Woodthorpe Primary School

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Year One

Welcome to Year One!

Check out what we have been up to so far this year. We can also look back over your time at Woodthorpe Primary, from when you started in Nursery.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Snow Day

Year 1 - Kingfisher - RE Culture Day

As part of our culture day we looked at Islam and made Islamic geometric patterns. We then explored the culture of London and British Values. We used the large boxes to make Big Ben outside along with making postcards to the Queen and Princess and King crowns. "This is Amazing Harvey we need to make the clock for Big Ben come on"

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Superhero

We used the new app Scratch. We learnt how to change the thickness of a paintbrush and colour. We thought about what a Superhero looked like and their key features. "Look at my Superhero Miss Wheeler I used the red and blue colours like Superman". Harry

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Chinese New Year Dancing

The Kingfishers learnt a Chinese New Year dance using the various props. We learnt a bit of Tai Chi and how we can use our different breaths to help us relax. 
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Hummingbird class took part in a wonderful workshop. The workshop involved lots of dancing to traditional Chinese music using different types of movement. We also used different props such as umbrellas and fans to enhance our dancing. It was a lovely morning and we enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - The library bus.

Library bus - The library bus came to visit again! We all got to pick a book from the bus the read and we listened to Miss Connelly read us a story. It was lovely to read different types of books and visit the portable library. 
Re and Culture day - Today we celebrated RE and Culture day through a range of different arts and crafts. We first learnt about the religion Islam before we made our own prayer mats and decorated hands with some beautiful mehndi patterns. The children worked so hard on their patterns drawing lovely flowers, spirals and geometric patterns. In the afternoon we learnt all about India to celebrate Andrea in our class. We then made our very own diva lamps using clay, paint and sequins, we had such a lovely day.
For our Christmas maths day, we teamed up with kite class. We met in the hall and we had to build a Christmas tree or Christmas present using a range of different building materials. It was so lovely to see the children working together and forming some new lovely friendships.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Santa

We were so excited to hear the reindeer bells and santa's voice and we couldn't believe that santa had come to visit us! We got to meet santa and listen to all his wonderful christmas stories. 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Nativity

We are incredibly proud of Hummingbird class for their amazing performance of 'Hey Ewe!'. All the children worked so hard and looked fantastic in their costumes. A big well done from Miss Newson and Mrs Stainthorpe, you made us smile all day!
In Hummingbird class we took part in a Christmas themed sports day with lots of wonderful activities. We had to make our way across thin ice, knock down snowmen and carry a mince pie without dropping it. It was lovely to see the children engaged in the different sports activities and working together as a team.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Visit to the Church

Year 1 went to St James the Deacon Church to learn about the Christmas Story. We learnt some special hymns along with getting dressed up in various costumes.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Raptorxotics Visit

We were visited by Raptorxotics and saw many different animals including an snake, owl, rat, cockroache and stick insect. We learnt different facts about all the animals and got to feel and look at their features.
Today we was visited by Tom who had brought lots of nocturnal animals to show everyone. He had a rat, cockroach and a beautiful owl called Willow along with many more nocturnal animals. We learnt lots about the different animals and got to touch some of them, we discovered that a rats tail is really soft! 
Sophie ' I loved seeing Willow, she was really beautiful and had big, dark eyes''. 
Hummingbird class went on a trip to Tesco's. Whilst on our trip, we learnt lots of different things about fruit and vegetables and we even learnt some interesting facts, such as a banana is a berry! We then got to have a walk around the shop floor spotting all the different foods we had learnt about.  To end our trip we made some wonderful fruit faces! Miss Newson and all our helpers were extremely proud of our behaviour! 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - We made Smothies

To follow on from our visit to Farm to Fork the Kingfishers made our very own Kingfisher Fruity Tutti smoothie. We used berries, grapes, banana and juice to make it and had to blend all the ingredients together to create our very own unique flavour.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - The Kingfisher telling the time.

In our maths we have been learning about telling and writing various clock times. We used the practical clocks to help us practise telling O'Clock and half past times.
The Kingfishers went to Tesco to learn all about being healthy and what foods we could eat to have a balanced diet. We then went onto the shop floor and went shopping for different fruits and vegetables. Finally we made cereal and happy fruit faces using the ingredients provided.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Hearing our friends read.

We listened to our friends in Year 1 read their home reading book and encouraged each other to sound out the words and asked each other questions about what they had read.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Rememberance Day

The children made special poppies to remember all the people who died in both World War 1 and 2.

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Remembrance Day

'In Hummingbird class we did lots of lovely things for Remembrance Day. We made some beautiful poppy field paintings using a range of different paints and different sized paint brushes. We then added red card poppies over the top. We also made some bigger poppies which one by one, we put onto the floor to remember all the brave soldiers as we said a little prayer. We was also really lucky to have Mrs Stainthorpe share her dads medals from the war which was lovely for the children to see.
Today we went into the woods for our light and dark topic launch. We first discussed different nocturnal animals such as owls, mice and badgers before designing a habitat for them. We walked into the woods and split into our teams, deciding where would be best to build our houses. We used lots of different materials such as twigs, grass and mud. We made some fantastic houses and Miss Newson was incredibly proud of how well we all worked in teams!
Harley ''I wonder if the badger would like to eat this tasty apple? I will put it in our habitat''

Miss Wheeler's very proud moments.

