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Welcome to Year 1 


The Year 1 team are:

Holly Class - Mrs Baird, Mrs James and Miss Eadie

Pine Class - Mrs Purves (Mon-Wed), Mrs Gauntlett (Thurs-Fri) and Mrs Fillon-Payoux

Rowan Class - Miss Cossey and Ms Barnett.


We have an exciting year planned for the Year 1 children.

We will be adding information and photos of the activities to this page on a regular basis.


If you have any questions about Year 1, please contact your child's class teacher or Mrs Baird (Year 1 Lead)


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Year One Home Learning Challenges
We love sharing the home learning challenges that children have brought in and celebrating their hard work and effort. Here are some examples of the awesome home learning challenges that have been brought in:
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Photos of Year One Learning

No Added Sugar School Art Project

Year One have loved working together with the No Added Sugar art group to paint their own patterns and designs on wooden circles. They look really effective and amazing and everyone felt very proud of their creation. We can't wait to see them when they are finally put up on the wall outside the school office and Holly Class alongside those done by Nursery, Reception, Year 2 and members of staff and Governors.

'Why isn't everyone afraid of the dark?' Wow Morning

On Tuesday 26th November 2019 we had a very exciting special surprise when the Explorer Dome came to visit. We went to the Junior School where they had inflated a ginormous dome that is a bit like a tent. We had to take our shoes and socks off and carefully crawled through the tunnel where we had a fantastic show about Light and Dark. We learnt about different sources of light like light bulbs and torches which use electricity and  saw electricity in the plasma ball. We also experienced what it was like when it is pitch black and you can't even see your hand in front of your face! We thought about how we get light from the sun, how we can make shadow puppets, how light is reflected off shiny surfaces like disco balls and the moon. We talked about how light is made of lots of different colours which we can see in a rainbow and had a look at the starry night sky. Everyone thought it was amazing and really enjoyed discovering more about light and dark!

Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night

This term as part of our work about 'Why isn't everyone afraid of the dark?' we have explored the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and how he created beautiful starry night landscapes. We have created our own using pastels, but have also explored using the 2Paint a Picture app on the Purple Mash website to create our own starry skies. They look absolutely fantastic!


Mary Anning

We have loved learning about Mary Anning and how she was the first person to discover the Icthyosaur, Plesiosaur skeletons. We have learnt that she lived 200 years ago in the town of Lyme Regis which is near the sea and had a dog called Tray who she took with her when she went fossil hunting. Mary Anning's Dad taught her how to find fossils and she  would sell the fossils she found to rich tourists. 


We have looked at a famous portrait of Mary Anning; created our own story boards about her life; made our own clay fossils; talked about why she is such an important, significant person and have even dressed up as Mary Anning and her Dad to role play what they might have done in the past.

Comparing Numbers

We have been exploring groups of objects and numbers and comparing them using the mathematical vocabulary of more than, greater than, equals, less than and fewer than. We then started exploring using the greater than sign >, less than sign < and the equal sign = to help us show which numbers or groups of objects are greater than or less than each other.

We are scientists - Investigating 'Dino Poo' 

A special parcel arrived from Professor Green asking for our help. He asked us could we investigate 3 different pots of 'dino poo' to find out what the dinosaurs have been eating. We used magnifying glasses to help us look at each pot of 'dino poo' closely. We found out that one pot had meat, bones, hair and feathers; the second pot had leaves, burrs, nuts and sticks; and the last pot had meat, bones, hair, feathers, leaves and nuts. We had great fun being scientists and learnt that the 'dino poo' that had meat, bones, hair and feathers came from a carnivore, the pot with leaves, burrs, nuts and sticks came from a herbivore and the pot which had meat, bones, hair, feathers, leaves and nuts came from an omnivore.

Dinosaur Wow Morning

One Monday morning we came to school and to our surprise discovered a massive mess that had been made by a dinosaur at the weekend. It had left a nest with an egg in Rowan Class, dinosaur poo and straw in Pine Class and had turned the tables upside down and left foot prints in Holly Class. We were so excited and loved talking about what type of dinosaur left the surprise, why it might have visited our school and what might happen next. We wrote letters to the dinosaur to ask questions about why the dinosaur came to visit and the dinosaur sent a letter in the post back to us saying that it had heard our school was a happy safe place and would we look after the egg. We also wrote letters to our Reception Teachers to let them know about what had happened.

Starting in Year One

We have all settled well into our new Year One classes and enjoyed exploring our Dinosaur Museum role play areas, using maths equipment, writing in the writing area, building with the construction toys and investigating our Outdoor Classroom Area.

‘Laughing, Learning, Caring and Succeeding For Life’