St Stephen's Infant School

Striving, Supporting, Inspiring, Succeeding

Lansdown Road, Bristol, Avon, BS15 1XD

01454 866470

School Day: 8:50am-3.15pm – all year groups

Welcome to Zog Class


Miss Cruickshank, Mrs Otter, Mrs Plenty and Mrs Newman, have thoroughly enjoyed sharing in your learning this year.

We have a huge thank you to Mrs Baker and Mrs Walker who have supported our everyday readers. 

Thank you for always making great choices and trying your best. We will miss you and wish you well in Year 2.

Remember to come by, pop your head around the door, say 'Hi' and let us know how things are going. Enjoy the holidays! 

Term 6 - Summer Fun

Please follow our weekly learning during Term 6 by referring to the overview which can be found on the 'Year 1' page.

Zog Class had so much 'Summer Fun' on our day out at Avon Valley County Park.

Thank you for all of the group leaders who kept us safe and made our day so enjoyable.

Well done Zog Class you all made great choices and can be proud of yourselves. You were awarded your 10th class smiley.

We visited St Stephens Church on Thursday 4th July.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Poor Mr Grinling! The seagulls are eating his lunch but we have come up with some ingenious ideas as to how we can stop them.

Can you explain how we foiled the scavenging seagulls?

The seagulls were so cross with Mr Grinling that they pecked holes in his boat. Oh no! Mr Grinling can no longer row out to his lighthouse. Mr Grinling has asked us to help him build another boat.

We tried out our ideas in our first attempts. Next we had to test them against the criteria that Mr Grinling would need.

Did it float? Would it stay afloat? Was it waterproof? Did it have a seat? Would it move?

We tested our boats against the criteria and went back to the drawing board.

We then used our learning to improve the design of Mr Grinling's boat. Now for our 'second attempt in learning'. 

Arts Week - Space

We had a great workshop in which we learnt to try out some techniques when using pastels to create our own solar system. 

Term 5 - Castles and Queens

Please follow our weekly learning during Term 5 by referring to the overview which can be found on the 'Year 1' page.

Weeks 1 and 2 - Training to be a Knight

At the age of 7 Robert has gone to live at the castle for training to become a knight. It will take him 13 years. 

Can you share some of the things that Robert will learn as he is training to be a knight?

We took part in the Year 1 Agility Training Session.  

Term 4 - Animals

 Please follow our weekly learning during Term 4 by referring to the overview which can be found on the 'Year 1' page.

Week 6 Science Week

Fizz Pop visited us on Monday morning and Kameron helped out with an experiment about air and how it can be used to generate 'lift'. Kameron had a good idea about what he thought was going to happen!

This week we will be asking questions just like Curious Cat. Our questions will focus on animals and throughout the week we will be using different ways of finding out the answers to our questions.  

We started the week by asking 'What animals live in our school grounds?' Having made our lists, we then put them into animal sets such as birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles and minibeasts. This then triggered the question 'What is an insect? and 'Are all 

minibeasts insects or are all insects minibeasts? We 'goggled' the question read an explanation and watched a clip on the characteristics of an insect.

Can you explain to someone what an insect is?

Can you name all of the natural material that we collected and used in our 'Bug Hotel?'

We really wanted to encourage animals to live in our school grounds so next day we asked the questions 'What do minibeasts like to live in?' and 'How do you make a bug hotel?'. Having watch some clips we started to collect lots of different natural materials like sticks, pine cones, bamboo, cotton wool, paper, cardboard, stones, dried leaves and mud. We all made a room each, filling it with a material of our own choice. Like Teamwork Bee we joined the rooms together to make two 'Bug Hotels.'

On Wednesday we visited Bristol Zoo and asked the question 'What fascinating information can I find out about my favourite animal?' Amira and Amelia asked the butterfly specialist about butterflies and found out that butterflies taste with their feet, have delicate scales and that their ears are on their wings!

What did you find out about your favourite animal?

What did you find out about Miss Cruickshank's favourite animal - the golden frog?

Whilst at our workshop we met a polar bear and had the chance (if we wanted) to touch and hold .......

.............  a cockroach from Madagascar ..........

 ....... a leaf insect ......

 .......... and a snake.

We all had a fantastic day at the zoo so a huge 'Thank You' for your great behaviour and to all the mums and staff that made our day fun and safe.

No one was left behind but somehow a crocodile managed to escape and made it back to school with us!

Week 4-5 Tiger Dreams

Having swum all the way from mainland China, a tiger has arrived on the island of Hong Kong. The farmers are scared and angry because the tiger has already killed a buffalo. The children are excited, playing tiger games and dreaming tiger dreams. The tiger is now wild and free on the island so should the people who live on the island catch the tiger or not.

