Year 1

River Story


This term, Year 1 have been reading the book ‘River Story’ by Meredith Hooper, which tells the story of a river’s journey from source to mouth. In the style of the author, we have written our individual river story journeys, with a particular emphasis placed upon how to use descriptive language effectively. At the same time, our children have also explained their geographical understanding of the physical journey all rivers may take to get from source to mouth.  Here some of our children reading out specific paragraphs (from their individual stories), for each stage in their collaborative journey, in this instance.




Year 1 Explore Mount Edgcumbe


Year 1 visited Mount Edgcumbe as part of their learning around Making and Creating. The children set about making their own shelters and camps and many would have been happy to stayed into the night! We explored the beach and found many crabs and interesting things. There wasn’t a stone left unturned. It was a great day full of fun, team work and laughter.

Year 1 Explore Mount Edgcumbe from Plymouth School of Creative Arts on Vimeo.


Egg Experiment

As part of Easter, a challenge was set in our studio for the children to make and construct something that would protect an egg when it was dropped at height. Year One were buzzing with excitement as they designed and made their projects. We hope you enjoy watching the results, sadly a few eggs cracked during this challenge!

Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Experiment from Plymouth School of Creative Arts on Vimeo.

Students visit the National Marine Aquarium Plymouth

We set off to The Aquarium in Plymouth as part of our topic around the environment and our oceans. We leant about the sea life in our waters and talked about some useful ways we can look after our environment. It was fun to see the sharks and Snorkel the Turtle and all of the other sea creatures.

Year one students visit National Marine Aquarium Plymouth from Plymouth School of Creative Arts on Vimeo.

Student film makers capture great learning

Students within year 1 are becoming roving reporters capturing great learning every week!

On a regular basis two different students are selected to capture studio learning using photography or video on the studio’s ipads.

Studio teachers Lora, Jess and Charlotte at the end of the day then screen these mini films within base camps and encourage students to reflect on the learning captured.

Hamish from Year 1 says: “ I got to see some beautiful work, it made me quite amazed actually. My filming showed people doing good work”.