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C of E First School

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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1

Hi everyone and welcome to Year 1! 


We have had a fab couple of days and everyone is settling in really well. Miss Leitch and I are really looking forward to learning all about the ocean and cleaning up our act in the first couple of weeks and then moving on to some of our favourite topics; bears and dinos! We can't wait to start Forest Fridays and take our learning outside too. 



We had another super half term. We learnt lots about machines; made some and thought about how they would work. We also thought about how we could create machines during Forest Friday; it's amazing what sorts of things trees can turn into! We learnt all about how to keep our teeth clean and why it's important too. Then we spent lots of time learning songs and writing Queen's speeches for our Christmas carol concert which can be found on the Video Resource Centre.

Well, it's been a busy old half term in Year 1. We have worked on making and writing numbers, adding and measuring in Maths and have looked at stories like Goldilocks, we're going on a bear hunt and non-fiction books about dinosaurs too. We've explored and investigated the rain, been on a dinosaur hunt (where we found an egg!) and have loved seeing the different signs of autumn too. We also found a frog, talked about boy and girl colours, eating healthy and what to do if you're having a blue day! Wow! Miss Hitchman and the Year 1 team are very proud of how well we have settled in, they've said we all deserve a very well earned rest now!

Wow! What a busy few weeks we've had! We started off by reading 'The Diddle that Dummed' which was quite a funny book and we liked it lots! It got us to do lots of patterning both in Maths and Music which we got really good at. We've also enjoyed 2 Forest Friday sessions where we learnt about national flowers for the UK countries. We found some beautiful roses and planted some daffodils; now we just have to wait until spring to see the flowers! In our first Forest Friday session we even found a frog! Now we're loving Goldilocks and the 3 bears and are learning lots of things relating to bears too.

Hey guys, 


Here are a few more bits that I’ve found that might be useful or you might enjoy. Buy a Gift have a selection of links to things that you can do from your own home; some will be known to you already but there might be a few new ones in there. 


BBC Bitesize are bringing out daily sessions from Monday 20thApril. They also say that they will have a channel dedicated to education on BBCiPlayer so that will probably be worth checking out too.

I know there are lots of you that are baking at the moment. I love baking so Cake International is something I go to regularly. This year they’re going online so their competition is open for entries until 20thApril. You have to bake and photograph your goodies. Look at the entry specification for more details.– this link takes you on lots of online trips that you won’t be able to do in person. Hopefully a bit of fun!


Hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. Don’t forget to sign up for Google Classroom for after Easter.  

I also saw these and thought that actually they're lovely things to do. The mindfulness is more adult focussed but could easily be adapted for children; plus all us adults need a bit of time too at the moment!

Hi everyone,


I just wanted to check in while we’re all away from school because of the current pandemic. I hope that everyone is staying safe inside and you’re all keeping your minds and bodies healthy. There is so much out there at the moment to keep us all occupied, I thought I would compose a list of some of these that you might like to get to get involved in. 


Firstly, this guy has complied a great list so I take no credit for this (scroll down past the first few videos to all of the links):


Then I have found the following bits that I thought might be interesting:


PE with Joe Wicks Monday-Friday at 9am live stream on Youtube or catch up on the 5 minute movers videos on Youtube too. 


Wildlife with Steve Backshall 9:30 every week day on Facebook Steve is answering questions about wildlife etc.


Science with Maddie Moate Weekdays at 11am Maddie and Greg chat on YouTube about Science and nature. 


Daily dance classes with Oti Mabuse on Facebook. Live streamed at 11:30 but you can catch up with classes at any time. 


Free access to www.themathsfactor.comCarol Voderman’s website 


Storytime with David Walliams at 11am on his website (lots of authors are doing this so it’s worth a search.)


Gareth Metcalfe has some Primary Maths problem solving resources and is setting problems too. Search for him on Facebook but be aware that lots of his resources of for KS2. There are  few bits suitable for us though. also have a free trial at the moment. 


