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Year 1 - Mrs Leadbeater

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Reading books are changed every Monday and homework handed out Thursday to be returned by the following Wednesday.

We have P.E. every Wednesday afternoon.


A reminder that spellings are now sent home once a half term. Our spelling test is every Thursday. 

Many thanks for your support.

Please see the folder 'Summer 1' above for the most recent activity.

Week beginning October 22nd

This week we have been practising using our number bonds in practical and more formal activities. We are remembering the bonds well and can now use them in simple addition and subtraction activities.

We read Little Red Hen as our traditional tale this week and consolidated our use of adjectives in our writing. We also wrote a recipe for a pizza as part of our work around The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philomen Sturges.

We completed our history and geography topic of Castles and Knights with a quiz and learned about the Sikh tradition of Langar meals in RE.

Week beginning October 15th

This week we have been reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We wrote a letter to the bears to apologise for breaking the chair and eating their porridge. We also wrote a recipe with instructions of how to make porridge.

In Maths we have been learning and using number bonds to 10.

We visited Sugley Church on Friday for the Baptism of baby George. We had 2 parents and 3 godparents. Father Neil told us lots about the church too and we were able to have a look around afterwards.

Week beginning October 8th

This week we have been reading Little Red Riding Hood and have been describing characters and settings.

In Maths we have been learning how to use the part, part, whole model. We had lots of practical activities to reinforce the concept.

On Tuesday our second group of children enjoyed their first Forest School session in Denton Dene. We searched for medals, played hide and seek, learned about parts of a tree and how to look after ourselves, others and nature.
Today was our school trip to Newcastle Castle and Keep. It was really good fun and even the teachers learned lots of new facts about castles and medieval banquets.

Week beginning October 1st

This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk and we also read Jack and the Incredibly Mean Stalk. We have been sequencing the story using story maps and we have been comparing characters using adjectives.


In Maths we have been ordering numbers from greatest to smallest and smallest to greatest and we also looked at ordinal numbers. Ordinal numbers were tricky so we found some fun ways to learn including sequencing the story There Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed a fly and playing the Snail's Pace Race game.


Our first Forest School group finished their sessions identifying trees by their leaves and swinging in hammocks!


The school nurse visited to talk to us about how and why to keep our teeth healthy and the Road Safety lady came to tell us about the importance of seat belts and car seats.

Week beginning September 24th

This week we have been reading different versions of The Three Little Pigs and we have been sequencing beginning, middle and end. We used adjectives to describe the wolf and unjumbled sentences from the story.


In Maths we have been learning more than/less than and greater than/fewer than. We have also been learning to use the < > and = symbols correctly to compare numbers and amounts. 


In RWI we are consolidating Set 2 and 3 sounds and are developing our ability to 'hold a sentence'.


We have been observing the changes in the seasons in Science and have read the story of The Good Samaritan in RE.


Continuing our work on castles in History we have been observing features of Motte and Bailey Castles.


Half of the class also had great fun during our second Forest School session at Denton Dene.

Week beginning September 17th

This week we have been reading Hansel and Gretel in our English lessons. We have sequenced events in the story, have written about how we would capture the witch and have used our imaginations to say what else could happen to Hansel and Gretel in the forest.


In Maths we have been counting forward and backwards and have been looking for one more or one less than a given number.


Our first group of children enjoyed Forest School on Tuesday and we had great fun on a nature hunt and enjoyed chilling out by 'forest bathing' and listening to sounds around us.


In Science we were naming parts of our bodies and learned a new song called 'I've Got a Body'


In History we looked at castle parts and labelled a castle as part of our castles lap book.


We also voted for Zak and Sienna to be our school councillors smiley.

Week beginning 10th September

This week we have been reading Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Picnic by John Prater. We have been using adjectives in our writing to describe characters and we have been sequencing events into beginning, middle and end categories.


In Maths we have been sorting and counting objects and representing numbers in different ways.

In our topic work we have begun our work on Castles and Knights and we have looked at seasons and changes.


