Welcome to Class One!


This term’s topic is ‘Under the Sea’.

Our class is a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. Our teacher is Miss Higgs and our teaching assistant is Mrs Hockings.

Miss Higgs plans lessons and activities that stimulate and motivate us to be independent learners and thinkers, who are well balanced, globally and culturally respectful with firm Christian values. We have lots of opportunities for adult-led and adult-directed activities as well as child initiated learning.

During the day, we have access to water and sand play, painting and other ‘messy’ activities. We also have access to a range of construction and investigative activities. Exploring and discovering supports our learning and development and we really enjoy it.

Miss Higgs and Mrs Hockings provide us with a variety of learning spaces both inside and outside which develop all the fundamental aspects that we need to develop throughout our first school years. We are discreetly taught Phonics (using Letters and Sounds), reading, handwriting and mathematical skills. We are also encouraged to use enquiry and develop speaking, listening and social skills.

Please scroll down further to see what exciting learning has been happening in Class 1 this term.

Summer Term 2017

Exploring Capacity and Measure

Class 1 have been busy comparing, describing and solving practical problems for capacity and volume. We used our fabulous environmental area to do this and we had a fantastic time!

Spring Term 2017

Exploring halves and quarters

Class 1 had a very tasty maths lesson which helped them learn about halves and quarters. They had to follow instructions to cut the pancake in half and then into quarters and see how many equal pieces they had. They then had to follow more instructions and eat the pancake, identifying how many equal pieces were left each time.

Diptford’s Pizzeria

Class 1 now has a Pizzeria in their outdoor learning area.

Cutting the pizza is fun! We have been exploring halves and quarters using the pizzas.

“Welcome to our Pizzeria. What topping would you like?”

The waiters and waitresses have been practising their writing whilst taking orders.

“Can I take your order please? That will be £4”

The Pizzeria staff have been exploring coins and money with the till.

“Here’s your order. I hope you enjoy your pizza!”

The chefs have been busy weighing and measuring the ingredients  and making yummy pizzas!

Class 1 have been very creative during their play and decided to turn the bikes into a pizza delivery service. They even created their own signs. What super learning boys and girls!

Science Week 2017

Cornflour Slime!

Fizzy Colours!

The children in Class 1 made a chemical reaction using vinegar (acid) and bicarbonate of soda (alkali). We watched the bubbles of carbon dioxide when the vinegar reacted with the bicarb. It made it fizz and change. It was really fun!

Pancake Day!

Class 1 enjoyed exploring the flour and the pots and pans on our bakery table. They made some delicious ‘pancakes’ and they were very creative with their pancake topping ideas. “Lots of gooey chocolate!” was my favourite idea. Yum!



A Special Visitor!

Miss Higgs’ nephew, Evan, came to visit Class 1 today. The children were very welcoming and kind and Evan loved playing with them. They also made him lots of pictures to take away and show his Mummy and Daddy. Thank you for being so gentle and friendly Class 1! Evan had a fabulous time.


Exploring Shapes!


We used the shapes to make fabulous pictures. Miss Higgs was very impressed!

We used 3D shapes to build a ‘dinosaur home’.


We love building with shapes!


The Year 1 children used Geoboards to make and explore triangles. Well done Year 1!

Shape Hunt!


We have been looking for shapes in our environment and creating a tally chart to show which shape we can see the most of. We found lots of different shapes in our ‘Wonka’s Sweet Shop’


Dinosaur Play!

We have a dinosaur small world, dinosaur dress up and lots of dinosaur books to explore in our new dinosaur area. It’s lots of fun!

Autumn Term 2016

Pennywell Farm Trip

Class 1 had a Christmas trip to Pennywell Farm.



Class 1 joined in with the Nativity performance. They were fantastic!

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The miniature pigs were really cute but quite smelly.


Class 1 enjoyed their trip on the train!



We also met Santa and received a special gift. It was really exciting!

Christmas in Class 1


Class 1 have been making Christmas paper chains for our Christmas tree. They looked fabulous!



Class 1 have been writing letters to Santa and cards to their friends.


