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.



During the Spring term we enjoyed our topic on ‘Pirates’. We learned what it was like to be a pirate and wrote some poems using noun phrases. We all dressed up and visited ‘The Warrior’ where we had different activities to do, which included walking the plank! It was really great fun!

The Warrior and Action Stations

The Three Little Pigs

We learnt the story of The Three Little Pigs. We acted it out and then wrote the story using the Year 1 writing skills we had learnt.

Circus Week

Circus week was great fun! We learnt how to spin a plate, juggle scarves, and walk on stilts. We all enjoyed performing to an audience.



We have loved learning about castles. We found out lots of interesting facts and used our writing skills to make our own booklets.

In Art and Design we learnt different techniques for making and joining different parts of a castle.

We then used these to create our own castles from junk. They were really good!


Autumn Term 2019



During the Autumn term the children have learnt lots of new skills. They have had the opportunity to write for different purposes and produced some excellent results. In particular the children really enjoyed making their own non fiction books.




Our science topic looked at the similarities and differences between a wide range of animals. The children learned about classification and Zoo Lab visited bringing in lots of animals for the children to hold!





We also learnt about the properties of different materials and had the opportunity to investigate these by making a coat for a teddy which needed to be waterproof.





We all really enjoyed learning about the explorer, Ernest Shackleton! The children had the opportunity to explore Antarctica and enjoyed acting out the story. They even got to meet the great explorer.

Southsea Explorers

We had great fun walking round Southsea dressed as explorers and finding out about the human and physical features of the local area. We also used atlases and Google Maps to find out more.




Art Week

We really enjoyed learning about the ‘Pop Art’ style during Art week with a focus on Andy Warhol. We created our own pictures in this style using a variety of bright colours..




We learnt all about making a Christingle and its meaning for Christians. We also had fun taking part in the Christmas play ‘Angel Express’




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.