Mosque Visit

Year 1 visited the Bournemouth Mosque and Islamic Centre. The children learnt about Ramadan and the 5 pillars of Islam. The children saw pictures of Mecca and learnt about how and when Muslims pray The children asked some very thoughtful questions about fasting and charity.  Take a look here.

Brownsea Island

On Thursday 29th June Year 1 visited Brownsea Island. We travelled across to the island by boat and then explored the wildlife and habitats of the island. We all had lots of fun. Take a peek here.

World Book Day

Year 1 had lots of fun on World Book Day dressing up as their favourite book characters. They took part in lots of reading related activities and finished the day with a hot chocolate story time session. Take a look here.

Planetarium Visit

Year 1 were visited by Bob Mizon's travelling planetarium. They crept inside the giant inflatable structure and were amazed by the stars and constellations that appeared above them. It was a fantastic experience for all our Year 1 children! See here.

AFCB - Healthy Eating Workshop

Some members of AFCB visited Year 1 to give a talk on healthy eating and living. Take a look at the photos here.


Recently the children learnt all about how to stay safe when playing on their computers and using the internet. Take a look here.

STEPS - Road Safety

Every year our colleagues from the road safety team come along and teach the children in year 1 about road safety. Take a look at the pictures here.

Luna Visit

Year 1 were visited by Luna the Chameleon. Take a look here.

Toby Carvery Visit

Year 1 took a visit to Toby Carvery and learnt all about the food and ingredients at their Chef School. They even got to eat a smashing meal at the end of it! Take a peek here.

Cherry Bear Litter Pick

Recently Cherry Bear from AFCB came to Jewell Academy to help the children to do a litter pick of the school grounds. Thank you Cherry Bear! See the pictures here.

Gruffalo Party

On Thursday 13th October Year 1 hosted our annual Gruffalo tea party. Our parents and carers were invited to see what amazing work we have been doing this half term. We began by singing our favourite Gruffalo song which we had been learning in music class. Then our parents and carers had the opportunity to look through our books while eating our delicious home-made Gruffalo cupcakes and sipping on purple prickle juice. Thank you so much for coming!!! Take a peek here.

Welly Walk to Holdenhurst Village

Year 1 went on a Welly Walk to Holdenhurst Village. Take a look here.

Congestion Week

Year 1 took part in Jewell Academy’s congestion week on Tuesday 11th October. The children had lots of fun riding around the playground on their scooters and bikes while learning about the importance of alternative methods of transport to the car. Take a look here.

Plant Talk

  Wednesday 12th October 2016        

Year 1 were lucky enough to be visited by our resident plant expert Mrs.Richards today. She shared her gardening knowledge with our pupils and gave a fantastically interactive talk about seeds, plants, trees and flowers. The children had the chance to go outside into our forest environment and explore the leaves and trees. The Year 1 children learnt the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and also gained an appreciation of the structure of plants and how they grow. They then had the opportunity to ask Mrs.Richards any questions they had to further their understanding. Thank you Mrs.Richards!!! Take a look here.

Bear Hunt

On Monday 14th September Year 1 read the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. In the afternoon a letter was delivered to Starfish class. It was an invitation from a bear who wanted the children to follow several clues to find his location on the school grounds. The children used their knowledge of positional language to decipher the clues and find the bear who was asleep in Jewell Academy’s new forest school area. As a reward for their endeavours the bear read the children a story before returning into the woods. See here.

Moors Valley

This week we visited Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. We got off the mini bus and headed to the visitor centre where we picked up our guide maps and compasses. We then headed off to begin the play trail where we used our map skills to follow the paths through the forest. The children had lots of fun exploring the different stations that included the snake pit, crocodile crossing and spider’s web. After a really long walk the children moved back through the forest where they bumped into none other than the Gruffalo himself. We all had a lovely picnic together before returning to school. Well done to all the Dolphins for their excellent behaviour! Take a peek here.

Build A Bear Trip

On Tuesday 27th September Year 1 visited Build a Bear in Bournemouth. We chose our class  bear and gave him a name. Dolphin’s bear is called “Fluffy,” and the Starfish bear is “Max.” The children then had the chance to make a wish for this school year and put a heart inside the bear. We then chose a lovely school uniform for the bear and accessorised him with some very smart glasses. Each week a child will be chosen to take the bear home on a Friday for the weekend. Max and Fluffy can then be returned on Monday with a diary detailing his weekend adventures. Our Year 1 children behaved impeccably throughout the trip and were a credit to the school! Meet Fluffy here.

Gruffalo Visit

On Friday 16th September Year 1 were lucky enough to have a visit from the Gruffalo. He retold the story in our lovely woodland area and proved to the children that he really does exist. There were also appearances from the snake, the big bad mouse, the fox and a beautiful owl. After a quick class photo the children returned to class to act out the story themselves.

Dear Parents/carers

Welcome to Dolphin class!!!

Mr.Kopfli and Miss.Kerley were so impressed with how all the children arrived at school yesterday looking so smart and ready to learn. We are looking forward to a fun packed year where our children develop their love of learning and enjoyment of school still further.

Just a few reminders-every child must bring a named water bottle and PE kit into school by Monday. PE lessons will start from Tuesday. The children will be given their new reading books next week and we encourage you to read as much as possible with your child at home. A curriculum newsletter will also be sent out next week explaining this half term’s learning.

If you ever have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to contact us. We are on the door in the mornings and we can arrange an appointment for after school when we will have more time to discuss any issues.

Thank you for your continued support


The Year One team