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Puffins - Year 1

Holidays in the past

Welcome back for our final term of the school year!


Rather fittingly, our topic this term is holidays – and in particular looking at what holidays in the United Kingdom were like in the past and how they have changed today.


Did you know that the word ‘holiday’ comes from the words ‘holy days’ – I wonder why? This is something we will be finding out during our term. I’m sure Puffins will be able to tell you all about this and many more things such as how people travelled to their holiday destination, what they wore and how they entertained themselves.


Linked with the theme of holidays we will be writing our own short stories with a holiday theme. We will be taking our inspiration from the popular children’s story ‘Winnie at the Seaside’.


We can’t wait for children to create their own Punch and Judy puppets and sweet and ice cream carts in D&T. We have a feeling this may be popular!


Our whole class reading book this term is a short chapter book called ‘Mr Skip’ by Michael Morpurgo. We hope this wonderful story will entertain Puffins, whilst providing plenty of opportunities to complete a range of VIPERS questions.


In maths we will be looking at simple multiplication and division using lots of practical equipment. Children will create arrays and will become familiar with grouping and sharing amounts. Puffins will continue to focus on place value within 100, and will practise partitioning numbers and comparing numbers. In our whole class maths we will focus on geometry, money and time. 


Children have enjoyed growing their own beans in science and have been learning lots about flowers, plants and trees. We will be deepening our knowledge on plants this term and will be doing lots of practical science outside.


For more information of what Term 6 has in store, please take a look at our curriculum map.


We are very much looking forward to a sun filled term with everyone.

Puffins Team

Abingdon and the river Thames 


Welcome Back!


We are SO happy to open the doors of our classroom to all of our wonderful Puffins! We can’t wait to get started with lots of fun learning for the rest of this short term.

As you will know, our class topic is Abingdon and the river Thames. We have already had a whistle stop tour of Abingdon’s history, looking at some of the key buildings such as the County Hall museum, the Old Goal and the old monastery ruins that formed part of the Abbey over 1000 years ago.


From here we will switch our focus to look at man-made and physical features in Abingdon, which will lead us nicely to our emphasis on the river Thames. We will be thinking about where rivers come from, why they are bendy and where they end up! Abingdon sits on three rivers so we will be finding out a little more about these.


Our writing will be linked to river animals and why these rivers and their banks are good habitats for certain animals. We will be writing a non-chronological report about river otters – yes they can be found in the Thames and whilst it’s chilly at this time of year, their thick coats keep them warm in the water! We wonder how many children will want to tell you about a creature’s ‘scat’, as we are sure this will be popular!


Science will be focusing on materials and which objects are made from which materials. We will think about why properties of certain materials are good for certain jobs. This will lead us to an investigation on the best materials for our river animals’ belongings.


In maths, we will recap some of the learning from Seesaw, especially addition and subtraction within 20, place value within 50 and comparison of number sentences. We will then move on to continuing our counting in 2's and begin to look at our counting in 5's and 10's (this will continue after Easter too!). We will also be looking at the practical elements of length and height.


In RE we will (virtually) be looking and some of the churches in our local area, to link in with our topic work and then we will learn all about the Easter story.


We will be improving our DT (design and technology) skills this term, as we will learning all about levers and making moving parts in our exciting Easter cards - all top secret stuff however!!  


Our whole class reading book, ‘The Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up’ (by Jill Thomlinson), will link nicely with some of the themes of Spring and will teach us the importance of perseverance and resilience.


Please do look at the curriculum map for more details of what we will be focussing on this term.


We very much hope that all of our Puffins will settle back into their new routine quickly and look forward to teaching them all face to face.


As always if you have any questions please do speak to us or contact us via the puffin’s


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Puffins Team.