Santa sent us some magic snow. It felt soft and squishy!


“I’m the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem!”


Ho! Ho! Ho!


Class 1 have been busy decorating our outside area and turning it into Santa’s workshop.


We have been learning about Advent and we made Advent wreaths.

Ordinal Numbers


Class 1 have been using the Beebots to learn about ordinal numbers.

Can you race your Beebots?

Who came 1st? Who came 2nd?

A Rocket Has Landed!


Who would like to join us on ‘Dipper 1 Rocket’? We can explore any planet of your choice…

Exploring our Space Research Laboratory!

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Class 1 have their very own Research Laboratory where they can dress up in space suits and explore all things ‘Space’. It’s very dark inside so we have to use the torches to see. There are glowing stars and planets and lots of interesting and exciting things to explore.

Moon Maths


Choose an astronaut and read the number on his tummy. Can you use the tweezers to pick up that amount of moon rocks?

Can you put the numbers in order?

Can you count the stars on the rockets?

Can you explore the moon using the small world play?

Keeping fit with Phonics!

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Jump from hoop to hoop and say the sounds as you go. Blend the sounds together to read the word. When you know the word, jump on the mat and shout it out loud!


Ride the scooter over the sounds and say them as you go. Blend the sounds together to read the word. When you know the word, ride the scooter over the mat and shout the word out loud!

Play dough fun!


Look at the fabulous planet that a child in Class 1 made!

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Some of the boys decided to make rockets using the play dough so they could have a ‘Rocket Race’ and practise their ordinal numbers. I wonder which rocket came 1st?

Water Play

Can you make firework patterns in the glittery, black water?

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Our firework art is now on display…

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We are such an artistic bunch!

Forest School Thursday 3rd November

This week, the children looked at the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy and then created their own representations using materials found in the forest. Take a look at some of their amazing creations…



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Jackson Pollock Art

We explored the work of Jackson Pollock and discovered that he creates his work by dripping and splatting paint.

We used our computing skills to create our own Pollock art on the computers. They looked fabulous!

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We used Jackson Pollock’s approach to create beautiful firework paintings. Miss Higgs is going to display them in our classroom for everyone to see. We’re very proud of them!

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Maths and Measure!

What resources can you use to measure the height and length of things?

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How many cubes long is this piece of ribbon?

How many cushions long are you?

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How many books long are you?

How many cubes long are you?

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How long are your feet?

How many rulers long is the Hopscotch?

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Can you show me which leaf is the shortest? Which leaf is the longest?

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Can you help Mr Muddles put the numbers back in the correct order?

Exploring Our Senses!

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Can you use your ears and your sense of hearing to make your own musical instrument?


We used our sense of hearing to listen to stories and we used our sense of sight to read the book!

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Can you use your nose and sense of smell to smell the different herbs and make a ‘smelly cocktail’ of your favourite ones?

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Can you use your tongue and sense of taste to say what flavour this is? Do you like it?

Exploring the Number Bonds of Ten!

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The children in Year 1 have been exploring the different ways of making 10. We call these the Number Bonds of ten. We are getting really good at them now! Miss Higgs has also taught us a fabulous rhyme that  is helping us to remember them.


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The children in Reception have been absolutely fantastic at learning their sounds in Phonics lessons and now they’re blending them to read words. Amazing!!!

Forest school!

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We love our Forest School Thursdays. We have heaps of fun exploring and creating in our gorgeous Forest School environment.

Our Comfy Book Corner!

We love to explore and read books in Class 1. Our Book Corner is really comfortable so we often choose to sit in it and explore the lovely books with our friends. It's very good fun!

We love to explore and read books in Class 1. Our Book Corner is really comfortable so we often choose to sit in it and explore the lovely books with our friends. It’s really good fun!

Autumn Term 2015


Our amazing Santa’s Grotto. Thank you Mrs McMullan

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Pre-School and Class One’s Nativity

Well done to all the pupils in Pre-School and Class One for your fantastic Nativity performance. A very big thank you to all the parents for their support providing costumes. More photos coming soon…

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Three very special visitors!

