We are artists!

We are artists!

For the past 2 weeks we have been artists! This year for art fortnight year one have studied and take inspiration from Bridget Riley. Bridget Riley is an English artist who creates optical illusions and artwork using tessellation. In the first week we researched, experimented with different mediums and created a piece of 2D artwork in the style of Bridget Riley. This week we have focused on 3D art and used clay to produce 3D artwork again which was inspired by Bridget Riley.

WEEK 1 – Using paints to create our Bridget Riley inspired  piece of art.

WEEK 1 – Using oil pastels to create our Bridget Riley inspired piece of art.


WEEK 2 – Creating our 3D artwork.


During the course of the fortnight we have learnt lots of new skills and fun facts about Bridget Riley, but the best thing of all we had lots of fun doing it! Year one have created some fantastic pieces of art – well done!

We are instruction writers!

We are instruction writers!

This week in English year one have been looking at verbal and written instructions. We have followed instructions and written our own on ‘How to Make a Windpipe’.

How to Make a Windpipe

You will need:

  • 5 Plastic straws
  • A pair of scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • A pencil
  1. First, carefully cut the straws to different lengths so they create a different sound.

2. Then accurately sequence the straws from shortest to longest.

3. After, carefully cut a piece of sticky tape the same length as your pencil so you have enough to fit around all 5 straws.

4. Next, lay the tape on the table with the sticky side up and precisely stick the straws onto the tape with the top of straws in a straight line.

5. Finally fasten the straws securely with sticky tape.

Now enjoy the sweet, soft sound of the windpipes!

We thoroughly enjoyed making the windpipes and playing them too! Well done year one you did a fabulous job. If you would like to practise your instruction writing skills or develop your sequencing skills head over to Moodle where there is an exciting, interactive activity!


Phonics Screening Workshop at Bierton Road

Phonics Screening Workshop at Bierton Road

A big thank you to all of the parents who came to the Phonics Screening workshop at Bierton Road this morning. I hope you found the information useful and reassuring.

If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can view the presentation by clicking on the link here.

Below are a list of the useful websites we discussed this morning.




You can also watch the video below to hear the articulation of the pure sounds we teach at school.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Reed


Year 1 Eco-Park Visit

Year 1 Eco-Park Visit


This week year 1, as part of our science topic ‘Seasons’, visited our local eco-park.

Guy greeted us and gave us a brief talk about seasons.

Guy greeted us and gave us a brief talk about seasons.

Guy took us on a tour of the Eco-park and we were looking out for early signs of spring.


The first sign we came across was the Catkins growing on the Hazel trees.


Further along our tour we spotted Snowdrops and Bluebells beginning to sprout.









Towards the end of our tour in the flower beds we saw our fourth and final sign of spring Primrose flowers.



Then we had the chance to sketch and label all the things we saw on our tour to take back for our classroom display.

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Year 1 Black Country Living Museum Visit

Year 1 Black Country Living Museum Visit


On Friday 26th January 2018, year 1 visited the Black Country Museum to look at how things were in the past and how things have changed over time.


The children began the day by participating in a Victorian wash day. Whereby, they had to grate the soap and add it to the water in the dolly tub. After that the children had to use the dolly to twist and mix the clothes until they were clean.

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Then they had to use all their strength to turn the mangle to rinse the excess water from the clothes. Finally they then hung their clothes on a washing line using a peg.

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It was an enjoyable experience but the children realised how hard the Victorian children had to work.

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The half of the day the children visited old shops, a school and houses to see how they lived and to think about the difference between then and now. The children were quite surprised of the huge difference there was.

The children were so well behaved and really did Starbank Primary proud. Children and teachers alike both enjoyed the trip!  It was a very worth while experience.