Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire – Year 1 Activities

This half term, the children have had an exciting and educational time exploring the world of toys. They began with a story called ‘Lost in the Toy Museum‘ which they studied throughout the term. This culminated in a trip to the Banbury Toy Museum, where the children learned about Victorian toys and how they differed from modern toys. The theme of Old and New Toys continued throughout the term as the children made their own Thaumatropes, which they were proud to take home.

In Geography, the children learned about Toys from around the world. They used world maps to find each country and discovered what popular toys and games are used in different countries. This was a fascinating way for them to learn about other cultures and traditions.

In Maths, the focus has been on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. The children used dienes, cubes and counters to work out and show different numbers, as well as additions and doubles. This hands-on approach to learning is proving effective and the children are making good progress.

Art has been all about exploring colour. The children began with the primary colours and looked at the work of Piet Mondrian. They then experimented using primary colours to make secondary and tertiary colours. They also learnt about Mark Rothko and his block colour work using secondary colours. The children have enjoyed getting creative with colour and learning about different artists and their styles.

Sports have been an important part of the Year 1 curriculum, with football skills being developed on the field leading to mini matches at the end of each session. The children have worked well in small teams and are continuing to develop their communication skills. On Thursdays, they are playing netball to develop their defensive ball skills. Swimming confidence has also continued to grow, with some children now enjoying jumping in independently. They are continuing to develop their leg kicks, stroke techniques and breathing with Coach Robyn over the term.

Overall, the children have put in plenty of effort this half term with all aspects of the Year 1 curriculum. Well done to everyone and I hope you all have a wonderful rest over the half term.