The Year One children returned to school in their warm clothes, armed with their torches, to take part in our superb Starlight Safari. In their groups, named after planets in our Solar System, they visited the six different stations. We had activities including paper lantern making, campfire singing, cosmic crown making, nocturnal animal searching, night time story-telling, and of course one of the most popular activities, hot dog eating! Thank you to everyone who helped organise and volunteer for this unique Riverhead event, it is one that is enjoyed equally by the staff as well as the children.
FIRELIGHT AND STARLIGHT
Year One explored “Firelight and Starlight”. They learnt the history of bonfire night and wrote about the events of the Great Fire of London as well as the story “Bringing Down the Moon”. They also been looked at seasonal changes in science, discovering what bulbs look like inside and what helps to make them grow. They planted some in the school grounds and will monitor their progress through the year.
YEAR ONE'S SUPER VEGETABLES!
Year One children have used the text “Supertato” to create and make their own superhero vegetables. They drew and wrote their design instructions and used materials such as wiggly eyes and tissue paper to develop their ideas. We had pretty perfect parsnips, cute cool cucumbers and amazing appetising apples!
YEAR ONE "FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD" TOPIC
Year One’s topic for Term One was “Food, Glorious, Food”. The children learnt about the benefits of a balanced diet and the need to exercise. In science, they focused on the human body. They named the obvious parts of their bodies, i.e. leg and head, and have found out more about their insides such as veins and arteries. Also as part of the topic they tasted and created their own soups. They learnt basic food handling and hygiene practices and how to use the appropriate tools properly.
YEAR ONE TRANSPORT TOPIC
Year One visited Chatham Dockyard as part of their learning journey “Ready, Steady, Go”. They investigated the areas of HMS Gannet and discovered what it must have been like to live aboard the ship. They took part in two other workshops which involved learning how to make a traditional skipping rope, a drama workshop retelling the life of Grace Darling. The knowledge they acquired was used in the classroom to write in character as Grace Darling retelling her story. The visit really enriched the children’s learning about their transport topic.
In their art lessons they made observational drawing of bicycles. They focussed on using different kinds of lines in their representation.
ST. MARY'S CHURCH VISIT
Year One visited St. Mary’s Church to support their R.E. learning about Christian celebrations. Rev. Anne Bourne spoke to them about the church building and its beautiful features such as the stained glass windows, font and altar.
MYSTERIOUS HAPPENINGS IN YEAR ONE!
Year One investigated a mysterious incident that happened when Mr Veness was in the playground! Some gigantic things fell out of the sky! There were huge glasses, a large part of a plant, a super-sized tape measure and some enormous gold coins. Thankfully Mr Veness was not hurt but was a bit shaken! It appeared that the items might belong to a giant, the children searched for clues to solve the mystery!
YEAR ONE TOY TOPIC
Some of our Year One Grandparents came to school to talk to the children about the toys they played with when they were young. It was fascinating to learn the differences between their toys and the ones we play with today.
The children have also been drawing teddy bears for their observational art lessons, taking note of the textures, sizes and colours.
HISTORY OFF THE PAGE
Year One were taken back in time to explore toys from the past with the “History Off the Page” workshop. They had an amazing day engaging in practical and creative activities such as archaeological digging to discover a range of hidden treasures, and a chance to make their own special toys. Thank you to all our parent volunteers; we couldn’t have run the day without you.
YEAR ONE MASK MAKING
Year One children created their own 3D faces using clay. Firstly, they studied and considered proportion and facial features. They then learnt techniques of how to roll and pinch clay, and also, how to make marks in the clay. They used these skills to create their own artistic versions of a green man.
The school sparkled and twinkled as the children prepared their cards and gifts to take home for their families. Year One designed and made their own calendars. They learnt about hot and cold colours during their art lessons and made fantastic cold colour washes for their Christmas cards.
One visited RHS Garden Wisley part of their “Enchanted Garden” topic. During the visit they took part in an “Incredible Edible Plants” workshop which involved planting their own pea seeds which they brought back to school to look after them and watch them grow. They visited the orchards and greenhouses, explored the vegetable and herb gardens, and learnt how some food is produced. They also discussed which part of the plant can be eaten.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN YEAR ONE.........
The children investigated a crime involving porridge bowls and a broken chair! They wrote instructions to catch a porridge thief, describing the scene of the crime.
In science they investigated the best material needed by Daddy Bear to create a new waterproof and strong bowl for Baby Bear. They tried using paper cupcake holders, clay, and plastic cups and recorded their findings.
YEAR ONE BUTTERFLIES
Year One Children made beautiful butterflies in their D&T lessons to decorate their classrooms and the school grounds with!
YEAR ONE SCIENCE INVESTIGATION
The children looked for signs of Spring during their Science Topic. They searched the school grounds to see what animals, insects and plants they can find, making some close observational drawings of them.
YEAR ONE HARVESING AND PLANTING
Year One harvested vegetables from the Kitchen Garden in readiness for our Harvest Festival. We have had a bumper crop of tomatoes, beans, courgettes and garlic. The Dahlias were stunning and cheered up the school with their amazing colours. After clearing the beds and giving them a good weed, each Year One child planted a daffodil bulb.
We joined other schools to take part in the Sing Fit Event at Sevenoaks School. The Year 1 children took part in 3 workshops, and the day ended with everyone coming together for one amazing choir. The aim of the event was for pupils to experience the physiological and psychological benefits of singing, to educate them in the health benefits of singing and to inspire and encourage life-long participation in music and the arts.
YEAR ONE ANIMATE ARTS PROJECTS
Year One children were lucky enough to take part in another Animate Arts' workshop. They built a wicker unicorn house, planted sunflower seeds for a bee supermarket and made a mini beast hotel with bamboo and sticks. The focus was on the chosen young team leaders to teach new skills to their peers.
YEAR ONE TRAVEL TOPIC
Some of our parents brought in different forms of transport for the children to look and learn about for the Year One "transport day". We had a limousine, motorbikes, a tractor and even a canoe!
Ten Year One children attended a BAD Big Art Day at Mascalls School. They worked alongside children from different backgrounds, with different abilities and ages from 11 other West Kent Schools, to create amazing tree sculptures using recycled materials, the tallest of which was 8ft! The “Leadership through Culture” project is part of the INSPIRE Olympic Legacy School’s Programme. Thank you to our chosen Leaders, who were amongst the youngest children at the event, for representing the school so well and sharing their experience with their classes. Please take a moment to visit their web site