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Year 1 - Sparrow

Health and Sports week : June 2024

What a great week we have had this week during health and sports week. We began the week with Kirsty Way a European champion trampoline gymnast. We have also had a circus skills workshop, a tennis session along with a range of other activities promoting the importance of sun safety, healthy eating and road safety. Here are some pictures from our very busy week.


WOW Starter- Mini beast hunt : June 2024

This morning we went out in the school grounds to search for mini- beasts. This is the start of our new English topic, where we will learn to write our own information texts about different minibeasts. Here are some pictures from this mornings hunt.


Giant props have arrived in Sparrow class - May 2024

Just WOW! look at the amazing props that have arrived in our classroom this week. A big thankyou to all the parents who have helped the children create them. I hope you enjoyed making them with your children, as much as we have enjoyed looking at them.


Wow Starter- Jack and the Beanstalk - May 2024


Wow Starter

Today we found a strange suitcase in the middle of the classroom. We wondered if we should open it. 

We carefully opened the suitcase and took out the items that were inside one by one. We noticed that everything inside was much bigger than normal.  We tried to guess who it could belong to. Maybe a giant?

We realised that the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ had a character who was a giant and decided to read it. We all joined in with the fun bits ‘Fi Fi Fo Fum’!

We thought of some words to describe the giant objects, these are called adjectives.




Wow Starter- How to plant a bean - May 2024

This morning we heard the story of Jasper's Beanstalk. we then had the opportunity of planting our own beans following our new class instructions text map. We wonder whose beanstalk will grow the tallest?




Happy Easter Everyone - March 2024

What a busy day we have had today. Off to church this morning for our Easter service and I must say the children sang beautifully. This afternoon we had our Easter bonnet parade and I must say the bonnets were truly magnificent and you could see the pride that the children had on their faces whilst wearing them.


A big thank you for your support with this. Happy Easter everyone.

Easter Church Visit - March 2024

This morning we went on a lovely visit to St Francis of Assisi Church to look for some symbols of Easter. It was a lovely spring morning and we enjoyed looking for signs of Spring on our way.  The weather was warm and the sky was blue. We saw buds on the trees and flowers were beginning to bloom. 

When we arrived we met a lovely lady named Joan. She told us a little bit  about the church and showed us some objects that were connected to Jesus. She showed us a chalice and bread plate and we learnt that the red wine that was served in the chalice represented Jesus's blood and the bread that would be served on the plate would represent Jesus's body. 

We saw many crosses around the church, these were symbols of how Jesus died on Good Friday and the sacrifice that he made for everyone. There were lots of candles that represented the light of Jesus, when he rose again on Easter Sunday. 

We sat in the pew's and Joan showed us an amazing patchwork quilt that she had made which represented many parts of Jesus's life. We also had the chance to see the font and learnt that this was a place where children and adults were christened. 

We enjoyed our walk back to school in the beautiful sunshine and continued to look for some signs of spring.


World Book Day- March 2024

Look at our amazing costumes that we wore to school today to celebrate World Book Day. We enjoyed sharing some of our stories with the rest of the class.


RockTopus - March 2024

What an amazing time we had today working with RockTopus, a real life rock band. We created our very own rock song all about the ten times tables. Here are some pictures from our session and we can't wait to view our rock video once Andy and Tom publish it.

Somerset Rural Life Museum - March 2024

Today we visited the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.

We took part in a workshop where we conducted a scientific investigation and made our own felt animal fridge magnets using sheep's wool. We also learnt about different materials and their properties. We then had a  look around the museum and searched for different materials that were an important part of domestic and farming life in Somerset.

We had a fantastic day!


Fencing with Jim

What a fab morning we have had this morning learning the skill of fencing. Did you know that you are only allowed to move forwards and backwards. Here are some photographs from this mornings coaching session.

Storyteller session with year 1.

Today in year 1 we were lucky to have a visit from Sharon Jacksties, a professional storyteller. It was very exciting, Sharon brought some musical instruments from all over the world which she used to help her tell us her story.

Her story was all about a quiet, shy, young boy called Davey who loved to sit in his boat on the River Parratt. One day he caught a massive, slimy, scaly fish, which sadly he had harmed with his fishing hook and  made the fish's mouth and cheek bleed. Suddenly he heard a small voice asking him to kiss his wound better. At first Davey wondered where the voice was coming from. He then realised it was the fish. He quickly kissed the fish and to his surprise the fish shred its slimy scales and turned into a beautiful young girl. Davey was not shy around the girl and had found himself a new friend. They spent lots of time together and fell in love. They later married and had children of their own. However, all of the children and grandchildren and great, great grandchildren that they had, all had the same scar on their cheeks just like the young girl had from the fishing hook. The children enjoyed their visit and I am sure will enjoy making up some of their own stories about Davey and the fish from The River Parratt.

