Newtown Community Primary School
'Newtown Primary School is a Community Primary School and we take the "Community" aspect of our title very seriously. Our children, their families and extended families are at the heart of everything we do.'

Sycamore Class (Year 1)

Welcome to Sycamore Class

Hi! My name is Miss Pountney, and I am very excited to be in Sycamore Class this year along with our amazing Teaching Assistant – Mrs King! Sycamore Class are going to have a brilliant year, jam packed full of learning and fun! We will start the year off learning about Mary Seacole in our history lessons and looking at everyday materials in science – we will even have the chance to do our very own investigations. As we progress through the year, we will be making our very own moving vehicles, learning about castles, the seaside, and animals to name a few topics! All the while linking our writing to our topic work and producing some incredible pieces of writing, ranging from stories to non-chronological reports, to poetry. We’ll also be heading out of the classroom on some exciting school trips this year, so keep an eye out!

Victorian Day

Sycamore had a wonderful time on our Victorian day, we got to have a go at using chalk to write on 'slates', chant our times tables, and make and taste some Victorian food! We made some gruel which most of us didn't really like and then got to try some Victoria sponge cake which was delicious! 

We got to have a go at playing lots of Victorian games outside, which we loved too! 

Term 5 Science

This term in Sycamore we are very excited about our science topic. We are learning all about animals! We have learnt about the different groups of animals - mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. We worked together in groups to sort lots of different animals into the groups that they belong to. 


As we have been learning about plants in science, we went on a wild plant hunt around school! We learnt about how wild plants grow without having to be planted and we saw lots of these around school! We saw daisies, buttercups, brambles, ivy, and nettles! We had lots of fun looking for these different plants! 


In science this term we have been learning about plants! We have carried out an investigation into which will grow the fastest and tallest out of sunflowers, cucumber, radish, and lettuce! We really enjoyed planting them! 

Wassily Kandinsky

This term in Sycamore our art focus has been on an artist called Wassily Kandinsky who is often known as the first artist to paint abstract art! We've been learning lots about colour mixing, looking at his different paintings and thinking of different ways of describing the amazing colours in his paintings! We have focussed on Kandinsky's concentric circles painting and we have been making our own clay plates inspired by this painting! Here are some photos of us in action!  


Wednesday 8th March Home Learning 


Sycamore have been loving geography this term! We've been learning all about compasses and using directional language. We loved going outside and using compasses to direct our partners north, east, south and west. We had so much fun! We also used our knowledge of compasses and directions to help our favourite dragon Zog get back to school after he got lost! 


Farm to Food


We have been learning about and making our very own moving vehicles for our topic: Farm to Food. We learnt about all the different parts of a moving vehicle – the chassis, wheels, axle, body of the car and the cab to name a few! Towards the end of term, we got the glue guns out and used different length pieces of wood and bottle tops to build our cars before sticking our wonderful designs on to them! Which designs do you like?


So far in maths this term we have been very busy! We’ve been looking at using the terms less than, greater than, and equal to, to describe the relationships between numbers. We’ve been using cubes, and different symbols as well as the words themselves (which has been a great opportunity for some fred talking and blending!) to make the statements make sense.