance.

Fabulous Family Picnic

18th October 2022

It was amazing to see so many of you attend our ‘Family Picnic and Celebration of Learning’ on 18th October. Thank you for making it such a special afternoon. We enjoyed meeting lots of you and hope that you enjoyed looking at the learning that your children has been doing this term. We know they were very excited to show you all their classrooms.

Wonderful Weather

Term 1, Week 6 and 7

For the last two weeks of term, we have been keeping a class record of the weather each day. This is part of our science learning. We will used this data to create class pictograms to display the autumnal weather patterns. We will discuss these further in term 2.

Below is one of our charts for week 6.

Hedgehog Art Collages

Term 1, Week 5

This term in art, the children have been learning how to manipulate and use materials in different ways to create artwork. They have learnt the vocabulary ‘tear’, ‘crumple’, ‘overlap’ and ‘fold’. They have been practising these different techniques using tissue paper.

Here are some examples of the wonderful hedgehog collages that the children created using these techniques.

Awesome Autumn Walk

Term 1, Week 4

One of our science topics this year is ‘Seasonal Change’. We revisit this throughout the academic year especially when one season is changing into the next. We went for a walk around our school grounds to look for the signs of autumn.

The children observed many signs of change; including fallen acorns, different types of fungi, berries, falling and fallen leaves and an array of autumn leaves on the trees. Some of the photos that we took are shown below.

We recorded our findings in our class ‘Seasons’ books which will be displayed on our science boards in our classrooms.

Fantastic Forest Schools

Term 1 - September 2022

Our Year 1 children have all now had the opportunity to experience forest schools with Mrs Chapman (our forest school teacher). They have enjoyed the range of different activities that they have taken part in so far, especially drinking hot chocolate. As you can see in the photos below there are activities linked to many different areas of the curriculum including maths, science, art and English.

Splendid Storytelling

W/C 26th September 2022

This week, in our English lessons, we have been learning the story 'How Tortoise Got His Shell'. The children have added their own actions to help them remember the story. They have also created a class story map with their class teachers to remind them of the sequence of events. I have attached these below (these are in alphabetical order - Darwin then Earhart then Goodall). 

Please show your child their class story map and ask them to retell the story to you. Remind them to show you the actions for the different story language. 


Learning in 2021 -2022 


The learning below is from the previous academic school year. 

Captivating Computing 


During the first week of term 2 the children had their first series of computing lessons. They learnt how to turn on, log in to and use an iPad safely. The children learned what a username and password are and they used their own personalised details to log into (and out of) Purple Mash. While on Purple Mash, they were able to edit their avatar, access their ‘2Do’ area of the program in order to complete tasks set by their teacher. They loved their computing sessions - the classrooms have never been so quiet during a lesson! 

The end of Forest School sessions, for now...


Our 'Forest School' sessions for this term have now come to an end...but worry not, the children have three more sessions to come this year! We will remind you of these as they are approaching. The children, and adults, have had a fantastic time in our new 'Forest School' with Mrs Chapman. To see photos of year 1 during these sessions please click on the link below. 

Our Amazing Africa Day

On Tuesday 16th November we were lucky enough to have the fantastic company 'African Experiences' come into Discovery School to visit all the children in year 1. It was a fun packed day which started with some basic information about Africa and an interactive story telling session which some of the children were part of. 

The children then enjoyed a variety of other African themed activities including:

  • African mask making, where they used the pointillism technique to design their own mask.
  • African necklace designing, where they learnt about jewellery in Africa and created their necklace in that style.
  • African dance, where our visitor, Anna, taught them African dance moves and they performed a routine to the African drums. 
  • African drumming, they learn how to play the base and tone on the African drums and performed a drumming routine together. 

The drumming was definitely a favourite for a lot of the children!

Odd Sock Day

On Thursday 18th November, the children had fun wearing odd socks but more importantly could explain why they were wearing odd socks. Some of the reasons that they gave were....because we are all unique, because we are all different and because we are all special in our own way. They also created class wreaths which related words.



Interesting Instructions

On 29th November we started looking at instructions. The children looked a range of instructional texts and highlighted the different words that are used in these type of texts, for example, bossy words (cut, stick, get) and time words (first, next, finally). We also talked about the different features of instructional texts, for example, numbers and pictures.

On 30th November we followed verbal instructions to create a Christmas tree collage. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and will be writing their own instructions for this activity later in the week. 

Pretty Peppermint Creams

We started our Christmas festivities on Thursday 9th December. We worked on our 'secret Christmas project' - peppermint creams for our parents and carers. The children had a fantastic time: reading through the instructions, measuring ingredients, mixing, colouring, rolling and cutting to create their beautiful multicoloured peppermint creams!

These have now been sent home and we home you enjoy eating them. 


Creative Christmas Boxes

On Monday 13th December, the children let her creativity flow when they decorated their own Christmas tree boxes for their peppermint creams. The classrooms were full of Christmas music, lots of glitter and an abundance of jewels for them to choose from.

Its safe to say that Christmas spirit was definitely in the air!

Pure Programming

Term 3 Week 1

During our computing lessons we were consolidating our understanding of what an algorithm is and how we need to give a set of instructions in order to make a program run. The children programmed the Bluebots to make them move in different ways to reach their final destination.

Using the iPads, they also used arrows and keys on '2Go' (Purple Mash) to program different icons to move around a given background screen. The children enjoyed using and programming the different technologies throughout the week. 

Amazing Art

Term 3 Week 2

This term we will be look at a few different artist and their artwork styles. We started by looking at Jackson Pollock. He was widely noticed for his "drip technique" of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface, enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. The children used paintbrushes and paints to create their own Jackson Pollock inspired artwork.

