Therfield First School

“Bringing Learning to Life”

Spring 1 - Going Places

The Naughty Bus

We started our topic of 'Going Places' by introducing the class story of 'The Naughty Bus'. This introduction coincided with our BIG BANG! We came into our classroom on Monday to a big mess of beans, blocks and toothpaste! We had to read the story to find out who had done this!!  It was such fun playing with the Naughty Bus in the classroom and zooming around in the beans, pond and toothpaste. 


We became experts at reading the story and after a little while, we were able to read it fluently. We labelled pictures of buses, acted out the story using our own naughty bus and created a bus collage using different materials. 


Children explored floating and sinking where they had to make their own boats. They predicted how many buttons it would take to make the boat float, their challenge was to make an unsinkable boat!! Children also went onto to make their own maps, to show where the naughty bus had been. 

Whatever Next!


We continued our learning journey by reading the story 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy.



Honeypot Class loved this story so much they made their own rocket from the construction straws. We worked as a team to become 'builders', 'astronauts' and 'controllers', all helping each other. The children used the classroom to help them label 'Honeypot Rocket'.


In this topic, we focused on different Design and Technology aspects and we used 'junk' to create rockets for Baby Bear to fly to the moon in. We then tested them outside to see how far they could fly. 

Towards the end of this topic, Honeypot children became very proud of themselves when they became authors. We worked hard to learn the story of Whatever Next, ordering it and making our own story maps. We then made our own books, using our own ideas to re-think what Baby Bear might take to the moon and what he might do whilst he was there.