Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Below are resources to use when learning at home. If you are unable to access these, please ring the school office during opening times. 01237 477262
There are two classes in Year 1. Seahorse Class and Starfish Class. We work closely as a year group throughout the year. Please keep an eye on our website for updates. 
Seahorse Class
Class Teacher - Mrs Buckeridge
Teaching Assistant  - Mrs Waters
Starfish Class
Class Teachers - Mrs Ferris (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Rashley (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Teaching Assistant - Miss Lawrence
Keeping in touch
Now more than ever, we feel that it is important to keep in touch with each other.  The class blog is a perfect way to send messages to your friends, classmates and teachers.
To access the blog: Click on the green 'Sharing' tab at the top of the page.  Click on the 'Shared Blogs' tab. Click on your class and that will take you to the blog. 
The teachers will be 'live' each week on the blog to chat or ask questions.
Mrs Buckeridge - Tuesday 12pm - 1pm
Mrs Ferris - Wednesday 10am - 11 am
Mrs Rashley - Thursday 1pm - 2pm
If you would like to contact the teachers on their emails their address is below. 
Northam Library Services
Northam Library have put together an excellent range of resources and activities to keep your little ones accessing books at a time when they are unable to go to the library.  I would be great to find out what resources you access.  Please find below a message from Jennie Smithson at the library with details of the activities and resources. 

Our online resources

We have a range of free resources that all library members can access online:

  • Download and stream free eBooks, eAudioBooks and eMagazines, with more than 3,500 titles on Overdrive (eBooks and eAudiobooks), including a range of ‘beginner reads’ for children in the early stages of learning to read, and 1,000 unlimited use eAudiobooks through RB Digital Devon.
  • A selection of eMagazines are available on RB Digital Devon.
  • A range of eAudiobooks via BorrowBox
  • Online reference resources at Devon Libraries including AncestryUK
  • fun online content and live streaming events via social media. Check out individual library Facebook pages for more information


Summer Reading Challenge

At this time of year we would normally be arranging to come into schools to tell children all about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Reading Agency are currently working on plans for how the Challenge will run this year bearing in mind that we do not yet know if libraries will be open in time for the summer. What we do know is that the Challenge will definitely be going ahead but probably mainly online, and that the theme will be ‘Silly Squad’ – an opportunity to get children reading lots of fantastic funny books! We will let you know more details when we have them.


Local events from Northam Library

We would like to invite all teachers, parents and carers to visit and ‘like’ our facebook page - just search Northam Library on Facebook to visit. 

Here you will find useful links and ideas for keeping everyone physically and mentally stimulated during lockdown. On our Northam page we are having a Lego Challenge every Saturday morning. This has already been very popular with some of our regular library users, and we've seen some brilliant creations. We are also having an Illustration Challenge with a weekly theme, this starts on Mondays. We'd love to start more groups and challenges and we have other ideas in development, but would also welcome suggestions from parents, students & teachers.


BookTrack– Is continuing online via parent emails. We have already awarded a 100 Books Certificate and Gold Badge during lockdown, and we have a few other children getting ever nearer the 100 target who are joining in. We would welcome new Book Trackers who were keen to start their Book Track journey.  Email us

We have also started Northam Library Book Chat via our Facebook page - a place for adults to share their love of books. This may be of interest to parents and teachers.


Many thanks for your continued support during this difficult time. We are very keen to help ensure that children are able to continue enjoying and developing their reading, and have access to as many helpful resources as possible.  Please do get in touch if you think we can help further in any way.


Jennie Smithson,

Library Supervisor,​

Northam Library,

Libraries Unlimited



Home Learning week commencing 11.5.20
The children have completed another week of fantastic home learning.  We loved all the VE day work that the children completed at home.  It looked like there were some lovely tea parties!
Please find below the timetable for this week's home learning and any relevant documents.
Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Home learning week commencing 4th May
Well done for all of the fabulous work that you are completing and posting for us to see.  It has also been lovely to see what other activities that you have been up to while at home.
Please find below the timetable and any relevant documents for home learning for the week commencing 4th May.
Any video lessons and story times will be posted onto the class blog on Purple Mash.  Some additional tasks, including a PE activity will be posted onto the blog this week so keep checking!
In science this week, we're going to be looking at how plants grow.  Please follow the link below for a video and a quiz.


As Friday 8th May is VE Day, some of the work this week will be about helping the children to understand more about this.  The link below is for a child friendly explanation.

