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 our Explorers we are learning about in this Term's theme!
The Class Teacher in Buntings for this year is Miss Sarah Durnford. Our Learning Support Assistants in this class are Mrs Debbie Tummon and Mrs Sandra Wooll.
The theme for the Summer term is 'To Infinity... and Beyond - Space!'. We asked the children what their interests were and what they would like to learn about and space was a very popular suggestion! We have already 'kicked off' our theme with a Space Day full of different space related activities. We will continue to inspire the children and explore the subject of space in many different ways within school as well as having the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips!
For more information on our curriculum please look at our Summer Term Curriculum Plan below.
The Theme for Spring Term is a whole school Theme called 'Seven Billion Stars. We used this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmcRa70LHe8) as our hook and an initial talking point to discuss what the term community meant to the children. On the first day back all children and adults came dressed in the uniform for their community. Recently, we have had a visit from Occombe Farm recently which gave the children a first hand experience of how to care for chickens. We will be fundraising throughout this term to enable us purchase and raise our very own flock of chickens!
The Theme for Autumn Term was "Explore". Initially we explored "Under the Sea" and then explored areas according to the children's interests. Some of the exciting learning opportunities that experienced included a trip to Brixham to the fish market and a tour of the Golden Hind as well as a Beach trip where we explored rock pools and created team sand art! There was a History focus beginning with Sir Francis Drake and the history of Pirates. For more information on our curriculum, click on the Autumn Term plan.
P.E. Days: Wednesdays and Fridays
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.
Team leader: Mrs Sarah Jarrett
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher (Miss Durnford) or contact the Team Leader.
UP COMING EVENTS...
Transition day - Thursday 2nd July
Summer Term Curriculum Plan
When I'm Gone (KS1 Performance)
Library Van Visit
Buntings visited the library van this week and were able to choose some exciting new books for our school library. Pop in to our school library and have a look at what we chose...
We are taking part in a school wide sunflower competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. We had a whole say learning about sunflowers to get ourselves ready. In Science we thought about what a sunflower needs to grow and made posters to share our ideas. In Art we looked closely and at sunflower and drew a detailed picture, we also wrote some acrostic poems about sunflowers.
Euan and Freya
The quails have laid eggs!
More 'eggciting' news from the White Rock Chicken Coop. Our quails have laid their very first eggs. We all had a very close look at the egg itself as well as what it looked like inside.
Live Web Chat with Christopher Lintott...... We were lucky enough to have a live web chat with an astrophysicist Christopher Lintott. Christopher used to be a pupil at White Rock and he told us that when he was at our school he loved Science and was always asking lots of questions about why things happened. He talked to us about Space and the planets and answered lots of our questions.
Space Explorer Dome came to visit us...
Explorer Dome came to visit and we all got to crawl through the tunnel into the dome. Inside the dome we learnt lots of exciting new facts about space and the planets, experienced star gazing and listened to some really exciting stories.
These are some of the facts we learnt:
The moon is made from rock - Jamie
Orion's belt has 3 stars - Freya
There are too many stars to count - Bailey
Writing Hall of Fame...
We have begun to explore the concept of measure within our Maths sessions. We have been investigation different units of measurement and finding the most interesting objects possible to measure! We had the opportunity to go into the playground to complete our learning as well as in the classroom.
Chicken and Quail UPDATE! We went to visit our chickens and quails in their new home! We cannot believe have fast they have grown! Everyone had the chance to go into the pen and investigate the new coop. We all think our chicks will be very happy there!
To infinity...and beyond!
We had a fantastic space day full of exciting adventures and activities. We all had an opportunity to sketch ourselves on the moon, dance like astronauts, compose a space inspired soundscape, learn the names and order of the planets and witness a rocket experiment. We even got to meet some real life astronauts and a NASA commander...
Spring Term 1 Curriculum Plan - We are Seven Billion Stars
Year 1 Mathematics Spring Term Objectives
Compare, describe and solve practical problems for:
- Lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half]
- Mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]
- Time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later]
Measure and begin to record the following:
- Lengths and heights
- Time (hours, minutes, seconds)
- Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
- Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs
- Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20
- Add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero
- Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems such as 7 = – 9.
- Solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.
WORLD BOOK DAY!
To celebrate World Book Day we all dressed up as one of our favourite characters from a Traditional Tale. Everybody looked fantastic! We really enjoyed exploring all different types of books and sharing our favourite ones with Year 4!
Then there were two
Day 11 in the White Rock chicken incubator! We candled our eggs in a dark room using a bright torch. Have a look at the pictures below to see what is happening...
Here were some of our suggestions...
Daniel - "Behind the Year 2 classrooms because the foxes won't eat them".
Reef - "On the field because when they're older they'll need lots of room".
Theo - "Near the Year 2 classrooms because it has grass and it is peaceful".
Sarah - "On the playground because the children will scare the foxes away".
Freya - "Near the classrooms, on the field so we can come and feed them".
Alya - "Next to Year 2 so that children will hear them and look after them".
Gabrielle - "In the trees because it's sheltered and the foxes won't see them".
Ben and Luca - "We think inside the classrooms because it is warm and cosy!"
Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Plan - Exploring the Rainforest
Reading with rhythm.AVI
Look at how good we are at adding!
Chocolate Crispy Cakes
We have been learning about Fairtrade. We used Fairtrade chocolate to make Crispy Cakes. We gave them to our parents at our Learning Celebration.
Our Trip to Paignton Zoo
As you can see from our photos, we all had a wonderful day at the zoo! We learnt many exciting new facts about the rainforest including the different layers and why the rainforest is so important to us. We got to feel tiger fur, look at animal skulls and even stroked a snakes skin!