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Welcome to Summer Term!

Our topic this term is ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. We will be learning to take a step back and appreciate nature and all it has to offer! We will be keeping caterpillars, locust hoppers and crickets in the classroom, watching them, noticing differences and why that may be... Hopefully none of the critters will escape! We’ve already made the most of the sun and been to the Hoe!

Andy Goldsworthy inspired Art

We have been looking at Andy Goldsworthy and how he uses nature to create Art. We considered different ways in categorising nature and different effects we could use such as colour change, patterns and shape. Here are some of our creations!

Royal Wedding Celebration

Start of Topic Trip to the Hoe

Science Day!

Debra Searle MBE - Professional Adventurer visit


We were very fortunate to have Debra, who has rowed across the Atlantic on her own, come in to tell us all about her adventures. It was amazing to hear stories like Barney the turtle, spending Christmas Day in her rowing boat in the Atlantic, how dolphins swam by her boat and splashed her and how the wind caused a few problems... We also found out about some more of adventures like climbing mountains and travelling across the Arctic. Debra also spoke about how she had control over one thing and that was her attitude! She continues to live by the motto of YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE!

You can find out more about Debra on


Class Assembly

A massive thank you to the parents for their all of their support at home with the children and for the huge turn out! The children did an excellent job, well done!


Bear Hunt

In Literacy, we have been reading, learning and adapting 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'. In class we went on our very own Bear hunt, here are some of the pictures.


Happy New Year!

We hope you have had a very merry Christmas and are enjoying the New Year and what it has to offer. 

This term the topic is 'To the edge of the World' where children will be looking into the lives of Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. The unit has a strong historical and geographical focus.



Wow assembly

Well done to Tegan who was our Wow! Tegan recently earned her third stripe in Jiu Jitsu. Alex has been impressing me all term with his effort and care that he is putting into his spelling and handwriting and has made huge improvements. Keauno has been trying so hard all term with his Maths, often surprising himself with how clever he is!

Christmas dinner

In Maths, we have been looking at addition and subtraction on number lines using bears, lego lines and number lines to jump on!

Spontaneous Dancing

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After watching Year 5's class assembly, the year ones were inspired to have a go themselves.

St. Andrew's E-safety Day


On our E-safety day, we were introduced to our digital mascot, Tablet Tiger. To make him feel at home, we dressed up in orange and black. Tablet Tiger will go home with one of the children each week to learn about how to stay safe with technology. 

In our first WOW assembly, Rihanna got a certificate for her amazing gymnastics. Loveday won a Literacy award for consistently using 'and' and 'because' in her sentences. Jayden won his magnificent Maths award for scoring 40 out of 40 in his Maths tests.

Welcome to the Autumn Term 2017.

Our Topic this term is From Land's End to John O'Groats.

Y1 Curriculum Poster Autumn 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to see our class assembly today! It was wonderful to see so many grown ups there. We had a great time performing and loved sharing our learning with you all. We were particularly excited to show everyone our pastel pictures of Jonah and the Big Fish!

Pennywell Farm Trip

On Tuesday 23rd May we had a wonderful day out at Pennywell Farm! We explored the farm and learnt even more about where food comes from. We even got to explore how the farm is organised. Some of our favourite things were riding on the tractors and playing with lots of the animals. Have a look at the pictures below which capture only a snippet of the fun and excitement! 

We really enjoyed handling lots of different animals.

The legendary tractor ride...

Holding the micro pigs was so much fun!

We collected the eggs from the chickens.

We milked a goat!

Summer is here and we've been enjoying playing tennis outside! We're getting really good at hitting the ball to each other, why not spend some time practising at home?

🌺🌱🌼Spring Term 2017πŸƒπŸŒ·πŸŒ»


It's International Women's Day! We have been talking about the achievements of women and we thought about the women in our lives. Here are some of the reasons why some of the women we know are special to us:


Reggie- "Nanny is special because she is good at playing Uno and making cakes." 

Bella-Rose- "Mummy is special because she is good at looking after our cat."

Rocco- "Nanny is really good at driving."

Freya- "Mummy is special because she encourages me to never give up."

Kai- "My mummy is good at looking after other people."

Dania- "Mummy is special because she is good at knitting, baking and teaching me about the Bible."

Sofia- "My mummy is good at making new things like chairs and clothes." 

Lewis- "Mummy is special to me because she is good at driving and knitting."

Khalia- "Mummy is really good at dancing."

Lilly- "Mrs King is special to me because she is lovely and really good at PE and sports."

Laylan- "Mummy is very special because she is good at playing football."

George- "My nanny is good at knitting."

Jude- "Mummy is special because she is good at cooking."

Perez- "Tercia is special to me because she always makes me feel happy and cheerful."

Cameron- "My Nanny Julie is really special because she can fix computers."

Nawaf- "My Auntie is good at playing football."

Cole- "Mrs Allchurch is special because she is kind and good at driving her car."

Alex- "My mummy is special and strong because she is good at working out."

Ellie- "Mrs King is special to me because she is good at teaching me new things."

