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Emerald Class

Welcome to Emerald Class!

I am Miss Purdham, Year 1's Class Teacher. 

Please see below links to our RWI Phonics virtual classroom.

Special friends, Fred talk, read the word! 

Thursday 18th April 2024

In History, we discussed what a lighthouse is and where they can be found, including those in our local area. We also discussed how lighthouses have changed over time, as well as why they were important in history, before creating our own lighthouse model.

Wednesday 17th April 2024

In Science, we used our five senses to explore a range of plants before planting some outside and creating a mini Year 1 garden. We were able to locate the different parts of each plant.


Next, we used our bodies to represent a growing plant, starting as a tiny bulb or seed and eventually growing into a beautiful flower or tall tree.


Then, we created our own plant using a range of materials, identifying and labelling each part.


Monday 15th April 2024

We know our doubles up to 10! We were great at using concrete resources to prove our answer and explaining our thinking - Well done Emerald Class! 

Summer 1

Please see below our class information and curriculum overview for Summer 1. 

Wednesday 20th March 2024

In Geography, Emerald Class used their imagination and pretended they were on an Arctic adventure! We used our five senses; discussing what we could see, hear, touch, taste and smell! We then created our own 3D Arctic landscape and identified and labelled the physical features. 

We also participated in a dental health workshop this afternoon; learning how to keep our teeth clean and healthy. Thank you grown ups for joining us! 

Monday 18th March 2024

In PE, we practised a range of counter balances! We communicated well with our friends to ensure we maintained our balance and in control. Well done Emerald Class! 

Friday 15th March 2024


Emerald Class love their English writing text, The Sea Saw! In teams, we created a map to show Bear's journey, beginning at the beautiful beach and eventually leading to the trickling stream where Bear is reunited with Sofia after many years! We also used our phonics to add labels. Miss Purdham was super impressed!

Wednesday 13th March 2024

In DT, we used our designs from our previous lesson to make our fruit smoothies! We peeled, chopped, sliced and/or cut our fruits safely before adding these to the blender to be mixed into a smooth, fresh,  healthy smoothie! 

Monday 11th March 2024

Emerald Class explored their local area in search of some signs of Spring! We spotted blossoms, daffodils, green leaves, flower buds, as well as returning birds and nests. 

Thursday 7th March 2024

In celebration of World Book Day, Emerald Class took part in a workshop with Raahat Kaduji. We enjoyed a gentle story time and draw along session inspired by her latest book, I’m Not Sleepy! In this wonderful new picture book, Flora, the smallest dormouse goes on a grand adventure in the outside world. We found out all about the natural world and the creatures Flora encountered, drawing some the characters from the book! I think there may be some future illustrators among us! 

Monday 4th March 2024

As Hetton Primary School love reading and books so much, we are celebrating World Book Day all week! Today we dressed as our favourite storybook characters - Can you guess who's who? We then enjoyed a wonderful Reading Cafe with our grown ups. We shared our favourite stories over juice and biscuits - It was a lovely afternoon! 

Thursday 29th February 2024

In Maths, Emerald Class have been exploring the inverse. We know that addition is the inverse of subtraction! 

This term our PE topic is ball skills. Today we practised maintaining control of the ball as we moved it across and around our body. Miss Tomys was super impressed with our partner work! 

Monday 26th February 2024

This morning Emerald Class came into school to find a collection of objects, including a lost teddy bear... We discussed what may have happened and who the teddy bear may belong to. We then shared our own teddy bears with our friends and used our phonics to write a label to ensure ours did not get lost too! 

In Geography, we explored a range of world maps and atlases, identifying the equator and the North Pole and South Pole. 

Today we had a special visitor. Tony came into school to chat to us about what it is like to be part of the Jewish faith. 

Spring 2

Please see below our curriculum overview for Spring 2. 

Wednesday 14th February 2024

Today we showcased all of our learning from this term in History by creating a non-chronological report about toys from the past. We made Miss Purdham, Miss Tomys and Mrs Finnigan so proud! Well done Emerald Class! 

Friday 9th February 2024


Wear what makes you you! 

In Science, we had a very special job to do! Our friend, Teddy, asked us to create a superhero cape that was fit for purpose. We explored a range of materials and discussed their properties; identifying those that we would and would not like our superhero cape to have. Then, we created our cape and discussed which material we thought was best! 

Thursday 8th February 2024

In Maths, we have been creating our own addition and subtraction stories using concrete resources. We really impressed Miss Purdham as we were able to write a calculation to match our story using the correct symbols! 


Monday 5th February 2024

Wednesday 31st January 2024

Today Emerald Class practised writing addition expressions to match their concrete resources and/or pictorial representations. We explored how addition is commutative; the addends can be represented in any order.

Monday 29th January 2024

Today we discussed different ways we can find out about the past. We explored a range of sources, including: Non-fiction books, videos, photos and internet research. We also discussed how chatting to others and visiting museums were great ways to find out about the past too! 

Friday 26th January 2024

Friday 19th January 2024

Emerald Class can identify what materials different objects are made from. 


This is a _____ .

It is made from _____ .

Tuesday 17th January 2024

Today we created an alien friend for Beegu! We used adjectives to describe what our alien looked like. 

In PSHE, we discussed how a goal does not suddenly appear, it is a step by step process and can take time and effort to achieve. Emerald Class achieved the goal of making a jam sandwich by completing each 'stepping stone' one by one! We then discussed how we all learn differently. Some of us learn best by watching, or listening, where as others learn best by doing. 

Monday 15th January 2024

Emerald Class can position the numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 on a number line. We know a special trick to help us... We can find the midpoint, 5, first! This will help us to position our other numbers accurately. 

