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What we've been doing in class

We have changed a bit over the year... here are what they thought the best things about Year 1 were... in their own words! Play the slideshow on full screen to see their comments)

Summer 2

The last two weeks we have been finishing up our Plants topic by learning how to care for our own plants, completing our final PE sessions and learning how to play glockenspiels.

The children each planted their own sunflower seed and were responsible for looking after it. They knew when they needed water and made sure that they had enough light and space too. They kept a short diary and have now taken them home to continue caring for them; it sounds like a lot of growing has been taking place, it must be the weather!


Our final PE session with Chris Yates saw the class enjoy playing some Bench Ball. They were split into teams and played numerous round robin games; they got fully into it and had a great time!


To finish off the term we have had the glockenspiels out learning how to play a tuned instrument, learned about how rhythm and pulse fit into music and how these are different. We played lots of musical games such as Pass the Pulse (at varying terrifying speeds of music!) and Forbidden Rhythm which brought out some incredible competitiveness, all in good spirit though!


We've had a very busy half term so far...We've been doing lots of excellent work as well as lots of fun activities.


As part of our RE topic this half term we have been studying Baptism. We were lucky enough that Mrs Owen brought in all of her special Baptism items and things that she would wear to perform one. She was kind enough to let us act it out and even let us wear some of the clothes!


One of our favourite things to do in the Summer Term is our Sports Day and this year we were so excited to find out that it could go ahead despite the restrictions. We all had a fantastic time and the class all displayed fantastic sportsmanship too. Well done to all the children who took part and to Chichester who were the overall team winners! 

This wasn't the only fun we've had recently. We brought Blackpool to St Andrew's as part of our British Isles Seaside topic of work. The class have been learning about seaside holidays in the past and how they compare to the present so with restrictions meaning we couldn't visit the Blackpool attractions, Blackpool came to us! We started the day on the field where the children had beach towels to sunbathe, summer tattoos and a whole host of beach games to play. We even had some seaside music to dance along too. After this we watched a Punch and Judy show and learnt all about the different kinds of puppets and how they work. This was so much fun and so was the Magic Show that followed, the rings trick and the cards were definitely favourites! 

The afternoon saw us ride two lovely donkeys named Paddy and Legend and everybody loved riding them around the school field. To recover from all this excitement we finished the day with a trip to the visiting ice cream truck! It was a brilliant day and we had so much fun!

Summer 1

We have really enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London! Our computing lessons this half-term were all about making a podcast or an audio story. We learnt about what we need to make it interesting by using sound effects that transport the listeners into our story. After listening to some examples, each group worked together to decide which sound effects they would like to use for their section of the tale. With lots of practice and hard work the class all had a go at speaking, recording and using sound effects to create their e-book. Listen below to how the events unfolded...



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1L have really been enjoying gymnastics in our PE lessons. We have practised lots of different shapes, ways of travelling and a variety of jumps using equipment. In small groups they all created their own routines incorporating the different skills they had been working on.

One of our topics this half term is The Great Fire of London. The class have been learning all about the events that started the fire and what it was like to live in London at the time with no fire engines and houses that were made of wood and built very close together. They re-enacted the story with masks and even had a visit from Samuel Pepys so they could interview him.

They worked towards writing some fantastic newspaper articles! They are looking forward to displaying their work in the classroom window for you all to read before they can bring it home at half-term.



The Easter Story

We have been learning about The Story of Easter this half term in our RE lessons. We have made palm leaves and re-enacted Jesus' arrival and painted sunset pictures of the crosses on the hill. During the last week we have learnt how special Easter is to us by visiting stations that depict each part of the story. We listened and asked questions about each display from Palm Sunday to The Resurrection. 

Ted's Emergency!

Our topic in Science this half term has been Everyday Materials and we have learnt all about identifying, describing and recognising them. Ted, is a bear who has asked us for our help - he went out into the rain and ended up soaking wet. He asked us to test some different materials to find out which ones were waterproof so he could make a new umbrella. We tried 4 different materials - newspaper, fabric, tissue and plastic. We conducted a fair test on each of the materials and found that Ted should make his new umbrella from plastic. Hopefully he will stay dry from now on!

Welcome Back!


We were so happy to finally be able to welcome you all back into the classroom. It looks a little different to usual but we've been having lots of fun and the class are loving being able to work and play with their friends again. We are getting used to lining up differently, washing our hands and sitting in rows!

Christmas Festivities

We've been trying to have lots of fun this week to celebrate Christmas. We had our Christmas party, Christmas Jumper Day, our Christmas Nativity recording, Christmas film afternoon, Christmas dinner and Christmas music! That's a lot of Christmas and it has put a big smile on all of our faces. We also had a class elf, called Elphick, who has been with us this half term who has been up to all kinds of mischief but has also done some nice things for us too. He brought us a tree and decorations from the North Pole, completed some of our work but also left us a leaving gift. Have a look at some of what we have been up to below... keep an eye out for that pesky elf!

Christmas Crafts

We've been having lots of Christmas fun in class. We've been making decorations to make our classroom look more festive, creating cards and even having fun making Christmas shapes in maths!

Anti-Bullying Week

This week was national Anti-Bullying Week and so we have been doing some activities about how we can put an end to bullying. The children decided to each write a pledge of something that they can do to help stop bullying. They wrote their statement on a section of a jigsaw puzzle then we assembled it to show that if we are united we can help end bullying and realised that we are stronger together.

Autumn 2



This week we remembered those who gave their lives for our today. We made poppy crosses and planted them in our memorial at the front of school. We held a silence in honour of the fallen as our teacher, Miss Lea, played The Last Post. 


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

   Laurence Binyon, 1914   



Autumn 1



Our topic this term is 'Ourselves'. We have learnt about and labelled parts of the body, our senses and how we use them. Here are our amazing self portraits on display.









This week we were lucky enough to have our first bubble assembly of the year with the vicar. We were learning about the significance of a mandala. A mandala is something that is created with beautiful colours, pictures and patterns that have a very special meaning to their creator. We have spent some time designing our own mandalas which we will add to our class RE display, showing all of the things that are important to us. Can you spot yours?