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Welcome to Yr 1 Buntings Class


Buntings are a family of birds that includes the Cirl Bunting. This bird is very rare and can be found by the coast in South Devon. Just like us! Many Buntings are long distant migrants which means they travel many miles around the world every year. Just like we will be doing in our learning in this Term's theme! 


The Class Teacher in Buntings for this year is Miss Alex Wallwork. Our Learning Support Assistants in this class are Mrs Emma Rose and Mrs Angela Kay.  


The theme for the Summer term is 'From the Moors to the Sea'. This will be a whole school focus and give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and key stages. Key Stage 1 will be researching local landmarks and be exploring geographical locations in Devon. This theme will include map reading and orienteering tasks to engage the children with the local environment. The children will be exploring materials and finding the best material for a purpose. This will provide opportunities for designing and creating objects based on our theme. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you as we progress through the term.


For more information on our curriculum please look at our 'Summer Term Curriculum Plan' below.


P.E. Days:  Tuesdays and Thursdays

Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term.


Home Learning: Handed out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday.  This will give you the opportunity to explore aspects of your child's learning if you wish.


Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell

Key Stage One Lead: Nicky Howard


If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Miss Wallwork) or alternatively please contact a team leader:







Saturday May 6th 2017 -  2pm - Happy's Circus!

Week beginning 12th June 2017 - Year 1 Phonic check


Summer Term Curriculum Plan

Summer Term Curriculum Plan 1

Monday 12th June - Science

Today we performed simple tests investigating the properties of materials. Buntings children planned and performed their tests in small groups, then gathered and recorded their data.

Friday 9th June - Phonics

This afternoon we have been enjoying a variety of phonic games - parachute games, “What’s the Sound Mr Wolf?”, hidden graphemes and more!

Wednesday 9th May 2017 - Writing

Buntings had the opportunity to share the stories that they have been writing with Foundation. Both year groups enjoyed this and we are looking forward to doing this again! 

Friday 5th May 2017 Maths

Today we looked at turning left and right, then planned routes and described different routes around maps. We also looked at recording routes, having the opportunity to share our plans and try our friends planned route!

Wednesday 3rd May - Science

Today we have been investigating the difference between an object and a material, looking at the properties of different materials, and investigating which materials are able to float or sink. It was a lovely chance to do some outdoor learning, looking at natural materials and objects in our school grounds.

Monday 24th April 2017Writing

In writing we have been learning about adjectives and noun. This has helped us to build sentences correctly.

Wednesday 19th April 2017 - Phonic Meeting

A huge thank you to all parents who attended our phonics meeting. It was great to see so many of you. The children really enjoyed sharing the phonics games they have been busy making. 

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Friday 3rd March - Trip to Torquay Museum

Today Year 1 went on a school trip to Torquay Museum. We had the opportunity to explore some real stone-age items, such as animal fur clothing, tools, skulls and other every day equipment. We made wooly mammoths, heard a story about them, and looked at life in the stone age period. It was a great experience and year 1 thoroughly enjoyed the day. Have a look at the photos below to see what we got up to!

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - Phonics

We have been looking at split digraphs in phonics! We've been using mirrors to solve our backwards words for word hunts, and using sliders to make some new words.

Friday 3rd February - History

We have had a very exciting week as paleontologists! We made our own fossils, printing into clay and filling this with plaster of paris. Then, once dry, we put on our badges, got our tools out and excavated our fossils! It was great fun, and gave us plenty to write about! 

Tuesday 17.01.17 - History

In Year One we have been learning about Victorian toys and games. We went outside to experience the traditional game of 'hopscotch'.

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Wednesday 16th November - Learning Celebration

kS1 would like to say a huge thank you to all Parents, Grandparents and Carers that came to our Learning Celebration. Buntings enjoyed showing off all their fantastic learning this term. 


Thursday 10th November - Flamenco Dancing

Today we learnt to Flamenco dance! Karina gave us a demonstration, then she taught us a dance routine. She told us that when Flamenco dancers finish, it is polite to shout encouraging words such as 'ole'.




Thursday 3rd October - Exeter Trip

Today we had a fantastic day in Exeter! We went to Las Iguanas restaurant for Spanish Tapas, which were delicious. We also visited Northerhay Gardens before exploring the Museum.

Wednesday 5th October - Theme

Today we have been learning about the 'il Tricolore' Italian flag! We have also learnt how to sew, and sewn the flag onto pieces of hessian. We really enjoyed listening to Italian music whilst sewing. Some of us found it tricky, but with a 'Yes I Can' attitude we all produced some lovely pieces!

Monday 3rd October - Maths

Today we have been exploring the 'equals' sign. Can your child remember what 'equals' means?

Monday 3rd October - Handwriting

Look at the improvement in our handwriting! We are currently focusing on our long ladder letters - can your child remember which letters are in this family?


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Monday 26th September - Maths

This week we are learning all about measuring! We have been using non-standard and standard units of measure. 

Friday 23rd September - Theme

Today we got the opportunity to try traditional Italian foods. We had biscotti biscuits, olives and a cup of extra-lemony lemonade! 

Tuesday 20th September - Maths

Today we started looking at measuring! We have been using ones to measure items in the classroom, and exploring the best method to measure. Tomorrow we are going to look at how we can record our measuring.

Tuesday 20th September - Phonics

Learning doesn't just happen inside the class room! Today we went on a word hunt, finding real and alien words!

Friday 16th September - French Friday

Wow, what a day! We have been busy experienced France on our ‘French Friday’. We began the day making croissants with Miss Wallwork, then we moved into Miss Tucker’s class for some French singing and music, and finally went into Mrs Dowdeswell’s classroom to make the Eiffel Tower out of straws. In the afternoon we joined the rest of Year 1 for our ‘French Café’, where we got the chance to eat our croissants, dipping them into a luxury hot chocolate. Have a look at what the children have to say about it…

“I liked the croissants and hot chocolate.”

“I liked when we made the Eiffel Tower with straws,”

Louis said “I liked making the chocolate croissants”

“I liked the bit when we were singing the songs”

“I liked building the Eiffel tower with the lego bricks” 

“I liked when we did the croissants and dipped it in the hot chocolate.” 

“I loved making the Eiffel Tower” 

“I really love making croissants” 

“I loved switching classes and playing inside them”

Frere Jacques

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For part of 'French Friday', we have learnt the song 'Frere Jacques' and have performed it for parents to watch. Enjoy!

Tuesday 13th September - Maths

In maths we have been finding different ways to make numbers. Some of us have even been writing number sentences!

Monday 12th September - Handwriting

Look at how well we are forming our curly caterpillar letters!

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Friday 9th September - Theme and Food Technology

Today we talked about the different foods we might find in France. We also got to taste some Brioche!

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Wednesday 7th September 2016 - Physical Education

Today we enjoyed our first P.E. lesson with Mr Leaman. We were looking at different ways to move around a space. It was great fun!


"I like P.E. I like running really fast!" Ethan

"I like P.E. because I like being outside." Lennox

"We were the best team. We were fast!" Isabel

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