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Ramadan Assembly

Year 1 were visited by Greenmount Primary School today, who delivered a fantastic assembly all about Ramadan. We watched their presentations, listened to their songs and learned lots about Ramadan, how it is celebrated and why. The children of Greenmount gave the children handmade Eid cards and also brought in food for all of the children to try! We had a fantastic time!


Our new favourite maths game is called hit the button! You can access it at home online for free, no login required. Can you beat our class high score of 24?



We have been learning some programming skills in topic this week! We know what an algorithm is and how to fix bugs in an algorithm. To begin we used Beebots and made up our own dances for them to follow by writing the algorithm on our whiteboards. Then we were set the challenge to program the Beebots to follow the digital numbers. We created our own algorithms and tinkered with them until they were free of bugs!

Next half term!

It is the final half term after the holidays and it is set to be a busy one! Keep your eyes peeled for sports day and world cup day. Our topic next half term is called 'The Modern World' which will cover computing, RE, PSHE & Geography. The children will also be undertaking the Phonics Screening Check. So please make sure that you read with your child at home every day over the holidays and complete the phonics revision booklet.

Middleton Woods

We loved our visit to Middleton Park Woods! The children learned to identify different plants and trees such as silver birch trees, daffodils, blue bells, sycamore trees, holly bushes, brambles and many more! They also learned about the different parts of a tree and completed a tree diagram (see photos below). Everyone was full of questions and shared interesting observations, we even managed to listen to a wood pecker! It really was wonderful morning for everyone!


As a part of our topic, groups of children have been visiting the school pond for some pond dipping! The frog spawn we collected from the pond wasn't very successful, we suspected one of the other creatures in the tank must have been nibbling at it! But Scarlett's tadpoles are doing very well and the children are enjoying watching their development! Here are some photos below!


This half term we are learning all about halves and quarters! We have been finding halves and quarters of objects (Jaffa cakes, yum!), shapes and numbers. Please ensure that your child completes their homework on Mathletics about fractions to support their learning in school.



Our new topic this half term is called 'The Great Outdoors'. This is another science based topic where the children will learn about their bodies & senses, to name a range of plants & trees, to name the parts of plants and trees, identify different animals and discuss whether their type (mammal, fish etc.) and classify animals as herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

So far we have named our body parts and had some very interesting discussion about our model skeleton in the doctors surgery with the children showing off their knowledge of bones such as collar bone and spine. We have also made the most of the recent weather and been down to the garden for a senses hunt to see what we could see, smell, hear, taste and feel!

We also have resident frog spawn and tadpoles in our classroom. A few children will be visiting the school pond each week to do a little bit of pond dipping! The first group collected the frog spawn and tadpoles for our tank in the classroom.

Our bodies

Now we are in the summer term the children are starting to enter a more formal approach to their learning. Lessons are starting to last longer and the whole class is completing 'work' at tables following their carpet session. This is in preparation for Year 2. However, we still get plenty of time to access continuous provision and follow the children's interests. Below are some photographs of the children investigating objects from our new topic area and enjoying the continuous provision!
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Well done to everyone who took art in the egg decorating competition, there were lots of creative entries! Congratulations to Callum for winning first place with his Neil Armstrong inspired creation (the chicks in space helmets were adorable!)


We also enjoyed a mini Easter egg hunt around the classroom on the last day of term.

Science week

This week we have continued our science experiments on different types of materials. So far we have investigated which materials are strong and the most suitable for building houses. This week we experimented to find out which materials are waterproof and the most suitable for building a roof! Here are a couple of photographs from our many experiments carried out in our continuous provision.

Thank you to everyone for attending parents evening. It was great to catch up with you all and I hope you found the information provided useful! 

World Book Day 2018

Parent's evening reminder

Don't forget Parent's evening is on Wednesday 14th March and Thursday 15th March. If you have forgotten your appointment time or lost your slip please check the appointment list in our class window. If you need to move your appointment, please check the list for available times and discuss it with me on the door. I look forward to updating you all on your child's successes!

In Hawking Class we have loved all of the recent snow! We have used the opportunity to deepen our understanding of height by making snowmen and comparing the taller/shorter, we have revisited our knowledge of the months of year, seasons and had some very interesting discussions about how snow is formed. We even had a cheeky snowball fight whilst the snow was soft! Take a look at our photographs below!

Phonics workshop

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the workshop! It was great to hear so much positive feedback afterwards and to see that you felt more confident about teaching phonics to your children at home. If you weren't able to make it please look through the slides below.

Nonsense word practise!

Following the phonics workshop we've had lots of questions about nonsense words. These words are used in the phonics screening check to assess children's accuracy with identifying and blending sounds. You can make up your own nonsense words to practise reading at home using your phonics mat and letters from the alphabet. Below is a video to give you a little bit of inspiration!

