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Welcome to the our blog!  We hope to share all the wonderful things that we are learning about in Year 1.

Our Class Teacher is Mrs Macfarlane and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Hillier and Mrs C. Smith.   

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Term 3 2020


S.S Great Britain

Ahead of our visit next week to the S.S Great Britain we have been finding out all about the man who designed it, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We have also been finding out about what made the S.S Great Britain so different to other ships of the time and why we remember Brunel today.

We have been looking closely at the details of the ship. We are looking forward to sharing our completed view through a port hole pictures but here's a sneak peak at our watercolour paintings of the S.S Great Britain.



World Book Day

It was wonderful to see all the fabulous costumes. The children really enjoyed being characters from their favourite books. Mrs Macfarlane came as the Roly Poly Bird from The Twits which we are enjoying in class. We love predicting what will happen next. Mr and Mrs Twit are not very nice to each other! We are all hoping the Muggle Wumps and the Roly Poly Bird teach them a lesson!

 Remember to keep reading at home to add to our minutes reading total!


Place Value with numbers to 50

The children have been working very hard making numbers to 50 using equipment.  We have been making tens first, counting them and then counting on the ones. It has been wonderful to see them working in pairs and independently and beginning to record their number sentences.


We had a wonderful afternoon chopping fruit, flipping pancakes and most importantly sitting down together to enjoy pancakes! We all tasted them and really enjoyed adding the fresh strawberries and bananas as toppings.





Marvellous measuring

In Maths we have been thinking about weight and capacity. We have really enjoyed doing measuring through our cooking. It has given us a brilliant opportunity to use our knowledge in a practical way.

This week we have been measuring and comparing the weight and capacity of objects and containers using non standard measurement. We choose cubes to measure the weight of classroom objects and a small pot to measure the capacity of different containers. It was great fun and the children were using wonderful measuring vocabulary.







Cooking from the United Kingdom

This week we have been finding out about tasty treats from around the United Kingdom. Obviously it was very important that we cooked them so that we could taste them! We used scales and jugs to measure the weight and volume of the different ingredients we used. The children were wonderful at comparing the different weights and quickly recognised that we use grams to measure solids and millilitres for liquids. 

It was lovely to see all the children join in with the cooking, taking turns and working as a team. It was also brilliant that everyone tried all the the recipes. Mrs Macfarlane said her Nanny used to say "If you don't try it, how do you know you don't like it?" So well done everyone for giving it a go.

The children enjoyed the English scones and Scottish shortbread better than the Welsh cheese and leek muffins.

We are looking forward to our final cook of the tour on Monday with Irish soda bread.






A busy week of learning

This week we have worked really hard on fact families and comparing number sentences in Maths. We used tens frames and counters to help us. 





In PE we really enjoyed getting the equipment out. It was wonderful to see the children working safely, listening carefully and trying new things. Some of us were very brave and climbed up the climbing frame to the top! 






A quick visit to Scotland and Wales

We have had a wonderful week finding out about Scotland and Wales.

The children loved listening to the bagpipes and finding out about Nessie in Scotland. Next each child designed their own tartan and then made kilts. They are absolutely fabulous! 

Next we were off to Wales where we found out about castles and dragons. The children were really focused when it came to making teeny tiny matchbox castles with little tiny dragons hiding inside.

As well as being super busy in the afternoons finding out about the United Kingdom in Geography we have carried on with Read, Write Inc and Maths in the mornings. It's wonderful to see their reading and writing improve and their confidence grow. In maths we have been focusing on subtraction. We have been using tens frames and counters to help us, as well as our part whole models, and have been writing matching number sentences. 

Well done Hedgehogs! Another busy fun filled week of learning.









Off on a grand tour of the United Kingdom with Paddington

This week we have begun our Geography topic 'Where is the UK?' We are getting to know the United Kingdom with the help of Paddington Bear. He will be taking us on a grand tour around our wonderful country taking in the sights in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We are very good at jumping on board the magic tour bus of our imaginations and shooting off!

This week we have focused on England. We looked at a map and found out where Westbury was in England. We then looked at pictures of famous landmarks from around England. Mrs Macfarlane was able to tell us all about the Angel of the North as it is near where her Grandad lives. We couldn't believe that tit's foot is taller than Mrs Macfarlane! We also looked at Stonehenge, Newcastle Bridge, Tower Bridge and lots more.

We have drawn some wonderful postcards of the landmarks. Can you guess which ones?

Next we focused on London which is our capital city. We really enjoyed finding out about the Tube and other landmarks. Again Mrs Macfarlane knew lots of things because she used to live in London. We watched a video of the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. We really love their tall Busby hats.  We drew pictures of the Palace, looking carefully at the details, and then made our own peg guards and we also made the Queen.






What a wonderful first week back we had. It was so lovely to catch up with the children about their Christmas holidays. It was also fabulous to see how quickly the children got back into routine and focused on their learning. Keep it up guys!

