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Goldfinch - Our Learning Journey

2017 - 2018

Welcome to Goldfinch Class!

'Shiver me timbers' Year 1 Shipmates

Autumn 1

Welcome to Class 1.  This half term we are thinking about all things pirate!  So if you are feeling brave keep an eye on our learning journey to find out more.

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Autumn 1: Week 4

We have been learning about more and less this week using lots of objects from around the classroom.  Then we thought about how we could show the idea of one more and less using blocks.  As well as answering questions we are spending a lot of time explaining why we think our answers are correct.  This is really helping us to understand our maths.

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Land Ahoy!

Goldfinch Class have been learning about oceans and continents on a world map. We studied where Blackbeard sailed his ship in search of treasure.  Did you know that Blackbeard was born not so far from Colwall?  Edward Teach, as Blackbeard was originally named, was born in Bristol.   

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We're Spinning Around!

The Autumn sunshine has made outdoors PE spectacular.  We had great fun working as a team to direct our 'pirate ship' ball around out parachute sea!

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If you go down to the woods today ...

You might find Class 1!  The children have been having a fantastic time, climbing and den building in Forest School.  It is a great opportunity to work as a team, take chances and most of all have lots of fun.

Autumn 1: Week 3

We have enjoyed reading and following instructions on how to make pirate hats. What do you think of our hats?  We think they are great!  

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We have also followed instructions to make pirate hard tack biscuits.  We thought about what 50 and 100 grams (g) of flour might look like and then weighed it out to see.  We also measured out the milk in a measuring jug, to get an idea of what 500 millilitres (ml) looks like. Once out of the oven, we voted on whether we liked the flavour of hard tack biscuits. 80% of us loved them so all hands on deck at home for a few hardtack cooking sessions!  We wrote some fantastic instructions for our own versions of pirate biscuits. Some of them had very strange ingredients.  Would you like to try a maggot and pineapple biscuit? 

Autumn 1: Week 2

We have been thinking about 'Gods Amazing World'and drawing all the wonderful things in nature that we are thankful for.  

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We have also been on an Autumn walk and collected tomatoes from our Year 1 garden and some amazing conkers from the school grounds.  We all agree that Autumn is our favourite season!
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This week we voted for our School Councillors.  They will represent Goldfinch Class at the School Council meetings.
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Autumn 1: Week 1

This week we have been measuring anything and everything.  We have thought about different ways to measure objects and enjoyed comparing different lengths.

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2016 - 2017

Welcome to Year One!

Summer Term 2

Beside the Seaside


Captivated by print! (week 3)


We had a fascinating time, continuing our Raoul Dufy artist study, working on reproducing our version of his famous paintings, 'Regatta at Cowes' and 'Bateauxs Pavoises' (decked boats).  Local artist, Jackie Taylor, came and taught us about the history and technique of printing.  The children really enjoyed creating their own sail and tug boats on print polystyrene, making sure that their outlines were deeply carved into the material.  The best part was, of course, the messy part - rolling on the ink and transferring it to our seascape background.  Jackie commented what a lovely, enthusiastic group of children they are.  Well done Goldfinches and huge thanks to Jackie for sparing her time and sharing her expertise.

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A life on the stage! (week 3)


We have been learning 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' story by Ronda Armitage. Having drawn a class story map the children came up with their own actions to help us all remember the story.  We studied a 'Little Red Riding Hood' play script, to understand how plays are written and presented on the page.  We had a go at writing the beginning of a play script for our story, 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch', which we then practised as a puppet show and performed for Wren Class, who were an excellent and appreciative audience!

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Unlocking the past!  (week 3)


Goldfinch Class are using paintings from the past to try and help them piece together the identity of our mystery significant person from the past.  We had a fantastic class discussion where the children shared their thoughts and ideas, having really observed two paintings closely.  We are expecting more clues next week which may uncover the identity of our famous person and a story of amazing personal courage.

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Goldfinch Class study Raoul Dufy


We are studying the French artist Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1953), who is famous for his sketches, painting, textiles and ceramics.  We have begun by studying his harbour paintings, trying to work out how he makes his pictures appear 3D.  We worked out that he makes some things much larger (as though nearby) and other things tiny (as though far away). Before starting our paintings we used whiteboards and scrap paper to allow us to practise our skills.  Have a look at our early sketches and then our final artwork.