What would you do? Can you give a reason for your decision? How do you think the story will end?

Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. New life is everywhere. Buds are beginning to appear on the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. On Wednesday 21st March we went out and about to explore the signs of spring and even saw some baby chicks that had hatched out of their eggs that morning.

Three newly hatched chicks visited Zog Class and we all had a chance to hold one safely in our cupped hands.

An 'All Star' cricket coach, called John, came to show us some of the skills you need to play cricket. 

Week 1-3 The Snail and the Whale

We are returning to enjoy more of Julia Donaldson's stories as we follow an adventurous snail as he rides on the tail of a whale around the world. Like all good stories there is a problem which thankfully the snail helps to solve. The plot reminded us of one of Aesop's fables, one in which a small animal rescues a large animal. Yes, 'The lion and the Mouse'!

We are going to be finding out about repeated addition and how it is linked to multiplication.

We will also explore sharing. We will start with finding halves and quarters, of both shapes and quantities and then go onto division'

We started by sharing some sandwiches into four equal parts to find out what the four quarters looked like.

We then like Curious Cat wondered:

How many different ways there were to share a sandwich into four quarters and what shapes would the quarters be?

We hope you have enjoyed sharing our learning in Term 3. We are now looking forward to learning about animals in Term 4

Term 3 - Flight

 Please follow our weekly learning during Term 3 by referring to the overview which can be found on the 'Year 1' page.

St. Stephen's Got Talent 2019

Congratulations to Filip who reached the final of St. Stephens Got Talent 2019. He kept us laughing with his jokes!

Instructions and Parachutes (Weeks 4-6)

We will be using our Owl planning to design a set of sequenced instructions on 'How To Make A Bird Feeder'.

We will make sure it has a 'Bossy Verb' and add a time connective to the start of each instruction.

In science we will be asking some question like 'Curious Cat'.

How does a parachute work? 

What would happen to two men who jumped out of a plane at the same time but one of them opened their parachute and the other one didn't?

Do you know why this would happen? Can you think of how to test this? and Can you explain why this happens?

Winter Day 2019

On a cold and cloudy morning we went out to look for signs of winter. We thought about what clothes we needed to wear and wondered why everything felt so dark, bare and gloomy.

When we came back inside we made some peg dolls dressed ready for a Winter's day.

Now that all of our peg dolls were dressed ready for the Winter weather we put them into a Winter setting.

Whatever Next (Weeks 1-3)

We will be using our unicorn imagination, along with Little Bear, when we join him on an adventure as he flies to the moon.    

We will be learning like the spider by linking each numeral in a number to its place value. 

In science we will be asking questions, like curious cat, about what can fly and what has been invented so that we can fly.         

We will be making planes out of different 'paper based' materials and testing which one is the best to use when making a plane that will 'fly the furthest'.     

In History we will be finding out about the Wright brother and thinking  about what impact their inventions have had on us today and on Bristol

Can you remember the names of these two brothers? What did they go on to invent?

We hope you have enjoyed sharing our learning in Term 2. We are now looking forward to learning about flight in Term 3

Toys - Term 2

 Please follow our weekly learning during Term 2 by referring to the overview which can be found on the 'Year 1' page.

Christmas Fun and Celebrations (Week 7)

During week 7 we enjoyed celebrating Christmas with parties, pantomimes, presents, a special roast meal and a visit from Santa. 

                 We also enjoyed our class reward of a film and popcorn for collecting 10 smiley faces.

The Nativity' (Weeks 5 and 6)

     During the next two weeks we will be learning like 'Teamwork Bee' as we prepare for and perform 'The Nativity' with our Year 1 friends in Elmer Class and Gruffalo Class.

We all have a part of the story to tell, either as narrators or actors. As you can imagine it's important that everyone in the audience can hear us clearly so in order to improve our learning we're thinking about what makes a great speaker. 

      What materials were used to make Victorian toys ?         (Week 4-5 )

On Thursday we will have the chance to see some Victorian toys at 'Blaise Castle Toy Museum'. The toys were made for and played with by Victorian children over 100 years old. We will get a chance to see what materials were used to make their toys and how the different materials have aged. We'll be using our research to help us to write information sentences. We will also explore how the Victorians celebrated Christmas.

We visited Blaise Castle and learnt about toys in the past and what Christmas was like during Victorian times.

We will also be learning about time and like the owl we will plan when the long minute hand and the short hour hand are positioned on the clock when the clock is telling an o'clock time and a half past time. We will be singing our 'days of the week song and sequencing events throughout the day based on when they happen - in the morning, afternoon or evening.

