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Friday 17th July 2020

Dear Year 1,

We are all pleased that the sun has come out again and we have been able to enjoy some outdoor activities both at home and at school. Last weekend Miss Plaw went on a bike ride through the forest with Harrison. It was lots of fun!!




Miss Burgess has been busy in her garden and filling in the holes that Bertie has dug!!

As this is the last weekly message, we would just like to say that we loved teaching you all when we were at school, and have enjoyed seeing the different things you have been doing at home. You should all be very proud of yourselves! We would also like to say thank you to your parents and carers for their help and support as well as the kind gifts we have received.

We hope you have a fantastic summer and don’t forget to give us a wave when we are all back in September.

Love from Miss Plaw & Miss Burgess xx



Friday 10th July 2020

Hi Maple and Sycamore,

We hope you have had a good week and are continuing to show love to yourself, others and your learning. This week Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess have been exploring Purple Mash with some children at school. If you click the ‘2dos’ there are many great Pirate activities. One of our favourites is ‘2go’ where you use directions; forward, back, left and right to reach different destinations and the challenge is to create your own.

We hope you are getting on well with our Pirate adventure and thank you for your emails.

It has been a busy week… Zoom meetings and finding out who your new Year 2 teacher is. We would love you to create a poster, fact file, picture, etc to show and tell your new Year 2 adults all about you! Attached above under the heading "all about me" are a few templates if you wish to use them.

Keep up the adventurous learning Year 1!

Take care

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw J

Friday 3rd July 2020

Hello Year 1,


We hope you are well, haven’t let the rain stop you this week and you are enjoying our new learning. We hope you have been busy looking and discussing the pirate pictures and searching for 3d shapes around the home. If you have a created your own interesting pirate, we would love to see them. Don’t forget to name them!

This week Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess have been busy, both at home and in school. Lots of teaching and learning as well as weeding the Year 1 courtyard and gardens at home. This morning Miss Burgess noticed tomatoes on the tomato plants and one of her sunflower plants has started to flower. So far the tallest sunflower is 7ft and still growing!



Bertie also thought he would be helpful in the garden this week by digging a hole in the lawn to bury his ball in…..oh Bertie!



We hope you have a lovely end to your week, a great weekend and keep on smiling and loving life as much as Bertie does J


Take care

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw


Friday 26th June 2020

Hi Year 1,

We hope you are having a good week and keeping busy with adventurous learning and enjoying the outdoors. Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess have been exploring nature this week. Miss Burgess has seen many butterflies and bees in her garden and Miss Plaw has had a few visits from a young fox in the daytime. Miss Plaw and Harrison enjoyed seeing swans and cygnets when out on their walk this week.  Have you been exploring outdoors? If so, what have you found? Around this time of year birds called swallows migrate to this country, however, unfortunately not many have been seen this year. When you are out and about see if you can spot these pretty birds (See picture below)

Please continue emailing and keeping in touch as it is lovely to hear from you all.

Take care and continue being Resilient Rhinos

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw J





Friday 19th June 2020

Aye, Aye shipmates!

We hope you and your families are well. This week we have found an old recipe that pirates might have used! Maybe you could have a go at making some Ship’s Biscuits (Hardtack).

The original ingredients for hard Tack:

  • 1 lb flour
  • 1/2 pint water
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt

Optional to suit more modern tastes:

  • 2 oz butter (This was not used in the original recipe, but it will makes the biscuits easier to eat. You can leave it out if you wish but the biscuits will be very hard). 
  • Use 1/2 pint skimmed milk instead of water.

