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Welcome to Year 1!

What do Year 1 think about Ravensmere?

We asked the children in Year 1 to tell us what they thought about Ravensmere Infant School. This is what they had to say:

Where does our food come from?  November 2022

As part of our Food, Glorious Food topic, the children have been learning all about where their food comes from. They went on a walk to Tesco to look for foods that are grown in different countries. They then brought these items back to school to see if they could place them in the correct place on the world map. 

Autumn Parent Share - November 2022

As part of our autumn themed week, we were delighted to be able to invite our parents and carers into school to work alongside their children. Everybody had a fantastic afternoon enjoying a range of autumn crafts and activities. 

Autumn Walk - October 2022

The children in Year 1 enjoyed a walk in our local area looking for signs of autumn. They collected lots of autumn themed objects which they used to make autumn crowns. They're going to use what they have learnt about autumn to help them write autumn poems. 

The Enormous Turnip - October 2022

The children in Year 1 have been reading The Enormous Turnip. They were therefore shocked to discover that an enormous turnip had grown in our own vegetable garden. The children worked together to act out the story.

Our visit to St Michael's Church - October 2022

As part of their learning on what it means to belong, the children in Year 1 visited St Michael's Church and met Reverend Rich who taught them all about christenings. They helped Reverend Rich act out what happens during a christening service and were able to ask any questions that they had.  

Clinks Care Farm - October 2022

As part of our Food, Glorious Food topic, the children visited Clinks Care Farm. They had a brilliant time feeding the animals, learning about the crops and experiencing what life is like on a farm. 

Harvest - October 2022

As part of our learning on Harvest, the children in Year 1 had great fun following a recipe to make bread. They then used this experience to have a go at coming up with their own set of instructions for how to make bread.

Fruit Faces - September 2022

As part of our Food, Glorious Food topic, the children in Year 1 have been learning all about the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo who was famous for creating imaginative portraits out of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish and books. The children chose from a range of fruit and vegetables to design their own portraits in the style of Arcimboldo before having great fun making them. 

What a brilliant start to Year 1! - September 2022

We have had a great first couple of weeks settling in. We have thought all about ourselves and painted our portrait, labelled our body parts and started to learn about our senses.

In Literacy, we have read the book Rosie's Walk and have created a story map to retell the story. In Maths, we have been doing lots of number work to 20. We have been ordering numbers, matching the correct numbers to words and playing lots of number games. 

Enterprise Week - July 2022

As part of Enterprise Week, the children designed and made their own games and crafts to sell at our Summer Fete. They did a brilliant job of taking it in turns to run the different stalls. 

Anyone for ice-cream? July 2022

Ravensmere had a brilliant time on our trip to Great Yarmouth. We visited the Sea Life Centre, enjoyed fish and chips and ice-cream and then enjoyed some time on the beach and a paddle in the sea!


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Paddling in the sea

Under the sea cookies - June 2022

As part of our maths learning on weight, the children in Class 2 made their own sea creature cookies. They had to work in groups to independently follow a recipe, weigh out their ingredients and then decorate their finished cookies.

National RSE Day - June 2022

The children in Year 1 had a brilliant day celebrating National RSE Day. As part of the day they took time to consider what makes them special and unique. 

Sports Day - June 2022

Well done to all of our children for a brilliant Sports Day and a big thank you to Mr McKenzie for all of his hard work in organising and running it!

Flag Ceremony

Under The Sea Performance - May 2022

As part of our 'Under the Sea' topic, the children worked with a local performing arts specialist to put together a short performance based on their ideas. We hope you enjoy the performance!


Click here to watch our performance

Arts Week - May 2022

This week, as part of Arts Week, the children have been busy making their creatures and characters ready for our Under the Sea performance. They cut the characters out of cardboard before using ultra-violet paints to paint them with so that they will glow in the dark for our performance. 

Angelfish Sculptures - May 2022

The children at Ravensmere enjoyed a brilliant day with Will from Chickenwired. They produced their own Angelfish sculptures out of chicken wire. The children had to use their fine-motor skills to cut, twist, bend and shape the wire before decorating the fish with tissue paper. 

Life In A Castle Film - May 2022

The children in Class 2 learnt all about the people who lived in a castle and what their roles were. They worked in pairs to research a given role and to write a script explaining what the role involved. We hope you enjoy our film.  

Who lived in a castle and what were their roles?

