Welcome to Year 1 - Mrs Scott & Miss Newcombe



This term we have been learning gymnastics. Our coach Miss Hughes has been teaching us how to skip, gallop and jump. We have learnt how to do a forward roll using 3 easy steps and have even explored other rolls including; teddy bear rolls, tucked rolls and log rolls. As well as rolling we have also been learning how to balance. There are many ways to balance and you can do so using many parts of your body to balance on. You can see our gymnastic talent in our gallery...


In English, we have been exploring traditional tales; we decided to extend our experience with stories by taking a trip to Gibside, a 600 acre nature garden that became our classroom for the day. Our day began with a story trail around the beautiful grounds. We built stick houses for the Three Little Pigs, we left trails to guide animals home, using natural resources like leaves and sticks, just like Hansel and Gretel and also made nature crowns like Sleeping Beauty. After lunch, we headed to a quiet spot on the edge of a lake to work on our nature art. We had just begun our workshop when we were happily interrupted by a heard of fluffy sheep heading back into their field. Behind the sheep, were a farmer and his dogs, who were working really hard to guide the sheep in the right direction. This experience gave us lots of inspiration when we began our mud paintings. We used sticks and leaves as our paint brushes and mud as the paint. We loved it! Next, we created nature pallets using natural resources and investigated the different colours and shades within the forest. Lastly, we explored nature patterns through bark rubbings, we noticed that every tree’s bark rubbing was different, making every tree special and unique – just like us! After a fun filled, busy day it was time to head home. We can’t wait to go back to Gibside again!



Open Afternoon

We had such a fun Parent Open Afternoon taking part in lots of African Art activities. We re-created some Kenyan sunset pictures, Maasai Tribe headbands and looked closely at different African patterns including African animal prints.

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Dance Sessions

This month we have started looking at different African dances in our dance sessions with Julie. We have particularly enjoyed wearing different costumes to match the type of dance we have been learning!

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Parent’s Evening

We are extremely proud of the progress that the Y1 children are making and it was lovely to be able to share your child’s excellent work with so many of you on Parent’s Evening. Thank you again for your continued support.


Happy New Year! Welcome to our first 2018 blog, we have had an lovely start to our term with children coming to school ready to learn and have started our whole class structured teaching instead of continuous provision. We are very proud with how the children have responded to the challenge and the work they have been producing is fantastic!

We have had a road safety session this month to prepare us for ‘Walkwise’ sessions in Year 2. We learnt about the Green Cross Code and different types of traffic on our roads, including “sneaky traffic”!

We have been getting into the nature garden more this month, with Miss Redpath, to do our ‘Forest School’ sessions and we love all of our outdoor activities.


November (Part 2)

We had so much fun performing our class assemblies to parents/carers this month. Our assemblies were the perfect end to our ‘Magnificent Me’ topic!

Mrs Scott’s class focused on the history and art side of the topic and enjoyed singing the songs “Family Tree” “Self-Portrait” and “Growing”. Miss Newcombe’s class focused on the science side of the topic and enjoyed singing the songs “Under my Skin”, “Healthy Me” and “Not A lot of Sense”

In each class assembly, there are 3 special awards given for progress in maths, English and overall achievement and this term it was Scarlett, Madeline and Kyle in Mrs Scott’s class and Jayden, Dvij and Isla in Miss Newcombe’s class.

Onto the next topic … TOYS!!

We visited Sunderland Museum to take part in a ‘Toys in the Past’ workshop and explore the museum. We had so much fun but made Mrs Scott and Miss Newcombe feel VERY old because toys they used to play with are now in the old section!

“Is a Tamagotchi like an iPad Mrs Scott?”

“My Xbox One will be better than a Sega Megadrive!”

We really enjoyed our day and look forward to carry on learning about Toys from the past in class.  We really enjoyed our day and look forward to carry on learning about Toys from the past in class.

Check back to see what we get up to in the run up to Christmas!