Welcome to Year 1 - Bumble Bee class
Our Class Teacher is Alison.
We enjoy working with our children, families and the local community to give the children many exciting learning opportunities throughout their year in Year 1.
In Year 1 we build on the foundations of the Reception year, following the National Curriculum. To find out more about the Year 1 curriculum visit our National Curriculum page
Keep a look out for photographs, work and exciting events that take place in Bumble Bee class!
Our Reception Year
Summer 2 - Under the sea
We have loved finding out about all of the creatures that live under the sea and creating our own models and art using a range of different medias. We have enjoyed playing in our role play area which has been a pirate ship, an island, an undersea cave, an aquarium and researching and creating our own submarine. In literacy, we have read poems from ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ and we performed our own poems that we have written about under the sea creatures.
This term Bumble bees have enjoyed listening to and learning the story ‘Billy’s bucket’. They have enjoyed planning, designing and creating their own imaginary worlds inside their buckets.
Summer 1 - What a wonderful world!
During the Summer term Bumblebees have been learning about our wonderful world. We have been on adventures to different parts of our world and explored their features, animals that live there and how they are formed. We have learnt about volcanoes, rivers, lakes, caves, oceans, islands, mountains, the desert and polar regions. We have also explored art from around the world and made our own representations of it and the features of our world. We have discussed how all of these parts of our world make it special and how some parts of it are at risk of disappearing forever. Bumblebees have actively thought about how we can look after and protect these places, we took part in walk to school week to lower our carbon footprint on the world and learned about how this would help our air to be cleaner, sea levels to stop rising and the polar regions to stop melting.
We had an exciting delivery to Bumble Bee class…a suit case and a new book! Our new book was Meerkat Mail. We also had a letter with the delivery from Sunny the meerkat, he asked us to help him pack his suitcase for his adventure. We wrote Sunny a list of all the things he should take with him. We then went on an adventure with Sunny around the world, we wrote postcards to our family as Sunny and also wrote letters to Sunny from his family. We found out that the perfect place for Sunny to live was right where he was at the beginning…with his family! We thought his family would be very happy to have him home so we decided to make welcome home party invitations to send to people to come to Sunny’s welcome home party.
Walking through the jungle!
Bumble Bees enjoyed going on an adventure into the jungle though the book ‘Walking through the jungle’. We listened carefully, joined in with the book and looked around the jungle (in our classroom) to see which animals we could find. We enjoyed retelling and writing the story, adding in our own adjectives to describe the animals that we saw.
Spring 2 - Minibeast Adventure!
At the start of term, Bumble Bee class had an exciting delivery of caterpillars. Over the weeks they watched them grow and grow and GROW…until they formed their chrysalis. After waiting patiently, the children were very excited to find that they now had 5 butterflies! The children wanted to take care of them and decided it would be kind and respectful to release them so that they could find flowers in their own natural habitat.
Bath Bee Keepers
Helen and Phillip from Bath Bee Keepers visited Bumble Bee class to show the children a bee hive. The children had chance to explore the bee hives and found out about how bees collect pollen to make honey. They tasted honey and ate honey biscuits and had chance to try on a bee keeper outfit. Thank you to Helen and Phillip for an interesting and exciting session!
Bath City Farm visit
Bumble Bee class travelled on the public bus to Bath City Farm where they had 2 workshops with the staff there. The children helped Mike, the farmer, to feed all of the farm animals including the chickens and goats. Then they had a bug hunt workshop to find different minibeast in a range of habitats. After having a picnic the children enjoyed exploring the park area.
Spring 1 - Busy Wheels
This week Bumble Bee class have been writing recounts of their visit to Somerdale ET. Look at some of their amazing writing:
Somerdale Educate Together visit
Bumble Bee class had an exciting adventure to Somerdale Educate Together. They travelled on the public bus and then by train to Keynsham where Somerdale ET met us. Bumble Bee’s loved working with their new friends at Somerdale ET and enjoyed sharing dinner with them.
Naughty Bus adventures
We have been reading ‘The Naughty Bus’. Our naughty bus has been on many adventures. We took our naughty bus to meet Somerdale Educate Together’s naught bus…look what fun they had!
Naughty Bus writing
Bumble Bee class have loved writing about ‘The Naughty Bus’. They are trying hard to use their phonics to help them sound out and write words.
Autumn 2 - Food, Glorious Food!
Bumble Bee class had such fun making Christmas decorations with Tula.
Making bird feeders
Bumble Bee class were thinking about how they could take care of the animals within our environment. They thought about the birds and how now winter is coming we need to look after them and care for them. The children decided that they would like to make bird feeders which they then took out into our school environment to feed the birds.
This week our class book is Supertato. We have lots of activities in our classroom linked to the book and have been writing labels for our own supertato’s. Some of us have created our own comic strips.
A trip to Pizza Express
Bumble Bee class went to Pizza Express as part of their food topic. They kneaded their own dough for the base before topping it with tomato sauce and cheese. They got to take the pizzas home for dinner…delicious! Thank you for a fantastic morning Pizza Express!
Babyccinos at the HUB cafe
For our treat for getting more than 150 dojo points, we went to The HUB for Babyccinos. We can’t wait for our next visit!
Music - playing the Cello
In our music lessons we have been learning to read music notes. This week, Lucie and Ian brought in a cello for us to have a go at playing.
Autumn 1 - I like me, I like you!
Bumble Bee class have enjoyed doing mindfulness and yoga this term. They enjoyed reading Autumn Adventure to get into different yoga positions, focussing on their breathing.
Bumble Bee class learnt about germs and how they spread. They thought about the importance of washing their hands after going to the toilet, sneezing, touching animals and before eating. The children then had a special cream put on their hands before washing them to get rid of all of the germs. After they put their hands in a special box to see if they had washed all of the germs away.
Bumble Bee class have been working extremely hard in class and have been showing our values to collect dojo points. As their reward for getting more dojo points than their class target, they enjoyed playing parachute games.
We have been focussing on the story of Elmer. Our classroom has been very colourful with lots of different activities. We have been retelling the story of Elmer using our class story map and have been investigating colour mixing. We are thinking about how Elmer is the same and how he is different to the other elephants; we are then starting to think about how we are similar and different to each other.
The sun was shining at lunchtime, Bumble Bee class noticed our shadows. We investigated making different shapes and movements with them before trying to run away. Our shadows followed us everywhere! We decided to draw around our shadows and will go back throughout the afternoon to see if our shadows have changed at all.