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Welcome to Chaplin Class' Virtual Museum.


Chaplin Class have been learning about history that happened millions of years ago. We have been learning about dinosaurs and how we know that they lived on Earth.


We started our investigations by reading the book 'What's Under the Bed' by Mick Manning.


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We found that there were lots of things under the ground such as pipes,roots,tunnels,clay, animals,coal, fossils, gems, magma and a hard core in the centre of the earth. We drew our own pictures of what is under the ground.
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We saw that special scientists called paleontologists have found evidence that dinosaurs lived on our Earth by looking under the ground and finding dinosaur fossils, teeth and bones.We then went outside to see for ourselves what is under the ground and see if we could find any evidence of dinosaurs ! We did a ...


Here we are outside digging...

Here are some of the things we found..
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We decided to write to Bristol Museum to see if they could help us identify what we had found. We knew the fossils were ammonites and trilobites but we weren't sure which dinosaurs the bones were from. Here is one of our letters...
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We became experts at dinosaurs and learnt to label the parts of dinosaurs and recognise different dinosaurs.
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We became such experts that one day we received a letter from The British Museum in London asking for our help. We needed to investigate 15 pieces of dinosaur poo ( coprolite) and see whether the dinosaur was a herbivore ( a plant eater) or carnivore (meat eater). Here is the letter..
We had a great time looking through the dinosaur poo. Some of us found feathers and meat in the coprolite and some of us found leaves and twigs.
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We recorded our investigations for the Museum and told them in our reports whether the coprolite belonged to a herbivore or a carnivore.
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We had learnt a lot about dinosaurs and hoped we may one day be as famous as one of the first fossil hunters... MARY ANNING.

Mary lived a long time ago and we enjoyed learning about her life. We wrote about her story. 

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We made some ammonites or 'curiosities' which Mary used to call the fossils she found. We used clay to make them. We rolled the clay and twisted it into a spiral shape. We used a pencil to make marks on them.
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Mary used to collect her curiosities on the beach at Lyme Regis in a fossil bag. We have designed fossil bags and are currently making them in class. We are sewing them. We will put our fossils in them and take them home at the end of term.
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We have read lots of stories about dinosaurs. Our favourite was 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' by Ian Whybrow. We learnt the story in our Talk for Writing lessons. Once we had learnt the story by heart with some actions to help us we wrote story maps and then wrote the story ourselves. Mrs Collins was very proud of our writing.
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We have loved our Dinosaur topic. We have learnt a lot of new things and had lots of fun too. Thank you for visiting our Virtual Museum. We hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the work we have done this term. 
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Monday 10th December

Thanks to POMs we watched a pantomime this afternoon !. It was 'Dick Whittington' and we all had such a great time. We joined in all the songs and actions. As it was a pantomime of course there was lots of booing at the baddie and "Oh no your not" shouts. The children thought it was brilliant and wanted to see it again ! 



Monday 3rd December.

When we came into Chaplin Class today we spotted an Elf on our whiteboard ! We hope he is going to be good. Mrs Collins took some photos of him when we had gone home. He seems to be enjoying himself in our classroom. We will be writing about his adventures !

Friday 30th November

This week we have been learning our number bonds to 10. To help us do this we have done the SMARTIE  CHALLENGE ! We were each given 10 smarties and we had to make as many different number sentences as we could using our 10 smarties. At the end, we were allowed to eat the smarties. We did our work very quickly so we could get to the eating part of the challenge !!

Friday 16th November

Mrs Collins and Szymon P found out that they had a birthday on the same day so we decided to plan and have a party on Friday afternoon. We decided what we might need for a party and wrote shopping lists. Mrs Collins went shopping. We decorated the classroom and made birthday cards. After playing some party games we shared some party food and sang 'Happy Birthday' before watching Szymon blow out 6 candles on a birthday cake. Unfortunately, we couldn't find enough candles for Mrs Collins' to blow out or a cake big enough to hold them all so she just ate the cake ! It was a lovely end to the week.

Friday 16th November

Today was an exciting day in Chaplin Class. In the morning Eagle Heights came to visit Brentry Primary School. Alan, from Eagle Heights, had brought 4 birds of prey to show us and talk about how they were adapted to catch animals and fish for their food. It was really interesting and amazing when Alan let some of the birds fly over our heads ! What a fantastic experience for us all to be so close to these beautiful birds.

