Year 1

Thank you to the PTA who paid for each class to take part in an animal workshop. We found out a lot of information about different categories of animals and how each animal has its own special species. We got to stroke a meerkat and a snowy owl as well as have a large snake over our legs!

In Design Technology we have been exploring different food groups and as part of this took part in some fruit tasting. We then designed and made our own delicious fruit salads thinking carefully about how to prepare each fruit safely.

We have been practising our graphemes in phonics using water pistols!

Today we took part in a Victorian School Day in year 1 to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of our school. We dressed up and rearranged our classroom to make the experience more authentic. Our lessons consisted of reading, writing and arithmetic as well as drills, singing the national anthem, Bible readings, prayers, learning about the Union Jack and a lesson on the potato! We had to write on slate boards and even used Victorian style pens with ink to write in special copy book which was very tricky and messy.

We had a visit from Mrs.Stanley who came to talk to us about her Christian faith and share objects and symbols that are important to both her and Christianity.

Year 1 took part in the national 'Empty Classroom day'. In English they went on a scarecrow hunt to find a high frequency word which they had to use in a sentence. they then had to use of the conjunctions written on the playground to extend their sentence. Then in maths they used natural objects to solve problems related to recipe for The Lighthouse Keeper. Then in science they did a floating and sinking experiment.

RE Salvation Day

We began the day with a trail around the school grounds to learn about the Easter story. We used our senses and acting to explore the story in depth and then we played pass the parcel to retell the key events and their importance.

We thought about how the story makes us feel and explored happy and sad parts of it. We looked at the symbols and traditions of Easter, including the importance of eggs at Easter time, and then designed our own eggs to reflect on the story.

We then began to think about the concept of Heaven. We used the stories of ‘The waterbugs and the dragonflies’ and ‘Heaven’ to explore people’s thoughts about this and what it is like before reflecting on our thoughts about this.

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Our trip on Tuesday was fantastic! We all had a wonderful time. We learned all about how the Victorians lived and experienced different aspects of their life. Read more about our day below!

High Days and Holidays.

We learned all about the types of holidays the Victorians went on. We found out that children were only given two days off a year to have a 'High Day'. Two of us dressed in Victorian beachwear and Miss Griffiths and Mrs Fox had sponges thrown at them.


We looked at different toys that children in Victorian times would have played with and were able to play with some ourselves. We liked the flip books and the mazes. We even got to look at a zoetrope.

Back to School.

We thought we had escaped the classroom for the day but we were in for a surprise! We learned about the 'Three R's' and practised our reading, writing and arithmetic. If we misbehaved we had to put on the dunces hat and stand in the corner. Mrs Fox was so naughty she got the cane. Jacob's handwriting was so good he got to sit at the teacher's desk!

Working Life.

Children had to work in the Victorian time and so did we! We polished shoes and washed tea towels for the mistress of the house. It was hard work, we are glad we live in the modern day!

Another local trip!

We had a lovely walk this morning down to the Rhodes Centre. We learned all about Cecil Rhodes and the part he played in the history of Bishop's Stortford. We also looked at all the Victorian artefacts and compared these to what we use now. Some of us were even lucky enough to dress up!

We then walked along to the Post Office to find out all about how it works and to help us think about what we should put in our role play corner.

Well-Being Week.

Last week we were lucky to have Well-Being Week. Below is just a snapshot of the activities we took part in.

We took part in a trampolining workshop. It was great fun and a good way of exercising. It is important to look after your body to stay well.

Instead of doing our handwriting in our books we tried writing with paint brushes and water.

We used Jelly Babies to talk about ourselves. Each colour meant we had to talk about something different, for example green was our favourite place and black was something we have achieved.

We looked at the story ‘Bog Baby’ and had a go at making our own bog babies and making a home for them in our school environment. It is important we left them there as have to look after nature.

In our cooking area there is the chance to make expression biscuits.

We made a web of connections to see how we are all connected together. Some people are connected by the way they look, others by their interests or favourite colour even. Some children go to the same clubs which connects them together.

We formed bands and used our instruments to create music. We performed our compositions to the class.

