Woodthorpe Primary School

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Year One

Year One

Have a look at all we have been doing in Year One.

For more pictures please see the main class page archive link.

Year 1 were visited by the Reptile Roadshow on Monday as part of our nature and danger curriculum. We had to hold a spider and various other creatures. We then got to ask questions about the various minibeasts.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Making Bread

This week in English we are writing instructions.  Today we followed instructions and made our own bread.  Next we are going to write our own instructions on how to make delicious bread!

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Umbrella Investigation

Baby Bear kept getting wet and he needed an umbrella to keep him dry.

As part of our materials topic in Science we tested different materials to see which would be best for his umbrella and thought about why some materials would not be very good.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Cornflour Goo

This week in science Year 1 made some cornflour goo!

We have been finding out about different materials and we investigated how we could change our goo by twisting, squashing, bending and stretching it.

It was lots of fun (and very messy!)

Year 1 made sock puppets using old socks, fabric and buttons from home. We had to cut out our own design and used some magic glue to stick them all together. Well done Year 1.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Queen

We talked about the Queen and who she is and how she rules our country.  We then made our own crowns and pretended we were the Queen for the afternoon.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Giant

Today we found some huge, black footprints on the floor in our classroom.

We went to look around the school for who could have made them and we found a giant in the library!

He had come down from his castle at the top of the beanstalk so that we could ask him some questions.

Now we are going to write the story of Jack and the beanstalk.

Yer 1 - Hummingbird - YoYo assembly and workshops

Today Suse from YoYo came to our class. 

She talked to us about journeys we had been on and how we had got there.  Next we played a game and thought about what we would take with us if we went on a long journey.  Then we listened to the story of the Wise Men and talked about the long journey they went on to visit baby Jesus.  We also got to smell frankincense and myrrh and talked about why the Wise Men brought those gifts to baby Jesus.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Father Luke Nativity

Father Luke came to visit our school today.  He told us the story of the Nativity.  We got dressed up as the different people from the story and all sang songs about baby Jesus being born.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Ice Melting

Year 1 experimented with melting ice using different equipment. We had to watch to see how long each block of ice took to melt and added food colouring to make the ice more colourful.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Dogs Trust and World Kindness Day

Dog’s Trust

Today the lady from the Dog’s Trust came to talk to us.

She told us how to look after a dog and what we should and shouldn’t do when we see a dog.


World Kindness Day

Today we thought about what we can do and say to be kind.

After talking about what kind things we have done today we thought about how we feel if someone says something unkind to us.

Then we went to our tables and there was a tube of toothpaste. 

We squeezed and squeezed all of the toothpaste out of the tube.  Then we tried really hard to put it back in.  We couldn’t do it!

We talked about how this is like when we say unkind things.  We can say sorry but we can’t take the words back and this can make people feel sad!

We decided that we would try really hard just to say kind words.

Year 1 - Remembrance Day

On Monday 11th November we celebrated Remembrance Day.  We thought about the people who have died in the wars and found out about why we wear poppies.

Then we went outside and created our own field of poppies.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Tiger Hunt

Somebody said a tiger had been spotted in our forest so Year 1 decided to go on a tiger hunt!

First we saw some claw marks on the trees.  Then we found a big pile of poo with bones in.

On the way back to school we spotted the tiger outside the school office.

Mrs Smith said she would phone the zoo so that they could come and collect it.

To celebrate the end of this half term's topic, 'People Who Help Us', we had wonderful day full of dressing up and exciting activities. There were some fantastic outfits and we had great fun fingerprinting and making firefighter hats. We were lucky enough to meet some members of the North Yorkshire Police and even got to sit in a real police car!

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Diwali

This week Hummingbird learned all about Diwali and how people prepare for and celebrate this festival. We then studied some Mendhi patterns and designed some of our own on a template of our own hands!
To celebrate the end of our topic, we decided to dress up as people who help us. We were visited by some Police Officers who let us sit in their police vehicle and dress up in their uniform. We then had a carousel of activities including pretending to be dentists, brushing mucky teeth and making our own Police puppet. 
The Kingfishers made their own emergency vehicles using recycled boxes. We got to use loads of exciting art and DT resources to help us make our models.

Year 1 - Hummingbirds - Worry Dolls

In our class we made 'Worry Dolls' to celebrate Mental Health Day.  We mixed our own salt dough and then cut out our figures before painting them.
In DT we have designed and made our own moving vehicles to go with our 'People who help us' topic.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores

In Science we have been finding out about different animals and what they eat.  We made our own animal mask and then went outside to act out our different animals.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Autumn Walk

We have been reading Autumn poems in Literacy.  We went on an Autumn hunt to the forest and had to find things to do with Autumn on the way.  We found lots of interesting things! 

