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10.6.21 - Partial Eclipse

Today, we were all amazed by the partial eclipse happening in the sky around mid morning. Before we went outside, we learnt why we shouldn't look directly at the sun, how we can safely watch the partial eclipse and why this is an unusual event. We used a colander and white card to show the shadows cast by the sun and observed the shape they were in (a circle with a chunk out of it). It was very exciting and Year 1 asked a lot of questions about what was happening to the sun and the moon.

Well done Year 1 :) 

13.05.21 - Rainy Day PE

Today has been a wet and miserable Thursday, so we were unable to have our planned Athletics PE lesson on the field. Instead, we decided to use the climbing equipment in the hall... to everyone's great delight! I was amazed at how brave everyone was, climbing up the ladders and swinging on the ropes. We definitely have some budding gymnasts in our class! We made sure that our partners were safe by spotting them from below and ensuring that they were following the safety rules we all decided on together.

Well done Year 1!  

11.05.21 - How to Build a Sandcastle

In English today, Year 1 have been writing instruction about how to build a sandcastle. Although lots of children had already made sandcastles on a beach before, we knew that we couldn't write instructions without having a go ourselves! Using our tough tray and the sandpits in our Year 1 area, we mixed some water with the sand to make it damp (perfect for making sandcastles) and then got to work building our very own sandcastles! We talked our partners through the process and tried to help them build the best sandcastle they could! We then came inside and wrote out our instructions, which were excellent. 

Great job sandcastle builders! 

10.05.21 - Castle Fundraiser Monday

Today was a non-uniform day to raise money for the Castle Project. I have been so impressed by all of the children who have taken part in a variety of fundraiser activities to raise money for a castle climbing frame on the school field. We have seen children holding sponsored silences, children who have walked miles, children who have held a sponsored litter pick and so much more! I am proud of every single one of you and you should be proud of yourselves! We are nearly at our goal of £6000 and it is all down to you! 

Well done Year 1 and well done Haynes! 

26.04.21 - Wild Plant Hunt

Today, we went on a Wild Plant Hunt in Science to see if we could answer the question: What is the most common wild plant in our wooded area?

We searched for Dandelions, Daisies, Ivy, Clover, Brambles, Dog Roses, Buttercups and Nettles, adding tally marks to our sheets to keep count! There were a lot of Dandelions and Daisies but we will have to count them all up next lesson before we can find out the answer to our question. Great job Year 1! 

19.04.21 - Planting a Bean Seed

In Science this week, we have begun our new topic 'Plants'. To kick off the topic, we have planted our own bean seeds that we can observe over the term. We are going to work scientifically by keeping a record of our observations in the form of a 'Bean Diary', drawing and writing about the changes we can see each week. Everyone is very excited and a little competitive to see whose bean seed will grow the biggest! 

We will have to wait until the end of the term to find out who has managed to grow the biggest bean plant. Good luck everyone.

16.04.21 - Making a Fruit Salad

In DT today, we learnt how to make a fruit salad. We firstly explored lots of different fruits such as pineapple, kiwi, apple, banana, strawberry, blueberry, pomegranate, mango, honeydew melon and orange. We learnt about where the different fruits were grown and why they had to be grown there (we noticed that lots of the fruits came from Spain). We touched the skin of the fruits and looked at the inside of the them (we were very surprised when we cut open the pomegranate. 

Once we had looked at the different fruits, we got started with preparing them for the our fruit salad. We peeled, chopped, diced and sliced our fruits and mixed them all up in a bowl. We then squirted a little lemon and lime juice on top and enjoyed our creations for dessert after lunch! 

I was really impressed with all the children for trying lots of fruits they hadn't tasted before. The pomegranate had mixed reviews but the rest got rave reviews!

Well done Year 1 :) 


It is the end of our first week back and I am not sure about all of Year 1, but I am certainly tired! 

We have had so much fun just being back around each other, playing games, chatting, working as a team, communicating and helping each other. 

Today was our busiest day yet! We took part in the Census 2021 and decided to go on a walk to the woods and count the litter that we found there (picking up the litter as we went). We worked in pairs to make a tally chart of the different materials we found. We found litter made from: paper, card, plastic, metal and wood but we couldn't find any litter made from glass or textiles. All of the rubbish that we found went into our bin bags and we carried it all back to school with us and threw it into the big bin. 

After lunch, we wrote up our findings onto the Census sheets and received a certificate and sticker in return! 

What a busy day! 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and get lots of rest. I think it will be an early night for all of us tonight! 

Well done for a super first week back! 

See you next week. :) 


The sun was shining (for a little bit) so we decided to head outside this afternoon and move some more of the soil from our gardening area. The rain that we have had brought out a lot of worms so we had a competition to see who could find the biggest! We found some HUGE worms! Our gardening area is looking fantastic, ready for some more tyres to be delivered and made into flower beds! 

We can't wait for it to be finished so we can plant lots of vegetables, flowers and maybe even have a sunflower growing competition! 

Roll on summer! :) 


This afternoon, we played the Bingo game that Pixie the elf left us before Christmas. Year 1 loved looking for the numbers on their cards and helping their friends to spot the numbers too. It was hard to recognise some of the bigger numbers at first but everyone got better and better the more we played. 

We also spent a lot of time playing some team building games to practise taking turns, helping each other and working together. Year 1 were brilliant at this and everyone communicated with their team really well. 

See you tomorrow Year 1! :) 


Today, Year 1 have been very busy and we have spent a lot of time outside making the most of the sunshine. In Maths, we have been looking at height, so we decided to have a tower building competition to see which team could build the tallest tower! The block tower was huge... until it fell over. 

In the afternoon, Year 1 spent some time clearing our gardening area. We moved soil from the rotten bedding boxes and put it into bin bags to be used somewhere else. Lots of worms were in the soil and everyone had lots of fun trying to find the biggest worm! 

Well done for another super day Year 1.

See you tomorrow :)