Friday 12th January 2024

This morning, Emerald Class became word detectives! First, we sorted our words into real words and nonsense words. Then, we tried to discover what our alien friend Beegu was trying to say; transforming our nonsense words into a rhyming real word. For example, when Beegu said 'mox', what she really meant was 'box'! Well done Emerald Class. 

This term, in Science, our topic is Everyday Materials!

Wednesday 10th January 2024

This week Emerald Class have been exploring the numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 using the '5 and a bit' structure. 

In Computing, we explored the 2Go tool on Purple Mash as our topic this term is Maze Explorers! We were able to use direction keys to complete challenges successfully. We also know how to undo our last move and move our character back to the starting point. We really enjoyed this lesson!

Monday 8th January 2024

This morning Emerald Class came into school to find something very strange! We asked questions to investigate and Miss Purdham was very impressed! We found out that a friendly alien named Beegu had accidently crash landed her spaceship in our classroom...

Spring 1


Please see below our class information and curriculum overview for Spring 1. 

Tuesday 19th December 2023


Thank you for joining us grown ups - I bet you were bursting with pride! 

Monday 18th December 2023

What a super fun day Emerald Class have had! We had a yummy party lunch, followed by our Christmas party afternoon! Also, we had a special visit from a special someone! 

Thursday 7th December 2023

This week Emerald Class have been exploring 3D shapes. 

Tuesday 5th December 2023

Today, in DT, we selected and used a range of tools to create a vehicle that matched our design criteria. 


Monday 4th December 2023

Today we used our drama skills to act out the story of Billy and the Beast. We used lots of language from the story which really impressed Miss Purdham! 

Friday 1st December 2023

Today Emerald Class read and followed instructions to make a yummy hot chocolate - It was definitely needed in this Winter weather! 

Wednesday 29th November 2023

This week we have been exploring pattern block images using a range of new shapes. We are fantastic at rotating and aligning our shapes to create the perfect image. 

Wednesday 22nd November 2023

This afternoon we explored our local area as part of our Geography topic. During our walk, we spotted lots of human features, such as houses, shops and bridges, as well as some physical features too, including streams and hills. 

Friday 17th November 2023


Today we came into school dressed in our own clothes. We had yummy Pudsey biscuits and created a copper trail with our donations.

Thursday 16th November 2023

In RE, we created a hidden meaning box. This was decorated with the parable of The Lost Son on the outside with a hidden meaning/message to Christians on the inside. 

Friday 10th November 2023

In Maths, we have been using our number bond facts to find a missing part when the whole and one part is known. We know we can check our answer by 'counting on'. 

Emerald Class used their acting skills to role-play their very own story sequel to I Want My Hat Back. Miss Purdham was super impressed! 

We love cricket Friday's with Layla! This week we were developing our catching and batting skills. 

Thursday 2nd November 2023

Wednesday 1st November 2023

Emerald Class explored what a vehicle is and different types of vehicles. We discussed the purpose and user. Through investigation of some vehicles in our classroom, we discovered that most vehicles have wheels to make them move and these are attached by axles.

Emerald Class have began to discuss Remembrance Day and why this is important. We have been exploring non-fiction books and creating some beautiful poppies. 

Tuesday 31st October 2023

Emerald Class created their very own numberblock museums! Just look at how many different ways we can represent our numbers! 

Monday 30th October 2023

Today we came into our classroom to find lots of different hats on our tables! We chose our favourite but kept it a secret from our friend... Their job was to ask questions to try and guess which hat we were thinking of. 


We had so many fantastic questions to help us with our guessing, from "Would you wear it in Winter?" to "Is it made from plastic?" Miss Purdham was super impressed! 

Emerald Class love exploring their classroom environment, consolidating and extending their learning! 

We had so much fun at our Halloween disco after school! Our favourite part was eating yummy hot dogs after dancing our socks off! 

Autumn 2

Please see below our curriculum overview for Autumn 2. 

Wednesday 18th October 2023

This term we have explored what it means to belong to a faith community. We have discussed symbols of belonging, as well as how new babies are welcomed and how weddings are celebrated, in various religions. We then discussed how we all belong to Hetton Primary School and what a sense of belonging feels like. Today we showcased all of our learning - You will be super impressed! 

Tuesday 17th October 2023

Tuesday 10th October 2023

Today we helped Cave Baby re-arrange his sentences. We reminded him that sentences start with a capital letter and end with a full stop! 

Monday 9th October 2023

Emerald Class know that animals can be grouped according to what they eat - This is called their diet. Emerald Class examined some animal poo (yuk!) and investigated whether the poo belonged to a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore.

Tuesday 3rd October 2023

We noticed that someone had been very mischievous and had covered our tables in cave art! After reading our new English text, Cave Baby, we managed to discover who it was! We then discussed characters in the story and moved around the room in role as them. I wonder if you can guess some of the characters from our story! 


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Monday 2nd October 2023

In History, we worked as a team to create a collage showing significant events that happened in the UK and around the world at the time we were born. 

Friday 29th September 2023

GREEN DAY in support of Macmillan - Thank you grown ups for your kind donations! 

Wednesday 27th September 2023

We have been using equality and inequality symbols to compare sets of objects. We know that the crocodile is very greedy and always wants to eat the greatest number! 

Tuesday 19th September 2023

We blew Miss Purdham away this morning in English with our super adjectives describing the appearance of our colour monster! 

This afternoon, Emerald Class had a visit from the nurse to remind us about the importance of handwashing!

In History, we talked about how we could find out more about ourselves. We said we could talk to grown ups or look at pictures from the past! We sequenced events from our life so far in chronological order. 

Thursday 14th September 2023 

Emerald Class know that objects can be compared using weight. We used balance scales to investigate which objects were heaviest and lightest.