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Today we were sent a letter from The British Museum asking for our help. The Museum had heard we were dinosaur experts. They asked us to investigate some dinosaur poo ( or coprolite) to see if we could identify whether the dinosaur had been a carnivore or herbivore. The Museum sent us 15 pieces of coprolite wrapped in tissue paper. We carefully unwrapped it and broke up the coprolite to see what we could find. Some children found leaves,twigs and flowers in the poo. This must have meant the dinosaur was a herbivore. Some children found meat, feathers and bones in their samples. These dinosaurs must have been carnivores. The children worked very hard and we will send our results back to the Museum.

Monday 12th November

This week it is Anti-Bullying Week. Today we have been wearing odd socks and we have been talking about why it is OK to be different and celebrating our differences. Later this week we will be exploring what makes a good friend in our P.S.H.E. lesson.

Friday 18th October

Harvest Festival

The children in Chaplin Class have been thinking about sharing this week. They have talked about how they kindly share with others. Some share bedrooms with brothers and sisters and some share sweets, toys and books with their friends. As it's Harvest Festival this week we shared some apple pie together. We thought of some great adjectives to describe the pie. Delicious, yummy,scrummy, appley,lush and crumbly ! We also learnt a poem called 'Apple Pie'. We are going to say it at our Harvest Assembly ! Here are some photos of us enjoying our apple pie.

Friday 28th September



Chaplin Class were very excited today to go on a Big Dig ! We were paleontologists for the morning ! We were amazed to find dinosaur bones, fossils, gems, teeth and rocks. It was very exciting. All the children were fantastic at digging carefully and sharing what they had found with their friends. Once we had finished digging we took our finds back to class. We talked about the fossils,bones and gems we had found. Then we made labelled drawings of them so we could record what we had found. We will write to Bristol Museum to tell them about our morning and see if they can help us identify some of the bones and fossils we found. Good work Chaplin Class !

Thursday 6th September 2018

Welcome to Chaplin Class 2018-2019 !

It was a real treat to meet our new Year 1 children today. They settled back to school beautifully and did some amazing writing about their Summer holidays.

We have started to give out new reading books and aim for every child to have a book by the end of tomorrow. There is a drop box just inside the classroom door where children can put their reading books and reading record books  when they have finished them . We will change their books by the end of the day. Please read with your child as often as you can as it will make a big difference to their progress. Of course it doesn't have to be you it could be a grandparent, auntie/uncle , an older brother or sister or even the dog !

P.E days are Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. We do not do Welly Wednesday in Year 1.

The children looked so smart in their new uniform today please make sure it is all labelled as when it gets lost it is much easier to find and give back to the right owner.

A water bottle is also important. Even when the weather turns cooler water is really good for the brain and we will encourage the children to drink lots. Their own water is much more hygienic than sharing a cup with others.

Please do come and see us if you have any concerns or worries about your child or if there is anything you are unsure of. We are a friendly team and would rather know if there are any problems so we can solve them. Also if there is any information you feel it would be useful for us to know please come and share with us. Please bear in mind though that the start of the day when the children are coming into the classroom and leaving it at the end of the day are particularly busy times for the staff. It is best if we arrange a meeting with you at a convenient time when we can give you our full attention. 

Tomorrow there will be a letter going home with more information about Year 1. Back to School meetings will take place next week so I look forward to giving you more information and meeting you then.

Mrs Collins

Year 1 Class Teacher


Last Year 2017-2018

Friday 15th June

Last week Chaplin Class had a lovely trip to Court Farm with our friends in Brunel Class. The children learnt all about the farm animals and were able to see the cows being milked and helped to feed the very cheeky lambs. The tractor ride was a very bumpy favourite! After a picnic lunch the children enjoyed playing on the wooden fort play equipment. Everone had a great day out. A big thank you to all the helpers on the day and to the children who were so sensible and well behaved. Some members of the public even commented on how wonderful they were ! Well done Chaplin Class.

