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Welcome toRyedene Primary and Nursery SchoolGrowing Together to Succeed



  We love science!


As part of our theme work, we investigated seeds.  We had tables with seeds for cooking (we crushed and smelled them); matched the seeds to the fruit; used magnifying glasses to look at seeds in more detail; explored non-fiction on plants from the library and drew observational drawings of seeds and the fruit that they became.  Finally, we watched a video on how to plant cress seeds and then planted our own!  We now have 'cress watch' in the classroom, where we record how they grow.  Well done, Pine Class!




Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!

Spring 2


This half-term will be an exciting one!


Maths - We are looking at numbers to 50; tens and ones; counting in 2s and 5s and looking at height, length, weight and capacity.


English -  We will be exploring the book 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle.  We will also be looking at postcards (non-fiction).


RE - Special symbols and objects personal to us and those in the Christian, Jewish and Buddhist faiths.


Art - We will be working with Mrs. Andersen in the art studio each week.  Our artist study is Vincent Van Gogh.


Science - Plants is our topic this term. We will be looking at wild and garden flowers, parts of a plant, deciduous and evergreen trees.


Geography - We will be exploring the weather and seasons.


Keep looking for new updated pictures!

Self Isolation Work


Should there be a need for your child to self isolate, this page will be regularly updated with work to complete at home.

From now until the end of the term, your child can be practising these skills at home:


  • Number formation
  • Letter formation (capitals and lower case)
  • Knowing the days of the week in order and being able to write these
  • Practise reading and spelling all the Year 1 Common Exception words
  • Being able to recognise and write numbers to 20
  • Addition and subtraction work within 10
  • Instant recall of number bonds to 10


All English and Maths worksheets are now on Google Classroom.


 I am looking forward to seeing all their work when they return to school!  Any problems please contact the office and I will do my best to help you.


Best wishes


Mrs. Peacock and Miss. Sweetland.

NSPCC Number Day


Today we participated in the NSPCC Number Day.  We took part in many activities - practising number songs with the Glockenspiel in Music, played number games in PE, read books around the theme of numbers and played number games such as snakes and ladders!  It was a really fun day and we all looked great in our number related outfits!

Number activities!

Children In Need


Pine class had a fabulous day celebrating Children In Need and raising money for the charity.  We discussed what Children In Need was for and looked at ways people were raising money across the country and which charities would benefit.  Year 1 and Year 2 teachers took turns with each class and delivered fun sessions for the children.  Miss Marks made kindness bookmarks with the children; Mrs. McNamara delivered some dance sessions in the hall (see pictures below); Mr. Noakes held music sessions and Mrs. Peacock ran Children in Need bingo!

Well done to all the children for dressing up and joining in!

Dance with Mrs. McNamara!

Talk 4 Write - The Three Little Pigs


We spent some time exploring ‘The Three Little Pigs’ by using some of the imitation games as part of our Talk 4 Write.

On Tuesday, we took a character from the book and role played a telephone conversation in pairs.  It was great fun and we could show our understanding of the sequence of events in the text.

On Wednesday, we split into pairs and pretended that one person was a police officer and the other was the wolf.  We interviewed each other and were able to show our ability to retrieve information from the text.

The Three Little Pigs Role Play

Autumn 2


In Autumn 2 we will be continuing the theme of 'Materials'.  We will be exploring stretching and flexibility and whether a material is waterproof or not, amongst other experiments.  The children learn through experimenting and enjoy predicting the results!

In Geography, we are looking at 'Where We Live'.  We are looking at the UK and the countries and capital cities within it.  We will look closely at our local area and human and physical features of the area.  At the end of the unit, we will be taking a walk around the local area to look at the features and create a simple map.

In English, we are looking at Traditional Tales.  First, we are looking at 'The Three Little Pigs'.  Later in the term, we will be looking at letters in 'The Jolly Postman'.  This is in preparation for sending a letter to Father Christmas!

In RE, we will be looking at the Sikh religion and the Christmas Story.

In DT, we are designing and making a piece of playground equipment.

In PSHE, we are looking at friendship, families and who we can turn to to help.

In Maths, we are exploring subtraction.

We will update with more pictures over the course of the term.

Toy Museum Visit


In October, we visited the Toy Museum at Mountfitchet castle.  We were able to see toys from the past and completed a quiz whilst we were there.  Getting on a coach for a school trip for the first time was definitely a highlight!  Unfortunately, the chickens and peacocks were very interested in our packed lunches!  As ever, the children represented Ryedene Primary School well with their enthusiasm and fabulous behaviour! We hope that you enjoy the pictures.

Toy Museum Visit

DT Day - Making a Puppet

Today we had a Design and Technology day.  First, we designed our puppets on paper.  We had to think how we could add features.  Which materials could we use?  Then we cut the felt to make the shapes we needed.  We joined the two main pieces of felt using glue and then added our features. 

We then evaluated our work.  The glue was not strong enough, so we decided to use staples to join the fabric, as this was stronger.  We were very pleased with our results and were eager to take our work home!


Puppet Making

Collaborative Maths 


Today we had a collaborative Maths lesson.  Each learning table was given a number and we had to show how we could represent that number using part whole models, numicon, number sentences and anything else we could think of.  Well done, Pine class!

Collaborative Maths

Archie and Dolcie - Eco Warriors!

Eco Warriors!


Congratulations to our Eco Warriors - Dolcie Loveday and Archie Ferrari - who were voted for by their classmates!  Here is a picture of them with their new badges and tabards.  Dolcie and Archie are already busy inspecting the playground for rubbish at break and lunch!  They will be keeping Pine Class updated with the latest news from their meetings.  Well done, Dolcie and Archie!

School Council


Congratulations To Ema and Ethan - our school council representatives - as voted for by their classmates!  At the moment, Ema and Ethan are finding out what ideas Pine Class have to raise funds for breakfast club resources.  They will take ideas back to the next meeting.  Well done, Ema and Ethan!

School Council Representatives - Ema and Ethan.

Welcome to Year One!


Pine Class have had a fantastic start to Year 1.

Here are some highlights from the first half term.