The teachers are available each day to contact on their emails if you have any questions.
Home learning week commencing 27th April
The Year 1 teachers and TAs are so impressed with all of the fabulous home learning so far.  It is lovely to see so much being posted onto Seahorses' and Starfish's blogs.  Please keep them coming.  Details for how to get onto the blog is above.
Please find below the timetable and any relevant documents for home learning for the week commencing 27th April.
Any video lessons and story times will be posted onto the class blog on Purple Mash.  Some additional tasks, including a PE activity will be posted onto the blog his week so keep checking!
In science this week, we're going to be looking at plants.  Please follow the link below for a video and activities about the parts of a plant.
The teachers are available each day to contact on their emails if you have any questions.
Home learning week commencing 20th April
Please find below the timetable and any relevant documents for home learning for the week commencing 20th April.
Any video lessons and story times will be posted onto the class blog on Purple Mash.  The teachers love seeing the children's work that they do after these lessons so if you are able to please upload photos onto the blog.
Two video lessons this week have follow up activities on BBC Bitesize.  The links for these are below. - English lesson
The teachers are available each day to contact on their emails is you have any questions.
Home learning for week commencing 14th April
Please find below any links for home learning for the week commencing Tuesday 14th April.
Please also check '2Dos' on Purple Mash and the blog for video lessons and stories from the teachers. 
Feel free to also complete other activities on this Purple Mash, Charanga or Espresso. 
We would love to see anything that you have been making whilst you are at home.
It might be a lovely picture or something you have made out of lego (check out the challenge cards below).  You might have been baking some delicious cakes or biscuits or something made from junk modelling.
Take a photo and upload it to our blog on Purple Mash - it is a great way to keep in contact with your class mates !!
Take care everyone.
Hi Starfish and Seahorses,
We hope you are all okay and keeping your hands nice and clean!! We are missing you all very much.
We have been busy making sure you have some lovely activities to complete at home on Purple Mash. We are aware that you might have had some trouble logging in, but keep trying. We love seeing the great work that some of you have already done. :)
We have also started a blog on Purple Mash so we can all keep in contact. If you click on "Sharing" icon on Purple Mash - then click on "Shared Blogs" and choose your class you can leave a message for everyone.
The Joe Wicks workout (The Body Coach) on You Tube offers a new fitness activity every morning at 9am which will help you keep active, get your heart rate up and is a great start to your morning.
Sending you all lots of love,
Mrs Buckeridge, Mrs Rashley, Mrs Ferris, Mrs Waters and Miss Lawrence 
Resources below are duplicates of those above but in PDF for those who do not have access to Microsoft.
Spring term 2
We had an exciting start to the Spring term where a letter in a bottle was found!  The letter had travelled all the way from Australia.  We decided to learn about Australia and their animals.
We have been emailing the Wombat Protection Society of Australia to learn more about the curious creatures.  They are currently looking after a pair of wombat babies.
World Book Day!
Year 1 had great fun on World Book Day dressing up as a character from one of their favourite books and completing book activities.  We welcomed our grown ups in at the beginning of the day to share stories.
Spring term 1
We are very happy to welcome back Mrs Rashley this term.  She will be teaching Starfish class every Wednesday through to Friday.  Mrs Ferris will continue to teach on Monday and Tuesday.
Our topic this term is 'Dinosaurs'!  The children were very excited as Mrs Rashley and Mrs Buckeridge saw a tyrannosaurus-rex outside of school!  We've started learning about dinosaurs in class now and we are going to have a dinosaur exhibition at the end of term for parents.
In our English lessons we have been reading The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr.  The tiger even came in to visit!!  We have been learning lots of new words for 'ate' and 'drank' and have been using them in our writing.
Dinosaur Exhibition
To celebrate our learning from this term, Year 1 set up a dinosaur exhibition in the hall.  We were very lucky to have Mary Anning to welcome our grown ups.  
The exhibition looked fantastic with work from English, science, art and D&T lessons as well as some of the children's home learning.  We were overwhelmed by how many people visited - thank you.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Dinosaur poo!!
Mrs Rashely and Mrs Buckeridge found dinosaur poo outside the classroom.  The children enjoyed investigating what was in the poo to find out whether is was from a herbivore, omnivore or a carnivore.
Autumn 2
At the beginning of this term year 1 found a dragon egg outside their classrooms!!  We had a visit from a dragonologist and found out that it belonged to a fire dragon!  We learnt lots of facts about fire dragons and then studied the text Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris.  The children wrote their pages for a class book describing their own dragon which they used printing to create beautiful art work for.
How to Trap a Dragon
We found out that the fire dragon had been back looking for her egg so the children made a trap to capture her.
Have a look at the pictures to see how we made it.
We caught her!  The magic in our trap made the fire dragon shrink and freeze.  We left her eggs for her and the next day she had flown away!
Autumn 1
We had an exciting parcel delivered to school from the zoo! They had sent us a pet! We tried to guess what animal they could have sent us. 
We will be focusing on the text 'Dear Zoo' this term. We have become amazing story tellers and we have begun creating our own version of the story. The children have already produced some fantastic writing and they have only just joined year one! We are working hard to remember capital letters, finger spaces and end marks. 
Please see below, our curriculum letter telling you about all the exciting things we will be doing this term.