The children have been thinking about the seasons again in our Science work. Last time we focused on Autumn and this week we thought about Winter. The children enjoyed seeing Mrs Macfarlane dress up in her thick warm clothes ready for a cold winters day. We thought about the type of weather we might have, the clothes we wear and the affect the seasons have on animals.

We compared back to Autumn and thought about what had changed. Mrs Macfarlane said that when her alarm goes off at the moment it's still really dark. We are all looking forward to the days getting a bit longer and lighter as we head towards Spring.

We have made some super Winter collages. So good in fact that we popped them straight up on the wall. Pop in and have a look.

Term 2 2019


Final Performance to the school

Today we performed It's a baby! to the rest of the school and staff for them to enjoy.  Everyone was blown away with the singing, acting and the dancing!  We enjoyed learning this play and our costumes really made the performance amazing.  Can't wait until next year!!

Christmas Stories

We have a book countdown in our class. Each day our Purple Learner opens a parcel with the date on and we get a Christmas story surprise. The best bit, for the children, is that Mrs Macfarlane wears a Christmas hat and we all snuggle down with the lights twinkling to enjoy our story together.









Kindness Elves arrive!

We were very excited to welcome our kindness elf Marshmallow this week. She is very impressed with how kind we are to each other and has said she'll pass this on to Father Christmas.


Designing playground equipment

This week we have been thinking about different playground equipment in our DT sessions. The children talked about what equipment they liked and what it was made of. They designed a model and then began making it. It was wonderful to see the children using the skills we learnt about joining materials last time.  We had a very busy and productive afternoon of making!





Shape detectives

We have been learning all about 3D and 2D shapes. We have been looking for them in our school environment, naming them, sorting them and making repeating patterns with them. The grown ups have been very impressed and declared that we are shape wizards!





Warminster Town Park trip

The children had the most amazing time visiting Warminster Town Park. They behaved beautifully throughout the day and this was commented on by adults on the train, as we walked through Warminster and in the park itself. Despite the rain the children took part in planting and enjoyed exploring the park, looking for signs of Autumn. We were very pleased to pop into the Warminster Civic Centre to warm up and eat our lunch and felt very welcomed by the staff there. It was a lot of walking, Mrs Macfarlane's fitbit said 23,547 steps when she got home, but there was very little grumbling so well done Hedgehogs! We are all very proud of you!






Hedgehog rescue!

We were very excited when we caught sight of a small hedgehog scuttle passed our classroom window on Friday. The grown ups found a blanket and a box and popped our little friend in to a warm place. We called our hedgehog doctor, Mrs Bray, and she popped into school to collect him. She has updated us to tell us that he is only 198g and he should be 600g. However he is warm and eating now. She will update us with photos and news over the coming weeks.

Well done to the Hedgehog children who have become hedgehog superheroes and saved this little fellas life!






Autumn Detectives

This afternoon we were Autumn detectives looking for clues and signs of the season around the school grounds. The children loved spotting things like apples, blackberries, fallen leaves of different colours and bare branches. We finished off by being trees and throwing leaves up in to the air to watch them fall to the ground. So lovely to see the joy on the children's faces as they learn!




 Term 1 2019


Our Alien Face designs

We used our joining skills to complete alien faces. Before we started the children designed their alien faces thinking about the materials they might use, how they might attach them and the shape of the face itself. We are looking forward to popping them up on the way to share with our friends.





Joining fabric

This week we have being trying out different ways of attaching fabrics. We have practiced our running stitches, used glue, blu tac, sticky tape and staples to attache felt, wool, ribbon and sequins to binka. The children really focused on their sewing and the end results are fabulous!





The Bird Show

This afternoon we were invited over to the Juniors to watch a wonderful show. The children were very excited and sat brilliantly, enjoying the show. The story was about a Heron and a Sparrow who lived together on a rubbish dump. They were very hungry and had to hope there was things to eat in amongst the rubbish. They were always wary of the naughty seagulls. One day they found a small green plant and the snake told them to take care of it. After a few songs, dances, some sad bits and happy bits they realised that if they took care of their dump and tidied away the rubbish things would begin to grow again. A lovely reminder of how important it is to take care of our world.





Getting stuck in to design!

This week we have started our design topic and we have been finding out different textiles. We explored the different fabrics which had been used to make dolls. It was brilliant to hear the children using their material properties vocabulary from our science learning over the last couple of weeks.

We have focused on hair. We thought about the different colours, whether it is curly, wavy or straight and finally if it long or short. We looked at each others' and we looked a a few dolls. We then had a go at making fringing using hessian. It was great to see such wonderful concentration on the children's faces! 

Finally the children worked in pairs to create wild and wacky hairstyles!





Marvellous Maths

This week we started using part whole models and bar models to make numbers and then record in  number sentences. It was quite tricky as it is a new skill but the children tried really hard and we are very proud of them.





More Materials!

