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Term 1




What an exciting start to Year 1 we have had as the children transformed into real-life superheroes!


We started our topic off with a breaking news story that 4 superheroes had crash-landed in the UK. We went on to look at where our superheroes crashed and we realised that they had landed in the 4 capital cities of the UK. We went on to find out more about the 4 countries that make up the UK, including their flags.


We looked the vehicles that the superheroes crash landed in which included The Hulk's helicopter, Captain America's Motorbike, Superman's jet plane and Batman's Batmobile. We were inspired to make our own superhero vehicles with one important criteria: It had to be FAST! The children designed their vehicle. They then made their vehicle including sawing the axles for the wheels. We then tested them on a big and small ramp to see how far they would go and which ramp worked better. They then evaluated their vehicle.


The children have been getting creative in their play as well as they got crafting their own superhero shields, masks, laser beam cuffs and walkie talkies. They took these creations and got roleplaying!



This term we have been learning place value and addition to 10. 


We have been exploring lots of different opportunities to use maths in our play. The children have started to measure their constructions, weigh objects, represent numbers to 10 with different objects, uses conkers, pine cones and leaves to help their addition, follow recipes using the correct number of ingredients and unlock the locks using addition skills and much more....



In English this term we have been looking at books based on traditional tales from around the world. We looked at 'The Big Carrot' based on 'The Enormous Turnip' all the way from Russia. We then looked at 'The King and his Wish' based on the Caribbean tale of 'The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon'. We then went on to look at 'I Will Get You' based on the Norwegian tale of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. Finally we focused on an Autumn story called 'Pumpkin Soup'. 


From these stories we focused on labelling and captioning pictures, orally rehearsing sentences, re-reading our sentences, using our phonics sounds to write words and looking at our non-negotiables in our sentences including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.



Looking at materials in everything around us has been the focus of our science explorations this term. The children have been amazing at identifying and testing materials. They have taken this into their play as well by identifying the materials that they use in their constructions and also talking about their different properties.


We have explored how objects can be made from alternative materials, more than one material and how some materials are better suited than others due to their properties. The children used their knowledge to help some superheroes work out the best materials for their superhero outfits and building bridges by experimenting with different materials and their properties.

Exploring Autumn


This term we explored and discovered the transition of the season from Summer to Autumn. The children went on an Autumn walk and scavenger hunt to explore the different elements of the season from the plants to the weather.


We read 'Pumpkin Soup' and made our own recipes for pumpkin soup. The children followed their recipe to make it themselves adding in carrots, seeds and grains. 


Pumpkins and leaves were a big feature of our creative area, with children printing drawing, painting and making things with pumpkins. We also got inspired by the artist Yayoi Kusama's spotted pumpkin to make our own. 


The children used playdough scented with different autumn spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and clove and coloured with autumn colours.


Forest School


The children got to enjoy some afternoons in the wildlife area. It was certainly muddy and a bit soggy, but this didn't dampen the fun we had climbing trees, digging for treasure, avoiding lasers, guarding our treasure and swinging in the trees. We cannot wait to get back out there next term!

Other exciting things we've done and made...