Welcome to the Unit 1 web page 2018/19
Here you will find copies of our newsletters and dates for your diaries! We also hope you enjoy looking at what the children have been learning about.
On Monday 11th June we were very lucky to have Claire Howard-Manser visiting us to tell us all about life under the sea! Claire used to work as a Marine Biologist and she inspired us with all her knowledge about the discoveries under the sea! We learnt so much and now we can't wait to visit the beach next week to see what we can find!
Unit 1 had the most amazing story time with Author, Clare Helen Welsh. She shared her new book "How Rude!" It was a fantastic story and the children loved being a part of the storytelling experience. The children followed up the story time by making their own duck puppet from the story and we used them to discuss good manners in our circle time. Thank you Clare!
The Year 1 Dance Festival was held at Blackpool again this year and was a huge success. The Year 1 children of Blackpool performed brilliantly , showcasing their Caveman dance. All the year 1 children worked together to perform their experience as a caveman. They were also superb hosts towards the other local schools that joined us.
To develop our knowledge about the Stone Age this term, Unit 1 went to Kents Cavern. Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain's best showcaves! We visited a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools and hunting Ice Age animals. As we walked through the extensive labyrinth of caverns, we were surrounded by 400 million year old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. It was an amazing day, thank you very much Kents Cavern for your expert knowledge!
Penny Little Author Visit - We were very lucky to be celebrating World Book Day with Penny Little. We shared her stories, ideas and inspiration to create our very own class book based on "The Biggest Hole in the World." We were authors! Take a look at what we got up to and our amazing World Book Day costumes.
Spring Term - From Dinosaurs to Stone Age.
Spring Term Newsletter
On Thursday 6th December, Unit 1 went to Plymouth Theatre Royal to watch David Walliams, Awful Auntie. We all loved the show and the whole theatre experience. Thanks again to FABS who supported this trip as our Christmas treat!
Unit 1's Christmas Craft Morning was a huge success! We created lots of Christmas decorations to decorate the classrooms and we decorated our Christmas Tree with our Christmas memories. A huge thanks to the parents and carers that came into school to help us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
On Tuesday 16th October, Unit 1 spent the day at Westpoint in Exeter, attending the annual Farm Wise event, organised by Devon County Council. Farm Wise is a fun event for children to find out more about farming in Devon, whilst learning about where their food comes from and well as a place where they can touch, feel and even smell how a farm works. Take a look at what we experienced!
A big well done to all of the children in Unit 1, who took part in the Harvest Assembly. Everyone performed wonderfully and sang beautifully. Thank you to all the parents who attended and to all of you that brought in food donations. The following day, Mrs Humphries and Miss Warren along with some of the children from the ethos committee braved the atrocious weather to distribute food parcels to elderly members of our community. We have since received several thank you cards expressing their gratitude.
Last term, Devon Norse entered our school into a competition run by Quorn and we are delighted to tell you that we won! On Monday 1st October a representative from Quorn came into our school and ran two healthy eating sessions with children from Unit 1. She cooked several different dishes with the children using Quorn products, including a delicious curry and scrumptious stir fry. The children got to sample their creations and all thought they were delicious! At lunchtime she presented the school with their prize of £500 Love2Shop vouchers and the school council members are currently discussing how these will be spent.
On Friday 28th September we welcomed Paralympic athlete, David Hill to our school, to lead a sponsored fitness circuit. All the children had a fantastic time and we are currently busy counting all the sponsorship money they have raised. The monies will be divided between our school (60%) and supporting GB athletes (40%) and we plan on purchasing lots of new sporting equipment for all the children to use. Unit 1 had lots of fun and were very tired!
This term we have an exciting opportunity to involve all the Unit 1 children in a tennis programme at Bovey Tracey Lawn Tennis Club. The aim of this programme is to enhance your child’s tennis skills with three focused training sessions. These sessions will be delivered by Ryan Bougourd, a tennis coach from the club. The first group have completed their sessions, here are some pictures showing the skills they have learnt and the fun they had!
Unit 1 minutes
Autumn Term 1 2018 Newsletter
Unit 1 MTP
Unit 1 had a busy time during Multicultural Week! This year we travelled to Australia. The children enjoyed many activities and crafts. This included a didgeridoo workshop, making boomerangs, painting stones with aboriginal dot designs and recreating ‘The Rainbow Bird’ from a traditional Australian story. The children had a fantastic week and learnt many amazing facts about Australia. Please also take a look at our display in the corridor by the entrance to unit one and our fantastic mobile hanging in our unit 1 corridor outside Whittle class.