Aliya- "My Auntie Cathy can knit with just her fingers!"

Mya- "My mummy is special because she is really, really, really good at playing football."

Rory- "My Granny is great at sewing, knitting and cuddling."

Grace- "My Grandma is strong in her heart because she looks after everyone and her cats."

Reuben- "Mummy is special to me because she is good at reading and playing the violin."

Louie- "Mrs King is special because she is kind and good at writing and maths." 

Nevaeh- "My Grandma is really good at knitting."

Emma- "Mummy is special because she is very good at making cakes."

Sara- "My mummy is special because she is clever."

Oakley- "My Nanny is special to me because she is good at making strawberry pie and she is really good at playing golf."


πŸ“š Happy World Book Day! πŸ“š

We have spent the day wearing fabulous book character costumes and reading lots of different books! We have also been taking part in lots of activities all about our class book, The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. 

We measured some lighthouses and put them in size order.

We were very excited to welcome medical students to Year One today! They brought the Teddy Bear Hospital to St Andrews so that all of our teddy bears could visit the doctors and receive some treatment. We ended up with lots of bandaged paws and pawsriptions for cuddles! We also learnt about the human body, have a look below at the exciting activities we took part in...

First we learnt about the heart and used a stethoscope to listen to each other's hearts beating.

Then we studied the human skeleton and tried to find where the missing bones belonged.

After that we learnt about the different equipment that doctors might use. We even got to have a go at using some of it!

Next we learnt about the importance of washing our hands properly. We used a special light to show up the parts of our hands that we had missed, and then we learnt some very useful hand washing techniques.

Finally we took our teddies to see the doctors to get their very own pawsriptions! 🐾

For homework over the past half term all children in Year 1 have made a poster or leaflet about a favourite place in Plymouth. I am very impressed with their work!
We went for a walk around our local area and made our own journey sticks. Next we're going to use them to create some simple maps. Why not look at some maps of Plymouth at home? 🌍
We have painted our own pieces of art in the style of Brian Pollard. Pop down to the Year 1 classroom to see our fabulous art gallery!
We experimented with pulley systems to see how Mr. Grinling might have got his lunch. We've been having a wonderful time learning about The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage. 


As part of our topic we have been studying the work of local artist Brian Pollard. Inspired by his work, we walked up to the Hoe to have a go at drawing Smeaton's Tower and Drake's Island. 



We have been learning how to use a number line to subtract. We made some short films explaining how to do it!


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Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. Once again the children have made an excellent start to the term and have been keen to get stuck in with their learning straight away.  I am very impressed with their enthusiasm! We have a jam packed term ahead of us which I’m very much looking forward to.

This term our topic will be ‘Where We Live’, please take a moment to look over the curriculum poster. We would love to display a collection of maps or pictures of Plymouth in the past, if you have any at home that you’d be happy to lend us we would be very grateful. Similarly, if you or someone you know would like to come and talk to the children about how Plymouth has changed throughout the years that would be fantastic, please do let us know.


Keep an eye on this page for the latest news from Year One!

πŸ‚Autumn Term 2016 πŸ‚

Why not have a look through our Autumn term news?

Merry Christmas everyone! Here are a few action shots from our school Christmas lunch. 

Year One performed an extract of Matilda during our whole school Christmas production! We enjoyed learning the story and practising our acting, singing and dancing

Friday 4th November

This week we have been learning how to measure objects. We have also been ordering objects by size. Why not have a go at measuring things at home?

We enjoyed our Internet Safety day on Thursday! We learnt about staying safe online and made some posters to let other people know the golden rules. Keep an eye out for our posters on display in the hall. Here we are in our seriously snazzy computer virus costumes!

Friday 21st October

On Wednesday we had a blast during Toys Day! We dressed up as toys and spent the whole day investigating modern toys. We became toy critics whist writing reviews of toys and then we used our evaluations to design our own toys...the toys of the future! Have a look below at our fabulous costumes. 


This week we have been learning about colour mixing. We used primary colours to create secondary colours and experimented with colour sums. Year 6 joined us for some colour mixing fun, we had a great time together!

Here we are in our super snazzy toy costumes!

We had fun playing with lots of different toys and writing reviews for other children to read.

In the afternoon we took part in puppet dancing.

Here are some clips of our puppet dancing. We took in turns bring the puppet and the puppeteer. We used imaginary strings to move our puppets, can you spot them?


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Friday 14th October

This morning we had a fantastic time listening to Nick Sharratt at the Guildhall. He read some of his stories to us and showed us how to draw lots of different things. We particularly enjoyed his funny animals, and we had great fun creating our own animals back at school. What do you think?  

Friday 7th October

This week we have been learning all about counting up to 100. Here are a couple of games we have been playing in the classroom. Why not try them at home?


Friday 30th September 


It's been a week of sporting success in Year One! We won the whole school Wake and Shake contest and here's Perez with his tennis trophy!


This week we have been learning about toys from the past. We enjoyed playing with lots of different toys during our Toys from the Past day on Wednesday. Thank you to all of the grown ups who came along to help!

A few action shots from our Toys From the Past day.