Making and cooking it

  1. Measure out the flour and place in a mixing bowl
  2. Measure out the milk and butter and place in a saucepan
  3. Melt the butter in the milk over a very low heat
  4. Add the sea salt to the flour and mix
  5. Add the milk and butter then the flour and mix until you have a dough, kneading the dough until all the flour is absorbed (it should be a thick, shiny, stiff mix)
  6. Roll the dough out until fairly thin
  7. Cut the biscuit shapes using a cup rim
  8. Place on a baking tray and prick all over to let out any air when cooking
  9. Bake slowly at only a moderate heat  (A moderate heat is 350°C, 177°°F, Gas 4 )until golden brown (30-40 minutes - the time will depend on thickness of the biscuits). The biscuits should be dry right through or they might go mouldy when you take them to sea.
  10. Turn off the oven and leave to cool. Store in a dry place until needed.

Think we may have to show some courage to taste them! Take care and we miss you all!

Love Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess x


Friday 12th June 2020

Hello Year 1,

We hope you have been keeping busy with our ‘Land Ahoy!’ Learning Adventure, and enjoying all the different activities. It was really lovely to see some of you in school this week; and having a go at making up your own pirate story and trying out the capacity maths learning.

As the weather has been a little cooler, Miss Plaw has continued with lots of schoolwork and some indoor activities that she started at the beginning of lockdown. Here is a picture of a puzzle that she is trying hard to finish! How many more pieces do you think I have left?



What other things have you been doing?

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess x


Friday 5th June 2020

Hi Year 1

We hope you are well and staying safe. We cannot believe it is now June and the last term of school. We hope you are enjoying our new adventure and getting stuck in to some of the learning activities. This half term Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess have been both Team Tigers and Resilient Rhinos when setting up the classrooms ready for some of you to return to school next week. Please keep sending emails with your learning and keep in touch as we would love to hear from you all. Miss Burgess has enjoyed her birthday recently, she was very spoilt with presents and has now started reading a new book. Miss Plaw has enjoyed the last of the sunshine this week and meeting up with her family in the garden.

Take care and we miss you all.

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw J


Friday 29th May 2020

Hi Year 1,

We hope you have been enjoying and staying safe in the sunshine. Don’t forget that if you have completed any of the learning activities or have had an end of adventure celebration, then do send us a photo so we can add it the display in school. We love hearing from you and seeing all the different things you have been doing! This week Miss Burgess celebrated her birthday and Miss Plaw is going to make a special picnic for her mum’s birthday!

Next week will be the launch of a new learning adventure so look out for the activities on the school website. We hope that you show resilience and love in having a go at the exciting things we have planned for you.  

Take care and stay safe

Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess x


Friday 22nd May 2020

Hello Year 1,

We hope you are all well and enjoying the glorious sunshine! Have you done something this week to show you are a Resilient Rhino? Your teachers have been resilient this week. Miss Burgess has had the courage to teach herself how to groom and so Bertie has had a little haircut. She was not too sure at first but didn’t give up and actually done a good job J Miss Plaw has been resilient and worked hard in the garden this week. She has been painting the fence, looking after her tomato plants and planting new flowers. 

We hope you are continuing to balance home learning with fun family time. Keep up the reading on bug club and completing the questions and quizzes. You are all doing a great job and we enjoy having the contact and seeing the learning and activities you are all doing.

Miss you all.

Take care and enjoy your bank holiday weekend.

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw

P.S. It’ll be great to see anything you are growing at home. As you can see Miss Burgess’s sunflowers are starting to take off…

Friday 15th May 2020

Hi Year One,


We can’t believe another week has gone by. We do hope you have been enjoying having a go at some of the learning activities that we planned for you; as well as any other activities too! Some children have had a go at using PurpleMash and we can see the learning and scores of the games played. Well done! We will be adding some more activities soon. Always remember to try your best and continue to follow the schools values of love, courage and trust.


This week Miss Plaw has painted her garden fence and continued to try out new recipes in the kitchen. However, cheese scones are still Harrison’s favourite!! Miss Burgess has created and hosted her own quizzes for friends and family, and made a batch of Gingerbread biscuits in the shapes of stars, hearts and houses.  


Take care and we miss you all.

Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess x


Friday 8th May 2020

Hi Year 1

Another week has gone by and it is still great to see what you have been up to and the new things you have been learning. I hope you are keeping busy and enjoying your time at home and out and about for your daily exercise. Miss Burgess has been busy finding new walks around her local area to walk Bertie. At this challenging time it is lovely to see how friendly and polite people are; saying hello and having the respect to keep a 2metre distance. Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess have been in contact, to see how each other are and to create new exciting learning for you all.  We have been away from school for a very long time now and we do miss you all. Please remember our values and how these can make a positive difference at home. As a team tiger we will get through this. J

Keep safe and well. Speak to you all soon.

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw J


Friday 1st May 2020

Hi Year One,


Well the weather may have changed but we hope you are still smiling and trying to be like ‘Resilient Rhino’ with whatever activities you are doing. Just remember to do your best and use all the things you have been taught to help you; as well as remembering to use kind words and to say please and thank you. Your teachers are very proud of you and love seeing what you have been doing so please keep sending your messages. They do really make us smile.


Over the last week Miss Plaw has been thinking about all the fun we have had so far in Year 1! Our letter writing and walk to the post box, making a 3D model of our school, dressing up as superheroes and our visit from Zoolab and those amazing animals. What has been your favourite part of year 1 so far?


Take care and showing love to all.

Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess x


Friday 24th April 2020

Hi Sycamore and Maple,


We hope you’ve had a good week, you’re still staying safe and showing love towards one another. Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess have thoroughly enjoyed reading your emails this week, seeing what you have been up to and the new learning you’ve had the courage to do. It is fantastic to see you are all getting stuck into our new adventure this half term. Lots of you have been discussing and looking at where food comes from, and some of you have already started designing what you would eat at your tea party. Miss Burgess has been learning where food comes from and growing tomatoes, peppers and herbs, and they are all coming along nicely. Miss Plaw has been creating interesting meals using all the fruit and veg from the greengrocer. Even Harrison ate it and enjoyed it!


Continue with this wonderful learning Year 1 and continue to show love, courage and trust in all you say and do.


Take care and keep smiling J

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw x


Friday 17th April 2020

Hello Year 1!

We hope you all had a lovely Easter and didn’t eat too much chocolate!

Thank you so much to those of you who have been sending us information and photos showing us the learning and family activities you have been getting up to. Please keep them coming in as they have really made us smile. Well done to those of you who have been reading books on bug club; remember to answer the little quizzes so we can see what books you have completed.

With all the lovely sunny weather we have had Miss Plaw has been tidying up her garden and been out jogging with Harrison and Miss Burgess has been painting, baking cakes and reading.

Our new learning adventure is about to begin and it is called ‘Food Glorious Food!’ We hope you enjoy the activities we have planned for you, and you show resilience and courage in having a go at some of them. To launch this new adventure you could design and have a tea party with your family! We look forward to seeing some of your fantastic learning.

Stay safe

Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess x


Friday 10th April 2020

Hi Year 1, 

We have loved reading your emails, please keep them coming. You are really showing us your love of learning. It is great seeing your photographs and pieces of work. Keep it up :)

Keep having the courage while you’re at home to speak to your family if you are worried. Have the resilience to try something new; new activities or a new book to read. Be a team tiger and work together as a family to make this time more fun and a little less tricky.

We hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with your loved ones enjoying some Easter activities or just relaxing! 

Miss you all. 

Take care and stay safe.

Miss Burgess and Miss Plaw


Friday 3rd April 2020


Hello Year 1,

We hope that you are getting used to your new routine; and continuing to show our school values whilst at home.

Remember to show courage at this tricky time and speak to your family if you are worried.

Be resilient with some of the learning activities that we have set and keep reading and enjoying books.

Show love to those around you and help out if you can.

We are trying to keep busy and enjoying spending time with our families. Miss Plaw has been cooking with Harrison and helping him learn some French! Miss Burgess has been gardening and walking her puppy Bertie; he loves chasing a ball!

Stay safe and we miss you all!

