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Summer Term

Page updated 6th May 2022


This half term we are learning about hot and cold places in Geography. We were set an art homework challenge to create something that linked to hot and cold places. Here are some of our creations…

We enjoyed sharing our art work in our sharing assembly and discussing how we created our work. We also discussed the different materials we used and our visions behind our work.

RE – Creation

Spaced Practise: We began with recapping what we learn about in Religious Education (RE) and what we have previously learnt about in RE.

To begin our new unit, we were each given a ball of clay and instructed to make/create something (anything) out of it. We then compared results and were asked What have you created? How did you create it? Can you think of something in nature that has been created?  How was it created?

We then discussed What does the word creation mean? We thought about how we might have been created along with animals, the seas, oceans, land and even the world itself! We were introduced to the Christian Creation Story.


As infant writers, we will be learning all about the book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

This wonderful tale tells the story about a lost penguin who one day finds himself at the front door of a little boys house. The story maps out a tale about their struggles and friendship.

Have a read of the story at bedtime to become familiar with another firm favourite of Year One. There is also a little film too.

Lost and found book

Have a watch of this video being told by someone who loves it just as much.

Adjectives to describe the penguin in Lost and Found


As infant scientists, we have been learning all about plants. We have looked at what plants need to survive, the parts of plants and how they change between seasons.

Back in the winter, we went on a hunt to explore what the trees looked like in our school grounds.

We noticed that some trees had leaves on whilst others were bare.

After a good few months, we then revisited our school grounds to look at the trees and plants in spring/early summer.

We noticed that the trees that had lost all their leaves in the winter months has either, grown new leaves completely or were showing new shoots with tiny leaves. We also noticed that the trees that had their leaves in winter looked pretty much the same.

Did you know that there are special names for trees and we can tell them apart from their leaves and what they look like in different seasons?

We learnt that some trees are deciduous and some trees are evergreen.

Fun Fact:

A deciduous tree loses its leaves in the winter months and starts to grow new leaves in during spring and summer.

An evergreen tree has leaves on all year round and usually always look green – they are forever green.

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Spring Term 2


Recently in Art, we have been learning all about the artist Andoni Bastarrika and his sand sculptures.

We planned to make our very own sand sculptures, just like Andoni! We took a trip to West Wittering Beach to complete our final sculpture pieces and we loved creating different sea animals out of sand on the beach. We had to make sure that our sand was wet, otherwise it wouldn’t stay in place!

The weather wasn’t on our side for one of the days but we were very resilient and kept going through rain, snow and wind.

We worked in groups to create different animals and we used natural resources that we could find at the beach to add detail to our sculptures. We used seashells, seaweed and pebbles for lots of different things and were really creative when we were thinking about how to implement these into our sand sculptures.


This week in maths, we have been learning about measure. We used rulers to help us measure classroom objects to the nearest cm.

We had fun exploring, using equipment and using words like longer and shorter, taller and shorter.

We played this Ed City game to help.

Have a go at home if you like


In computing we have been learning how to type on a keyboard. We explored the different letters, numbers and symbols on a keyboard. We found out how to use the Caps Lock for a capital letter. Finally we learnt how to save our work!

Lunchtime Club

Have you seen some of our wonderful water colour paintings? We have been using painting by numbers to help us relax and create some wonderful art. Come and join us in lunch time club if you think you would like to try.


Our new text for English at the moment is Stanley’s Stick. An incredible book all about a little boy called Stanley who has an incredible imagination. Stanley, who goes on holiday to Stockport, finds a new stick to help him on his adventures.

We wanted to have some wonderful adventures too! We went and collected sticks from our grounds and came back to decide what wonderful things our sticks could be.

If you haven’t heard the story before, you can enjoy it on YouTube.

Bruno’s Blanket

We have been reading Stanley’s stick by John Hegley. As infant writers, we have been exploring how we could innovate our class story into our own versions, using innovation. As a group, we decided to continue with the alliteration theme and changed the title to Bruno’s Blanket. From this, the children came up with their own ideas as to what Bruno imagined his blanket to be. Have a look at some of our amazing work.

Science – Materials

This week we started to explore what things around the school are made out of. We went on a hunt to find different materials. We classified whether something was: wood, plastic, glass or metal.

Have a look at our school exploration.

Spring Term 1


As part of our learning, all about plants, we decided to plant our very own beans. We discuss what we thought plants needed to grow and went on an exploration hunt around the school to see if our thinking was right.

We then planted our own bean plants, given them soil, water and putting them in a bright space to see how well they would or even if they would grow.

There was a lot of fun happening in Year One.

As part of our learning, all about plants, we decided to get creative and make our own plants for a Year One garden. We selected our materials and used them to create a 3D picture. We labelled each part of the plant to! Have a look at some our wonderful learning.


What has crash landed in our classroom?

We wrote lots of different questions we wanted to find the answers to.


Welcome back Year 1!

Before the Christmas holidays, we had set you all an Art challenge to complete! Our Art challenge linked to our new History topic, Kings and Queens.

We were so amazed by all of your creations and we wanted to showcase all of your hard work on our website.

We loved how imaginative you all were with this and we have been enjoying sharing our artwork with our friends in sharing assembly, whilst discussing how we made them in class.

We are so proud of our work that we have made a mini art gallery display in Year One for everyone to see.

Autumn Term

Christmas 2021 Video

1. Jingle Bells
2. It’s Christmas
3. A Christmas message from Year 1
4. Somewhere Only We Know – Choir
5. Christmas Message
6. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Choir


We had lots of fun learning how to drag objects using our trackpad on the laptops. We had to make sure that we pressed down on the pad with one finger whilst the other finger moved the object around. We found that if we didn’t press down, the object would not move.

