Year 1AI: Blog items

African animal dance

Date: 18th Jul 2021 @ 10:03pm

This half term in one of our PE lessons we have been working on a dance sequence linked to our topic work and science work all about African animals. Over the last few weeks we have thought about how animals move in the African Savannah and used the space available to think of some animal movements. We then worked in a small group and put these movements together into a short dance sequence to the rhythm of 8 beats. 

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Silhouette Artwork

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 9:56pm

This week in our topic work we looked at different animals that can be found in Africa with a focus on animals that are in Kenya. We used some of our art skills using oil pastels to create a sunset background in an African Savannah. We used the technique of smudging to make it look like a real sunset. We then used black card to draw our animals and any other details such as trees, sunshine or the Savannah grasslands. Afterwards we cut out our shapes and glued them on to the sunset background. We were amazed by our creations and guessed each other's silhouette animal shapes! 

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Animals Parts

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 9:49pm

In our Science work this week we have been looking at the different categories of animals such as amphibians, mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. We have identified animals in each catergory and thought about the features of each animal. After that we discussed the different parts of an animal and how they all have different things that help them to survive. Some of the parts included tusks, tails, shells, fins and tentacles. We chose an animal from one of the categories and used our observational skills to draw the animal and label the different parts of that animal using the correct vocabulary. 

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Masai Shields Part 2

Date: 1st Jul 2021 @ 9:42pm

This week we managed to finish our Masai shields with Mrs McAffer. We used oil pastels to design the front of the shields. Then we sewed some wool all around the edge of the shield. This showed what the stitching would look like on a real shield. 

Watch the video below where we are showing our amazing shields...

Masai Shields

Date: 27th Jun 2021 @ 7:25am

This week we have been working with Mrs McAffer for our Art lesson. She introduced us to sketch books and what they are used for. We then used our sketch books to start to put our ideas in them all about Masai Shields. We learnt about the Masai tribe and the type of shields they have. This week we have been researching and designing some sketches of shields. Watch out for next weeks blog when we will have finished the shields!!!

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Kenya Information Texts

Date: 20th Jun 2021 @ 4:30pm

We have been very busy in 1AI since the launch of our current CC topic question 'How do we get to the Masai Mara?' After the launch in our reading and writing sessions we have been using a non-fiction book all about Kenya. We have been learning lots of facts about Kenya and then having a go at writing the facts that we can remember or that were interesting to us. 

We then collated all these facts and started to think about the features of an information text. In an information text we learnt that we needed a title, subheadings, picture/diagrams and facts as sentences. 

Look at our information texts!!! We planned what sections we wanted to include in our information text and then took our time writing the information and adding pictures and diagrams. We have worked really hard and they will now go on display on our CC display in the classroom. 


Africa Day CC Launch

Date: 13th Jun 2021 @ 10:39am

Welcome back to the last half term of Year 1!!!

The children came back to school this week buzzing with excitement right from the start with the launch of our final CC Topic question - How do we get to the Masai Mara?

On Tuesday we had Africa Day where we came to school dressed in brightly coloured clothes and did a range of activities to get us started in our learning for this half term. 


  • Made some Masai Mara tribal necklaces
  • Learnt some Swahili greetings
  • Learnt some African dancing
  • Did some African drumming using djembe drums in class
  • Created some African patterns by looking at some printed fabrics
  • Created some Kenyan flags
  • Used the green screen technique to dress us as someone from the Masai Mara tribe in the Kenyan Savannah

Phew!!! It was a busy day! Look at the video below with some our wonderful creations and African Savannah photos. Enjoy!!!

Oliver’s Vegetables 🍏🍉🍇🍊🍌

Date: 30th May 2021 @ 9:40am

7D04FE45-BF56-40EC-BB06-27C91605F9DD.jpeg37D39FC4-5A07-42C1-83AF-2ACC01497119.jpegIn the final week of using the text Oliver’s Vegetables we innnovated the story by changing vegetables to fruits. We discussed different types of fruits, tasted some and thought of adjectives to describe the taste. We innovated the story by rewriting it where Oliver pulled out fruit instead of vegetables. 

In CC we carried out a DT project where we designed, made and evaluated our very fruit salad. During this work we focussed on our cutting, slicing and chopping skills using a safe wooden knife. The class smelt very fruity!! 



We have a Cheerleader!!!

Date: 23rd May 2021 @ 11:02am

On Friday Darcey shared a very special certificate to the class. She has joined a local cheer leading sqaud and had her first sessions last week. She shared the certificate her cheer leading taecher awarded her and Darcey even showed the class some of her moves!!!

Darcey.JPGWell done Darcey!

It's great to hear what the children get up to out of school!!

Wind Socks

Date: 23rd May 2021 @ 10:58am

In Science this half term we have been learning about the four seasons and weather. Over the past few weeks we have learnt about different types of weather, we have kept a weather diary and measured rainfall over a few days.

Last week we were thinking about wind direction and made some wind socks. We learnt about why some people who have certain jobs need to measure wind direction and made our very own colourful wind socks. We even tested them out and hung them up outside our classroom. They will come home this week when it is a dry day! Wind sock 1.JPG Wind sock 2.JPG

Telling the time

Date: 17th May 2021 @ 11:01pm

Last week we have been learning how to tell the time to o'clock and half past times. We used our own analogue clocks to tell the time and then we read times and drawed the minute and hour hands correctly on a blank clock. 

We discussed how telling the time was an important skill that will help us all the time. We also looked at lots of different images of clocks so we had an understanding that clocks can look very different. 


Why not try this game and continue to do some learning at home... Click on the top sections where it says analogue to analogue and o'clock/half past times.


