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Year 1 - Lavender

Dear Lavender Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find:


1. Parent messages

2. E-safety information and our class rules

3. Website links to help with home learning

4. Information on topics covered in class along with weblinks to support these

5. A week by week class diary


I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.


Love from Miss Jennings smiley

PS Please remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. More information about our Lavender e-safety rules are below. For other information on how to stay safe, visit the main school e-safety page.


Our Class Diary 2021-2022

Week Commencing 18th October 2021

This week, we learned all about poetry and rhyming words. We read books by Julia Donaldson, including the Gruffalo, Stickman and Freddie and the Fairy. We had a go at writing our own rhyming sentences. In maths, we learned all about counting on to help us with adding up and we also started to learn about subtracting. In DT, we made fruit and vegetables kebabs. We had to work very hard to follow the designs that we drew last week. We then evaluated them to say what went well and how we could improve them another time. In science, we did our last bean diary entry to say how our plants have grown and changed. On Thursday, we had our fantastic finish to our topic. We made animal masks, put up the decorations that we made in art last week and had a little enchanted woodland forest party. We had lots of fun!

Week Commencing 11th October 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ We had a go at acting out the story in our outside area. We also explored changing parts of the story such as the bear in order to make a new story. In maths, we learned more about adding up. We looked at fact families.  We also learned about different ways to make ten. In science, we thought about what animals live at Balliol and what their homes are called. We also looked to see how our bean plants had grown. In art, we explored making artwork with woodland artefacts. In DT, we made a design for a fruit or vegetable kebab. In computing, we explored coding using the beebots.

Week Commencing 4th October 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘Wolf won’t bite.’ We explored the repeated language, wrote descriptions of the pigs and also had a go at making up our own versions such as ‘Tiger won’t growl’, ‘Dog won’t woof.’ On Wednesday, we had a poetry themed morning to celebrate world poetry day. We also read lots of poems in our daily story sessions. In maths, we started to learn about wholes and parts in readiness for learning about adding up and taking away. In computing, we used the beebot programmable toys to navigate a treasure map. In geography, we learned about maps and had a go at making up our own imaginary one. Some of us even explored using keys on our maps. In DT, we explored healthy and unhealthy choices when planning a meal. In science, we planted a bean and thought about what it would look like when it started to grow. In art, we learned about Andy Goldsworthy and then we used different coloured leaves to make some transient art inspired by him. In PSHE, we thought about mental health and well-being since it is world mental health day on Sunday 10th October.

Week Commencing 27th September 2021

This week, we read a book lots of information books and learned all about labels, lists and captions. In maths, we worked on our counting and comparison skills. In science, we did an experiment to see where cress would grow best. We also learned about the parts of a flower. In DT, we learned all about how to chop, grate, peel, mash and slice. In computing, we learned how to make the beebot move around the treasure map. We learned about algorithms, coding and debugging.

Week Commencing 20th September 2021

This week, we read a book called ‘Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?’ We had fun making up our own animal and colour combinations to add to the story. We also had a go at writing our own versions. In maths, we learned more about number and place value. We worked on counting and comparing numbers to see which were more and which were less. We even had a go at using the equals, more than and less than symbols.  In science, we learned about deciduous and evergreen trees, autumn changes, we did a pine cone experiment and we also sorted things into living, dead and never alive.

Week Commencing 13th September 2021

This week, we learned all about recounts in English. We wrote about our nature walk. In science, we learned all about woodland animals. We also sorted animals into ones that live in woodlands, ones that live in houses and ones that can live in both. In art, we learned about colour mixing and then painted some of the woodland animals that we learned about. We only had red, yellow, blue, black and white paint. We had to mix the other colours all by ourselves! In DT, we learned about different sources of food. We sorted foods into plant sources and animal sources. In computing, we started to learn aobut directions and algorithms. 

Week Commencing 6th September 2021

We had our first week in Lavender class. We  had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We enjoyed reading a book called 'The Word Collector.' We also did lots of counting and sorting in maths and we started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly.

In art and design, we had a go at using clay to make tree boggart faces. In science, we went on a nature walk around the school grounds. We saw so many different things such as apple and plum trees, butterflies, frogs, spiders, dragonflies and many more things. In science, we also learned about different types of birds and how to identify trees by looking carefully at their leaves.