2019-2020 - St Matthew's Year 1 Class is taught by Mrs Riordan and Mrs Blake. The teaching assistant supporting this class is Mrs L Wilson.
St Edward's Science Fair
Thursday 19th March 2020
Today St Edward's held their Science Fair with some of our class taking part. We were able to view the variety of super science experiments that pupils across the school had carried out at home. Well done to everyone that took part.
Year 1's experiments below:
British Science Week 2020
Monday 9th March - Friday 13th March
Thursday - Sun art
Today we learned about the sun - did you know that the sun is a star? It has sun spots and solar flares.
Wednesday - Making craters
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have some of the children's grown ups join us in the afternoon for some fun science. We found out about craters and how they are made. We experimented to see who could make the biggest crater using flour and marbles. Year 1 found out that the bigger the marble, the bigger the crater will be and the further the crater falls, the bigger the crater will be. Thank you grown ups for joining us; we hope you had as much fun as we did.
On Tuesday this week, we found out about how rockets are launched into space. We learned about forces and how the reaction force thrust pushes rockets into space. We made straw rockets and using our breath as thrust, we launched our own rockets in the Year 1 classroom.
Monday - Balloon experiment
On Monday we learned what a scientist is and what jobs they might do. We then experimented with baking soda and white vinegar to create a chemical reaction that blew up a balloon.
Wednesday 26th February
The whole school visited our church for the Ash Wednesday service. Year 1 enjoyed staying behind after Mass to explore the church a little more.
Tuesday 25th February
Today we learned about Shrove Tuesday and why people make pancakes on this day. In DT, we got to decorate our own pancakes after finding out how to make them.
Friday 14th February
This week in RE we have been learning about Baptism. We found out about the signs and symbols associated with Baptism and role played a baptism.
Tuesday 17th December
Today we enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas.
Mary Our Mother
In term 2 we have been learning about Mary our Mother. At the end of this term we painted portraits of Mary wearing blue.
Key Stage 1 Nativity Performance
Friday 13th December
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 did a wonderful job of telling the Nativity story through their Christmas performance. Take a look at some photographs of Year 1 in costume. We think you'll agree that they look fabulous.
Thursday 12th December
Year 1 held their own election. We learned about 4 parties and their manifestos. We chose one main point from each and discussed as a class.
We chose children to represent each party then had a secret ballot.
The results of Year 1's election were:
Red party - 10
Yellow party - 4
Blue party - 2
Green party - 5
Take a look at the slideshow of photos from our election.
Friendship Week - we took part in lots of activities that promoted team skills and good communication. We learned lots of new things about one another.
We had great fun in science, investigating which type of paper can absorb the most water.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Display
Children in Need
The children had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need.
In English we have been making potions and using adjectives to describe them.
Our Lady of all nations
Two nuns from Our Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam visited the school. They spent time with us in Year 1 so we could ask questions about what their life is like.
God's Great Plan
In RE during term 1, our topic was God's Great Plan. We read stories from the Bible about Creation and Adam and Eve. we thought about how we can take care of the wonderful world God has given us.
Year 1 found St. Edward just outside their classroom!
Year 1 found lots of ladybirds on the plants growing in their flower beds!
St. Matthew's Hall Display 2019
Look below at all the amazing achievements last year's St Matthew's Class did....
Each class were given £20 and need to make as much money as they can by making and selling something.
We have been working hard to make scented playdough and popcorn to sell at the summer fare.
This week we have been learning all about capacity and have had great fun exploring different size containers in the water.
Year 1 Mass
We were lucky enough to be invited to a mass at Ss Henry and Elizabeth Catholic Church. We enjoyed having time to look around the church and admire all the beautiful religious artefacts.
Science - minibeasts
To start off our minibeast topic we went out to explore the garden and used magnifying glasses to spot as many minibeasts as we could.
To finish off our topic on plants we looked closely at the different trees on our school field. We recorded there name, height, age, colour and collected some leaves from the trees. We had great fun doing tree rubbings and creating posters to show all of our findings. What do you think of our posters....
This week we have been learning all about measuring and comparing lengths.
Science - Parts of a plant
Today we explored the garden, we carefully dug up plants to look at the roots. The plants were brought back to class and put in pots of water, we observed the roots closely and drew them.
Making bead strings
We made our own bead strings to help us with our addition and subtraction.
Term 5 Science - Plants
To start our topic, we had a visit from some botanists.
We have been learning about plants, dissecting flowers and have grown our own bean plants.
Whole school trip to Wildwood
We had such an amazing time spotting animals form the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. It helped us with our animal themed writing.
Easter Bonnet Parade
Year 1's winners this year.
The Family Trust visited and performed The Passion using puppets.
We built nests using materials that we found on the field.
World Book Day 2019
We showed off our cooking skills and spent the week learning about food and nutrition. Year 1 have some keen chefs among them.
Our own Uluru
We built our own version of the sacred Australasian landmark Uluru.
We journeyed across Australasia, learning about Australasian animals, weather and countries. Take a look at all the learning we did.
Year 1 were very lucky to have a scientist visit us from KRAG - Kent reptile and amphibian group. She told us lots of information about native reptiles and amphibians in our area.
Alien crash landing!
Something very unusual appeared in our outside area. Have aliens visited Year 1?
Mrs Riordan was very brave and investigated the crash site.
Snow and Ice Day Wednesday 9th January
We enjoyed a day of snow and ice, painting polar bear pictures and experimenting with ice in Science. We made rainbow ice and chocolate ice cream. Bryn enjoyed the ice cream!
At the end of term, we had a surprise visit from Father Christmas.
EYFS and KS1 Nativity performance 2018-19
This year's Nativity performance, 'A King is Born' was a huge success. Take a look at the photos below.
We worked hard to make snow globes for our part of the Nativity story displays.
Retreat: 28th November 2018, focusing on LOVE
We honoured Remembrance Day with class activities, making Lego models of poppies, designing peace gardens and painting poppies for a whole school memorial.
We had an amazing week designing and making potions. Look at our faces!
This week we have been learning about Hinduism and light. We took part in some Bollywood dancing and made moving 'light' pictures.
Year 1 have worked hard to create a Harvest display to show everyone how thankful we are.
We peeled, chopped and mixed harvest produce to make vegetable soup. Mrs Wakefield could smell it cooking from her office so she joined us for a taste and said it was delicious!
We used real life fruit and vegetables to add and subtract in our Maths lessons.
Upnor Castle: 25th September, CASTLE Theme Week