Year 1

Athletics Competition

On Tuesday 15th November,  children from Yr1 & Yr2 represented our school at the Waltham Forest School Sports Network, competing in the Sports Hall Athletics Competition. The children were all still laughing and smiling, even though they had a day of  gruelling activities such as jumping, throwing, running, stepping and skipping ,  which was all against the clock . There was 42 teams from across the borough competing at this event, so we are yet to find out who  the winners are.

What we do know is that our children all did their very best. Well done to all those who took part.



Teddy Bear’s picnic – Topic Memory Box

On Wednesday 7th November, Yr1 held a Teddy Bear’s picnic. Children invited their adults family members and younger siblings to take part. The children had the opportunity to ask their parents about babies and how they grow and develop. They also had the opportunity to put food hygiene into practice, follow simple  instructions and learn about halves and quarters by making cucumber sandwiches, chocolate cake, carrot cake and lemon drizzle cake. The food was absolutely delicious and was enjoyed by all. It was a lovely way for the children to share their learning with their families. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon .

Owls Sharing Assembly 2nd November 

Owl class shared a wonderful assembly with us this morning, retelling the story of The Little Red Hen using Talk for Writing and sharing their scientific answer to the question “Do Pine Cones know it is raining?” Thank you to Owl Class and Ms O’Hara for a great start to our Friday.

Waltham Forest School Sports 3 Tees Cricket Competition

On Monday 18th June, 12 children from Year 1 & 2 attended the Waltham Forest School Sports 3 Tees Cricket Competition. The morning was spent developing skills and the afternoon was spent playing matches against other teams. It was a great day for developing the fundamental skills of team building. We did not win on this occasion, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying.

Waltham Forest Schools World Cup Football Festival

On Friday 15th June, 18 girls and boys from Years 1 & 2, took part in the Waltham Forest Schools World Cup Football Festival.  It was a delight to see all the children putting the skills they have learned in their lessons and in after school football club into practice. Both teams performed well, many congratulations to the Year 2 team who came fourth out of 32 teams. Making the semi-finals in the world cup, which is quite an achievement.

Visit to LLoyds Park

On Wednesday 6th June, Year 1 went for a nature walk to Lloyds Park. They explored the plant area, looked at the different birds on the moat and identified a variety of trees.
During the day the children enjoyed eating their picnic lunches and also playing in the play area.
We were lucky to have a warm sunny day. The children had a great time, discovering that Lloyds Park is a place where you can do so many interesting fun things.

Tea with the ‘Queen’

After receiving a very special invitation last week, Year 1 were extremely excited about having afternoon tea on Wednesday 25th April 218  with the Queen! Year 1 prepared jam sandwiches and cakes, they also dressed in their most formal attire for her arrival. They had a lovely time and the Queen was so impressed by the year 1 classes she said she may just come back again next year!

Visit from Real Life Super hero’s

Year 1, have been thinking about real life heroes as part of their Superheroes topic and enjoyed an exciting visit from Blue Watch at Walthamstow Fire Station on Monday 5th March 2018. The firefighters brought their fire engine and talked to the children about their uniform and the equipment they used. Each child had an opportunity to operate the fire hose, shooting water high into the air. The crew answered the questions that the pupils had prepared. “Are you scared?” “Are there women fire fighters” Their reply was “Yes, we are sometimes scared of dark spaces and our boss is a woman”. We had a great time with our real life superheroes.



On Tuesday 20th February, Superheroes arrived in Year 1. The children dressed up as Batgirls and Spidermen as well as real life heroes including nurses and firefighters. In the afternoon the children used their super senses to hunt for a range of superheroes hiding in the playground. They discussed what they had found out and presented the information in charts.


Teddy Bears Picnic

Year 1 held a Teddy Bears Picnic for their families on Wednesday 8 November as an introduction to their new topic ‘Memory Box’.

The children used their mathematical skills to prepare a scrumptious picnic. There were cucumber sandwiches, carrot cake, lemon drizzle cake and chocolate cake, as well as iced biscuits and juice.

