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Year 1

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood

On Monday 27th February 2017, Class One visited the V and A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The trip kicked off our topic on ‘Ourselves’ where we will be learning about changes in our lives and changes in children’s lives from the past, including learning about old and new toys. The day was fantastic despite the dreary weather and we loved looking in all the cabinets at the collections of toys and learning to sort toys along a timeline in a fun teaching session. We even got to play with some toys that our parents and grandparents would have played with! We rounded up the day with a visit to the gift shop where we practised using our counting and number reading skills to buy a souvenir. We loved our day at the museum and can’t wait to go back!

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Year One have had a great time in class so far. In topic lessons we have looked at weaving and created some beautiful winter weaves using icy wintery colours. We have been learning how to use a loom and create a warp which is challenging and can be quite fiddly!

In science we have also been learning about materials and their properties. We loved guessing what materials we had in our feely bags and have learnt some great new vocabulary to describe the materials’ properties.

Year One had a good first half term, finishing their topic on the Natural World having made fruit kebabs and videos in computing lessons where the children became TV chefs!

At the beginning of this new half term, Year One have learnt about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and created beautiful firework pictures in art. We are now moving on to looking at seasonal changes in science with a particular focus on night and day and are looking at artists that have used night-time as a theme in their work, including Vincent Van Gogh. Year One cannot wait to show you their work based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night artwork when it is finished.


Our Natural World

Year One have started the school year off with the fascinating topic ‘Our Natural World.’ In science they have been learning about plants and have learned some particularly tricky new vocabulary about trees; evergreen and deciduous and have learnt what these new words mean. Year One have spent time in the school grounds searching for different plant life including deciduous and evergreen trees. Back in the classroom, they have created some artwork based on the changing looks of a deciduous tree and will be returning to this work to track seasonal changes in the school grounds as the weather turns cooler.