Miss Plaw and Miss Burgess


Friday 27th March 2020


Hello Maple and Sycamore,

The Year 1 adults are missing you and thinking of you all! We hope you are taking time at home to carry on with our wonderful adventure and learning something new, as well as enjoying spending time with the people you love. Remember our 40 acts of kindness and what you could be doing at home to make a positive difference. Carry on each day showing the courage you have and acting like our friend, Resilient Rhino :) 

Stay safe and keep smiling!! 

Mrs Plaw and Miss Burgess

Spring 2 Newsletter (Turrets and Tiaras)

Spring 1 - Go Wild



Year 1-  Go Wild!


First day back after the Christmas Holidays and Year 1 had an exciting start to our new adventure creating their favourite animal. They were displayed all over the classrooms. We were very lucky to learn about a range of animals from a company called, Zoo Lab. They came in to school to show us different animals and teach us about the different groups of animals such as reptiles and mammals. Year 1 went on a journey learning about all sorts of animals from living in rainforests to living in the Arctic.

In English, we started our adventure by discussing the front cover of the book ‘Wild’. Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations within the story and used these to help them write a setting description. The children used many lovely adjectives to describe the forest from the book and confidently read these to their peers. The children sequenced the story Wild and re-told it through role play and writing it in a storybook, which they then read to the Year R children.

In Maths, the children have learnt to add numbers to help them with their number bonds to 10. They have also learnt how to subtract numbers and solve one step problems. Year 1 have been great at counting forward and back in 2’s and 10’s. In being able to count forward and back in 2’s it has been incredibly helpful when grouping the animals on Noah’s Ark. Year 1 have been learning how to tell the time o’clock and half past in order to know when to feed the animals at the zoo.

In Science, we have been learning more about the weather and seasons, as well as learning to identify and name a variety of common animals. Through song, pictures and facts read, the children could group animals according to what they eat i.e. carnivore, omnivore and herbivore. Using all the information we learnt about animals this term, Year 1 created a beautiful information page on one specific animal. Their writing then went into the library.

In RE, the children have been learning about Change. We looked at the story of the Blind Man and discussed its hidden meaning. The children concluded that all people should try to change so that they can become better versions of themselves. They learnt that these people wrote stories about Jesus and the good news that he brought to the people of Jerusalem.

In Art this term, the children have learnt how to print. They used a range of techniques to print patterns and then finally printed a repeated pattern on to fabric to make a scarf, which they wore in class celebration.

Year 1 have worked so hard this half term and they have shown so much enthusiasm on this adventure. Many children have been a Resilient Rhino, having a go at learning new skills.

Thank you for the support you have given the children and we are looking forward to our new adventure, ‘Turrets and Tiaras’.

Spring 1 Newsletter (Go Wild)

Autumn 2 Superheroes


Year 1-  Superheroes!


First day back after half term Year 1 had a very exciting start to our new adventure as they came in dressed as Superheroes. Thank you parents for the hard work you put into this. On this exciting day the children had a chance to describe their Superhero. To bring their adventure to life, we learnt a superhero dance which they all showed to have resilience and courage when performing it to an audience. A few weeks later, we welcomed Super Duper from the company Perform who enlisted the children to help her in saving the world from an evil villain. The children loved the workshop and they came up with some very creative names for their own superheroes.

For History, we learnt lots about toys from the past to the present. Starting with looking at their toys, from when they were a baby to now. Year 1 were great at describing the properties of their toys and explaining how they are used. We then looked at parents and grandparents toys, comparing them to their toys. We placed these toys on a time line from the newest to the oldest. The children had interesting thoughts and debates about where the toys should go on the timeline. From the knowledge they knew about these toys they then created fact files that went into our toy museum in our class celebration.

In English, we read the story ‘Traction Man. Year 1 created a character description of Traction Man using the great illustrations from the book. They then used the book to retell the story using props and actions. When it came to writing Traction Man’s adventures, the children were so enthusiastic and such Resilient Rhinos. Our focus was capital letters for names, full stops, using their Fred Frog Fingers for spelling and using first person I. They did such a great job of creating their own problem for Traction Man and writing in their very own storybook.

