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You have just arrived at the best class on EARTH'S page! This year in 1S, we will be going on a huge journey with our learning. We will be working incredibly hard but also having a lot of fun too!! Please check back regularly for updates on all the exciting things we will be doing this year!


Week beginning 11th July 2022

This month is our S.T.E.A.M focus month and we've been participating in different activities that cover one (or more) of the 5 strands: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Supporting and encouraging such activities allows children to their build confidence through challenge. We offer opportunities to investigate, explore, problem solve, think independently and evaluate along the way. Such skills are important in order for children to develop into confident, resilient young people.


In D.T. we've been building up to making our own smoothies. We began by finding out where different fruits and vegetables come from and how to distinguish between the two - fruits have seeds and vegetables do not! After cutting up a selection of different fruit and vegetables, we tasted them to decide which ones we liked and disliked. We then chose our favourites to make our own smoothies. As you can see, some of the smoothies tasted better than others! 


In Science, we've been keeping our very own bean diaries! Firstly, we looked at the life cycle of a bean, then discussed what plants need to grow. After that, we planted our own beans and predicted how tall we thought they'd grow. We recorded this in our diaries. Each week we have been keeping track of their growth and considering what will help them grow faster. For example, we placed one bean plant in the cupboard and another on the windowsill. We watered them both regularly and found out some interesting facts. Lucy (the plant in the cupboard) grew tallest but was yellow! It grew in the direction of the light in the hope of reaching it! 

We learnt that the bean needs water, soil and light to grow.

We ended our week with Phil and had a fantastic Friday morning with lots of learning opportunities. There was a rope swing, a hammock, mark making, bubble making, dominoes, connect 4, tyre rolling and mud pies!

Pupil of the Week 15.07.22

Well done to our 2 superstars this week. Both children are fantastic! Kyrin is a little footballer in the making, displaying his great dribbling skills with coach Mo! Lawi has been putting his great friendship skills to use by helping his friends at lunch time and in the classroom. Well done boys!

Week beginning 4th July 2022

What a great day we had at Brocksbushes learning all about different fruits and how they're grown. The weather was beautiful as we walked up and down the rows of fruit, picking and tasting redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries! We also had the opportunity to take a punnet home for our grown ups too, all freshly picked by our very own little hands! 

Pupil of the Week 08.07.22

Well done to the two girls this week. They have shared great ideas for our summer acrostic poems and have both developed so much in their confidence. Super work!

Week beginning 27th June 2022

We're learning all about Hinduism in R.E. and this week we looked at Rangoli patterns. A Rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor using coloured rice, powder or flowers. It is used by Hindus throughout the celebration of Diwali. We designed our own Rangoli patterns outside with the chalks. 

We were lucky enough to end our busy test week (which we aced!) with a music session from Mr Parkins. We all had a great time using the boomwhackers to create different sounds as we played along to a variety of songs. 

Pupil of the Week 30.06.22

Well done to this week's super stars. Both children have blown us away with their fluent reading and understanding of their reading books. The expression they used when reading was second to none. Well done guys, keep it up!

Week beginning 20th June 2022

This week we've been learning all about the story of Rama and Sita and why they're so important to the Hindu celebration of Diwali. Using puppets, we retold the story in small groups. 

In Maths we've been using rulers to measure length and in English we've been writing a recount of Cinderella. 

Pupil of the Week 24.06.22

Well done to our 2 stars this week. Both children have had such a positive attitude towards their learning this week and have given everything a good go. Keep it up guys!

Week beginning 13th June

What a busy week we have had this week! The children have been working hard on doubling numbers in maths using both practical resources and visual ones to help them count.

Also our class has tekkers!! We were amazing at dribbling at speed through cones and started to play some small sided football games.

Plus the children loved planting seeds for our science lesson adding soil and water to broad bean seeds.

Pupil of the Week 24.06.22

These 2 are superstars! The children got pupil of the week for showing their amazing football skills dribbling through cones at speed as well as using 'and' as a conjunction to join compound sentences. Keep it up you Superstars!! 

Week beginning 6th June 2022

This week we all smashed our phonics screening checks! We all tried so hard and knocked the socks off our teachers! 


During outdoor learning this week we had a great time painting, hula hooping, drawing, reading, building and getting muddy in the mud kitchen!


