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Burrsville Infant Academy

Create a Joy in Learning For Every Child

Welcome to Year 1

Christmas Fun!

We finished the term with a lovely Christmas dinner in our brand new kitchen and had a great time watching Snow White for the Christmas pantomime at the Princes Theatre. 

Fab Finish

We have had a very busy and fun half-term learning all about the Great Fire of London. During this topic we have learnt lots of facts, wrote character descriptions, described settings, described feelings, learnt about addition and subtraction and also learnt about the equator.

We had a very exciting fab finish. We had a Great Fire of London day and had to plan and design and make our own houses for London. We also had some very special visitors! Clacton’s fire brigade came to the school and told us all about their jobs. We also got the chance to go inside the fire engine and use their fire hose.


The most exciting part of the visit was that one of the Firemen was called Fireman Sam! 

During our 'Fab finish' we also learnt how to write with a quill and ink! Some of us found it really tricky to write with a feather and some of us managed to write a diary entry just like Samuel Pepys!

As part of our English lesson, we were showing freeze frames of what the people may have been doing during the Great Fire of London. Some of us were throwing water on the fire, some of us were running away and we were even able to write in our dairies about the event. We also thought about how we might have felt, and we showed our feelings in our freeze frames. Here are some of ideas:

  • Disappointed
  • Sad
  • Shocked 
  • Unhappy 

Science - Autumn hunt!

 A cold, wet and autumnal hunt! We went on a hunt today to see what we could find. We found footprints, leaves, conkers and pine cones. We took some of these objects back to class and discussed if we would find them in any other season.

Numbers, numbers, numbers...

 In Maths we have been looking closely at our numbers and making them in various ways. We have used numicon, cubes, pencils, glue sticks and even teddy bears! We used our understanding of number to then show our number bonds to 10 and to 20. As well as number bonds, we have been learning how to add and subtract.

Sparkling start.

We were lucky enough in Year 1 to have 3 visits from real life superheroes; we had a Fireman named Chris, 2 Policemen named Robbie Dale and a Paramedic named Ad. The children spent their English lesson before writing questions that they would like to ask a Superhero, and the very next day.. Look who appeared! 

Some of the questions we asked were:

How long is the hose?

How fast do you have to run? 

Why does the fire alarm ring so loud?

Do you arrest bad people?

How many house have you been to put out a fire?

Who do you work for?

How many police cars are there?

How big are the prisons?

Our first topic this year is Superheroes in the Big City!

During this topic we will learn how to write an adventure story with character descriptions, learn all about our numbers to 20, identify the seasonal changes that happen through the year and after half term we will be learning all about The Great Fire of London.

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Autumn Term 2019

 Please find below our curriculum map, so you can see what we are up to through the year.