Class 1

Welcome to Class 1

Welcome to the new school year 2023 – 2024

Across the school we have been looking at the book ‘Dear Earth’ and this has helped us to think about ‘our common neighbor’. We explored all the amazing wonders of the world including all of the different animals, sea creatures and houses that can be found across the world. We looked at how we can help the earth and make sure it is protected for the children of the future. We also looked at the parable of the Good Samaritan and looked how we can help those around us.

Archive Posts –2022-2023

Annual Shine Curriculum Overview

Summer Term

Spring 2

Our learning for this term is centred around space and again the children are loving it! They have gone away and found some super facts and many have brought in their favourite space books to share with the class. We have focused on the first moon landing with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Quite a few children think they would like to become astronauts when they grow up. We are also writing our own version of the book, Man on the moon!

We thought about why people wanted to visit the moon.
Celebrating science week with a VR animal themed workshop. This was great fun. The children loved seeing the frogs!

In class 1 we have looked at the 5 oceans, the creatures that live within them and why it is important that we look after our oceans. The children already had some amazing knowledge of ocean creatures and they were all very excited to get started! Within our learning we also looked at the depth of the ocean and how different creatures adapt to living in these different habitats. This linked to our learning in science which was based on animals and living things. Our English book ‘The Storm Whale’ linked to the ocean theme and allowed us to write some beautiful non-chronological reports on whales – the children were experts and had great fun finding out the most amazing fact! They knew so many by the end of the topic! One of our favourites was – a blue whales heart weighs the same as a small car! The children have loved the sculpture work in our art lessons, we have used so many different materials and made some rather funny poses too!

Today we were visited by Chris and some baby dinosaurs! Before meeting the dinosaurs, the children had an amazing workshop with Chris in which they found out lots of amazing information about dinosaurs and got to share some of their own knowledge too. After this the children then got to roll up their sleeves and have a go at being palaeontologists and uncovering some fossils. The children had to use brushes to carefully remove the soil, sand and dust. Chris talked about why this is important and how it helps preserve the fossil. After uncovering the fossils, the children had to then use the guides to work out what they had found, the children loved guessing and then seeing if their guess was correct.

 ‘I loved the allosaurus skull, it was so so big!’

‘The fossilised poo was the best, I gave it to Miss Igoe to hold and she made a funny face when I told her what it was!’

The tiptoe of a dinosaur!

‘I loved brushing off the dust and seeing what was underneath’

In the afternoon the children then got to meet three baby dinosaurs – the youngest was only born on Christmas Eve! There was a Tyrannosaurs Rex, a Triceratops and a Parasaurolophus. The children loved stroking them and looking at them closely. It was an amazing experience for everyone.

Autumn 2 Update

Our book in focus this term has been ‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket. We have been very inspired by this book and have been working hard on our writing. We have been writing sentences, poems and letters about the dark.

We have been out and about in the village, combining two of our topics – signs of winter and the history of the village. The children loved looking at the buildings and pointing out the places they knew. The weather wasn’t great but we all had fun!

We have been looking at the importance of Christmas to Christians and the reasons it is celebrated. This led us to look at advent. The children thoroughly enjoyed making Christingles, Rev Shirley also joined us to talk about Christmas and advent in Holy Cross Church.

This first Autumn term has been packed with super learning and experiences, see below for more!

In literacy we have been looking at the book ‘Wild’. We talked about how the character might be feeling and what exciting things she might have done in the forest with the animals. The children loved writing for different purposes, including letter writing.

In science we have been focusing on plants. We have looked at both trees and flowers. We also looked in more detail at the difference between wild flowers and garden plants.
We have also been looking at numbers and investigating part whole models and addition fact families.
Creating a fact family
Using a part whole model to represent a number sentence.

Autumn newsletter 1

Across the school we have been exploring seeds and growth through the book ‘It starts with a seed’. The children in Class 1 have loved looking at the seeds, touching them and thinking about the incredible things they might grow into. We were amazed that such tiny seeds could grow to be such mighty creations.

We thought about how we could describe seeds and then used this to think of words we could use to describe ourselves and our strengths. Here are some examples:

Looking at seeds also inspired our art work, we had fun using seeds as a medium to create a sunflower. We also used watercolour to create a beautiful background to draw seeds onto.


We thought about how we could describe seeds and then used this to think of words we could use to describe ourselves and our strengths. Here are some examples: