Year 1 - Loch Ness Class

Summer Term

G Factor Competition

It took place on Thursday 5th July. Loch Ness class competed against the rest of the school performing the song ‘You’ve got a friend in me’. Although we did not win, we had lots of fun.




To investigate verbs and their meaning children in Loch Ness class are playing the game ‘Guess the verb’ and ‘A Verb Charade’.







Children learnt how to move an object ¼ turn, ½ turn and ¾ turn.





After that they investigated how to show ¼, ½ and ¾ using two circles.




Family Picnic Day

On Monday 9th July Gainsborough’s Family Picnic day took place. Children had a lovely time within the safety of the Gainsborough’s playground. They went on bouncy castles, had face painting, ice-cream, hot dogs and enjoyed a great afternoon with their family and friends.



We would like to thank you all the parents for coming and making this a great success.


Sports Day

Loch Ness class took part in the school’s Sports Day. This special day was full of games that taught children participation skills, team building and good sportsmanship.




Golden Ticket Day

Golden Ticket Day in Loch Ness class with a picnic in the park and lots of creative activities about Wild animals.










Avocado Baby

Story Time in Year One with the story of Avocado Baby.

Role-playing the story.

Tasting avocado for the first time.

Dipping cream crackers in guacamole.

Guessing what is going to happen next in the story and discussing how the main characters must be feeling about the arrival of the new baby.

Becoming seed detectives by planting an avocado seed in soil and placing another one in a jar with water.



In maths the children in Loch Ness have been learning about position using real kitchen containers as well as recording their learning in the class I pads. They can turn any object ¼, ½, ¾ and 1 whole turn.



They have also been testing each other with the position of the names of the week and the months of the year, with questions such as “ If today is Monday, what day will be tomorrow? Or what day was it yesterday?”


Parent Reading Mornings

Our Fridays Parent Reading mornings are really turning a great success. We would like to thank all the parents for their support.




Royal Wedding Party

Our year group joined in with the country celebrations for the wedding of the duke and duchess of Sussex.



In our science lessons we have been planting lots of vegetables for the school vegetable garden. Children are learning how to take care of them and what they need to grow.

As well as making bird feeders to help our little birds in the neighbourhood.





In our topic lessons we are learning about different music bands. We learnt about The Beatles and we tried our best to be as good as them while performing in front of the class.



Spring Term

This term has been filled with lots of new challenging activities for Year 1 children. We took part in the school’s poetry recital with our poem ‘Getting there’.

We met Ranger Stu and his animals.



We also took part in SPORTS RELIEF day and played new sport games with Bow Bells class.



And last but not least, we had a Maths workshop where we used different shapes and learnt a new one, the parallelogram.






The Naughty Bus

In English we are reading the story of The Naughty Bus. A toy London bus and a young boy are the main characters, together with the mum. The children have been learning about the characters of the story and the setting. Children have been role-playing the story, creating their story-maps, reading to their friends as well as creating their own naughty buses and their jigsaws.






Snow fun

This week we had a magic time with plenty of snow in our school. The children made snowmen, played snowball fights and made snow angels too. It was cold but not enough to stop us from going outside to play and have fun!








Celebrating Pancake Tuesday just before Half Term



n Maths we are learning the value of different coins incorporating them into play times with plenty of opportunities to practise counting and  using money vocabulary. Here we role-played as shop owners and customers using ‘real money’.







During our maths lesson we have learnt how to compare weight using string scales, kitchen scales and weight scales.  We have also learnt how to measure different items using a metre.



In Science we are learning about materials and their properties. This time we had to build a structure from scratch with no help at all. We built a ‘bat house’, a ‘ninja house’ and a ‘school’ among others.






Loch Ness Class Visits West Ham Bus Depot

We started our day listening very attentively to an introduction and overview of the duties of the bus drivers and asked many interesting questions on topics ranging from how long their shifts are to how they ignite the bus engine. The bus instructor answered all of our questions.

He also told us what to do if we find some left behind objects on the bus. Now we know that we shouldn’t take anything that isn’t ours, but instead give it to the bus driver who may be able to return the lost item to its owner.

We had the chance to explore the old buses, ring the bell and get one vintage ticket each. It was an amazing outing!


Autumn Term


“Miss, someone came to our class. Look at this mess! We did not do it!” she exclaimed.

The children came to the class and found everything was upside down. They had to investigate what had happened and write down their notes in pairs.



Concrete, pictorial, abstract (CPA) is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths. Using this approach we introduced the new mathematical concept of fractions in Year 1.

Cutting a toast in halves first and then in quarters.

The children were given different shapes and they had to fold them into halves and quarters. Once they did it, they had to draw them following the crease.

Children could use abstract symbols to model problems.


Key Stage 1 Nativity Production



Autumn activities

We read Lois Ehlert’s book Leaf Man where a group of autumn leaves are blown by the wind over fields, past orchards, through prairie meadows, and across lakes and rivers. Children created their own Leaf man. They drew their story maps and then role-played and wrote their stories.

We also went on a trip to Memorial Park where we had fun playing and looking at the different leaves.






Reflection Day

Parents were invited to come in to Loch Ness class on Thursday 19th October for Reflection day. They joined their children in a Science lesson in which we were talking about the differences between day and night.





This week the children have been working with partners, supporting each other for a better outcome of their pieces of writing.




Bar Modelling

In our maths lessons the children in Loch Ness class have been learning addition using Bar Modelling,

they have been comparing different lengths with playdough snakes

and they have learnt about different heights building towers with blocks.


Hands on Activities

In LOCH NESS class we have been developing our fine motor skills with different hands on activities to help us to have a firm grip when we start writing.



In SCIENCE we have been learning about dark/light . We read the story of The Owl who was not afraid of the darkness and drew some pictures about it.

We have also learnt about day and night and we talked about the Earth revolution and rotation.

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