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Theydon Bois Primary School

Blackacre Class

Blackacre Class 2022/2023

Year 1

Miss Shine



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Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

We learnt about having healthy minds, about different feelings and about ways we can feel better. We spoke about things we can do to help us if we feel sad. Blackacre drew a picture of something that makes them happy and we put it into our ‘jar of positivity’. We shared all of our happy pictures in circle time. We then went on a ‘well-being walk’ through our Forest school and listened to different sounds outside. 🍁 🐦 

Transient Art

We learnt about transient art (using resources that can be moved around to make different pictures). We enjoyed going outside to find sticks, stones, leaves and flowers to make pictures of faces, houses etc.


We learnt about Thomas Edison and how electrical circuits need power from a battery to work. In pairs we connected our own wires, batteries and bulbs to make the lightbulb light up 💡👏. We then drew our electrical circuit using the correct symbols.

Sports Day

Well done to everyone in Blackacre for an amazing Athletics Championships Sports Day! You all tried your best and we even had some new school records! 👏

Tour de Theydon

So much fun cycling and scooting for our Tour de Theydon event! 🚲 🛴 


Acting out our Traction Man puppet shows! Well done Blackacre for your fantastic acting skills and for getting into character. 🌟 


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Absolutely LOVE our finger puppets that we made in DT today! They’re all so unique and everyone worked so sensibly. Well done 🤩👏🏼


This afternoon we learnt about Alexander Bell and his invention of the telephone. We then conducted our own investigation to see if sound can pass through materials by making our own telephones, and discovered that it can. 📞 ☎️ 


We were very lucky to have Catherine from Epping Forest District Museum this afternoon who ran a workshop all about toys in our History lesson. We learnt about a girl called Ellen Buxton who grew up in the 1860s and drew pictures of her toys. We had a chance to look at an old rocking horse, stilts, and many other toys (cup and ball, Jacob’s ladder, whip and top, jigsaws, dolls and puppets.) The children learnt that the main difference between old and new toys is that they used to mainly be made out of wood, not plastic. 🧸 


In science we were fascinated to learn about gravity and the effect it has on objects around us. In groups we did an experiment to see how quickly spinners fell to the ground, depending on how many paper clips they had attached to the bottom. We concluded that the heavier an object, the quicker it falls to the ground (gravity has a bigger force on heavier objects). Super science everyone!


Today we practised our throwing skills and used the correct technique to throw different objects at distance. We had 5 different stations (sponge balls, bean bags, tennis balls, foam balls and javelins). We learnt to all throw at the same time and only collected our object when told it was safe to do so. We learnt to stand facing sideways and point our other arm towards the direction we wanted to throw to. Great throwing everyone!


Today we were practising our jumping skills. For our starter, the children worked in groups to create their own jumping sequence for the class to watch (big jump, small jump, hop, step, leap etc). We then had different challenges to try and get across the river in different ways, e.g. fewest number of jumps, with a run up, 2 feet to 2 feet, 1 foot to 2 feet, 2 feet to 1 foot. We used our arms to help us jump as far as possible.


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In Computing, we have been linking music to art and we created music by drawing on the screen.


We have been learning to experiment with sound using a computer. We drew our thought as we listened to Neptune by Gustav Holst


The end was angry - Rhys

Space ship going to Neptune - Jude

Happy at first then scared Barney

Climbing a mountain and lightning hit the mountain and it tipped over - Luke

Blue sunset - Margot

Rocket going to Neptune - Callum

The beach  I heard the sea and the waves Emelia

The sea crashing into the palm tree - Teddy

A haunted house and a rocket going off to Neptune - Louis

The sea and a plam tree - Filip


Coronation Tea Party

Fun at Forest School

Blackacre had so much fun at Forest School today. We made crowns out of natural resources and a clay tile. 🌳