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Silhouette Art

It was all about silhouette art in Year One. Everyone drew a side profile of their face and then filled them in by drawing their favourite, most meaningful things. It gave their peers a real insight to each others hobbies etc. and they all played a guessing game to try and work out which silhouette belonged to which friend.

Year One's Art Topic

In art the children researched the artist Mondrian, who was a Dutch painter and theoretician and was regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Using primary colours they painted a picture in his style. Some children also used the painting programme in Purple Mash. We really liked Finn in Bumblebee and Jasper in Dragonfly's lovely paintings.

Exciting Experiments in Year One

Year One have became scientists and we have really enjoyed seeing all the exciting experiments that the children created. They thought about the process, equipment they needed and the end results they hoped to achieve! Well done to Grasshopper's Hayley for her fantastic fizzy volcano, and Emily for her cool colour experiment, and to Oscar for his sweet experiment!


Hayley's Fantastic Fizzy Volcano!

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Year One's Stick People

The children enjoyed collecting sticks and creating their own stick person using a range of media. They then wrote their own character profile to describe their person. Everyone enjoyed watching the Year One Teachers share their creations on Teams!


Year One Topics

Year one continued to research their topic of the Great Fire of London. They wrote their own diaries in the style of Samuel Pepys using descriptive language to list the events of the fateful night and explored how the fire affected the lives of Londoners in the 1666.


In maths they have learnt the differences between 2D and 3D shapes. They put this knowlege to practice when they made their 3D Christmas lanterns which they used to light the way to their Christmas productions!

Year One Learning

Following on from our anti-bullying week, Year One's learning was captured by their own personal gingerbread man celebrating that we are all unique in one way or the other. They designed their own anti-bullying slogans, including what to say to bullies.

The children continued enjoying the book "How to Find Gold" and the adventure that the characters went on. They wrote a letter to Crocodile and Anna giving them some advice on what they would need to take to find the treasure. They discovered that the gold was hidden in the deep blue sea and there was a huge sea monster guarding it. They used their imaginations to describe what they thought it would looked like and created their own boats to sail the ocean.

Year One Search for Gold!

Finding gold isn’t easy! In fact it's dangerous and difficult and it requires planning! The children were introduced to the text "How to Find Gold" by Viviane Schwarz during their literacy lessons.  They predicted what they thought the story was about and learnt about the main characters, Crocodile and Anna. They also made their own maps to take them on their own adventures, just like the story, describing the places they will visit along the way.

Year One Make Maps.

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Welly Walking and Superheroes!

Continuing their work on the Supertato book, a story about an unusual SuperHero, the children designed and created their own courageous carrot characters!

Each class went on a wonderful welly walk this week! They became detectives and searched the school grounds for evidence of Autumn; collected leaves and natural materials to make ethereal art. They also made season spiral wheels to learn more about the changes throughout the year and became poets by describing the colours they saw in the trees and bushes.

Thank you for all your wonderful art work Year One, especially Prakruti's picture of a mouse which really made everyone smile!

It's all about nursery rhymes in Year One!


The children read traditional and modern nursery rhymes.  They made their own "three little pig" characters in their D&T lessons.

Red Riding Hood couldn't get to Grandma's house so she sent the children a letter to ask if they could help by making her some sandwiches. They had a wonderful time making Grandma the delicious strawberry jam sandwiches. However, when they went to deliver them, they found out that Grandma had made her own so the children decided to eat them all


The children read Supertato and designed and built a trap with the junk modelling to catch the villain of the book - the Evil Pea! They used cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, orange netting and yoghurt pots to create wonderful and ingenuous traps.

Evil Pea Traps.

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Evil Pea Traps

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Year One Go Potty!

We were delighted to welcome back Debra Thomsett, a renowned ceramicist who has worked with the children before to create some fabulous clay pieces for our outdoor art installation which will be part of our Arts Mark award.  The children and staff had the opportunity to glaze their leaves, flora and insect designs which depict the different seasons and which will be installed in the school grounds when it is completed.


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. 


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.


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.