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Welcome to Bumblebee Class!


Welcome to Bumblebee Class, Year One! We hope you have had a fantastic summer and are excited for the year ahead. 


Our teacher in Bumblebee Class is Miss Carter and our teaching assistant is Miss Bartlett.


Please try, if possible, to read with an adult at home five times a week. Reading books can be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Also, please remember to bring both your reading books and your PE kits into school every day as we are very busy bees!



Thursday 12th July

We had an amazing day at Noah's ark Zoo Farm today!! 

Take a look at our photos below.

Well done children for a lovely day out.

Miss Carter and Miss Bartlett

29th June 


On Thursday, we had a Languages Day!!! Each class in school learnt about a different country and learnt a song from their country too! Bumlebee class learnt all about Kenya because Miss Carter's family used to live there. 

We learnt Kye Kye Kule and can even sing it off by heart! 

After learnt our song and we found out all Kenya and created an Acostic Poem with lots of the facts we found. 

We've had a super day and sang really well. We impressed the judges so much we WON!!!! 
Well done Bumblebees!! Keep on singing! 

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This week, we really enjoyed our Sport Day! We had great fun taking part in all of the races and cheering on our teams. Thank you all for coming to watch and support this event, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. On Friday, we took part in a mini triathlon to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity - thank you for all of your donations towards this.

In maths, we have been learning about Place Value to 100. We have worked so hard to order numbers from greatest to smallest and smallest to greatest, fill in missing number tracks and explore with dienes to work out how many tens and ones there are in various numbers. Our teachers have been so impressed by how well we have worked during this topic and have been blown away by our counting forwards and backwards to 100.

Well done Bumblebee’s, another fantastic week!


Welcome back Bumblebee’s, we are really glad that you had such wonderful half terms!

This week, we have been super busy with our phonics and have really impressed our teachers with our amazing reading of both real and alien words. We even created our own alien characters and made some alien headbands to wear during our lessons.

In maths, we have been learning about doubling numbers. We worked so hard to double lots of numbers within 10 and even had a go at doubling some trickier teen numbers.  Over the week, we have also been learning about sharing objects into 2, 5 and 10 equal groups. We have had great fun experimenting with different numbers and have learnt that some numbers share equally into these groups but some don’t!

On Friday, we took part in a Phonics Olympics!! All of our teachers were SO impressed by our sounding out and blending. Take a look at the photos below.

Well done for a superb first week back Bumblebees!! Please remember to double check your P.E kits are in school next week ready for Sports Day J

Thursday 24th May 2018


On Monday, we took part in a whole school cross country competition. We all tried our hardest and had a really fun time running with our friends and cheering on other children in our houses.

On Tuesday, we had super morning watching a performance of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and afterwards had a great discussion about our favourite characters.

Throughout the week in English, we have been planning and writing our own set of instructions of 'How to trap a hobgolbin' after he was spotted again around school! Our instructions were fantastic and included lots of adjectives and superb detail so fingers crossed we can catch him and safely return him home so he can stop causing so much trouble!

In maths, we have carried on practising how to make equal groups and finding the total amount in each group by counting the equal groups in 2's, 5's or 10's. After half term, we will be learning about how to share an amount of objects into equal groups. 

We really hope you all have a superb half term holiday! smiley

Friday 18th May 2018

This week has been another very exciting week in Bumblebee Class.

Today we celebrated the Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle with a Royal wedding of our own (Mrs Balsam did an amazing job as the blushing bride!). This was followed by a tea party with plenty of delicious cakes to share. Thank you to all of the parents who kindly sent cakes in!

Our morning was also very exciting and busy as we took part in a sports festival with North Newton. The children took part in lots of fantastic games and activities.

In Maths this week we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and grouping objects in arrays to show repeated addition. We will continue working on this next week.

In English we have had a lot of fun finding out how to trap a stone giant-we even heard one in the woods!!!! We have been reading instructions and making sure they are in the right order!!

We hope you enjoy the Royal Wedding tomorrow if you are watching it and the children can wear the corsages they made today to celebrate!!



Last Friday, we went to watch a performance of the story ‘Mrs Noah’s Pockets’ where we met a mischievous hobgoblin who liked to play tricks on the people on Noah’s ark. This week, the naughty hobgoblin came to our school and made a mess of our classroom!! We decided to create some wanted posters using lots of superb adjectives to help our teachers try and catch the hobgoblin. Make sure you watch out this weekend for a bright green figure sneaking around North Petherton.