Here are just a few of Miss Wheeler's very proud moments in the Kingfisher Class.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - The Kingfishers made Gingerbread men!

To celebrate all of our hard work in the Kingfisher class this half term we made some Gingerbread Men to link in with our story writing of that week. We worked with Mrs Martin to weigh out the ingredients along with rolling and cutting out our Gingerbread men. We then went into the hall in the afternoon and ate our Gingerbread Men up! "They are really crunchy and yummy Miss Wheeler".

Year 1 - Kingfisher - The Kingfishers went to church

We went to the church and recreated a Baptism. We got to explore the church and ask Father Luke all about his job and the various parts of the church. "The church was epic".

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Diwali Day

We celebrated Diwali Day by talking and learning all about the Taj Mahal and how it was built. We then made some special paintings along with some rangoli patterns. Finally we went into the hall and did some Indian dancing and yoga.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - We made a new castle for the Giant

We received a special message from the Giant telling us that he needed a new castle at Woodthorpe Primary School. As a class we walked into the forest and used the natural materials to make the Giant a new castle.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - The Library Bus Visit

Kingfishers were visited by the Library Bus and we got to choose different stories from the bus. We listened to a story from Dean and then worked with our partners to look through our chosen books. "It was amazing, I read my favourite book 'The Gruffalo'".
Today we celebrated Diwali! We started the day with a lovely assembly from the York Hindu society in which they talked about the Diwali story. We then made our very own Diwali pictures using art straws and a range of different coloured paints. Once our paintings had dried, we used different patterned paper to make our own candles to add to our creations. We also had a workshop from the York hindu society in which we made some beautiful Rangoli designs. 
'Noah W - I like mixing different coloured paint, they look lovely''
We was so lucky to have the library bus visit and we had such a wonderful time! Dean read a story to the whole class which we enjoyed, we then got to pick our own book to read with our friends. We can't wait for the library bus to visit again.
''Mason P - I enjoyed sitting outside reading my dinosaur book''
Hummingbird class visited the local church on Wednesday. At the church the Vicar performed a pretend baptism in which the children learnt how a baptism takes place. The children enjoyed watching this and loved joining in with the lovely songs. Afterwards, we got to explore the church, finding features of the church we had learnt about in class such as the alter. 
''I loved hearing the songs at the baptism'' - Freya

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Ugly Duckling Day

We had an arts and craft morning and made duckling masks and paintings. We then went into the hall to learn a very special duck dance. Finally we went to the theatre to watch The Ugly Duckling.

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Who's afraid of the BIG BAD WOLF!

In topic we made maps for Little Red Riding Hood to get her Granny's house. We used felt tips and tea stained paper to make them. We then went outside and used one of our maps to see if our maps worked. "It was so funny Miss Wheeler Mrs Wardley was the wolf".

Year 1 - The Kingfishers went to the Church

We went to church - We went to St James the Deacon church to learn all about Baptism. We got to act out a Baptism with Father Luke and then explored the church looking at the key features.

Year 1 - Hummingbirds - York Theatre Royal Trip

''We went to the theatre on Thursday to watch the performance of 'The Ugly Duckling'. We loved seeing Mummy Duck, Fluffy and Ugly sing and dance, they were all amazing! It was so lovely to see the children's faces light up watching the magical world of theatre. 
Aaron - ''I liked Fluffy as he was so cute and kind''.
Carter - ''I liked clapping to the songs''
On national fitness day we had a cricket session in which we learnt how to play a basic game of cricket and batting techniques. We loved learning a new sport and enjoyed playing the game 'diamond cricket'. We all worked as a team to support one another and make sure we all knew what we was doing. 
Mason P "I really loved trying to hit the ball with the bat, it was really fun!''

Year 1 - Kingfisher - National Fitness Day

The Kingfishers took part in a dance workshop as part of National Fitness Day. We learnt a simple street dance routine and then performed it to one another. 

Year 1 - Kingfisher - Making Porridge and Exploring our Senses!

As part of our topic and literacy work we went on a senses walk around our school and had to think of different adjectives to describe the things that we had found. We then made porridge as part of our Traditional Tales topic and had to use our sense of taste to describe what it was like. 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Georges Marvellous Medicine

This week for our literacy practical day we received a parcel from George asking us to make a new potion for grandma! He sent us all sorts of wonderful ingredients such as spider dust, dragon tears and trolls snot! We then went outside and followed the recipe to make our magnificent potions! 

