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  • Friday 14 June 2024 What's blooming? As part of our Stem Week, year 1 went on a nature walk around the school looking for plants and flowers. We used our scientific enquiry skills to identify any of the flowers we didn't know the names of. We all realised how lucky we were to have a school with so many different beautiful flowers.
  • Friday 24 May 2024 What do Christians believe God is like? This term the children have been exploring and trying to find the answer to a Big Question in RE 'What do Christians believe God is like?'. The children have enjoyed listening to stories from the bible, such as The Lost Son and discussing what this can teach us about God. Together the children came up with different words and phrases to describe God and we turn them into a prayer.
  • Friday 17 May 2024 Fun with fractions Fractions can be a tricky concept to grasp so by cutting up jam sandwiches the children were able to explore and practice different ways to find a quarter of a shape. Hopefully the children can remember the importance of find a quarter and not just how yummy the jam sandwiches were!
  • Friday 10 May 2024 Field study in Hitchin To continue our learning around human and physical geography, we visited Hitchin town center to identify as many different human and physical geographic features.
  • Friday 3 May 2024 Aaaaaaah it's a spider!!! This week year 1 have been putting their 3D paper skills to the test. The children worked collaboratively to roll and shape newspaper to create a giant 3D spider.
  • Thursday 25 April 2024 Planting seeds In this week’s Science lesson, we planted some sweet pea seeds. We have been taking care of them by watering them daily, we can’t wait to see our beautiful flowers grow soon! Hopefully we will continue to learn about how best to take care of plants and have the opportunity to plant our sweet peas in our outdoor area when they are ready.
  • Friday 19 April 2024 The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch In English, we began looking at the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. We were given some clues to help us make predictions about the story. We then used these clues to support us in retelling the story. We look forward to continuing to improve and develop our writing through the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.
  • Thursday 28 March 2024 Happy Easter During Holy week, the children have been learning about why Easter is so important to Christians and meaning of different symbols. Christians see eggs as a symbol of resurrection and new life. In RE, the children had the opportunity to design and decorate their own eggs representing what Easter means to them.
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024 World Book Day 2024 Year 1 had a wonderful day on Thursday, celebrating World Book Day. All the children came dressed up as one of their favourite non-fiction characters. During our English session the children has the change to share with their friends and write about their own special characters. Throughout the day the children enjoyed many World Book Day activities including listening to an adult reading them a story in Secret Reader and sharing their own booked with this Year 5 buddies during Buddy Reading. To end the celebration of reading, the children all got to see the whole school dressed up for World Book Day in a special World Book Day assembly. It was joyous day, where you could see every child sharing their passion for reading with others.
  • Friday 1 March 2024 Dinosaur hunt To launch our new topic we embarked on an artefacts hunt around the school grounds. The children became detectives searching for the clues and working out what linked all the artefacts together. The children guessed the clues were all linked to dinosaurs. We were able to confirm our suspicions by opening the eggs revealing miniature dinosaurs nestled inside! This discovery was a great way to launch our dinosaurs topic, which closely links to our English writing based on the book 'The Odd Egg'.
  • Friday 16 February 2024 Celebrating Raksha Bandhan During RE week, Year 1 enjoyed learning about Hindu's traditions and beliefs. To end our week the children learnt about the Hindu Festival Raksha Bandhan, where Hindu's celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters. Hindu's give Rakhi bracelets as a sign of their love and bond between siblings. Year 1 created their own bracelets to share with a sibling or loved one to represent their special bond.
  • Friday 2 February 2024 Antarctica
  • Friday 19 January 2024 Next Page Books Today, half of the class had the opportunity to walk down to Next Page Books in Hitchin. We listened to 3 books all about snow and ice, one of the books was a non-fiction book, we learnt at penguins that live in Antarctica. The children then voted for their favourite and we purchased this book to share with the rest of the class and keep in our class library.
  • Friday 12 January 2024 Taking care of our environment Despite the colder temperatures this week, we have taken our learning outside to observe the signs of winter, search for minibeasts and collect natural resources to make journey strips. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking their learning outside. We also discussed as a class how we can take care of our school environment – ideas included: picking up litter, not picking leaves or flowers, and not scaring any birds or wildlife. When creating our journey strips, we made sure to only collect natural resources that has fallen from trees or resources laying on the ground, in order to protect our environment.