We had lots of fun practising this skill and we decorated our own Christmas tree on our computers!

We were also set a challenge of dragging over different objects to specific places. This helped us gain more control over the direction we were dragging the object in.

Have a look at some of our amazing Christmas creations!

Week beginning 18th October


As part of our ‘animals and humans’ unit in Science, we learnt about parts of the human body. We drew around one of our bodies and had fun labelling the basic parts of the human body. We also sung ‘head, shoulders knees and toes!’

We also learnt about our senses:

“Hearing, ears” – Fraizer

“We have senses”– Wilfy

“There are 5 senses” – Elijah

“Nose to smell” – Poppy

“Mouth, taste” – Miya

“Touch” – Eva

How do you know if I have blown the whistle? “hear it” – Fraizer

We wanted to test one of our senses. We investigated patterns using one of our senses – hearing.

We wanted to find out what factors affected our hearing on the playground and how we could test these out.

Key Question: What makes it harder to hear the whistle?

Our Ideas:

“When people are shouting”  – Penny

“If you are really far away, it will stop you hearing the whistle” – Rocco.

We also discussed the hoods on our coats making it harder or easier to hear the whistle.

Testing our theory – we played on the playground and made lots of noise. We wanted to see if noise made it easier or harder to hear.

We found out it was harder to hear the whistle when we made lots of noise.

We also wanted to find out if other factors affected our hearing. We tested being close or far away and making noise or being quiet.

“We couldn’t hear because we were far away” – Jesse.

“People couldn’t hear far away and if they had their hoods up, it is even harder to hear”– Skylar.

“If you have you hood up and are noisy, it is harder to hear” – Freddie T

“If you cover your ears with your hands, its even harder to hear” – Harrison


To finish off our History Unit about ‘Toys’, we created a toy museum in the hall! We displayed the toys in groups, sorting them into different categories. This included what they were made of, dolls through the ages, trains through the ages and old and new.

We were given the important job of being museum curators, this meant explaining details of particular items for visitors. We created an information card about our chosen toy. We drew on everything we have learnt through this unit to help us. We then put these information cards with the toys to create our ‘final piece.’

Computing – Bee-Bots

This week we began our first session in Computing, focusing designing and creating a world for the Bee-Bot on a grid. We used our English text driver as our ‘theme’ and as a class verbally discussed ideas of what we could draw, related to the ‘Cave Baby’ story. We then worked in groups to design the world. We enjoyed getting creative and working together.

We then explored what the Bee-bots could do in small groups. We were investigating how to use the buttons on the Bee-bots and what the symbols might mean. These were some of our findings and responses:

“When you press straight and you press GO it goes forward, but orange has to be first” – Penny

“The x stops” – Esme

“I found out it can go backwards with that button” – Finley

History – Toys

To kick start our History unit we started with a hook. We were asked to bring in a toy from home that is special to us and has been a favourite for quite a while. We then shared our toys with the class and took it in turns to explain why we chose this particular toy, why it is special to us as well as how it works/how we play with it.

We then thought about how we can remember what our toys are like today, so that when we get older we will have something to remind us and others. We discussed how our grandparents have passed on their experiences with their toys, through photos, videos, talking and giving the toys down to the next generation. We discussed how this is evidence of what has happened in the past. We came up with our own evidence about our toys by answering questions which included looking at what our toys are made of, how they feel and how we got them.

We then sorted our toys into different categories, including hard (plastic) or soft (fabric) and electronic or moveable

RE – special clothes

To launch our RE focus – special clothes- we came in dressed in our own special clothes!

We had a think about what the word ‘special’ means and discussed which clothes are special to us and why…

Kai- My clothes are special because they keep me calm and I lay on the sofa with them.

Wilfy- I wear my football kit when I watch and play football.

Esmae- I have a bunny T-shirt I wear when I go out for dinner.

Katie- My sparkly dress because I use it to pretend I’m in a fashion show.

We also had visitors come in to talk to us about their special clothes.

We got to try on the firefighter uniform and saw a dancer who wore special clothes for dancing.

Monster Phonics & Zehra Hicks

We have been working super hard over the first couple of weeks back and we are super proud of how well he children have settled into their new routine.

We have already had a dress up day to celebrate our wonder Monster Phonics family and we were even lucky enough to have an author come in and visit us.

We welcomed Zehra Hicks into our classroom and were lucky enough for her to read us some of her stories. We especially loved The Worrying worries as this has helped up with our work on Worry Monsters in Year One.

Please feel free to explore some of her books and her lovely website. 


This week we have been working on number and place value. We have been learning how to carefully count and order numbers to 10 and beyond. We used practical equipment to help us develop our understanding of the number system and manipulate numbers in different ways. We ordered numbers 1-10 from smallest to biggest and vice versa. We used Numicon to help us visualise this then we used multilink to test our working in different ways. We also helped our friendly lady birds get their spots back by sharing out numbers to 20 evenly on their wings to give them their spots back.

Here is a song that the children can sing along to at home to help them consolidate their understanding of the number system.


In PE, we are working on agility and coordination. We are developing children’s special awareness and agility on their feet. To do this we have been setting up slaloms and other obstacle courses for the children to navigate their way around successfully. These sills are relay important and can be supported at home through lots of fun games. We played musical statues where we had to navigate our way around the hall, avoiding obstacles and other children. This kept us on our toes and really helped us learn instructions too.