Year 1

Croeso i Dosbarth Gwdihw!

The people who work in our class are:

Mrs Jones is our class teacher.

Miss Scandariato and Miss Davies also work in our classroom.

We share our class information as well as lots of the things that our class have been learning about using Seesaw. Should you need a link to your child’s Seesaw account please contact the school office or speak to Mrs Jones at the end of the school da

A Year in Dosbarth Gwdihw

Teaching and learning in our school changes each year according to the needs of the children in our classes however we would still like to give you an insight into what a year in Dosbarth Gwdihw looks like!

To help us to do this, we would like to share some of their adventures from last year….

What an amazing year we have had in Year 1, I can’t quite believe that it is coming to an end. We started the year off with a BANG! Popping a balloon and focusing on learning all about the individual children in our classroom and what makes them special! We started our first term with the topic ‘All about me’, we learnt what made us special and unique and discussed our individual skin tones and features to make some amazing self-portraits. Harvest was quickly approaching so we started to learn our new text ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children completed some amazing work around storytelling, describing characters and even preformed the story to the whole school and their parents. They also had lots of fun making bread and cooking it on the fire in forest school.  

During the lead up to Christmas we read the book ‘The Grinch’ and continued our descriptive work looking at inside and outside traits. We practiced very hard for our Christmas concert and blew everyone away with our performance (even though we had a lot of sickness during rehearsals and during the performances). Year 1 had a special visit from Father Christmas himself and he left the class a bag of special magic beans to plant, we had great fun imagining what they would grow into and watched with delight when they turned into candy canes! 

Our next topic was ‘Is water dangerous?’ the children were able to discuss their initial thoughts and plan/map out work that they wished to cover during their learning. We looked at what water is used for and how we can help to become more eco friendly in school and at home. We assigned eco monitors to check that taps and lights were turned off and made a big effort to use scrap paper within our class. We looked at our local area and discussed water safety, created bossy word posters, and were challenged to create secure watertight canals to test. During this term, Jax brought in his Stick insects for us to look at and learn about. We had lots of fun asking and answering questions about these insects.  

We then celebrated St David’s day during our ‘what makes Wales special?’ topic where we learnt lots about our beautiful country and what it means to us to be Welsh. The children explored maps, landmarks, famous symbols, made flags, designed castles and learnt a traditional Welsh dance.  

Moving onto our next class text of the ‘Three Little Pigs’, we continued to explore story writing and vocabulary and learnt about nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The children worked hard to plan their own stories before writing them. We looked at different materials and their properties and carried out different experiments to test these. During science week we looked at the strength of paper and how it can be used to create a strong and secure bridge. The children used great perseverance skills as well as communication, teamwork, imagination, and many more to create and test their designs. We ended this term with a trip to Park Hall farm, which was amazing.  

Our next topic asked the question ‘Are bee’s important to humans?’. The children explored different bee’s, their jobs, life cycles and what they do for our society. We got to work clearing out our old bee garden and growing patches ready to be fresh for next year. We looked at pollination and planted sunflowers, we observed what was needed for flowers to thrive and took weekly measurements. We finished the topic by creating fact files and sharing with the school the importance of developing bee friendly environments.  

Our last topic will take us to Space! We learnt all about our solar system and the different planets within it. We learnt about the moon landing and the race to space and wrote about what we think life on the moon would be like. We explored forces and carried out a rocket experiment looking at thrust and designed space buggies to be used by Nasa for their 2024 mission to the moon. We also looked at the importance of equality for all and challenged gender inequality.