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Pilton Infants' School

Learning For Life

Welcome to Year One!
Welcome to Year 1! 2022 - 2023 

In Owl Class we have Mrs Thomas and Mrs Smale. In Squirrel Class we have Mrs Powley and Mrs Jones. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Hill work with us for some mornings. 

We cannot wait to get to know you all this year and enjoy lots of activities together. 


The Woods

We have been learning the story of 'The Woods' and have been using a text map to help us. This story is all about a little boy who loses his bunny and has to adventure into The Woods to try and find it again. For our writing, we have been learning about the past tense and how to add the suffix -ed to the end of verbs. We have also been writing our own versions of the story by changing the characters. 

Arts Week 2023

For our Art week we looked at stories linked to our theme 'Under the Sea'. We enjoyed sharing lots of texts both fiction and non-fiction including 'The Rainbow Fish', 'Tiddler', 'Clean Up'. To start with, we practised our sketching and observational drawings of sea animals. We listened to the story of 'Austin's Butterfly' and learnt how Austin had to look really carefully at what he was drawing to make sure he included all of the details. In the story, Austin took multiple attempts to draw his animal, making sure he was improving each time. For our sea creatures, we took inspiration from Austin and did multiple drafts of our sea creature. We found it amazing to see the improvement each time! 

After this, we moved onto exploring with watercolours. We thought about shading including light and dark and practised changing the shade of the paint each time by either adding more water or more paint. When we were confident with our sea creature drawings and watercolour technique, we planned a design to create a final watercolour painting. Our final watercolour paintings include a background seascape with our chosen sea creature layered on top. 



We have been learning about poetry and how this is different to normal speech. We have enjoyed learning and performing our Animal Poem in the style of Kennings. 

Animal poem

Cats purring

Dogs barking

Hamsters munching

Horses trotting

Birds tweeting

Foxes running

Rabbits hopping

Pigs snorting

Cows mooing

Otters swimming

Frogs jumping

Bees buzzing

Remembrance Day

We learnt about the importance of Remembrance day and remembering those people who not only fought for our country but also those who made sacrifices to keep our country safe. We painted our own Poppy paintings. 

A Visit from Button!

We were very excited to have a visit from Mrs Haynes dog Button. We learnt lots of facts about how to look after dogs and what they need to stay safe and healthy. We used the facts to write our own 'All about Dogs' non fiction texts. 

Down at the Farm

We have been learning lots about different animals, including farm animals. We built animal pens and also made animals out of clay. Have a look at some of our creations below! 

Little Wandle

Here is some extra information about reading in Year 1 for those parents who couldn't make the reading workshop' Thank you

Farmer Duck

We are enjoying our new text 'Farmer Duck'. We have started learning the beginning of the story using actions and pictures. 

Year 1 2021-2022

Our Royal Banquet 

We enjoyed learning all about Kings and Queens this term. We have learnt about how Queen Elizabeth 1st and 2nd ruled England and how things have changed along the way. We learnt a dance and enjoyed being Kings and Queens for the day. 

Dinosaur Dance 

Today we learnt how to do a dinosaur dance. We had to listen carefully and follow each move. We then made our own dinosaur masks based on our favourite dinosaurs. 

World Book Day 2022


We had a lovely day reading, making bookmarks and hearing stories from lots of members of staff. We loved dressing up in our PJ's and we were quite sleepy by the end of the day. Thank you for your donations! 

Children in Need 2021

We had a fantastic day raising funds for Children in Need.  As a school we raised £185.  We did 2 things:

  1. Wear something SPOTTY or SPORTY
  2. Together We Can Challenge - As a school could we beat our target of 2021 lengths of our playground?...  Of course we did!  We needed each child to run about 12 lengths.  They rose to the challenge, as did the staff, and we smashed our target by completing 2568 lengths!  Well done everyone!

Button came to school 4.11.21 

The children really enjoyed learning all about how to look after a dog. Miss Holme told us all about how she cleans Button's teeth and how she brushes her coat. Button performed some tricks for us and let us see her paw. 


Year 1's Trip to the Farm 


We had a lovely trip to Springfield Farm today. We saw lots of different farm animals and tractors on the farm. The farmer told us lots of information about the animals and how we care for them. We enjoyed taking our own photos from our trip to the farm, enjoy them below. 

Farmer Duck Writing

We really enjoyed learning all about Farmer Duck. We talked about how we could also describe the farmer as he was very lazy in the story. We then wrote our own description of the Farmer. We made sure to remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We also used all of the sounds we had learnt so far this year. Here are some great examples: 

Circus Skills 


We really enjoyed learning some circus skills this week. We learnt how to hold a peacock feather on noses without it falling down. We then were able to perform some juggling together. We had a lovely day together. 

