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Year Group One

All Fishy in Year One!

In science they have been looking at the structure of amphibians and their features. They also had the

opportunity to identify the features on a real fish and added this information to their fact files.

Year One Starlight Safari

We love the Year One Starlight Safari! It is a really exciting event for the children and brings their topic of "Whizz Pop Bang!" to life in a fun and informative way.  Everyone joined in with the singing around the camp fire; made cosmic glow in the dark crowns; discovered nocturnal animals to win a prize; made paper lanterns to light up their group pictures; listened to some lovely stories with silly voices!; and ate delicious hot dogs under the night sky! 

Year One Find a Dragon's Egg!

Year One made an incredible discovery of a strange egg at the foot of the ancient oak tree! The teachers have been in touch with Dr. Penfold, a renowned Dragonologist asking for expert opinon! She has asked the children to write to her describing the egg so that she can confirm what type of dragon it belongs to.

Dr. Penfold is kindly sending them a book about dragons to answer their questions and help them identify the dragon.

Autumnal Walk

The children enjoyed a wonderful Autumnal walk around our school grounds during their science lessons. Using their senses to detect signs of Autumn, they found some colourful leaves, signs of burrowing animals and lots of conkers and acorns!

Baptism in Year One!

We thanked Rev. Andy from St. Mary's Church who visited Year One this term and talked to them about the celebration of Baptism and it's significance in the Christian faith. The children learnt why Godparents are important in a child's life; the symbol of crossing a child with holy baptism water; and the significance of a candle being given to the parents. They compared the Christian rite with the way Muslims welcome new babies to their families and community. An Aqiqah usually takes place on the seventh day after a baby's birth, and is a ceremony where special meat is cooked and shared with family, friends and members of the community who are in need.



Food Glorious Food!

As part of their "Food Glorious Food" topic, the children created a Superhero Vegetable using using googly eyes, masks and capes just like the Supertato story they read. We had some wonderful characters such as Perfect Parsnip and Courageous Carrot!

They also catergorised fruit and vegetables, identifying the which food had seeds, which were sweet, and which grow above or below the ground.

During their science lessons, they learnt about senses with a focus on "smell".  After smelling different smell pots, containing items such as lemons, garlic and chocolate, they chose the best one for the Gingerbread Man to use to disguise himself!

Ready, Steady, Go!

Ready, steady, Go was Term Six's Year One topic. The children really enjoyed becoming fact finders researching the very brave Grace Darling. They found out why she was so brave and  decided to design her a gold Riverhead Medal.  


They had an amazing time at the Chatham Dockyard investigating the areas of HMS Gannet and discovering what it must have been like to live aboard the ship.  They took part in two other workshops at the Dockyard which involved learning how to make a traditional skipping rope and a drama workshop retelling the life of Grace Darling. 


In their science lessons they tested different materials to find out which was the best one for Grace Darling to wear to keep her dry during her epic rescue.

Grace Darling Workshop.

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Year One PSHE Topic!

Term Six's  PSHE topic was "Changing Me" and the children looked at the life cycles of animals and humans. They played "guess who is the baby" in class when they brought their baby photos and shared some of their memories such as first words and favourite toys, with each other.

Jim and the Beanstalk!

Something fell out of the sky and landed on poor Mr. Pilfold!  He rushed into the assembly, interrupting Mrs Bligh, to tell the children about the things that had fallen on him and asked them to find out what had happened.  They became detectives, investigating the mystery, and luckily found a piece of paper on which had also fallen out the sky written by a boy called Jim asking whether he should climb a beanstalk or not!

Animal Classification

In science the children researched animal classification, putting them into the groups of omnivores, herbivores and carnivores. They learnt what each group likes to eat and the features they have to help them with their diet.

They loved their exciting visit from Zoolab! They looked at and handle (if they wanted to!) a variety of amazing creatures such as a snake, hissing cockroach, a scorpion, tarantula, lizard, and giant snail. This helped to deepen their learning about classification and the diet of different animals.

Year One's Mysterious Foot Steps

Year One had a "WOW" start to Term Four as they discovered some mysterious foot steps outside their classrooms! Mrs Wolfe sent them some pictures that had been emailed to her of the footprints and they used their predicting and investigating skills to report back to Mrs. Bligh. After much discussion, they decided they must belong to "The Lonely Beast" which was their new focus book.

When the Lonely Beast has identified himself, he explained why he was shy and looking for friends and the children were asked to create a kind friendly Beast so that he is no longer lonely. They wrote a letter from their Beast asking him to be their friend.


Year One Geography Topic

In geography the children learnt about the United Kingdom, marking its countries, capital cities and surrounding seas on their own 3D maps which they created from salt dough.

Year One - Let's Play Topic

The Year One focus story was "Brown Paper Bear".  There was a mysterious brown paper package with ribbon on and  the children discovered it was a very old bear.  They met their old class bears, introducing them to their own teddy bear friends. Bear went on an adventure and the children took part in role playing and freeze framing as they explored their thoughts and feelings.  They researched historic toys, comparing them with the modern ones we play with today such as the cup and ball toys which they enjoyed designing and making.


In their PSHE lessons they thought about "achieving together" discussing a short term goal with their talk partner and working together to create their wellie design which represented their goal. The children had to comment on what was easy and what was difficult working with their partner to complete this task.

Thomas' Ball and Cup Game.

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