Week Commencing 1st June 2020

Hello Year 1,

We hope you had a great half term and enjoyed spending time with your family whilst staying safe. Did you try something new or do something that you really enjoyed? What was it? As always, we love to hear what you have been up to and it has been fantastic to see all the amazing things that you have been doing. If you want to show us any of your work or special activities don’t forget you can send it to hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk. (Please use Y1 in the email title / subject). It puts a big smile on our faces when we receive things from you.

This week we have created another set of activities for you, continuing with Oak Academy for English and Maths. We hope that you enjoy the creative side of this week's plan with topic and computing linking together to explore music. Miss Hatton, Mr Withers and Miss McMahon all know how creative you can be when we get the instruments out at school so we are looking forward to seeing your creations this week.

We have reached our Marvellous Middle of our topic “Beside the Seaside”. What have you enjoyed learning about so far? When people visit the seaside sometimes, they have a picnic, have you had a picnic? If not, maybe you could create your own picnic to have inside or outside?

We are missing all your smiley faces, conversations and enthusiasm to learn but we are all very proud of what you are doing at home. Remember to always keep safe but it is also important to have a good balance of school work and doing the activities you enjoy. Miss Hatton, Miss McMahon and Mr Withers have all being trying to cook new recipes each week and have been sharing our successes with each other, our favourite so far has been our very own version of Nandos.

Keep smiling and keep up the good work. We all very proud of you and missing you so much, you are all superstars! Remember to do what makes you happy 😊

Miss McMahon, Mr Withers and Miss Hatton

Week Commencing 18th May 2020

Hello Year 1!  

We hope you are continuing to work hard at home and are enjoying some of the work that has been set for you.  

This week in our topic, we are learning all about the history of the seaside. We all love going to the seaside and we are hoping to be able to go there in the summer if it is possible. Have you ever been to the seaside? What did you enjoy about the seaside? How is the seaside different to where we live in Stourbridge?  

The seaside has changed a lot over the years. Why don’t you ask your family what they remember about the seaside from when they were young? How is the seaside different now? Your family might have some photographs of seaside holidays from when they were young. You could look at these photographs together to help you. 


Remember if you want share your work with us please share it via the email hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk. (Please use Y1 in the email title / subject.) We really enjoy seeing all your hard work. 

We are really proud of all of you, keep working hard and enjoy your home-learning activities and remember to have lots of fun with your family too. 


Mr Withers, Miss McMahon and Miss Hatton :) 

Week Commencing 11th May 2020

Hello Year 1!,


We hope you are still smiling and keeping your spirits high – the sun is now shining again! 

It has been lovely to see your plants and lighthouses along with lots of your other work this week. Mr Withers made some lighthouses with some of the children in school last week too. 

We hope you enjoyed looking up the different coastal features last week, did you find out any interesting facts? This week you are learning all about maps! Have you ever had to use a map? Do you have one at home? Don’t worry if you don’t have one as you will be creating your own this week, we are looking forward to seeing how creative you can be! 

Did you do anything special for VE Day? Mr Withers, Miss McMahon and Miss Hatton dressed up in red, white and blue for the day and made a flag that they could stick in their window next to their rainbows.  

If you want to share your work with us, remember to use the new school email hello@gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk. (Use Y1 in the email title / subject box) We really love seeing your work and it brings a smile to our day. 

Remember that whatever you are doing this week stay safe, have fun and keep smiling.   

You are all stars, we are very proud of you! 

Mr Withers, Miss McMahon and Miss Hatton :) 

Week Commencing 4th May 2020

Good morning Year 1!  

We hope that you are staying safe at home and still smiling.  

We have loved seeing your work and your smiling faces this week and can’t wait to see more of what you have been up to.  

Miss McMahon, Miss Hatton and Mr Withers all had a challenge of their own last week along with all the other staff. Mrs Hannaway sent us all a secret word and asked to create the word in anyway we wanted and take a picture with it ready to send back to her. We hope you have seen our picture in the video of all the staff at Gig Mill, if you haven’t watched it yet see who you can spot by looking on the school website. 

This week we have set you some more activities and challenges which we hope you will enjoy completing. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to complete them all, remember the most important thing is trying your hardest and doing your best. 

We hope you are enjoying the new topic ‘Beside the Seaside’ and this week you will learn some new key words to do with our topic. You can get very creative with Maths and Wellbeing this week so please share with us your potions and your creative ways to weigh things around your house.  

This week, we'd also like to invite you and your family to join in the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which is happening on Friday 8th May. Please click on the link on the school website homepage or here

As well as having a go at these activities remember to do the things that you enjoy doing with your family, as this is also very important.  

Keep up the hard work, you are all doing brilliantly.  

Mr Withers, Miss McMahon and Miss Hatton :) 

Week Commencing 27th April 2020

Good morning Year 1!  

We hope that you are all ok and staying safe at home.  

Miss Hatton, Mr Withers and Miss McMahon were in school recently and we have all made rainbows using different materials. Have you made a rainbow yet? If you haven’t why not try and make your own, you can use anything - if you can, you could even go outside and have a go at creating one in this lovely sunny weather. 

We have even had to replant some of the beans - we’ve put a stick in the pot to help the plant stand up as it gets taller.  


How big are your beans? Have you had to replant them? This week we have set you a science task to do with plants, you can even use your bean to help you! 

As a little challenge, if you’re out in your garden or on your daily exercise walk, we would like you to try and collect some natural materials such as leaves, twigs and anything else that you can spot. You can use these to help you create your topic challenge for this week of making a lighthouse.  

We have put together some other activities that we thought you might enjoy this week, and we hope you enjoy our new topic ‘Beside the Seaside’.  

We hope you are all keeping yourselves and your family safe and making sure that you look after each other whilst you are at home and you keep on smiling. When we were at school, we know how hard you were all working and we are so proud of everything you’ve achieved this year so far.  


Keep up the hard work, 


Mr Withers, Miss McMahon and Miss Hatton :)  

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01384 818600 

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