We had Muddy Monsters on Friday morning and we had so much fun! We worked together to make our very own Platinum Jubilee Tea for the Queen. We made mud pies, muddy cupcakes and wraps using leaves. We also decorated the table with pictures of flags, crowns and kind words for the Queen. After that we explored the different things you can do with water, jugs, pipes and cups including blowing bubbles and having a mini water fight! We enjoyed relaxing in the hammock and building models with the blocks.

Pupil of the Week 12.06.22

Well done to the two boys this week. One boy has been putting so much effort into his phonics and maths work and the other boy has shown great science knowledge.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 25.05.22

Her Majesty The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the UK. We invited our grown ups in to school to help us celebrate with lots of arts and crafts. We made precious, golden crowns, Union Jack flags and paper chains with facts about the Queen. We then took part in a quiz to see who was paying attention to the PowerPoint presentation at the start of the session. Shanaya and her Dad were the worthy winners. Well done! 

Thank you to the grown ups for coming to help us celebrate. 

Week beginning 23rd May 2022

This week in R.E. we have looked at the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islamic religions. We also discussed what foods are typically eaten during the Islamic celebration of Eid. We then tasted a variety of different snacks. 

In Geography we located Cullercoats on a map of England and then considered the impact people are having on the beauty of the area,  including the animals. We designed posters to encourage people to put their rubbish in the bin. Take a look below.

Pupil of the Week 26.05.22

Well done to the girls this week for showing great creativity during our arts and crafts. 

Week beginning 16th May 2022

This week we've been making a variety of different sculptures using different materials such as clay, paper, 'junk' and natural materials we found outdoors in Forest School. Check out our giant ant sculpture below.

Pupil of the Week 20.05.22

Well done to this week's superstars. Both children showed great creativity during our art lessons, from designing and making a junk model animal to creating a 3D sculpture! Well done.

Week beginning 9th May 2022

This week we have been looking at fractions in Maths. We identified which shapes we could half and quarter, and which ones we could not! We've also been using cubes and counters to help us find a half and quarter of given numbers. In our writing we've been thinking about the features of instruction texts. At the beginning of the week we followed a set of instructions to make a lighthouse and discussed the features of the text for example bullet points, title and subheading. By the end of the week, we had written our own instructions using time conjunctions, verbs and adjectives. 

In Science we have been looking at the similarities and differences between animals groups and in Geography we've considered which creatures live in rock pools and why. 

Pupil of the Week 13.05.22

Congratulations to Charlie and Shanaya for being this week's super stars. Charlie has been working hard in Maths to decide whether or not given shapes were halved or quartered accurately. Thinking about whether each section was equal, he was able to explain his reasoning well.

Shanaya has been amazing in her writing, using conjunctions to retell the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

Keep up the good work!

Week beginning 2nd May 2022

We had a lovely day on our trip to Souter Lighthouse, where we talked about what is meant by a 'coastline' and explored the grounds. We climbed to the very top of the lighthouse which was hard work because there was so many steps!! It was worth it though because the views from the top were amazing. After lunch we went searching for crabs and limpets in the rock pools! We didn't let the dark clouds spoil our day, we had so much fun outside!

Pupil of the Week 06.05.22

Congratulations to Harry and Sohaib who are this week's stars. Harry wowed us with his knowledge of animal groups in Science and Sohaib blew us away with his understanding of partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Well done boys, keep it up!

Week beginning 25th April 2022

Welcome back, we hope you all enjoyed the Easter break.

This week we have had fun learning and exploring outdoors. 

Indoors, we've been counting in 10s, 2s and 5s in Maths. We the used the chalks at playtime to make our own numberlines on the yard. In English we have been using adjectives and conjunctions to describe the grumpy troll from the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff.'  

Pupil of the Week 29.04.22

Well done to our two boys this week for receiving the first awards of Summer 1. Kyrin has been great in Maths, counting in 2s, 10s and 5s. Leo produced some great work in English, using adjectives and conjunctions. Keep up the great work boys!

Week beginning 4th April 2022

We've had a creative last week designing and making our own cars. We had to think about the mechanism needed to make the wheels turn, which we learnt was an axel. We used card to make an axel holder, which we then secured to the body (chassis) of the car. After that, we used a straw to act as the axel and we attached the wheels. We had a race to see which car was the fastest. It was so much fun! 

