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Year 1 - Pine Class

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm Visit


We had an amazing day at the Zoo today, the animals were well behaved but the children were better!  We saw animals from a range of continents and we talked about how Noah’s Ark help the animals to survive our cold winters.  
We began our day by looking at the small and very active Meerkats and we finished our day, learning about the biggest land mammal, the elephant.  
We all enjoyed the bird show but we had to be paying attention because some of the birds flew really close to our heads and we had to move quickly.

Using the Balances


In maths, we have been learning about weight.  We have compared different objects to find the heaviest and lightest.  Then we used cubes to find the weight of specific items.  

Using Bee-Bot


We have been exploring algorithms whilst trying to direct Bee-Bot to the correct location.  We thought this was going to be easy but Bee-Bot had other ideas!  Most of us managed to program the device to the correct square by the end of the lesson.

Christmas Dinner

Thank you to our wonderful kitchen staff who worked hard to make us our yummy Christmas dinner this week.  We had lots of empty plates today!

Victorian History

This half term, we have been learning about Victorian home-life and toys.  We were very lucky to have a visit from the museum this week.  During our visit, we explored toys from the past; finding out how they were used and testing them out to see if the toys were fun to play with.  We thoroughly enjoyed using the toys and some of us even dressed up to look like Victorian children.

Making Puppets

We have been practising and improving our sewing skills in class this half term and we have all managed to sew and decorate our own animal hand puppets to take home for Christmas.

Some of us found the stitching tricky and we needed help to untangle the thread, but with great perseverance, we all got our puppets sewn and decorated in the end.


After weeks of rehearsal, the talented children were finally allowed to perform their Nativity production to their parents.  We were very proud of the children who confidently delivered their lines and sang the songs with great enthusiasm.  

Well done Year 1.

P.T.A Pantomime

Thank you to our wonderful P.T.A for all of their hard work throughout the year, raising money to help our school.  We were delighted to watch ‘Mother Goose’ and we had a fantastic time in the theatre laughing and sharing a new experience with our friends.

Making Snowmen

We have been very busy in our woodwork lesson this week.  We sanded our wooden discs using sanding blocks to remove any rough wood so that it felt smooth.  Then we used glue to stick a dowel into our two discs of wood to join them together.  Next we decorated our Snowmen ready to put outside in the gardens. 
We are very pleased with our finished snowmen.

Animals 2 U


Thank you to our wonderful PTA who paid for us to learn about mammals, reptiles and insects today.  We enjoyed developing our scientific knowledge and vocabulary but we loved holding or stroking a range of animals more!
Although some of us were more brave than others,  it was wonderful to have the opportunity to have a careful look at the animals.


We have enjoyed learning about Pudsey Bear and how he raises money to help children throughout the UK.  To help Pudsey, we enjoyed wearing our non-uniform to school and we each made a donation to the Children in Need charity.  Thank you to all of our parents, this year our school raised £464.30.

Here are some photos of our Pudsey Bear week.

Odd Socks for Anti-bullying

We saw a super selection of odd socks to mark the start of Anti-bullying Week.  Thank you for your support, it was great too see such a range of sock lengths, colours and designs!


We were very proud of our children as they observed a two minutes silence to remember the soldiers who fought in the War.  The children stood silently and respectfully.

Outdoor Learning

With Autumn upon us, we have taken the opportunity to use the beautiful leaves 🍁 and seeds to create spiders, pictures and hedgehog dens.  We had great fun, working together using the natural resources.


Year 1 have been working together to produce a plaque for Remembrance Day.  We talked about WW1 and we learnt about the many soldiers who gave their lives to protect our country.

Look out for our plaque in the Welcome garden next week.

#Hello Yellow

Today we participated in the whole school fundraising event for the ‘Young Minds’ charity.  We all wore yellow clothes to school and brought in a donation for the Mental Health charity.  In class, we learnt about the importance of being kind and being a good friend.  We also learnt about what we should do if we feel sad or worried.

Family Learning Mask Making

We had great fun mask making with our parents, grandparents and teachers.  Darrell Wakelam came to show us how to create impressive masks and we worked hard to make our own farm animals.

We listened carefully to the instructions and we each have a beautiful mask to display in school, then take home to wear.  Thank you to everyone who helped us!

Harvest Festival

Thank you to all our wonderful parents who have provided such as amazing selection of foods for our Harvest Festival.  Rev. Ruth is going to collect the food donations and they will be taken to the Lord’s Larder to help families in need.


We have been discovering the secrets of Autumn.  We have each had the opportunity to open the shell of a conker to reveal the conker from within.  Some of us were lucky and we had more than one conker but some of us found one small conker in our shells.  We loved feeling the inside of the shell because it was really smooth but the outside of the shell was quite different and very spiky!

Making Bread

This week we have been learning about the harvest and we have been reading the story of the ‘Little Red Hen’.  On Friday, we worked together to make our own bread rolls.  We had fun watching the yeast expand, mixing the ingredients, kneading our own dough and making our rolls into hedgehogs or plaits. 


We enjoyed our final mindfulness session for this term.  Sparks took us on a journey to meet his underwater friends and we practised moving with them.  We enjoyed playing football like a crab 🦀 and our muscles worked hard to hold the crab position!

Measuring in Maths

This week, we have been having fun in maths, measuring using standard and non-standard units.  We used cubes to find the length of our books and our arms.  Then we used centimetres to find the length of books and to measure our own height.

Exploring Our Senses


In science, we have been exploring our five senses.  We used our touch sense to help us to describe hidden objects to our group.  The coloured film allowed us to explore our sight and how it can be changed by a lens.  We used the instruments to explore sound, although some of us were more keen to make loud sounds than others were to hear them!  Our sense of smell was put to the test with coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and curry paste, many of us preferred the smell of vanilla.  Finally, we tested our taste buds, exploring the taste of raspberries and blueberries.

Live Music


We were very lucky this week, when one of our talented Year 6 students came into our classroom to teach us about his guitar and how it is played.  Joe then played us two tunes that he had been practising over the Summer holidays.  We loved listening to Joe’s music and we can’t wait for him to visit us again!

We have been learning to use positional language


This week we have been reading the story ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’.  We went on our own bear hunt today and Mrs Gaylard led us through the door, down the corridor, through the arch and over the bridge until we eventually found a bear in his den.

We carried the bear back to the classroom where he read the story to himself.

Welcome to Pine Class


The children have had a great start to Pine Class.  Every child has returned to school looking amazing in their smart uniform and ready to work hard.  Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for preparing us for our new school year.


The first week has been very busy, we have shared lots of laughter, lots of fun and plenty of learning too.  Here are a few pictures of us enjoying our learning this week.  

We have been counting and recognising numbers …

We enjoyed Mindfulness with Paula…

We practised jumping and landing in P.E…

And we explored the school grounds in Geography…