Moorsley Road, Hetton le Hole, Houghton le Spring

0191 562 3323

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Welcome to our class page!

We are the Reception children at Hetton Primary School and our teacher is Miss Routledge.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Today we visited Seven Stories museum in Newcastle. 

We had a lovely time looking around the exhibitions, we especially loved the Elmer and friends studio. 

We spent lots of time in there reading various stories about Elmer. 

In the afternoon we got to make our own crowns and we put on a fantastic parade as Elmer does in the story. 

What a great way to kick off the Summer term :) 


Thursday 28th March 2019

This week has been amazing caring for the chicks.

We are sad to see them go to the farm tomorrow but we have loved having the opportunity to take care of them. 

Today we invited in all Diamond parents to come and meet our chicks. It was a lovely afternoon. 

Friday 22nd March 2019

This week the chicks arrived! We were all so excited to meet them. 

On Tuesday our first chick hatched out of its egg. 

We all gathered around the incubator to watch. As a class we decided to name him 'Speedy' as he was super quick at hatching. 

The rest began hatching the following day. 

We now have 9 healthy chicks all in our brooding box :) 

All Dressed Up!

Welcome to our Superhero banquet!

Thursday 28th February 2019 

Today to mark the end of our topic we held a Superhero banquet. All parents were invited in to join us in making some yummy Superhero snacks. 

It was a lovely afternoon, the children and parents thoroughly enjoyed it! :) 

Thank you to all parents, carers and grandparents who came along to celebrate today with us. 

Well done Diamonds! :)  

Tuesday 5th February 2019 

Today is Chinese New Year! In Diamond class we had a mini Chinese banquet to celebrate. 

The children were each given a variety of food to taste, they had to use the sheet provided to record whether they liked or disliked each item. 

It was lovely to see all of the children getting involved and trying everything. 

Friday 1st February 2019

Today is NSPCC number day, and it is snowing!

We were all so excited that we went outside to investigate the snow. We talked about how the snow felt, what it was made of and whether it was hot or cold.

Afterwards we made lots of snowballs and practiced throwing them over and under arm at the pavement. Once we had thrown our snowballs we measured how far we had thrown it using our feet.

Some children also used sticks to write their names and various numbers in the snow.

As a treat afterwards we had a little snowball fight against the teachers. We won yey!

Tuesday 29th January 2019 

This week our topic has lead us to learn about real life superheroes such as police men and women.

When we arrived at school this morning we noticed that a crime had been committed in the Maths area. 

We had to use the different materials provided to measure the bodies outline. We also used our investigation skills to find the various clues associated with the crime.

When we put all this information together it allowed us to figure out who had committed the crime and who was the victim. 

The children had a great time doing this. It was so lovely to see them all get so involved in the investigation. 

Thursday 24th January 2019 

This week in topic we have been reading the story 'Nat Fantastic' 

At the end of the story Nat begins a new adventure however it does not tell you what that adventure is. 

As  a group we worked together to create a new adventure for Nat Fantastic. This adventure included Nat flying to the moon to save aliens from an evil villan names Pog. 

The children then used the story map we created to write in their own words what was happening. 

The writing was fantastic!! Well done Diamonds! :) 

Thursday 17th January 2019 

Today we had a visit from the evil pea!!

He had escaped from Supertato's jelly and hidden himself somewhere in our classroom.  

As a team we worked together to find the Evil Pea and then to create some more jelly, this time it would be 'SUPER JELLY' in order to trap the pea again. 

We then wrote letters back to the Evil Pea to explain what we had done. 

Wednesday 16th January 2019 

We had a bit of a change up in our timetable after starting back after Christmas. The changes mean that in Diamond class we now look at topic texts, this term being superheroes, and we also look at core book texts in Literacy. This allows us to read and understand a wide range of texts. 

For the last two weeks we have been looking at the text 'Whatever Next' in Literacy.

The children have loved it!

We extended our learning further this week by looking at not only the moon, but our whole solar system. We have looked at each planet individually, discussing the colours, names and how close each of them are to the sun. Singing our planet song has helped us to remember their names :) 

Today we learnt a new word- orbit

To help us understand this new word we role played ourselves as the different planets within space. It was so much fun! 

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December 2018 

Throughout December we had a naughty elf visit our classroom.

 We had a class vote and it was decided we would call him Fred the Elf. 

Each morning we would come in and Fred would be doing something silly in the classroom. 

Wednesday 19th December 2018 

Today Diamond class preformed their own version of the baby shark song called 'Winter Time'  to some of their friends and family. 

The children were great at remembering the actions and are fabulous singers. 

Well done Diamonds! 

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Today was a very exciting day in Diamond class as we went and posted our letters to Santa! 

The children worked really hard yesterday to write their letters, then they sealed them and put a stamp on.