Pupil of the Week 08.04.22

Well done to our final superstars of Spring 2. Scarlett has shown great listening this week and Keira was fantastic in DT building her car with an axel and axel holder! Well done girls.

Week beginning 28th March

This week we've been working practically to learn all about capacity and volume. We compared the capacity of different containers to see which one held the most cups of water. We also compared the volume of liquid in containers to see which one was greater.

Pupil of the Week 01.04.22

Well done to Emily and Ester who received our award this week. Emily has been using great adjectives in her writing during RWI and Extended Writing. Ester has just joined our Y1 class and she's had a fantastic first week! 

Week beginning 21st March

We've loved playing outside in the sunshine this week and took full advantage of being able to get creative on the yard with the chalks.

In our Maths this week we've been looking at weight. We've been comparing different objects from around the classroom to see which ones were heavier or lighter.

Pupil of the Week 25.03.22

Well done to this week's superstars, Shayne and Lisseth. Shayne has been great in RWI and has been using exclamation marks accuratley. Lisseth has been making great independent book choices at book club and shared one of her stories with us.

Keep it up guys!

Week beginning 14th March

We had a great afternoon in Forest School on Monday where we built dens, made music and weaved sticks.

In Science, we sorted objects according to their material and we thought about their properties.

In Extended Write, we wrote a character description using adjectives and noun phrases. 

On Friday it was Comin Relief so we came to school dressed in red and all donated £1 to charity. 

Pupil of the Week 18.03.22

Well done to our 2 superstars this week, Charlie and Goodness. Charlie has had a much more positive attitude towards his reading and writing. Goodness demonstrated great knowledge during our PSHE lesson all about where money comes from and how its used. Great work guys. Keep it up! 


Week beginning 7th March 

This week we have been learning all about shape in Maths. We discussed the properties of 2d and 3d shapes then sorted them. We answered some tricky challenge questions too and we had to explain our answers using reasoning. In our writing, we've been producing recounts using time conjunctions, to ensure it's written in the correct order. Our RE lesson had us learning all about why Christians celebrate Easter and why Palm Sunday is so important. In PSHE, we learned about the value of money, where it comes from and how it's spent! We discovered that it doesn't actually grow on trees!! We were all given some money to go to our pop up shop to 'buy' some food or books. We had to work out which coins to use and if we had enough money to buy more than one item.

Pupil of the Week 11.03.22

Well done to our 2 stars this week, James and Rameen. James showed great knowledge during our Science lesson when describing the properties of different materials. Rameen produced a great recount of our trip to the Discovery Museum, using time conjunctions. Well done guys, keep it up! 

Week beginning 28th February 

What a great start to Spring Term 2!

During Muddy Monsters this week, we got to make our own pancakes and choose which toppings we'd like to add! 

 On Tuesday, we went to the Discovery Museum to find out about toys from the past. We compared old and new toys then got the chance to play with them and discuss what different materials they were made from. We also explored the different areas of the Museum, including the interactive science maze, shadow wall, soft pay area and the walk-through Newcastle story. 

Thursday was World Book Day 2022 so we all came to school in our pjs! We took part in lots of different activities including the Masked Reader, reading cafe, book quiz,  Rocksteady and listening to stories read by different teachers. It was a fun, action-packed day!

Pupil of the Week 04.03.22

Congratulations to our two superstars this week. Leon has had an amazing week demonstrating great listening and behaviour and trying super hard in his maths lessons. Lisseth has also had a fab week learning new sounds in RWI and being able to apply this knowledge when reading words. 

Keep up the amazing work guys!

Week beginning 14th February 

Y1S are artists in-the-making! They've been exploring with composition by creating a piece of abstract art using shape, inspired by Beatriz Milhazes. They've been arranging pieces of string to create different shapes and lines before using chalk to draw from observation. Building on from this, they worked expressively to create a piece of art inspired by water and artists David Hockney and Vija Celmins.

Finally they got messy with the paints and explored what happens when u mix primary colours. Using these colours, they recreated their own versions of the artwork '0-9' by Jasper John's.

Week beginning 7th February 

We've had an action packed week, filled with lots of different learning opportunities. On Monday morning we visited Safety Works where we took part in 4 different workshops all about fire safety, road safety and railway safety. We acted out scenarios and identified potential dangers in and around the home. 

During Muddy Monsters, on Monday afternoon, Phil taught us all about whittling (wood carving). We used a vegetable peeler to strip the bark from fresh, dry pieces of wood. It was tricky but we all tried really hard.