We have learned a new song too 


Week Beginning September 3rd, 2018

Welcome to Year One! The children have settled in extremely well and they all look so smart in their new uniforms. We have begun with settling-in and PSHCE activities and will begin our Year One curriculum properly from Monday. Look out for my newsletter which will be coming home on Thursday.

Week beginning July 9th

This week we will be reading Winnie and Wilbur at the Seaside by Valerie Thomas and we will be following Barnaby Bear's travels to the seaside at Poole.


In Maths we will be recapping days of the week and months of the year.


On Tuesday we will be visiting the Discovery Museum for a workshop and to  get up-close to one of Britain’s (if not the world’s) most famous feats of engineering, that was made right here in Newcastle. Manufactured in 1829 at the Robert Stephenson & Co. locomotive works, now the site of the Stephenson Quarter behind Central Station, this is the first time that Rocket has returned to its birth-place since it was presented to the nation 156 years ago. 

Week beginning July 2nd

This week we are reading The Lighthouse Keeper's Catastrophe and have been imagining what mischief Hamish the cat got up to when he was locked in the lighthouse.


In Maths we are revisiting money and a lot of the children are still struggling to recognise even the 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins. Please give your child a handful of coins at home and ask them to sort them by colour, size, shape etc. and to pay for items which cost for example 8p i.e. a 5p, 2p and 1p.

Week beginning June 25th

This week has been assessment week and I have been assessing the children on the curriculum we have covered since the beginning of the Summer Term. We have completed an arithmetic and reasoning paper in Maths and I have assessed each child's writing towards the expected standard for the end of Year One. We have also completed a RWI assessment to see which reading band each child is working within.

The children have worked their socks off!

Towards the end of the week we read The Lighthouse Keeper's Picnic and designed some disgusting sandwiches to keep the seagulls away and in Maths we revisited 'Time'. We seqwuenced events and used mathematical language such as morning, afternoon, evening and night and o'clock and half past the hour.

Week beginning June 18th

This week we are reading Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted by Ronda and David Armitage. 


Katie Morag is mightily put out when her new baby sister is born and grabs all the limelight. She is so cross that she even kicks her trusty old one-eyed teddy bear into the sea in a fit of rage!

But she soon starts to regret what she's done and misses dear old ted dreadfully. What will she do? Surely he is lost for ever . . .


In Maths we are finding one more or less than a number up to 100 and progressing to ten more or less.






Week beginning June 11th

This week it's all about phonics! We begin the Phonics Screening tests tomorrow.  The children have been practising for weeks now and have gained in confidence every day. The test usually takes between 4 and 9 minutes and will be administered in a quiet room with myself and one child at a time.

In Maths we are revisiting Place Value (within 100) and today we began by grouping objects. We placed objects into groups of 10 to make them easier to count.

Mrs Patterson began a block of work on Grace Darling this afternoon to tie in with our Sun, Sea and Sand topic and the children were eager to learn and share their prior knowledge. Below is a the address for a website dedicated to Grace Darling the Victorian heroine.

Week beginning June 4th

Well, what an exciting morning we've had. Captain Raggy Beard docked his ship at the Quayside Seaside and after chatting to Marina the mermaid he made his way to Waverley to visit us.

We have been talking about the life of a lighthouse keeper, finding treasure and singing sea shanties. Captain Raggy Beard made us walk the plank but we all got a mermaid's tear to remind us of him. The children were so knowledgeable, polite and well behaved that Captain Raggy Beard told us that we were the best school he had EVER visited!
This week we will also be beginning our work on the Katie Morag series and will be learning about position and direction in our Maths lessons.

Week beginning 21st May

This week we are reading You Choose in Space by Pippa Goodhart and the children have shown a lot of imagination in their writing. We have been making decisions related to the pictures in the book and have had to justify those decisions. We have also been using adjectives to add interest to our writing.

In Maths we are learning about halves and quarters. We are all able to halve or quarter objects but it is much trickier to halve or quarter a group of objects.


In Phonics have been working hard on our nonsense/alien words and we are working hard on spotting and identifying split digraphs such as a-e, u-e and o-e in words.


We will also be looking at the art of Joan Miro who was a famous artist from Barcelona. He painted from his memory and his imagination.

