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Year 1 - Pear Class 2020-2021

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A New Sign For The Reflection Garden


The children have been working hard, making a new sign for the beautiful Reflection Garden.  Our Reflection Garden is a special place where the children can go to enjoy the natural surroundings, taking in the sights and smells of nature.

Pancake Races

Today, we enjoyed learning about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent.  We also liked hearing about Olney in 1445, where a lady ran to church with her frying pan and her pancake because she was late for the Church Service.

We all had a go at racing with a pancake today.  Some children were racing against each other on screen, whilst others were racing in the playground.  We were all brilliant and had a wonderful time.

Christian Crosses and Prayers

Our children have been working hard, at home and in school.  We have produced some wonderful crosses to represent the Christian religion and we have written some thoughtful prayers.


Pear Class wishes everybody a very Merry Christmas this year, please enjoy (and join in) our special musical message!

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

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Our Alternative Nativity

Congratulations, we have nearly made it to the end of this very difficult year.  The Year 1 Team are very sorry that we have been unable to learn, rehearse and perform a full Nativity for you this year due to Social Distancing and Singing restrictions.  However, we hope that you will enjoy our little production, performed by your amazing children.  Please appreciate the hours your children have spent out in the cold weather, under the helicopter filled sky, on the local bus route through Abbey Manor Park, to bring you this little film!!

We hope you enjoy watching and we wish you and your Family a very Merry Christmas and a HAPPY New Year.

Year 1 Nativity

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A Christmas Prayer

A Prayer by Year 1

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Christmas Wreaths

In Year One we have been getting ready for Christmas by making our Christmas Wreaths. We carefully selected evergreen leaves and used a candle for the middle of our decoration. The candle in the center is like Jesus, the Light of the World. The evergreen leaves are like God's love for us, always with us 

Caterpillar Calendars

In our class we have been learning the days of the week and the months of the year. To help us we have used the Very Hungry Caterpillar story. We have also used this theme to make our calendars and with just a few finishing touches they will be ready to go home. 

BBC Children in Need

Today was Pudsey Day, as the children like to call it.

We have learned that BBC Children in Need has been a part of our lives for 40 years! In that time many of us have helped to raise over £I billion for children in the UK.

Pear Class have been very enthusiastic about helping others less fortunate than themselves. We have written about what BBC Children in Need does and we have written instructions for making a moving Pudsey Bear as well as making one for ourselves.

Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget

Outdoor Learning

As part of our Outdoor Learning this week we have collected red leaves and brown or darker coloured natural objects to make a poppy. Both Pear Class and Pine Class took part making sure we were safe without any contact between the groups of children.

We have begun to think about why we wear poppies at this time of year and we have been getting ready for Remembrance Day which we will be observing next week.

Black History Month

In Pear Class we found out about a lady called Rosa Parks. She was a very brave lady and the children were moved by her protest. All of our children were shocked that she was not allowed to sit where she wanted on a bus and that she was arrested for trying to do this just because of the colour of her skin.

All the children agreed that this was not fair or the right way for us to treat one another. We all agreed that no matter who you are you should be given the same opportunities and that everyone should be treated the same.

Mask Making

Although not all our parents are free to come in for family learning we had a go at mask making in the class room and we think we did very well. We have made some fairy tale animal characters to go with our other characters from fairy tales that were made by the other children from Pear Class.

Family Learning

Despite restrictions we have been lucky enough to be able to invite parents in to have a go at mask making with some of our children with Darryl, an  Art and Design expert, specialising in working with children. I think great fun was had by all!


Mental Health Day

During Mental health Day we discovered more about how our brains work and how they can affect the way we feel and different ways we can try to keep our bodies and minds healthy. We also thought about how our own behaviour can affect other people and how we can help each other feel better about ourselves.

We have tried some Mindfulness Colouring, this can be a very calming  and peaceful activity for some.

Observational Drawing

We have been trying very hard in our Art lessons to look closely at an object, in this case an apple, and try to draw what we can actually see. We were all quite surprised to find that the apples we not very round or not much like a sphere but often odd shaped and not the same colour all the way round.

Number Bonds

Today we have been using apparatus to help use learn and remember our number bonds, Abacuses have been used for thousands of years, and they still work!

Exploring our Environment

We have had a good lesson walking round the school grounds as part of our Geography curriculum looking at our environment and making choices about our favourite part of the school. When we returned to class we drew pictures of our favourite part and wrote about why we liked it.

Field Play

The weather is often warm and pleasant in September, unusually warm at the moment and we can make the most of our playtime using our huge field, Now we must practise lining up!

Welcome to Year One, Pear Class.

Hello and welcome to a new term and a new class. We have had an amazing first week back and all the children have settled in so well, they have been calm and made me feel so happy to be back (if I may have been a bit apprehensive, I'm not now!).

The children have been showing me their Writing, Maths, Art, Science, R.E.. listening and thinking skills and it has been a pleasure to sit near(ish) to them to hear them read. Thank you so much parents and carers for all your teaching efforts over lockdown and in the school holidays. 

I hope to see you all in the future but if you have any questions for me please don't hesitate to ask and I will do my best to help. See you in the playground.

Mrs Lowe