St Andrew's C of E (VA) Primary


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  • 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!
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