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  • Adventures with Mrs Barnes

    Hello Year One,

    How are you all?  During the last few months I have discovered lots of local places to walk and explore.  I thought I would share with you all a few of the best places I have found so that maybe you can visit them during the summer holidays..

    Here is a list of where the Barnes family have been – 

    • The Moatfield – Bushey
    • Drop Lane – Bricket Wood
    • Leavesden Country Park
    • Finch Lane – Bushey
    • Merry Hill Fields – Bushey
    • King Georges Park – Bushey
    • Whippendell Woods – Watford
    • Aldenham Country Park 
    • Bentley Priory – Bushey

    We have had great fun exploring new places and finding our way home.  Maybe you could let me know of any other places you have found that I might like to visit.  You could even draw me a map of how to get there or draw me some pictures of what it looks like. I look forward to you sharing some new and exciting places for us to explore.  Keep having fun!!

    Mrs Barnes


  • Sunflowers update

    Hello Year 1

    I thought it was a good time to show you how the sunflowers in my garden are getting on. They have grown a lot since I last wrote about them and they are all still going strong.

    You can see they are as tall as my fence now and I measured them using different items. I also measured them with a tape measure.

    I hope your sunflowers are still growing. Are they taller than 158 cms? It would be lovely to see photos of them.

    *Can you spot the visitor to my sunflowers enjoying the sunshine?

    Tallest sunflower 13 pairs of sunglasses

    10 bottles of suncream

    158 cms

    Shortest sunflower 10 pairs of sunglasses

    7 bottles of suncream

    120 cms

  • Reading Books

    Hi Year 1,

    I know lots of you have been reading lots whilst at home but some of your grown ups have been asking about recommended reading books for year 1.  Below is a link to a range of interesting and fun books you might like to buy or try to find online.

    During lockdown I have been taking advantage of the lovely weather and reading in the garden.

    Have you been reading somewhere different or unusual? Maybe you have made a special den to read in, or have been reading in the park or car?

    Please email through your photos of where you have been reading during your time at home and we can feature your photos in a future blog! Try to be as inventive as possible!

    I look forward to your emails,

    Miss Bateman

  • Unusual pets


    I have loved seeing the photos of your pets and hearing all about them! I used to have pets when I was little – I had fish, a hamster, a rabbit and a guinea pig called Gus because he used to eat lots like the mouse Gus Gus from the film Cinderella! I’d really love another pet of my own one day – perhaps a dog or another rabbit!

    Since I don’t have any of my own pets at the moment, I thought I’d tell you about the pets my cousin, Lilly, has because they are a little bit unusual….

    She has a Bearded Dragon called Layla.

    Bearded dragons eat live crickets and locusts. You can also feed them fruit and vegetables. They need to be kept warm in a glass tank called a vivarium, with a heat lamp and UV light otherwise they can become unwell. Bearded Dragons puff up their chin and open their mouth if they are scared to make themselves look scary to predators. They are awake during the day and sleep at night. They need branches or logs in their vivarium for them to climb. When they grow, the shed their skin. They are very friendly and like to swim in the bath!

    Lilly also has a Pygmy Hedgehog called Truffle

    Did you know….

    Their spikes only hurt if they are pointing upwards. They eat meal-worms and cat food but they can also have other things such as boiled eggs and some fruits. Hedgehogs sleep all through the day and wake up at night. They need an exercise wheel (like hamsters!) because in the wild, hedgehogs travel about 30 miles at night. They are lactose intolerant which means they feel poorly when they eat dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Hedgehogs have to be kept warm or they will hibernate. Pet hedgehogs can’t hibernate because they are not prepared like wild hedgehogs who stock up on food and drink before they hibernate. Hedgehogs shed their spikes as they grow to get adult spikes. This is called quilling.

    Do you have any unusual pets? Or perhaps you know some facts about an unusual animal that you’d like to share?

    How do you care for your pets? Maybe you could write down how to look after them or even find out about a pet that you’d like to have one day!

    Miss O’Donnell

  • Sherbert the Cat

    Hello Year 1,

    This is my cat Sherbert. He is about 10 years old and we got him from an animal  rescue centre 9 and a half  years  ago. We were going to get 1 cat to be a friend for the cat we already had but Sherbert was so friendly and smiley(yes cats can smile) that we had to have him too, so we ended up with 3 cats! His favourite things to do are eat and sleep on any cosy, warm surface, especially on our laps, or his top favourite place to sleep is in a cardboard box.   He thinks he is a great hunter but all the birds are much too quick for him and always fly away!