Super 3D Shapes

Term 3 Week 2/3

This term we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes with a focus on the different properties of 3D shapes. We started to use the language faces, edges and vertices to describe shapes together. 

We investigated which 3D shapes could be used to create the best towers. We found out which 3D shapes could only be used at the top of the tower and what the reasons for this were. The children were able to explain their findings to each other and the teachers. 


Traditional Tales

This term we have been focusing on two different traditional tales:

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
Little Red Riding Hood

We learnt simplified versions of the stories by heart using actions to help us. The children made up the different actions to match the story language. We created a whole class story map for each of the traditional tales that we learnt. The children also created their own too!
(Below is an example of our 'Billy Goats Gruff' story map) 

We talked about the different characters from each story and discussed their physical qualities (grey fur) and their personalities traits (sly). The children were also introduced to what a setting is and we used a range of adjectives to create simple noun phrases to describe the different story settings. 

They used their story maps and the new story language that they had learnt to retell and write their own versions of the stories. 

Magnificent Maths

Term 3 Week 4/5

In maths we have been focusing on 'place value within 20'. We have been looking at how we can partition numbers into tens and ones. We used the dienes to demonstrate this practically. The rods or sticks represent 10 and the cubes represent one. The children were able to use the dienes to represent numbers between 10-20. 

What else we have been doing?

  • Learning how to write the number 0-20 in numerals and also in words.
  • Finding one more and less than a given number up to 20 and we also solved number problems.
  • Comparing numbers and number representations.
  • Solving problems involving numbers within 20.
  • Investigating numbers and comparative mathematical language. 



Splendid Shapes

Term 3 Week 4/5

The second artist that we studied this term was Esther Mahlangu. She is known for her bold large-scale contemporary paintings that reference her Ndebele heritage. After studying her artwork the children created their own Esther Mahlangu inspired art.

First we drew round shapes on a large piece of paper making sure that the shapes were touching each other. Next we painted the shapes we had created in bright and bold coloured paints. After the paint had dried we carefully drew around our shapes using dark felt pen. 

We're sure you will agree that the artwork that they created is stunning!

Sacred Sukkahs

Term 4, Week 2

In RE the children learnt all about the Judaism celebration of Sukkot. It is a festival for giving thanks for many things, like food and shelter. During Sukkot, which is a week-long festival, Jews construct a temporary hut. It is topped with branches and often well decorated with autumnal and harvest themes.

We create our own mini sukkahs using cardboard boxes and other resources. See our photos below. 


World Book Day

On the 3rd March, we celebrated 'World Book Day' but dressing up as some of our favourite book characters (even the teachers). Our day started with a 'World Book Day' fashion show followed by a range of exciting book activities based around the text 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We discussed what makes us all different and special which is the moral of the text. 


Leeds Castle Visit

8th March 2022

The sun shone beautifully during our trip to Leeds Castle and a great time was had my children and adults alike! We all got to explore inside the castle as well as the grounds that surround it, the children enjoyed dressing up and taking part in our animal workshop and a few people were even able to visit the birds. Lucky Goodall class! Unfortunately, Leeds Castle had to unexpectedly close it for different parts of the day so we weren't all able to go there. 

The children asked lots of questions and behaved really well throughout the day.

We hope that they have told you all about it!

(More photos will follow over the next few days)


Marvellous Measures

Term 5 Week 1

In maths this week we have been learning how to measure the length and height of objects using non-standard units, for example, cubes and standard units (cms). The children enjoyed working together and using the different resources to measure, compare and order. 

They used the language long, longer, longest, short, shorter and shortest for length and tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter and shortest for height. 


Captivating Capacity

Term 5 Week 2

In maths this week we have been learning how to describe the capacity of different containers. We used the language empty, nearly empty, half full, half empty, nearly full and full. We then used a cup to measure the capacity of each container. For example, the beaker hold 3 cups of water.

The children enjoyed working together and using the different resources to measure, compare and order the capacity of different containers.

Our Kent Life Day

3rd May 2022

Although we didn't have the sunshine that we had at Leeds Castle, our trip to Kent Life was filled with fun and enjoyment!

We all had the opportunity to explore the grounds and see all the lovely animals. The children also took part in a Victorian Schoolroom workshop where they were transported into the past to learn what school life was like back then. They also explored two homes from the past and learnt how life was different then, like how the whole family had to share the same bath water once a week!

Photos to follow...

Jubilee Week in Year 1

In Year 1 we have be looking focusing on the Queen, art, music and culture from the year 2000 through to 2010. 

We have studied ‘2000 Ten Fish’ by J. Vincent Scarpace (2010). He discussed the background and foreground. We then created a piece of artwork inspired by this art piece. Here are some of the artwork that Darwin created.

The children created collage using a silhouette of the Queens. We focused on using different techniques such as crumpling, overlapping and tearing to create our artwork. We also practised the skill of printing. We mounted our collages onto A3 card to resemble a stamp. See some examples below.

After discussing what Queen Elizabeth looked like between 2000 and 2010 we created painted portraits of her. We tried to take our time and make our brush strokes as accurate as possible. See our examples below.

In English we learnt what an acrostic poem is. Then we planned out and wrote our own acrostic poems using the words ‘jubilee’, ‘queen’, ‘London’ and ‘Elizabeth’.

Marvellous Maps

Term 6 - Week 3

We have been learning how to use simple maps to solve problems. The children completed a letter hunt using a map of the school grounds. They were able to find the different letters in order to find out what the mystery word was. In class they also designed their own maps of a town, they looked at what symbols they could use to represent different buildings and features.