Motte and Bailey Model - May 2022

The children in Year 1 and 2 worked together to produce this amazing model of a Motte and Bailey castle. They were given the challenge of producing a model which could be displayed in Beccles library to share our learning with the wider community. As part of Design and Technology, they begun by designing their model before using wood and chicken wire to form a base for the castle. They learnt many new skills and techniques along the way including how to papier mache, saw wood and measure materials accurately.  

Digital Art - May 2022

As part of our Happily Ever After topic the children created their own digital art. They started by using a paint programme to draw their backgrounds before using ipads to take photos of each other dressed in chosen costumes. Once the backgrounds were removed from the photos, the children copied the photo into their painting to create their finished pictures. 

Easter Celebrations - April 2022

The children in Year 1 learnt all about the Easter story and why we celebrate Easter. They had great fun making their own Easter gardens.

Our Community Garden - March 2022

A group of children from Ravensmere visited a local garden centre to buy the fruit and vegetable plants for our school garden. We can't wait to get busy with planting these and watching them grow!

Bee-bot Challenge - March 2022

As part of our learning in maths around position and direction, the children had to input instructions into the Bee-bot to direct it from a given location to the dragon. 

Wear A Hat Day - March 2022

The children in Year 1 took part in 'Wear a Hat Day' to help raise awareness and support for the Brain Tumour Awareness Charity. As a school we raised a fantastic £48! Well done everyone! 

Waveney Gymnastics Club - March 2022

Year 1 had a brilliant time at Waveney Gymnastics Club. They worked hard on their jumping, balancing, rolling, climbing and bouncing skills. 

World Book Day - March 2022

Year 1 had a brilliant time celebrating World Book Day. They all looked amazing in their costumes and enjoyed sharing their favourite books with a friend. Some of the Year 1 children also had a go at using watercolours to paint their favourite book characters. 

Our Weather Reports- February 2022

The children used what they have learnt about weather to work in groups to write and produce their own weather forecasts for the United Kingdom. 

Chinese New Year - February 2022

The children at Ravensmere thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year. They learnt about the origins of the celebration and how it is celebrated around the world. They tasted a range of Chinese food, learnt to write their names in Mandarin and enjoyed making several tiger themed crafts. 

Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night - January 2022

As a school we have been learning all about Vincent van Gogh and have been looking at many of his well-known works, in particular his Starry Night paintings. Year 1 created their own Starry Night pictures by using a marbling technique to create the background and then using glitter to create the stars and swirls in the sky before finally using black paper to cut out silhouettes of chosen buildings in Beccles. 

The children also wrote their own poems based on the Starry Night painting. 

Fire Of London Diaries - December 2021

Having learnt about Samuel Pepys and his diary, the children in Year 1 wrote their own diaries as if they were there, experiencing The Great Fire of London. 

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel - December 2021

This year's Christmas production was Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. The children did a fantastic job of learning their lines and all of the songs and actions. Well done to all of our amazing children! 

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

Fire of London Moving Pictures - December 2021

As part of their learning on The Fire of London, the children in Year 1 designed and made their own moving pictures. They learnt about different moving mechanisms such as levers, sliders, flaps, and pulleys and then decided which moving parts they would like to incorporate in their picture. 

Beccles Christmas Tree Festival - November 2021

As part of this year's Christmas Tree Festival in Beccles, the children at Ravensmere read the story 'The Christmas Pine' by Julia Donaldson. They then reflected on the importance of family, friends and community at not only Christmas time, but all year round. They used lots of skills to make their Christmas tree shaped decorations and the little felt people to wrap around the tree. 



The children then enjoyed a trip to Hungate Church to visit the Christmas Tree Festival and to see all of the other beautifully decorated trees.            

The Great Fire of London - November 2021

The children in Class 2 worked together to produce this display, showing what they had learnt and understood about The Great Fire of London. They used their computing skills to type up the main events of the story and used their art skills to make houses using a collage technique. 

London Tour Guides - November 2021

As part of their learning on London, the children in Class 2 used what they had learnt to make their own London Tour Guides. They worked in groups to choose their London landmarks and then write their own scripts.

Group 1

Group 2

Autumn - October 2021

Year 1 have been learning all about autumn. They went on an autumn walk, collecting materials along the way to make an autumn crown with. They then used their observations of autumn to help write their own autumn poems.  