Mrs Thompson took us into the Woodland Walk and we learned about Mind-full-ness. We focussed each of our senses on the outside area and learned how breathing helps us focus and also get rid of some of the funny feelings we may have inside us.

We completed a Maths project called ‘Good to be me’. We measured our height, foot size, speed, arm span and how far we could jump and compared this to various animals.

We each bought in a stone for ‘St. Michael’s Rocks’. We decorated our stone and placed them in the school grounds in somewhere that is special to us.

We read the book ‘Have you filled a bucket today’. We talked about how we fill each other’s buckets and how they fill ours. We also looked at what we might say to dip into people’s buckets and how this makes us, and them, feel. We drew our own buckets and wrote how they had been filled by our friends and family.

We had a fantastic Well-Being week and learnt so much. We are hoping to keep using what we have learnt throughout our school life and beyond!

RE Day

On Thursday we were lucky enough to become detectives for the day. In the morning Mrs Dale gave us the challenge to find out as much as we could about Buddhism. We started the day looking at the significance of the lotus flower and how it is often placed around statues of the Buddha. We were very lucky that Ms Paldon (Sonam's Mum) was able to join us and teach us about how Siddhartha became Enlightened. She also showed us how her family carries out their morning rituals. We then looked at the Eightfold Path and how Buddhists follow these Rights throughout their life. We also made time for some mindfulness and yoga and used this to help us focus. In the afternoon we made some prayer flags to hang outside the classroom - these carry our wishes and kindness to the world. We had a fantastic day and learned so much!

Today we have been on a walk along Apton Road to look at the houses. We looked at the types of houses they are. it is amazing because our road has lots of different types of houses including bungalows, detached, semi-detached, terrace and even flats. Some of the houses are over a hundred years old when a lot of the land here was open fields and one house used to a pub. We also found out about the history of our school which will be 200 years old this year. It was originally build for the poor children and was in the building that is now run by Age Concern.

Year 1 were set an outdoors challenge to create a piece of Christmas artwork. Some groups made their own Christmas trees whilst others made a sleigh.

We have been busy making gingerbread houses in class. First we followed the recipe in groups to make the gingerbread, then we decorated each piece with sweets before icing them together to make the house. They will be coming home soon so enjoy :)

Year One have been taking part in the Picture Book Award as part of the Bishops Stortford College Festival of Literature. We have read a selection of books provided by the college and then we had to vote on which one was our favourite. Our class voted on 'Dogger'. In February we will find out which one is the overall winner.


We had an RE day which explored the Christmas story and the concept of incarnation. We began the day by exploring the story in the school grounds. We visited key places in the story and collected objects along the way which we then used back in the classroom to retell the story. We made story cubes with key characters or parts of the story on as well. Make sure you get your child to use these to tell you the story!

Jesus means 'saviour' or 'helper' so we explored the importance of people's names and found out what our names mean. Part of the day was spent exploring the importance of Mary within the story and how she would have felt about the baby Jesus. We created our own advent calendars thinking about what we could do for each day of advent to help someone like Mary helped Jesus - watch out for these coming home this week!

Outdoor learning

In English we have been looking at building sentences. We had to search the school grounds to find who, what and where cards to help us put together sentences. On returning to the classroom we used this to record the sentences, thinking carefully about remembering our capital letters and full stops.

Our trip to Bishop's Stortford Town Park.

We had a fantastic time at the park! We were looking at how all the equipment works as well as having fun! We will use what we have learnt to help us design and make our own playground equipment in Design Technology.

We have been learning a mini-beast poem in English. We all decided on the best actions for each part - ask your child to perform it for you!

Here comes a caterpillar

Here comes a snail

Here comes a slug

With a slippery tail.

Here comes a butterfly

Here comes a bee

How many minibeasts

Can you see?

Climbing up the window

Climbing up the wall

Some are short and

Some are tall.

We have been exploring the 'Forest School' in our school grounds. We had to make a home for an animal thinking carefully about what kind of living conditions the animals might need.

Our trip to Stansted Mountfitchet Castle and Toy Museum.

We had great fun travelling on the train to the castle and there was so much to see and do. There were even animals, including baby chicks, there.

We were surprised that quite a lot of the toys in the museum are like the toys we play with now.

Our first day

in Year 1