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Welcome to Birch Class (Y1)

There are 30 children in our class. Our teachers are Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Goddard and our Teaching Assistants are Ms Goeminne, Mrs Owens and Mrs Broughton. We have a stimulating, well-resourced classroom and outside area that encourages children to extend their knowledge through learning and play. 

This term our topic is...

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside.

This term we will be learning all about the seaside.  We will be look at seas around the UK, visiting the seaside and looking at the features of a seaside.  We will also be reading pirate stories and making lots of pirate things.  The summer term is always lots of fun and we get lots of opportunity to do things outdoors.   

We really do like to be beside the seaside!!

We ended our topic by visiting Cleethorpes. We all had a great day.  It was a day filled with happy faces and sandy toes.  

We had a nature walk and we saw 'sea lavender' and a plant called 'bacon and eggs'.  We saw lots of different types of geese.  The moorhen had huge feet with really long toes.  On the beach we dug holes, made sand mermaids and found lots of shells.  We even found a cockle shell with a cockle inside.  

We all really enjoyed our ice creams, bubble gum was definitely the most popular flavour. The day ended with trip on the Lollipop Train. 

Pirate Day

We all had lots of fun at our pirate activity day.  We built a pirate ship, made parrots to wear on our shoulders, made pirate and princess flags and much more.  

Pirate yoga

We had a very active literacy lesson.  We talked about our pirate stories and then we did some pirate yoga.  Can you make up some of your own pirate yoga stories?

Lab Rascals science workshop

We all enjoyed the Lab Rascals workshop.  We learnt all about polymers.  Did you know that wood and rubber are natural polymers?  We used PVA glue to make some brilliant slime.  PVA glue is a man-made polymer.

Teddy Bears have a picnic in the woods

We joined the Y1 children from Olive Class and we took our teddy bears down to the woods for their lunch.  We played Teddy Hide and Seek, they found some brilliant hiding places luckily we managed to find all the bears.

We made dens for the teddy bears.  Look carefully, some of our dens have stereos, swimming pools and gardens. Lots of dens were carefully camouflaged to keep the bears safe in the woods.  The Y1 children demonstrated great team work and were all very imaginative.  

Thank you 'Friends of the School'

The children have been enjoying our newly refurbished outdoor learning space.  The 'Friends of the School' have very kindly donated over £2000 towards new storage, a large whiteboard, chalkboards, alphabet and number lines.  Can you see the girls counting in 5s and 10s on the new white board. 

Can you count in 2s, 5s, and 10s?

Fun fractions

We have been learning about fractions.  We can recognise and name 1/2 and 1/4.  We have made some beautiful fraction flowers.  We have been taking pizza orders and making pizzas using our fractions.  Some children used the play dough to make biscuits and cakes, they then cut them in half and into quarters.

At home could you make a pizza and add toppings to half or a quarter of the pizza?  Could you cut out some shapes and colour in half? 

Sawing in the woods

It was a very wet day for Forest Schools, but that didn't stop us enjoying ourselves. We learnt how to whittle wood and use a bow saw.  

Faces in the trees 

We have all been out in the woods this week. We listened to stories about the Choo Choo people and looked at how the woods have changed since we last came.  Look at the friendly faces we gave the trees. Can you find the face that is wearing an amazing weather forecasting hat? We saw a chaffinch in the woods.  Why don't you have a look at the birds in your garden. 

Wow! Topic Starter  

We began our topic with a flight to Brazil.  We took our passports and luggage to the airport.  Once we had passed through passport control and security we were allowed to board the plane.  We watched the safety video and we were ready for our flight to Brazil. The hostess handed out drinks and biscuits and we were soon ready to disembark. 

Busy doing maths!

In maths we have been learning to identify numbers that are one more and less than numbers to 20. We have been finding missing numbers.   Look at us partitioning numbers into tens and ones. 

We have also been learning how to count in 2's.  Look at us investigating the numicon and counting in 2's.

Can you collect pairs of shoes at home and count them in 2's?

Forest Schools

We have been out in the woods looking for evidence of spring time.  We played meet the tree. We were all surprised how the bark on each tree is very different. 

Why don't you go on a spring time walk and see what changes you can see?


In science we have been learning about materials.  We have been learning about snowy weather and we have been exploring ice.  

These are some of the comments children made when exploring the ice. 

"My hands are so cold, I need to use the drier to get them warm again" 

"It's melted, look at all the water.  IT's because I have been rubbing it." 

"Let's put it in the oven to melt it" 

"I'm trying to get it to melt quicker, by rubbing it but it's really slippery." 

"It's as hard as rock" 

"The salt has made it go all lumpy"

British Long Jump Champion

We were very lucky to have a visit from Daniel Gardiner, British Long Jump Champion.  He told us that he can jump 8m.  That is a very long way.

We played lots of games and he showed us lots of activities that he does to improve his running and jumping. 

Multi-Skills Festival

We were invited to Caistor Grammar School to join their Multi-Skills Festival.  All the children tried really hard and learnt lots of new skills.  They had opportunities to play golf, basketball, hockey, football and much more.  We all had lots of fun.

The National Curriculum strands we are learning are:

English - Writing


I can spell common exception words.

I can name the letters of the alphabet using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound.

I can apply simple spelling rules.


I can form capital letters.

I can use cursive letters.



I can write sentences by composing a sentence orally before writing it.

I can write sentences by sequencing sentences to form short narratives.

I can write sentences by re-reading what I have written to check that it makes sense.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

I can leave spaces between words.

I can join words and join clauses using ‘and’.

I am beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark.



This year we are using the Shanghai Scheme for teaching maths.  More details will be given at a Parents Meeting.


Number and Place Value

I can count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

I can count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

I can read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.


Addition and Subtraction

I can read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs.

I can add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero



I can recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.



I can sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]

I can recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years

I can tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.



I can identify and name a variety of common animals including bird, insect, reptile, fish, amphibian and mammal.

I can identify and name a variety of common animals including herbivore, omnivore and carnivore. 

What can you do to help your child at home?



Read, read and read some more!


Reading is a vital building block to a child's education. Encourage your child to read at least three times a week and develop their love of stories and books through shared story time.


Look at the optional homework grid for Weather Homework ideas.