Spring 1 2024

Happy New Year! This half term out topic is “Sensational Safari!” as part of this topic we will be focusing on Kenya. Take a look at our class newsletter for more information on what we will be getting up to this half term.


In RE this half term our topic is Families and Celebrations.

Collective Worship

This week our theme in Collective Worship has been Epiphany. The feast of the kings. As part of this learning the children have listened to Mathew in the Bible and learnt about the three kings visiting Jesus after his birth. The children have also learnt about how the feast of the three kings is celebrated in countries such as Spain.

Father Andrew led us in an Epiphany Mass fand some of the children helped Father Andrew to re-tell the story.

We have been learning about the different families that we belong to; our family, our school family and our church family. We have been reflecting on our roles within these families and how it makes us feel to be a part of a family. Here are some of representations of being part of different families. We have been saying thank you to God for all the things in our lives that we are thankful for.


We have been thinking about how we are welcomed into God’s family and we have been learning about the Sacrament of Baptism. Our families had kindly sent photographs in from home from Baptism’s that we had been to – we loved looking at them! We learned that there are some special signs that are used to welcome someone (often a baby) into the Church family and we spotted them in our photos from home. We have also reflected on being part of the Church family. We discussed our feelings and experiences of God, family life, and other family celebrations including those in church such as Weddings.

We have been thinking about how God is our Father in heaven and why we call God this. We have linked back to our Autumn learning about the Creation and have been writing prayers to say thank you to God for everything He made for us as well as everything He does for us.

We listened to Luke 2: 22-40 from the Bible. The story told us about Jesus visiting the temple with his parents and the people he met there. The children learnt that people had waited for Jesus to come for a long time and that this was a celebration for them. The children could confidently retell this story.




We have been revisiting Traditional Tales from FS2 before we launched into a Tinga Tale from Africa. We played a very fun game with binoculars where we used clues from the setting and characters to try and guess the traditional tale. We were amazing at guessing! We then took a trip to the school library and found lots and lots of traditional tales to use it our English work this week. We really enjoyed exploring the library and we were great at searching out traditional tales! We enjoyed reading them too!

Linking back to our prior learning in FS2 about traditional tales, we discussed what a traditional tale is. We sorted books into traditional tales and not traditional tales and discussed with partners how we knew. We wrote notes about the characters and the plot and then compared the similarities between traditional tales. We learned that there is always a good character, always a bad character (who normally tries to trick to the good character) and that in most traditional tales, good prevails over evil!

This half term our focus book is “Why Elephant has a trunk”. We have started our topic by getting familiar with this story, getting to know the characters, setting and story structure.



We have also learnt about story mountains and how we can use them to structure story writing. Over the coming weeks we will be developing our narrative writing skills, building up to writing our own Tinga Tale.


We have been looking at sentences from the story and deciding which was the best conjunction to join the parts of the sentences. We challenged ourselves to put the pictures in order too! We really love all the Tinga tale learning that we are doing!


This half term in maths we are focusing on measures and shapes.

Length and Height

This week we have been learning about length and height. We have started by ensuring that we understand this vocabulary before we have compared the length and height of different items. We had an active Burn 2 Learn session to begin our work on length and height. We searched for unifix, and compared them in length and height – working hard to understand the difference. We linked back to our prior learning from FS2, of comparing quantities in different contexts. We used the language of long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short and double/half to compare.

Our learning has involved measuring using non standard measures like cubes.

We have then moved onto measuring with a ruler using cm. We have been so impressed by how well the children have picked this up and been able to use their measuring skills to solve worded problems.


Weight and Mass

We have been exploring weight and mass. We did our maths in the woods which was very exciting! We used balance scales to predict, compare and order the weight of objects. We learned that weight is how heavy an object is. We used the words heavy/light and then extended our vocabulary to use heavier/heaviest, lighter/lightest to compare.

Capacity and Volume 

We have been learning about capacity and volume. We began by learning the definitions. After exploring with real containers and water, we matched pictures to the correct vocabulary in a Burn 2 Learn game. We then pretended to go to the Monster Milkshake Café! The monsters needed our help because they couldn’t find their milkshakes! We had to explain how we knew the milkshake belonged to each monster by using mathematical vocabulary!





We have started our animals topic with lots of fun and practical learning to name the animal groups; Mammals, Birds, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles. We have been learning some definitions of how to remember the features of an animal that belongs to each group. Click the button below to practise our fun song at home!


Animal Groups Song


Here we are identifying and classifying animals. The children showed great understanding with this task!


We have been learning about two significant scientists, Jane Goodall and Charles Henry Turner. We used our reading skills to find out about the Scientists. Jane studied chimpanzees for years and Charles Henry Turner discovered that bees could see colours!







In DT this half term the children have been learning about mechanisms and how they work in children’s books. The children have learnt three different types of mechanisms: slider, leaver and wheel mechanisms. The children have learnt how they work before practicing the skill of making each. 


This week the children have designed their own moving picture page based on their own Tinga Tale story. Next week they will create it ensuing it includes at least one of the mechanisms they have learnt this half term.


