Year 1 – Mrs Tugwell

Welcome to Year 1

Our Class Work

Autumn Term

Year 1 have a new classroom with enough space for play provision. We have been having great fun exploring!


Maths Autumn 1

We have been securing our number knowledge this term.  We have been naming numbers, counting accurately and comparing numbers.


English: Autumn 1

We have been reading Roland the Rhino and the Cautious Caterpillar. We did some drama to help us understand the characters in the story. We ordered pictures from the story and we learned to use adjectives to describe the characters.


Science: Autumn 1 & 2

Our Science topic this term is Animals, including Humans. We have been learning about the different animal groups, and the features of different animal types. We have been finding out what the different animals look like, where they live and what they eat. We have some lovely writing in our science books.


Computing: Autumn 2

We have been learning to search the internet safely using the search engine Swiggle. We learned that we should have an adult nearby when we are using the internet, and that we should always tell an adult if we come across something we are unsure of.


DT: Autumn 2

We have been learning about healthy and unhealthy foods. We designed our own healthy snack and made fruit kebabs.


English: Autumn 2

We found some mysterious footprints in our classroom, leading to a suitcase, some holiday things and a book. When we read the book, Meerkat Mail, we thought that the visitor must have been Sunny the meerkat! We made some ‘missing’ posters to see if anyone had spotted him around school. We pretended to be Sunny and wrote some letters home.


PE: Autumn 2

Our task this half term is ‘making shapes’ in gymnastics. We have been learning about different ways of travelling, balancing and rolling. We are learning to put these movements and shapes together in a sequence.


History: Autumn 2

Our enquiry question is: How do our toys today compare with toys from 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s amnd 1960s? We have been sharing our favourite toys and asking our parents and grandparents what kind of toys they played with.  We have been making a big timeline in our classroom and spotting patterens in the toys from then and now. There are some toys that have stood the test of time, and some that are completely different!


Home Learning

Year 1 have been doing some wonderful work at home during our spring term. Here are some pictures of their fairy tale lands and creatures.


Autumn 2 – History

This term in our history lessons we have been looking at WW1 or The Great War. Children learnt about the importance of animals in the war and some of the amazing jobs they were responsible for. We looked at home times have changed since then and how people’s lives were impacted. The class really enjoyed writing their own telegrams and coded messages.


Autumn 2 – DT

This term in DT we focused on cooking and nutrition. We discussed the food groups and which foods are healthy. Then, we used this information to design our own healthy sandwich. Children used their cutting skills to create a healthy snack.

Autumn 2 – Computing

This term in computing we worked on digital literacy and being safe online. We used our phonics skills to use a child friendly online search engine.


Autumn 1 – RE

This term in RE we have been focusing on the religion Christianity. Unfortunately, we were unable to walk to our local church to have a look around. So we arranged a virtual visit. Children loved talking to Reverend Matt Tarling and they asked him lots of questions. Children were able to link what they had learnt in our lessons and find them in the church.


Autumn 1 – Art

This term in art we have been looking at the artist Michelle Reader. She is an artist that uses recycled material to create sculptures. The children looked at Michelle’s work and identified what they liked about her work. They then created their own sculpture using recycled materials that we collected.


In DT our topic this half term was moving pictures. As our theme is ‘Fairy tales’ we looked at a range of different fairy tale moving pictures. The pictures moved in different way and we had to use a range of tools to recreate some of the pictures we had looked at. The pictures also helped us to tell the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’.


We recently had some small fluffy visitors. Harrison’s mum brought in four fluffy chicks. We were all able to hold and stroke the little chicks while Harrison and his mum told us all about them.


This term we have been on a trip to Hardwick Park. We spent the morning exploring the park and learning about spring. As a class we enjoyed exploring the area and finding all of the signs that it is spring time.


Our unit in science has been ‘Everyday Materials’. We have completed lots of experiments to test the properties of materials. In the below experiment we were testing to see if the materials were waterproof.


As a school we all took part in World Book Day. Our book this year was ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. To start off the day we picked a book and either read it on our own or read it to a friend. This was a great way to encourage reading for pleasure. During the day we completed lots of fun activities based on our book.



On Friday 6th December Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 went to see Santa. Everyone received an early Christmas present.



As a school we want to make sure we are being active. In Year 1 we LOVE yoga! It is fantastic for our body, a great form of exercise and a nice way to relax.


Careers day

On our school Careers Day we were lucky enough to be visited by a team of fire fighters. We even went in their fire truck. It was amazing!



In Autumn 1 we loved learning about different animal groups and what they ate. We looked at animals that were carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Our five animal groups were amphibians, birds, reptiles, fish and mammals.



In art we have been using a range of recycled materials to design and make a sculpture. We were inspired by the work of Michelle Reader. As a class we know how important it is to recycle and look after our environment.


Relax Kids

In Autumn 1 it was our turn for relax kids. We all loved the different activities especially when we were able to bring our pillows and blankets in.


Shildon Railway Museum

Year 1 had an amazing trip this term linking to our history topic. We have been learning about George Stephenson and his impact on our local area, the country and his global impact. We had a wonderful day and saw some amazing things.



Over the course of this term we have had some fantastic PE sessions both inside and outside.