  • Friday 1 December 2023 Wood, metal, plastic, rubber, & rock This week, Year 1 participated in an interactive workshop facilitated by STEMPOINT. The children delved into material exploration, identifying the composition and properties of various different objects. The children explored the most suitable fabric to effectively block out sunlight, carefully choosing the optimal material for curtains. Inspired by the tale of the Three Little Pigs, the children applied their knowledge by determining the most effective structure to safeguard the pigs using only cocktail sticks and mini gems.
  • Friday 17 November 2023 Family Learning Week It has been a privilege to welcome you all to our classroom this week, for our annual family learning week. Your participation in our literacy lessons has added a special touch to our learning environment and the children thoroughly enjoyed your company. I hope that you enjoyed yourself and were immersed in our "Toys in Space" story.
  • Friday 10 November 2023 Part-whole models
  • Friday 3 November 2023 Toys Workshop
  • Friday 20 October 2023 Human and Physical Geography This week, we went on a walk around the school to identify human and physical geographic features. It was a competition to see which groups could find the most human features and the most physical features.
  • Friday 6 October 2023 Number line fun Year 1 practiced drawing number lines.
  • Friday 29 September 2023 Celebrating Sukkot
  • Friday 22 September 2023 Year 1 become meteorologists As part of our science work, we have been measuring and recording information about the weather. We created a rain gauge to measure how much rain had fallen and a wind vane to measure the wind direction.
  • Friday 15 September 2023 Getting creative In art this week, year 1 were given the opportunity to get creative using the medium of chalk.
  • Friday 8 September 2023 First week back at school! Going back to school after the school holidays can be a daunting task, but all the children have taken this challenge in their stride. I have spent lots of time getting to know everyone and we have had lots of fun.
  • Friday 14 July 2023 Learning about time in Year 1 Year 1 have been learning about time this week, learning and singing the months of the years and the days of the week. We have moved on to understanding the relationships between seconds, minutes and hours.
  • Thursday 22 June 2023 Learning about inequality symbols in Year 1 Year 1 have been learning how to use inequality symbols when comparing numbers, first with the same amount of tens, and then any numbers under 100.
  • Thursday 22 June 2023 Growing climbing French beans Year 1 have proved to have properly green thumbs! The climbing French beans we planted several weeks ago are enjoying this hot weather much more than the humans and shooting up the willow wigwam. If we keep our fingers crossed, we might even be able to harvest beans before the end of term.
  • Friday 9 June 2023 Seaside display Our year one seaside corner! Well done and thank you to all the children who have brought their seaside box into school. They have all done so well and they have enjoyed looking at them and sharing them this week. So many lovely creative ideas have been used. Thank you parents for your help and support.
  • Thursday 25 May 2023 Jam sandwiches and maths In maths in Year 1 we have been learning about fractions. Today we were learning how to find a quarter of an object or a shape.
  • Friday 19 May 2023 An exciting visit to the seaside Rather early on a cloudy Wednesday, Year 1 set off to the seaside to carry on their Geography learning. Despite a chilly forecast, it was quite mild when we arrived and set up camp on a deserted beach.
  • Friday 12 May 2023 A local walk for Year 1 As part of Geography this term, Year 1 embarked on a walk from the school to Windmill Hill in the centre of Hitchin. Our objective was to see if we could recognise and record different geographical features of Hitchin and sort them into physical features (those that occur naturally) and human features (those which have been built into the town).
  • Friday 5 May 2023 Learning about the Coronation
  • Friday 28 April 2023 Growing plants in science In science, Year 1 have been learning about plants. As part of the topic, they each planted a runner bean seed in soil in a clear cup and have been observing how the plants sprout and then grow.
  • Thursday 30 March 2023 An Easter visit to St Paul's Church, Letchworth Year 1 were delighted to be able to visit St Paul's Church in Letchworth to witness a re-enactment of the events of Holy Week. We arrived to the sounds of people cheering as they laid palm leaves at the feet of Jesus, had wine ( grape juice!) and bread when we took part in the Last Supper and witnessed the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.
  • Friday 24 March 2023 A visit from Father Ian In RE, Year 1 have been learning about why Easter is important to Christians. We were very fortunate to welcome Father Ian from Holy Saviour Church into our classroom one afternoon. We shared out hot cross buns while Father Ian taught us about Holy Week and the significance of different events within that.
  • Friday 17 March 2023 Paper birds challenge in Science Week The school challenge for Science Week this year was to create a paper bird using only A4 paper and scissors, which was quite a challenge for the adults in Year 1, never mind the children!