Royal Wedding Picnic

What a lovely sight to see so many families enjoying a picnic together today. The sun was shining and everyone had a lovely time! See below for some lovely photos.

Week beginning May 14th

This week we are reading How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. 


There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together.

So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…



In Maths we are revisiting doubles and we are introducing the multiplication sign. So,

5 +5 = 10 can also be written as 2 x 5 = 10.

Safety Works 11/05/18

What a great time we all had today at Safety Works. The children were so well behaved and we all learned lots about being safe around dogs, fire safety, road safety, staying safe at the beach and about stranger danger. Key things we learned today were that dialling 999 gets us through to police, ambulance or fire service, 'Stop! Drop and Roll' helps put out a fire on our body quickly and if we feel uncomfortable around a stranger we need to wave our arms and shout "Help!! Stranger danger!"


Some of us were unsure about our home address and this is key information every child needs to know.


See below for some photos of our morning.

Week beginning May 7th

This week we are continuing our 'Destination Outer Space' topic with The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet! by Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher. We have been concentrating on using capital letters at the beginning of a sentence and for names, places and the pronoun I.


This afternoon we played some fun phonic games such as 'Popcorn/Not corn' and 'Trash or Treasure' to help us to read real and nonsense words.


In Maths this week we are learning about Arrays. An array is a pictorial representation to help children understand multiplication and division. Typically shown as rows of dots, for example, 2 x 3 would be shown as two rows of three dots.

Week beginning April 30th

This week in English we are reading The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. We are learning about Bob and how he spends his day on the moon. We have written a list of Bob's jobs and we have written a postcard to our friends from the moon.


In Maths we have been counting in tens and making equal groups.

Today in English, we have been studying the John Lewis advert Man on the Moon.  The advert features a young girl who spots a lonely man on the moon through her telescope. After failing to attract his attention, she sends up a Christmas parcel containing another telescope, and a tear trickles down his cheek when he finds her waving at him.


This poignant advert actually made some of the children cry which shows how well the children can relate to the emotions of others. We had to play pass the tissues!

Week beginning April 23rd

In Maths this week we have been learning about volume and capacity. We now know how to identify full, half full, nearly full, three quarters full, nearly empty, a quarter full and empty. We have measured liquids using millilitres and have investigated water displacement using the story Mr Archimedes Bath by Pamela Allen.

In English we have been reading a lovely story called Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth people don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter...


We have retold the story using oral storytelling, we have made story maps and have written a retell of the story in our own words.




The dental nurse came to visit on Monday and talked to us about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day. She showed us how to brush our teeth properly for two minutes.

Week beginning April 16th

This week we have begun our topic of 'Destination Outer Space'. We have been reading non fiction books about space itself and today we learned about the different jobs astronauts do once they are in space. We even had a letter from Buzz Lightyear today!


In Maths we are learning about weight and balance. We are beginning to use mathematical vocabulary such as 'balance', 'weight', 'heavier' and 'lighter'. We have been learning through fun, practical activities and can now explain what happens to balance scales when an item is lighter/heavier or the same weight as another object.

Week beginning March 26th

This week has been assessment week and the children have shown good progress in English and Maths. On Wednesday we rewarded the children's hard work with a fun Teddy Bear's Picnic and Easter hunt.

Our Music session 28.3.18

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Our Music Session 28.3.18

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Our Music session 28.3.18

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Week beginning March 19th

This week we are following the adventures of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. Today he has been riding a seahorse...what will tomorrow bring?

In Maths we have moved on to standard measure and we are measuring items with a ruler. Today we were measuring vegetables and worms!

Week beginning March 12th

This week we are following the adventures of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Flinn ventures into Miss Pie's art cupboard and embarks on an adventure with Captain Stubble to regain his stolen pirate ship from the pirate dinosaurs.

In Maths we are measuring using non-standard measure. We are using bricks, paper clips and even our hands and feet!


Last week Zachary was invested in The Beavers and brought his neckerchief in to show us.

Thank you so much to all who were able to 'Come and Read' with the children yesterday. It was lovely to see the children sharing their favourite stories with their family and friends.

Week beginning March 5th

This week we are returning to our adventures with Traction Man following our snow days last week.