During the afternoon the boys and girls found out about key events in their development by asking their parents and carers questions. It was also a time for the adults to share their memories about their children as babies and toddlers.

Thank you to all the family members who were able to come along. The children had a great time!




Wild Wood Visit

This week year 1 have been learning about Autumn and the seasonal changes that happen to the plants and animals that live in woodland. We have looked closely at a playground tree which we will revisit across the school year to see the effect of seasonal change. As part of our work we visited the Wild Wood at the Early Years Centre and used magnifying glasses to closely observe mini-beasts in their natural habitats.



Coda Falconry

Children in year 1 have been looking more closely at the animals that you may find in local woodland.

On Monday 25th September, we had a visit from Coda Falconry who brought 2 barn owls, a falcon and a scops owl into school for the children to investigate.

After finding out lots of interesting information, all the children had the opportunity to put on a falconer’s glove.

The beautiful, soft and silent owls then flew to each child in turn. It was both exciting and wonderful! Finally, the children had a chance to stroke the tiny scops owl and discover for themselves how soft and fluffy the owls were.  It was an interesting and exciting experience for all of us.

Epping Forest – 20th September 2017

An Enchanted Woodland

As part of their topic, Enchanted Woodland, the whole of year 1 took the 97 bus to Epping Forest to develop their understanding of trees and woodland.

By the end of the day the children were all engaged with identifying different trees and plants. They enjoyed looking for animals that lived in the woods but most of all they enjoyed their picnic!

The teachers in year 1 would like to thank all the adults who came with us on the trip. We enjoyed our day and sincerely hope that you did too.

Greenwich Park – 21st June 2017

It may well have been the hottest day of the year on Wednesday, but the very best place to be was at Greenwich Park with Year 1.
Not everyone saw the elusive deer but there was plenty of wildlife to observe and lots of wonderful mature trees where you could enjoy a picnic in the shade. The most impressive part of the trip was seeing London spread out like a carpet before us at the Greenwich Observatory. There were audible gasps of excitement as the children spotted their favourite London landmark. A wonderful day!


Lloyds Park – 7th June 2017

Year 1 had a fabulous day at Lloyd Park on Wednesday. What a fantastic resource to have on our doorstep! We explored the William Morris Garden and drew different types of plants that are growing at this time of year. We looked at the wildlife in the park, looking at the different species of duck and geese on the pond and saw wildlife in action when a cat took a duck from the moat! We went on a nature trail to discover all the different types of native trees that are growing in the park – a list that included rowan, birch, oak, lime, lime pear and beech trees.  After we had eaten our wonderful picnic lunches, we had the chance to play in the park enjoying the sand, slides and climbing equipment. Luckily it did not rain! We would like to thank the parents who were able to accompany us on the trip.

Summer Time Ball 2017

Year 1 & 2 had a fabulous time on Wednesday 24th May at the Summer Time Ball. Year 2 children were presented with a celebration cake for being great special agents this term and doing so brilliantly with their special missions and their learning throughout the year. Thank you to all the staff and parents who helped to make this a fantastic event, we managed to raise £252.15.

Great Fire of London – May 2017

Year 1 have been learning about the Great Fire of London. Why it started, why it spread and putting the events in order. They have also made wholemeal bread, as this would have been made at the bakers in Pudding Lane in 1666. They looked closely at the reaction of the yeast and the gas bubbles that made the bread rise. The children were superb bakers who followed the instructions carefully, and as a result, made delicious bread. The children used junk modelling to build houses to make a Tudor street. We have also been learning the song ‘London’s Burning’ and endeavouring to sing it as a ’round‘. This may need a little more practise!


Autumn Term Enchanted Woodland Topic

Year 1 have kicked off their new topic with a visit to Epping Forest. The children went on the bus up to Chingford where they spent time in the Forest and also visited the Epping Forest District Museum. The children had a fantastic time and behaved impeccably throughout the day – we are very proud of them.

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