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Nightingale Academy

Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 1

2022 - 2023

Year 1 have been learning how to use a number line in different ways to subtract.

We have also been working together to sort the properties of everyday objects in our Science lesson. We gave names to our sorting groups such as Planet Stretchy or Planet Transparent to go with our Moon Zoom topic.

Year 1 have been enjoying their Hockey lessons and have been practising how to use a hockey stick to control the ball along a pathway and to pass back and forth to each other through a gate of cones. 

Year 1 have been busy making their lanterns for the church. They will hang from the trees lit up with a little candle. Take a look when you hear they are ready.

Year 1 have been enjoying their Splendid Skies topic this term. We have been learning all about finding the difference between amounts in Maths, getting Red and White classes together for some fun wellbeing activities, learning about a famous artist who makes cloud installations, testing the weather and finding out about the seasons.

Tree planting. we are looking after a tree as a class, and gave it space, soil, water, air and sunlight all the things it needs to survive.

Year 1 have been doing lots of active learning and using our playground to apply what we know. We have investigated the artist, Andy Goldsworthy and created our own artwork from nature. We have made number lines to help us calculate using the part-part whole method in Maths. We have also made 3-D model maps of our school, after investigating maps of woodlands in our topic stories.

Year 1 have been enjoying their new learning since the beginning of term. They have been finding amounts of objects in maths and comparing them using symbols. They have investigated trees and woodland settings as well as sorting animals and plants that live there. They have also enjoyed listening to stories set in a woodland and making designs of what a woodland could look like using small parts from the classroom. 

2021 - 2022

Year 1 have loved reading for pleasure under the trees in the school garden this week. 

Year 1 has a fantastic trip to The Turner in Margate on one of the hottest days of the year. We enjoyed painting like JMW Turner on the steps outside looking out to sea. We sat in front of paintings by the artist and made soundscapes and then we got to have sensory boxes to develop our own artistic ideas. The fact that the train was delayed on the way back didn't seem to matter to the children, who just enjoyed the extra time chatting away and enjoying their trip.

Year 1 have had a great Healthy Bodies week so far. We have done a lot of different kinds of exercise such as Movement to Music by the grandstand, Mindful Yoga in the classroom doing 'downward dog' and 'table top', making healthy flatbread and chopping up our salad, learning about keeping our teeth healthy and improving our lap scores around the playground. 

Year 1 had a great first day back today for their new topic, Rio de Vida! They made fantastic headdresses and learnt all about carnival in Brazil.

Year 1 have done some amazing portraits of the Queen. They used graded pencils to sketch and place the features correctly, then they expertly used watercolours to add in the special details to show the Queen in her bright clothes. What a Jubilee celebration of the Queen as she is today!

'Year 1 have so enjoyed making and testing out their model cars. They have learnt so many skills as well as lots of resilience and independence.

The children in Year 1 have been learning how to navigate websites about dinosaur information. After getting into Reading Buddy pairs, the children had to select the correct dinosaur from an alphabetical list. They then had to read lots of facts to build up a profile.

Year 1 are really enjoying this term's topic, Dinosaur Planet. We went outside on a dinosaur fossil hunt for our first day back and to their huge surprise, the children found a giant dinosaur egg hidden in a ditch at the back of our Forest School area. 

It has been taken away for a closer inspection. What dinosaur baby could be inside? 

In Year 1 we have been investigating chronology as part of our topic in lots of different ways. Here we are using time lines but we have also made our own family trees and learnt about the vocabulary to do with the passing of time. 

Year 1 really enjoyed their cheerleading taster session today. They copied a pattern and then got into their houses to create their own cheerleading performance. The children added in extra twirls, shakes and wiggles to make their group stand out!


 '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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The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School