Sandwich Instructions

The children have been working hard on making sandwiches. They firstly decided what would be a healthy sandwich and planned it. We then went on a trip to Tesco to buy the ingredients where we also used our money knowledge to pay the cashier with the correct amount. When we returned to school, we wrote instructions to make our healthy sandwiches and then made them. They were delicious, although some children said they didn't like the crusts!

Balance Bikes

Year 1 have been working with Mr McKenzie to develop their bike skills. There are some fantastic cyclists in the making!





Impressive Instructions - October 2021

As part of our learning on algorithms in Computing and instructional writing in Literacy, the children worked in pairs to give each other clear and precise instructions. They had to sit back to back, with one of the pair giving instructions to their partner as to how to build an identical model to their own. We even had to use our mathematical knowledge of directional language to help us. Look how well we did!

Tennis stars of the future - October 2021

The children at Ravensmere have been enjoying weekly lessons from a specialist tennis coach. They began by practising some basic ball control skills before moving on to mini games of tennis and learning how to score.

Postcards from Paddington - October 2021

The children in Class 2 have thoroughly enjoyed reading all about the adventures of Paddington. To link in with our learning around London, the children wrote their own postcards to Aunt Lucy writing in the role of Paddington. They then used their computing skills to draw the front of their postcards using a paint programme. 

School Council 2021 - September 2021

Today the children at Ravensmere elected their new School Councillors. Those children wishing to be on the School Council told everybody why they thought they would be a good representative for the school. The children then voted for who they wished to see on the School Council. 

Roy Lichtenstein - September 2021

The children in Class 2 have been learning all about the artist Roy Lichtenstein. They created their own portraits in the style of his artwork.

Time Capsules - September 2021

Class 2 have made their own time capsules. We used tape measures and scales to record different measurements on our body. At the end of the year, we will dig up our capsules to see how much we've grown and changed. 

Self-portraits - September 2021

As part of our learning all about ourselves, the children used mirrors to study their facial features carefully. They then sketched their portraits onto canvas before using acrylics to paint them. 


Victorian Day - July 2021

The children in Year 1 stepped back in time to experience a day in the life of a child in a Victorian school. They enjoyed a range of experiences allowing them to understand how life in a Victorian school was different to school today. 

Jungle Explorers - June 2021

As part of our learning on Jungles, the children in Year 1 have been using the internet to research facts about their chosen animals. 

Mini Monsters Experience - May 2021

The children in Class 2 had a fantastic time with Ed from Mini Monsters learning all about a variety of animals as part of our Jungle Topic. 

Spring Poems - April 2021

As part of their learning on Spring, the children in Class 1 wrote these beautiful Spring poems. 

Kerri Ambrosino - April 2021

As part of their learning on Spring, the children in Class 2 used Kerri Ambrosino's tree paintings as inspiration for their own Spring tree. 

The Easter Story - March 2020

Afternoon Class 2 have been learning all about the Easter story. They began by searching for clues hidden around the playground which then told them which parts of the Bible to read. Finally they made their own Easter gardens.

Model of Beccles - March 2021

As part of their learning on Beccles, the children in afternoon class 2, worked together to plan, design and make their own map of Beccles.

Obstacle Course - March 2021


Year 1 at Ravensmere did a fantastic job of building this obstacle course for Year 2 to have fun with at break time. #wellbeing #backtoschool








Beccles - March 2021


As part of their topic on Beccles, the children in Class 2 at Ravensmere enjoyed an afternoon with guest speaker Barry Darch, learning all about the history of Beccles. (image courtesy of Beccles and District Museum) #wellbeing #backtoschool

Rosie's Walk - November 2020

Year 1 have made fantastic story maps about Rosie's Walk. We learnt how to sequence the main events of the story. We also acted out the story focusing on the use of positional language.

Fun in our reading garden - Autumn Term 1

This term we have been learning about farms through using our exciting new books to help. Our first book was 'The Scarecrow's Wedding' by Julia Donaldson. We acted out the story, dressed up, made scarecrows and read lots of different farm books including non-fiction.

Our next book was 'Farmer Duck' by Martin Waddell. Year 1 made their own Farmer Duck books and also acted out the story.

Autumn Term 1 Maths

This term, Year 1 learnt to write their numbers with the correct formation. They have also been learning to use objects both inside and outside to help them with their counting. A lot of our learning has been focused on place value and what each number represents. We then used this knowledge to help us recognise more than and less than with given numbers. 