Today the children in Class One and Two had three very special visitors. Linked to our work in Forest School Steve Hopper from South Hams Owls came to visit. Look at the children’s faces in the photos to get an idea of how captivated they were! More photos to come!

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Mary and Joseph Visit Class One

Mrs Furner brought some special visitors to our RE session this week; Mary and Joseph!

You can see our lovely Christmas baubles in the background.

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KS1 Multi Skills Festival; KEVICCs

Year 1 and 2 had lots of fun at the Multi-Skills Festival at KEVICCs this week.

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Important Post

Mrs McMullan and Eddie in Reception are huge fans of Sir David Attenborough and Eddie comes in most mornings and gives Mrs McMullan “The fact of the day” mostly from “The Hunt”. Mrs McMullan asked Eddie if he would like to write a letter to Sir David with her, expressing their love for his programmes and the incredible influence he has on our lives…and Sir David sent them both a hand written letter!
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A very special visitor

We have been helping Daniel Stone catch Agnes Dugger in Antarctica over the last two weeks. This has involved helping him pack the correct clothing, helping him learn about the different geographical features and find out all about penguins. Daniel has been sending us video footage back from his visit which has given a real sense of the desolate, freezing and powerfully beautiful environment.

On Friday we were extremely lucky to have a visitor; Cally Dalgleshe. Cally’s husband spent over a year in Antarctica during the 1940s after being stranded there. Cally kindly brought in photos and artefacts from his amazing trip.

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Repeating Patterns

Today Reception and Year 1 and 2 learnt about repeating patterns. We looked at a range of repeating patterns both manmade and in nature, Then we set about creating our own repeating patterns with objects in our classroom and environment.

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Celebrating our learning about Africa

On Wednesday 21st October Class one hosted a session of activities to celebrate our learning about Africa and some of the work we have been doing in maths. It was a very special morning for which we would like to say a very big thank you to all the amazing parents and family members who participated with such enthusiasm and skill. Activities including making African jewellery, making Massai houses, using maths skills in the African market and an African Safari reviewing our learning about African animals. Due to the authentic simulation of the African rain season outside we were unable to show off our African dance but we will find a way to share that soon!

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Autumn Forest School

We have been enjoying Forest School sessions with an Autumnal theme. We have collected conkers and practised a collaborative challenge passing conkers in a circle. We have made spider’s webs and enjoyed admiring the changing colours in our local woods.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Diptford Primary School

This week we have been doing activities to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Diptford Primary School. We started the week dressed as Victorians and played games which the first pupils of Diptford might have played. Then we made portraits of Queen Victoria, had a go at cross stitch and made hobby horses.

all dressed up

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Forest School Art

Our first Forest School of the Autumn term involved using natural materials to make pictures.

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Our new mud kitchen. Thank you Mrs McMullan!

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PE skills with Mr Lindon, specialist PE teacher from KEVICCS

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Reception practising writing numbers 0-10

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Welcome to Class One Summer Term 2015


Dans la forêt tropical

Class One and Class Two worked together to make lift-the-flap pictures to complete our French Rainforest project. The children worked together to make the pictures and then played games using the language they had learnt to ‘search’ for Coco le singe. IMG_5202 IMG_5203 IMG_5204 IMG_5205 IMG_5210

Growing Gardens, Growing Teams

Class One and Class Two are working together in mixed-age pairs and trios designing and growing their own gardens. This project is linked to Science, English and is designed to develop collaborative learning and team building skills. So far a selection of sweet corn, tomatoes, beans, peas, carrots, sunflowers and even some cucumbers have been planted. Apparently Ptolemy’s team are the first to spot a shoot growing in their garden.

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What do plants need to grow?

We were pretty sure that plants need sunlight, warmth, water and soil to grow, but how could we prove it? By growing some smelly cress, of course!


We were super scientists and completed a fair test investigation. One pot of seeds was planted in the dark, one in the fridge (much to the delight of the staff!), one without water, one without soil and one with all four factors.

The results were surprising. Ask the children which seeds grew the tallest and why.

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2D shapes

We have been exploring 2D shapes, naming them and identifying their properties. We played lots of guessing games. Which shape has three straight sides?

