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For the Year One transport topic, the children were asked to explore different forms of transport, considering how they have evolved over time to become more comfortable and efficient. Their home learning centred around Grace Darling, a courageous young woman who helped her father save ship wrecked sailors in a terrible storm on September 17th 1838. 


Following on from their Zoolab experience, the children continued to research and write about carnivores and herbivores.  They developed their understanding of animals and their special features, making use of their knowledge of adjectives to describe their unique features.  


As part of their “Animal Kingdom” topic, the Year One children took part in the Zoolab workshop.  They were introduced to a wonderful collection of animals such as snakes and giant land snails.  They learnt about the diet of the animals and where they came from which supported their learning about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.  In class they made animal fact cards about their experience.


Well done to Maple Class for a fantastic assembly.  The children impressed their families and friends with their knowledge of STEM week including plastic, its properties and its environmental impact.  Their singing was superb and their love of learning was evident.


It was wonderful to meet with so many lovely grandparents this week who joined the Year One classes to talk to them about the toys they used to play with as children.  The children prepared the questions to ask and were delighted with the answer.  They learnt and played with some lovely toys such as hula hoops and tea sets.  Thank you to everyone who

took the time to visit us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


As part of this term’s toy topic, the Year One children took part in an enrichment day where they were taken back in history to explore toys from the past.  Activities included investigating toys from the past and present, there was even an archaeological dig to find toys buried from Roman times.

They also brought their favourite toys into school, but unfortunately they all went missing!  There was an incident were some toys were scattered outside the Year One classrooms.  Traces of green slime was found on the ground and the children discussed what might have happened.  They were asked to investigate this strange occurrence and were sent the book “Toys in Space” to help them.  It looked like they were stolen by the Hoctopize, so they had to describe what their toys looked like, and made posters to warn other people!


During Term Three, Year One studied Christianity, the life and teachings of Jesus, events and concepts which are significant to Christians.  Rev Anne Bourne from St Luke’s visited them to explain the process of baptism.  They asked her some interesting questions such as, “why do babies get baptised?”, “where does the water come from?” and “why does the Vicar give the children a candle?”.  Rev. Bourne also spoke to them abut weddings.  The children made up their own vows, promising to help each other if they fell over in the playground and to share their sweets, even if it is the last one!


The Year One children returned to school in their warm clothes, armed with their torches, to take part in our superb Starlight Safari.  In their groups, named after planets in our Solar System, they visited the six different stations.  We had activities including paper lantern making, campfire singing, cosmic crown making, nocturnal animal searching, night time story-telling, and of course one of the most popular activities, hot dog eating! Thank you to everyone who helped organise and volunteer for this unique Riverhead event, it is one that is enjoyed equally by the staff as well as the children.  


Year One explored “Firelight and Starlight”.  They learnt the history of bonfire night and wrote about the events of the Great Fire of London as well as the story “Bringing Down the Moon”.  They also been looked at seasonal changes in science, discovering what bulbs look like inside and what helps to make them grow.  They planted some in the school grounds and will monitor their progress through the year.


Year One children have used the text “Supertato” to create and make their own superhero vegetables.  They drew and wrote their design instructions and used materials such as wiggly eyes and tissue paper to develop their ideas.  We had pretty perfect parsnips, cute cool cucumbers and amazing appetising apples!


Year One’s topic for Term One was “Food, Glorious, Food”.  The children learnt about the benefits of a balanced diet and the need to exercise.  In science, they focused on the human body.  They named the obvious parts of their bodies, i.e. leg and head, and have found out more about their insides such as veins and arteries.  Also as part of the topic they tasted and created their own soups.  They learnt basic food handling and hygiene practices and how to use the appropriate tools properly.  


Year One visited Chatham Dockyard as part of their learning journey “Ready, Steady, Go”.  They investigated the areas of HMS Gannet and discovered what it must have been like to live aboard the ship.  They took part in two other workshops which involved learning how to make a traditional skipping rope, a drama workshop retelling the life of Grace Darling.  The knowledge they acquired was used in the classroom to write in character as Grace Darling retelling her story.  The visit really enriched the children’s learning about their transport topic.

In their art lessons they made observational drawing of bicycles.  They focussed on using different kinds of lines in their representation.



Year One investigated a mysterious incident that happened when Mr Veness was in the playground!  Some gigantic things fell out of the sky! There were huge glasses, a large part of a plant, a super-sized tape measure and some enormous gold coins.  Thankfully Mr Veness was not hurt but was a bit shaken! It appeared that the items might belong to a giant, the children searched for clues to solve the mystery!


Year One children created their own 3D faces using clay. Firstly, they studied and considered proportion and facial features. They then learnt techniques of how to roll and pinch clay, and also, how to make marks in the clay. They used these skills to create their own artistic versions of a green man.


One visited RHS Garden Wisley part of their “Enchanted Garden” topic. During the visit they took part in an “Incredible Edible Plants” workshop which involved planting their own pea seeds which they brought back to school to look after them and watch them grow. They visited the orchards and greenhouses, explored the vegetable and herb gardens, and learnt how some food is produced. They also discussed which part of the plant can be eaten.


We joined other schools to take part in the Sing Fit Event at Sevenoaks School.  The Year 1 children took part in 3 workshops, and the day ended with everyone coming together for one amazing choir.  The aim of the event was for pupils to experience the physiological and psychological benefits of singing, to educate them in the health benefits of singing and to inspire and encourage life-long participation in music and the arts. 

Year 1 Sing Fit Event

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Year One children were lucky enough to take part in another Animate Arts' workshop.  They built a wicker unicorn house, planted sunflower seeds for a bee supermarket and made a mini beast hotel with bamboo and sticks.  The focus was on the chosen young team leaders to teach new skills to their peers.


Some of our parents brought in different forms of transport for the children to look and learn about for the Year One "transport day".  We had a limousine, motorbikes, a tractor and even a canoe!



Ten Year One children attended a BAD Big Art Day at Mascalls School.  They worked alongside children from different backgrounds, with different abilities and ages from 11 other West Kent Schools, to create amazing tree sculptures using recycled materials, the tallest of which was 8ft!  The “Leadership through Culture” project is part of the INSPIRE Olympic Legacy School’s Programme.  Thank you to our chosen Leaders, who were amongst the youngest children at the event, for representing the school so well and sharing their experience with their classes.  Please take a moment to visit their web site


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