A visit to St Michael's Church - October 2020

As part of their learning on christenings, the children in Year 1 and 2 visited the church to learn more about what happens at a christening. Reverend Rich led a role-play christening with the children and explained some of the key symbols and meanings behind the importance of christenings.  

Autumn Artwork - October 2020

As part of their learning on autumn, the children in Miss Burch's afternoon class used broccoli to create these amazing autumn tree pictures. 

We also made these beautiful autumn tree pictures using masking tape and then sponging over the top of it.

Food Chains - October 2020

As part of our Food, Glorious Food topic, the children in Year 1 learnt all about food chains. They used this knowledge to then make their own food chains. 

Reading in Year 1

In Year 1 we love reading! Our favourites are poems and 'Chocolate Cake' by Michael Rosen. We enjoy reading every day in our class.

Mrs Wishy-Washy - September 2020

Year 1 really enjoyed listening to the story of Mrs Wishy-Washy. They then acted out the story focusing on sequencing the main events. 



Home Learning - 1st April 2020


Well done to Isla who completed the online Maths Challenge set by Mr Lowman from the Albert Pye!




World Book Day - March 2020


A big thank you to everyone who provided costumes for the children for World Book Day, all the children looked absolutely fantastic!


Space Cookies - February 2020


As part of our topic on Space, the children in Year 1 at Ravensmere made Space Cookies. They developed their measuring skills to weigh out the ingredients for the cookies and their used their knowledge of the planets to decorate them.




Planetarium - January 2020


On Monday 27th January, the children at Ravensmere got to experience a show in the Planetarium as part of their learning on Space. The short film taught the children about the phases of the moon and the stars and constelations. 


The children really enjoyed the experience!


Vegetable Soup - October 2019


This week the children in Miss Burch's afternoon class were set the challenge of making vegetable soup. They had to begin by digging up the vegetables that they had grown in their garden before washing and cutting the vegetables. All children had a sample of the soup and wrote down their thoughts on its taste.







1 - 20 - October 2019


In Maths we are learning to count, write and order numbers 1 to 20. We love learning practically outside as well!


We are becoming real Mathematicians!





The Fire Station - October 2019


Class 1 recently visited the Fire Station and we had lots of fun! 




When we got back to school we had a go at making our own Fire Engines!


We loved making and designing our Fire Engines outside!




Mud Glorious Mud! - October 2019


We had great fun playing with and making mud, generating some fantasic adjectives!






This is what we said...






Then we used the words and wrote poems.





Mrs Wishy Washy Continued - October 2019


We are retelling the story of Mrs Wishy Washy with the aid of our home made puppets!




Then in pairs we made a story map 




Then we made individual story maps complete with puppets!





Mrs Wishy Washy 1

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Mrs Wishy Washy - September 2019


In Class One we have been learning about Mrs Wishy Washy.  We all took it in turns to act out the story.  We had a great time!



Mrs Wishy Washy

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You can see more of our Mrs Wishy Washy videos on our Gallery page!

Gardening - June 2019


We have planted a Turks Turban Squash, a pumpkin, carrots, beans and potatoes to watch them grow, then eat them for our Harvest soup.




Reading Challenge Reward - June 2019


To celebrate the successful end to our Half Term reading challenge we held a Teddy Bears picnic outdoors. We enjoyed lemonade, squash, cakes and biscuits along with our lovely teddy bears. Well done everyone!



Victorian Day - May 2019


On Tuesday 21st May, the children stepped back in time to experience what it would have been like as a child to go to school during the Victorian times. They were all given a Victorian name for the day and took part in a range of activities from arithmetic to observational drawing and then in the afternoon making peg dolls and spinning tops. The children followed the rules of a Victorian classroom for the day and even got to try gruel for their snack! The children absolutely loved the day and learnt so much through first hand experiences. A massive thank you to all of the parents for their support with organising the brilliant costumes.






Gressenhall Visit - April 2019


On Monday 29th April, we took Year 1 and Year 2 to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse as part of our topic on Victorians. This was a brilliant opportunity for the children to experience what it was like to have lived in Victorian times. 





We're All Special

We worked really hard together as a school to produce this lovely display as part of our learning on everyone being different, but equally special. All children in the school then wrote down what made one of their friends special.


Exploring Beccles

As part of their topic on Beccles, Year 1 went on a walk around the town to learn more about the local area.  They also enjoyed a visit from a local historian.