Today we had a walk up to the local post office to send them off. The children were so excited, fingers crossed he replies!

Monday 3rd December 2018 

Welcome to the Santa's Workshop!

Our role play area has been transformed into Santa's Workshop for the next few weeks, the children were so excited today to go in and explore. 

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Friday 30th  November 2018 

For the last few weeks our theme has been 'From A to B'. Diamond class decided to look at our home town of Hetton, calling our topic 'Welcome to Hetton' 

Over the last few weeks we have completed lots of work on our families, the history of Hetton and this week we looked at a variety of houses, discussing the different types of places people can live. To link with this we looked at the story of the three little pigs.

In Diamond class we love story maps so after a few sessions of discussing the book we worked as a group to create a story map of the story. This story map really helped the children to visualise the story in a different way and allowed them to retell it adding in extra details that they may have forgotten if they had told it by memory. 

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Monday 5th November 2018 

In celebration of Bonfire night, we held our own bonfire celebration this week. In preparation, this morning the children worked hard to collect sticks for our pretend bonfire, they placed them around the centre of the garden to create our camp fire area. This afternoon we all gathered around it to hold our special bonfire party. As in the story ‘Sparks in the Sky’ we played games, ate hotdogs, drank hot chocolate and lit some sparklers. Before lighting the sparklers, we recapped the safety instructions that we had learnt last week, to ensure we were safe when using our sparklers. The children and the adults had a fab afternoon.

Safety Week 

Tuesday 30th October 2018 

This week in school is safety week.

As a result of this we had a visit from the firefighters working in the area. They started the talk by telling us the importance of having a fire alarm in our house; we discussed what we should do if we noticed a fire in our house and what number we could call. The men then showed us around their fire engine, explaining what everything was and how it all works. It was great and the children loved it!

 Monday 29th October 2018 

Last half term Diamond class won the best attendance from the whole school! Wow and well done!

As a reward for thier amazing attendance, the children were allowed to choose something that they would like to do as a treat. After holding a vote within the classroom, the children chose a pyjama party involving pyjamas, a movie and a snack. This afternoon we held this pyjama party in our classroom; we brought in the sofa and lots cushions and got all cosy ready to watch a film. The children used their name rocks to make a vote on which film they would like to watch and after counting up the votes, Cars 2 had won the majority. The children then all settled down and watched the film with a cake and some juice. They all loved it! Let's see if we can win this half term too Diamonds :) 


Thursday 18th October 2018 

 Sadly this week our Dinosaur topic has come to an end. The children have loved learning about them and I am so impressed with the information they have retained. As we did at the start of the topic we created a poster about what we now know about Dinosaurs. The progress shown from the first poster that we did is amazing, with the children now using key vocabulary associated with Dinosaurs. The children know understand what carnivores and herbivores are, they are able to name various dinosaurs and their features and also know what the word extinct means.

Friday 5th October 2018

This week we looked at the story ‘Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp’, we really enjoyed reading the book and learning what the Dinosaur’s got up to at the party.

We wanted to create some music for the dinosaurs at the stomp so on Friday afternoon we got out the musical instruments. We worked together to create some music and had a bit of a boogie to the sounds that we made. 

It was so fun!

Wednesday 26th September 2018

This week our focus text has been ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’

The children enjoyed reading the story and seeing how Albie grew a jungle, a jelly bean tree and lots of Dinosaurs in his back garden. We used the steps in this text to grow our own Dinosaur.

The children worked hard by planting the special seed mix into a pot with soil. The next day when we came into school a Dinosaur egg had grown.

The children were super excited making lots of predictions about the type of Dinosaur that might hatch. 

As a result, we decided as a class that we needed a nest for our egg to grow in; Mrs. Woodhall took the children out to the field where they built a big nest for our egg.

Well done Diamond class - it looks fantastic!

Monday 17th September 2018

 This week in Diamond class we started our new topic of 'Dinosaurs.'

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at Dinosaurs in lots of detail and reading various stories about these amazing creatures. 

We started off this week by creating a mind map of all the things we already knew about Dinosaurs.  I was super impressed with the knowledge Diamond class already knew about Dinosaurs and I'm so excited to see this knowledge expand further in the upcoming weeks. 

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Thursday 13th September 2018

To continue with our Disney theme, this week we looked at the book Toy Story. In our craft lesson we decided to make Mr and Mrs potato heads out of real potatoes. The children really enjoyed this activity and worked really hard to make their potato unique. A brilliant effort from everyone!

Thursday 6th September 2018

This week in diamond class we have focused our learning on the story of Monsters Inc. In our Literacy lessons we have been looking at the different characters in lots of detail. We decided as a craft activity that we would make Mike Wazowski out of a paper plate. The children had lots of fun making these and I think they look amazing up on our wall! 

Well done Diamonds!