In Maths, we have been measuring and comparing the capacity of different containers by measuring how many cups of water a container can hold. We have had great fun experimenting with this and have found that the biggest container will always have the biggest capacity. We have also been describing the volume inside a container using key words such as half full, full and empty.


A super week full of lots of fantastic work! Well done Bumblebees.



This week, we have started to learn about instructions in English. We have had a go at listening, giving and improving instructions and have had great fun making lots of different things including a play-dough snail and a lego tower! As a class, we decided that it is important to make sure the instructions are clear and in the right order otherwise things don’t go quite to plan!


In Maths, we have been really busy learning about measuring weight. We have compared the weight of different objects by using our judgement and have also weighed different objects by making balance scales equal using cubes. We had great fun guessing how many cubes we thought each object would weigh and comparing our estimations with our partner.


Have a great weekend! J




We have really enjoyed our new measurement topic in maths. On Tuesday, we measured all of our heights and then put these in order from tallest to shortest. We have also had a go at measuring lots of different objects in cubes and have started to measure in cm using a ruler. We have learnt how important it is to take our time with our measuring and to make sure we start at 0.

We have also looked carefully at the changes some of our bean plants have made over the last week and have written about these in our bean diaries. We have also learnt all about garden plants and have designed out own gardens full of beautiful flowers.

Every Friday for this half term, we will be having extra P.E time with Mr Wright.  Please make sure P.E kits are in school all week! Thank you!


Another superb week Bumblebees! Have a great weekend. J


This week in Bumblebee Class we have had lots of fun sequencing and acting out the story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’ .  We have also made some changes to ‘Handa’s Surprise’ to make our own versions of the story and had great fun thinking of lots of adjectives to describe different fruits including the small sour lime, the squishy sweet strawberry and the hard crunchy apple.


In maths this week, we have been learning all about how to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We have also been experimenting with tens frames to find out if numbers are even or odd. Take a look at the photos below!


We have also planted our own bean seeds this week. We all remembered the instructions of how to plant our beans and made sure that we put them in sunlight afterwards. We will be watching our planted beans closely over the next few weeks to see how they change. On Thursday, we learnt that wild plants grow without being planted and so we went on a wild plant hunt around the school to find out which wild plants we could spot!


Have a super weekend Bumblebees! smiley


Welcome back Bumblebees!


This week in English we have started to read a new story called Handa’s Surprise. In the story Handa collects lots of exotic fruits to give to her friend Akeyo. We were very curious about these fruits as we hadn’t heard of some of them before so we were really excited that we were going to be able to try some including an avocado, a pineapple and a mango. As were tried the fruits we used our senses to think of lots of different adjectives to describe what we could smell, see, touch and taste. After, we went away and wrote some brilliant descriptive sentences.


During the week, we have also started our new topic ‘Super Seeds’. Next week, we will be planting our own seeds and will be looking at them closely over the next few weeks to see how much they change.


In Maths, we have been finishing learning about numbers to 50 by ordering numbers from smallest to greatest and greatest to smallest and have been practising really hard with our counting forwards and backwards to and from 0 to 50. If you want a bit of extra practise at home, here is our link to the Youtube clip we use Have fun dancing!


Today we did some AMAZING unaided writing after watching a video of a dragon landing in the playground!! You can see it for yourselves here: Miss Carter was blown away by how far all of the children have come with their writing!


A super start to the Summer Term Bumblebees smiley

Summer 1 Curriculum Newsletter

This week Bumblebee Class have been getting into the Easter spirit and were visited by some lovely little lambs!! They were really friendly and we enjoyed petting them and watching them be fed. We even managed to name the two newly born lambs Dotty and Henry. Thank you so much to Mrs Williams for bringing these in. During the week we have also made some really yummy Easter nests and learnt all about the Easter story. 


We have also finished our Fire Fire topic with a visit from a fireman who taught us all about fire safety and we watched How to Train a Dragon which we all really enjoyed.


Today (Friday) has been Sport Relief, thank you for the donations that you made to a great cause. 


