Year 1 Have a Tiger-y surprise!

Year 1 had a special delivery today. We received a large orange and black striped box. Inside there was a “lost” poster, explaining that someone had lost their tiger. The poster had a very clear description of the tiger, including his appearance and personality. Have you seen a loose tiger around? We haven’t seen one yet but we will be keeping a look out. There were also two pumpkin tiger heads to remind us what to look out for, and a large book of the story, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.


We also had a letter from a girl called Sophie, asking for our help to find her tiger. She said that she had given us a tiger-y treat in the hope of persuading us to help her. Inside a tin there was an orange cake. When we cut it open we found the cake was tiger striped! It was orange and black. Everyone had a piece while we listened to the story, and really enjoyed it. We look forward to learning more about The Tiger Who Came to Tea over the coming weeks, and learning how to describe characters.

Year 1 Trip to Birdland

Year 1 had a fabulous trip at Birdland today. Birdland provides excellent opportunities to support the year 1 science objectives that we are working on currently (to identify and name examples of reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and amphibians and to compare the structures of different animals). As the name suggests, their main focus is birds …

Year 1 have special visitors in this week’s science lesson!

Both year 1 classes had special visitors this week for their lesson on identifying the features of birds. Mrs Ingles brought in two of her chickens, and to our great excitement one laid an egg in the afternoon! This chicken is friendly and tolerated being stroked by everyone in class 4. Both classes had the opportunity to study the chickens closely and discuss the specific anatomy – beak, wings, feathers and claws -which characterise birds. We were interested to note that birds have scaly legs, evidence of their evolution from the dinosaurs! Each child drew a detailed sketch of one chicken and labelled the features.

Year 1 visit Holy Trinity for Baptism lesson

On Wednesday Year 1 visited Holy Trinity Church in Tewkesbury to learn about the Christian Baptism ceremony. We have been learning about belonging, and what it means to belong to a group – whether a school group, Rainbows, Beavers, swimming club or belonging to a faith. We learnt that Christian parents might choose to welcome their baby into the Christian faith by having their baby baptised. Lucy Betts, Holy Trinity’s Family Coordinator showed us how the parents introduce their baby, choose Godparents, and how the baby is baptised in the font. We sang a hymn too. Thank you very much to Holy Trinity for our lesson.

Stomp, Chomp, Roar Roar, Here Come the Dinosaurs!

Today Year 1 enjoyed their dinosaur-themed topic launch day. We arrived dressed as paleontologists to hear that there were some dinosaurs on the loose in the school grounds! We set off on a dinosaur safari to find and photograph them. Later in the morning we made salt dough fossils and dinosaur skeleton pictures. Of course there was lots of time to read dinosaur stories and act them out in our small world area. In the afternoon we played dinosaur games in the hall. We had lots of fun!



Year 1 Trip to Weston-super-Mare!

Year 1 had a fantastic trip to Weston-Super-Mare today. The weather was perfect as it was not too hot.

Everyone enjoyed building sandcastles and digging in the sand. We also had great fun paddling and splashing in the sea. We had learned about traditional donkey rides in History, and everyone loved the opportunity to ride the friendly donkeys. Millie got to ride Millie the donkey, and Rosie rode Rosie the donkey. Some children even had a little trot.

We ate our picnic lunch on the beach, keeping our lunch safe from the “scavenging seagulls” which were just as greedy as the ones in our Literacy text, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. Afterwards we played some games like frisbee, football and ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’. Each child also had an ice-cream. The return journey was much quieter; almost every child was asleep!

The children represented our school really well – they shared and played kindly with each other, kept our area of the beach tidy and were all willing to ‘have-a-go’ at going in the sea or on a donkey. A big thank you to our parent helpers and to Miss Palfrey who joined us for the day.


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How to Make Seagull-Proof Sandwiches!

Year 1 are currently studying The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage. In the story, “three scavenging seagulls swooped down and devoured the lunch” and Mrs Grinling ultimately manages to put them off using mustard-filled sandwiches. We talked about other disgusting ingredients which might put the seagulls off the lunch forever, and wrote instructions for how to make them. We then spent extra time making sure everyone produced super writing which they were proud to show off. We were very lucky to be visited by Mrs Vochin from Subway on the High Street, Tewkesbury, who came to see the children’s instructions and gave her expert opinion on their sandwich-making ideas.

Everyone had a Subway sticker for their hard work.

Thank you very much to Mrs Vochin!

Materials in Year 1

Year 1 have been studying materials. Today we looked at a range of materials, choosing the odd one out and explaining our choices based on the properties of the materials. We also produced texture collages and completed some independent sorting activities for the properties of materials.