Friday 4th May

An exciting week this week in Chaplin Class as we had two visitors from our class story Jack and the Beanstalk. We were lucky enough to interview Jack himself and The Giant ! The children wrote questions they wanted to ask the characters the day before they came in. There were some really good questions and some very honest answers from Jack and The Giant. By the end we almost felt sorry for The Giant ! Our characters were brilliantly played by Belle and Mylo.  Thank you Belle and Mylo were amazing !

We also planted some beans which we hope will grow into our very own beanstalks and if we are really lucky maybe there will be some gold coins at the top of them. Watch out for Giants though ! We are writing bean diaries to record their progress.
In numeracy we have started a topic about measuring and have been measuring beanstalks to see how tall they are. Here are some of the children in action !
Of course, important as they are , school life isn't just about numeracy and literacy. Here are some more photos of Chaplin Class studying music, French and P.E. Finally, a class photo of Ethan's last day in Chaplin Class. A very sad day for us all but we hope he is now settling into his new Aussie life, making lots of new friends and enjoying his new adventure !
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Friday 13th April

Hope everyone had a very happy Easter break. Everyone has settled back in to the school routine well. Today we have had our skipathon in aid of Sports Relief. We practised during the week and by today were excellent skippers. With the help of year 6 we managed as a class to do 5,524 skips in ten minutes ! Here are some photos of us working hard to achieve a fantastic score. Now it's time to collect as much sponsor money as we can.

Friday 23rd March

Wow ! The children were fantastic in our Spring Festival today. They said their poem loudly,clearly and with smiles on their faces! Well done Chaplin Class !

It was our last swimming session today as well and the children have made great progress over the last five weeks. Back to P.E next term on our usual Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

I do hope everyone has a happy and relaxing Easter holidays ready for the start of the Summer Term on Monday 9th April.

Mrs Tucker kindly made Easter cakes with the children this week so here are some photos of Chaplin Class' Mary Berrys and Paul Hollywoods !


Friday 16th March.

On Wednesday in ICT Chaplin Class received a letter from a school in the USA.The letter was a from a Reception Cass telling Chaplin Class about their school. Using the word processing skills Chaplin Class have been practising with Mrs Jack this term the children have written a letter back telling the American children all about their class at Brentry. Mrs Jack will post it and we will wait for their reply ! 

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On Thursday we had the opportunity to try out our hockey skills. Mr Swann, from Westbury Hockey Club, taught us some skills and then let us play some games. We were very good at using the stick to control the  ball and some children even scored some goals. It was great fun !
On Thursday, Mrs Hamblin, our reading volunteer brought in her baby bunnies, Charlie and Copper. They were really soft and fluffy and we all enjoyed a cuddle !

Friday 9th March

We have been catching up this week after our snowy week last week. The children have been back practising their swimming and the swimming teacher commented today that the children are making fantastic  progress. They really are and some of our 'non' swimmers are really taking off. 

Today we had our postponed World Book Day dressing up day. Wow ! The costumes were amazing. Thank you parents for making your children look like they had just stepped out of a book ! Below are some photos of the brilliant book characters we had in Chaplin Class today.

I look forward to seeing parents next week at Parent's Evening on Monday and Wednesday. Finally, I do hope all the lovely Mums have a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday and get thoroughly spoilt. You deserve it !

Friday 9th February

International Week

Chaplin Class have had a very busy International Week. Each day we have been learning how to greet each other in different languages with the help of some of the children in the class. We have been learning Hungarian, French, Polish, Arabic, Iranian Farsi, Spanish, Gaelic,Punjabi, Bengali, Czech,Welsh and German. The children have also been talking about the countries they have family living in. Not only have we been learning lots but we have been eating lots too ! Thank you to all the parents who have cooked or donated food from around the World.It was all delicious and we enjoyed trying new tastes. Apart from learning and eating we have had lots of fun and enjoyed dressing up in costumes from around the World today. Here are some photos of our week.

Friday 2nd February

There has been some fantastic writing happening in Chaplin Class this week. The children have been hard at work writing poems based on the poem 'Jelly on a Plate'.



Jelly on a plate,

Jelly on a plate,

Wibble wobble,

Wibble wobble,

Jelly on a plate.


The children worked hard on planning their poems, reciting them and even acting them out in PE before writing them. In numeracy we have been learning about odd and even numbers.