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Measuring Sunflowers

Date: 17th May 2021 @ 10:54pm

Our CC topic this half term is called 'How does the garden grow?' We have learnt lots of facts and vocabulary linked to plants, flowers and trees. We started the half term by planting some sunflower seeds and over the last few weeks we have been looking after out plants and measured how tall the plant is growing. We used our maths skills to measure our sunflowers using a ruler and record how tall they have grown. Next week we are hoping to take them home and continue to look after them until they have grown into beautiful sunflowers. 




Date: 26th Jan 2021 @ 10:13am

Last week the children were very excited to see the snow when they came to school. At break time we played in the snow made snow angels and had snowball fights. 

Look at the fun we had!

Year 1 - Super Home Learners

Date: 18th Jan 2021 @ 7:42am

In Year 1 during the first two weeks of remote learning we have had fantastic work being sent in. Children have been working really hard and are asking questions and making comments on padlet all the time. The engagement has been brilliant. Have a look through our pictures below...


Well done everyone!!! smiley

Mrs Iqbal, Miss Powell, Mrs Cooper, Miss Kevill

How to access Padlet week beg 4th January

Date: 6th Jan 2021 @ 3:46pm

Hi Everyone!

Sorry about the confusion with the padlet link today. It was a little bit annoying and frustrating. So this week when you use the link posted in the discussion thread for padlet on school spider you must add the addtional details that are explained on the video. 

Please see the video below where I am explaining how to do this. The details will also be posted on school spider each day. 

Hope this helps!

Any questions please email us on 

Mrs Iqbal and Miss Powell 

Year 1 Remote Learning 06/01/21

Date: 5th Jan 2021 @ 4:05pm

Happy New Year!!!!

We hope you have had an amazing Christmas. Unfortunately we will be working from home this half term due to the National Lockdown which came into place Monday evening. We do not want you to worry as we are here with you. However we would like you to continue with your learning at home using Padlet and school spider. 

You must log onto school spider each morning and do the register. We will then post the padlet link for that day where you will find all the day's learning. Make sure you go to the column for that day. So today go to the column labelled Wednesday and scroll down to see your activities for the day. At the top of the column you will find some messages from the staff in Year 1. 

Each day we would like you to ask us questions or tell us about your learning using the discussion thread for that day. Parents if you have any questions or can't find any logging in details for any of the online resources that we use please email us on the year group email or alternatively when you receive a call from Miss Kevill please let her know as well.

It is important that you log onto school spider each morning and do the register and complete the activities on Padlet. Miss Kevill will be ringing each day to any parents of children who have not been accessing the remote learning and have not been completing the daily register. 

Thank you for your support and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask through email, school spider or when you receive a call. 

Stay Safe!!!

Mrs Iqbal, Miss Powell, Mrs Copper, Miss Kevill and Mrs Tierneysmiley



Friday 18th December - Behaviour Star!

Date: 28th Dec 2020 @ 2:06pm

The final Behaviour star of the Autumn term and 2020 goes to...

Ferdows for always doing the right thing and following the class and school rules and expectations.

Great Job!!! 

Christmas Lunch!!!

Date: 28th Dec 2020 @ 2:02pm

On Thursday 17th December we enjoyed Christmas lunch. We wore our Rudolf hats and used our Christmas placemats to put our lunch on. We ate turkey or Cheese whirls along with the usual traditional side dishes of roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, mash, carrots and gravy. It was delicious!!!

Thank you Alison and all the cooks in the kitchen:)


The Gruffalo Panto

Date: 13th Dec 2020 @ 7:42pm

On Friday 11th December we were treated to the Gruffalo live stream Panto online. It was really funny and we all enjoyed watching it!

Friday 11th December - Behaviour Star!

Date: 13th Dec 2020 @ 7:33pm

Last week Kinglsey was awarded the Behaviour Star of the week. He always follows the class and school rules and is a great example to the other children in the class.

Well Done!!!

1AI Air Treat

Date: 13th Dec 2020 @ 7:29pm

On Wednesday 9th December Air House children in 1AI were treated to an afternoon of Gingerbread Decorating in the hall.

Well Done Everyone!!! They looked amazing! Hope they tasted good as well...


The Elf Workout!!!

Date: 13th Dec 2020 @ 7:24pm

Last week Mrs Thewlis introduced us to 'The Elf Workout.' We had an amazing week doing the workout each day. Some children even requested it everyday! What a healthy, fit class we are:)

Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds!!! 

Why not try it yourself in the Christmas Holidays!!! 

Friday 4th December - Behaviour Star

Date: 6th Dec 2020 @ 2:50pm

This week in 1AI we had a girl who received the Behaviour Star!!! She got this star because she has shown great behaviour to all that her learning this week and has shown great listening and attention skills during carpet times together as a class. 

Well Done Darcey!!!

Behaviour Stars!!

Date: 29th Nov 2020 @ 1:26pm

What a busy few weeks we have had in 1AI that I haven't managed to blog our Behaviour Stars for the last few weeks...

Here are our stars from the last three weeks:

Rayyan - Friday 13th November

Amelia - Friday 20th November

Abdul - Friday 27th November 

Well done to the three of you!!!yes

Happy Half Term!!!

Date: 22nd Oct 2020 @ 4:04pm

What a busy and tiring first half term back in school we have had!!!

The children have been amazing getting stuck back into their learning and enjoying being back into the structure of a new 'normal' in school and seeing their friends. It has been a joy to watch children learn new Year 1 skills. 

Have a lovely half term what ever you do but remember to keep safe!

Love Mrs Iqbal 

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