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Welcome To Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Meet the Year Group Teacher, Miss Garrigan…

Miss S Garrigan

Hello, my name is Sarah Garrigan.  I am the Year 1 teacher.  This is my third year of teaching and my second year at Oxclose Primary Academy.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.  I also like baking, going for bike rides and walking my little dog Muffin.  I enjoyed my time in Year 1 last year and look forward to another great year!


Year 1 Curriculum Overview

Science Week

In Year 1 we have loved our Mission to Mars!

We started on Monday by carrying out a balloon rocket experiment, where we tested different sized balloons to see which one had the most force and travelled the furthest.  On Tuesday we made jelly volcanoes; which turned into a bit of a disaster!  We also designed fins to attach onto our rockets.  On Wednesday we made our own galaxies using plastic wallets and glitter…lots of glitter!  We also designed a space station for when we arrived on Mars and made our rockets; including the fins we had designed the day before.  On Thursday we used beads and tested them using Ultra-Violet light.  Finally on Friday we tested our rockets to see who’s travelled the furthest – Lucie won!

We were all very tired after such a fun-filled Science Week!




World Book Day

An amazing day was had by all!  In Year 1 we dressed up as a character from our favourite book and brought the book in to read and show.  We looked at the story ‘Walking through the Jungle’ by Julie Lacome and wrote our own version by thinking of different animals to see along the way.  We then made a little book of our story.  We designed the front cover of our book and coloured it in.  We also designed and made our own bookmark to use when we read our home reading book or library book.






Anti Bullying Week

In Year 1 we have been looking at what makes a good friend.  We looked at different picture cards and decided whether the actions were a good friend or not a good friend.  After, we then freeze framed the action.

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Library Visit

We had a brilliant time on our visit to Washington Town Centre Library.  We even met a pirate!



Favourite School Meal Day

We chose our favourite school meal and Mrs Hall cooked it for us.  It was delicious!




Roald Dahl 100 Day

In Year 1 we enjoyed dressing up as our favourite Roald Dahl character.  We had lots of fun learning facts about the author and looking at the fantastic books he has written.  We played a game where we had to guess who the character was and what story they were from.  We were very good at this game!  We also drew pictures of ourselves in our costumes and wrote a sentence to say who we were.  After such a busy morning we then watched Miss Garrigan’s favourite – The BFG!  We had a fantastic day!




We loved learning how to stay safe with Mrs Turnbull and Walk Wise.  There was lots of important information for us to learn both inside and outside the classroom.  We also had lots of fun dressing up too!


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Children in Year 1 had fun whilst competing against other schools at Oxclose Community Academy in an agility competition.  The children were very excited to win the competition!


In Year 1, we have been writing about our favourite book character. We enjoyed dressing up and drew some lovely pictures of ourselves in our costumes. There were lots of Elsas! We also thought about a different character and wrote which book they were from. We designed our own book cover and thought of a title to go with it. We enjoyed talking to our friends about what our favourite character likes to do. We have had a fantastic World Book Day 2016.



We have been doing some fantastic artwork recently for Armistice Day! Check out some examples below and next time you’re in school make sure you look at the display we have put together!

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We have also made a collage of all of our self portraits!!


We change our home reading books throughout the week and would be grateful if parents could ensure their child has their reading packet in school each day.



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