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Year 1 Buntings

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 Yvonne Dugdale, Miss Nicola Washbrook and Mrs Angie George.  


The theme for the Spring term is 'One World, One Heart'. This will be a whole school focus and give us plenty of opportunities to learn collaboratively across classes and key stages. We will begin our learning by asking the children what 'One World, One Heart' means to them. We will be talking about how we care for our families and our planet. In Science we will learn about materials, in particular plastics and how we can prevent plastic pollution in our oceans. 


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 'Spring Term Curriculum Plan' below. 


P.E. Days:  Wednesdays 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: Sarah Jarrett


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:







Learning Celebration - 29th March 2018

Academic Year 2017-2018

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Tuesday 30th January 2018 - Plymouth Aquarium

We had an extremely exciting trip to Plymouth Aquarium! Have a look at the photos to see some of the things we got up to...

Wednesday 17th January - Maths

In Maths we have been learning how to partition amounts in different ways.

Tuesday 16th January - The Gingerbread Man

We have begun our writing journey of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We listened to the story, then we each made a gingerbread man to take home! Let's hope the children managed to eat them for pudding and they didn't all run away...

Friday 5th January 2018 - Maths

We have been learning about capacity. Today we had a capacity race! It was great fun and we used a lot of mathematical vocabulary.

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Tuhrsday 30th November Riverford Visitors

Today we had a very exciting visit from the team at Riverford. We learnt about some different fruits and vegetables and had the opportunity to peel, grate and chop them. Then we were challenged to make a rainbow using our different fruits! It was great fun - and the best part was eating the rainbows at the end! 

Tuesday 14th November - Spelling

We have been learning our tricky words in Year 1. Today we did a relay race! It was great fun, ensuring that we spelt the word correctly then seeing which team would be the fastest.

Monday 20th November - Knife Skills

We are becoming more independent in Year 1 at meal times. Today we practised using our knife and fork together to hold our food and cut it. We're looking forward to lunch time to show the dinner ladies how independent we can be when cutting up our own food!

Friday 10th November - Maths

In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. Today we use 3D shapes to print with. We painted the face of the shape and printed it onto paper.

"It's a triangle!" 

We looked at how the faces of 3D shapes are 2D.

Wednesday 1st November - Handwriting

We have been learning how to form our letters correctly outside today! We use chalk to write and painted our letters on the ground!

Tuesday 31st October 2017 - Art

Today we searched for Autumnal leaves outside, then we did leaf printing with them! We cut out the silhouette of a bug, printed over it then peeled off the bug to reveal the silhouette. 

Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Dance

In Dance in Year 1, we have been experimenting with how our bodies can move to music. We have used different jumps and turns to produce creative movements. This week, we expressed different feelings through dance, including happy, angry and sad.

Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Buntings Under Arrest!

Today the Police came in to teach us how to stay safe! We used ink to print our finger prints, tried on uniforms and got to explore the Police car and van. The Police talked to use about what they do and how they protect us. It was a fantastic experience for our children!

Tuesday 10th October - Maths

We have looked at the Part Part Whole model today in Maths. We looked at different ways to partition numbers and even got to write on the tables!

Thursday 5th October - Maths


We are learning our number bonds to 10 - why don't you ask your child to tell your the number bond rhyme that we have been learning. 

Netball Session - Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Today we had a fantastic opportunity to have a taste of netball. Netball Kidz came into school to lead a session for our children. It was great fun and we're hoping to see lots of faces at the free taster session on Saturday! Please speak to your class teacher if you would like some more details about the Netball Kidz free taster sessions. 

Wednesday 27th September 2017 - Phonics

We have been doing lots of phonics learning in Year 1! Can you spot any of the graphemes we have learnt in your books?

ai   ee   igh    oa   oo   ar

Tuesday 26th September 2017 - We're going on a minibeast hunt!

Today we went to explore the school grounds to find mini beasts. We found butterflies, snails, slugs, woodlice, spiders. Can you find any mini beasts in your gardens? Where could you look? 

Parent Readers Needed!

Please speak to Miss Wallwork if you are able to spare some time to listen to our children read.

Monday 25th September 2017 - Maths

We have been learning how to find and show one more/less than a given number. Here we are using counters and number lines to work this out.

Thursday 14th September - African Necklaces

Today Mrs Dann showed us how to make African necklaces!

Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Fruit Kebabs

In Year 1 we have been reading 'Handa's Surprise'. Today we used our fine motor skills to cut and thread fruit to make fruit kebabs. We enjoyed eating these outside and are looking forward to writing about our experience! 

Wednesday 6th September 2017

Our first day in Year 1!


Today was our first day in Year 1 - We have been dancing, learning some French and playing phonics games.