    It would be lovely to see some pictures of your pets,

    Have fun,

    Mrs Smith


  • Cooper the Chihuahua!

    Good morning Year 1,

    This week, all of our blogs are about pets. Lots of you saw my tiny little dog Cooper a few weeks ago when I read you a story and since then I have received lots of emails about him.

    He is only 1 so he’s still learning lots! Before lockdown, I took him to Puppy School…see some dogs even go to school just like you! He is a bit cheeky and was more interested in playing with a little Pug puppy rather than listening to the doggy teacher!

    Since lockdown, I have been trying to keep him entertained by playing with him lots in the garden and taking him for extra long walks in the park. Look at the stick he found! I think it’s a bit too big for him!

    Do any of you have pets at home? I’d love to see them…email through some photos and maybe we can share them on a future blog for your friends to see!

    Take care and have a lovely week!

    Miss Bateman

  • Pets

    Hello Year One,

    I have been talking to lots of grown ups at school and to some of my friends about ideas of what to do when the weather isn’t that great. What do you do to keep busy when it’s too wet to go for a walk or play in the garden? I’d love to hear some ideas!

    So far, we have been playing board games and card games like Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly and Uno. We have also been enjoying making creations from playdough and junk modelling and writing letters to our friends and family that we haven’t seen for a long time!

    My children have also been enjoying building dens and having home cinema afternoons – we make popcorn and have juice : ) Sometimes we watch films and sometimes we watch tv together. We have particularly been enjoying watching ‘My Pet and Me’ on CBeebies. It teaches you about different animals and how to care for them.

    Next week we will be telling you all about some of our pets! Do you have any pets? We’d love to see some photos and hear all about them – do they have an unusual name or can they do any tricks? Does your pet need lots of exercise and cuddles? Is your pet furry or does it fly?

    Look out for our pet blogs next week!

    Miss O’Donnell

  • Get Active with the Alphabet!

    Hi Lions and Panthers!

    I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine again after all the rain last week.  Our rain macs were certainly put to the test at school last Thursday!  It was so wet, but we still enjoyed as much outdoor time as possible.

    Joe Wicks is no longer doing his workouts every morning and has reduced his PE slots to a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9.00.  I think even he needs a rest!

    With that in mind, I was thinking about what we can do at home on the days when Joe Wicks isn’t there to get us moving in the morning.  Luckily, I have been provided with inspiration by Rian in Year Two who is in my purple bubble at school.  He became our very own Merry Hill Joe Wicks last week when he brought in his alphabet workout that he had designed at home.

    Take a look and see what you think…

    The idea is to use the letters to spell out your name- it could be your first name or your full name- and carry out the matching exercises for each letter.  The longer your name, the harder the workout!!  See if your family can join in with you.

    Maybe you could design your own alphabet workout for your family or school bubble to try out.

    Let us know how you get on!

    See you all very soon.

    Keep active!

    Love Mrs. Goodwin x

  • Sports Week

    Hello Year 1

    I hope you are finding time for keeping active especially during sports week. I know from your emails that a lot of you have been out cycling and walking which is great exercise.

    My family have been doing a lot of different  types of exercise. When I thought about what we all do it is a lot! I have been doing yoga almost everyday. Have you tried Cosmic Kids on you tube? It is a really fun way to try yoga. There are lots of different stories and poses to try:

    We all like to cycle and going to Rickmansworth on The Ebury Way is one of our favourite routes.                                                                                    Ebury Way - Wikipedia                      Cute Cheerful Cartoon Family Riding Bikes Bicycles Cycling ...

    My daughters like to run to keep fit, and they are looking forward to when they can enter races again.

    Going for a nice long walk is also a big favourite and we like to explore and revisit  parks and places nearby like St George’s Park, Oxhey Park, Rickmansworth Aquadrome and Cassiobury Park. Have you made any new discoveries when you are out and about?

    Rickmansworth Aquadrome                            Main car park still closed at Cassiobury Park | Watford Observer                                                Oxhey Park (Watford) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before You Go ...

