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The Evil Pea Escapes

The children made been making their traps for the Evil Pea, who escaped from the kitchen which meant the children only had carrots to eat for lunch!! The traps were made out of cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and fruit nets amongst other junk items to create some amazing devices.

During their computing lessons, they used the Purple Mash programme to draw their Evil Pea by creating a shape and filling it in in.

Neptune Class were very excited to see their traps worked!

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Food Glorious Food!

As part of Term One's "Food Glorious Food" topic, the Year One children researched the artist Arcimboldo. They made collages of their own faces using fruit and vegetables.

They also created their Superhero Vegetables using googly eyes, masks and capes just like the Supertato story. We had some wonderful characters such as Courageous Carrot and Outrageous Onion.


Year One study Grace Darling

The Year One children studied the historical figure Grace Darling. They wrote about her life as a lighthouse keeper's daughter and the "Great Storm", and ordered the events of her life in a time line. In design and technology, they used mechanisms including sliders, wheels and pivots for simple levers incorporating these into their own designs to make a moving picture for a scene to tell her story.

Jim and the Beanstalk!

A giant pair of glasses, a measuring tape and some golden coins appeared outside the Year One classrooms in Term Six! After much discussion, the children decided they must belong to the giant from the story Jack and the Beanstalk! The children arrived at school to find an envelope addressed to their class containing the book for the week, Jim and the Beanstalk. They planted their own beans and have created castles on top of poles for them to climb up. They have also wrote their own stories about the book.

The Mysterious Beast in Year One!

The children arrived at school to find several large footprints outside their classrooms. Mrs Wolfe was concerned because she heard some strange noises in their classrooms the night before and sent the children a video of a creature walking in the countryside nearby! This led to lots of discussions about who the footprints might belong to. The majority of children decided they were from a beast. They then discovered a mysterious note from the beast saying that he couldn't stay to meet them as he had to keep looking for.........

He sent us a picture of some of his story and we enacted how the people might feel when meeting him.

And so the story continued........the beast sent the children a story map of his incredible journey. He climbed up and down mountains; crossed dangerous rivers; jumped off waterfalls; and eventually reached the sea! He swam and swam and swam and had many adventures under the waves, such as riding on a whale and walking through a garden of jelly fish. The children were amazed by his determination and resilience and wondered why he was doing all these wonderful exciting things. 

They really got into the character of the Beast and wrote their own letter in search of a friend with similar qualities. They were delighted to hear his news that he had found some beast friends of his own.

During art lessons they made camouflaged collage pictures inspired by the story, by blending a coloured background.


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Science Lessons

During their science lessons they have been classifying animals. They put them in groups of "fur or feather", "flying or walking" as well as other features.

Geography Lessons

During their geography lessons, the children learnt about the four countries of the U.K. They made salt dough maps, pinpointing capital cities with flags and the location of seas and oceans which surround them.

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.

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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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.