On a very wet Monday in November, Year one left school for a day out. They stopped at Brampton Museum when they saw a little boy crying. The little boy was called William and he was from the past. William was upset because had lost his toys soldiers. The pupils at St Marks were very kind and helped him look for his toys. First, they talked to his sister Amelia and looked at all the toys she had. Amelia was very excited to meet everyone and let the children play with her toys from long ago. Next, they searched in all the old shops to see if William has lost the toys when he had been shopping with his Mum. After lunch, the children met the cook who was making afternoon tea and together they tried to make some new toys for William to play with. Finally, they all went into the cellar to look for the missing soldiers. At last the missing toys were found, so the pupils at St Marks returned to school knowing that William was now happy.
Year 1’s first trip of the year was to the Monkey Forest in Trentham. During the day, the children visited the monkeys to discover what kind of environment they live in. They also found out the different kinds of food they liked to eat, along with how they live in family groups. After lunch, the pupils then had the opportunity to behave like monkeys on the play area.
Year 1 were very lucky to have some visitors in school on Monday 17th June 2019, who came to help us make a wooden toy. They brought pieces of wood and a box of tools with them. First, we had to use sand paper to make each piece very smooth. Next, we coloured them to make them look bright and cheerful. After that, Don and Catherine showed us how to use a hammer and a drill and then let us have a go with them. We had to put holes in them to be able to put the wheels on. Finally, we played with the cars, quad bikes and rocking horses we had built. What a great time we had!
On Wednesday 3rd April 2019, year 1 time travelled through the corridors of school. They found themselves in a Victorian school with Miss Grimm.
She was very strict and made us wear a dunce’s hat when we got a question wrong. She made sure we had clean hands and tidy hair. Also, we had to stand up every time a grown up entered the room.
Later on, we met a parlour maid who showed us what it was like to work as a servant in a big house. We tried on the under clothes a Lady of the manor would wear and discovered how to wash the clothes. We had a great time in the past but are glad our teachers are not like Miss Grimm!
Year 1 were very brave on Thursday 24th January 2019. Once they were wrapped up warm in their hats, scarves and gloves they set off to visit Westport Lake. This was for their topic on “Where do the leaves go in winter?” Throughout the day they took part in lots of activities which helped them understand the environment in the season of winter. During the morning, the children used their senses to see the woodland area like the animals would do. In the afternoon their used their art skills to make pictures in nature and tree guardians. Even though we got very muddy and cold we had a great time.
On Friday 1st February 9 children across KS1 visited Northwood Stadium along with children from the Seven Stars schools in order to take part in Bee Active’s exercise festival. The children took part in many different team and individual games throughout the afternoon. They worked extremely hard and showed fantastic perseverance whilst having fun learning how to get fit.
On Tuesday 27th November 2018, Year 1 went to Brampton Museum. We had a great time following instructions to make super hero puppets out of gloves and rice crispies. Then the ladies let us look at a variety of really old toys which live in their special toy box. Finally, we had a chance to play with some older toys and found some naughty teddy bears who were hiding in the Victorian shops. We all had a great day!
On Thursday 4th October 2018 Year one visited Trentham Monkey Forest. When we got there, we played in the play park and pretended to be cheeky monkeys. Then we went with Charlotte to see where the monkeys lived. She told us lots of fun facts about which foods the monkeys like to eat and how they enjoyed playing chasing games. We saw the oldest member of the group and watched several babies learning how to climb trees. We had a great time!
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!
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.
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.