    Keep Active!

    Mrs Smith

  • National School Sports Week

    Hi Year 1,

    This week is National School Sports Week which is a special week which aims to bring people together through sport and exercise. It is a little bit different this year as we are not all at school together but there are so many exciting ways to get involved in the fitness fun this year!


    Now more than ever, it is so important to get up and exercise a little bit every day. Doing exercise will make you feel more happy and positive! Make sure you have fun with whichever activities you pick…try to get your family involved too!


    Change for Life have lots of ’10 minute Shake Up Games’ inspired by Disney and Pixar’s films:



    There are also lots of Disney Dance Along Activities on the link below:

    Remember to email us any photos of you taking part!


    Miss Bateman

  • Nature Art

    Hi Year One!

    I have been out and about with my family recently, enjoying the return of the good weather.  It’s amazing how many lovely places there are to walk to right on our doorsteps.  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world where we have woods, rivers, lanes and fields to explore.  These are a few photos from some of my family walks:

    While we have been out walking we have started to really notice all the lovely plants, animals, insects and birds.  My children have been collecting leaves, petals, flowers and twigs they find and bringing them home to have some fun with.

    Why don’t you collect some natural ‘bits and pieces’ next time you go for a walk and see what you can create from them?  It’s a good idea to take a bag with you to put your collection in.

    Here are just a few ideas to get you started…

    The zoos have reopened this week.  Can you make an animal, like this lovely lion made by some clever friends of ours, from natural objects?

    How about using an interesting twig to do some weaving?

    Or maybe you could draw round some leaves you find and decorate your picture with colourful pens and pencils like my children have here:

    If you are interested in artists and how they create different works of art, have a look at Andy Goldsworthy’s amazing natural art work.  He uses a variety of natural materials to create absolutely fantastic sculptures.  Take a look at the colours and patterns in his work to provide you with some inspiration.


    Enjoy creating some amazing masterpieces!

    Love Mrs. Goodwin x

  • Keeping Active

    Hello Year 1,

    I hope you are all having lots of fun and enjoying the sunshine. 

    Whilst at home my sons and I have been trying hard to keep active. We have enjoyed keeping fit with Joe Wicks, playing football in the garden and going for long walks and finding new places to explore.

    Last week we decided to challenge each other to different activities. Here are some of the challenges that my son set for us to complete.

    Your challenge

    Can you design your own PE challenges for yourself and your family to take part in? Challenge each other and see who the winner is. Can you improve over the week?

    You could draw a picture of your game and write down the rules. I know you can come up with some wonderful ideas that will be really impressive!

    Send them to us on email and we can see if we can complete them.

    Have fun

    Mrs Barnes

  • Father’s Day

    Hello Year 1,

    On Sunday it is a special day called Father’s Day.

    Click on the link below to listen to a story about Father’s Day…it might give you some ideas of how to spoil your dad/ grandad/ brother on this special day.

    Here are some ideas of craft activities you could make to show how much you care. Think how happy and surprised your family members will be to receive one of these in person, in the post or delivered to their door!

    We hope you have a lovely day!

    The Year 1 team

  • Quiz answers!

    Hello year 1! I hope you are all well and have had a good week.

    Did you have a go at my ‘What am I?’ quiz? Here are the answers so that you can see how many you got right!

    1. A ball
    2. A ladder
    3. A bike
    4. A book
    5. A tree
    6. An ice cream
    7. A phone
    8. A rainbow
    9. A bucket
    10. A brick

    I hope you all have a good weekend – fingers crossed for some sunshine!

    Mrs Gavriel

  • Firefighter Lizzie

    Hello Year 1

    I thought I would tell you about  my daughter Lizzie’s exciting new job. She has recently finished her training and is now a firefighter at Watford Fire Station. I am sure you have seen the station on the way into Watford town or maybe seen the fire engines there. (I have learned that they are called fire appliances).  She has been working there for about 2 months and is working very hard and enjoying it a lot.

    I asked her what advice I could pass on to you and she said “tell the children to make sure their grown ups are careful if they have a BBQ and if they hear the sirens when they are driving pull aside out of the way so the fire appliance can get through quickly”.

    (Lizzie is on the left in the first picture  and third from the right in the third picture, pictures taken before social distancing)


    Take care,

    See you soon,

    Mrs Smith