We are looking forward to International Week next week. We will be saying good morning to each other in a different language each day, learning about some different countries, trying some foods from different countries and dressing up on Friday!

Friday 26th January

This week we have been busy learning to tell the time. We have been looking at o'clock and half past times. Lots of practise can be done at home on this maths topic. Ask your child what the time is if your clock is on an o'clock or half past time. Hopefully they will be able to tell you !

Thank you for taking time to talk about your journey into school with your child. The children drew some brilliant maps of their journey to school. Next week (weather permitting ) we hope to go on a walk around the local area to explore what we like about our local area and how it could be improved.

In science we have been exploring our five senses and doing touch, taste and listening experiments. Our favourite experiment was trying to guess which flavour starburst Mrs Collins had given us without looking !!

Wednesday 3rd January 2018


I hope everyone had a great holiday and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2018. We have two new exciting geography based topics to cover before Easter: Our Local Area and after half term Castles. We will also be asking for your continuing support this term with daily reading at home and learning of keywords and phonics sounds. P.E days remain the same; Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.

Looking forward to starting the new term ! Any concerns or questions please come in and see me.

Mrs Collins

Friday 15th December


A busy end of term for Chaplin Class with our wonderful performance of 'The Very Hopeless Camel ' on Wednesday, Christmas Dinner on Thursday and our Class Party on Friday ! Here are some photos of us enjoying our last week in school before the holidays.


Thank you for the lovely cards and gifts we have received and all your support this term. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 !

Friday 24th November

Today Chaplin Class visited Bristol Museum. The morning started with a Dinosaur Takeover Workshop run by the Museum and University students. We took part in four different activities.  We got to hold real fossils, took part in a dinosaur dig with Dino Will, decided which dinosaur would win the Battle of the Dinosaurs and learnt about food chains. The University students were really impressed with our knowledge !

After a packed lunch we got to visit Doris the Pliosaur. We enjoyed giving her a stroke and learning all about her playing with all the activities in her exhibition.

Mrs Collins said she was really proud of Chaplin Class who listened well during the trip and were really well behaved. Chaplin Class got a present because of this...our very own Doris the Pliosaur !

A big thank you to Mrs Tucker, Miss Ransom, Carolin, Maggie and Mrs Lazard who helped us on our trip. 

Here are some photos of our day out.


Wednesday 22nd November

An exciting letter arrived in Chaplin Class today from the British Museum in London

The children worked really hard to investigate the coprolites (dinosaur poop) and discovered what the dinosaurs had been eating ! In some of the coprolites they found twigs, leaves, flowers and nuts. These must have been herbivores and could have been poop from a Brachiosaurus,Triceratops or a Stegosaurus. In the other coprolites they found feathers, bones and pieces of meat. These must have been carnivores and could have been the poop from a Tyrannasaurus Rex, Pterodactyls, Velociraptors or an Icthyosaur. I m sure the Museum will be really pleased with their findings !

Week ending 17th November.

This week has been Anti Bullying Week and we have been thinking about what makes a good friend and how we can help our friends if they have a problem. On Friday we all wore our odd socks celebrating our differences. 

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Pudsey during Celebration Assembly on Children in Need Day on Friday. He delivered a cheque from Asda to the school.
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Week ending 10th November 2017

It was great to meet so many parents at this weeks Parents Evening and have a chance to share your children's hard work.

This week we have been learning about Mary Anning. Mary Anning was a famous fossil collector during the Victorian times before scientists knew the stones were really the fossilised remains of creatures that had lived millions of years ago. One day Mary discovered the remains of an entire Icthyosaur in the cliffs near her home in Lyme Regis. She collected her fossils in her fossil bag.She became one of the most famous fossil hunters. Next week we will be writing about her and designing our own fossil bags.

Week ending 3rd November

After writing their news for me on Monday morning I know everyone in Chaplin Class had a happy half term holiday ! The children have settled back into school really well and have been working hard in numeracy learning by heart their number bonds to 10. They have been learning a poem to help them remember too. The children have taken a copy of the poem  home to practise. They all have some of our year 1 tricky words in their book bags to learn how to read and write too.

