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Russell Lower School

Summer 2023 1st half

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We have continued to have a very busy time in Year 1!

In English, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters.  We enjoyed listening and reciting anima poems as well as doing lots of fun activities. We also read and performed a variety of poems from the story, ‘Rumble in the Jungle.’  We learnt to rhyme and write our own clues for guessing the correct animal.  We also learnt about, retold and sequenced the Easter Story.

In Maths we learnt to order and compare numbers to 50, find one more and one less than a number and how to count in twos, fives and tens. We have been learning how to make fact families with addition and subtraction and compare and measure length and height and weight and mass.

In History, we found out about famous Queens and such as Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.  We learnt what Tudor life was like during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  We also learnt how Queen Victoria lived and how she changed Britain for a better life.  We explored the life of Queen Elizabeth II and learnt about her family tree.

In Science, we gathered and presented data through our rainfall experiment.  We made rain gauges and used them to measure the amount of rainfall each day for one week. 

In Design Technology, we used simple levers and pivots to make a moving mechanism for a mini-beast picture.  We practised skills in cutting, folding, fixing and joining.

We also played lots of ball games during our PE lessons, practising how to throw, catch, defend and aim balls and bean bags at targets.   We finished off the term with an amazing trip to Woburn Safari Park and a fantastic Easter Craft Morning which we all thoroughly enjoyed!

In the Summer term, our topic will be Oh I Do Like To Be Seaside The Seaside!  In English we will be reading The Rainbow Fish, Tiddler and Granddad’s Island. In Art, we look forward to producing self-portraits, sculptures and paintings in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

In Maths we will be learning about measures of weight and capacity. We use our skills of 2s, 5s and 10s to help us learn about multiplication and also about fractions by finding halves and quarters of a range of objects, shapes and numbers. Our RE lessons will teach us about the Muslim faith, what they believe and how they live.


In our Geography lessons, we will be learning about our local area, plan and follow a route and compare Ampthill to Brighton.

We are really looking forward to another exciting time in Year 1!