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  • Walton–on-the-Naze

    Year 1 had a wonderful day at the seaside when we visited Walton-on-the-Naze with the rest of the school.

    We enjoyed our lunch at the tower before heading to the beach for fun playing in the sand and jumping the waves with our friends.

  • Knebworth Park

    Year 1 have been learning about plants and how they grow in science. Using our knowledge, we have then written explanations of plant life cycles in our English lessons.  On Wednesday 28th June we visited Knebworth House to find out more.

    In the walled garden we learnt about different pollinators. They are growing banana trees which are pollinated by bats! We looked at different types of seeds and the different fruit and vegetables they grow into. After, our guide showed us some of the different tress they grow in the gardens. They have a huge soft tree that is 200 years old, it is called a Redwood. Even though it was giant it is still a baby, they can grow up to 3000 years old. We then went into the herb garden and discovered lots of different ways herbs can be used for food and medicine. We were all able to plant our own seed to take home and look after.

    After the plant workshop we went on the dinosaur trail. We looked at all the dinosaurs, some were herbivores, some were carnivores.

    After lunch we had a chance to play in the playground and the huge fort. The towers were really high, we could see all of Stevenage.

  • Ark Farm

    Ark farm came to visit us in Year 1. We got to meet all the animals and loved being able to stroke them all. We looked at the difference between the mammals and the birds, baby mammals need milk and birds are born from eggs. Mammals are like us and are hairy but birds have feathers instead.

    The rabbit’s fur was so soft. It had really long ears, our ears are flat.

    Pigs hair is rough! They eat plants and meat like us. We are both omnivores.

    The sheep was so fluffy. We get wool from sheep.

  • Trip to Mill Green Museum

    In history we have been learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666. The fire started in a bakery because they didn’t have electricity and used fire to cook on.

    We visited a real mill where they make flour, we learnt about how the grain is turned into flour using a water mill. It was very big and very loud! We had a go at using mill stones by hand, this was lots of hard work.

    We then had a go at making our own bread with a baker. We have electricity so our ovens do not use fire like they did in 1666.

    We also got to look at real artefacts from 1666. The fire fighter hat was so strong we could stand on it! There were also lots of artefacts people would have had in their homes, we had to work out what they all were then decide what we would have tried to save in a fire.
  • Science at The Ryde School 2021 – 2022


    Class 1 introduced Venn diagrams and sorted materials according to their properties. They looked at ‘silly’ materials to help build the children’s understanding of what properties different materials have.







    Class 1 went a trip to Knebworth House and took part in a seed workshop. They looked at uses of plants like medicinal plants and plants we eat.





    As part of their work on plants, Class 1 went on a walk around the school to find leaves and used these to help identify and name trees. They also did some sketching sorting and labelling using the key words deciduous and evergreen.


  • Science – Live link to Frazoo

    We were lucky enough to meet some more unusual animals via a live link session with Frazoo. This was to support the learning in science on animals, especially invertebrates and vertebrates.

    We met the snakes Charlie and Lola, a stick insect called Betty and a chameleon called Beaker. He could lick his own eyeball! These animals need a lot of looking after, so don’t really make the perfect pets!

  • Year 1 English – Wanted: The Perfect Pet

    In Year 1, since returning to school, we have been sharing the story ‘Wanted: The Perfect Pet’ by Fiona Roberton.

    The main focus of this story is to teach and remind us about the importance of friendship.

    The illustrations are beautiful and the children did some lovely drawings of the duck, Spot, feeling different emotions.

    They also had a go at ‘hot seating’ where they pretended to be Henry, the boy in the story, or Spot. They asked questions and had to answer in character.

    To link in with the book ‘Wanted: The Perfect Pet’ we thought about the pets in our school, Wiggles and Squiggles, the school guinea pigs.

    Wiggles came to visit our class and we wrote a factual report about guinea pigs; what they need and eat. We got to stroke him too, he thought we were very well behaved!

  • World Book Day Potatoes

    Here at the Ryde School, we celebrated World Book day on the 22nd March with children bringing in potato book characters from their favourite stories. The children created an array of characters from well-known stories, and these were displayed for everyone in school to see.

    We are constantly encouraging a love of books in school. Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success? We hope that the children can use their book vouchers to buy a book online and we look forward to them sharing their choices with us.

  • Forest School – Spring 2020

    This term we have been enjoying taking part in forest school and exploring the outdoors. We have been developing our fine motor skills using the hammer and nails and clay to create our own models.

    We have also really enjoyed having hot chocolate and biscuits!

  • History – Queen Elizabeth I

    In history, we have been learning about Queen Elizabeth I. We have watched videos, read books and looked at pictures to help us understand more about Queen Elizabeth’s life and how she became the Queen of England. We visited the Old Palace in Hatfield House, where Elizabeth lived when she was growing up and did some sketching of the different features. We saw the oak tree where Elizabeth was sitting when she found out that she was going to be the Queen of England.

    It was exciting to be walking where Queen Elizabeth I would have walked over 400 years ago. When we got back to school we put ourselves in Queen Elizabeth’s shoes and thought about how she might have felt when she became Queen.