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Puffins - Year 1

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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