We had a spelling test on Monday as we missed it last week and will have another on Thursday for this week's spellings. Please make sure all spelling books are returned for this.


Traction Man has encountered various evil characters in the family's kitchen today and the conversations they have had have been quite hair raising!

We are also counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Week beginning February 26th

This week began with a visitor from Warburtons. First we learned a little about the history of the Warburton's product and then we talked about healthy eating and the different food groups. Then the exciting part...we made our sandwiches!! We had a 50/50 bread bun and a range of fillings such as grated cheese, cheese slices, lettuce, cucumber, tuna, ham, chicken, carrot, spring onion and tomato. We chose our fillings, made our sandwiches and then ate them all up!

We read 'Traction Man' together today and used our imaginations to decide what happened in the first Traction Man's 'terrible parachute accident'. We are working very hard at writing independently and the children are making good progress.


In Maths this week we are counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Today we began with 2s and used lots of practical activities to push ourselves beyond 20.

Week beginning February 19th

Kung hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year! This week is all about Chinese New Year and traditions. We have learned that we are either a 'rabbit' or a 'dragon' and we learned about the animal race which decided the 12 zodiac animals.


Today we read and wrote about The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine.

In Maths we are learning about Place Value and the value of tens and ones in 2 digit numbers.
In Geography we have been exploring our local environment. We looked at different types of houses such as detached, semi-detached, bungalows and terraced houses and we talked about conservatories, porches and greenhouses. We discussed local landmarks that we were aware of and we even had a minibeast hunt!

Week beginning February 5th

This week we will be studying poetry and rhyme in our English lessons. We will be reading 'The Crocodile' by Roald Dahl, 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear and Dr Seuss' 'Fox in Socks'.

The Crocodile

"No animal is half as vile
As Crocky–Wock, the crocodile.
On Saturdays he likes to crunch
Six juicy children for his lunch
And he especially enjoys
Just three of each, three girls, three boys.
He smears the boys (to make them hot)
With mustard from the mustard pot.
But mustard doesn't go with girls,
It tastes all wrong with plaits and curls.
With them, what goes extremely well
Is butterscotch and caramel.
It's such a super marvelous treat
When boys are hot and girls are sweet.
At least that's Crocky's point of view
He ought to know. He's had a few.
That's all for now. It's time for bed.
Lie down and rest your sleepy head.
Ssh. Listen. What is that I hear,
Galumphing softly up the stair?

Go lock the door and fetch my gun!
Go on child, hurry! Quickly run!
No stop! Stand back! He's coming in!
Oh, look, that greasy greenish skin!
The shining teeth, the greedy smile!
It's Crocky–Wock, the Crocodile!"

Here are some of our own Fox in Socks designs...
Well done to this week's achievers Poppy H. and Arin. Both have worked very hard and have made great progress with their subtraction skills. We also had two achievers from home who got 'Man of the Match' awards from their teams.
We have also found opportunities to explore our own interests during child initiated time and here are some of our fantastic efforts.
This week we also finished our lap books which we have been working on with Mrs Patterson. We learned lots about Polar Bears and were able to answer our big question which was 'Could a polar bear survive in a rainforest?'

Week beginning January 29th

This week we have been very busy! We have been reading lots of Hairy Maclary stories in English and have been using our imagination in our writing.


Why does this dog have five balloons tied to him? Who did it and what happens next?


We have also been adding and subtracting in  a number of different ways. It has been tricky but we've worked our socks off!

We also had a Road safety talk on Friday and learned the importance of wearing a seat belt at all times. We talked about wearing bright clothing so that cars can see us in the dark and how we should always hold a grown-up's hand when we are close to a road or crossing one.
In geography we have been exploring our local area and drawing an aerial map of our school and surrounding places. We have had great fun on Google Maps finding our houses and visiting McDonalds!

As if all that wasn't enough, look at Josie's independent story writing!

Week beginning January 22nd

This week in English we are focusing on Peace At Last by Jill Murphy. We will be writing character profiles, orally retelling the story and broadening our vocabulary using dictionaries.