 In Geography, we learnt about climate change and how its affecting different parts of the world. In Maths, we've been subtracting and solving word problems. In Extended Write we've been writing instructions on how to make a potion. 

As it's Children's Mental Health Week, we have been thinking about our emotional growth and how to help one another. We took part in the wellbeing challenge by completing different tasks throughout the week such as meditation, yoga and dance.

On Friday we took part in a short karate session, where we learnt some basic moves.


Pupil of the week 11.02.22

Well done to our two superstars this week: Lawi and Emily! Lawi was amazing at Forest School and demonstrated a great technique whilst whittling. Emily answered lots of questions during our Geography lesson and showed lots of interest in how climate change is affecting world. 

Week beginning 31st January

This week we have been writing instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. We used bossy (imperative) verbs and time conjunctions to vary our sentence openers. 

In Geography, we learnt that there are 7 continents and 5 oceans. Using a huge map of the world, we located these and then plotted them on our own maps. 

We also had a visit from RISE, which is a charity that supports emotional wellbeing and mental health. We discussed how we show kindness in and out of the classroom, for example holding the door open.

Pupil of the Week 04.02.22

A massive well done to our two boys Yousuf and Sohaib, who never fail to put 100% effort into their learning. Sohaib listened really well during our Geography lesson this week. He could locate the biggest continent and identify some of the 7 continents. Yousuf continues to impress us with his reading and he is a great role model to have in our class. Well done boys!

Week beginning 24th January

In Geography this week, we've been thinking about different types of deserts and looking how the Antarctic is also a desert! In Maths we've been learning about finding halves and quarters of both shapes and amounts.

Pupil of the Week 28.01.22

Well done to our two girls this week, Hadia and Scarlett. Hadia had been working super hard in her extended writing to describe the Smartest Giant in Town, using lots of different adjectives. Scarlett produced some fantastic work in Maths this week, showing a good understanding of halves and quarters. 

Well done girls!

Week beginning 17th January

In Science this week, we've been thinking about different properties of materials and sorting them into groups. In Maths we've been counting in 10s, 5s and 2s and in our Writing we've been using adjectives to retell the story of 'The Smartest Giant in Town'.

Pupil of the Week 21.01.22

This week our 2 superstars are Leo and Kyrin. Kyrin has been fabulous at counting in tens and recognising the missing number in the number sequences. Leo has participated well in Science, being able to sort materials according to their properties. 

Keep up the good work boys!

Week beginning 10th January

This week, in Muddy Monsters, we made a fire, role-played in the mud kitchen, played hide and seek and sang songs. We also put our previously taught skills to the test by making a big den, remembering how to tie knots and secure the tarpaulin to the ground.  

In Maths, we have been reading and writing numbers in words and numerals. In Science, we thought about the difference between an object and a material.  In Geography, we considered the similarities and differences in weather across the four seasons. RE had us learning about Judaism and we learned that Jewish people have a special book called the Torah. We designed our own book filled with all of the things that are special to us! 

Pupil of the Week 14.01.22

Our 2 superstars this week are Zher and Emily. Zher has been contributing good ideas during class discussions and Emily has produced great writing in RWI and Extended Write. Keep up the good work guys!

Week beginning 3rd January


We've had a lovely first week back. During Muddy Monsters we got to build dens which was lots of fun, although it was very cold outside!

In Maths we've been looking at number; counting forwards and backwards, finding 1 more and 1 less and representing numbers in different ways.

Our Geography topic is all about the weather and we've been thinking about the different seasons and what you might wear, as well as all the different types of weather we can experience. 

Science this term is all about materials and we've been sorting different objects into categories depending upon what they're made out of. 

Pupil of the Week 07.01.22

Well done to Leon and Annie-Sue who received the first awards of 2022. Both children demonstrated great listening during our Geography lesson. Annie-Sue contributed lots of answers to the questions and Leon worked more independently when sorting images into categories. Great work, keep it up!

Week beginning: Monday 13th December 2021

It's the LAST WEEK OF TERM!!!!