Chester Zoo on Facebook have loads of videos of feeding time and a virtual tour of the zoo.


Sport England have a Stay in, work out campaign full of information which is available at


These guys have a free pack that you can download


These yoga bits do have a fee but it’s not super expensive so might be worth a look:


Otherwise you can find Yoga on YouTube by searching Cosmic Kids Yoga – they’re child friendly videos. 


Some online safety resources:


GymRun is the fitness tracker that we sign up to. This is his YouTube channel with some videos to have a go at:


Hamilton Trust – you have to pay for this in general but there are 100’s of resources available for free too.


Money challenges available here:,13XNL,6A6RFN,3W603,1


Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering resources available here:


Primary League Stars – a range of Maths, Literacy and fun activities:,142C0,4YL5MO,3WORB,1


The Entertainer have created a Boredom busting hub which can be found at


And the Scouts have created a document entitled The Great Outdoors which is full of ideas.


I hope some of these are useful. As always, do what you feel is right for you; there’s learning involved in everything and right now we all need to be feeling as secure as possible. We are here and would love to see what you’re up to. I’ll see you in Year 1’s Google Classroom hopefully after Easter! 

Login details are in your reading record or were attached to the front of your pack if you weren’t in during the last week. 


Miss Hitchman

Today we went down past the church to plant some trees. We had to dig a hole, put the roots in and fill the hole back up. The tree needed a brace and a post to keep it upright while it's still young. Some of us planted apple trees and some planted plum trees.

We used QR codes to learn all about animal groups today. Sometimes the code took us to a fact and sometimes it took us to a picture of an animal that belonged to that group. We turned all of our information into posters.

Off we went on the bus to Smart Trees. We enjoyed being in the mud when doing our orienteering in the trees. We saw real reindeers and even met Father Christmas. He gave us a gift and wished us all a very merry Christmas. We told him that we hoped he had a nice rest too.

Mrs Shorthouse let us use a saw today! She helped us to move the saw backwards and forwards and reminded us not to push down while we did it. We each cut our own piece and then drilled holes in so that we could turn them into reindeer decorations for our trees.

Today we were inspired by the story of Not now Bernard during Forest Friday. We took our monster bush all the way to Africa to go on safari. We considered the vehicle we would need to drive and the animals we might see along the way. We also worked out which would be scary because they were carnivores and which would probably leave us alone. By the time we got back to school we were exhausted; Africa is a long way you know!

We had such a great time this week with Mrs Shorthouse. We made our very own fire for bonfire night and loved watching and listening to it.

We made dinosaurs out of 2D shapes today and measured them using non standard units of measure. We also measured everything else!

We had visitors today. They were Hindu and they talked to us all about HInduism.

Today we went on a dinosaur hunt. We trekked through a volcano, rolled over wet grass and explored a forest before finding dinosaur bones, teeth and an egg! We did some great predicting about what was in the egg and wrote our own story maps too.

This week in Forest Friday we planted bulbs in the spiritual garden and had lots of fun exploring the wood pile. We saw the first signs of autumn today although we couldn't find any red leaves on the trees in Forest School. We also found lots of worms and ordered them by size!

This week was European day of languages. We learnt all about the Gambia because they speak French. They also speak English and it's in Africa. We learnt the words for the fruits that Handa carried in the story in French, tried lots of them and created a bar chart to show our favourties.

We found a dinosaur bone! We uncovered it carefully and did some amazing reasoning too. We also weaved the willow tunnel and collected enough pine cones to do some crafting next week.

We created numbers in lots of different ways this week in Maths. We challenged ourselves to see how many ways we could make them.

We had a lovely time in Forest Friday. We had a great time balancing, making dens and searching for pine cones under the right trees.

We enjoyed joining in with Mrs Millar, Mrs Kay and Year 2. There were lots of other children all over the country singing too.

