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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 1

2021 - 2022


 'Year 1 so enjoyed their kite making day for their Design and Technology topic.

We learnt how to design our product, make it and then evaluate it. Part of the evaluation was seeing if we could get it to fly in the air, even though it was not a windy day. Some of them really did go up in the air!

Year 1 have shown some amazing skills in their gymnastics over this term. We have learnt to balance on 'points' and 'patches', which you can see from the photographs. We have learnt to point our toes and show our core strength in holding a tricky balance for 5 seconds.

Year 1 and Year 4 partnered up this week for some reading as our classes are 'reading buddies'.  We read our own books to each other as well as the younger ones choosing a book that they would like their reading buddy to read to them. Both classes enjoyed it so much and look forward to our next meeting in a few weeks.

Lots more learning outside for Year 1! We investigated woodland homes for woodland animals and took a toy outside to build a safe, cosy home for them.

We made crowns using interesting treasures collected from the woodland areas in our school. We used our finished crown to help us write instructions on how to make one as well. We even had a parade wearing them around school.

We had a lovely sunny afternoon to do our land art. Year 1 were using their learning about the famous land artist, Andy Goldsworthy to develop design techniques using colour, pattern and texture with natural objects. 

Year 1 have been enjoying our outside areas around school. We have been investigating woodland and trees. We have been finding out about different types of trees and using the words 'deciduous' and 'evergreen' to describe them.

We have been very busy with our Maths in Year 1 so far. We have been learning to count and sort by different criteria and compare different amounts of objects and numbers. We have been learning to write our numbers correctly and use the symbols for 'greater than' and 'less than'.

We have enjoyed doing Write Dance in hall all together. This helps us to strengthen the muscles needed for our handwriting.


Superheroes assemble! Year 1 Marvel-ous start to their topic this term. They have made superhero costumes and helped to save the school from the evil villains!

Year 1 - As an exciting start to our Paws, Claws and Whiskers topic, we were very lucky to have some visitors this afternoon! The children had a fantastic time asking questions and finding out about 'Tom' the Tortoise and 'Storm' the Horse 🙂 Special thanks to our Year 4 parent Vicki Blackman and Mrs Howes daughter Lauren for bringing Storm to school today!!

Year 1 have enjoyed learning about how the Beebots work and starting to use algorithms.

Year 1 have had great fun dissecting coprolites (dinosaur poo). We have learnt all about what herbivores, omnivores and carnivores eat.

Year 1 have been inspired by Andy Goldworthy's natural art sculptures and made their own.

Today year one have been busy following instructions and made a woodland crown. They look fantastic, well done year 1.

Stickman has come to visit year one! The children showed their resilience when making their own stickman.

Year 1 have enjoyed an outdoor maths lesson. The children collected ten objects then counted forwards and backwards. Well done Year 1!

Year 1 have had a busy start to the year! We have have looked at the books The Dot and Stuck. We discussed our feelings and how to cope with them. Look at our fantastic art work!

2019 - 2020

STEM Day - Year 1 designed, made and evaluated Moon buggies.

Year 1 enjoyed their P.E. lesson using the large apparatus. We also moved around the hall in different ways.

Year 1 stepped into Thomas Farriner's shoes this week and made bread rolls. Luckily, we didn't burn the school down! Unlike poor Thomas who reportedly started The Great Fire of London.

We have been learning about which countries make up the United Kingdom and used atlases to help us. We have also found out the capital cities for each of these countries and the seas that surround the U.K.

Year One have been busy writing about Guy Fawkes. Look at our beautiful writing!

Year One have been learning about Guy Fawkes and the reasons we have fireworks on the 5th November. We learnt about the firework code then went into the hall to celebrate with indoor sparklers.

Year 1 enjoyed making thier kites and learning how to join materials. They also they thought about the best material to make their kite out of.

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