In maths we will be revisiting number bonds to 10 and 20 and using them to support our skills of addition.
In RWI my group have been reading 'Jan's Pancake'. We have been learning the new 'special friends' 'ew' and 'ur' and have been enjoying our reading and writing.
Mrs Patterson has been teaching our topic work and we have been learning to classify animals.

Week beginning January 15th

This week in English we are reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. Today we talked about our favourite part of the story and we wrote a shopping list for Sophie's mum using adjectives to make them more exciting. We also designed a tin of tiger food just in case the tiger should come for tea again!

In Maths we are adding by counting on. We did lots of practical activities today to reinforce our learning.

Week beginning January 8th, 2017


Happy New Year and welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.


This week we have begun our 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' topic with Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore. We will be writing recounts of the story, using adjectives to describe characters and altering endings to known stories.


In Maths we are learning about time. We are learning to read clocks which display o'clock and half past times and we are learning the days of the week and the months of the year. We have had great fun finding out what we can do in a minute. Some of us could sing Happy Birthday 11 times and write our names 14 times!


We have also welcomed Mrs Patterson to our class and she works with us every afternoon. The gym is also back in use so PE will take place on Wednesday afternoon with Premier Sports and Les Watts will be taking our music sessions.


Week beginning November 13th

This week we have been celebrating Winnie the Witch's birthday with 'Happy Birthday Winnie'. We have written party food shopping lists, invitations, birthday cards and thank you cards. We are still focussing on correct use of capital letters and full stops and remembering to use finger spaces in our writing.


In Maths we have been using the part, part, whole model and have been finding one more and one less than a given number.


In Geography we have been keeping a weather diary and we looked at the devesattion caused by extreme weather.


In Science we have been learning about our bodies and body parts.


We had great fun on Wednesday when you came into our class and it was lovely to see so many of you.


Week beginning November 6th

Since half term we have been learning about Halloween and Bonfire Night. We learned about staying safe and about the history of The Gunpowder Plot. This week we learned about the relevance of the poppies that we have been buying.


We have also begun our topic of 'Magic' by reading Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas. We have talked about characters and settings and have story mapped our own versions ready for a retell of the story.

Week beginning October 2nd

This week we have been focussing on using capital letters and full stops appropriately in our writing. We have been observing seasonal changes and recapping on our signs of Autumn search in the school garden.

In maths we have been adding 2 numbers within 10 or 2 numbers within 20 and recording using the + and = signs. We have also used our independent learning time to reinforce addition through play.

In Science we had great fun exploring sources of light and we had opportunities to wear head lamps and to use book lights and imitation candles. We used Autumn leaves to make people and animals and we used a lovely book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

Every child had their own interpretation and thoroughly enjoyed making their dots into people, animals, planets, patterns etc.

Week beginning September 25th

This week we have been learning about adjectives and have been using them to describe objects and people. We read The Gruffalo's Child and found lots of adjectives within the story. We thought of adjectives we could use to enhance the story and instead of the 'big bad' mouse we had the 'humungous evil' mouse.

We have also been reading The Rescue Party by Nick Butterworth and have been looking at settings and ways to describe them using exciting adjectives. A 'hole in the wall' became a 'secret passage'. We talked about similarities and differences between our school park and Percy's Park.
In Maths we have been enjoying practical activities which are helping us to learn about Place Value and tens and ones.

We also had a great time in the school garden looking for signs of Autumn and we are going to use this investigation in our writing next week.


We have all settled in now (including myself!) and we have been learning lots and having lots of fun. This half term we are learning about Autumn and Parks and Playgrounds and we have been focusing on Percy the Park Keeper stories by Nick Butterworth.

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In English we have learned about nouns and verbs in our grammar sessions and we have been spelling words with -ff and -ll endings. In our RWI lessons we are applying our phonic knowledge in reading and writing. Our extended writing has been topic based and we are trying hard to remember full stops, capital letters and fingers spaces.


In Mathematics we have been focusing on Number and Place Value. We have been finding practical ways to practice our place value including Uno cards and dice. We have also been practising our number formation.

