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Welcome to Kingfishers! 


Miss Mitchell, Mrs Harpham, Mrs Rush and Mrs Wright are extremely excited and looking forward to a fantastic year with all the wonderful Kingfishers.


As we progress through the terms, this page will be updated regularly to share with you any important information and our experiences and learning opportunities.


The first term we will be focusing on establishing secure routines, building strong relationships with our new classmates and teachers and ensuring a smooth transition from the EYFS to the year one curriculum.


Reading books will be changed regularly; please listen to your children read every night, if possible. Books that need changing must be put in the pink drawers by Miss Mitchell's desk in the morning.


If you have any questions and aren't able to see me in person, please do not hesitate to use my email to get in touch!


Miss Mitchell smiley


Exploring our 5 senses and labelling our body parts


Today we were linking our recent experiences of Bonfire Night to our 5 senses, discussing what we could see, hear, smell, touch and taste. We then thought carefully about where each of our 5 senses happen on the body and had a go at drawing round and labelling our own wonderful bodies. We even sang a bit of head, shoulders, knees and toes to remind us!


Have a look at our lovely labelling below. 


Term 2 Week 1: Welcome back!


Welcome back to the second term of Year 1! We are very excited to explore our new topic 'Sparks in the Sky' which will include learning about fireworks and Guy Fawkes, along with festive activities and opportunities for writing. This term will have a curriculum focus on art which will broaden our skills, including making our own fireworks by 'straw painting'. We will also be learning about the human body for science and focusing on E-Safety for computing. Bring on a fabulous term! smiley

Full-stop Bop!

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In order to remember the three important features of a sentence: capital letter, finger spaces and full stops, Kingfishers have been learning the 'Full-stop Bop' song. It is very catchy... I'm sure you will be hearing it at home too!

Fabulously, Fantastic Fresh Fish Fingers!


Miss Mitchell has been incredibly impressed with how fantastic all children have been during their first term in Year One. As some of you may know, we have been looking closely at the text 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' as our writing stimulus. When trying to think of how I could show Kingfishers how wonderfully proud and happy I am with them all, I decided there was only one solution... Fish Finger making... (of course)!!!


We began by thinking about what ingredients and equipment we would need, and had a big discussion about health and safety. In small groups we then had a go at making them ourselves! smiley Afterwards, we began writing our very own fish finger recipe in order to teach Grebe class and their teacher Miss McPhail how to make them too! 


Have a look at our cooking in action below, we had a brilliant time and were all super sensible.



Kingfishers have really enjoyed the most wonderful day full of fantastic art activities associated with Harvest. We had a go at three different activities this morning, each focusing on a different skill to learn. First we had a go at printing using carrots and potatoes to make terrific tractors for the Farmer's fields. We then had a go at painting and collaging in the hall in order to make our very own field, using straight lines to make the ridges and furrows created from the Farmer's machinery. Then, our final activity was looking at processed art using the story 'Stick Man'. We used real life sticks and paint to create our own stick families. Have a look at our pictures below!


We really enjoyed learning and practising lots of new skills and look forward to showing you some of our examples at the Harvest Festival on Friday afternoon. It would be brilliant to see as many of you there as possible smiley 

Puffy the Pufferfish and her surprise party!


Today Kingfishers were discussing the section of 'Barry the Fish with Fingers' book where they throw puffy a surprise party to cheer her up. We had a little party full of fantastic fun games like musical statues and musical chairs.


But... we soon realised, our party was very short because we simply weren't organised enough! We decided that the way we could have a super duper party would be to make a list of all the things we wanted and needed. 


We all had a go at writing a list including things like: chocolate milkshake, balloons, food and pass the parcel! Sounds like fun to me! smiley

Introducing mathematical vocabulary - fewer, less, more, greater and equals - by comparing and drawing our lovely families!

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Introducing mathematical vocabulary - fewer, less, more, greater and equals - by comparing and drawing our lovely families! 8
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Introducing mathematical vocabulary - fewer, less, more, greater and equals - by comparing and drawing our lovely families! 10

Kind, Caring, Creative Kingfishers


Miss Mitchell would just like to let all parents know how absolutely fantastic Kingfisher class are being. All the children are showing how ready they are for a fabulous year in Year 1. frown It has been lovely to see such brilliant behaviour, frequent displays of our school values and the children's eagerness and desire to learn.


This week so far we have been enjoying learning some Autumn songs, experimenting with different musical instruments, looking at Charlie the Crocodiles more than and less than mouth in Maths and discussing what it means to be special and unique just like Barry the Fish with Fingers in English and RE. 