Phonics Assessment Episode 6 - Blending and Decoding Pseudo Words

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Please continue to login in to Mathletics, the children's mental maths is becoming very strong with all of the extra practise they are getting on Mathletics live! Even when there is not a set homework, I may still log on to set your child an activity to support their learning in class so please keep checking in!

Red Day!

We had so much fun bouncing around on red day! The bouncy castles were a particular hit! We also enjoyed playing a ball game from the cube (10 seconds to empty the box of balls without tipping it over) most of us were really close to winning the game but no one was quite as fast as Mrs Hindle!

Phonics workshop!

Year One is all about reading and phonics. This year your child will take the phonics screening check in June. Therefore the Year One team invites you take part in our phonics workshop to help you support your child at home to give them the best chance of succeeding!


The phonics workshop will cover:

. Making the pure sounds

. Segmenting and blending

. Digraphs and trigraphs - Phase 3 & 5

. Split digraphs

. Ideas to support your child's reading at home

. What is the phonics screening check?

. An opportunity to ask questions


The workshop will be held on Wednesday 31st January at 3.30pm and 5.00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Split digraphs

Next week we will be introducing the children to reading split digraphs these are a-e, e-e, I-e, o-e and u-e. Below is a video to explain how the children will be taught to read them. To find out more please attend our phonics workshop on Wednesday at either 3.30pm or 5.00pm.

What is a digraph and split digraph?

A short explanation for parents of what a digraph and split digraph is in phonics.

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Every Thursday your child is invited to bring their favourite book into school! This is to support our new weekly 'book talk' sessions. Each Thursday a couple of children will be chosen at random to present their favourite book to the class. To support your child with their book talk presentation here are a few key points to discuss:

  • What is the book about?
  • Is it fiction (made up) or non-fiction (real facts & information)?
  • Why is this book your favourite?
  • What is your favourite part of the book?
  • Who is the author?
  • When do you like to read this book? Who with? Where?
  • Do you own any similar books?
  • Who would you recommend the book too?


This weekly session is designed to inspire a love of reading and get us all excited about the wide range of reading materials available! Everyone will also be encouraged to share their books with their friends during provision time. I can't wait to see all of your favourite books!

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Week 1

Welcome back! I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas break and are feeling refreshed for the new year. You may have noticed some changes happening in our classroom, below is a sneaky peak! We have lots of new provision areas to extend our learning.

The lighting has also changed to create a more homely feel. We have less fluorescent lights on, instead we have more lamps and fairy lights. Our classroom feels much more relaxed and inviting now!

Enjoying our new learning environment


This half term we are looking at how shopping has changed over time. This will include looking at how the high street, taking payment and technology has changed. Next week we will be going on a local walk to the shops to begin our investigation, a letter with more detail is to follow!


This week we have started listening to and recalling the story 'The elephant and the bad baby'. This story features a baby who has forgotten his manners and his journey to lots of different types of shops! Next week we will be writing our own journey story inspired by this one!


Place value of numbers to 100 has been the focus this week! We have done lots of work on writing numbers beyond 50, representing them with base ten equipment, counting forwards/backwards and recalling one more and one less. Please support your child by practising reading and writing numbers to 100 at home.


Homework- next week your child will receive tricky words to practise. These will be personally tailored to your child's needs following recent assessments. Please support your child in learning these words on sight.


Week 8

We have had a very busy few weeks in Hawking Class. Last week we went to St Mary's Church to perform our Christingle service! Thank you to all the parents/family members who attended, we hope you had a lovely time. We felt very festive singing carols in our Christmas jumpers.


In English we have been writing adventure stories about dragons with a focus on using lots of adjectives!

In Maths we have been consolidating our learning of addition and subtraction plus working on understanding our numbers to 100. Thank you for logging onto Mathletics, I hope you and your child are having fun completing the tasks and competing against everyone on Mathletics lives!

Week 4

This week has been a busy week full of exciting new activities in provision! In topic we have finished learning about Christopher Columbus and have started to investigate a new explorer; Neil Armstrong! In provision we had images, videos and text to research who he was and what he was famous for. Lots of the children were inspired to write about their findings!

In English we are learning an adventure story about a dragon. We are just finishing making up our actions for retelling the story. Ask your child to retell the story to you, it's an entertaining one!

In Maths we have been revisiting addition and solving addition problems in provision. Check out the photographs below!

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Thank you for all of your generous donations for the Children in Need Charity. I hope you treated yourselves to some of the gorgeous cakes and buns at the bun sales. We had a lovely day and the children looked fantastic in their yellow, spotty and Child in Need clothes!
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Thank you to everyone for attending parents evening!