Hedgehog Workshop

Year 1 were very lucky this afternoon as we had a visitor from the RSPCA. She taught us what RSPCA means and all about the very important work that they do.

We learnt about caring for all kinds of animals and particularly how to care for hedgehogs. We didn't know that they could get stuck in tin cans so it's important that we are careful with our recycling. We also learnt what to do if we think they are in trouble.

We finished the session by making our own hedgehogs out of clay. It was a great afternoon!


Sparrow class uploading a picture for our ICT lesson.

Today Mrs Edwards showed us how to upload a photograph from the camera onto our class page, as part of our online safety lesson. Everyone in the picture has permission to be on our school website. We have spent some time looking at the different parts of our website. We can not wait to see our picture once it is uploaded.

Happy New Year! And Welcome back.

Wow! what a busy three days we have had in year 1 this week. 

In English we had our Wow starter- we came into school on Wednesday morning and it appeared that our classroom had been part of a crime scene investigation. Someone had broken into our classroom and not only left us with a trail of devastation but several clues for us to solve. A small child was apparently the prime suspect and had left a lock of long golden hair and a red ribbon as she fled the scene. Who could this person be? We are yet to find the suspect.

On Thursday we had our PE Festival which was truly amazing. We had the opportunity to participate in four different obstacle courses and competed against other groups in our class. 

Today we bought in some of our favourite toys that we enjoyed playing with at home. Our History topic is on toys and we will be looking at how toys have changed over the years.

That's without our other lessons that we have been working hard in. Here are some pictures from our busy week. 

Christmas week in Sparrow class

What a busy week we have had in year 1. We started the week with our Amazing KS1 Nativity performance. Since then we have made cards, calendars, met with Father Christmas, enjoyed our Christmas lunch, danced the evening away at our KS1 Christmas disco, had a lovely games afternoon, where we got to wear our Christmas jumpers and finished the week with a very relaxing movie afternoon. WOW! what a lot of exciting things we have done. Oh yes we also made our very own Christingles as part of our whole school festival of lights day. Here are some pictures from our busy week.


Merry Christmas to you all! Have a wonderful time spending time with your families.

Children in need

Thank you to everyone who has supported children in need today. Here are a few piccies of the children wearing their spotty accessories. 

Cad Character visit- History- First Flight.

This morning we had a visit from Don Thomas. He was a pilot who worked for the Air force and flew very fast planes. Don was also an astronaut and had also travelled in space rockets.  

Don told the children all about how the Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon, and how they first sent up a duck, chicken and sheep to see how far it could fly.  

Don then taught us about how the glider was invented and how people tried to fly.  

We then learnt all about Orville and Wilbur Wright and how as children they loved to read and fix things and how from a very young age, they had dreamt of flying. Wilbur and Orville were the sons of Susan and Milton. When they were young adults, they worked in a bicycle shop, where they fixed and made bicycles. 


Wilbur flew their first aeroplane on 14th December 1903. The flight lasted for 3 seconds. Orville attempted his first solo flight which lasted for 12 seconds. On the 17th of December 1903 the Wright flight, as it was named lasted for 37 minutes. The Wright brothers had invented and flown the very first aeroplane. 


The children were able to get into character and help Don retell the life story of The Wright Brothers and to learn about first flight. 




WOW Starter- Where the Wild Things Are.

Today we began our new English unit around the story of Where the Wild Things Are. The children listened to the story and thought about what their wild thing might look like. The children then created their very own junk model WILD THING!! Here are some pictures of us creating our own wild things.


International language day- Italy

As part of international language day year 1 looked at what life is like in Italy. We came to school wearing red, white and green as these are the colours of the Italian flag. We looked at some famous landmarks, places we might like to visit and some of the traditional tasty dishes that are eaten in Italy. In Sparrow class we agreed that pizza was among our favourites. Mrs Edwards brought us in some pizza's to sample. They really were yummy. We then designed our own pictures adding our favourite toppings. One pizza even had marmalade on it as the little boy thought he might like to share it with Paddington Bear. Here are some pictures from our lovely afternoon.


Geography local area walk.

Yesterday year 1 enjoyed a walk around our local area. The sun was shining for us which was lovely. We went in search looking for some shops, a post box, the church, a green space and the salvation Army as part of our Geography fieldwork unit. Next week we will be creating our own pictorial maps and will be wring a recount of our walk using time connectives.


Welcome to year 1.

The children have all settled well into year 1. We have been extremely busy over the past two weeks and thought it would be nice to share some pictures with you. Please have a little look with your children and they can tell you all about the exciting things that they have been learning about.