This week we have really got stuck in to our science. We have explored how materials feel, how they look, what their properties are and why they are used for particular things. It has been really interesting thinking about why tables are made of wood and not fabric or why we use bricks to build our houses rather than sticks or wool. The children have had some wonderful ideas and reasons!

We had a go at using different materials to build houses for tiny people inspired bu the story 'The three little pigs.' We used art straws, lolly sticks, card, tape or lego bricks. Then we blew as hard as we could on them to see it we could blow them down. Some were more stable than others that's for sure! It was a lot of fun and everyone was very focused on their building.

Next we tested how waterproof different materials were. We thought about how we could make our tests fair and decided to use the same amount of water each time and wait for 1 minute to see how much water went through. We predicted which material might be waterproof thinking about what we know already about properties. After we tested each material we decided which material would be best to make a space suit for an astronaut. Although cellophane is waterproof, we decided in the end that it might not be suitable. After all who wants to see a space mans knickers! Instead we decided to go for tin foil. 

We ended the week thinking about how materials are prepared to be used to make thing. Ask the children how wool gets from a sheep to a jumper. It is very interesting!

We discovered a brilliant science show on cbeebies that explains how things are made and how they work. Check out Maddie's Do you know?






Materials and their properties

This week we started our next block of learning. We have a new Knowledge Organiser about Materials and their properties. The children have enjoyed finding different materials in the classroom. We found things made of wood, plastic, glass, metal and fabric. Next we thought about the properties of each material. We used words like bendy, stretchy, rigid and rough to describe how they felt. The children really enjoyed making rubbings of different materials and their textures in our outside area. Lots of wonderful learning children, well done!





Space Quiz

The children really showed off their Space knowledge this week with a quiz. It was fabulous to see how much the children have learnt in just 3 weeks! Ask them about the 3 astronauts, or what the first man on the moon said and they will impress you too!

'We the Curious' trip

We had a wonderful day at 'We the Curious' in Bristol. It was wonderful to hear the children sharing their learning about space in the Planetarium and during our space workshop. We loved landing on the moon in our planetarium adventure and popping to a couple of other planets.

The children were wonderfully behaved so all the grown ups were very proud. Thank you to all our fantastic helpers. It is so lovely to share our learning adventures with some of our home grown ups.







Blast off in to space!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the moon landings. They are remembering all the facts from their knowledge organisers and it's amazing to see! 

This week we started off by taking part in our own version of the space race. In teams the children drew a picture of the rocket without sharing their ideas with the other teams. It was wonderful to see how much detail they remembered and to see them helping their team. We enjoyed looking at each groups rocket at the end and seeing how close they were to the photograph. 

We have also made timelines. The children enjoyed finding out about Albert the monkey and Laika the dog who blasted off in to space before the astronauts did. Ask the children about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and see if they can tell you about their jobs in the Lunar mission.





 A wonderful start to the year!

The new Hedgehogs have really got stuck into their first week in Year One. We have been super busy doing writing, maths, yoga, art, PE and computing. The children have enjoyed getting to know where their carpet spaces are, where their base tables are, where everything goes and there was lots of excitement about getting their own drawers! 

We have been very impressed with how they have just got on with writing super sentences or recording their maths. It's going to be a great year for Hedgehogs!

Yoga fun!

We have been learning a bit of yoga in Hedgehog Class using the Cosmic Kids site. The children have been wonderful at following along with all the moves.



July 2019

Penguins, explorers and detectives!

We may be getting near to the end of term but the learning is still going full steam ahead! We have been reading 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers and the children have described the two main characters, drawn story maps, written a re-tell and made beautiful penguin collages. They have really worked their socks off!

With Miss Brown on Thursday the children used the lap tops to write up their diary entries from Scott and the race to the pole. They worked so hard on these and the results are fabulous.

Finally in maths we worked in teams to solve the 'Mystery of the Sports Day Trophy Thief.' It was great to see the children talking about the maths they needed to use and work together to solve the clues.





















Making boats and games with Grandparents!

This week we continued our Science work by making boats using tin foil for a dinosaur to float in. The children were amazing at this. They used what we had learnt already and quickly realised that they needed to make a large surface area and edges to make a boat that would float. We then tried to make the tin foil sink. This was pretty impossible no matter how tightly we squeezed them into a ball. We had lots of discussion about why. They children are getting really good at explaining their thinking.

We finished the week in the most wonderful way by inviting our grandparents in to our art exhibition. Before they went along to the hall to view our amazing art work we shared games with them in the classroom. It was so lovely to see the children interacting with our visitors. There was lots of smiles and laughter. A really lovely end to a sunny week!





June 2019

The children take over!

As part of our Safer Internet Day we have been talking about staying safe online and this week the children have written the blog...

"We have learnt about science and materials.

We have been learning about floating and sinking. When we think about sink or float we had to make predictions. I got 1 wrong and 5 right. It was fun and I felt it was hard but it got easier. 

