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Autumn 1


In Science, we have been learning about animal groups. 

We also looked at different animal 'poo' (Weetabix) to look for plants/bones to help identify Herbivores, Omnivores and Carnivores.

We labelled parts of the body and learned about our five senses.

In DT we looked at free-standing structures and made one of our own. We made it as stable as possible by thinking about its base, its shape and using different materials and joining techniques. 

Autumn 2

In English, we have been reading 'Claude in the City'. In Geography, we looked at the countries of the U.K. and their cities.  

We 'visited' Wales. The capital city is Cardiff. There are lots of castles in Wales. The highest mountain is Snowdon. There is a town with a really long name! Here are some of our postcards:

We 'visited' Northern Ireland. The capital city is Belfast. We saw the Giant's Causeway and read about the legend. 

We 'visited' places in England. In Cornwall, we saw beautiful beaches and harbours. We saw the Eden Project which is a popular tourist attraction. In the Lake District, we saw beautiful landscapes. The highest mountain in England is called Scafell Pike. The capital city of England is London. In London, we saw popular tourist attractions like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. 

We 'visited' Scotland. Mrs Lewis dressed up in a kilt. We ate shortbread and designed our own tartan. We listen to bagpipes. We saw Edinburgh Castle and had a look in the lake for the monster at Loch Ness (we couldn't see one!)

In English, we read the book 'Ten things I can do to help change my world'. It introduces to us simple things that we can do to make a difference to our world. Children made some wonderful posters suggesting ideas like switching off lights and turning off water when brushing teeth. 

We made bird feeders which we hung outside our classroom. 

In English, we have been reading the text 'How to Find Gold'. In Geography, we made our own compasses and maps. We learned how to hold and use a compass and we followed compass directions to find treasure!

We celebrated Pancake Day (which is also called Shrove Tuesday). Look at our yummy pancakes!

Spring 2

In Science we have been learning about plants. Just like plants, seeds come in all shapes and sizes. We have been looking for seeds (in our food and on the ground).

We have been learning about what a plant needs to grow. We have planted sunflower seeds. 

We have been looking at how deciduous trees change throughout the year. Deciduous trees are trees that shed their leaves once a year (usually in Autumn). Deciduous leaves (like Oak, Ash and Willow) tend to have wider leaves. Evergreen plants retain their leaves and remain green. 

We created pictures from leaf rubbings. 

African Drumming and Dance

Primary Workshops came to our school. Year 1 took part in African drumming and dance. The children developed their skills of rhythm, mimicking and concentration. We had great fun! 



In Design and Technology, we are learning about mechanisms. We practised making a slider and a lever.  

Summer 2

In Geography, we have been looking at where we live. We have also been reading Pattern's Pumpkin which is set in India. We learning about human and physical features. 



Sports Day


Thank you to all the parents who came to see us at sports day. It was lovely to see you. We had a lot of fun. 

Culture Day


1SH enjoyed learning about different cultures and the special assembly!

Gruffalo Trip


We had a fantastic day finding characters from the story, creating animal homes and exploring the deep dark woods!

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