Year 1 - Hummingbird - Theatre Day

In year 1, we were lucky enough to have the theatre royal visit us for a workshop ahead of our own visit to the theatre. The work shop was based on the ugly duckling production in which we got to sing songs, dance like a duckling and meet the characters from the play. It was lovely to see the children so engaged and enthusiastic about drama and we are so excited to go and watch the Ugly Duckling play! 
We had such a wonderful day in Hummingbird class on Roald Dahl Day! The children all wore beautiful costumes and we loved seeing all their different creations from a giant peach to a homemade wonka bar. We made our very own lolipops for Mr Willy Wonka and dream catchers for the BFG using paper plates, glitter and glue. We then designed our own bookmarks for when we read our own magical stories. 

Year One - Kingfisher - Our First Few Days in Year 1.

In Year 1, we started our Traditional Tales topic by having a launch afternoon. The children went into the forest and had to find the clues for the various Traditional Tales. We then came back together and used the items that we had found to retell the Story of 'Jack and The Beanstalk'.
In Maths we have been working on our number formation and used the numicon to help us to count accurately.

RMB - Pirate Day

Our Chicks

This week the children have had a lovely couple of days learning about chicks.  When the eggs arrived, we made predictions about what we thought the chicks might look like when they hatched.  It was magical coming into school on Wednesday morning and watching some of them hatching from their eggs.  Today we enjoyed the 'Chick Ceremony' as we put the hatched chicks into their new tank.  We are so excited watching them grow and change.

New Sandpit!

We are so lucky - Reuben's Dad and his friends from Joseph Trust came to build us a new giant sand pit today! We can't wait to get our sand!

Reception meet some Firefighters!

We were very lucky today when some firefighters brought their fire engine into the playground. They talked to us about what firefighters do and showed us some of the special equipment on the fire engine. We got to sit in the cab and had a go with the hose they use to put out the fires.

Reception Class - Chinese New Year

In Reception Class we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We welcomed two Chinese students, Daisy and Yesi to our classroom and we learnt about traditions and customs surrounding the festival. We enjoyed making Chinese dragon puppets and lucky red envelopes.

RMB - Reptile Roadshow

Today we were very lucky because Liam's auntie brought lots of reptiles from her Reptile Roadshow into school for us to learn about. We went in the hall and she told us a little bit about the snakes. Some of us even held them!

RMB - Space Dome!

We were really lucky today because we got to go inside a real space dome.
First we found out a little bit about the sun and the 8 different planets.
Then we found out how to build a rocket and we blasted off into space for a space adventure.
We looked at all the stars and the moon.
It was very exciting. We had lots of fun!

RMB - Forest Walk

This week on our forest walk we collected logs together and made a fire circle. We talked about how important it is to always walk around the circle rather than through it.

Reception Children in France!

We were really lucky to be joined by four teachers from France this week. They helped us to discover lots about what France is like. Camille, one of our French visitors, read us a story in French about a big green monster!  We listened really well and tried to work out what was happening in the story - it was really funny! We also shared a French breakfast with our friends.

Culture Week

Reception have loved learning about Indian culture this week. We've learnt to Bollywood dance with Caitlin and performed our own version of an Indian traditional tale to our friends in Key Stage 1. We've discovered what Indian people like to wear and eat. We've even made and tasted one of their favourite drinks - a mango lassi! We've made our own Diva lamps and decorated them using a repeating pattern. We've experimented with colour and pattern creating Rangoli chalk patterns and our teachers had Mendhi patterns on their hands using Henna.

Pancake Fun on Shrove Tuesday!

It's Shrove Tuesday! We learnt about the traditions around Lent and made some pancakes! We carefully measured out the ingredients, checking we had reached the correct numeral on the measuring jug. Then we mixed the ingredients together.
This afternoon we tasted pancakes and chose our favourite topping. Then we voted and made a graph to see which was the most popular topping. We counted up and golden syrup was the most popular!

'The Bog Baby' - Forest Walk

This week before we set off on our forest walk we read the story 'The Bog Baby'.
When we got to the forest we looked for our very own Bog babies. Then we gave them names, thought about what they like to eat and do and made homes for them.

Nativity 2015 (Nursery)

Mud Pie Arts (2015/2016 Nursery)


Nursery, Early Years and Key Stage 1 welcomed the theatrical experience of 'Mud Pie' enabling children to get stuck in to the story. This approach is believed to enhance a child's communication, confidence, language and empathy skills which form the foundation of every child's development and success.

Fireworks (2015 / 2016 Nursery)

We learnt about Remembrance Day. We talked together at nursery about how it is important to remember all the people who fought to make our country safe. We all made a poppy and went outside and held up our poppies to remember. Then we made our own field of poppies by each putting our poppies in the grass.

Remembrance Day (2015 / 2016 Nursery)

(2015 / 2016 Nursery)


Look at the work we have done in our first weeks at nursery!

We learnt all about shapes whilst making our lovely stained-glass windows. We have also been learning about mini beasts and looked at different pictures of spiders and experimented with different ways to make our own.

We painted pictures of spiders using straws to blow the paint and paper plates and wool to make our webs.