Have a fantastic Easter holiday - don't eat too much chocolate! 😊😊

Finished door design and pebble fish from World Book day!

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Today has been World Book Day. We have had a fantastic day full of exciting activities including a fashion show, making book marks and swapping old stories. We have also been looking at a new book called 'Only One Me' and have been thinking about how we are all special and unique by painting our starting to create very own pebble fish and creating a large collaged fish where we have written sentences about how we are special.  Take a look at the photos below!! We will update you with the finished pebbles at the end of the week.


Thank you for all of the fantastic costumes you have created, you all look superb!! 

We have had a really busy day today (Friday) in Year One as we have learnt all about Pablo the Banana and have been busy completing lots of Fairtrade activities, including decorating our own bananas and making banana and chocolate Fairtrade muffins!! We were all super excited to take these home to eat.


In English this week, we have finished learning about non-chronological reports by inventing our very own dragons and then publishing our reports. Our teachers have been super impressed by just how creative we have been as we thought of some superb ideas including ‘Rubber Dragon’, ‘Snake Dragon’ ‘Spring Dragon’ and ‘Glitter Dragon’ and were able to write about what they looked like, where they are found and what they are known for.


Another fantastic week this week Bumblebees, have a super weekend.

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Spring 2 Curriculum Newsletter

This week in Bumblebee Class, we made an exciting discovery… we found a dragon’s egg!!! Not only did we find the egg, but we found some scratches and broken egg shells so we have been on the lookout to try and spot any dragons around the school. We also watched a news report that showed us a dragon sighting near North Petherton and we received a letter from a famous dragonologist asking us for our help in creating a Non-Chronological Report about a Thunder Dragon so, we have been busy using lots of adjectives and exciting language planning our fact sheets that we are going to write next week. 


In maths, we have been rearranging addition number sentences so they start with the largest number so we can count on more easily. We have used been using numicon pieces and cubes and have started to use our fingers to help us count on from the largest number and even though we have found this quite tricky we have really impressed our teachers by keeping going and not giving up!


Have a super weekend Bumblebees. smiley   

Friday 9th February


This week we have been finishing off our work on the Great Fire of London.  Our topic "Fire, Fire" will continue after the half term and there will be some REALLY exciting events happening in year one - but we don't want to spoil the surprise, so you will have to wait and see what they will be!!

The children have all been working hard on their animal spelling challenges at home and we would like to thank you for your support in this. Over the holidays, if you would like to, the children could put their spellings into sentences, adding interesting words and making sure they have full stops and capital letters. 


Have a wonderful half term break! smiley

Friday 2nd February


We had our last day of extra PE with Mr Wright today and played lots of great games. The children have enjoyed the extra sessions and we have learnt some new team games to play in the future.

In maths, we have been playing lots of number games including 'Guess my number' and 'Find the Number' which we have all really enjoyed.

At the beginning of the week we impressed Miss Carter and Miss Bartlett with some brilliant descriptive writing where we wrote a recount about waking up in a world made of chocolate!!! 

We have also started making houses in the style of the houses from the time of the Great Fire of London, so if you have any spare cereal boxes (or similar), we would be very grateful. 

We have had a really exciting week in Year 1!! Throughout the week, we have learnt lots more interesting facts about The Great Fire of London. On Monday, we went outside to the Forest School area to see a REAL fire!!! We came back to the classroom and thought of loads of adjectives to describe what we could see/smell/hear and feel and wrote these as some exciting recount sentences.


We have also worked in groups to role play the main events of the fire. Our teachers were so impressed when we shared our acting in front of the whole class! As part of our English work, we have started to imagine that we lived in Pudding Lane during The Great Fire so, throughout the week, we have created our very own burning houses using oil pastels, tissue paper and black paper. We did these all by ourselves - take a look at the pictures below!


In Maths, we have carried on naming, drawing and describing 3D and 2D shapes.


Fantastic work Bumblebees! smiley



Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter

Friday 19th January

We have had a very busy and exciting week learning all about the Great Fire of London!! An unexpected visitor left us a valuable item that we had to find. we followed clues left around the school and eventually were led to something buried in the ground!! Can you guess what it was? Samuel Pepys had left his cheese and wine hidden. We had to work out why he had left it there and why it was so valuable and thought up lots of questions. We are all very excited about finding out more next week and are already becoming mini experts on the Great Fire of London.