Next week I look forward to talking to you at Parents Evening on Tuesday and Thursday. If you are unable to meet on those days please let me know so we can arrange another convenient time. 


Thursday 19th October

The children were fantastic in our 60th Birthday Celebration Assembly today. They sat beautifully enjoying the performances by the rest of the school before performing confidently them selves. Well done Chaplin Class. Here are a few photos from the assembly.


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A big thank you to our friends Reagan, Mackenzie and Mason from Year 6 who came and showed us how to make paper aeroplanes to use in our assembly.

Week ending 13th October 2017

This week in Chaplin Class we have been learning about some of the inventions, fashions, films and TV programmes, toys and events that happened between 2000-2009. We will be telling you all about what we have learnt at the 60th Birthday Celebration Assembly on Thursday 19th October !

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The children have been hard at work retelling the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. We have been 'hot seating' some of the characters to find out how they felt during the story. Thank you to William, Jack, Zaara and Adele for pretending to be Harry, Mum, Sam and Nan..
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Week beginning 2nd October

This week in Chaplin Class we have been reading 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' by Ian Whybrow. We are learning the story,with the help of actions, as part of our Talk for Writing program so that we can rewrite the story ourselves this week. The children have drawn some fantastic story maps for the story. 

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We have been working scientifically to investigate how liquids react with each other. To do this we made 'volcanoes' in bottles. We used water, oil, food colouring and alker seltzers if you want to have a go at home !
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During our ICT time the children went on the website to practise our phase 3 sounds. This is a fun way to practise our phonics and can be done easily at home. Username: brentryp Password : kent.


A reminder that it is Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday 10th October and we are asking the children to wear something yellow on that day. In class we will be talking about the importance of talking to someone if you are feeling sad or have a worry.

Week ending 29th September


A busy week in Chaplin Class as on Wednesday it was our Big Dig ! The children had great fun digging and looking for clues about the past. They found dinosaur bones, teeth, gems, fossils and rocks.

On Thursday, we cleaned all our finds, drew pictures of them and displayed them in pots ready to send to the museum for identification. 

Today we have written recounts about our exciting Big Dig.

Here are some photos of the fun afternoon !

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Week beginning 25th September 


Last week Chaplin class were busy starting our class topic about dinosaurs. What a lot of long names to remember ! The children are now in groups named after dinosaurs, Pterodactyls, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Ichthyosaurs and will be working on specific tables for most lessons. We definitely have some dinosaur experts in the class ! We have been looking at what might be in the ground below us and this leads us nicely to one of our WOW events of the term...THE BIG DIG

The children will be archaeologists for the afternoon on Wednesday and will be digging to see what they can discover in some soil.This may be messy work so please can parents provide a change  of old clothes and wellies or old shoes in a labelled bag on Wednesday morning. If it is a rainy day we will postpone to Thursday.

Looking forward to seeing what the children will find !

 Week beginning 18th September.


Another week has flown by in Chaplin Class and I am really proud of the way the children have settled into Year 1. They are all working hard and supporting each other in their learning and play. They are a great team.smiley

So far this term we have written our Class Charter which are a set of rules we have agreed on to ensure we are all happy,safe and able to learn in school. We have also been learning about Charlie Chaplin. We've watched some silent black and white films,  written about him, drawn some pictures of him with charcoal, pretended to be him in P.E and even dressed up like him! We all think he is a very funny character!

Last week we had three very fluffy visitors in Chaplin Class for the afternoon. Mrs. Hamblin, one of our reading volunteers, kindly brought in her three baby rabbits, Bob, Bonnie and Billie. We all had a cuddle and learnt about how to look after rabbits. Afterwards the children did some fantastic writing about our visitors.

That's not the only animals we met last week. On Thursday Harold, the giraffe, came to visit us on the Life Education Bus. He told us about how to eat healthily and look after our bodies. We all enjoyed meeting him.

I am so pleased the children have been so enthusiastic about reading. They have been great at remembering their books everyday and putting them in the crate when they need changing.

A reminder that our PE days are Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Photos of some of the activities we have been doing will be appearing soon !

Thank you all for your support at the beginning of Year 1. Please do not hesitate to pop in and see me if you have any questions.

Jill Collins