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 2017


English Poems

During the autumn term we had fun listening to and reading a range of poems. The children then wrote a poem about themselves which they read to a partner and then recited in front of the class.




Our science topic looked at the differences and similarities between a wide range of animals. The children learned about classification and we had a special visit from Ranger Heather who brought in lots of animals for the children to hold!




Art Week

The children were really enthusiastic learning about Pablo Picasso during art week. They used a variety of media to create their own pictures in the style of Picasso.






We have been doing lots of fantastic learning in maths. The children have been brilliant at explaining their reasoning and talking in full sentences.





Everybody loved learning about explorers, including the grown-ups! We compared Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, thinking about the different equipment they used. We made clay models of Saturn V and The Santa Maria which we carefully painted.


Santa's Workshop

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 2018

Circus Skills Week
Another busy term in Year one! It started with another fantastic Circus week with Circus Steve and his Shooting Stars Circus. The children have been able to improve on previous skills and learn some new ones. Much fun was had by all in the Devonshire Circus to parents!

The Three Little Pigs

During the spring term we had learning the story of the three little pigs. The children thought about what happened to the wolf after the story ends and wrote their own story about the wolf.

Our science topic looked at the properties of different materials. The children were set the challenge of making a waterproof coat for the class teddies. They tested different materials before choosing which one had the most suitable properties. They then worked in a group to design, test and evaluate the coat.

Andy Goldsworthy Art Week
The children were really enthusiastic learning about Andy Goldsworthy during art week.They used a variety of natural resources to create their own sculptures in the style of Goldsworthy.

We have been doing lots of fantastic learning in maths. The children have been brilliant at explaining their reasoning and talking in full sentences.


Everybody loved learning about castles and the people who lived in them. We started our topic as spies, spying on a rival Queen’s castle. We then explored the pyramid of power in a castle and found out about different jobs before choosing our favourite and applying for it.
We also went on to make and design our own castles.


Lego Workshop
As part of their Geography and DT lessons the children had a visit from the Lego workshop for a town planning experience.


Sport Relief

Everyone had great fun on Friday 23rd March when the whole school walked a mile in support of Sport Relief.

We have raised over £600 so far!


Summer 2018

Fruit Salads

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!

Manor Farm

In History we have been exploring life in the past. 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 had fun turning the clocks back a hundred years to find out what life was like for children at home and school.
We all agreed that life is a lot easier now than it was then.


This term’s art week used LS Lowry’s paintings for our inspiration. We got very creative working in groups to print and paint our own Lowry style pictures. We also had a go at weaving using fabric which was tricky to start off with but we persevered and produced some fantastic patterns.


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 African and Indian drumming sessions were really exciting. We also loved trying Chinese fan dancing and printing!


We really enjoyed listening to and reading lots of different poetry. We then wrote our own poems about the rain which we read to the class. Some of us read our poems out during our class assemblies.

Sports Day

At the beginning of July was Sports Day. We all split up into coloured teams and then enjoyed a variety of activities.! A big thank you to all of the parents who came to cheer us on and support us.