Beth Tweddle and Sports Day!

The whole school had a sports morning, we broke up into our house teams and had a go at 12 different activities. We were even lucky enough to have Beth Tweddle in to open the MUGA! She stayed for an assembly and the children got to ask her questions about her career.

The ‘Life Bus’

Today we had a visit from the Life Bus. On the bus we talked about our amazing bodies. We talked about our balanced diets that we need and what we need to do, to stay healthy. We also got to meet Harold the Giraffe and helped him resolve problems with his friends.


Whole school recycling art day!

Year 1 spent the morning carrying on our theme of ‘Handa’s surprise’ in Literacy and made a 3D Giraffe, his name is Jeffery.

Our morning in Year 2

We had a fabulous morning in Year 2! We talked lots about teamwork and expectations, and how we can help one another in Year 2. There were games too, with a true or false game – also some fun clips showing teamwork. In preparation for September, we wrote our dreams and aspirations on leaves to create a dream tree display for the classroom, we also created a flower garden to show some information about ourselves. A great morning was had by all!

Holdenby house

What a lovely day it was for a school trip. Year 1 and 2 really loved our day at Holdenby, we learnt about Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth I and Beatrix Potter.

Animation and Womens Cyclists!

After our Phonic’s screening, Year 1 needed a treat. Miss Jones organised for an Animation Artist to come in and work with the class to make our own animation videos! We also had an exciting more of supporting the Womens Cyclists coming through Cogenhoe.

Balloon rockets and our Florence Nightingale day!

Year 1 started of with a bang! We made our own balloon rockets. Miss Jones showed the children what they will be making and we devised our questions, which we could then answer after finishing our experiment.

We also had great fun immersing ourselves in our topic day!


Handa’s Surprise WOW morning!

What fun we had emerging ourselves in our new story for Literacy. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at writing a journey story. We used our senses to describe the sounds with African musical instruments. We tasted the fruit that Handa carried. We also described the setting.


Instructions in Maths, Giants in Literacy and an AMAZING assembly. 

Again, we have not stopped in Year 1! In Math’s we have been using vocabulary such as ‘left’ and ‘right’ and directions like 1/4 turn. In Literacy, we have been learning how to use similies and the power of 3! ..And of course, our amazing assembly that made Miss Jones and Mrs McCarlie ever so proud.


2D and 3D shapes and a delivery from a Giant hunter!

This week in Year 1 we have been busy practicing for our Assembly which is next Thursday. In Math’s, we have been looking at shapes and we even made our own with marshmallows and spaghetti. In Literacy, we came in from lunch time to a a parcel.Inside the parcel was a letter and some Giant books.. we are keeping our eyes out for any local Giants!

Florence Nightingale, shape, rain catching and cricket!


This week we have started to draw Florence Nightingale with charcoal, typed our own sentences about her and have been practicing our class assembly. We have also looked at timing each other to see who is quicker or slower. We then moved on to looking at 2D shapes.


Year 1 and 2 letter – Summer term events 

Letter for Florence Nightingale Topic

Last week of term fun!

This week in Year 1 in Literacy, we carried on with ‘The enormous Turnip’,  we started to describe them! In Math’s we have been ordering the day/routine and learning the days of week and months of the year! We have also been doing lots of Easter Craft.

.. and of course, crazy hair day!


Old cake recipe making! and how yummy they were. 

Picasso, welly work, money and The Enormous Turnip!

Capacity, bee sketches, Mothers day!

This week in Math’s we have carried on with measurement. We started to look at capacity and we were amazing at it! We also spent the afternoon sketching pictures of Mr Bumble to end our Literacy topic. We looked at using chalk pastels and smudging with our fingers.


Three little pigs house building, pop up books, length, a visit from ITV and book day morning!

Another fab week. We started off the week with trying to build a house for the three little pigs, choosing material strong enough to hold against the puff of the big bad wolf. To celebrate world book day, we created our own pop up books to do with the story we have been learning in Literacy – The Sleepy Bumblebee. In Math’s we have been looking at measuring weight and length!


Fractions and Book Talk!

This week we have been looking at all the different ways we can find 1/2 and 1/4 of a shape in many different ways.

We also had an exciting morning on Thursday as some parents joined us for Book Talk! Year 1 were very excited to show the adults in the room how it’s done. Thank you to everyone who came.


Yoga, village walks, old and new transport and show and tell!

We started off the week with a calming yoga session. Year 1 were fab at this. We carried on looking at old and new, and looked specifically at transport, looking at the changes that have happened. We also went on a village walk looking for different types of birds, and what a lovely day it was too. We’ve loved seeing all our topic home work in show and tell. (Especially trying the recipes)


All things bee’s…

This week we started our new topic in Literacy, we had clues to guess what it could be before Miss Jones read to the class about the tired bumblebee. We then had a visit from a local bee keeper!

BFG days, RSPB and a soggy Science lesson!

Monday and Tuesday in Year 1, were our BFG days. We started off the week with a Drama workshop, looking at the BFG himself. We then carried on with this theme in the classroom with art work and writing. Mrs Butlin kindly came in on Wednesday to get us started with our Big school bird watch and taught us lots of lovely facts. Year 1 has also had a new member join us – Miss Hampshire, she is a 3rd Year University student that will be with us until March. In Science she looked at sinking and floating with the class, looking at making predictions on Thursday.


Book corner, doubling and halving, letters from Dragon hunters, Curling, teddy bear umbrellas and maps!