We have started our computing this half term with some more learning on how to stay safe online. To do this we recapped our STOP BLOCK TELL motto that we use if something happens when we are using a device and we are not sure what it is. Today we focused on applying this when pop ups appear on games or when we are watching videos on Youtube. The children helped Smartie the Penguin to make the right choice to keep himself safe. We also discussed age restrictions on games, what they mean and why it is important that we adhere to them.


This half term we are learning how to use keynote to present information. Today we learnt how to access Keynote on an iPad and create a basic presentation with text and an image.

The children have been working hard to add information from their Geography learning onto their Keynote presentations using the skills they have learnt.





Today we started our new topic “Sensational Safari” and the children were introduced to our new Key Geographical Question: How does Wetherby compare to Kenya? In order to be able to answer this we needed to recap our sticky knowledge on everything we already know about Wetherby. To do this the children played a B2L game where they had to say if the statement was true or false.

We then explored a map of Wetherby in England, as part of the UK. We then learnt that the UK is surrounded by seas and oceans in a continent called Europe. We then applied our sticky knowledge to discuss how close the UK is to the North Pole, South Pole and equator. We then played a game where the children had to look at a hidden map and remember and draw the key parts. Finally, we considered the impact of this on our weather and seasons.

This week we recapped our learning from last week before focusing on a new area of the world, Kenya! We explored maps to find where Kenya is and discovered that it is in a different continent to the UK as it is Africa. The children also explored where Kenya is in relation to the equator and realised that the country is much hotter than the UK as it is on the equator.

Over the last two weeks we have been learning key facts about Kenya including its famous mountains, safaris and varied environments from coasts to national parks and cities. The children have worked hard to remember key facts, playing “shoot the sheriff” to help recall their sticky knowledge before furthering their learning and creating posters advertising Kenya.


During Music this half term, our focus is on African Drumming Music, linking with our learning about Kenya. We have been learning the names of the drums and we have enjoyed being immersed in the sound that they make. 

We have responded to the music and discussed how it made us feel. We have been playing call and response games with drumming music. We have used body percussion and we had to concentrate really hard! We played rhythms at different tempos and played steady beats as well, linking to our learning from the Autumn term.

We have applied our learning about beats and rhythms, by working in small groups to create short musical patterns. We had one drum and played call and response games, one person was the leader and the others had to copy the drum pattern. We took turns and practised playing different rhythms. We thought about how we could extend our learning by playing at different tempos and how we could create different sounds with different parts of our hands and fingers.


Over the last two weeks the children have enjoyed developing their balance skills during gymnastic sessions with Mrs Powell. The children have practiced balancing on the ground and then on different apparatus, moving along and balancing in different ways.


The children have been applying their skills of balance from floor work and moving in different ways and putting it into practise on the benches and apparatus. They are also learning how to work together to put away the mats in gymnastics. We have seen some super thinking and we have been very proud of the children taking risks too!

We have had a super dance session from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Year 1 showed that they were very imaginative and showed off their dance moves!

School’s National Football Week: 5th February 

We have been celebrating National Football Week with a Year 1 and Year 2 football tournament! It was great fun and Mrs Powell was so proud of us all for joining in, trying something new and showing lots of resilience. Lots of us could also show off our football skills and the weather was on our side too!



Rule of law

Today we have focused on understanding the importance of rules in all aspects of our lives in ensuring that we keep ourselves and others safe. We have discussed where we might have different rules, their purpose and who makes them. We have recapped our school rules and how they keep us and others safe.


Children’s Mental Health Week

This week we have focused on our mental health and what this means. The children developed their understanding and we listened to the story “Have you filled a bucket today?” the children understood that what we say and do can fill and empty others and our own buckets and it is always important to be kind. The children have been thinking about gratitude, their voice, what makes them happy and ways that they can keep their mind healthy.

Safer Internet Day: February 6th 2024

As part of Mental Health Week, we have been thinking about the internet and how we can keep safe online. We know exactly what to do if something makes us feel uncomfortable online: STOP BLOCK TELL.


I am Special and Working together

We have been focusing on “Why I am Special” and the importance of team work and working together. We discussed why this is so important and the skills you need to be able to work as a team, listening, taking turns and helping each other. To show the importance of these skills we played a team game where the children had to individually remember all the items on the tray and then tell their team. The winning team remembered the most items.


In MFL, we have started the half term learning the primary colours – bleu, jaune and rouge. We enthusiastically took part in singing a song that introduced us to the colours and then we practised saying them. We went on a colours hunt around the school and searched for items that were the colours that we had been learning. When we found them, we had to say the colour in French!

Our learning journey continued by making a primary colours wheel, saying and matching the correct word. We were active in our learning and showed resilience with working hard on our French pronunciation. We then made collage colour wheels.


We have explored different types of foods and learned some more new words; le pain, fromage and l’oeuf. We linked this to our previous learning of colours by looking at what colour the food was too! We played a fun and active game which was to listen to the phrase in French and then run to the correct food!