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Year 1 - Pine Class 2020-2021

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.

The Teachers weren’t as good as the children!

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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.


We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Pine 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 from Year 1

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Christmas Fun

We had a great time making party hats, playing with our toys from Father Christmas and playing socially distanced party games.

Father Christmas Visited Last Night!
We were surprised when we switched on our board this morning because we had a video from Santa.  He told us that he had left some clues in an envelope and we had to follow the clues to find our gift 🎁.

We were delighted to find a big box of Playmobil.  Thank you Santa πŸŽ…πŸ».


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Some Special Letters Arrived Today

We were delighted when the post arrived this morning because the postman brought us some very special letters from Father Christmas.

Our Finished Puppets

We have all made our own animal puppet and we are very pleased with our efforts.


Making Puppets

In class, we have been designing our own hand puppets.  We have been busy sewing around the edges to join our puppets together, just a few knots and tangles but now we are ready to add the detail!

Making Father Christmas Decorations


The children have been enjoying making their own Father Christmas decorations to display in our outside area.  They have painted their unique Father Christmas face and body on wooden discs and they have assembled them using wooden dowels.  We are very proud of the children’s efforts.

Christmas Decorations

We all enjoyed our outdoor learning this week, where we explored the school grounds searching for evergreen plants.  Once we had found a selection of plants, we took cuttings, then we returned to the classroom to make our own table decorations.  The children couldn’t wait to take their decorations home to show their parents.

Getting Ready For Christmas

The children in Art Club have been having fun, getting ready for Christmas.  We made some green paper chains with a partner and we have used the paper chains to make a tree for our role play area. 

Pudsey Day

A BIG thank you to everyone for your fantastic efforts for children in Need.  We loved seeing all of your children in their pyjamas to help raise money for this wonderful charity and we are proud to announce that our school raised £527.01.

Thank you for your continued support.


Remembrance Day

We have been learning about the soldiers who lost their lives in the war and we have been thinking about the sacrifice they made for us.

We Will Remember Them.


We had great fun learning how to play hockey with Mr Bourne.  We learned to hold the hockey stick correctly, then we controlled the ball around the hall.

Making 2 Digit Numbers

We used arrow cards to make 2 digit numbers.  The children enjoyed exploring tens and ones and we challenged each other to make a range of different numbers.

Making Poppies

We enjoyed using the outdoor space to create a poppy as part of our Remembrance Day work.  We found some beautiful red leaves and we used pine cones and seeds for the centre of our piece.

Mask Making


Our parents and children have been very busy, working together to make fairytale masks. They cut, they stuck and they got messy as they enjoyed creating these wonderful masterpieces.  Thank you to Darrell Wakelam and all the wonderful parents who joined together to help our children.

National Poetry Day


We have been looking at poetry and learning about rhyme and rhythm.  As part of our lesson, we learnt the Autumn ‘Leaves’ poem by Elsie N Brady.  The children enjoyed learning the poem and they loved finding actions to represent the different lines of the poem.  
Please enjoy our performance...

National Poetry Day 2020

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Measuring in Maths


We have been using cubes to measure the height of our class books.  We found out that the tallest book was 16 cubes tall and the shortest book was only 9 cubes tall.  
Then we worked together to find the difference between the height of the tallest book and the height of the shortest book.

Autumn is Here!


We have been finding out about the changes that take place as we move from the Summer to the Autumn.  We all noticed the change in temperature this week and many of us brought our warm winter coats to school.

We have also been observing the trees and the changes that have taken place over the past 4 weeks.  Some of the trees have started to change colour and their leaves are beginning to fall.  Other trees have produced seeds which have fallen to the floor for us to explore.  We found pine cones and acorns at school and we had fun opening the seeds from the horse-chestnut trees in our community.



We Went on a Bear Hunt


We left the classroom to follow a bear trail in search of a big bear, ‘we weren’t scared’.  We went over a bridge, under an arch and through a narrow path.  We finally found the bear in the shelter, hiding from the sun.

Welcome to Year 1

It has been a pleasure to welcome the children back to school and see how quickly they have settled into their new classroom.  We have been so proud of the work we have seen in this first week and we are looking forward to a fun filled year with this special class of children.  Thank you for all of the hard work you have put in at home, the children are a real credit to you and we look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Our School

For most of us, coming back to school has been really exciting and today we decided to walk around the school grounds to find out what makes Preston Primary a special place to be.
We had a fantastic time walking around the grounds, looking for our favourite parts of the school.  Some of us liked the plants whilst others loved the playground equipment, the pond and the bug hotel.  We had fun drawing pictures in our books.