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!  

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!

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.

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.

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!

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


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? 


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. 


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.

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.

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.”

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. 

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.

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.

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!

We have enjoyed going to the allotment today. We looked at all the fruit and vegetable plants and then shared our own growing stories. Finally we planted some Swiss Chard seeds. We think they may be sprouting when we visit the allotment again. Mrs Pike picked us some strawberries which were ready and after washing them we tried them back at school. The strawberries were delicious!

Look at our amazing planters! Year 1 pupils were busy in the Easter holidays creating these wonderful recycled and up recycled planters. We have enjoyed having them in our classrooms and now they will be displayed in our door area. Thank you for your efforts Year 1.

Toby's Reclamation kindly lent Year 1 some of their treasures! The children were able to organise the artefacts into old, new and from a long time ago. Pupils enjoyed studying the items carefully and creating an observational drawing. Maisie's and Jessica's artwork can be seen in the photographs. Pupils were also able to compare how things have changed with the invention of electricity, batteries and the use of plastic. Pupils looked at old and new irons, door bells, sewing machines and weighing scales and considered how they have changed and developed. Many thanks to Toby's Reclamation.

Year one had an exciting morning at Blackpool School sharing some dance moves, sharing dances and learning a superhero dance. We very tired in the afternoon from all the exercise!

Well done to Matthew who completed his maths challenge which was to fit 30 objects in a tiny matchbox!

Thank you so much to parents/guardians and children for the amazing effort that was put into the children's World Book Day costumes. The pupils looked fantastic and it made the day feel really special! After showing off our costumes and explaining a little bit about our favourite book characters  Year 1 and Year 2 teamed up to research different authors and make posters. We spent some time sharing books with class 4W/5C which the children really loved and we finished the day with a sharing assembly.
Everyone went home with a World Book Day voucher - don't forget to use yours before 26th March!

We had a wonderful time at the model village today. We loved looking at the tiny houses, buildings and people. The children couldn't quite believe their eyes and were so excited and enthusiastic about the village.  We picked three places for our innovate section of our sequence linked to ' Naughty Bus' . The pond, the dragon figure and the zoo!

We have been solving number problems involving 100 ants. We have sorted them into a variety of arrays.