Welcome to Year 1.

Christmas in Year 1

What a festive week we have had with lots of Christmas fun. We started the week with a crafty day with Year 2 where we made Clove oranges, wooden tree decorations, made and iced Christmas shortbread and peg doll angels.

We had a surprise visit from Santa who came to have a chat and gave us all a special gift.

We had a lovely Christmas party with year 2; playing games like pass the parcel, musical statues and Corners game. On the last day we played a Christmas quiz .

Everyone has worked really hard in our first term in Year 1. We hope you all have a magical Christmas with lots of fun and laughter.

Thank you for the very generous Christmas gifts you have given to us, they are very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Gymnastics

We have be doing so well in our gymnastics lessons this term. We have got the wall bars out and have been practicing our balances at different heights. It was a little scary but we were all very brave and had lots of fun.

Dudley Canal trip

We went on a very special trip to find Santa. We took a boat from the Dudley Canal and Tunnels trust and went in search underground for Santa. The whole route was lit up with amazing coloured lights. We saw his sleigh but he was not there. We took a wrong turn and ended up in the North Pole but he was still not there. We went a bit further and found him fast asleep in his grotto. We had to wake him up but he did not mind and was very pleased to see us all. He boarded our boat and gave us some amazing gifts. Thank you Santa.

Nativity

We took part in the annual whole school nativity in church. We played the roles of all the characters in the tablo. Don’t we look amazing.

Church Visit

We went to visit St Andrews Church in Ombersley where we met Reverend Winter and Mrs Hooper. We had lots of fun exploring the church and got to go in all the hidden places. We learnt about all the different cloths for the altar, what the metal grates are on the floor. We spotted King Henry 8thand even took part in a ceremonial procession with the Organ playing for us.

Forest Fun

This half term we have been focusing on nature and the seasonal changes that have happened. We read the book “The Tree That’s Meant To Be” by Yuval Zommer it was all about a tree that felt lost and lonely at Christmas. So we decided to look after our trees in the forest and decorate them for Christmas too.

Funky Fingers

Every morning we start our day with Funky fingers this is helping us with our fine motor skills. We don our sweat bands put the music on and off we go. We have lots of fun in the different activities. We try to beat our scores each week.

Kenyan Teachers visit

What a wonderful few days we had with our visiting Kenyan teachers. They had travelled all the way from Nairobi to come to visit our school. 

Our visitors spent a busy weekend with Mrs Stanley and Mrs Osborn in Worcester looking around the Cathedral and going for a traditional afternoon tea, then Sunday at The Birmingham German Market.

On Monday morning they came to school and joined in straight away with our lessons – Money and instructions to make a cup and ball toy in year 2, soup tasting in year 3 and 4. At break time they joined in with skipping. They had a lovely time in Forest school with year 1 and joined in with singing and story telling in Pre-school and Reception. They also went swimming with year 3 and 4. We planted two special trees in our Sensory garden to commemorate their visit.

It was an amazing experience for all of us – the feedback they gave us about our school was so lovely. They were really impressed with the children’s behaviour and were inspired by way we teach and our school environment.  They  said they will go back to Nairobi with lots of new ideas for their school.

We hope to be able to send a parcel of ‘goodies’ for the children at Langata West Primary school where they teach to enable them to have a small gift in the New Year.

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Year 1 went back in time this half term to visit Blists Hill Victorian town, in the world heritage site of Ironbridge. The children all came dressed in their Victorian outfits and stepped through the doors to be transported back to the reign of Queen Victoria. The first thing they noticed was the smell of smoke from the chimneys. We visited the bank, grocers, chemist & dentist. The children saw how clothes and shoes were made and experienced the industrial revolution. We were fascinated by all the machines that were invented, we could even name a few. We then took part in a candle dipping workshop and we all made our very own candles. After lunch we ventured further down into the town and had a look at the Victorian school and doctors. We saw a poor person’s house and were shocked that 8 people would share 2 small straw beds. We also went into a large building, but before we did we tried to guess what was inside. None of us guessed it was a ship. We loved climbing on board to see where the captain and crew would have been. Mr Postans was very impressed with how amazing we all were during our trip back in time. We also received so many fantastic comments from the members of the public too.

Year 1 Autumn 1

What a busy half term we have had in Year 1. Here are just a few pictures of what we have been up to in class.

Reverend Winter Visit

Reverend Winter came to visit us to tell us all about his role as the Vicar of Ombersley church. He told us all about the different roles he does within the church and showed us how he baptises a baby. We learnt all about the bells in the church and what they are for. Reverend Winter also brought some of his outfits that he wears and let us try them on which was very exciting. In December Reverend Winter has invited us down to the church to explore all the different parts. We will also see if we can discover the story of Christmas. Thank you Revered Winter for coming to spend the afternoon with us.