The Hedgehogs












The Squirrels



Welcome to year one’s page 



To support our children’s transition to year 1 from reception, the first few weeks of the autumn term are structured in a similar way to the days in yr R. As the children become more confident we move to a more structured day.

All children at Devonshire are encouraged to read regularly at home and they can change their reading books daily. Book boxes are out on the tables during ‘Good Morning’ time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for children to choose a new book and share a book with a parent or friend.

PE days for both Squirrels & Hedgehogs are Monday and Wednesdays. Their kit will be sent home half termly and always need to be returned to school on the first Monday after a holiday.
We aim to make learning as much fun as possible for our pupils and cover interesting topics such as dinosaurs and pirates during the year. This really encourages the children to engage fully with their learning.

Here you will find information about the topics we have covered over the year and the trips and events that we have undertaken.Take a look at what we have been learning about and enjoy viewing the photos of our trips and events.




Autumn Term 2016

  During the autumn term one of our main focuses was animals. In literacy we worked with the lovely, lyrical book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” written by Bill Martin Jnr. The children had great fun learning to retell the story with actions, which they did in class and in drama.  



Our science topic looked at differences and similarities between a wide range of animals They concentrated on different body parts and how they move The children loved finding out about mammals, amphibians and reptiles. 





The children had the most fantastic fun finding out about Pablo Picasso during art week. They used a variety of media to create their own pictures in the style of Picasso..





During one of the topics in maths we visited 10 Land on a magic carpet! The children received a letter from 10 land asking for help to rebuild their trees. The challenge was that each tree had to be made up of ten branches. This was a fun way to support the children’s understanding of tens and ones.



A big thank you to all those parents who joined us for Santa's Workshop. They were well attended and both adults and children seemed to have lots of fun.






Spring Term 2017

The Three Little Pigs

In Literacy our Talk for Writing story was the Three Little Pigs.  We had great fun learning our own version of the story, along with the accompanying actions. Both classes also learned a great, fun song called, The Little Pigs Jive, which some of them were able to perform at the Music Festival.





Carrying on from our Three Little Pigs story we had a visit from the Lego Town Planners workshop. The children thought this was a fantastic way to spend a day, learning how to build a strong structure that couldn’t be blown down by a passing wolf! We had to follow lots of instructions very carefully to build our houses. Once our buildings were completed we put them together to create a Lego Town.  Look at our photos. Can you work out what type of buildings we have in our towns?





In science we have been thinking about materials. As well as learning the difference between an object and the material it is made of, the children investigated which material would be best to make a waterproof coat for Teddy and Squirrel. The children enjoyed working as a group to make and test the coat.




In our Art week we studied the works of L.S. Lowry.  We linked the topic to history by talking about life in the factories and cotton mills in the 1900s. We discovered that young children worked in mills helping to weave cloth. The children then had a go at weaving. They also worked on a collaborative art project to create a town landscape in Lowry’s style. 


Jack and the Beanstalk

In the second half of the term we moved on to finding out about Jack and the Beanstalk. At first we believed the story, believing that the giant was a bit of a baddie. However, we received a letter from him explaining that Jack had lied all along and the giant turned out to be lovely. The children wrote a newspaper article to tell everyone the truth.

We also grew our own beanstalks. Unfortunately, none of the beans were magic so we never got to meet the giant but it was still very exciting to watch the plants grow their roots and stems.


Puzzle Mornings

Finally a big thank you to all those parents who joined us for our Puzzle mornings. They were well attended and both adults and children seemed to have lots of fun.


Summer Term 2017

Handa's Surprise

In English we have been learning about the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We discussed where in the world we thought this story was set, thinking about the differences to living in England.


In DT we designed and made our own salads. The children though about how they could improve their salads next time but they thoroughly enjoyed eating them!





 In History we have been exploring castles. We visited Southsea Castle and learned about the different parts of a castle by being spies for a king.


We investigated the different jobs in a castle and thought about which ones we would like to do. We then applied for a job in the castle. We used everything we had learned about castles to work in a small group to design and make our own castle.

Andy Goldsworthy

This term’s art week used Andy Goldsworthy sculptures for our inspiration. We got very creative and made some interesting patterns with all kinds of natural objects. 

Take a look at our photos below.



Sometimes we worked as a group but we also worked on our own.


We had fun turning the clocks back a hundred years to find out what life was like for children at home and school.

Manor Farm

Our visit to Manor Farm was a fantastic day. The children enjoyed themselves enormously and had great fun with the hands-on learning that they experienced.

We really liked playing with the Victorian style toys but we have a lot more toys to choose from these days.

We all agreed that life is a lot easier now than it was then.

Creative Arts Week

Creative arts week was a huge success. The children had the chance to explore a range of music and art from different culture. The Brazilian and Chinese drumming sessions were are real favourite.

We also loved trying Bollywood dancing!


Sports Day

At the beginning of July was Sports Day, luckily it didn’t rain! We all split up into coloured teams and then enjoyed a variety of activities such as hurdles, dribbling the football, scoring goals, trike racing and egg and spoon races! A big thank you to all of the parents who came to cheer us on and support us