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Base 12

Welcome to Base 12!


Base 12 is taught by Miss Ballance and we have the amazing Miss Collins and Miss Griffiths who help us too. 


In this class we aim to always try our best and be kind to each other. We love exploring, playing, communicating and collaborating and have lots of exciting activities planned this year, so watch this space!



Our Year 1 Summer term topic is... 


Grow your own!

During this topic, we will be designing and creating our own ideal vegetable garden.  We will also be learning about and planting a range of seeds to help us learn about the basic conditions needed for healthy growth.  The life cycle of a bee will also be explored, as well as the importance they have in the garden and for the life-cycle of plants.

In geography we will also be learning about different food sources both within Europe and from the wider world, and specific seasonal foods in the UK. We will also tie links to History, learning about locally grown foods and the different types of food that have been transported thanks to travel and trade.


Our Reception Summer term topic is... 

Castles and Crowns - The Queen's Jubilee



Within this topic we will be exploring traditional tales related to the theme of castles and crowns such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Princess and the Pea. We will also be finding out about our Queen and celebrating her platinum jubilee. We can't wait to explore our own castle role play area! 





In Base 12 we love learning to read and exploring books, stories, rhymes and songs. To help us learn, we have  daily phonics sessions where we learn how to say and write our letter sounds. We also have three group reading sessions a week where we explore a decodable reading book. Our first session focuses on decoding the book, using our segmenting and blending skills. The second session explores reading with expression, and the third ensures we understand what our story is about and what all the words mean. 


Once we have read this book three times we can take it home for a week, where we can read it again. The school expectation is that this book is read at home at least 4 times and recorded in our reading record. This will really help us to develop not just our fluency, but also our love for reading. Not to mention, we can also earn a raffle ticket that might win us a book!


We also pick out a 'Reading for Pleasure' book each week and take it home in our book bags. We would love to share this book with you at home - maybe even as a special bed time story!


Both the decodable book and 'Reading for Pleasure' book are changed on Fridays.



Reading for pleasure! 


We place a great emphasis on reading for pleasure and are always finding opportunities within the school day to share a range of stories and texts to help nurture a love of reading.


We love to hear about the children's favourite stories and have recently introduced a reading for pleasure book, where the children are able to choose a book they enjoy to share at home for a week.


In English, this term we will be sharing a range of stories related to our topic of grow your own, as well as exploring different authors.






We will now be sending home maths homework for Year 1 children to complete. This will be sent home on a Friday and we ask that it is returned to school by the following Thursday. Thank you. 




Our P.E. session days are Tuesdays and Thursdays and are delivered by Mr Trainor the Crossbar coach. This term on Wednesdays our focus is dance and on Thursdays our focus is gymnastics, where we will be learning different pose positions including tuck, pike and straddle and how to roll safely.


The school uniform for P.E. is a white polo top or purple Randlay top, black shorts or trousers, and black pumps or black trainers. It would be greatly appreciated if all pupils could come to school in the correct uniform for these two days.


Keep looking at this page to see all the exciting work we get up to! 







Our first outdoor learning session!

Look at our amazing sustainably made instruments!




Our Year 1 Spring term topic is... 


Moon Mission!

During this topic we will learn about the history of the moon buggy, why it is important and compare how the designs have changed. We will use these designs to help us to design and create our own moon buggy. 


We will also learn about different materials and their properties and decide which would be the best to build a rocket out of. 


Our Reception Spring term topic is... 


"Can I switch it on?"

Within this topic we will be investigating different sound and light sources; exploring our senses of sound and sight; exploring how sound and light can travel; investigating shadows and how they are created; and even exploring electricity and how it can 'switch things on'. We are also exploring Space in this topic and have a rocket role play area to match!




Easter fun in Base 12!

Recycling Robots

What a brilliant day at Wonderland!

Space Camp

Safer Internet Day 2022

The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home


We had lots of fun acting out the story The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers. Miss Ballance was very proud of how confident everyone was at performing in front of each other. 

Rocket launch music


We have been exploring Winter in Base 12. We began by looking at and retelling the story One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth. We then carried out lots of fun related activities including making snow, hunting for signs of winter in the woodland and playing in the frost outside. 

Space Junk!

Space Junk! 


When we arrived back at school after Christmas something had landed on our playground. 

We used our detective skills and discussed what we thought it might be. Some children thought it might be from a rocket ship, others from a moon buggy and some thought it might even be from an alien spaceship! 

We then sorted the space junk according to what material it was, discussing each items properties and what it might be used for. 

School starts at 9am be on time