For Your Information
The summer holidays will finally be here at 215pm on Tuesday 23rd July and hopefully the sun will make an extended appearance too!
 
There are lots of things available to families throughout the summer and we have displayed this information on the noticeboards in the alleyway between the main gates to both sites. We have listed activities to do, cheap or free places for children to eat and information about courses happening for families supporting children with additional needs. Don't forget to take a photo when you are collecting your child at the end of the day!
 
We are aware that the holidays are not always easy as normal routine and everyday life is suddenly changed (and that's for children too, not just us adults!). If you are finding it challenging, then please visit our website page which lists the support agencies available: Signposts to support home adults
 
We hope you all have an enjoyable break and can't wait to see you back on Wednesday 4th September for another exciting year ahead!
School Blog Year 1

School Blog

Year 1

The blog for Cherry, Chestnut & Cedar
Mr Barnett, Ms Antrobus and Mrs Wrangles

British Sign Language

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Thursday, 18 May 2023

Yesterday we had an exciting visitor come to see us. He explained that he is deaf, which means he can't hear. He came to teach us lots of different British Sign Language signs. First we learned different types of weather including snow, rain and sun. We loved finding out how to sign when it is raining really hard! We learned how to make the sign for the moon and stars which we hope we will use in our topic of Space. Then we had a go at signing lots of different animals, such as dog, sheep, tiger and giraffe. Finally we learned the colours and sang and signed the song 'Sing a Rainbow'. We felt we learned so much today, not just about sign language but also about people with different abilities and how they live and communicate. We loved learning about sign language!

Trip to STEM Discovery Centre

By Cherry Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 5 May 2023

Cherry Class had an AMAZING trip to the STEM Discovery Centre! We saw the test site for the Mars Rovers and watched a fantastic science experiment show. We found out that science is all around us when we explored the exhibits in the hands on science area.  We even conducted our own experiment and made slime!  We all agree, science is fun! 

Trip to STEM Discovery Centre

By Cedar Class, in Year 1 - Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Cedar Class went to the STEM Discovery Centre. First we thought about how different chemicals react when mixed together and made our own slime in different colours. We were then able to investigate lots of different activities which included making volcano's from sand, making predications and moving a robotic arm to pick things up. We loved seeing the Mars Rover and were surprsed to find out that Mars can be cold and dusty.  The best part of the day was experiencing the scientific experiments including making fire, making rockets and watching our grown up sit on a bed of nails!

 

 

STEM Discovery Centre

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Today we went to the STEM Discovery Centre. First we watched a ‘magic show’ which was really science. We loved to watch all of the experiments particularly the ones involving fire! After that we created our own slime, we all made ours different colours. Then we had time to explore the area and all of the different activities such as moving a robotic arm, looking at the inside of your body and creating sand to look like volcanos. Finally, we went and saw one of the Mars rovers. It was sitting on a pretend Mars waiting to be controlled. We had a go at designing our own Mars rover before we came back to school.

Fantastic Scientists

By Cherry Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 17 March 2023

We had a brilliant science day today.  We dressed up as different types of scientists and even brought in some experiments from home.  We found out that we all have different fingerprints and did an experiment to look at our own fingerprints.  We also used our thinking skills to try and solve a bridge challenge.  We carried out an experiment to find out how germs can grow on food.  We put some bread into a plastic bag but we didn’t all wash our hands first.  Next week we are going to discover what has happened to the bread.

Science Day

By Cedar Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 17 March 2023

Cedar class had an amazing day being scientists for the day. Some of us brought in our own experiments and some of us had videos to share of us being scientists at home.

We made sustainable soap, became finger print experts and even became engineers this afternoon designing our own bridges.

Let's Celebrate World Book Day

By Cherry Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 3 March 2023

We had so much fun dressing up for World Book Day!  We read lots of stories together and even did some acting out.  We also shared our favourite books and made a special bookmark to help us remember the day.

Passion Week

By Cherry Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 24 February 2023

This week has been Passion Week at Fairlands.  We have been finding out all the things our teachers love, their hobbies and interests.  In Cherry Class, Mrs Fleck has been teaching us about her passion for stories.  We listened to pirate stories and made our own treasure maps.  Mrs Palmer also shared her passion for Formula 1.  We particularly enjoyed learning about a famous racing driver, Lewis Hamilton, who was born in Stevenage.

Breaking News!

By Cherry Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 3 February 2023

Dragons were sighted in the sky and we become dragonologists to search for clues. We found dragon eggs and huge footprints.  We received a letter explaining that a dragon had gone missing from Dragon world. After making missing posters we decided to create our own Dragon World to help the dragons return home.  Next week we will be thinking about what the dragon might look like and write our own dragon story.

Burns Night

By Chestnut Class, in Year 1 - Friday, 3 February 2023

Today we learnt about the Scottish festival of Burns Night. This was celebrated last weekend across Scotland and in England. We learned that they eat a food called Haggis and they say a special grace called the Selkirk Grace before eating. They have a piper to play the bagpipes when the haggis is brought in and they say a speical poem. We watched a special highland dance and then had a go ourselves! We loved it and even continued outside during our independent time!