Another incredibly busy week in Year 1, we started off by looking at our new KS1 Library area and shared some stories together. In Maths, we have been learning to double and halve! In Literacy, carrying on the theme of Dragons, we received a letter from a Dragon hunter asking us to write an information leaflet about any other dragons we know about – so we chose Toothless from ‘How to catch a dragon’. In Science, Sid the Sloth lost his umbrella. On this rainy day, he really needed it. So Year 1 made their own, using a range of materials. They had to use their knowledge of material properties to make it. We then tested them out. (Sid did get quite wet..). In PE, we tried Curling for the first time and we’re pretty good if you ask me! In ICT, we typed and edited sentences to do with dragons and then drew our own on paint. In Geography we labeled the UK and explored Atlases.


PE team games, step by step dragon and talking about feelings

In Year 1 this week we had great fun playing team games in PE, working on working as a team and team spirit! In Art, we learn step by step how to draw a dragon and in circle time we talked about feelings, what different emotions we have and how to express them. We also talked about identifying how others are feeling.


A mystery visit, Book Talk, Old and new

On Thursday, we seemed to have had a visit from a mystery animal. It had left a mess and a nest of yellow eggs. Two Year 6 girls claimed to have seen our animal walking around school and our suspicions were correct.. a DRAGON! We also started our group reading called Book Talk and started our new topic ‘Old and new’ by looking at Miss Jones’ mum’s teddies.




Everything Christmas! 

Book and biscuit, CD recording, story making and Christingle

In Year 1, we are in full swing of Christmas! On Monday, parents came in to read, which was lovely! We recorded our Christmas songs for the CD with our beautiful voices. In Literacy, we planned and created our own class story about the Little Fat Pig. We then ended the week with all the parents to make Christingles and our lovely assembly.

Rain forest animals, welly work and puppet making

We started this week off with a very exciting morning. Allan from ZooLab came in to teach us all about the animals we could find. We all had the opportunity to then hold all of the animals. Year 1 absolutely LOVED it. We then carried on the week with a leaf hunt, seeing what leaves we could find at school and see if we could identify them. In Literacy, we made our own puppets of The Little Red Hen story!

Story maps and Remembrance day

This week we started pulling The Little Red Hen story apart and story mapping it, including the main points of the story. The children then drew their own making sure they had included every aspect of the story. Year 1 then showcased this in Assembly! Miss Jones and Mrs McCarlie were extremely proud. We also talked about remembrance day and created our own poppy display.

Bread buns, The Little Red Hen and Tennis!

Within Maths, we have continued to look at place value and have been using the Diennes! In Literacy, we have started are Talk4Writing topic with The Little Red Hen. To start this off, why not make our own bread! We then spent the afternoon enjoying them. The next day we learnt to tell the story with actions. Year 1 have also started to have their Tennis Coaching on Thursdays, which they enjoyed.


Clay snakes, hundreds, tens and ones and Diwali 

As always, we like to get a bit creative in Year 1. This week we made our own snakes that you might find in the Jungle. We carried on amazing Miss Jones with our hundreds, tens and ones, we also talked about Diwali.

Food tasting, Bee-Bots and climbing around!

In Year 1 this term, as you’re aware we are looking at Jungles and Rainforests. We then looked at what type of foods would grow there. What better way to find out, then taste it! We looked at how they grow there and used our adjectives to describe the taste and texture. In Maths, we have been looking at hundreds, tens and ones in numbers. In ICT we were able to log on to the laptops independently, and navigate the Bee-Bots! In PE, we had great fun with the climbing apparatus.



Ordering, art work and Police workshops!

Here in Year 1, we like to get messy! This week we spent the afternoon outside creating our own art work, whether that be leaf faces, stick men or leaf designs. We also carried on our theme of looking at plants, we created our own flower art in a variety of ways! We have been looking at ordering numbers to 20, 50 and 100 too. On Wednesday, Northamptonshire Police came in to talk to us about who we can talk to and being safe.

Drama workshops, Dancing, ICT and cooking!

As always, what another fun packed week in Year 1. We started off the week with a drama workshop with Georgia from The Royal Derngate, exploring the characters from The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We also explored dancing with a professional street dance company AND looked at Zoo Yoga. In class we have been using the iPads to order numbers and we started to use to laptops in ICT. We also made some cakes to see at the Macmillan cake sale. In Science we started to look at plants and labeling the different plants, we had a look at different types of seeds!




A visit from Polly Penguin, Joe-Joe the Parrot and The Tiger That Came To Tea!

What a busy week in Year 1, in Literacy we had a visit from Polly Penguin, who sadly went missing. We decided the best thing to do would be to create our own missing posters! Then we had a visit from Mrs McCarlies Parrot. We used adjectives to describe him. In PE, we explored different ways to travel across the beams and safe ways to jump off. We then had an exciting end to the week with a fun trip to the Theatre!






BFG, handwriting and labels. 

In Year 1 this week we have looked at the author Roald Dahl, specifically The BFG. We made our own dream catchers and are reading a chapter a day of his book! This week we have also been wow’ing Miss Jones with our handwriting! In Literacy we have been looking at labeling and posters and we had an adventure around the school to find any.

First week in Year 1!

This week we have been getting to know each other and our new classroom, we have been very creative and have enjoyed lots of hands on things, such as creating ourselves out of sticks, building a picture with Lego of something we did in the Summer holidays and starting to write up sentences.

We are launching our new weekly Maths Challenges. We would love all children to take part and they will be rewarded for effort and achievement.


   Weekly Challenges

Children are invited to try the challenges which begin with  Ks1 as these are appropriate for their age and ability .The other challenges are marked Ks2 as these are more challenging tasks

for our Ks2 children.

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