  • Thursday 9 March 2023 Learning about Antarctica We were delighted to welcome Susi Grant, a marine biologist, to Year 1 this week. She very generously offered to visit us to tell us what it is like to live and work in Antarctica.
  • Friday 3 March 2023 World Book Day Guess who
  • Thursday 2 March 2023 Mysterious eggs in Year 1 Year 1 were very excited that a strange and mysterious creature has laid eggs in the school grounds. The eggs were surprisingly large and suggestions for the animal that laid them ranged from snakes, to crocodiles to turtles. We haven't actually sighted any of those animals in our school grounds yet...
  • Friday 10 February 2023 Comparing the weather in different places As part of our geography topic, we have been finding out about the weather in Antarctica and comparing it to the weather in Hitchin.
  • Friday 10 February 2023 Subtracting by counting back In maths this week, Year 1 have been learning different ways of subtracting. In this game, we were learning to subtract by counting back from 20. The first to get to zero exactly was the winner.
  • Friday 3 February 2023 Learning about the celebration Vesak Year 1 have been learning about the Buddhist celebration of Vesak, as part of RE Week.
  • Friday 27 January 2023 Textiles and the land of ice and snow Year 1 were fortunate to have many willing helpers when we ventured with their art into the land of ice and snow.
  • Friday 20 January 2023 Learning about the continents in Year 1 Year 1 children arrived at the beginning of term with some handsome blue globes they had made at home.
  • Friday 13 January 2023 Outdoor maths in Year 1 In Year 1 we have been extending our understanding of number lines, now drawing them to 20. We practised filling in blank paper number lines in our classroom and then went outside to draw our own number lines on the playground.
  • Friday 9 December 2022 Geography in Year 1
  • Friday 2 December 2022 Computing with our Year 5 buddies Year 1 were very excited to have visitors in their classroom recently.
  • Wednesday 23 November 2022 Science in Year 1 - Materials Year 1 were delighted that so many relatives were able to come and work with them during Family Learning Week.
  • Thursday 10 November 2022 Learning about 2-D shapes Year 1 have been learning about shape this week. They have been identifying, naming and sorting 3-D shapes and then recognizing and building 2-D shapes.
  • Wednesday 12 October 2022 Writing in Year 1 Year 1 are reading about a special postman called Mr Postmouse. He delivers all kinds of things to the animals in his town.
  • Friday 30 September 2022 Inequality symbols in maths Year 1 had their thinking caps truly and firmly on this week as they were learning about inequality symbols to match the language of less than, greater than and equal to.
  • Friday 23 September 2022 Outdoor Maths Year 1 went outside to practise maths today. We were learning to understand the meaning of '1 less'. We were given a number and then had to find one less than that number from any of the resources in the Silver Birches.
  • Friday 16 September 2022 Our Journey Sticks Year 1 took their learning outside on a sunny day to start their mapping skills unit by creating a Journey Stick. They walked through the school grounds and as they went, they picked up leaves, small sticks, the odd flower and even a feather and stuck them on their stick in the order in which they found them. Next we will map the object to the place it was found.
  • Friday 10 June 2022 Victorian Seaside In History, we are comparing seaside holidays of the past and present to answer the question: How has the seaside changed since our grandparents’ day
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022 Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Year One created some group poems describing the characteristics of the Queen after learning about her life and service. We learnt so much about her achievements and the qualities of a leader.
  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 Outdoor Learning Week This week, we are celebrating Outdoor Learning Week. Today, we conducted a wild plant hunt in our school grounds and identified lots of different wild plants. We looked at the similarities and differences between them using scientific language and worked with our partners to complete tallies. We also learnt how to identify some common trees by looking closely at the different leaves. We enjoyed finding these around the school and seeing if we could name them.
  • Thursday 19 May 2022 Sports Day Well done, Year One, for such fabulous participation in Sports Day! We were so impressed by your sportsmanship, your encouragement of others and the way in which you celebrated your peers for their efforts and successes. It was wonderful to see the children collaborating with the older children and we saw koinonia in abundance. We are already looking forward to next year!
  • Thursday 19 May 2022 Christian Aid in Year One This year for Christian Aid, the children learnt about andcelebrated women from the past and present who have broken down barriers through showing determination andovercoming difficulties. The children explored different activities in the Silver Birches, led by the Worship Acolytes. The activities included decorating pebbles using positive colours or drawing an image to represent a woman in history. The children could also create an amulet using clay to depict a symbol of strength. The children had different opportunities to reflect and be calm, thinking about the messages from the day. The Worship Acolytes led the day so well and we enjoyed sharing our learning back in the classroom.