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Welcome to Class One Spring Term 2015


Click the link below to find out what we will be learning through our ‘Dear Mother Goose’ learning sequence.

Mother Goose Spring 2015

Does Diptford Wood have 4 layers like the Rainforest?

This was the question Class One set off to investigate at Forest School this week and the answer came back as a resounding YES! We discovered our woods have a floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer just like the tropical rainforests of South America. IMG_4015 IMG_4022 IMG_4023

Sewing Sewing Sewing

Class One’s sewing craze continues as this week many children in Class One have chosen sewing as their independent project. Inspired by the sock puppets created by Class Three the children set out to create their own designs. They worked completely independently, often encouraging and supporting each other with the tricky bits.

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Letters to Mother Goose

At the start of this term Humpty Dumpty mysteriously appeared in our classroom. We soon discovered he had fallen out of Nursery Rhyme World  through the Time Portal and into our classroom. Mother Goose had been trying to save him and had broken her wing. This meant she could no longer answer letters from concerned nursery rhyme characters. Class One had to take over and send letters of advice to various distressed nursery rhyme characters.

Please follow the link to see a video of the children at work in Mother Goose’s Cottage.

Our Rainforest Fruits Project

Over the period of a week children participated in a range of science and and DT activities on the theme of rainforest fruits. This work was linked to the musical story we have been learning in French.

In Science children predicted what would be inside various different fruits. They then cut the fruits open and examined the actual contents. The children worked as Super Scientists carefully completing observational drawings.

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In art the children applied their powder paint colour mixing skills to creating still life paintings of rainforest fruits.

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In DT we had a lot of fun designed, creating then eating Rainforest Fruit Salads. We first learnt the names of the fruits in French. Then we chose three fruits we would like to include, thought up appropriate names and made our salads.

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Oil Pastel Landscapes

Linking our science and geography work comparing the Amazon Rainforest and Diptford woods to our colour mixing art project we used our colour mixing skills to make landscape pictures of the view from our school field. We were only allowed blue, yellow and red oil pastels, so we had to use our mixing and blending skills well.

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Thank you for bringing in your 4-week old puppies to see us, William.

They were so cute and we learnt lots about how to look after puppies and what they are like when they are first born.

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Forest School Natural Paints

Following on from the colour-mixing work we have been doing in art today we made natural paints as part of our Forest School session. We experimented using different natural materials from the wood to make paints.

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A dinosaur falls through the time portal

On Monday Archie arrived early to school to discover some very strange banging noises. On investigation it became clear that something had fallen through the Time Portal. Later during registration we saw this through the window:


It became clear that dinosaurs were falling through the Time Portal from millions of years ago. It was lucky that we had a copy of Dino Dinners explaining to us exactly what different dinosaurs like to eat. We completed an English, Science and Forest School sequence of work based on this book which included finding out about what rainforest animals and Diptford animals like to eat. We found out about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The project culminated in making a book called Class One Dinners which you can read in our class book corner .

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Class One Tour Guides

To complete our topic about The Rainforest Class One hosted a morning session for parents. The session started with the pupils performing a rainforest song in French. Then, each pupil acted as a tour guide showing their parent or an adult visitor around. The parents had a specially designed list of questions and challenges to use as prompts to encourage the children to show off their knowledge and understanding. A very big thank you to everyone who came along and well done to the children for being such great tour guides.

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Year One Visit KEVICC Design and Technology Department

Mr Irish welcomed us into his design studio where we worked on a project designing warning triangles. We’ll be going back soon to make our final products.

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World Book Day Celebrations in Class One

We had a fantastic day celebrating the 18th World Book Day in Class One. Thank you so much to parents for supporting the event with some truly genius costumes. It was a very entertaining day promoting the love of books.


Signs of Spring

Class One are currently being nature detectives searching for the signs of Spring around the school grounds. Here are some of the signs we have found so far. We are learning the names of local plants as part of our science and Forest School work.

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We have been learning a French song about the signs of spring. We’ll be performing at the end of term Easter assembly.