On Wednesday 2nd May Unit 1 had a fun filled day at Paignton Zoo. The children had a talk about ‘Remarkable Rainforests’ where they learnt all about the different animals that live there and the various layers that the rainforests are comprised of. We saw lots of different animals and even touched a gorillas skull!
Unit 1 Newsletter Summer 2018
Unit 1 Newsletter Spring 2018
Christmas Craft Morning
On Monday 11th December unit 1 had their annual Christmas Craft morning. The unit was buzzing with various craft activities accompanied by some festive music! A big thank you to all who were able to attend and for your help with all the craft activities.
Unit 1’s Nativity - ‘Christmas with the Aliens’
On Friday 8th December unit 1 performed their Nativity to two packed audiences. Christmas with the Aliens is a story about a spaceship that crash lands on earth in a school at Christmas. It is here the alien visitors watch the school's Christmas Nativity and learn all about the first Christmas on earth. The children looked amazing in their costumes and performed brilliantly! An excellent show with a fabulous festive feeling!
Year 1 and 2 Football Tournament
On Thursday 12th October twelve Year 1 and 2 children took part in a friendly football tournament at Stover. The children participated in four matches against different schools and had the opportunity to play in different positions. All children played extremely well and had a great afternoon.
On Thursday 5th October Unit 1 performed their Harvest Assembly. They sang their hearts out to classic favourites, and the Unit’s new favourite - ‘Let It Grow’, to the well-known film tune ‘Let It Go’! Thank you to everyone who came to watch and for all your support with costumes and helping the children to learn their lines.
Whittle class performed a Harvest Samba and a poem, Faraday class told the story of ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ and Brunel class performed ‘Maximus the Harvest Mouse’. The children had a fantastic time and enjoyed performing to family and friends. We hope you enjoyed the display of fantastic artwork in the hall as well as the performance.
A big thank you to everyone across the school for the generous food donations, which were distributed within the local community by the children from the Ethos committee, and to T.H.A.T foodbank.
Unit 1 Newsletter September 2017 - Castles and Knights
Unit 1 2016/2017
Summer Term - Hunter Gatherers
Spring Term - Food and Farming
Warburton’s came to visit Whittle and Faraday classes to talk about where our food comes from and to give children the opportunity to try a range of different foods. As you can see the children had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about their food, Year 2 children look forward to their talk in the Summer term.
This term all classes in Unit 1 have had the opportunity to go to Fowlescombe Farm, the children learnt about the routines on a typical farm and were able to see lots of different animals. A big thank you to Fowlescombe farm and to all our parent helpers that kindly came with us.
On Thursday 23rd March Blackpool Primary school hosted the Year 1 sharing festival, schools from the loca area came together to perform a dance inspired by their topic. Whittle and Faraday did a brilliant job performing in front of a large audience, thank you to South Dartmoor for organising a great morning.
Home Farm wrote a letter to the children of Unit 1 asking for ‘Farm to Fork’ themed pieces of art work as part of a competition. The children produced high quality pieces and thoroughly enjoyed taking part, a big thank you to Home Farm for the certificates and winners prizes.
On Thursday 2nd March the whole school dressed up as their favourite book character in celebration of World Book Day. Across the school classes came together to share a love of reading, all the costumes were amazing and the children had a fantastic day.
Brunel Class Assembly 17.2.17
Medium term planning and Spring Newsletter
Autumn Term - Roald Dahl
Children of the World 2016 Nativity
On Friday 9th December children in Unit 1 performed this year’s Nativity of Children of the World to their families; they put on two performances and did a fantastic job. Thank you for the time and effort put into the children’s costumes as well as a to our team of LSA’s who helped with refreshments and props.
On Friday 2nd December Unit 1 invited parents to come in to join in with some Christmas Craft activities, the morning was a huge success. A big thank you to all adults who were able to attend and for your help with all the art work.
Unit 1 Air Ambulance Talk
On Monday 21st November Ruth from the Devon Air Ambulance came in to talk to Unit 1 about the work they do in the South West. The children learnt about the equipment they use, ways to fundraise and how to stay safe when outside- a big thank you to the Air Ambulance service for coming to chat to us and for teaching us lots of interesting facts.
Year 2 went to Farmwise at Westpoint in Exeter, looking at different aspects of food and farming.