Back in the classroom we had to use our senses to describe what we could hear, feel, smell and see.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Supertato

In Literacy we have been reading Supertato.  We made our own Supertato and then wrote a story about him rescuing the vegetables from Evil Pea!

We were visited by Acomb Fire Bridage as part of our topic 'People who help us'. We got to squirt water across the playground, and sat inside the fire engine. "This was the best day ever" Aiden. 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - World Mental Health Day

In Year 1 we made ' Worry Doll's' to celebrate Mental Health Day. We cut out our own salt dough figures and then baked them in the oven before painting them. 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores

We decided to become herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in Science this week. We made our own mask before going outside to act out our animals.
In Literacy, we have been looking at Autumn Poems. We went to the forest and had to find different things associated with Autumn. We had to use our senses to describe what we could hear, feel, smell and see. 
As an end of year treat we visited 'Woodthorpe Park' for the morning. We had a challenge to see who could go the fastest and highest on the zip wire and swings.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Teddy bear Picnic

The Kingfisher class were invited to a special teddy bears picnic with Year 5. We brought in our bears to help us celebrate this special occasion.

In Literacy, we received a letter from a Mystery Minibeast. We had to go on a hunt to find who it was? Where it had come from? and Why was it at our school. We eventually found a hairy, and terrifying 

spider in the forest. We had to work our way through the gigantic cobweb to solve the clue to the spider.

"This is so scary" Tommy 

As part of our topic 'Our Living World' we looked after our caterpillars. We used magnifying glasses to help us see their legs and heads.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Georgia O'keeffe

Hummingbird's topic for this half term is 'Our Living World' and to tie in with this we have been learning about the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. She was known for painting flowers and landscapes. We learned a bit about her life and then had a go and recreating some of her artwork! We produced some beautiful paintings which we are really proud of! 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Basketball

The children in Hummingbird absolutely loved their first basketball session! They learned how to bounce the ball while moving and practised retrieving it from a partner. 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - World Book Day

Hummingbird loved pairing up with the Falcon class to share our favourite stories! We also completed lots of fun activities, such as using a map to find the different Roald Dahl characters hidden in the school grounds, and designing our own characters for our stories next week!

Year 1 - Kingfisher - World Book Day Reading

The Kingfishers and Kites joined today for an afternoon based on Roald Dahl. We made crocodile masks, painted dream jars, Mr Twit's new beard and made a new medicine for George's Grandma. It was amazing!
Year 1 had a wonderful time visiting the Yorkshire Museum. We looked at lots of different fossils and even had the chance to make our own fossil models!
We visited the Museum! We had to wear white coats and goggles, before making our own fossils. We then went outside to have a play in the gardens before exploring the Jurassic World exhibition in the afternoon. "This was the best day in the world" Logan 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Faritrade

The children watched a video about a Fairtrade farmer. We then went to the forest and pretended to grow and collect our own Fairtrade bananas. We then paid our farmers for their products, before working as a team to build our new houses for our families. 

This week's English genre is narrative and we have been learning about fantasy stories in Year 1. As part of this we read the much loved story 'Room on the Broom' and retold the events in the forest. We then made a new wand for the witch using sticks and twigs and tied colourful ribbon to the end of it.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Exploring our senses

Year 1 explored their senses, by going on  walk around the school. We had to tell our partner some of the things that we could hear, smell, see and touch. We then came back into class and did some food tasting. We tried some foods that were really sour and some that were delicious.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Dinosaur topic launch

On the first day back after Christmas, we realised that a dinosaur had been in our school over the Christmas holidays. We had to dress up as Dinosaurs and solve the various clues on the playground. We then came back into class and drew the Dinosaur that we thought had been in our school.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - The Kingfishers Celebrate Christmas

 In the Kingfisher class, we had a special visit from Father Christmas, made our own reindeer food and Christmas decoration. 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Dinosaur Hunt

Year 1 were visited by a dinosaur this week! We tiptoed around the playground looking for the clues and found that it was a T-Rex! It had a long, powerful tail, sharp teeth and claws and it was the biggest creature we have ever seen!

Year 1 - Hummingbird & Kingfisher - Sleigh Building

Year 1 - hummingbird - Reindeer Food

Hummingbird received an exciting letter from Santa this week! He told us he had run out of reindeer food and needed our help to make some more. We also wrote a recipe to send to him.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Firefighter visit

Year 1 were visited by Acomb Fire brigade. We got dressed up a fire fighters and got to squirt water across the playground. We then had a sit in the fire engine and listened to the sirens. 