Our first draft attempts! (Week 1, 5/6/17)

Our final paintings! (Week 2, 12/6/17)

Fit and fun! We enjoyed joining in with the Joe Wicks school workout! (Week 2, 14/6/17)

Fit and fun!  We enjoyed joining in with the Joe Wicks school workout!  (Week 2, 14/6/17) 1
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We've been having lots of fun measuring in cm! (Week 1, 5/6/17)

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Welcome back to school. We spotted our first tomatoes in the Year 1 garden! (5/6/17)

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Summer Term 1

Dragons and Dungeons


A mysterious parcel arrived in Class 1 at the start of term.  Whatever had been inside the box was certainly not there any more.  Class 1 have become the 'Dragon Busters' and are on the trail of a missing dragon.  So far we've found lots of clues but where will they all lead?  We're not sure ... but we're having fun finding out! We've reported our findings to the Mythological Creatures Council and are preparing a newsflash and newspaper report to let everybody know all about this surprising situation!

Revolting Children?


Class 1 proved that they are definitely NOT revolting children when they danced their socks off at the John Masefield High School (JMHS) Dance Festival.  Students from JMHS taught various classes from local Primary Schools a dance themed around the song 'Revolting Children' from the Matilda musical.  Having had a 45 minute workshop, the children were invited on stage to perform to an audience of over 100 people.  Class 1 made us all so proud as they strutted there stuff and really owned the stage during there 'Revolting Children' performance.  Well done Class 1! 

Take a walk on the wild side!


On a beautiful summer's day, Goldfinch Class strolled out into the wonder of Colwall. We searched in field and hedgerow for flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees which grow naturally around Colwall.  We compared flowers and leaves with our plant detective guide sheets and were amazed at just how many plants we found.  Have a look at our pictures below and test your knowledge of all things green!  Can you name the plants we found?

In a Colwall country garden!


Following our walk on the wild side, we visited a beautiful Colwall country garden to compare and contrast the flowers, shrubs and herbs with all that we had observed in the hedgerows and fields.  We particularly loved the clematis and the herb garden.  Which plant is your favourite?

It's in the balance!


Goldfinch class have been busy getting to grips with capacity and mass this half term, comparing, describing and solving practical problems.  We have also worked hard on numbers to and beyond one 100, 2x, 5x and 10x tables and studied ordinal numbers.

Homework highs!


Congratulations to everyone who carried out the weighing homework activity, making the piped dragon biscuits.  Those that were sent in to school were very tasty!  Also, well done to everyone who made a castle with a moving part.  They are all extremely impressive.  Have a look at the homework gallery below and decide which castle you would have liked to live in.

Spring Term 2

Mystical Mountains!


We have been learning about life in the Himalayas.  The children particularly enjoyed learning how to plan an expedition and finding out what challenges mountain explorers come across, from blood-sucking leeches to landslides.  Our fascination with the subject led to the children producing amazing Expedition Diaries up to seven pages long!  We hope that you enjoy reading some of the excerpts from our work.

Perfect Pancakes!


Tuesday 28th February saw Class 1 in a pancake frenzy.  Flour clouds were dusting our desks as we all enjoyed perfecting our measuring and weighing skills.  Having made the batter and tossed a few pancakes we continued with our measuring, using stop watches to time our pancake races. To finish off we prepared a tally chart to identify our favourite toppings.  Class 1 all agreed that we love pancake day!

3D Shape Investigation


When asked whether all 3D shapes have the same number of points as edges, Class 1 chose a practical approach to help them solve the question.  The children enjoyed making 3D shape 'skeletons' using straws and modelling dough.  Can you spot the square based pyramid and triangular prism?

Super Scientists


Science Day saw the whole school performing fun experiments.  Class 1 was no exception.  The children worked brilliantly in groups to investigate the quickest way to melt ice, thus enabling them to retrieve a trapped creature.  The children suggested their own ideas, including blowing the ice, using a hairdryer, rubbing with their hands and smashing with a hammer.  We proved that brute force easily won over hot air!  Spot the winning team below.



Spring Term 1

Incredible India

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Taj Mahal

Goldfinch class has been fascinated by the story of the building of the Taj Mahal.  As well as writing about the Taj Mahal, the children were inspired to produce fantastic artwork, including watercolour paintings, sculptures and models.

Spice and Saris Day

We have had a fantastic Indian experience today, learning Bollywood to Bhangra dance, Indian legends and all about Indian culture through the music and drama.  Can you spot Ganesh, Rama and Sita in the following pictures?