We are going to start the year by learning all about bears. Below is the topic web for the first few weeks of term so that you can see what we will be getting up to. There is also a link to our homework grid for you to explore. As our homework spans over a whole half term some of the activities link to dinosaurs instead because that will be our next topic to explore. Look out for our dinosaurs topic web coming soon!

Thank you SO much for all of our lovely gifts. We had some really thoughtful things and were touched by your appreciation. Thank you for all of your support this year and I wish all of you, and your children, the best of luck next year!

We had fluffly ducklings this week. They were really cute but they were a bit stinky! We had to clean them out each day and we let them have a swim too. We didn't really need to teach them how to swim; they were very bouyant already!

We did lots of cooking and preparations for Elmer's cafe this week. We created a dance which was really good fun, picked our own jobs, made food and drinks and then served everyone that came. We were really busy and made £30.20 profit! We decided to donate our money to charity and picked Make a Wish Foundation because we know we are lucky to get to do lots of things and think all children and their families should. We loved that they work hard to make people happy.

During World Book Day we got dressed up as our favourite book characters. We enjoyed an assembly and thought about our favourite books. We also did some shared reading with Year 4 which was great fun.

This week during Forest Friday we decided that it would be good to get active. We all came up with active games, taught them to each other and had a go at playing them. We sang ring a ring a roses, had a go at skipping, saw how far and fast we could hop and run and challenged each other with passing hoops along. Lots of fun was had by all and we have some new games to play at playtime.

This week we have been learning all about money. We have been sorting and ordering coins and notes and trying to recognise them quickly enough to win at money bingo!

This we were really lucky to have the I Sing Pop team in to teach us some new songs. We had a great time singing and dancing and even got record our own bit for the CD.

We had a lovely time putting on our own show during Forest Friday. We had lots of singing, including the continents song, lots of dancing, some acting and a very funny hat show. We were very brave when we performed in front of our friends.

Today we used QR codes to find out information about animal groups. We scanned the code and uncovered information and pictures. It was good fun.

Did you know that not all 3D shapes can slide? It took us a long time to work out that most 3D shapes can slide because they have at least 1 flat face, but not all can because a sphere doesn't have any flat faces.

We had a very special visitor this week. He was from GymRun Colours and he helped us to work out how fit we all are. We all tried really hard on the 5 challenges which tested our; speed, arm strength, leg strength, stamina and core strength. We are going to see if we get fitter throughout the year by doing them all again at the end of the year. How fit do you think you are?

We have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes. We found them everywhere and then we worked out which 2D shapes were hiding under a blanket. We had to think really hard about how we knew it was that shape and did some great reasoning.

We learnt about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light this week. We decorated our own pots and listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We decided to open our doors and windows and light our candles in the same way that Hindus do and had a moment to reflect on all of the good things in the world.

In our Place Value challenge this week we had to make an even number with 2 tens. We even challanged ourselves to show our number in lots of ways!

Today we went on a dinosaur hunt. We went to catch a huge one on a very windy day. We weren't scared! We crossed volcanoes and climbed mountains, ventured through jungles and across hot lava to find our dinosaur. Only we didn't find a dinosaur...we found an egg! We predicted what we thought might be inside using great imagination and reasoning skills.

We finally got the chance to be generous with our time this week as we went to Tewkesbury Fields to spend some time with the residents there. We played games, sang songs, made puzzles and read stories. We had a great time talking to the residents and they loved having us there. It was a room full of smiles.

This week we lead our own learning and enjoyed a 'We're going on a bear hunt' day. We made caves for the bear, created bear games, retold the story and made models and sets for the story. Some of us even created a new verison of the story.

We had an amazing time spashing in puddles and we did lots of investigating too. We found out that the bigger the puddle the more water you have to pour out of your wellies!

During Forest Friday this week, we searched for conkers and twigs and used clay to turn them into snails. We think they look great and have loved searching for conkers out of school too.