"This is the best day ever" Logan.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Ugly Duckling

As part of our Anti Bullying Week we listened to the story of 'The Ugly Duckling'. We then made our own duckling masks using card, scissors and glue. We then went on a waddle walk around the school to practise for our performance. The next day we got into two groups and acted out the story using different props.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Remembrance Day Poppies

We have been learning all about Remembrance Day this week and we have decided to write letters to the soldiers. We have learned all about the poppy and why it is used as a symbol of remembrance. We made our own poppies and put them into a class wreath! Now they are hung up in our classroom and every time we see them we will remember those brave soldiers. 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Tudor Houses

Our topic this half term has been 'The Great Fire of London' and we have loved learning some new facts. We finished our topic this week by making models of Tudor houses and we are super proud of them!

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Perfect Potions

In Hummingbird we have been reading George's Marvellous Medicine. George wanted us to be scientists and create our own potions for him to make! He sent us some special items to help us and we had a great time making our very own perfect potions!

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Potion Making

We made a new potion for George to help him blow up his Granny. We used a variety of ingredients, along with getting dressed up and having the Harry Potter potion making theme tune in the background. Lets hope she goes with a bang!

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Summer Challenge

Our amazing Kingfishers completed their summer challenge by making fruit salads, writing postcards and making rockets. 


Year 1 - Newspaper

As part of our tiger fact file week, we pretended to be BBC newspaper reporters. We got dressed up in special glasses and used microphones to help us get into character.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Library Bus

The children joined the Owl class to share books from the Library Bus. We looked at stories from some of the Traditional Tales.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Exploring Magnets

The children used the magnets to make and build their own constructions. We tested to see if we could stick the magnets together and lift the various objects.


Year 1 2018 - 2019 Please see above 

The Kingfishers went to Tropical World. We looked at lots of mini beasts and reptiles. We got to watch a Butterfly be fed. We then went into the Roundhay Park and had a picnic. We had a game of rounders, played with bubble wands and enjoyed reading under the trees. "It was the best day ever" Olivia
Today we went on our school trip to Tropical World. Here we saw lots of amazing creatures and animals and discovered their different habitats. We walked through the Jungle and desert land learning how the animals survive. We loved seeing all the animals but it was extremely hot, exactly like the jungle! We then had our lunch in Roundhay park and enjoyed some games in the sun.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Mrs Stainthorpe's Birthday

 To celebrate Mrs Stainthorpe's Birthday, we made her some lovely bunting. We worked in small groups to decorate a letter before putting them all together with string to spell out her name. 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Releasing the Butterflies

In Year 1, we have been keeping our very own butterflies. We watched them grow from tiny lava, into a chrysalis, then finally into beautiful butterflies. We then went onto our playground to release them into the big wild world. We hope they have a lovely time!

Year 1 - Hummingbird - World cup shoot out

To celebrate the world cup, Year 1 had a penalty shoot out. We split into our four house point teams to see who could score the most points. We first had a go shooting against different goal keepers before shooting penalties against Mr Holmes! 
Today we went into the forest for our forest session. On the way, we found a mysterious letter. It was from a local fox! We wanted to write a reply but had to work out how to write back to the fox without any pencils or paper. Some children decided to write messages in the mud with sticks and some children made dens for the fox to keep him safe! It was lovely to see the children's imaginative creations.
Today we went on a minibeast hunt around the school. We first talked about the different types of minibeasts and discussed which ones we might see. We then went on a hunt around school looking in the grass, under rocks and along the walls to see which ones we could find! We was really lucky to see a butterfly on our hunt! 

Year1 - Hummingbird - Library Bus

Today the library bus came to visit year 1. We got to go onto the bus and look at all the lovely books they had. Once we had chosen a book, we took it onto the playground to read. We shared stories with our friends.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Making invisible ink

This term in science we are looking at lots of different experiments. In today's experiment, we made invisible ink. We first predicted what we would use and we thought of different things such as lava, fairy dust and invisible pens. We then discovered that all we actually needed was paper, a cotton bus and lemon juice! Once we had drawn our designs in the lemon juice and let it dried, all we had to do was hold it up to the window, magic!  

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Meet Sally and Stanley the snails

Meet Stanley and Sally our class snails! We talked about how we can look after them and made them a new home using stuff from the forest. We then fed them some left over snack and ensured they had a drop of water to drink. "I love Stanley and Sally, they are beautiful Imogen"
Hummingbird Pirate Day - Today we celebrated the end of our pirate topic by having a pirate day! We all came to school dressed in wonderful pirate outfits. We then made our very own pirate flags using card, paint and wooden sticks. In the afternoon, we was visited by three pirates who had forgotten how to act like pirates. Luckily, we helped them out showing them our pirate moves and phrases.

