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Term 2

Inspirational People

This term we will be looking at our topic 'Inspirational People' and focusing on the story of The Cloudspotter.

Each class will be looking more in depth at the person that has inspired their class name and thinking about what makes a person inspirational.


Neil Armstrong Timeline

06th December 2018


Today we looked at some of Neil Armstrong's key life events and created a timeline.


Neil Armstrong

04th December 2018


This week we are learning about Neil Armstrong!


From Outer Space!

29th November 2018


Today we blasted off into space and wrote postcards to our friends and families on Earth, to tell them all about our adventures. 

Here are a few examples of our fantastic writing!












28th November 2018


In preparation for our new inspirational person, we have began to learn about space.

We talked about the Mars InSight mission that has been in the news and why NASA has sent it there.

Here are some facts we discovered about the planet.


Aeroplane Show n Tell

28th November 2018


Year 1 had a very special visitor today who came in to show us one of his remote-control planes that he has hand built. He talked us through the different parts of the plane and explained how they each help the plane to fly. We learnt about the rudder, ailerons, elevators and the propeller.  A few children stood up and showed him pictures of their own aeroplane designs and many others got to ask questions about his plane.

We all practised a phrase which pilots would say before taking off on their flying adventure -

'Contact - Ignition - Chocks away!'


A massive thank you to Mrs Vaughan for organising.





Our First Geography Lesson

22nd November 2018


This afternoon we looked at the route which Amelia Earhart took on her 14 hour Transatlantic Flight.

The children labelled her departure and landing points and drew dots to show her journey. We discovered that Amelia Earhart's plane was nicknamed 'Old Bessie' and she preferred to set off on her journeys at dusk so she could land on unfamiliar land in daylight. 



Design a plane

2oth & 22nd November 2018


This week the children designed and labelled their own planes. They thought about what materials would be best for making the plane and then created them using paper, cardboard and tissue paper.

This morning we took our planes outside and tested which one would fly the furthest.






Then & Now

21st November 2018


Today the children looked at a selection of images relating to aeroplanes and they sorted them in two groups:

Then & Now

Lots of great discussions took place where the children were explaining their reasons for sorting the images as they did and talking about how these things have changed over time.


Amelia Earhart

19th November 2018



Today we had a visit from Amelia Earhart. She flew into our hall in her plane and told us all about herself.


We learnt that she was the first woman pilot to fly by herself across the Atlantic Ocean and then attempted to fly around the World with one of her friends. We discussed together about what we might need to take with us on an adventure such as; a map, a compass, food, water, binoculars and some clothes! We also shared some advice about flying, including what was important to think about before and making sure that we don’t crash into anything!


In our classroom we came up with lots of questions we still wanted to know. This included:

  1. What colour was the plane?
  2. How long did it take?
  3. Why did she wear goggles?
  4. How big was the plane?
  5. How big was the Atlantic Ocean?
  6. How high did she fly?

A Special Visitor

14th November 2018


Today we had a very special visitor in year 1. One of our lovely parents is a nurse and kindly came in to talk to the children about all of the inspiring work that doctors and nurses do to help make us better when we are poorly. 

She showed us 4 different styles of uniform that she has worn as a nurse, and even brought in some equipment for the children to have a practice with. They had great fun trying on gloves; bandaging each other up; and listening to each others heartbeat with the stethoscope. She answered lots of our questions and talked about how we can help keep ourselves healthy by exercising; eating and drinking well and especially lots of hand washing to get rid of germs.


A BIG thank you to Miss Morgan for organising this event!





The Cloudspotter

wk 12th November 2018


This week we introduced our story of the term, The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin.

We had lots of discussions around friendships and all agreed that having friends around us makes us feel happier. 

We wrote sentences to describe Franklin's personality, such as 'He is kind', 'He is creative', and 'He is strong.' The children also looked at the variety of different cloud formations and just like Franklin, we became 'cloudspotters' and created shapes in the clouds using our imagination. Here are a few examples of what we saw...





Ellie Simmonds

wk 29th October



This week we have been talking lots about Ellie Simmonds - the British Paralympian swimmer and have produced some fantastic fact files during our Big Write. Here are some of the facts we have found out about Ellie  ...


- She was born on the 11th September 1994 in Walsall, England

Ellie has a condition called Dwarfism and is 4ft tall

- Ellie has won 8 medals in the Paralympic Games

Term 1

Manor Through the Ages


This term we will be looking at our topic 'Manor Through the Ages' and focusing on the story of The Three Little Pigs. 

Each class is a different pigs house, Simmonds is the House of Sticks.


For our topic introduction, the children went on a hunt around the Year 1 classrooms to find clues of what had happened. 

They found:

  • Footprints in the hallway. 
  • Three pigs in different classrooms. 
  • The wolf hiding in the conservatory. 


Our 3 Houses

18th October


Here are some of the fantastic houses that the children designed and made in small groups. The children worked really well together; cooperating; listening to one another and sharing the resources. 

The children have selected 3 houses for our science investigation tomorrow, where we are going to test which one is the strongest and won't fall down when blown at with a hairdryer. 

What are your predictions?



Building Designers

wk 08th October


This week the children have been drawing out some building plans ready for our science investigation. They have been thinking about which material will make the strongest house and if the big bad Wolf will be able to blow it down. 





Special Delivery

10th October 2018



Last week we received a letter from none other than The Big Bad Wolf himself, asking for our help!

He had heard all about how much Simmonds Class have loved reading the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs and the tale with a twist, and wrote to us with a special task.

The Big Bad Wolf had been thinking about how unkind he had been with all of his 'huffing and puffing' and asked us to help him write an apology letter to the Three Little Pigs. 

Simmonds Class thought long and hard and had a big discussion and we all agreed that we could help to resolve this issue. Everyone wrote their own letter to say sorry and even invited the Three Little Pigs round for tea and cake. 

Beware of The Big, Bad Wolf!

28th September 2018


Once upon a time ...

21st September 2018


In our BIG write today, the children re-told the story of The Three Little Pigs through story mapping.

Story mapping is a great way of visually telling a story and allows the children to re-tell the main events, characters and phrases in their own words. Here are a couple of examples; one an independent piece of writing and the other supported by a teacher.