Week 3

This week we have continued our dragon theme in English by writing some descriptive dragon poetry. In provision the children have been set the challenge of creating their own paper mache dragon, you may have spotted a few on our window sills. This is a completely independent activity. The children have had to read and comprehend the instructions. To create their dragon eggs they are only allowed adult help with tying the knot in the balloon, this activity has helped everyone to develop their resilience and has created a lot of excitement around dragons!


In maths we have recapped the place value of numbers to 20. This has included learning to spell the number names to 10. To help us we have learned the number name rap below:

Number Words Rap (a song for spelling number words)

At parents evening I discussed reading making pure sounds with many of you, to help you support your child's reading at home. Please take a moment to watch this video which explains the pure sounds and why they are so important when reading with your child. Parent & child challenge: make the sounds as the video shows the letters!

Pure phonics sounds

Here are some photographs of our learning from the last few weeks!

Important notices:

Parents evening: You should have received a slip with your date and time. If you have not seen your slip please check the dates and times of appointments in the classroom window.

This week you will be receiving a letter about the Year 1 Christingle Service at St Mary's Church on Friday 15th December. Please ensure that you fill out all the relevant information on the E1 form an return it to school by Friday 10th November.

Autumn 2

Week 1

Can you believe that Autumn 2 is here already? We've had a busy first week back this week.

In English we have been researching information all about bearded dragons to prepare us for writing an information text about them next week!

In Maths we have been learning to name, recognise and describe 2D and 3D shapes. The children were set a challenge in provision to build their own 3D shapes. Check out the photographs below to see how they did!

Our topic this half term is explorers through time. This week we started learning about Christopher Columbus and how he discovered South America! We learned that he discovered lots of new foods and took them back to Spain to show the King and Queen. So we decided to taste some of those foods. We had peppers, tomatoes, pineapple (a clear favourite) and avocado (a little less popular!)

Below are some photographs of our food tasting.

Week 5

In English this week we have started innovating our stories. The children did some fantastic work in provision, thinking of their own ideas for different types of transport to include in their own versions!


In Maths we have started thinking about addition. We have been looking at part, part, whole models and we are learning how to write number sentences correctly!



Part Part Whole Tutorial

This video will explain the 'Part Part Whole Model' of teaching number bonds with any number.

Week 4

This week has been another busy one!


We have been recapping one more and one less of numbers to 20. Some of us are able to do it mentally now!

Challenge: Can you answer 1 more and 1 less questions in 10 seconds? Which numbers can you work up to?



This week we have started to look at maps! Our topic is called Leeds vs Cancun (Mexico). We are beginning the topic by looking at where we live. This was kicked off by searching for our city on a map of the UK. The children had lots of interesting questions to ask about the maps and quickly found out that Leeds is in England. We also learned the names of the other countries in the United Kingdom!

Then the children were set a real challenge to find the UK on a world map, it was much smaller than all the children expected! In provision the children have made some lovely flags for each of the UK countries which have been displayed on our tree branches in the classroom.



This week in English we have been imitating our journey story, 'Mr Blair's Outing'. Next week we will start innovating (writing our own version).

Map investigations!

Week 2

We have had a fantastic second week in Year One! The children have all settled in well, are getting used to the school routines and finding their way around.


We are revising the Phase 3 sounds. Over the last week and a half we have covered sh, ch, th, ng, ai, igh, ee & oa. Please watch the video below with your child to help them recap the sounds. Can they shout out the sound before the teacher says it?


Phase 3 Phonics


We have been recapping place value of numbers to 20. We can now confidently count forwards and backwards to 20 and are beginning to mentally work out 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 20.

Challenge: Can you write all of the numbers to 20? Can you make sure that they are all the right way around?



In English we have been practising spelling our full names. We have also been learning the Year One non-negotioables for writing:

. Capital letters for the start of sentences and names

. Finger spaces between every word

. Full stops at the end of sentences

. Cursive handwriting

. All sentences must make sense



We have been doing lots of fun and learning in our continuous provision too! We have played hook-a-duck phonics, fed the teddy bears the right amounts of food at the picnic and raced each other to match up capital and lower case letters. Take a look at our learning this week:


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Hello and welcome to Hawking class page!


Check back here weekly for updates on your child's learning and school events.

Important things to note:

Inside PE is on a Monday - your child will need PUMPS (not trainers), a white t-shirt and shorts

Outside PE is on a Thursday - your child will need trainers, a white t-shirt, black jogging bottoms and a black jacket


Your child will receive their reading book this Friday. If you still have your child's reading book or reading record please can you hand it in to me this week. Your child may receive a book level they have previously read, this is to recap their learning!


Your child will also receive homework this Friday. Please ensure that it is returned to school  by the date set in the homework book.

Check back later this week for photographs of your children and their learning!