National Fitness Day!

St Nicholas Infant School celebrated 'National Fitness Day' on 26th September. The whole school had a 10 minute burst of exercise at 10 to 10. Year 1 and Year 2 joined together to have a 10 minute run... I wonder which year group managed the most laps of the field?!

This was followed by some cool down exercises and stretches from Miss McPhail. Have a look at the photos below, can you see your child all puffed out!? smiley



Jellyfish making - concentrating on colour, printing and patterns









Welcome to Kingfishers! 


Miss Mitchell and all of the Kingfisher team feel very lucky to work with such a wonderful, clever class! frown As we continue through the terms, please keep an eye out here for photos of our learning and information updates.


A few things to remember:

  • PE is now every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon as we are very lucky to have Elite Sports and Rugby Tots!
  • Reading books that need changing need to go in the pink drawer first thing in the morning.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via email:


Many thanks,

Miss Mitchell smiley

Summer Term!

Comparing houses and making clay soil homes like the ones we saw in Mugurameno!

Comparing St Nicholas to a school in the small village of Mugurameno.

Should we be allowed zoos in the UK?

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Kingfishers have been looking closely at zoos in the UK in comparison to National Parks in Africa. We have discussed the pros and cons of zoos and today had a fantastic debate!

Using laptops to explore African Animals!

 St Nicholas Airlines are delighted to announce that the scheduled flight no.58326 to 'Surprise Destination' was a success!


Kingfishers began their journey by dropping off their hand-luggage before boarding the aircraft. After running through the safety rules, we set off on our trip. It was a bit of a bumpy ride!


When we arrived we still weren't sure where we were BUT we were hit with the boiling temperature of 38 degrees and  Miss Mitchell was sure she saw a Lion out of the window!


After collecting our luggage and a short transfer, we arrived at our destination. But where were we? It was Kingfishers job to explore the country to find out! They looked closely at the local animals, food, flag, musical instruments and tried to pin point our location using globes and world maps. 


After a lot of discussion and some fabulous suggestions, Miss Mitchell aka Senior Cabin Crew Member revealed that it was in-fact Zambia, a country in the continent of Africa, that we had landed in! We can not wait to continue exploring!!!!!


Have a look at our fabulous pictures and videos below of our wonderful day.



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Welcome back! smiley


Kingfishers are getting back in the swing of school-life by enjoying a fun filled day of phonics activities. Miss Mitchell has been blown away with their fantastic progress - you are all superstars!


In Maths today we have been looking at making quarter, half, three quarter and full turns. Here is us outside pretending to be robots! 


Have a look at our pictures below.

Royal Wedding!

What a lovely day of royal wedding fun! This morning Kingfishers were very busy making puppets, acting out the wedding, creating invitations and solving some very challenging Maths puzzles. 

If Meghan has 3 beautiful bridesmaids and Harry has 4 perfect pageboys - how many do they have altogether? 


This afternoon Miss Mitchell asked us to design our own wedding dresses on A3 paper THEN challenged us to make these into life-sized dresses. We had toilet roll, tissue paper and fabrics and worked fantastically in our groups, showing brilliant team work and determination.

Have a look below at our final products! 


A quick mention to St Nicholas' own 'Royal Family'. It was brilliant to see our own royal wedding in assembly today!

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Musical Instrument Farm Songs

Farmer Gows


Wow. What a fantastic day! I'd like to first say an absolutely ginormous well done to Kingfishers who showed impeccable behaviour all day, you were amazing and made your teachers very proud!


We were very busy; feeding pigs, lambs and ducks, handling chicks and collecting eggs from the chicken coop, having a very bumpy tractor ride whilst singing beautiful farm songs and even squeezing in time to have a play on the hay bales.


There are SO many lovely photos, (note the capitals...  I'm sorry I just could not stop clicking!!!!), so I've separated the photos below into the different parts of our day to try and make it as quick as possible for you to have a look at and enjoy the lovely pictures of your children.



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Last ones I promise.... Tractor Ride!

Sunny Spring Walk!


Kingfishers enjoyed a lovely, educational, warm spring walk this morning. We looked very closely at what we could see, hear and smell and compared our findings to what we noticed last time we did this walk in Autumn!


We saw some beautiful flowers and will be exploring them a little more in class. And...of course we couldn't resist a five minute play in the park!


Kingfishers behaviour was fantastic throughout the entire walk, and was even praised by a passer-by. Well done! smiley



Maths Challenge Friday!