Goldfinch Class have really enjoyed working on their hockey skills this half term.  In particular, dribbling, passing, marking, blocking, shooting and working as a team.  They have really developed these skills well over the last 7 weeks.

Autumn Term 2

London's Burning! London's Burning!

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Goldfinch Class have produced some wonderful models and artwork to help deepen their understanding of what London was like in 1666 and the sequence of events during the Fire of London.  We have really enjoyed researching key facts and finding out about important historical figures from the time.  We particularly enjoyed identifying how the Fire of London, so long ago, led to changes in planning, design and architecture which can still be seen in London today.

Apple crafts and juice making trip!

Friendship Week!

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The children have really enjoyed celebrating Friendship Week, discussing the values associated with friendship, celebrating what friendship means to us in our families and at school.  We shared our thoughts on what a difference friendship makes in our lives and also focussed on the joy that developing friendships with people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries can bring.  Following our discussion we worked in groups, writing poems which helped us to describe what friendship feels like in Goldfinch Class!

Confidence with numbers!

Goldfinch Class - building confidence with numbers! We have had lots of fun using different maths equipment and models to both help us to recognise number patterns and support us when carrying out calculations.

Time to party!


Class 1 have really enjoyed the Christmas season.  We have studied the story of the birth of Jesus and brought it to life with our Christmas play.  Well done to everyone for playing their parts so well.  We ended the term with a well deserved Christmas celebration party.  Have a Happy Christmas holiday and Merry New Year Class 1!

Autumn Term 1

Pirates on Parade – Goldfinch Class Topic Day!


Each half term we organise our learning around a topic which the children can really get excited about.  It took a brave person to enter Goldfinch Class (Class 1) as we celebrated our topic work with ‘Pirate Day’.  The children came into school dressed in amazing costumes and ready for fun!


After hoisting the sails and walking the plank we settled down to the serious task of designing our own Jolly Roger flags and then painting the design onto a tile.  The children really worked hard to ensure they used the space on their tile effectively and the colourful results were fantastic.  Next, the children transformed a simple egg box into a magical treasure chest, ready to be filled with booty!  Later, they enjoyed following instructions, weighing out ingredients, making dough and baking some pirate hard tack biscuits!  The day was rounded off with an amazing pirate party.  We sang sea shanties and ate some amazing ‘pirate grub’, lovingly prepared by our wonderful Year 1 parents.  We voted on whether we liked our pirate hard tack biscuits and decided they are a bit like marmite, we either loved them or hated them! 

This is our fantastic pirate day!

Ship Ahoy!

Goldfinch Class really enjoyed designing junk model pirate ships.  The children thought about all the different parts of a boat and discussed what materials would be best to use.  Class 1 certainly managed to use a lot of glue and masking tape!  Afterwards, we thought about what we liked about our boats and what we could do to make sturdier models next time.

Making our junk models!

How many ways can you add?

In Goldfinch Class we have been thinking of lots of ways to add two numbers together.  We can use our fingers, count objects, draw and count objects, use a number line or even draw an 'empty number line' and count on to work out the answer.

We can think of different ways to count!

Fun with counting!

The children enjoyed taking part in a treasure hunt whilst completing their counting to ten activity!

2015 - 2016

Mask and Prop Day 2016

We had a great day to round off our Traditional Tales topic.  We wore masks and brought props from our focus books - The Three Little Pigs, Chicken Licken, The Little Red Hen, The Owl and the Pussycat and Aesop's fables.


Thank you to parents and carers for making the children look so wonderful - you are very creative!

Table Top Games Club

Children in Year 1 meet once a week  at lunchtime to play games and make puzzles. We call it 'Table Top Games Club' but we do use the floor quite a lot!

Here are a few pictures from our club this week.

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Hello and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas break.


The children have come back to school this week and have worked very hard. We have started our Traditional Stories topic with The Three Little Pigs and the children have been using the puppet show role play area to tell the story.


Spelling sheets and Homework books have gone home this week - please help your child with these. Do come and see me if you have any questions about them.


Please hear your child read their reading book for about 10 minutes each day and indicate that you have done this in the yellow reading record - thanks.


Just a reminder that library day is Tuesday - please return the book your child has borrowed and they can choose a new one. Also please send in P.E. kit if you haven't already.


We are looking forward to a great term!  

Here are a few photos to give a flavour of some of the activities we enjoyed in the Autumn Term.

“Loving and Learning”