Sea City Trip

On Tuesday Puffin Class visited the Sea City Museum in Southampton as part of our topic about the Titanic. We have been learning all about the Titanic and so the opportunity to visit this museum, listen to the voices of survivors and even take part in a workshop has really helped our understanding of this moment in our local history. 

We learnt about life on board this magnificent ship for passengers and crew, its final moments and the impact of this tragedy on the families of Southampton. We really enjoyed our guided tour from a historian who was very impressed with our knowledge of the Titanic voyage. Some of our other highlights included 'steering the Titanic' and 'shovelling the coal' interactive exhibits. 

We had a fantastic day and have learnt even more about the Titanic that we cannot wait to share.

Many thanks to all the grown-ups who joined us on the trip.

Tri-golf Festival

12 Year 1 children were invited to attend a tri-golf Festival at Harrow Way School, where they got the opportunity to partake in lots of mini activities testing their accuracy and precision, against another local school. The activities involved them using putters to aim at different markers and chippers to try and hit a bucket! Great fun was had by all!

World Down Syndrome Day 2019

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Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Today our school was brightened up by lots of colourful socks to help raise money for Andover Twenty1! We learned about Down Syndrome in assembly and celebrated difference together.

The idea of ‘Lots of Socks’ is that chromosomes look like socks under the microscope, and people with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Thank you to everyone who joined in and made a donation!

World Book Day

Today was World Book Day! We came to school dressed up as some of our favourite book characters. Our day was very exciting as we got to take part in lots of different activities linked to our author focus Simon Bartram. We also got to go on a word hunt outside which revealed a secret message delivered all the way from the planet Mars! Here are some photos of our amazing costumes.

Forest Schools

What an amazing day we have had out in the grounds today! We were very lucky that the sun was shining as we spent all day out in the woods and the meadow. We enjoyed making our own ‘hazard flags’ in the morning to mark any areas that we thought might be unsafe. We then went on a nature scavenger hunt and found lots of exciting things! In the afternoon we listened to a poem about Spring then made our own natural recipes. This was all mixed in with a lot of adventurous play, tree-climbing, spider-web-making and mud-pie-baking! We are all very excited for next time already. Enjoy looking through photos of our day!

We love Forest Schools!

We love Forest Schools!

Making a Drawbridge

We used our knowledge of castles to make our very own functional drawbridge using a winding mechanism.  The children had to make sure their drawbridge could rise and fall and solve any problems that occurred. The children worked in pairs brilliantly and helped each other to construct their drawbridges.

A visit from Sir James!

We had a special visit from a knight on Monday! His name was Sir James and he began by telling us everything about knights and showed us the equipment he uses in battle. We then got the opportunity to become knights ourselves, using shields and swords to protect our bodies in battle! Finally, Sir James taught us some special medieval dance moves. It was a fantastic day and the children really enjoyed meeting a real knight.  

The Dragon Hunter

Last Monday, during our winter walk, we came across a glittery trail. We followed this trail and discovered an enormous egg! We were unsure where this egg had come from, what type of egg it was and why it had appeared at Portway Infants! So the children wrote a letter to a Dragon Hunter to ask if she could visit and investigate our egg. Despite being very busy the Dragon Hunter was able to come in and answered lots of the children's questions. She also told us how she became a Dragon Hunter and shared her exciting collection of dragon findings.

Multi-Skills Festival

12 Year 1 children were invited to attend a Multi-Skills Festival at Harrow Way School, where they got the opportunity to partake in lots of mini activities against other local schools. The activities involved them dribbling balls around markers, throwing foam javelins and balancing a ball on a tennis racket whilst manoeuvring around obstacles. Great fun was had by all! Thank you to Mr Cole for organising the event and to all the Harrow Way leaders for their help and support.

Dragon Egg Discovered on School Grounds!

We have had a very egg-citing time in year 1 this week. During our winter walk around the school grounds, we made an unusual discovery! Tucked away in a leafy area of our school field, we found a large dragon egg nestled in a bed of sticks and long grass! Letters have been written to a dragon hunter to ask for some expert advice. We will keep you posted so watch this space!


Designing and Making a New Vehicle for Mrs Armitage

In DT, we have been learning about moving vehicles. We have explored different toy vehicles which either had a fixed axle or fixed wheels with free axles.

The children have explored different axles using construction kits.

Today we finished our unit of work by making new vehicles for Mrs Armitage. The children designed what they wanted their vehicles to look like and carefully considered what equipment they would need. Afterwards, they evaluated them thinking of ways that they could make them even better.

We were very proud of the finished results!

Hot Rods Visit

Mrs Hibberd, from the Valley Gas Speed Shop, very kindly came into school to talk to the year one children about her American Hot Rod cars. She brought in three cars for us to see: a Ford Falcon, a Dodge pick up truck and a racing NASCAR.

We got the chance to use our observational skills to sketch our favourite vehicle, complete a treasure hunt and then we got the opportunity to sit in the cars too!

A big thank you very much to Mrs Hibberd for all your planning and making the morning such a huge success.

The 215!

Come and see our Year 1 soldier at Vigo Road Recreation Ground on 10th November. He represents one of the 215 soldiers from Andover who were killed during World War 1. We decorated our soldier with coloured sketches of different animals involved in the war.


Army Air Museum

This week year 1 visited the Museum of Army Flying to learn about the history of military transport. The children were given a guided tour of the museum focusing on the different vehicles the museum has in its collection. We especially enjoyed seeing all the different helicopters and look forward to finding out more about them after half term. We then took part in a session in the classroom where we had the opportunity to explore different flying vehicles e.g. parachutes, kites. We also got to make and fly our very own paper aeroplanes! We finally got to explore some of the exhibits in the museum further and were able to dress up in different army uniforms, then sit in a real helicopter and pretend to be the pilot!

Thank you very much to all our parent helpers and to the museum for such a wonderful trip.

Pirate Day!

Today Year 1 celebrated the end of our topic with a Pirate day where we all came to school dressed up. We were incredibly lucky to see the sun shining and completed a treasure hunt where we had to use a map of the school grounds to find hidden puzzle pieces.

We navigated Bee-Bot to different places on our very own treasure island maps. We really enjoyed creating and using our own instructions for building a pirate ship. 

A fun day was had by all!