In Maths we have been exploring 3D shapes and their properties. We have had lots of fun sorting, making and playing with 3D shapes and finding the odd one out. 


Well done Bumblebees!

Welcome back and Happy New Year! 


Firstly, we would all like to say a big thank you for all of our wonderful Christmas presents. We felt very touched by your kindness and we hope you had a fantastic Christmas.


Please can you make sure that every child has a water bottle with them in school everyday and their P.E kits  as we are very lucky to have an extra P.E lesson with Mr Wright for the next four weeks. The children really enjoyed their first P.E session with Mr Wright and worked really hard together to solve some group challenges.


Next week we will be starting our new topic so watch this place! smiley





We have been working REALLY hard on our Christmas Nativity Concert and cannot wait to show all of you on Monday!! We hope you are going to enjoy it and be super proud!! Make sure you bring the tissues, for those proud parent moments! :-)

Throughout this week we have been busy rehearsing for our Christmas Concert. We have really enjoyed learning all of the different songs we will sing and finding out which nativity characters we will be.


In English, we have been learning all about non-fiction texts and have had a go at writing an information text about pigs as a whole class. Next week, we will be writing our very own information texts about bees and have enjoyed watching different videos and learning lots of interesting facts that we can include. 


We have started subtraction in maths and have been using the part part whole diagram to solve subtraction number sentences. We even had a go at 10/20 pin bowling where we wrote subtraction number sentences for the amount of pins we knocked down. We found this great fun! 





This week has been really busy. In English, we have written our own versions of 'The Three Little Pigs', by changing the main characters to some different animals. We had some interesting stories including, 'The Three Little Unicorns and the Big, Bad Horse', 'The Three Little Spiders and the Big, Bad Crocodile' and 'The Three Little Badgers and the Big, Bad Tiger' and have really impressed our teachers with just how well we have remembered the key parts of the story and have also used some brilliant adjectives!

In Maths, we have started to work on addition number sentences and have found our number bonds to 20 by partitioning objects in lots of different ways. We have also started to add together numbers to 10 and will go on to adding numbers to 20 next week.

In RE this week, we discussed the special events we have experienced in our lives. We then drew these as pictures and added them to a whole class memory jar. We really enjoyed learning more about special events for children in our class but also for those in different countries around the world.

A big thank you for all your contributions of chocolates and other goodies today, for the Christmas Fayre next Friday. We look forward to seeing you all there!!! 

This week we had a phone call from the 'police' to tell us that the wolf from 'The Three Little Pigs' was on the lose and they needed our help! We made WANTED posters, describing the wolf so that the police would be able to find him! Our posters were SO good, that we had another phone call to say that they had helped the police to catch the wolf!! Miss Carter thought our descriptions of the wolf were brilliant and we even included questions and exclamation marks! We then published our wanted posters on coffee stained paper which we really enjoyed, even though it was a bit smelly!!

In maths, we have been continuing with our more than and less than work and have been ordering numbers from smallest to greatest and greatest to smallest. We also started to use the < and > symbols to compare the numbers and making crocodile mouths to munch up the biggest number, what greedy crocodiles!!

Today was Children in Need and we ran a whole mile around the school!! We tried really hard and were quite tired afterwards but we had lots of fun and did raise lots of money!!!


Great work Bumblebees!!!


This week in English we have practised writing sentences remembering our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces to retell parts of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Miss Carter has been really impressed by our sentences and the fact we were able to remember SO much about the story. We also met THE BIG BAD WOLF and decided to give him a questioning session to find out just why he is SO mean. We all wrote some excellent questions (with question marks!!) to ask the wolf and he turned out to not be quite so bad and scary after all.

In our topic lessons, we have also spent time looking at lots of different materials which we sorted  and described. We were also able to tell Miss Carter lots of information that we knew about the different materials! 

In Maths we have been doing lots of work on 'more than' and 'less than' and played game where we asked lots of questions to find a missing number! We also have worked on reading numbers as words and have used this in our work!

A super, busy week! Well done Bumblebees!

We had a really exciting start to the week as we found an animal den in the forest school area. We followed the clues (including some piggy tails, footprints, '100 Ways to Cook a Pig' cookbook AND some REAL bones) to find out who would live in a house like this? We managed to work out that it belonged to the wolf from the Three Little Pigs! Over the rest of the week in English, we have started to learn the story by making our own story maps, collaged dens and took part in a really exciting drama workshop. 

