On 25th April 2018, Year 1 had a fantastic day when Don and Katherine came to St Mark’s to make toy vehicles. We used our DT skills to design and make a vehicle. The children used hand drills, hammers and sanders to create their own toy, which had a push and pull design. Each toy had a moving part such as wheels and sides that moved up and down. We learnt lots about how to use tools safely and had a really fun day.
Year One had a visitor from the past on Tuesday 14th November 2017. A Victorian Schoolmaster came and demonstrated what life would have been like in schools. We had a try at using ink pens, slates and chalk and attempted to spell using verbal methods. We also had a chance to take part in some Victorian physical exercise. We enjoyed our time travelling experience!
On Thursday 5th October 2017 Year 1 went to Monkey Forest. They discovered the different kinds of food the monkeys like to eat and how they live in colonies with a King and Queen. The children then tried to behave like monkeys on the climbing frame and they had lots of fun.
On 6th July Year One visited the Brampton Toy Museum in Newcastle. On our visit we saw lots of old toys that our grandparents would have played with. During our visit we were shown how to make a puppet out of an old sock and some stick-on eyes. We also made superhero toys out of plastic gloves, different materials and Rice Krispies! After lunch we became toy detectives and had to find lots of old toys and some teddy bears that had hidden themselves in different shops. We were shown lots of old toys like the zoetrope, spinning top and the jack-in-a-box. We even got to play with some of them!
On Thursday 18th May eight Year 1 children represented St Mark’s at the Fitzy Festival at Fenton Manor. This event was held to encourage pupils to have a healthy lifestyle. They took part in many physical activities along with other schools from the area. Our children were enthusiastic throughout. They all enjoyed the morning and gained a certificate for working really hard. They even got the chance to meet Fitzy!
Year 1 Go Bowling
On Thursday 11th May 2017 Year 1 went on a trip to find the answer to the question, ’Where do the wheels on the bus go?’ The journey was a short one! The bus took the children to the bowling alley at Festival Park. Everyone had a great time scoring points by knocking the skittles down.
Year 1 visit Hanley Library
This Autumn 2 2016 half term Year 1 visited Hanley library. We enjoyed listening to stories and completing activities. We went on a Hansel and Gretel treasure hunt. We all love reading!
On Wednesday 5th October 2016 Year one went to Trentham Monkey Forest. We had a great time http://www.saintmarksprimary.org.uk/latest-news/year-group-newletters/information about what monkeys eat and how they live their life in a group. We then went to the play park to act like monkeys swinging on the climbing frames and balancing on beams. We had a fantastic day and learnt lots.
During book week the children dressed up as their favourite book character. They also took part in a shared reading afternoon with year 4 pupils. They shared their favourite stories with each other and discussed many aspects about the books.
This half term Year 1 have been learning about Senses. They have used their observation and listening skills, as well as their sense of touch to complete a variety of experiments. One experiment saw the pupils observe and listen to the different reactions of food when it was placed in lemonade. They discovered that some food floated and some food sank. Some food moved up and down, whilst other food items moved up and down and span around.
In February 2016 Year One went to Hanley Park on a squirrel hunt. They went to see what the park looked like in winter and to find some animals that lived there. But when we got there, the council were cutting some of the trees down. We watched them using chain saws, mulchers, and cranes on the back of a tractor with a trailer. Unfortunately we didn’t see any animals as they were too frightened of all the noise.