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 2023

We have had a very exciting half term and learnt lots of new skills.



Our first topics were ‘Ourselves and other Animals’.

We had great fun experimenting with our senses to find out if we could identify something using only one sense at a time.


We looked at the similarities and differences between a wide range of animals and learnt about the characteristics of different groups.

We then used this knowledge to sort animals.




We were very excited when Zoo Lab visited bringing lots of animals for us to see.

This included a frog, a snake and a giant hissing cockroach!




Toys and Materials

Our next topic was all about toys and the different materials they are made from.
We found out the properties of different materials and thought of adjectives to describe them. Then we sorted materials according to different criteria.

Making a Waterproof Coat

As part of our topic on materials we were given the challenge of making a coat to keep a teddy dry.

First we had to test different materials and then decide which would be best for the coat.

Then we worked together like the Together Twins and made, tested and evaluated the coat


The Three Little Pigs

The children really enjoyed watching the adults act out the story of The Three Little Pigs.

Then it was their turn! They enjoyed taking turns being all the characters, especially huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf!

We all created our own wolves and wrote about them.


Journey to the Moon

We were all very excited to learn about the space explorer Neil Armstrong.

We wrote questions for him and found out lots of information.

We also tried to move like an astronaut, which was very tricky.

In DT we found out about how to join materials in different ways. We then used these skills to make our own rockets.





Christmas Technology

In December, we learned lots of strategies of making a mechanism that can move.

We then used our skills to make a range of Christmas-related pictures.

We were amazed of what we achieved!

We also had our Christmas performances

We had great fun at our Christmas Party!


And finally a big thank you to all the parents who came to Santa's workshops