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Visit to KEVICCs Design and Technology Department Part 2

With our amazing plastic signs nobody should enter Class One without very clear warning about potential hazards they may encounter (smelly socks, dripping ice-cream, squiggles and noughts and crosses games in progress to name but a few.)Thank you to Mr. Irish for a wonderful afternoon. The children loved completing their signs and the inspirational guided tour of the department including seeing The Dragon and a 3d printer in action! We’re looking forward to next year when it is rumoured we will be able to use a 3D chocolate printer!

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More or less than a litre?

In maths we have been helping Dumbledore from Harry Potter measure various potions. All his bottles got mixed up and lost their labels so we had to set to work helping him. Different groups worked on different tasks and by the end of the week everyone could estimate if an amount of liquid was more or less than a litre. Many children became skilled at reading scales to measure various amounts of liquid.

We had a lot of fun, got quite wet and Dumbledore was delighted with our work!

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Hex Bug Frenzy

We are Hex-Bug crazy in Class One at the moment. We have had lots of fun experimenting with these bugs, seeing where they can roam. The Hex Bugs have been central to some exciting play involving narratives about castles being destroyed and re-built. We have been making amazing tracks for them too.

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Class One listened attentively during a visit from the Fire Brigade. It was an introductory session about keeping safe in the case of a fire.

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Does it float or does it sink?

Our talented student teacher Miss Jones has been teaching a sequence of work linked to our science curriculum about materials. Activities have included exploring, naming and grouping different materials, testing materials to see if they float or sink and building and testing houses for The Three Little Pigs (very amusing testing process using a powerful hairdryer to simulate the Big Bad Wolf’s huffing and puffing!). The Big Bad Wolf will have to look out now as, thanks to Class One The Three Little Pigs have good scientific data to inform them of the best materials with which to build their houses.

Thank you Miss Jones!

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Our Teddy Bear Timeline

Thank you to Mrs Watts for bringing in her childhood teddy. We were able to make a teddy timeline linked to our work in English and History looking at old toys. The children were inspired to ask great questions about the teddy’s life. Out of concern for the state of the teddy some children went on to measure up and sew new clothes for him!

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Musical Moments

We have been having lots of fun exploring different musical instruments. We used our new skills to perform a musical version of The Three Little Pigs, linked to our science and English work.

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A Visit from City Bees

Linked to our science week work about local animals and plants we had a visit from City Bees. We found out some amazing facts and have a better understanding of the importance of bees to our everyday life.

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Our Visit to Forest and Beach

Thank you to Mr Moore at Forest and Beach for a fantastic day which helped to bring together our learning in Science this term. A very big thank you to FODs who funded this trip and allowed us to enjoy a beneficial day where the children not only reinforced their learning from Science and Forest School but also gave the children a fantastic opportunity to apply their learning powers by collaborating, supporting each other, investigating, discovering and reflecting.

Thank you also to our super parents helpers Louise  Roselie.

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Easter Celebrations In Class One

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic Spring Term. A special thank you to Miss Jones our student teacher who has made a big contribution to the richness of learning opportunities we have been able to off this term.

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Welcome to Class One Autumn Term 2014


Forest School Fun

Every Friday afternoon Class One does Forest School and outdoor learning activities with Forest School Leader Josie Wright. So far this term we have

been exploring the local woods, learning about the different trees and plants. Activities so far have included finding some sycamore leaves and making beautiful salt dough leaves using the imprints of the leaves. We found some elderflower berries and tasted some elderflower cordial. We found lots of conkers and have been making conker strings with repeating patterns. Last week some children collected blackberries and made delicious blackberry pies.

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 Post Office Fun

Whilst playing on the bikes one day Archie started pretending to be a postman delivering letters. Then Tulah started writing letters to her family. This led to us making our role play area into a post office. We all wrote letters to other pupils in our school and delivered them on our post van bikes. We were lucky enough to meet a real postman who let us see all the letters and parcels in his van.

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Learning Through Water Play

Class One have been really enjoying our new water play equipment. We have been working together to create water tracks using drainpipes and stands.