We had a super Victorian Day at the end of term where we learnt about lots of Victorian inventions, such as Christmas crackers and Christmas cards. We designed and created like Brunel and made decorations, as the Victorians would have done. We found out that the Christmas tree became popular in Victorian times, when Prince Albert brought one back from Germany - after this, everyone wanted one! We also baked tasty Christmas treats. The children enjoyed playing some traditional Victorian games like Sculptors and we finished our day with a quiz. The children looked superb -we loved seeing them all dressed up!  

When the Queen from The Princess and the Pea visited Puffins...

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After getting a letter from the Queen to say she'd be visiting, we came up with some excellent questions to ask her....Puffins loved this!

Footage of our actual wood lice colony

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In science we are thinking about the 6 main animal groups. One of these groups is invertebrates (insects without a backbone). So we've used some of our forest school time to create a perfect habitat for wood lice and watch them over the coming weeks. Don't worry, they are in good hands. Puffins will be helping to keep their habitat damp and will provide fresh food every few days! We can't wait to see what happens to our colony!

Queen Victoria!


Welcome back to term 2 where we will be focusing on one of the most famous monarchs in British history - Queen Victoria!


In her 63-year reign, Victoria contributed to many significant changes in areas such as education and employment. The Victorian age also saw significant change in other areas too, specifically, inventions and discovery so we will be learning about some of these!


To begin our term our literacy focus will be story writing; we will be using the traditional tale of ‘The Princess and the Pea’ as our stimulus. We will be doing lots of talk for writing so children will be exposed to lots of storytelling language before we begin innovating our new stories! We will finish the term writing riddles, which we hope to share with you all towards the end of term.


We have started our whole class reading book, The Snow Queen (original by Hans Christian Anderson), and are looking forward to where this story takes us!


Towards the end of term, we are very much hoping to hold a Victorian dress up day, so please look out for more information on this, later in the term.


We hope you are enjoying seeing the pictures and videos of Puffins Class on this page – we appreciate just how important these snippets of school life are, even more so in the current climate, and will do our best to keep a regular feed of what we are up to!


We look forward to talking to you all at parents evening on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th November.


Many Thanks, Puffins Team




Harvest Song

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A snippet of what we've been up to during week 4 (21.09.20)

Our Octopus Shape Poem 21.09.20

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We have been thinking about 'wow' language to create shape poems for creatures that live in The Great Barrier Reef. Puffins have done an amazing job at learning our octopus shape poem! Enjoy...


It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the recent 'Meet the Teachers' Zoom meeting. Thank you for your time and we hope that it was useful in some way. For those of you who were unable to make it, we have included the PowerPoint slides for your reference. 

We hope that our web page will act as a method of communication, and keep you up to date with what is happening in the classroom. We will do our very best to update Puffin's page often, to include useful information and pictures/videos of what we've been up to.

At the start of every term we will include a curriculum map, which will provide details on curriculum coverage for that term.

Our topic this term is The Great Barrier Reef and the children are already learning quite a bit about it. As the largest reef in the world and one which can be seen from space, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

Children will be learning about the location of The Great Barrier Reef and will be exploring life beneath the surface. We have been encouraging children to generate their own questions about this magnificent structure…


How long has it been there?
How big is it?
What creatures live there?
Why is it endangered?


This term, our whole class reading book is Manfish – the story of Jacques Cousteau. We have chosen this story as it is beautifully and poetically written and links perfectly with our descriptive writing focus this term. As well as whole class reading, where children will be answering a range of questions linked to vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequencing (VIPERS), we will also seek to listen to children read at least once a week.      

Daily phonics will continue throughout the year and will be taught using the Read Write Inc scheme. In addition, children will have focus spellings - these are spelling that your child is expected to know by the end of Year 1. We will also share 'Red Words' with you (in our useful documents section)  and would very much appreciate your help with getting your child to read these words ('Red Words' are phonetically irregular words -they are quite simply words that can't be sounded out and need to be learnt). Each term, we will include both the spelling and Red Word focus words on our curriculum map, so please look out for them on here.

We look forward to getting to know you all and working with your children.

Many Thanks, The Puffin's Team.

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