Year 1

Paleontologists of the Future!

This half term Year 1 have been learning about Mary Anning and her incredible life as a fossil hunter. As a part of our learning about fossils, we made our own salt dough fossils by mixing: 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt and half a cup of water. We then moulded (a fantastic word shared by Bethany!) our dough into the shape of fossils before putting them in the oven to bake on a low heat for 3 hours.

We had some amazing creations from ammonites  to T-Rex bones!

Next we recreated a day in the life of Mary Anning and rediscovered our fossils outside on a ‘sandy beach’. Using the brushes to carefully remove the sand we shared some fantastic adjectives to describe how the fossils were, “rough”, “bumpy”, “strange”, “heavy”, “round”, “scratchy”.

We love our celebration assemblies!

Thursday mornings are such a special time for us.

We all walk up to the studio to spend time with our families and friends celebrating those fantastic things we have done that make our school and community so special. Blue certificates are awarded for thoughtfulness, Yellow for team work, Green for great learning and Pink for amazing vocabulary.

It is great that so many family and friends give us their time to come and celebrate with us as time is the most precious gift we can give. If someone gives us time, we know they really care a lot for us.

The children run the assembly all by themselves (which is pretty impressive for KS 1!)

If you haven’t enjoyed the experience of one of our assemblies yet, we’d love to see you at the next one.

Project Chrysalis Complete

Congratulations Year 1! Today we have completed our Chrysalis Art Project and the result is amazing. The children have worked incredibly hard over the past 4 weeks and have now created a canopy for the caravan using eco-friendly materials and stamps they have made.

Now the canopy has been sent off with Kate to be added to the eco-friendly caravan. We can’t wait to see how it looks!


Maths come rain or shine!

Today we took our maths learning outside onto the playground. We have been investigating the different places we see numbers like in books, on posters, in our writing, on cars… and have then thought about what numbers look like on a Hundreds Square. Year 1 have have great fun playing number finding games that have aided their recognition and understanding of 2-digit numbers. And we didn’t get too wet!


Where have you seen numbers today?

PE Coaching for Year 1

We are very lucky in Year one to have Mr Patchett from Newton Abbot College joining us to teach us some of the skills used for Handball. Mr P will be with us until the end of the half term to develop the children’s decision making, tactics, agility, teamwork and ball skills around the game of Handball.

Our Trip to the Moon

Year 1 were invited on an extraordinary trip this week! On Thursday we ventured into the Space Odyssey Dome where we travelled to the moon and back. The children loved the immersive experience of laying inside the dome with the stars above them, zooming through Space.

This term the children will be learning about Space: Astronauts and rockets, the Moon and what is in our Solar System. So far this week we have investigated what it might be like to be an astronaut in Space.

In the Space Dome, the children have learnt many facts that they are eager to share.

“The stars make pictures called constellations” – Thomas

“No lady has ever been on the moon” – Freya

We are all so proud of this lot!

After several weeks creating, developing and rehearsing, the KS 1 children performed and shared the three Christmas stories they had created, developed and rehearsed over the past two weeks.

All of the hard work and effort was well worth it as all three stories gave the audience exactly the thoughts and feelings the children wanted them to have.


The learning over the past few weeks all came together beautifully, from set design and creation, through to story mapping and learning to orate to make sure ‘the ear (at the back of the room) can hear’.

It was a wonderful event for everyone involved; children, adults in school and family and friends in the audience.

A big thank you to everyone who spared some pennies and pounds for the collection at the end which was used to buy the materials for the Christmas craft afternoon on Wednesday.

We hope you have an amazing Christmas.

Prepare for the Buffalo’s Child!

In Year 1 we have been working hard on our Christmas performance of The Buffalo’s Child. The children have chosen one of there favourite winter themed stories and have adapted it to make it their own (bet you can’t guess which story!). The characters this year are: Buffalos, Buffalo’s children, pig lizards, blue birds, wolves, hamsters, big bad hamsters, the moon, Mr and Mrs Claus.

At the end of the performance, we hope you can join us to sing “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” to get us all into the festive spirit!

If you are having difficulty finding costumes, please let the Year 1 team know


Road Safety Awareness Week.

We are getting stuck into our road safety awareness week. As a school we shared our thinking about how to stay safe on our scooters and bikes on Monday. On Tuesday, many of the children brought in their scooters and the class were treated to a scooter safety session run by Helen from Sustrans. In this session children explored where good places to take their scooters are and where is not safe. Helen set up a ‘road’ and ‘pavement’ in the playground and children practiced using their control travelling along the pavement. They then progressed to using their agility to safely navigate around potential hazards they may encounter on the pavement. The class were also shown how to safely break and come off of their scooter. Thank you Helen and Sustrans!


Starting from next week, the whole school will be participating in a Leg it to Lapland competition. We are encouraging all children to try for 2 weeks to walk, scooter, cycle… into school. If you can, have a go at leaving the car behind or parking a little further from the school. How many miles can you do?


Introducing our Vocabulary Project!

We are rocking and rolling with our vocabulary project! As you may have seen in the classroom, Year 1 have started their journey of discovering exciting new Tier 2 words by each day having a new word of the day. Year 1 have been eager to discover the new words and have loved trying them out in their own sentences. Over the past two weeks we have been discovering Tier 2 words from the book Augustus and his Smile. The children have had the opportunity to explore these words visually (through seeing the word and pictures of what it means), audibly (through hearing the word and descriptions of the word’s meaning), verbally (through using the word in their speech) and physically (by acting out the word’s meaning). The children have really enjoyed their first two weeks and are now starting their new book to discover even more words.

Here are some of our Tier 2 words. Can you put them into a sentence?






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