Beach Cup Cakes

On Monday the children baked beach themed cup cakes. The children had to follow the instruction carefully to bake the cakes and decorate them with deep blue sea icing, sandy digestive biscuits and umbrellas. The children used command sentences to write their own set of instructions to make the beach themed cakes.


Forest School

On Wednesday and Friday last week the children went to forest school with Mr Roberts. We had circle time in the tipi. On the way to the Dene we identified lots of trees and plants growing in our area. We saw Sycamore trees, Cherry Trees, Oak Trees, Horse Chestnut Trees, and Pine Trees among others. The children were great at remembering some the names. We played games like 123 touch the tree, penguin game and the Jay game. We explored the ponds and went on a mini-beast hunt. Back at school we lit a fire and toasted marshmallows they were delicious!

Transition Morning

On Tuesday morning the children from reception were welcomed by the year 1's to experience lessons in KS1. They had a science lesson looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. A Literacy lesson based around the book Dog loves drawing and A Maths lesson on number bonds to 10 and playing maths games.

Kirkley Hall Zoo

On Monday 26.6.17 Key Stage 1 visited Kirkley Hall Zoo. In the morning Mrs Thomson's class took part in a woodland Walk, looking for mini-beasts, birds, bats and squirrels. Look carefully to see if you find the bats sleeping in the branches. Then we had a tour of the zoo and saw lots of interesting animals including capybara's, parrots, lemurs, snakes, alpaca, reindeer, meerkats, monkeys and much more!

We had lunch in the picnic area and played at the park. The peacocks loved sharing our food. In the afternoon we went into the aquarium and saw Nemo. We had a walk through the Wallaby enclosure. The Albino wallaby's are called Olaf and Frosty. One of the brown wallaby's is carrying a joey in her pouch. Lastly we went into the petting area and held Guniea Pigs and Rabbits. It was a fantastic trip and the children learnt lots about the different animals and where they come from.



In Science this week we have been using our senses in the outdoors to find different objects. We looked for smooth, rough, round, yellow, red, long, soft and man-made objects. 

Sports Day

We had great fun during sports day. We had premier sports in to teach us curling. And we had great fun competing in races in the afternoon. 

Golden Mile

On Thursday the children bought their scooters into school and we had great fun scooting the Golden Mile instead of running! We were able to go much further They loved the challenge of balancing on their scooters and staying out of each others way.

23.5.17 Year 2 Owl Sandwiches

What great fun we had today! We designed, made, evaluated and ate some delicious owl sandwiches.

Tomorrow we will be writing the instructions to explain how to make them. You could try to make one at home during the holidays. We would love to see more of your own ideas and designs.

Walking through the Jungle!

This week the children have been reading the story Walking through the Jungle by Julie Lacome. They have created their own Story Maps and then wrote a re-tell of the story using their own characters. We have put the books on display in our Jungle.


Today the children have had an introduction to 'Mathletics.' An online resource matched to the National Curriculum where children can practice their maths skills in Teacher set activities, play against each other and children from other places. We have had great fun challenging each other! The children will soon be bringing their logins home so they can practise at home too.

PE Skills

This week in PE we have been practising a range of different skills in the sunshine. Hula hooping, throwing and catching bean bags, balancing, football skills:- dribbling and shooting and basket ball skills:- bouncing and shooting. Well done everyone!

Jungle Animals

What am I?

Welcome Back!

I hope you enjoyed the Easter Break and ate lots of chocolate!! I know I did...

We are continuing with our Jungle Topic this term. This week we have written our own Riddles. See if you can guess what animals they are!!



This week we have been learning the Easter Story and why the Easter Bunny comes to visit! Father Alun came into assembly on Tuesday to talk to us and the Year 6 children read us the story. In RE we sequenced the Easter Story and made Easter cards to take home. 

Welcome to the Jungle!

Welcome to the Jungle!!

We have begun to learn about the Jungle in Topic Lessons this week. We have been learning about which animals live in the jungle and writing descriptions them. I hope you enjoy reading some of them. Afetr the holidays we will be reading the story Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and writing our own What am I? Riddles.


Animal descriptions.

Happy Mother's Day

It will be Mother's day on Sunday. We have learnt about the origins of Mother's Day and how different people around the celebrate it. Using our best creative skills we designed and made our own cards. We hope you enjoy them!