In Maths, the children learnt about ordering numbers using a variety of maths resources to show this and they found missing numbers up to 20. The children used their knowledge of numbers to help them count in 2s to 20. Year 1 enjoyed learning about how to half. They learnt how to half shapes, objects and numbers. Their halving skills came in handy when we made a pizza and had to halve our toppings.

In Science, we have continued to look at the weather and seasons. We also learnt about the body parts and found which body part links to which sense. We have learnt about the 5 senses and how we use them every day. When investigating the senses, the children came to the conclusion that we use at least more than one sense at a time.

In DT, we learnt about healthy eating. The children went through the foods they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and we discussed what was healthy and why.

The children have also worked hard in RE. Our Big Question this half term was ‘Who was Jesus?’ The children learnt about how and why Jesus was born. They then went on to discover how Christians remember the birth of Jesus at Christmas and how candles and bright decorations are used to show that Jesus is coming.

The children have of course also been taking part in the Christmas production this year. They worked hard to remember the songs and the actions and delivered them beautifully during the performances. Thank you for all your hard work to provide their costumes and continuing to support them with their learning at home.

This half term and it has flown by and Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of ‘Superheroes’ and we were sad to see it come to an end.

Have a lovely Christmas and we’re look forward to seeing you after the holidays for our new adventure!

Best wishes,

Miss Plaw, Miss Burgess, Mrs Odling and Mrs Foynes.



Autumn 2 Newsletter (Superheroes)

Year 1 Out and About


What a great start to Year 1! The children have settled in well and the Year One adults are immensely proud of them all. Our learning adventure was Out and About and the focus was exploring our school and its grounds as well as exploring the local area.

It all started with a wonderful launch whereby the children had a treasure hunt around the school; using clues and the school map they could find their way around the school leading them back to the treasure. The children then looked at a birds eye plan of our classroom and re-created the classroom using junk modelling. It was lovely seeing a 3d model of the classroom with labels. All of these skills came in to good use when we had our class celebration and parents helped to create a 3d model of the school. Thank you parents!

In English, the children have worked hard to improve their understanding of sentences. They have been learning what a capital letter is, a full stop and finger space, as well as using their Fred Frog Fingers for spelling. They retold the Fairytale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and wrote Goldilocks a letter. It was very exciting writing a letter to parents and walking to the post box to post it!

In Maths, the children have been working hard to develop their number knowledge. They have been helping the Jolly Postman to count numbers to 10 and 20 as well as recognise them. The children have shown their understanding of numbers to 20 by representing them in different ways using our Maths resources. They have blown us away with their understanding of 2d shapes; recognising, naming and describing a circle, triangle, rectangle and square.

In Science, the children have engaged enthusiastically with weather and seasons. They have learnt the four seasons through walks, songs and pictures. From this the children have created an information page about the four seasons. Each day Year 1 have looked at and discussed the weather and then recorded this in class.

In Art, the children learnt about the Artist Frederick Hundertwasser. They looked at and discussed his work in detail. They then practised mark making using a range of art resources and from this created a final piece in the style of Hundertwasser. It was great to see so many children being a Resilient Rhino in Art.

PE has been focussed on control and balancing. The children have been following instructions and learning the skills to be able to balance. Working well in partners, they have been developing different movements such as side step, skipping, hopping, and many more. Once we learnt how to balance, the children played a fun game of pop up pirate with a partner.

The children have also worked hard in RE. Our Big Question this half term was ‘Who created the world?’. The children enjoyed making their own creations before learning about God and how Christians believe He made the world. After they had looked at Christianity, they learnt about how Hindus believe the world was created.

The children have had a busy but productive half term. We look forward to seeing you all when you return and are up for our new adventure, Superheroes!

Best Wishes,

Miss Plaw, Miss Burgess, Mrs Odling, Mrs Foynes, Mr Rushton, Mrs Rolt, Mrs Clark

Year 1 Newsletter (Out and about)