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Above, you can see Kingfishers being Maths Superstars! Miss Mitchell was so proud of how fantastic everyone was with this tricky Maths challenge. We had to try and beat the 3 minute timer by sorting out pasta shells, pompoms, rulers, buttons and figure people into equal groups of 10 and we were all fantasticno (...Obviously creating our own crazy group names made it that little extra fun!)

Measuring in cm and meters, inside and outside!


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Kingfishers Capacity Fun in the Sun!


Welcome back, we hope you had a relaxing Easter break!


We are beginning to explore our new farm topic in Literacy and have started learning about length, height and weight in Maths. Here we are discovering all about rules, what they do and how to use them! 


I wonder what the length of the longest crocodile was? 

Spring Term 2 

EGGcelent EGGrolling EGGstravaganza!

Thank you very much for your amazing egg decorating!


Today, Kingfishers had so much fun rolling their eggs on our make-shift hill in the hall (silly rain!).


All of our eggs went soooo fast and some of them even managed not to crack!


Below are some videos of our egg rolling in action, enjoy!



Happy Easter everyone!

Fossil making!


As we come to the end of our super dinosaur topic (boooo! wink), Kingfishers have had a go at putting all their fabulous knowledge of fossils to the test. First, we designed our fossils on paper and then transformed them into wonderful clay models!


We have had so much fun and cant wait to see the finished product when they are dry tomorrow! 

Down Syndrome Day!



As it was World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March, Kingfishers decided to learn a bit more about what Down Syndrome is. We had our very own expert, Violet, who was brilliant at teaching us all about it! After hearing Violet's experiences with her lovely sister, we made our own posters to raise awareness. If you see a poster in my bag, take a look and you might learn a fact or two! smiley

Super Sports Relief Day.........Kingfishers in action!

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Today for Sport Relief, Kingfisher class took part in the St Nicholas school rugby competition. We tried soooo hard and had a total of 1542 passes and as a class ran a combined 7.4km!


Thank you all for your generous donations and a big well done to everyone in Kingfishers!

This afternoon Kingfishers took a trip to the pond to see what we could spot. We were amazed by how many fabulous frogs we could see! We had lots of questions: 'What is the jelly?' 'Why are there so many?' 'What are the black spots inside the jelly?', so when we got back inside we decided to learn more about the frog life-cycle.


We discovered that in Spring, frogs lay thousands of eggs that will eventually turn into baby frogs. But first, they hatch into tadpoles - which look very different to frogs! How fascinating! smiley

We were welcomed into school today by Disco and his dino friends enjoying a good ol' book. As our morning activity, we decided to join them.


In literacy, we practiced our spoken language by thinking carefully about what we were going to write. We then transformed our facts into brilliant sentences and Miss Mitchell was blown away by Kingfishers beautiful handwriting.


Whilst Miss Mitchell was working with a guided group, the rest of Kingfishers were very busy designing and decorating their own dinosaurs and even had a go at painting a dinosaur scene using the time periods we learnt yesterday: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. 


Take a look for yourselves, I am sure you will be very envious of Kingfishers talents!!! 

Disco's Night-time Adventures...

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A HUGE welcome to Disco the Dinosaur, the newest member of Kingfisher class.


Disco has hatched into a beautiful baby dinosaur. We all thought he was soooo cute...




He decided to have a birthday party with all his dinosaur friends IN OUR CLASSROOM. Dinosaurs are much more messy than humans, and everything had been knocked over and messed around during all their fun and games.


Let's hope Disco and his friends show our value of respect a little bit more next time they have a play date!

Did YOU read the newspaper last night?! 


If you did, you'll understand why Kingfishers are soooooo excited! We have discovered that our precious egg is a beautiful baby dinosaur! We read The Wallingford News this morning which informed us that the T-Rex, Freddie the Friendly Dino, from the Natural History Museum has lost seven of his eggs! We decided to look at the school cameras to see if Freddie had come to look at our school and WE SAW FREDDIE IN OUR CLASSROOM! frown


The news article explained that Freddie is only bothered about having a couple back, and so if whoever has the missing egg would like to keep it, they can write a letter to the museum to persuade them why they should be allowed!


We had a serious question on our hands.... Should we keep it or should we return it to Freddie?!? 


All children were thinking so carefully about their decision, and then had a chance to share their opinions with their classmates, before brainstorming altogether the reasons for and against keeping the egg on the board. It was then the children's chance to independently write down what they thought, making sure they were using persuasive language!! 


But that isn't all...