In maths, we have been practising counting forwards and backwards with numbers from 0 - 20 and have really impressed Miss Carter and Miss Bartlett by finding missing numbers in a sequence. 

Super work this week Bumblebees!!

We have had a busy week this week in Bumblebee Class. We have been learning 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' in English and have really enjoyed creating a story map with actions to help us remember the story. We have also been learning how to find one more or one less than a given number in maths as well as starting to learn our number bonds to ten!! We have used unifix cubes and Numicon pieces to help us to explore different number bonds and have even started to learn a number bond rap AND a number bonds to 10 song!

Super work this week Bumblebees! 

We have had lots of fun this week learning more about 'Harvest Festival' following our work on 'Rosie's Walk'. On Friday (No Pens Day),  we got to make our very own tasty bread and try lots of different types of food. We used our senses really well to describe what we could taste, feel, see and smell.


Well done Bumblebee, you have worked super hard this week!




This week we have started our new topic which includes learning about our school and local area to find out lots of information about where we live. We started this topic with a walk around the school to investigate all of the interesting features that we could find in our school grounds including the fort, vegetable garden, forest area and so forth. We also used google maps in class to look at the school from an aerial view which we found really interesting, but also a little bit strange!!


Take a look at our school walk in the photos below. 

We have had a really exciting week in Bumblebee class. On Monday, we continued learning about ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by looking at the life cycle of a hen as well as meeting a real life one in the afternoon. We decided to name the hen Rosie!! We were all really enthusiastic to be able to touch Rosie and were surprised by how soft she was. Over the week, we have started to look at lots of different farm animals and have used these to write some SUPER sentences in English. Miss Carter was super impressed with all of our finger spaces and punctuation on Friday. In maths we have continued to write numbers as numerals and words and have also started to learn how to count in 2’s. We really enjoyed the counting in 2’s rap and using a hot potato to practise just how well we can count forwards and backwards in 1’s to 20 and counting forwards in 2’s to 20.  

This week we have been learning the story of 'Rosie's Walk'. As a class we created a story map with our own actions to help us remember all of the places Rosie visited on her farm. We managed to retell parts of the story by writing full sentences with both capital letters and full stops and drew some pictures as illustrations. In groups, we also managed to sequence the events of the story in the correct order. Over the week, we have also had some fun with drama activities by creating fox and hen masks to hot seat the main characters using questions the children created themselves. We all seem to be really enjoying learning about 'Rosie's Walk' and will carry on learning more about Rosie the hen and her farm including taking part in special farming surprises next week!

Well done Bumblebees.


In maths this week we have been writing our numbers from 0 - 10 in numerals and in words. We have also been practising ordering our numbers from smallest to largest and managed to do this all by ourselves!

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We have had a really fun second week in Bumblebee Class. On Wednesday, we had a  'Roald Dahl day' where we talked about some of our favourite Roald Dahl books and films, before reading the story of the 'Enormous Crocodile' together. The children loved using their knowledge of numbers to 20 to cut out and make different amounts of crocodile teeth using play-doh. We also used lots of different shapes to create our very own crocodiles. The children also worked really well independently to complete different 'Willy Wonka' sums and built towers of 'sweets', using number cards to 20 and unifix cubes. We have also started to have our very own 'dough-disco' after lunch by using play-doh to help us improve our fine motor skills and have really impressed Miss Carter and Miss Bartlett with how quickly we have learnt the moves! 


Have a super weekend Bumblebees! 

Roald Dahl day pictures!

For the children that would like a little bit of extra practise at home, here is the link to our Wake and Shake song that we will be doing in class over the next couple of weeks. 


Have fun dancing!


We have had a super first week getting to know each other and we have all settled into Year One really well. Over the week, we have been busy impressing Miss Carter and Miss Bartlett with just how good we are at counting forwards and backwards to and from ten (and even 20!) and writing sentences. We have also enjoyed sharing our favourite stories with one another and have also made some bookmarks to take home with us to use in our reading books.


Take a look at the photos above to see some of the activities that we have been up to this week. 


A huge well done Bumblebees, have a great weekend! smiley