Year One

Get Ready! Get Steady! GO!

Year 1 had great morning on Monday for their Sports Day. The children did themselves and their families proud with their motivation and engagement in all of the activities. The children said that they really enjoyed the parachute race and found the space hoppers quite tricky as they kept falling off! Well done to all the children in Reception and KS1. 

Beans, beans good for your heart...

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 1 went back to the allotment to plant the beans that they had planted before the half term. We had a great time and were really surprised how much the fruit and veg had grown. There was loads of strawberries and lettuce galore! 

Runner Beans

Today we planted beans that will germinate in the greenhouse before being planted out at the allotment. We cut and folded cardboard tubes to make compostable pots, filling them with soil and planting a bean. Finally they were watered before being placed in the greenhouse. 


Year 1 had a great afternoon at the allotment! We went up with Mrs Pike who, alongside her dedicated team, have done a great job already planting veg for the school. We helped by watering, weeding and organising the patch where we will be planting our runner beans. 


In Year 1, we have continued to look at hot and cold colours. We have also continued the theme of weaving but this time have done it with different fabrics. 

Inventive Imaginations

Year 1 have read Jack and the beanstalk and Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk. We are now on the 'invent' stage of our writing sequence. Pupils have invented their own characters that are waiting at the top of the beanstalk to be discovered! There are angry poisonous puffer fish, scary ninjas wrapped in black and green masks and unicorns with hearts on their tails and pointy, rainbow coloured horns. Pupils have thought carefully and described their character's characteristics and appearance using exciting adjectives and some expanded noun phrases. 

Look out for these terrifying and intriguing characters in the children's hot task stories. 

Colour Mixing and Weaving

In Year 1 we read the book 'Mix it Up' by Herve Tullet. We then explored colour mixing. We used the primary colours blue, red and yellow to make our own secondary colours: orange, green and purple.

Children learnt how to add white to make a tone and black to make a shade. We studied the colour wheel and discussed warm and cool colours, noticing how colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel compliment each other. Pupils made their own paper using warm colours and cool colours. 

Last week Year 1 learnt how to weave paper through a black card loom using the coloured papers they had made. We think they look really effective!



Spring Watch at Exminster

This afternoon we had the opportunity to get outside and finally enjoy the spring weather. We went around the school grounds to find out how they have changed since our last season watch in winter. The children identified new buds on the tress, daffodils and flowering plants as evidence of spring. They also noticed that the days are becoming warmer, our shadows are now not as long and the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. Great job Year 1!  

Exminster Model Village

In Year 1, we had the children's families in to create our own Model Village. It was great to see the children and adults engaging in building their different buildings. The children will have the chance to use these this week, role-playing the Naughty Bus or their own story. Thank you again to all the adults who came in and to those who collected all the cardboard for us. The children loved it!

Babbacombe Model Village

On Friday, the children had an amazing trip to Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay. The children got to explore the different areas dedicated to particular places of interest in the UK. They loved all the miniature characters and enjoyed following the spotter sheet to see what they can find. We spent time drawing different buildings and the children were particularly proud of these. We also got to experience the 4D Theatre. A great day was had by all.

Watch out there's a cheeky train about!

Year 1 have enjoyed reading Naughty Bus by Jan Oke. In the story the bus is very mischievious and goes on an adventure.

Today 1MS and 1S recieved a train and it too turned out to be rahter mischievious! Can you guess where the train has been today?

This is for youMessyPhotocopierTyreDishwasher

Next week we will be writing our own class stories in the same style as Naughty Bus using the photos we took today.

Money, money, money!

This week in maths Year 1 have been using real money to make totals in different ways. Pupils enjoyed finding different combinations of coins that were equal to each other. Pupils have become confident in 2s, 5s, 10s using 2ps, 5ps and 10ps. Many pupils have also made coin rubbings for their home learning over the last two weeks. We hope pupils will be able to use their new knowledge to role play in the Year 1 shop next week!

Once upon a time...

Pupils used 'Paint' apps to create their fairytale/traditional tale characters. Which characters can you spot?


Read all about it! Read all about it!

Year 1 have been learning the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Pupils worked on freeze frames for the following newspaper headlines based on the story:




Can you match the photographs with the headlines? 


Smells Like Christmas!

How To Make Cinnamon Snowflakes

You will need:

  • a wrap
  • spray oil
  • cinnamon
  • sugar


1. First fold the wrap in quarters and cut out triangles.


2. Next spray it with oil.


3. Then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

4. Now cook it in the oven (for a few minutes) and enjoy!

Pupils enjoyed making Cinnamon Snowflakes last week. They gave instructions about how to make them and filmed each other using the tablets. This week pupils have written their own set of instructions. The instructions above were written by Lilly and by Ava. 

How to Brush Your Teeth


The children have been busy following instructions and writing instructions. Using 'First', 'Then', 'Next' and 'Finally' and including bossy verbs in their instruction writing.


When you brush your teeth you should use a dry brush, brush in small circles and you should not rinse your mouth.

Capital Letter Hunting

In G.O.A.L children used ultra violet lights to search for the capital letters that were written in invisible ink. They then practised forming the capital letters. Well done letter hunters!



Our new English sequence is instruction writing we started by writing instructions for how to set up a hamster cage.

Me and My Shadow

As part of Topic in Year 1, we have been looking at shadows and how they are created. We had the perfect opportunity on Thursday to get out and explore the shadows we could find in the school playground. We also made shadow puppets with our hands and drew around the shadows of different items to see how they changed later in the day.  We are going to use our understanding of how shadows are made and use this to discover the science behind night and day.

Some of the children’s comments:

“When it is sunny, your shadow copies you.”

“When you walk around, your shadow will follow you.”

“When the sun is behind you, you block the sun and that creates the shadow on the floor.”

Exeter Forest School

Year 1 had a great time at Exeter Forest School. We were able to do lots of fun and very messy activities that related to our ‘What is Hot and What is Cold?’ topic, linking it to Fireworks Night. The children were able to make firework pictures using only natural resources they could find and they made their own fires to cook marshmallows on.  The children also got to make their own dens and discover the different areas on the site such as Mud Mount, the Bog of Doom and the mud kitchen. 

Exeter Exotics

On Wednesday we surprised the children with a visit from Exeter Exotics as part of our Hot and Cold topic. The children met a corn snake, a blue tongued skink, a baby sugar glider, a black and white Argentine tegu, a tarantula and two skunks! They learnt where they come from, how each animal is adapted to the country they live in and what they eat. We all had a fantastic time. Thank you to Exeter Exotics.

New beginnings and some new faces!

It was lovely to welcome Year 1 to school today and we had some new faces too. Neil and Jenny the tortoises! The tortoises' visit was very exciting and the children found out that they are herbivores, that tortoises hibernate and what makes them living creatures. Children felt and described their shells and drew pictures of them. We look forward to having the tortoises with us for the rest of the week.

Mrs Whalley visits Year 1

Year 1 really enjoyed finding out about Mrs Whalley's most recent visit to Nayamba in Zambia. Pupils had thought of lots of questions to ask and they listened with interest as Mrs Whalley told them about the Nayamba school day and the children's lives. Year 1 were fascinated to learn the children didn't have any toys and that they made their own. We loved seeing the photos and looking at how happy children were using and playing with resources that had been brought over.
We will have to incorporate toy making into our GOAL time!