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Year 1 - Mrs Holmes & Mrs Hooper

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to our Year 1 class page. The grown ups who teach us are Mrs Holmes, Mrs Hooper and Mrs Rowland. Make sure you check our page regularly to see what we have been up to. Lots of useful information can be found by following the links below.


Our topic question this term is 'The Wheels on the Bus'




Our Learning Journey

Come and see all of the fantastic things that we have been learning........



We had a visitor this week! Finley's 7 week old puppy Lokie. He is a springer beagle cross and is absolutely gorgeous!

Our final week of forest schools before the summer holidays! What a fabulous journey we have been on. The children have really grown in confidence and independence. The children had the freedom to choose what they wanted to do today. We of course returned to some mud play and tree climbing, but also had lots of problem solving opportunities, role play and the chance to build a den. What a fantastic afternoon!

Forest schools week 5.......the children have gone feral. Our starting point this week was 'we're going on a bear hunt' and the children were challenged to look for what animals might live in our forest school. However, they were far more interested in climbing trees and playing with mud! Sincerest apologies, forest schools is a child led approach!

Forest schools week 4. Based on our story 'Room on the Broom' the children have been exploring the textures of the forest. They made wands, witches potions and mud monsters. The children even came up with some ideas of their own!

Forest schools week 3. The Darley Dale dragon has destroyed the little people's village with his mighty great sneeze! The children set to the task of helping. some rebuilt the village, whilst others made a potion to help the dragon get better.

In ICT we have been learning to program a bee-bot.

Forest Schools week 2. This week we have been working in the style of Andy Goldsworthy to create some natural artwork.

Every week we are lucky enough to have Rugby with Bill from Cromford Rugby Club. If your child has enjoyed rugby, Bill runs a rugby club every Sunday.

The children had so much fun during there first forest schools session! We were so impressed with how engaged and well behaved the children were. We collected forest treasure, identified some leaves and made crowns.

A Model A Ford comes to visit. It is 87 years old.

Making our vehicles!

Magical Maths. We have been learning how to count on and back using a number line.

P.E! We have been learning how to climb, swing, roll, stretch, land and balance

Last day of Autumn term!

Marvelous measuring! We have been doing lots of measuring in Year 1 this week. Come and take a look......

As adults (most of us!) are used to having to discuss, share, co-operate and work as part of a team in various parts of our everyday lives. In Year 1, these are skills that we have to work hard at to develop. Mrs. Holmes set a very tricky challenge this week. The children were 'chained together' in pairs using paper chains. The challenge......get to the end of the lesson without breaking your chain!

This activity was taken from the brilliant 'Secret Lives of Four Year Olds'. Catch 'The Secret Lives of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds' on Tuesdays at 8pm on channel four. Alternatively, catch up on episodes at 4OD (on demand).

This term we are learning all about the seasons and weather patterns. To launch our topic, the Year 1 children became 'nature detectives' and we all went on an Autumn walk. We identified lots of trees including 'Birch', 'Sycamore' and 'Ash' and had fun playing in the Autumn leaves.

The children made some yummy gingerbread houses this week. We all had great fun learning how to sieve, mix, stir, roll and cut. If you would like to try this recipe at home, follow the link below.

We have been learning all about 2d shape with Mrs. Ellis. The children did a fantastic job of making 2d shapes with their bodies. What shapes can you see?

We have been learning about 'wash day' in Victorian times. We all had a go at washing some clothes using a washboard. It was very hard work! We all agreed that washing clothes in 2016 is a lot easier.

Hello from forest schools! Last week I was busy starting my forest school training, Although I missed seeing all of the children, I can't wait to start teaching the children all the fabulous new things I have learnt!


Today we went on a walk around our school to see what different types of houses we could find. We had great fun spotting detatched, semi-detatched and terraced houses! We also bumped into a very special friend who invited us all in for a biscuit.......

In Literacy we have been reading Hansel and Gretel. To help the children remember the story, we have been acting it out using stick puppets. We have also had lots of choosing activities linked to the text, including designing a gingerbread house using repeated patterns and building gingerbread houses out of lego. the craft table has also been devoted to making a large gingerbread house ready to be displayed on our wall.

Do you have a copy of Hansel and Gretel at home? If you do, share the story with your child to help familiarise them with the plot.

Work hard, play hard! That is our motto in Year 1! At the beginning of the year we like to offer the children plenty of opportunities to engage in planned play activities, to ensure a smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. Take a look at some of the fab things we have been doing.......

This week we launched our brand new topic, 'Why Don't We Live In Tents?' We had great fun trying out different tents on the field and thought about what it would be like to live in a tent.