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Solving Problems with Adventure Challenge

We really enjoyed our morning working together solving problems with Adventure Challenge. Imagine 17 4-6 year olds each with a piece of drainpipe trying to get a golf ball to go around a circle without dropping it. Many of the children proved themselves as excellent team leaders, team players and creative problem solvers.

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 Delicious School Dinners!

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 Projects and Challenges

In Class One the children have been designing their own projects and challenges. These vary from constructing Ancient Cities, writing and illustrating books to art and craft challenges as well as making up stories in the role play area.

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Trip to Tescos

On Monday Class One visited Tesco in Kingsbridge. Highlights included travelling on a 40 year old bus, making a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, sampling cheeses, going inside a giant fridge, feeling the -21 degree chill of the huge freezer and eating a vast array of fruits and vegetables in the Tesco staff room. This whole experience has kick started a big project on being healthy and we are making a fruit and vegetable role-play area.

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Shape Trail

This week we went on a 2d shape hunt around our school grounds. We were surprised to find that our school grounds are full of squares, rectangles, triangles and circles! We even discovered that the village hall entrance is a pentagon shape.

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Outdoor Painting

We have set up an outdoor painting area. We have had fun experimenting with big paint brushes, tiny paintbrushes, rollers and, our favourite, spray bottles.

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We love reading!

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Badminton Fun

We have been having badminton lessons with a specialist teacher. This week we practised throwing and catching special paper balls. We also played a game throwing fluffy balls over a badminton net.

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A special visitor

We were just settling down to do some maths when we noticed there was a trail of time dust leading from our cloakroom. We followed the trail and discovered an elderly gentleman had been transported from 1941 into our time portal! He came into our classroom and told us all about his life as a World War 2 air raid warden. The children were very excited and now have lots of questions about what it was like to be a child during the war.

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A Mammoth Mystery

Class One children recently arrived at school to find mysterious muddy footprints all over the classroom. After much investigation we discovered the footprints were from a woolly mammoth which had fallen through the time portal. To prevent anymore muddy footprints around school and Diptford village we helped Inspector Jones from Totnes Police Station by finding out how to wash a woolly mammoth. Luckily Mrs Wilson had an excellent book with clear step-by-step instructions which we were able to learn off-by-heart. Following this we had to measure several other woolly mammoths which had fallen through the time portal so that the Time Shifter could send them back to the Ice Age. Just when we thought all this drama was over we received a message from Kristophe, star of Frozen, who having heard how good we are at washing woolly mammoths thought we may be able to help him wash his reindeer, Sven. We are currently writing instructions using imperative verbs and numbered steps. IMG_3689 IMG_3690 IMG_3691 IMG_3692 IMG_3693 IMG_3683 IMG_3687 IMG_3688 IMG_3599 IMG_3600 IMG_3601

Finding out about hedgehogs

We have just completed a joint Forest School and science project finding out about hedgehogs. We made ‘Autumn Leaf Hedgehogs’,went into the woods to make clay hedgehogs and find out hedgehog facts. We used sticks to represent the hedgehog prickles and found cosy places for our hedgehogs to hibernate.   IMG_3638 IMG_3639 IMG_3640 IMG_3641 IMG_3642 IMG_3643 IMG_3644 IMG_3645 IMG_3646 IMG_3647 IMG_3648 IMG_3649 IMG_3650 IMG_3651 IMG_3652 IMG_3653 IMG_3654 IMG_3655

We can catch!

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Millie’s Sewing Inspiration

When Millie came to school with a beautiful,bag she had sewn at home we had no idea it would lead to a sewing craze amongst Class One pupils. Have a look at some of the beautiful items we have made.

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Autumn Leaves

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Christmas Time in Class One

Instruction Writing: How to make a reindeer

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Decorating our beautiful tree from FODs; Thank you!

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Class One Stars! 

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We really enjoyed the Christmas Arts and Crafts morning with FODs. IMG_3830 IMG_3831 IMG_3836 IMG_3837 IMG_3838 IMG_3839 IMG_3841 IMG_3843 IMG_3844

Our AMAZING Christmas Meal. Thank you, Charlie!

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