We have been learning about waterproof. We found out what different materials were waterproof and not waterproof to keep teddy dry. We used different fabrics, a pipette of water, a plastic teddy bear in a cup and we timed it for a minute to make sure it was fair.

We have been learning about time, like 12 o'clock, or 6 o'clock or 7 o'clock. The clocks helped us tell the time to help us know it is lunchtime or home time.  We made clocks to begin to help us tell the time.

We have written our own algorithms about brushing our teeth and leaving school. When it was mixed up we debugged it."






Super sewing!

After our trip to the aquarium we have been thinking about fish. We talked about the different shapes and colours that fish are, we were amazed at how many different fish there are in our oceans. The children have designed a fish that they are now busily sewing. We are looking forward to sharing our very own soft toy fish and finishing them off with our home grown ups at our parent's event later in the term!





Archers ready!

This week we had another go at archery. We were really good at making sure we were behind the safety line and waiting to cross the line. WE are even getting closer to the target.






Material Sorting

We continued our material science work this week by sorting a random collection of materials by their properties. We talked about what properties we could see and made labels to show how we had grouped them. 


Numbers to 100

This week we have focused on numbers up to 100. We have been making 2 digit numbers by splitting them into tens and ones. We used part whole models and place value charts with Base 10 and numicon to help us. We have been able to compare them saying which is greater, less than and equal to. The children have worked really hard and it has been wonderful to see how independent they are becoming with their math's work.


A wonderfully busy week of learning!

This week has been super busy! We have been learning about money in maths and discovered that the children are very good with recognising coins! By the end of the week we could even recognise notes. Home grown ups look forward to lots of help when counting out your money in shops from now on!

We   were also lucky enough to have a visitor this week who came in from Wessex Water to talk to us about the water cycle, saving water and how we can help the environment. The children were brilliant and showed Mrs Smith how good they were at listening and answering questions. Well done Hedeghogs!

In Science we continued exploring materials and their properties and worked in groups to sort materials. It was wonderful to hear the children using scientific words like opaque and transparent, see them working so well in their groups and use full sentences to describe the material.


A wonderful fishy day at Bristol Aquarium

We had the most amazing day at Bristol Aquarium. The children were brilliantly behaved both on the coach and going around the aquarium, they really did the school proud!

There are so many highlights that it is difficult to choose a few, but there were some fishy facts that we all found fascinating... When Starfish loose a limb, they grow a new one, but more amazing than that, the lost limb grows a new Starfish! Lobsters wee from their eyes! Octopus have 9 brains and three hearts!

Have a look at our fishy adventures.



This term we will be learning about two explorers from the past, Robert Falcon Smith and Ronald Edmondson, and their famous 'race to the pole.' This week the children focussed on the story 'The Hare and the Tortoise' to link their own understanding and experiences to our history topic. The children developed their computing skills by creating e-books on a book creator app on the I pads, re-wrote the story on storyboards, played 'race' style games such as snakes and ladders and completed reading quizzes to extend their understanding of the story.



Materials Everywhere!

We have started this term's Science learning by going on a material hunt around the school. It was wonderful to use our outside area to find wood, plastic, glass, metal and fabric and to begin to talk about why we thought each material had been used. We noticed that both our aprons and a spade had been made out of plastic but that one was hard and one was flexible.

We are looking forward to exploring materials and their properties over this term and investigating using our scientific thinking.



May 2019

Family Picnic Event

It was so lovely to welcome so many home grown ups into school to join our end of term event. We celebrated our 'The ark' learning by having a family picnic. We enjoyed making jam, ham or cheese sandwiches, icing our biscuits and making floral crowns. We also showed off our wonderful 3D park maps. It was really lovely to see the children spreading the butter and fillings, then cutting the sandwiches themselves.

But most importantly having fun and sharing their learning. A wonderful end to the term.

Enjoy a lovely half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you in term 6 for our exciting new topic, 'Water, Water Everywhere.'



Biscuit tasting and cooking

We started the week tasting a variety of biscuits, describing them and then choosing the flavours we liked best. The children were brilliant at tasting new biscuits, even when they didn't like some of them! We all liked different ones best. some people enjoyed the crunch of the rich tea, some the spiciness of the ginger nuts, some the crumbliness of the digestive and some the sugary sweetness of the shorties.

We then went into the hall and made biscuits to share with our home grown ups later in the week at our end of term 'Family Picnic' event. The children worked in groups to cream the sugar and butter together, mix in the flour and their chosen flavours. Finally they rolled out the dough and used the flower cutters to make their biscuits.

They certainly smelt yummy whilst cooking!



Busy, busy, busy!

This week we have been very busy! We started the week by finishing our Georges Seurat inspired pointillism paintings. The children worked so hard on them and we have a wonderful display of their fabulous finished works of art in the classroom.

In Geography the children have worked in groups to make 3D park maps. It was wonderful to hear them talking to each other and deciding on what would be included in their park and who would make each part. They used tape to attach the different parts. We are hoping that they will still be in one piece by Wednesday 22nd May so that we can show them off to our home grown ups at our end of term family picnic event.

On Thursday afternoons the children have been working with Miss Brown on a variety of computing activities all about maps. Miss Brown said they have worked very hard, especially on the I pads.



Lots of spotty dots!

This week we have been finding out more about Georges Seurat. He was a French painter who was born in 1891. He invented a completely new way of painting during the Impressionist era called Pointillism. He painted amazing pictures using lots and lots and lots AND lots of tiny dots of paint in primary colours. We loved seeing some of his paintings in pictures that had zoomed in on the detail. Far away the paintings look like all the colours of the rainbow, but close up you can see that he put primary colours close together and let our eyes do the mixing. It's a bit like paint magic! We are very impressed.

We have looked at one of his most famous paintings called, 'Sunday afternoon on the Grande Jatte,' which took Georges Seurat 2 years to paint! We couldn't believe it. That really is a lot of dots!

The children have practised shading, blending and mixing coloured dots so that we can have a go at making our own pointillism pictures tomorrow.  

In Maths we have been thinking about division. We have been grouping and sharing objects into 2s, 5s and 10s. The children have been using their sapphire powers and tried really hard. They are looking forward to having a practise at home with their homework!




A busy week of science learning!

This week we have focussed our learning on science. We have been talking about plants and linked our learning back to our trip last week. It was brilliant to hear the children sharing their ideas about what makes a plant grow, the different sorts of plants and naming flowers.

We have started a growing experiment where we have planted our own seeds but also a set of seeds that we will either water but keep in the dark, keep in the light but not water or water and keep in the light but they have no soil! The children have made scientific predictions about what they think will happen and we will check back at the end of term to see if we were right!

The children have worked in groups twice this week to produce a labelled collage of a flower and also a branching data base of wild and garden plants. Lots of great teamwork going on as well as lots of scientific chatter! We have some really wonderful posters that we can put up in our classrooms and also in the hall too.

Finally we all took part in the colour run on Friday afternoon. A really brilliant way to finish the week and blow the cobwebs away before the weekend! It was quite breezy!



April 2019

Park Keepers for the day!

The children had a wonderful day at Warminster town park being park keepers, even though it was a little bit rainy. First we listened to Stuart tell us about the things the park keeper has to do to look after the park and then helped him by clearing 5 flower beds ready to be re-planted. We have saved the tulip bulbs and are looking forward to planting them around the school in pots.

After we had finished our park keeper duties, and had a quick lunch break, we followed the new Tree Trail around the park looking at the deciduous and non-deciduous tress. We were amazed how many different types of trees there are in the park. We also saw some of the wild life, swans, geese and ducks. The otters and water voles were hiding, maybe we might have been a little bit too noisy! Just as we were leaving we spotted Harry the heron! He was watching us walking back to the station in the rain!



Superhero Afternoon

What a lovely end of term event we had in Hedgehogs Class this week!  Thank you to all the parents and grown-ups who were able to join us.  We hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did. 

For those of you who were unable to join us this time, please take a look through the slideshow below and see the children having fun making their own superheroes, measuring and ordering superheroes, playing superhero 'Guess Who', using our super senses to smell, hear and feel different things and snuggling up with a grown-up or friend to share our favourite stories.



March 2019

Beebot Fun

This week we were writing algorithms (instructions) to move a Beebot (a programmable floor robot) around a town.  We worked together to write, test and amend our instructions to move the robot from one house to another.  We then applied our skills in writing algorithms to our work on the computers.  It was great fun!



In maths this week we have been looking at volume and capacity.  We have looked at the difference between the two and have had the opportunity to measure both.   We had fun using different non-standard units to measure the capacity of a bowl and discovered that it is better to measure a larger item with bigger non-standard units so that it doesn't take as long.  For example, we found out that it took 3 milk cartons or 10 cups or 237 spoonfuls of water to fill the bowl.  Measuring large capacities with spoons is not a great idea!



We also had to test whether the statement 'A tall container holds more water than a small container' is always true, sometimes true or never true.  We used a tall measuring cylinder, a cup and a milk carton to test our ideas.  We found out that the statement is sometimes true as the smaller milk carton held more water than the measuring cylinder but the tall measuring cylinder held more water than the cup. 





Florence Nightingale

We have been learning about a real superhero in Hedgehogs class this week.  Her name was Florence Nightingale and she was a nurse, living in Victorian times,  who improved the conditions of a hospital in Scutari during the Crimean War.  The improvements she made whilst away, and after her return, have changed the way hospitals are run today.  In groups we discussed how she improved the Scutari hospital and then we wrote a diary entry to explain these changes to others.

In our music lessons we have been learning to play the glockenspiel to accompany a piece of music.  We found it quite challenging to keep in time with the music but with the help of our friends we were able to play the tune correctly.  Next week we are planning to split the class in half and play our glockenspiels whilst the rest of the class are singing a song.


