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Howitt Primary Community School

Achieve, Care, Enjoy

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Miss Beard (1/2B), Mrs Clarke and Mrs Rhodes (1A) welcome you to year 1. Our teaching and learning assistants are Mrs Ensor, Ms Wright, Mrs Bridges, Mrs Parker and Mrs Jones.


Summer 1

Our Environment

The topic for this half term is called 'Our Environment'. The children will be working towards being able to answer a key question - How does the behaviour of humans affect the habitats of animals?

In science they will be learning how animals live in habitats to which they are best suited, and we will explore the school grounds to look at micro-habitats. In our topic and English lessons we will be reading the book 'How To Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear', which teaches about different habitats and how humans can affect the plants and animals found there.


The children will also be learning about the dangers of plastic and what happens when plastic bottles are recycled.   We will also be recycling our own plastic bottles to make hedgehog plant pots!   


They will find out about the life of Sir David Attenborough and why his work is important to protecting our environment. 


In art we will be using collage to create a garden habitat and outlining our drawings with pen to add finer details. In design and technology we will be using our sewing skills to make felt puppets of animals.   

Welcome to our World- Autumn 2020


We have lots of exciting learning activities planned for the year. Our new topic this term is focused around a book called 'One Day So Many Ways.' This book will help to compare the lives of children in other countries. We make each topic a hands on learning experience and enhance our work as much as possible with trips out and visitors to our school. We are also very lucky to be visited once a week by the team at Yogabugs.

In  Year 1 we feel that it is important for the children to share their experiences with you so we encourage you to discuss their learning with them at home and join in the fun!


We always welcome you into school to see if you have any questions or would like help to support your child.


We hope you and your child enjoy Year 1 just as much as we do!



We are really proud of the wonderful work we have achieved this half term and we would like to share it with you.



Class 1A

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Class 1B

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Children in Need November 2020

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Book Week: 

As part of our celebrations for Book Week, the children in Year 1 enjoyed sharing stories with children from Year 5.

10.2.2020: Snow Afternoon!

It unexpectedly snowed this afternoon! We decided to go outside and investigate the snow which was covering our playground.

Derbyshire SongBook Sing Song!       7.2.202


The children in Year 1 have worked exceptionally hard. This term we had a specially trained   music partnership teacher come into school over three sessions to teach the children a collection of 4 songs from the Derbyshire Songbook.  The children then joined up with Year 2 children from Corfield C of E Infant School to put on a very special performance to parents!



In Year 1 we are lucky enough to have weekly Yogabug sessions taught by a specialist yoga instructor. 

These sessions help the children develop their attention, concentration and listening skills, whilst promoting a positive mindset and well-being. Take a look at some of our photos below

27.1.2020:Climbing Frame Adventures:

The children in Flamboyant Flamingos have enjoyed having the coach this term to teach them some amazing gymnastics skills. Many of the children have become brave enough to climb our in school climbing frame!

20.1.2020: Chinese New Year:

In Year 1, we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We found out that in China, it is the Year of the Rat. We used atlases, maps and globes to locate China and we found out that over 1 billion people live in China!

17.12.19: Panto Trip!

Y1 had an amazing time on our trip to see the Panto: Peter Pan at Derby Arena.  The children really enjoyed the show and loved watching Peter Pan fly above their heads.  We are really proud of how exceptionally  well behaved the children were, especially when we had to walk back into school in the dark due to a power cut! 



Photos from our time at the Panto!

16.12.19: Team Points challenge:

We joined in with the whole school team points challenge! We had to throw bean bags at the dartboard to score as many points as possible. The points we scored contributed to our house teams!

Our Bean Bag Dartboard challenge!

3.12.19: The Snowman

We had a lovely time on our trip to watch The Snowman in front of a live orchestra. Take a look at some of our photos below from our first Year 1 trip. 

3.12.19: Key Strings

We were really lucky to have the incredible Key Strings performers visit us this morning! The children had an amazing time listening to and discovering a range of different strings instruments.  

Key Strings:


The children in R/1A really enjoyed working with a visiting sculptor to help create 'Oliver Twist' inspired sculptures  ready for World Book Day next year.  The children worked really hard and are looking forward to seeing the completed sculptures around school soon!


The children in the Flamboyant Flamingos class have spent today finding out about why we see so many people wearing a poppy. We went outside to take part in the 2 minute silence at 11am and we have spent the day making our own poppies. 

Remembrance Day:

Autumn 1:

We have really enjoyed getting to know the children as they settle into Year 1.  The children have taken part in lots of fun activities and they have already made good progress in their lessons.  Take a look at some of our photos below:

We love Year 1! Take a look at what we have been getting up too.



 We had an amazing day out visiting White Post Farm!  The children got the opportunity to meet and feed lots of different animals, including llamas! We even enjoyed a tractor ride around the farm. Have a look at our photos below to see what we got up to: 



The children have had a fantastic time during our Outdoor Wow Day. They were finding out about the wildlife around our school grounds. They enjoyed pond dipping, bird watching, mini beast hunting and building a bug hotel! Take a look at some of our photos below.

Y1 Outdoor Wow Day!

The children had a great time finding out about the different types of animals, the meerkat was a firm favourite with everyone but the tarantula was a bit scary!

Year 1 children enjoyed their pirate day, they had made maps and telescopes to help find the treasure and sang some pirate songs for their parents and grandparents with the reception and nursery children.