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  Welcome to Year 1, Spring 2022  

After our successful journey from Land's End to John O'Groats last term, the spirit of adventure once again prevails in Year 1! Our cross curricular topic is ‘To the Edge of the World’ as detailed on the curriculum poster below. Whilst it has a strong historical focus, it is also a perfect springboard to examine human courage and resilience in the face of adversity. We will be comparing the lives and achievements of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong - as well as other lesser-known explorers who lived in very different times.

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10.01.22: We introduced this term's history topic with a jigsaw challenge. Children worked in teams to re-assemble pictures from the past. 





Their next task was to become historical detectives, looking closely at each picture to discover clues about the past and consider how the pictures are linked? They showed great curiosity and here are just a few things they want to find out...

Who is the man? (William B)

When was he born? (Elodie)

What was his job? (Leighton)

Was he a sailor? Was he a pirate? (Isaac)

Did the ship have a name? (Meena)

What is the ship like? (Harrison)

Is the ship English? (Benji)

Where is the ship going?(William L)

Was this a long time ago? (Beste)

Did he invade the other land? (Leon)

Did they attack other ships? (Charlie)





Look back at Year 1, Autumn 2021  

There are many adventures to come this term, as Year 1 embark on a 'Grand Tour' of Great Britain, travelling the length and breadth of the country from Land's End to John O'Groats. This unit has a geographical and historical focus - we will be exploring the landscape, finding out about famous landmarks and people, sampling local foods, learning new languages and discovering what makes our islands special. The children's KS1 Supersaver travel passes are all ready for their first trip on board the Magical Mystery Tour Bus... keep checking our class page to join the adventure!

Meet the children in Year 1. Hello everyone!

16.12.21: Merry Christmas to you all! Christmas dinner was delicious. Thank you to Mrs Mc Culloch and her team.

14.12.21: We celebrated our journey from Land’s End to John O’ Groats with a ‘Great British Christmas Party’. We started the day by preparing our British feast - we baked scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream, made Scottish smoked salmon and cream cheese bites, cucumber sandwiches fit for the Queen and some fabulous biscuits iced as British flags. Scrumptious!

Today we completed our Christmas D.T projects. We each designed and built a toy with moving mechanisms to match the song ‘When Santa got stuck up the chimney’. Our Santas definitely won’t get stuck - we’ve used an axle with a handle so that we can wind our Santas smoothly up and down. We are so impressed with the children’s creative and technical skills and love their finished models. 🎅

Here Benji show you his axle in motion...

07.12.21: We had another group STEM challenge today; how to build the tallest tower we could from a given number of wooden sticks and a lump of plasticine. It was very tricky! We needed to test out different ideas and communicate with each other.

A HUGE well done to all those children who are working hard to complete lots of challenges on Maths Shed and Spelling Shed - you've made it to the top of the whole school league this week. Phenomenal! yes



A calm and creative afternoon as Year 1 paint Conwy Castle in the style of JMW Turner. Their focus is incredible!

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Here are our finished paintings. We’ve tried to capture Turner’s dramatic skies and landscapes by mixing dark and light shades in our watercolour tins.

19.11.21: Today we completed our sponsored walk to raise money for Children in Need. We did a long circuit, walking from school to the Barbican and Hoe. It might not have been as far as the Land’s End to John O Groats route, but it certainly was a challenge.


A huge thank you to all parents, family members and friends who supported our children with this challenge. Year 1 and Year 2 managed to raise over £900 with some money still to be collected. We really appreciate your generosity in helping us to raise such an astonishing amount.

19.11.21 We all wore spots to raise money for Children in Need!

17.11.21: We wanted to celebrate and share our amazing poetry writing, so today we created a ‘pop up autumn display’ for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a copy of our poems. We worked in pairs to gather ideas, draft and then edit our poems with our 'purple polishing pens'! These are our final copies - click on each to enlarge.

16.11.21: Today we worked in pairs on a STEM investigation ... we had to build a strong bridge from just 1 sheet of paper! Our challenge was to try and change the shape of the paper and investigate how many cubes each bridge would hold. Here are our results.

10.11.21: This afternoon, we were lucky to have a storytelling session with a local author. Katherine Terris is an engineer in Devonport Dockyard. She recently wrote a book about a ship called Porty (based on real events in her job). She visited us virtually and we all enjoyed hearing about Porty’s adventures as well as her job as an engineer. We were also lucky enough to each take a book home, thanks to the Drake Foundation.

08.11.21: We have been learning how fire fighting has changed since The Great Fire of London. Today we had fun creating a human chain to pass buckets of water from the water tank to the ‘fire’. The children all agreed that it was exhausting work! Here’s a snippet ...

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Great homework Year 1 - you’ve brought London to the classroom with your fabulous posters, maps and models! Isaac even managed a real life trip to the capital.

Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to visit the Queen ...

20.10.21: We have written our own versions of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. Here are a few extracts to enjoy and I'm sure you'll agree that the children have worked their socks off!

Practical maths: Sorting, comparing and ordering numbers to 10. We’ve been using new words and symbols.

Oracy: Did the tiger who came to tea have very bad manners? We split into groups to debate the question.

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Sofia shares her opinion.

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21.09.21: We wrote letters to Mrs Allchurch to tell her what had happened. She came to visit us and said that she thought a tiger might have had tea in our classroom! She told us about a well known story that was written by Judith Kerr many years ago. We are looking forward to reading it.

20.09.21: Something strange happened in Year 1 today. When we got back from assembly, our classroom was a mess! Something had been in there, eating cakes, fruit and biscuits as well as drinking tea. There were things all over the floor and we saw some unusual footprints.