Marvelous Measuring

In our Maths sessions over the past couple of weeks we have been measuring height and length.  We began by thinking about how we describe height and length.  We used the vocabulary tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest and long, longer, longest to compare heights and lengths.  We then went on to measure objects using non-standard units such as cubes and paper clips.  We compared the different units of measure and decided that measuring this way was not as accurate as it could be because the objects that we were using to measure with were different sizes.  We decided that a more accurate way to measure would be to use standard units such as centimeters so we used rulers to measure lines and objects; draw lines for a given measurement and compare the measures by finding the 'difference' between the two lines/objects.

In Design and Technology this week we made our own wheel mechanisms.  We cut a small hole in some card and then attached a wheel to the back using a split pin.  When you turn the wheel, the face that you can see peeping through the hole that you cut, changes.



We ended the week celebrating Red Nose Day and raising money for Comic Relief.

Shrove Tuesday

What a busy week!  On Tuesday we were learning about Shrove Tuesday which is also known as 'Pancake Day'.  We found out that Shrove Tuesday takes place on the last day before Lent begins and that Lent is the Christian period leading up to Easter, when people often give up something.  The tradition of eating pancakes started because in the past people were not allowed to eat foods such as eggs, so to use them up before Lent began, people would mix them with other rich foods such as milk, flour and butter to make pancakes.

We worked in small groups of three to make our own pancake batter and once cooked, we added our own toppings before eating them.  They were very tasty!




On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day and the children dressed up as their favourite book characters - they all looked amazing!   During the day we were lucky enough to meet the author and illustrator, Mike Brownlow who is well known for writing 'Ten Little Superheroes', 'Ten Little Pirates' and many more stories.   He shared some of his stories with us and taught us some actions to help us retell them.  It was a really enjoyable day!

Superhero Day

What a busy and enjoyable day!  The children all looked fabulous in their costumes and were very excited to share their super powers with the class. 

After reading the story 'Supertato', we made our own superhero characters by adding googly eyes, capes, belts and masks to potatoes, carrots and parsnips. 





We used our superhero characters to help us write our own stories based on the 'Supertato' book.  We thought carefully about our sentences and used adjectives and the conjunction 'and' to make our writing better.

In the afternoon, we made superhero hands.  We drew around our hands, cut them out, decorated them to look like our favourite superhero characters and wrote a message of kindness inside.  We gave our decorated hands to a friend.


February 2019

All around the world exhibition

Thank you to everyone who came to our exhibition this week. We loved sharing all our fabulous learning with all of our special family members! Have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to seeing you in Term 4 for our Superhero topic!














Making numbers in different ways.

This week we have been making 2 digit numbers in different ways using a range of equipment. We have been seeing how many tens and ones are in each number and recording this. The children are getting really good at counting in tens and using 100 squares to help them with one more and one less than numbers between 20 and 60!



Pizza fun!

We spent the afternoon today making our own pizzas from scratch. We had such fun mixing and kneading the dough and then adding the toppings. We cannot wait to share them tomorrow at the exhibition!

Wonderful stick men!

The children have finished their Giacometti inspired stick men sculptures. They are fabulous and we are looking forward to sharing them with you all at our exhibition next week.

We will also be sharing our eBooks about Giacometti which children have worked on in pairs on our I pads to make. They have been importing photographs, adding sound files and changing the backgrounds. All very impressive!

This week in Maths has been really busy as we have begun to work with bigger numbers. The children have been grouping in 10s and 1s to count larger numbers and then been recording the 10s and 1s in a given number. They really are becoming maths wizards!

January 2019

SNOW day!

Enjoy the snow everyone! Stay safe and warm and we really look forward to hearing all about your snowy adventures next week!

Designing our stick men

The children have really focussed on the details of their Giacometti inspired stick men. It is so wonderful to see how the children are using their sounds to write labels and sentences in their design work. As well as drawing their designs they also had a last go at making models using different resources. 

Creative learning

This week we have been thinking about how the seasons effect a little robin. The children really enjoyed looking at pictures of our robin in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. They asked lots of questions to further their learning and listened really well to the answers. It was wonderful to see how they used what they had learnt in their writing when they recorded the robin's journey through the seasons.

Later in the week we thought about seasons again, this time in music when we listened to Vivaldi's Four Seasons. First we lay quietly in the classroom and listened to each season. We then talked about what it made us think of. Finally we drew pictures as we listened o the music again. The pictures are really wonderful, they show what the children have learnt about the seasons in our Science so far. A great way to use music and science together.

With Miss Brown the children have begun designing their Giacometti Stick Men. They explored different materials to see which will be best to make their final sculptures. They are going to be wonderful when they are done!


A week of new learning!

This week we really have been very busy using our Emerald gem power to keep going with new things and make those new connections in our brains. The children have been really focussed, Sapphire gem powers, on learning the new skill of adding to numbers by making 10 first. It has been wonderful to see them working together and explaining their thinking.