This year Unit 1 performed their Bumper Harvest, thank you to everyone that came to watch and for all your support with costumes and props. Whittle class performed a Harvest Poem with musical instruments, Faraday class told the story of the Little Red Hen, Bell class performed the Enormous Turnip and Brunel class performed The Gingerbread Man – the children had a fantastic time and enjoyed learning the songs and words in their classes. We hope you enjoyed the display of fantastic artwork in the hall as well as the performance … and of course the children’s homemade gingerbread men!
A big thank you to everyone across the school for the generous food donations that were distributed within the local community and to T.H.A.T foodbank.
A big thank you to all who helped create the children's fantastic Roald Dahl Day costumes, we hope they enjoyed dressing up and taking part in lots of creative Roald Dahl activities.
Unit 1 welcome meeting minutes
Thank you to everyone who attended our Unit 1 parent welcome meeting, please find attached the minutes to this meeting including parent questions that were asked. A copy of the meeting minutes will also be placed in the unit corridor on our notice board, if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or unit leader.
Medium Term Planning and Newsletters
Year One had a fantastic trip to Stover Country Park, where we learnt about habitats, food chains and local wildlife. Luckily for us the weather held off and we enjoyed a lovely walk around the lake where our guide Rob taught us about the flora and fauna along the trail. We played food chain and web games where we learnt how important each level of the food chain is to the next.
Rainforest Medium Term Planning
Unit 1 Summer Newsletter
On Tuesday 22nd March 2016 children in Unit 1 took part in an Astronaut Training Day. The children had the opportunity to carry out activities aimed to improve their team building, perseverance, fine motor, gross motor and hand-eye coordination skills. Thank you for all the time and effort put into the children's costumes, they all looked fantastic and contributed to the wonderful day we had. The children's behaviour and effort was brilliant throughout the day and as a result all children gained their Astronaut Passport ... well done Unit 1!
Year One Dance Festival 2016
This year, the Year One children went to Buckfastleigh Primary School to take part in a Dance Festival with other local schools. Both Whittle Class and Faraday Class learnt and performed their own dances to an audience with big smiles on their faces. The children did enormously well and thoroughly enjoyed their morning of dance.
World Book Day 3.3.16
Thank you to everyone in Unit 1 for the effort that was put into the World Book Day costumes, we were so impressed with the range of characters we had and how excited children were to explain the book they were from.
Unit 1 Spring Newsletter SPACE
DSFRS Fire Safety Talk
On Thursday 7th January children from Year 2 were visited by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to deliver a Staying Safe session. The fire safety session was delivered by an Education Advocate who focused on fire prevention work. The children were taught about fire awareness, the role of a smoke alarm, what to do in case of a fire as well as the Stop, Drop and Roll procedure. The fire safety visit was fun, educational and interactive; the talk finished with an opportunity for some of the children to try on fire fighters equipment which the children particularly enjoyed! The Rescue Service sent home a ‘Fire Safety for Families Booklet’ as part of the talk, the booklet has been newly designed to support the key fire safety messages the children have learned within the project. The children in Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to the rescue service for coming to talk to us today.
Spring Term Space Medium Term Planning
On Friday 11th December Unit 1 performed 'Behind the Stable Door' to an audience of parents, carers, grandparents and friends. A huge well done to all the children who took part, you spoke clearly, sang beautifully and told the Nativity story brilliantly. A special thank you to parents for providing costumes for the show and for coming to watch us!
Aladdin performance at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter
On Monday 7th December children in Unit 1 went to the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter to watch a performance of the pantomime Aladdin. This term we have been looking at different fairy tales in detail, the children were keen to join in with the pantomime and enjoyed a popcorn snack whilst watching! Thank you to all parent helpers that came with us on the trip and to Barnfield Theatre for putting on such a brilliant performance.
On Wednesday 2nd December parents were invited into Unit 1 classes to help children to complete a range of Christmas Craft activities. With the support of parents children were able to make 3D stars, singing penguins, clay Christmas tree decorations, pom poms and home made wrapping paper. Thank you all for your help and continuous support.
Unit 1 Newsletter Autumn 2015
Unit 1 Medium Term Planning Castles and Knights Autumn 2015
Unit 1 Spring Newsletter 2015
Year One children in Whittle Class recently made some fantastic dinosaur hand puppets. With the help of a buddy from Bronte Class, they learnt how to sew their puppet together using running stitch. Whittle Class worked brilliantly with their older buddies, listening carefully to their instructions and guidance. Well done to both classes!