We then had a class DEBATE! It was excellent, we all had so much fun discussing and debating our opinions as to whether or not we should keep the egg. It was extremely evident from some of their answers that we have a very thoughtful and caring class! smiley Now it's time to write our letters...... I wonder what the Natural History Museum will say?!

The Discovery of the Unknown Egg!

Today, a mysterious egg has been discovered... it was found hidden deep under the sand. Kingfisher's have been studying it closely, and have all been fantastic in being super quiet so that we don't scare whatever is inside.


But... what is inside?!


We have uploaded some photographs of the egg to show you. Please could you help us discover what this beautiful green egg could be? Ask everyone you know and hopefully we will get some clues! 



This week, Kingfishers have been very busy looking at Chinese New Year. In literacy, we have looked at the story of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated. Ask your child and see if they can remember! smiley


Today we had a go at making our very own fortune cookies, writing inside a special message to our friends in Kingfishers to make them smile. We even had a go at writing our names in Chinese and designing cards.


What a fun day!

Spring Term 1

Number Day! 


Mrs Cooke and I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for your generous donations for the NSPCC. The children have enjoyed learning about what the NSPCC is and spent time discussing how they support children who need them. We then had a jam-packed day full of maths, exploring anything and everything to do with number, counting and shapes! Here is some lovely photos for you to enjoy of the children engaged in their learning! frown

Have a look at our beautiful beaming faces after our wonderful maths today! Miss Mitchell is sooo proud with how brilliantly we worked as a team to complete some really tricky maths using tens frames and the part-part whole models. Well done Kingfishers!!! smiley

Wow! Best day ever!!!

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Today (23/01/18) Kingfishers and Grebes were surprised by a letter from the Evil Pea. He told us that he'd been up to lots of evil things throughout the night. HOWEVER, before he had finished his evil antics, Miss King arrived at school so him and his army of peas had to escape. Unfortunately for his army, the evil pea was the only one who managed to get out in time and it was our job to go and collect the rest.

We had soooo much fun seeing which year one class could collect the most peas, and then enjoyed following this up in the classroom by brainstorming and writing our own questions to the Evil Pea. We had a great go at hot-seating and enjoyed hearing everyone's responses to our questions in the role of the pea.

More pictures of the Evil Pea hunt...

A very warm welcome to you all after a lovely Christmas break and a very Happy New Year!


To kick start our new topic 'Superheroes', year 1 came dressed as either a real or fictional heroes. Our costumes transformed us into fantastic superheroes... and I think EVERYBODY was given the power of fantastic writing - as our sentences this morning were amazing. We shared some superhero texts and then had a very special visitor. Wendy, who works for the Royal Air Force, came in to share her experiences and information about her wonderful job. We had so many questions and loved seeing her uniform/rucksack and pictures of the helicopters she regularly uses. We felt very privileged to have a 'real-life' hero in year one, many thanks Wendy! 

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Father Christmas Surprise Visit!


WOW! Kingfishers could not believe their eyes!! After writing letters to him this morning, Santa decided to visit us AND he even brought a present for every single one of us. After Santa left, we brainstormed some words to describe him - "146% awesome" , "Happy", "Generous" "Fantastic!"


Thank you very much Santa! smiley

Tinker Brightbutton

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Kingfishers has had a special visitor! Tinker Brightbutton has been sent by Santa all the way from the North Pole to see us. How lucky are we!! Let's see what mischief Tinker gets up too...

Maths Challenge Friday!

Kingfishers love Maths Challenge Fridays!

Today Miss Mitchell told us that she was very busy last night making lots of cakes ready for the tombola. BUT some of her cakes had been mysteriously eaten and only 2 were left!!!

It was Kingfishers challenge to work out how many cakes Miss Mitchell had originally made and how many had been eaten in order to leave her with 2.

Have a look at some of our subtraction calculations! smiley

Children in Need!


Kingfishers had a fantastic time on Friday fundraising and learning about Children in Need. We all dressed up brilliantly in spots and even had our favourite bears with us to enjoy the day. Year One looked at what fundraising is, why it is important, and where our money goes and made posters to inform the other children at school.


Thank you all very much for your generous contributions, we very much appreciate it!

Marvellous Maths

After a lovely half term, Kingfishers are back and working extra specially hard with their maths. We are working towards adding 2 numbers together and have done so using a wide range of different activities.


If you would like to continue this at home please feel free. You can support the children by using any household objects as concrete resources, e.g. 2 tins of beans and 3 oranges to make the number sentence 2 + 3 = 5. This would be fantastic and I would love to see any photos/evidence/written work! smiley

Autumn Term 1