The children have also been designing their stick men, inspired by Giacometti and his sculptures. They are really looking forward to transforming their designs into their own sculptures to share with you all at our Around the World exhibition in a few weeks.

In Computing the children have been using the search engine to research Giacometti and have found out some wonderful facts. They really loved this!

We have carried on finding out about the world around us and this week focussed on China. The children were fascinated by dragons, noodles, the Terracotta Army and The Great Wall. We have also written about our focus country, Spain, with the children really thinking about the facts they have learnt. They have used their capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and sounds to write some wonderful sentences.

Finally throughout the week the children have been enjoying the wonderful 'Pizza Parlour' role play that Miss Jelliffe has made. Some wonderful language and imaginative play. I even bought a yummy pizza for 10 dollars!


Welcome back everyone! Looking forward to a wonderful term full of learning all about 'The World Around Us.'

A busy first week of the year!

We have been very busy this week in Hedgehogs. The children came back ready to learn! This week in Maths we have started to use number lines to help us with our addition problem solving. The children have worked with their learning partners to jump along the number lines. It has been wonderful to see them working so well together and really developing their independence.

Also this week in PSHE we have been talking about the things that are the same or different about us. The children worked with their carpet partners to come up with three things that were the same and three things that were different. They really looked carefully. We talked about how it wasn't just the way we look that can be the same and different but also the things we like and don't like. We decided that being different and the same was brilliant. It definitely makes life interesting!

With Miss Brown on Thursday the children have begun to find out about artist and sculpture Alberto Giacometti. He made some famous sculptures of a stick man figure. The children are researching him, his stick man sculptures and then having a go at making their own sculptures. They are looking forward to sharing them with you at the end of term Exhibition.

December 2018


This week we have been enjoying a variety of Christmas writing, maths and crafts.

It has been lovely to show off what we can do with setting and character descriptions. We have really tried hard with our sounds throughout the Autumn term and we can now write some really wonderful sentences.

We used lots of sequins and glitter to make our Christmas crafts. A lovely sparkly way to finish off the term.

Have a very happy Christmas everyone and see you in January for more fun and learning!


Recreating a Jan Griffier painting!

We worked together as a whole year group this week to recreate a Jan Griffier painting of The Great Fire of London. Each child a piece of the painting to copy. Once everyone had finished their piece Mrs Bray and Mrs Philips put them together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in the hall. The finished picture is out representation of the original painting. It is definitely very fiery! 

We have also been enjoying reading books in the book corner and writing book reviews. We are very excited to be making our own book of reviews to help our friends choose a book to enjoy.

Making a mini Great Fire of London!

We have really enjoyed making our own Great Fire of London jars. First we covered a glass jar in yellow, orange and red tissue paper, sticking it with glue. This represented the flames. Next we placed black tissue paper on top to make the London skyline. When it had all dried we placed battery tea lights inside. We were so pleased with the results and when we lit them all the classroom looked magical!

Magnet Magic!

In Science we have been thinking about materials and their properties. This week we had great fun using magnets to see which materials were attracted to them.

Next we made a magnetic maze. We drew our maze on a piece of paper and then moved a paper clip through it using  magnet. It was great fun!

November 2018


We joined Badgers this week for a wonderful yoga session run by Mr Parish. We were very impressed to see the children join in wholeheartedly with the pigeon, boat, downward dog and many more yoga moves!

Another really busy week!

This week we have been learning about 3D and 2 D shapes in Maths. The children have been naming the shapes, describing them by their properties and making repeating patterns. It has been wonderful to hear our shape experts talking about corners, sides and faces as they describe shapes to their friends.

In RE this week the children found our about the creation story. Miss Brown set up some wonderful activities for the children to explore the 7 days that the Bible says God created the world in. It was a wonderful hands on learning experience for everyone.

We finished the week with Science. We explored different materials. We had three activities where we explored objects and described how they looked, felt and what questions we might like to ask about them. The children are getting really good at working with a partner and are becoming really independent. 


A wonderful visit to Trowbridge Fire Station!

We had a fabulous topic starter this week when we visited Trowbridge Fire Station. First we popped to the Civic Centre to have our picnic. We were pleased to be sitting inside in the warm and it was lovely to see the children chatting and enjoying eating together.

Next we had a quick walk around a part of the park. We loved seeing the ducks and swans, and there was great excitement when the fountains turned on and squirted water jets. We also spotted some wood, metal, plastic and bricks which will help us with our Science topic this term, Materials and their properties.

Then it was time to jump back on the coach and head to the Fire Station. We met Paul and Nick the fire fighters and they showed us a film about Frances the firefly. We talked about how to keep safe and how important it is that we NEVER play with matches or fire. It is dangerous and we could get seriously hurt.