Famous Scientists

On Thursday we learnt about some famous people whose work has influenced modern medicine. We learnt that Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole worked hard to ensure that hospitals were clean places where soilders could get better. Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic Penicillin and Louis Pasteur created vaccines to stop germs from making people ill.

Super Science Week

This week was science week at Waverley. The theme was change! We started the week with a carousel of activities. We looked at different types of food and how they change when they are heated up! Ask the children which was their favourite..... Mine was the chocolate squares. Yummy!

We investigated how to make a lump of plastercine float. We had to change the shape by flattening the bottom and making sure there were sides and no holes for the water to seep through!! My class said it was lots of fun....

World Book Day!

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as our favourite book characters. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed reading and listening to lots of different stories. Mrs Thomson even had to walk the plank in assembly!!! 

Welcome back after half term!

This week we have celebrated Pancake Day.

On Tuesday we enjoyed reading the story of the runaway pancake as well as eating chocolate pancakes and designing our own pancake toppings. We have been writing our own stories about a Runaway Pancake. I hope you enjoy reading some of our work.

Spring Term

Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome back after the holidays. The children will now be visiting the School Library on a weekly basis. They will choose a library book each week to take home in addition to their home reading books. Our day for visiting the Library is a Monday so please make sure library books are in school every Monday. Many Thanks.


More Pet Visits!

This week we have had even more pets visiting our classroom. We have learnt how to look after birds, cats, dogs and even mice. It has been very interesting. Thank you to everyone who has bought their pet in to school.

Pet Visits

This week some children have bought their pet dogs into our classroom. We have learnt what we need to do to take care of a dog and how to keep them healthy. Thank you to those parents who have bought in their dogs. We are looking forward to some more visitors next week!


Over the last few weeks the boys and girls have really enjoyed making models from lego. Have a look below at some of our creations.


Gung Hey Fat Choy


This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have learnt how each year is named after a different animal. This year is the year of the rooster. The children have also learnt which year they were born in. To celebrate we have made our own chinese zodiac signs and decorated and made lanterns.


This week in PE the children have been practising their balancing and climbing skills on the large apparatus. They have been moving in different ways and different directions around the apparatus. We talked about how to land correctly and safely when jumping off the box. 



This term's topic is pets. We will be learning about living things in science, discussing what pets need to survive and how we look after them. As part of this experience the children will be learning about taking pets on a visit to the vets through our role play area. If you have any pets who you think would like to visit us in school please see me to arrange a time.


We have been learning about time this week in maths. We have been reading the time on analogue clocks, been on a time treasure hunt, investigated how we measure time and learnt about the days of the week. 

Autumn Term

Thank you!


We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your kind cards and gifts this Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to you all for 2017.


Mrs Thomson & Mrs Robson

Paper Chains!!


We had great fun making Christmas paper chains today. We worked together to make one 6m 35cm long! WOW!

The Jolly Postman


Over the last few weeks we have been reading the Jolly Postman Stories by Janet and Alan Allenberg. The children have explored the stories in a number of different ways. We have had a Jolly Postman Role Play area where the children have experienced visiting and working in the post office. We have written letters to Santa. We have used our Computing skills to draw Jolly Postman pictures. We have drawn story maps, sequenced the story and wrote our own Jolly Postman Stories. The children have worked very hard and produced some fantastic work.

Look at our story maps and stories!



In Science we have been looking at the Seasons and events and changes that happen at different times of the year. We have talked about different celebrations like Christmas, Easter and Halloween. We have looked at how the trees and plants change during each season. This week we have studied the changes between Autumn and Winter. We have talked about how the trees change in Autumn and Winter. We looked at the different types of clothing we need to wear in the different seasons. We have discussed how the days become shorter and nights longer in the Winter time. The children have demonstrated their understanding through discussion, written work, manipulating play doh and dance during PE.


Reading for Pleasure!

Today we enjoyed reading for pleasure with Mrs Dalkin's Year 3/4 Class. It was fun sharing our favourite stories and books together. 

Having Fun at the Halloween Disco!