Year 1

Year 1 is a very important time for children at Airthrie School.  During this year we witness the children taking great strides in terms of both personal and academic development.  As they move from the Foundation Stage the time spent on play-based activities diminishes and learning becomes more subject based.  There is still a strong emphasis on learning through practical activities and we pride ourselves on creating a stimulating, safe and engaging learning environment for our pupils.

We recognise and encourage children’s social development, helping them to grow in confidence both with their peers and with adults.  We go on visits to a wide variety of venues.  In recent years we have been to The Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park, kite flying on Crickley Hill and strawberry picking at a local Pick your Own site.  We also have a number of invited guests who visit us in the classroom to share their experiences and skills.

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Recent Ash News

Swim Gala - Key Stage 1

Yesterday morning we held our Fun Swimming Gala for Year 1 and 2 pupils at the Cheltenham Ladies' College pool.  The 2 width Championship Race was our first event and Charlotte was the winner... Read more

Westonbirt Arboretum - Science Outing

Willow, Ash and Beech pupils have recently enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of their Science learning.  This event consisted of activities including quizzes and... Read more

Easter craft in Year 1

Happy Easter to all Year 1 children from Mrs Wilshaw and Mrs Derounian.  We've enjoyed seeing your bright and beautiful chick paintings on the classroom wall and we hope you enjoy your Easter... Read more

Kouign-Amann Pastries

Huge thanks to Mr Hellerstein for bringing such delicious pastries to our Year 1 French lesson.  We are very lucky to have a chocolatier and baker making these wonderful items for our children to... Read more

Learning about Judaism in Year 1

Our thanks to Mr Hellerstein who visited Airthrie yesterday to talk to our Year 1 pupils about Judaism and Jewish everyday life.  He told us that he was born in Jerusalem and then read a story from a... Read more

Baking Fun in Year 1

This morning our Year 1 pupils enjoyed a practical Maths lesson in our pupil kitchen area.  They baked some jam tarts; using their measuring and weighing skills to create some tasty treats to take... Read more

Gloucestershire Airport Outing

In Literacy, Year 1 pupils are looking at 'Big Machines' and last Friday were delighted to accept the very generous offer extended by Mr Kenwright to visit Gloucestershire Airport.  The children were... Read more

Walking with Dinosaurs

The recent Dinosaur Workshop held in School for pupils in Reception to Year 3 allowed the children to explore a wide range of dinosaur fossils, from delicate ammonites to huge T-Rex skulls.  The... Read more

Building Castles

Pupils in Year 1 have been very busy making castles. They worked co-operatively and, using a cardboard box, made their own castles. They drew and cut-out battlements and drawbridges before... Read more

Swim Gala - Years 1 and 2

Yesterday was the occasion of our annual Key Stage 1 Swimming Gala. Thanks to so many parents for coming along to support your children at the CLC pool. All Year 1 and 2 pupils took... Read more