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Friday 17th July

What a start to our last day - we got to watch a visiting string band play awesome music on their cellos.  They played Baby Shark and Harry Potter and Somewhere across the Rainbow. We were amazed .  It was AWESOME!

Thursday 15th July

2nd off last day of term and what a day we have had - celebration assembly, picnic lunch where the whole school were together (but apart) on the field for the first time in over a year, an amazing ice-cream from a visiting ice-cream van and an outside disco.  We have had the best day.  Thank you Hetton Primary!  Year 1 had an amazing day!

Monday 28th June

Today Year 1 had their very own Euro Football tournament.  The team work and the encouragement was super and we all had lots of fun.  France won our Tournament - WELL DONE SOPHIA AND GRAYSON!  I wonder if France win the real Euros!

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Year 1 have had super fun in Science today.  We went on a tree hunt around our amazing ground and identified lots of different types of trees.  We looked closely at all the leaf shapes and sizes to help us identify the tree type.

Week ending 18th June 

This week Year 1 have done some lovely learning tasks.


We worked with Ground Works to look at recycling and how it would help reduce litter in our area.

We used plants from outside to help us understand arrays in maths.

We set ourselves a sunflower challenge - to take home a sunflower seed we planted and to see who could look after their plant really well so that our sunflower grows taller than us.  We also planted seeds in school so we can watch how they grow.  We think plants need sunlight, water, warmth and soil to grow.  We are investigating whether this this true.


Today the children have been learning about Andy Goldsworthy and replicating his art work.  They had super fun and made some super pieces of art.

7th June

Today we started off our Summer 2 term learning about the parts of a plant. We looked at plants outside and identified their parts and then we made our own plants making sure we showed each part of the flower.  We can name the flower, seeds, stem, leaves and the roots and we can explain the role of each part.

28th May 2021

Today we celebrated our May birthdays and we have a surprise visit from Winnie.  What a super way to end a super 1/2 term where Year 1 have done nothing but make us super proud!

12th May 2021

Year 1 are lucky enough to be having our outdoor area revamped so we can learn and play outdoors.  A little bit of the work has already started but there is still lots to do.  We couldn't wait any longer to spend some time investigating.  We have had the best afternoon being builders, just like the real builders we have on our school site at the minute. 

6th May

Year 1 have had great fun in Science this week learning about shadows and how they are formed.  We investigated shadows outside when the sun was out and what happens when the sun goes in.  we also investigated shadows using torches and other light sources.  We also worked hard so we could explain how shadows are formed.  We then had super fun making shadow puppets and even challenged ourselves to make moving shadow puppets.

30th April 2020

Today we took part in lots of '100' activities to celebrate Sir Captain Tom's 101st Birthday.  We did 100 star jumps, we danced for 100 seconds, we stood still for 100 seconds and we were silent for 100 seconds.  We also wrote some super sentences about Sir Tom.  Ask to have a look at our super writing in our books.

27th April 2021


Today we watched the Project Sunshine video about how to continue to protect us from COVID given to us by Active Families.  We learnt all the 4 ways to continue to keep us safe in these difficult times:-

  • wash hands
  • protect face
  • stay 2m apart 
  • let in lots of air

We all got a postcard and a sticker and a pencil to go home with to help us pass on the safety message to our grown-ups.  

Year 1 are all 'COVID Busters'!

21st April 2021


Year 1 have had super fun learning to weave.  We have been using the prepositions over and under to help us learn how to weave.

26th March 2021


Today we had our birthday party for all our March Birthdays.  Cheers everyone!

26th March 2021


Today we ate purple biscuits and drank purple juice to raise money for Epilepsy.

Week beginning 22nd March.


This week Year 1 have been learning all about Palm Sunday.  They can tell you so much.  Through arts and crafts and lots of discussion, the children can now talk confidently about Palm Sunday and its significance and place within the Easter Story.  The children had a special 'zoom' visit from Mrs Kars, one of our school Governors, which helped the children learn even more about Palm Sunday.  All of this work meant the children produced some super writing all about Easter and Palm Sunday.  Pop in and ask for a look at their books.

Week beginning 15th March 2021

This week we are looking at Spring weather and how it is different to the weather in winter.  We are becoming weather reporters and monitoring the weather every day.  We have made windy sticks and rain gauges to help us collect the information we need.

8th March 2021


Wow!  Year 1 are all back together.  What a lovely day we have had.  Smiles and laughter and hard work by all.  


This week Reception have been using the text "Look Up" to explore meteor showers! Year 1 have taken part in some of the story work and discussed what meteor showers were. The children carried out an experiment; they used glass beads, flour and hot chocolate. Flour was placed in a deep dish and sprinkled with hot chocolate. We then dropped a glass bead from a height into the dish and the result was an observational understanding of how craters were made when they crash into Earth. 


Today the children in school and the children at home joined in with the Foundation of Light zoom Lockdown PE lessons.  It was super fun!



This week the children have been learning about Space! Linked to this, we decided to create our own rockets carrying out our own scientific experiment. We gathered pop bottles, added straws to make a launch pad and then poured vinegar inside the plastic bottle. We had to quickly go outside to add the bicarbonate of soda to the vinegar, pushed a cork into the neck of the bottle, turned it upside down and we had to run!! 


Happy New Year! We are so disappointed that all the children aren't back with us to celebrate the new year and share the wonderful time they have had over Christmas with us! Meanwhile, stay home and stay safe until we can see your smiles again!

Today we were lucky enough to have some snow; the children who are in school with us enjoyed making marks and drawing in the snow using wood. Hopefully there will  be enough to go sledging soon!


What an amazing afternoon in our festive forest. Toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate and making Christmas Bells to ring on Christmas Eve. We all had the best time.

9.12.20 Today Year 1 took part in a fun Santa Dash.  Look at our faces - we had the best time!
27.11.20 Today we had our first monthly birthday party to celebrate all those children who have had their birthday within the month.  Today we celebrated all those boys and girls who were 6 in September, October and November.  We have a lovely afternoon celebrating together.
16.11.20 What have Year 1 been up to today?  Their lesson will really help them remember the tricky science terms vertebrate and invertebrate.
13.11.20.  We had super fun learning about Children in Need and doing some Children in Need crafts.  Emerald Class really understand the importance of this amazing charity.
11.11.20 - Year 1 had a visitor today.  Miss Redpath brought her dog Winnie into school.  Winnie was so well behaved and so were Year 1.  Year 1 are going to use Winnie's visit to write some super recounts tomorrow.
11.11.20 - Year 1`learnt more about poppies today.  We produced some super art work. We also observed the 2 minute silence to remember all the soldiers who fought in wars to help us.
4.11.20 Year 1 have had a super afternoon learning all about poppies and their importance.  Their work and their teamwork was amazing! 
Year 1 had a super time raising money for MacMillian Cancer Research.  We loved dressing in green for this super cause and our tea party was great fun.
Year 1's new room.  

We're just so excited to welcome you back to school and into Year 1. We've set up the classroom to enable the children to continue to learn through play - and we know it's going to be a real adventure! We're also delighted to have a brand new outdoor out for how we develop the area over the first half term! 

Mrs Woodhall, Mrs Medhurst and Mrs Atkinson.