Rainbow Fish

We really enjoyed learning the story of the rainbow fish. Together we talked about how we as a class we would share some of our talents. We came together with our own rainbow fish of all of our talents and things we would share

Butterfly Release 

We enjoyed watching the caterpillars grow this term and it was time to release them. We were able to see the butterflies fly up into the sky and even stay around for a while to get used to their surroundings. 

Sports for Champions Visit 


Today we had a special visit from the Olympic athlete freestyle kayak. She showed us how she did her flips in the sea and the rivers. We were very impressed! We all managed to do our own circuit of spotty dogs and star jumps. 

Animal Visit 


We really enjoyed our visit from the animals today. We learnt all about what types of animals they were and what they ate. We even were able to hold some of them and stroke them. We really enjoyed our time with the animals. 

Class Caterpillars 


We have enjoyed looking after the caterpillars over the last 2 weeks. We have enjoyed watching them grow and watching them hang from the lid to turn into butterflies. Watch this space as hopefully they will turn into butterflies very soon... 

Salsa Dancing 


Today is international dance day and we enjoyed learning the salsa dance! We learnt how to move our hips to the beat. 

Easter Activities

We have enjoyed learning all about Easter this week and why we celebrate this time of year. We have created our own crosses to represent all of the things we are thankful for. We also went on an Easter egg hunt in school and we were very lucky to receive a present from the Easter bunny. We enjoyed making our own split pin moving Easter cards for our families. 

And for Todays Weather...


In Owl class today we have been learning to tell the weather. We have even made our own video to show us telling the weather to each other. The children either said the weather or recorded it on the Ipads. 

Firework Pictures 


This week we learnt how to use oil pastels to create bright firework pictures. We talked about how to create a blended colour using the oil pastels. We watched firework videos to help inspire us to create movement in our pictures. 

Down on the Farm...


The children have been busy working on the farm in school. We have created our own farmyard animals and we have planted our own seeds. We have learnt how to take care of our animals and how to help the plants grow. Keep an eye out for our Autumn vegetables. 

World Book Day 2020

Today we dressed as our favourite characters from Traditional Tales. We read some Traditional Tales during the day and we designed our own book covers from our favourite books. We enjoyed listening to Traditional Tales in assembly. 

The Woods

We went on an adventure to find a lost pink bunny. We could not find the bunny anywhere! We noticed lots of clues along the way... including a necklace, a bit of fur and a honey pot. I wonder who it could have been... 

Kings and Queens Day! 


Today we learnt all about Kings and Queens by becoming a King or Queen ourselves! We made our own crowns, shields and we had our own banquet. We nominated a King and Queen based on who was the oldest. We learnt a medieval dance and did this after our banquet. We learnt all about what Kings and Queens do every day. 

When The Dog's Trust came to Visit...


We had a visit from The Dogs Trust as part of our topic on 'Animals'. We enjoyed learning about how to keep animals safe but also how we keep ourselves safe when around dogs. We learnt how to safely stroke a dog and how to safely play with a dog. 

Exmoor Zoo 

Today we had a visit from Exmoor Zoo. We were able to learn all about the different animal categories. We were very good at describing the different properties of each category. We were able to see a mouse, snake and even an owl. The owl flew across the room to show us his wings! 

The Big Sheep 


We had a fabulous time at the Big Sheep! We were able to see lots of different farm yard animals and learn all about what they eat and how to look after them. We also were able to feed the animals and Miss Holme even had to run away from one of the sheep! We cannot wait to write about our trip to the Big Sheep this week. 

Rosemoor 2019


We had a great time at Rosemoor this year. We did not let the rain ruin our day! We learnt all about the 5 senses and we even tasted some of the fruit and vegetables that were grown in the gardens. Did you know a pepper is a fruit? 

India Day 


We enjoyed learning all about India this week as part of Arts week. We learnt how to dance just like a Bollywood dancer. We were able to move to the music and appreciate music associated with Bollywood. As part of this day we learnt all about the Indian Rainforest. We are beginning to create our own Rainforest in the corridors - watch this space! We enjoyed using pastel to create these bright animals. 

It's a Wonderful Christmas Time...


We have enjoyed sharing with you the Christmas play this year. We have enjoyed learning the dances and songs together. In Class 5 we have designed and built our very own Gingerbread houses! See if you can spot yours..? 

Our memorial for Remembrance Sunday.

As a Year group we created our own memorial to remember all the people who look after us every day. We worked as a team to create our own memorial.