Can you sing the song to remember the 7 days of the week?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday is the best. Saturday, Sunday is the weekend when we have  rest!

What materials are used to make our toys? (Week 3)

Like Curious Cat we will be asking the question 'What materials are used to make our toys?' I science we will be learning what a scientist does and exploring materials to discover their different properties. This will help us to decide which materials are the best ones to use for a range of different toys.

Can you name the 8 different materials that were used to make our toys?   Can you share what you found out about the different materials?

Our Favourite Toys (Weeks 1 to 3)

We all have a favourite toy. This term we will be finding out about the toys we play with and if they are the same or different to the toys our mum and dad or even our grandparents played with when they were our age. 

            We will also be making links between addition and subtraction. We will be investigating number bonds of 10, learning them by heart and finding out how memorising them can make us quicker when adding and taking away.

Can you use the numbers that are at the end of each colour of the rainbow to help you memorise number bonds of 10?

                We hope you have enjoyed sharing our learning in Term 1. We are now looking forward to learning about toys in Term 2

Stories We Love - Term 1

 Please follow our weekly learning during Term 1 by referring to the overview which can be found on the 'Year 1' page.

The Gruffalo (Weeks 6 to 8) 

On Thursday 18th October we went to Westonbirt Arboretum as part of our 'Outdoor Play and Learning' to explore Autumn, trees and all of the woodland characters who feature in 'The Gruffalo'.

We will be learning like the unicorn to create and describe our own monsters.

 We will cooking up some delicious meals - including Owl Ice-cream' and 'Gruffalo Crumble'.

In numeracy we will be looking at he properties of 2D shape, folding shapes in half and working out how to half a number.

Monday 8th October and Thursday 11th October

We look forward to 'parents evening' when our teachers will be sharing how we have settled into Zog Class. They will be chatting about how well we are doing with our learning and working together with our Zog friends.

Back to Jack!  

 During the last month we have been learning like curious cat and asking some questions about 'Jack's growing bean seeds':

'How does a beanstalk grow?',

'What does a beanstalk need to grow?' and 'What are the different parts of the beanstalk called?'

Since planting 'Jack's bean seeds, we have been watching them grow and naming the different parts. Our beanstalks have grown so high that they have shot through the clouds and reached the giant's castle. They are now perfect for Jack to climb!

The Little Red Hen (Week 5)

Talk for Write

When we use our 'Every Time I Write' checklist we our reminded to think it and say it just before we write it. We will be learning like the Owl to plan what we want to write by retelling 'The Little Red Hen' story using a 'Talk for Write' picture plan.

        Can you 'read' the 'Talk for Write' picture plan to help you retell a simplified version of 'The Little Red Hen'?                                    Can you remember to use the actions you created and the different voices you used for each of the four characters?                      We also used our picture plan to do a shared write of what we had said.

We used cubes to make 10 snakes of different lengths. Problem: Each snake had to be 1 cube longer than the snake above it. 

We also used cubes to measure 4 different sized Gruffalos, as well as a ruler marked with centimetres, to measure some pencils. Like the owl we planned what we needed to do to make sure that our measuring was accurate. 

We made a checklist to help us with our learning.

Jack and the Beanstalk (Weeks 1-4)

     For the first four weeks we will be exploring Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be using a 'Talk for Write' picture plan to help us retell the traditional version of the story. Once we are confident with that we will be writing our own version by thinking what other 'bad creature' could live at the top of Jack's beanstalk.

We decided Jack would meet a fire-breathing dragon at the top of his beanstalk!

We will be planting our own bean seeds and thinking about what the seed needs to grow into a giant beanstalk - just like Jacks!

We will also be asking questions like curious cat to find out what Jack's beans look and feel like before and after they are they are cooked. We will be making beans on toast and watching what changes happen to the bread, butter and beans as they are toasted or warmed up.

       We will be learning like owl to plan what makes an accurate counter. We will then use the checklist in our own learning to assess whether we have used all of the skills needed to accurately count the beans in Jack's sack.

Like Curious cat we will be exploring answers to the question: Is there a quick way to find one more and one less?

We will then use the skill of counting on to the next number to help us add on numbers that are larger than one.

                    Throughout this year we will be improving our pencil grip. The best way to grip the pencil for the range of movements needed to  write cursive letters is called the tri-grip. Max, Marcel and Emily are already using the tri-grip.

             Throughout this year we will also be improving our handwriting. We will be learning more about how to form cursive letters correctly. We will be concentrating on each letter and trying them one at a time.  Every letter starts on the line with a 'woosh-in'.