Year 1 - Hummingbird's culture day and visit from 'Chill in the Community'

Today in Hummingbird class we celebrated culture day by learning all about Italy! We was luck enough to be visited by Jo and Mary from 'Chill in the Community who delivered a wonderful workshop on Italy. They taught the children how to say different Italian phrases, we played some lovely Italian games and we even got to try some Italian food! The children absolutely loved their workshop and have been practising their Italian wave! We then looked at another culture and tried out some African drumming! We had such a lovely day! 
Today we pretended we went to the country of Italy! First we made our own pizzas, before taking part in some African Drumming. After break we learnt some Italy from our Italian visitor and played some Italian music. Finally we went onto the field to eat our pizzas and play Italian football. "Making our own pizzas was exciting and they were really cheesy" Freya Luff. 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Celebrating the Royal Wedding

The Kingfishers celebrated the Royal wedding by having a carousel of activities. We used the IPad's to paint our own Royal wedding scene along with dressing up as the Royal family, decorating cakes and making new crowns for the occasion. 
As part of our story writing week the Kingfishers went into the forest and used the natural materials to make their own magic keys. We had to intially design our key before we were allowed to make them. We then looked at each others creations and told the various groups one thing that they had done well and a tip for how they could improve their keys.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Magic wand Forest School

Today we went into the woods to collect some perfect sticks to make wands! Once we had chosen the perfect stick, we went back to the classroom to get to work. We used string, wool, feathers, flowers and leaves to create our perfect natural wand. 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Yoga

The children participated in a yoga class and listened to a story and acted out the various animals through Yoga.
The children went on a spring walk and into the forest. We then listened to a story about a little Spring bird who needed a new nest. The children then built the bird and new nest using the forestry around them.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Outdoor Golden time

As the sun was shining the Kingfishers went outside for Golden time and enjoyed the outdoor area. We had reading on the new grass and building in our construction area. "This is amazing Miss Wheeler I love it out here" Harvey.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Parachute Fun

Today we went outside to use the parachute. We played lots of different games in which we had to work as a team to win! One game we had to play, involved getting a ball through the middle of the parachute. 
Louis - 'We had to work together to get the ball through. We lifted the parachute at our side and they had to put their side to the ground'.
Today we went into the forest to continue building our dens. This time, we had different items to use such as wooden crates and tyres. We decided we needed to make our dens waterproof in case it rains. We decided to use lots of leaves to create a thick barrier against the rain. Some groups even used fallen petals to create exciting entrances to their den! 
Sophie - ''I have added bright, yellow dandelions to our den. It looks pretty so other children might come and use it''

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Painting desert islands

In our Pirate topic, we have learnt about desert islands. We have looked at where they are located in the world and what they are like. We used paint and card to create our very own desert island painting. To create the sea background, we used different shades of blue and green and waved our paintbrush to create a wavy effect.
Today in Hummingbird class, we went to the woods to complete our forest school session. We first became spring detectives, looking for a range of spring items such as brightly coloured flowers and vivid green grass. Once we had found all of our items, we then had to work in pairs to build a den. Children used lots of different materials such as twigs, logs, leaves and flowers. It was lovely to see the children working as a team to create their designs

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Pirate Practical Day

This week in our Literacy, we are writing letters to our families. We are pretending that we have been stranded on a desert island. Today in our practical day, we made our very own binoculars. Hopefully we will be able to spot a ship to save us!

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Pirate Topic Launch

We launched our Pirate topic off by going into the forest to find some Pirate treasure. We then discovered that a mystery pirate had left some clothes, coins and a note. We then made wanted posters to help track down the mystery pirate.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Easter Egg Hunt

The Kingfishers celebrated the end of term by having an Easter Egg hunt. We had to find the numbered eggs on the playground and tick them off on our easter egg hunt chart.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Learning about the Queens Jewels.

Year 4/3 Swimming - please note that payment for swimming lessons is now overdue. Please make payment via parent pay. Thank you
The Kingfishers had an afternoon looking at the chicks. We all got to hold a chick and learnt how to rock them to sleep.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Science Week

In science and engineering week the children learnt how to make a space aircraft. We used art straws, sellotape and paper to make them. Finally we went outside to test them out and watched them fly around our playground.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Sport Relief Day

To celebrate sports relief we took part in some different activities around school. The first activity was based on football skills in which we had to practise our ball control. In the second activity, we put these skills to action, shooting at goals, moving around hoops and passing to our friends. We all enjoyed the day and especially loved our sports relief song in assembly! 
Noah W - 'I loved trying to kick to ball into the goal. I scored one goal!'