White Rock Primary School

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White Rock Primary School

                         WELCOME TO YEAR 1 BUNTINGS

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 Same But different ...'

This term Year 1 are learning about the similarities and differences between each other. Our class text The Big Book of Families will be used to help highlight how our families may differ. Our PSHE focus this term will be 'Living in the Wider World' where we will be looking at different cultures and comparing them to ours in the UK.



P.E/Dance Days are Tuesday and Wednesday each week. 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 will be handed out on a Friday and collected in 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.


                                         UPCOMING EVENTS

Parents evening  - Tuesday 8th October  and Wednesday 9th October.

Christmas performance -Thursday 12th December 10am and 2pm.

Phonic workshop 15th October 2.15pm.


If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see your teacher (Mrs Walker) or alternatively please contact a team leader (Mrs Dowdeswell or Mrs Jarrett).





                                         SPRING TERM

Spring term curriculum map




Autumn term curriculum map


Thursday 5th March- World Book Day and Storyteller

For the past 2 Thursday's we have had a very special visitor, Pip the storyteller. She came to see us on World Book day for her final session and used the amazing story machine to tell us some stories. We then had a go at telling our own and it was very entertaining. We had superheroes, aliens and knights in castles who came to save the day!

Monday 24th February- Writing experience day

All three classes in Year 1 spent time busily baking biscuits and creating puppets to become immersed in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We started off the day by listening to the story and then with our learning partners, re-told the story to each other. We baked biscuits for Grandma, created hand print trees to make a forest (they are in our reading corner!), story mapped on large pieces of sugar paper and finally created puppets. Look at the pictures to see the fun we had!

Monday 10th February 2020 - Art

We have been learning how to draw pictures using lines. You can see here we have been drawing our houses. We had to draw in one continuous line. Each time we drew our house we were able to draw with more detail and accuracy.

Friday 31st January- History; Representing homes from the past

For our topic 'Through the Keyhole' we have been looking at homes from the past. We looked at some of the earliest homes and discussed how we could represent them. We decided that we could re create a Celtic roundhouse using our version of Wattle and Daub. We mixed straw and some clay with mud and created our own homes in the woodland area. We had such an amazing time working together as a team! Some of us had a go at being Archaeologists and even found an artifact under the ground! Look at the pictures below to see some of the houses that we created.

Tuesday 26th January 2020- Number bonds to 10 challenge

Our fluency focus this term is number bonds to 10. We have been working hard at accurately and quickly recalling all of the number bonds to 10. We were given a post it note with a number bond on it; we then had to find the corresponding number bond. Everyone correctly found their number bond well done Buntings!

Wednesday 15th January 2020- Science:  Everyday Materials

For our science learning, we looked at the different materials that make up everyday objects. We put our hands into a feely bag and without looking, had to identify the material the object was made out of. We also linked this to our Theme learning and discussed which materials were made more recently than others. This helped us to understand why the earliest houses did not have glass or plastic windows. We then worked collaboratively to label the materials we could find in the classroom. This Friday, we set home learning which directly links to this lesson and we look forward to seeing what materials are in your homes!

Monday 6th January 2020- History

For our topic 'Through the keyhole' we looked at how houses have changed over time. We looked at the earliest houses built in Great Britain and how they were made. We discussed the different materials used to create them and answered questions about why the earliest houses may not have been made out of bricks. We learned that Saxon houses were mostly made out of wood because there were so many forests to use for the building materials. We used lolly sticks to recreate the types of houses the Saxons would have lived in.

Tuesday 10th December 2019- Polar Express writing experience day

Today we had our Polar Express ticket stamped and we boarded the train heading for the North Pole! Whilst we listened to the story of the Polar Express we could hear the thundering of the train on the tracks. We heard wolves howling in the forest as we sped past. We ate our cookie and drank our luxury hot chocolate! When we returned from the North Pole we all received a reindeer bell from Santa's sleigh. What an amazing adventure we had!

Friday 29.11.19 - Handwriting

For handwriting, we have been perfecting our one armed robot letters. 

Monday 11th November 2019 - Art

Today we learned that blue, green and yellow are primary colours. We experimented and mixed two primary colours together to make the secondary colours orange, green and purple. Have a look at some of the lovely colour wheels we created.


Wednesday 6th November 2019 - PE

In PE with Mr Leaman, we started looking at a new unit of work that is focused around the core skills of throwing and catching. We used bean bags and hoops to develop technique and accuracy in our underarm throwing.

Monday 28th October 2019- Diwali Workshop

Today as part of our learning journey 'The Same But Different, we had a special visitor in to help us learn about a Hindu festival called Diwali.

We started the day painting Diya lamps, we learned that these are important to Hindus because Diwali is the 'Festival of lighted lamps'. Dan told us the story of Rama and Sita and then showed us how to carefully paint patterns onto the Diyas everybody took their time to create lovely patterns (check out the concentration on Jack's face in the pictures below!).

In the afternoon we tried some Bollywood dancing, did you know that the dancers make animal/insect shapes with their hands? We made a bee, crab, lion and a fish. 

Look at the pictures below to see how much fun we had!

Tuesday 15th October 2019 - Phonics Workshop

Today our parents joined us for a phonics lesson. After listening to Mrs Jarrett in the hall telling them all about our phonics they joined us in the classroom. They joined in with our lesson and helped us sound talk our 'trash' and 'treasure'' oa words.

Thursday 10th September 2019- Theme

As part of Black History Month, we are looking at the lives of influential black people. We looked at the achievements of Rosa Parks, we learned about her day on the bus and how that made a small change to the way society viewed black people. We worked together in pairs using pictures as prompts to re-enact the day Rosa Parks refused to get out of her seat. We then had 'circle time' and explored the issue around following rules which are unkind to specific people and what we should do to be an inclusive society.

Monday 30th September 2019 - Literacy

In our Literacy lessons this week we have been learning the difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction books. We learned that fiction books are story books and  Non-Fiction books are books that tell us facts about different things. 

Wednesday 25.9.19 Part and Whole

We have started our new Maths journey and have been looking at 'part' and 'whole' every day this week. We used bread to show one whole piece and one part. We worked togther with our learning partner to show our understanding. 

Tuesday 16.9.19 Team outdoor activities

The whole of Year 1 went out onto the field in the afternoon to participate in some physical team building activities. We had to navigate around an obstacle course whilst holding an egg and spoon, play over and under with a ball and throw a ball to different members of our group. We really enjoyed working with each other and cheering each other on during their turn!


Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Theme

In keeping with our theme 'The Same but Different', we have been looking at the World. We started by looking at the 7 continents that make up the World and then looked at where the different oceans are located. We worked together as a team on our tables to place the continent and ocean labels in the correct place.

Friday 13th September 2019 - Science

Our Science topic for this term is 'Animals' and  for our first lesson, we identified some of the animals we have here on Earth (including humans!). We then went on an 'animal' hunt. Look at the pictures below to see what we found. 

Thursday 5th September 2019 - Handwriting

In year 1 we learn to perfect our letters. Here we are making sure the letters l and t are really tall. They are part of the long ladder family!

Our first week in the Buntings class!

We have had a fabulous three days together, seeing our friends again and exploring our new classroom! We have jumped straight into our learning and have shown we are brilliant at working as part of a team to think of adjectives for the photos on our tables. Take a look at the pictures to see what we have been up to!

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