Paul showed us the special clothes fire fighters wear to keep them safe when they are putting fires out. Then we went outside and looked around a fire engine. We saw all the different equipment that is on board and found out that their is even a kettle on a fire engine to make sure fire fighters get lots of hot chocolate!

I think everyone's favourite bit was getting to fire the water hose. The water shoots out at such speed that it is hard to hold on to the hose and the children were super strong mini fire fighters.

The thing the grown ups enjoyed most was seeing how much the children enjoyed themselves and how wonderful their behaviour and manners were. We heard a lot of "thank you" being said to all the people who helped us have a brilliant day!


 Guided Reading begins...

This week we started a daily session of guided reading in Hedgehogs. Over the week the children will read to Mrs Macfarlane, read to Miss Jelliffe, listen to a story at our listening station, read a book for pleasure and do a game. The children have made a fabulous start to this and we are looking forward to hearing their reading blossom. Remember that you can help at home by hearing them read their reading books and writing in their reading records. We really love stories in Hedgehogs and look forward to our daily story session.


Rainbow Challenges with our parents

We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our Rainbow Challenges with our parent's this week. We did lots of different farm related activities including making split pin animals, bingo, soduko, word searches, play dough farm animals, I spy and foot print animals. It was a lovely end to our 'On The Farm' topic.


Monday Mindfulness

We have been enjoying doing mindfulness activities all term. This has been helping with our concentration and giving us an opportunity to be quiet and still. Sometimes we lie in a space and listen to a meditation story or practise a few breathing techniques, but our favourite has to be Cosmic Kids yoga.

This Monday we did  'Popcorn and the pirates.' It is so lovely to see how much the children participate and follow the simple yoga poses. If you would like to try some at home please follow this link https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

A week of visitors and surprises!

We have had a busy week again this week. On Wednesday we were very excited to meet Eileen Browne and hear all about how she writes her books including Handa's Hen. It was a wonderful way to really get us excited about books and reading before our  wonderful new library was unveiled! How lucky we are to have such a fabulous area to enjoy books in.

We also spent some time with Basil and Pepper, our school guinea pigs, thinking about what pets need to be healthy. The children were wonderful at being quiet so they didn't get scared, but also have gentle hands gibing them strokes and tickles. It has been really fabulous to see how enthusiastic the children have been during our Science this term. We have learnt so much about animals and have been listening to each other as we share our knowledge and ideas.

During Rainbow Challenges we have been thinking about the seasons as we begin to see signs of autumn in our outside area. The children have drawn the tress, carefully using colours that they see and really developing those muscles in their hands making play dough trees. It is so lovely hearing the children telling each other how much they like what their friends have made. Really using those Ruby gem powers!

In Maths we have finished off some work on addition and begun subtraction. The children have used real objects to tell subtraction stories to their partners and then begun to record them. This has been easier as we have continued to use our part, part, whole models to help us.

What busy Hedgehogs we have been! Only 3 days left of this term but still quite a lot of fabulous learning to get in. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our grown ups to out Rainbow Challenge Parents Event on Monday 22nd October!

Vegetable faces!

We had a wonderful time this week recreating our own version of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's famous vegetable face paintings using a variety of different vegetables. The children really concentrated on feeling the different vegetables and talking about the colours, shapes and textures. We are very proud of their end products.




A busy week of learning!

This week we have been learning about number bonds. The children have used a variety of resources to help them including part, part, whole models and tens frames. We have also been recording addition number sentences. It has been wonderful seeing the children really focus in their Maths sessions and try their very hardest.

We have also been doing a bit more art work inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. First we used water colours to create a large vegetable for a head and a background in a contrasting colour.   Next we added photos of vegetables to create the features. Our finished work are displayed in the hall, the link corridor and the classroom. We are super proud of them and all agree they look really wonderful.



September 2018

A great start!

The children have really settled in well to Year One life. We are looking forward to lots of exciting learning this term. Our topic is The Farm and we are excited about our trip to Warleigh Lodge farm next week. Especially as we get to spent the day being real farmers!

Down on the Farm

The children had a fabulous trip to Warleigh Lodge Farm despite the rain and the treat of thunder and lightening during lunchtime! We loved splashing in the river, rolling down the hill, squeezing into the 100 year old tree and meeting all the animals. We fed the hens, collected the eggs, lay the bedding straw for the pigs, fed the goats and, after a bumpy tractor ride, fed the beautiful cows. It was a super trip and the children were a credit to the school with their manners and behaviour!


A visit from the Life Education Bus

The children enjoyed a visit from Harold the giraffe and Becky this week. We found out all about our wonderful bodies. The children were brilliant at coming up with ideas for how to keep their bodies healthy. There was lots of oohing when the lights were turned down and the stars came out!

Really using our maths brains!

The children have been working really hard this week comparing numbers. They have used a variety of equipment to represent more and less and have begun recording this in their maths books. We are so proud of how they are using their gem powers to keep going even when things are difficult and to really focus. Well done Hedgehogs!