  • Friday 6 May 2022 Off to Southwold This week, Year One went to Southwold to explore the geographical features of a British seaside town and to see the features of seasides from long ago. We had the most wonderful day with our friends, playing in the sea, jumping waves, building castles and forts, and enjoying our time together. We noticed some different features in Southwold to compare with the features of our own town, including the pier and the lighthouse.
  • Monday 25 April 2022 Mapping our local area Last week, we visited Windmill Hill to explore the geography of our local area. We observed the different geographical features and sketched them with our partners. The following day, we created maps of our walk and wrote a recount in our English lesson. We practised using the -ed suffix and time sequencing words to write our recount in the past tense.
  • Wednesday 23 March 2022 Steel Pans Workshop Today,we enjoyed a wonderful workshoplearning about steel pans and how to play some notes.We even explored playing at different volumes for effect and practised playing different notes. We learnt the correct technique and most of all, we had a lot of fun and made all the adults smile with our wonderful music. We hope you enjoy seeing some photographs!
  • Friday 18 March 2022 STEM Day Year One
  • Monday 14 March 2022 World Book Day We really enjoyed celebrating poetry this week and created our own rhyming poems inspired by Dr Seuss. We even shared our poems with our buddies which we epecially enjoyed! Can you guess which poems our costumes represent
  • Monday 7 February 2022 What Hitchin Priory has seen and heard This morning, we explored our local area and delved deeper into the history of Hitchin Priory. We are thinking about how buildings can tell us so much about the people who once lived and worked there,and have been learning about the Radcliffe family of Hitchin who lived in Hitchin Priory. We explored the site to see which clues we could find and what they might tell us about the family who once lived there.
  • Thursday 3 February 2022 Here Comes Mr Postmouse Thinking about our text Here Comes Mr Postmouse and our history unit What this house has seen and heard, we created our own animal characters and their homes filled with lots of intricate detail. We then used the words ‘and’ and 'because’ to explain what we can learn about these characters using the clues in their home to help us. Open an envelope to read the clues!
  • Friday 21 January 2022 Buddy Letters Last week, Year One learnt all about the postal service and how post is delivered. We wrote letters to their buddies in Year Five and with great excitement, walked to the post office to post them. We bought our stamps from the postmaster and eagerly posted our letters in the box and finally... some have started to arrive! We hope that our buddies will write back to use as we are very proud of our writing. We are now looking forward to starting a new text all about a mouse who also delivers letters...
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 Visiting Antarctica Recently, we visited the frozen continent of Antarctica. To launch our exciting learning about this special place, we dressed in our warmest clothes and packed our bags ready for the journey to the South Pole. We even remembered to bring food for the huskies pulling our sledges, warm soup to keep us warm and hot chocolate to warm us after a day out in the ice and biting winds.
  • Wednesday 20 October 2021 Enjoying Autumn This morning we enjoyed time in the Forest School area exploring autumn. We investigated the coloursin the world around us and made some beautiful leaf strings, as well as enjoying some moments of mindfulness to take in the sights, sounds and sensations of being in nature at this time of year. We hope you enjoy looking at some of our creations.
  • Tuesday 19 October 2021 Team Building Challenges
  • Thursday 14 October 2021 Outdoor RE Learning
  • Friday 8 October 2021 Shoe-box Sukkah
  • Tuesday 28 September 2021 Pond Dipping for Bog Babies Year One went pond dipping looking for Bog Babies! Sadly, there were no Bog Babies to be found but we did find lots of newts, water snails and pondskaters. We enjoyed the story of The Bog Baby and even made our own Bog Babies in class. Be sure to let Year One know if you find any Bog Babies when you are out and about exploring!
  • Thursday 22 July 2021 Sports Day We enjoyed lots of fun during our Sports Day this year. We enjoyed cheering on our house teams, trying not to drop the egg in the Egg and Spoon Race, and the challenge of the Obstacle Race! Thank you to the Year 6 children who helped us to have such a wonderful afternoon. 
  • Thursday 17 June 2021 Oh we do like to be beside the seaside... Today, we enjoyed a wonderful trip into the past to find out what British seaside holidays used to be like during Victorian times. We experienced a Punch and Judy puppet show, games from the pier, had our fortunes told, tucked into some delicious fish and chips, and even had tea and cake at a seaside cafe! It was a fun-filled day and rich with learning. We hope you enjoy seeing the photographs of our exciting day.

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