This week was filled with Christmas activities! We took part in our carol service, danced away at our Christmas party and also took part in our polar express day where we enjoyed the film and snacked on hot chocolate and cookies! I hope everyone has the best Christmas break and I will hopefully see you in the new year when I have my baby!!! smiley

Lots of love, Miss Simblet heart

Carol Service Wednesday 15th December 2021 smiley


Today, we took part in our yearly carol service at school with the help of our friends at Alive Church. We listened to the Nativity story and sang our song beautifully - take a look below!


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Week beginning 6th December 2021

Lots of fun had in Year 1 again this week! We are right in the swing of the Christmas festivities at school now, we were lucky enough to take part in a Christmas Music Workshop led by Mr Parkin and his amazing band. We also went to our school Christmas fair and met the real Santa Claus!!!! surprise Take a look at the photos below! We are so excited for our last week in school next week before the Christmas break! heart

Week beginning: Monday 29th November 2021

This week we enjoyed a visit from Miss Simblet's dog in Science as we explored different animal groups. We were able to identify which animals were mammals, birds or fish. In PSHE, we learnt about loss and change and also how to make good choices. Our superstar pupils of the week in Y1 this week were Keira and Shayne, head to the pupil of the week page to find out why they received their awards! smiley

Week beginning: 22nd November 2021

We enjoyed learning about Shape this week in Year 1, we were learning how to identify and sort 2D and 3D shapes. We also learnt how to play a couple of notes on the glockenspiels whilst learning a song in Music. Lots of fun was had on Wild Wednesday as we took our sledges and lots of soapy water to the field - the adults had just as much fun as the children too!! We also decorated our classroom for Christmas and danced to Christmas songs together! smileyOur superstars this week in 1S were Hadia and James - check out the pupil of the week page to find out why they received their award this week! Excellent job!!

Week beginning 15/11/2021

This week was jam packed yet again! We had lots of fun during Wild Wednesday and also celebrated Children In Need Day 2021 by wearing our pjs to school and raising money. Look at the amazing pudsey masks we made! 

Week beginning: 08/11/21

We had another fantastic week in Year 1 this week, working super hard and making lots of progress. Take a look at our amazing pupils of the week for this week below! Well done guys!

Week beginning: 01/11/21

We have had a super first week of Autumn 2 term in year 1! This week, we began to learn about the changes we see in the different seasons in the year. We went on a leaf hunt around school and created our own leaf person as a class based on the story 'Leaf Man'. We also learnt about an important historical figure called Guy Fawkes. We learnt about the gunpowder plot and why we celebrate bonfire night yearly. We ended our week with lots of fun activities based around bonfire night in our forest school area!


Week beginning: 18th October 2021

Can you believe this is our last week of our first half term in Year 1? We ended with a bang! We celebrated our Harvest Festival at church where we sang our harvest song and also took part in lots of halloween themed activities! Happy half term everyone!

Week beginning: 11th October 2021

This week we enjoyed a local walk to explore our natural surroundings and also post our fabulous post cards for our Geography lesson. We also took part in a 'Walk to school week' as part of our PSHE with the aim of keeping our bodies healthy! We all smashed it! Well done guys!

Week beginning 4th October 2021

This week we celebrated World Mental Health Day 2021. We had an afternoon of activities which made us calm and happy. We had a spa day, watched a film with some popcorn, did some yoga and also some arts and crafts. We were very happy and very calm at the end of the day!

Week beginning: Monday 27th September 2021

We had another fantastic week in school this week as we took part in two brilliant workshops! The first workshop was with Phil from Muddy monsters where we got our hands dirty making potions using natural resources, playing in the mud and trying to find each other during a game of hide and seek! We had so much fun and the rain never dampened our spirits!! The second workshop was an assembly taken by 'Bikers against bullying' where we learnt about the different forms of bullying and how to prevent this. We also got to sit on their bikes which was really cool!!!

Week beginning: 20th September 2021

This week, we had a fantastic trip to the Shipley Art Gallery! We explored the gallery and looked at the different painting and sculptures before creating our own sun catchers.

Week beginning: 13th September 2021

This week we have been having EVEN MORE fun together! We began working in our RWI groups and also doing some amazing work in Maths. In our Maths lessons, we have been learning how to represent numbers in a variety of ways using number cards, numicon and cubes. Take a look below at our amazing efforts! 

Week beginning: 6th September 2021


We spent lots of time getting to know each other this week, playing games and having lots of fun! We created a art masterpiece in our school hall which is based on a fantastic story 'In every house, on every street'. Take a look at our amazing Art below!