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Class 1 - Reception and Year 1


Autumn Term 2021


It has certainly been a Happy Harvest in Class 1.  From a walk around the village, stopping off to harvest produce from the Community Garden to making pumpkin soup and performing a special Harvest song and poem in the Harvest service at Church.

ZooLab visit

During the Autumn Term we enjoyed an incredible workshop led by ZooLab.  The children met many different animals including a Madagascan Hissing Cockroach!  Everyone was so brave handling the animals and some children even overcame their fears of certain little creatures.  This was an incredible experience for the children and enhanced their science topic all about Humans including Animals.  They learnt so much about the animals' diets, behaviour and habitats - a wonderful event to kickstart our year.



For the past week and a half, Birstwith School has transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland.  The children have experienced so much...from carols around the tree to singing on the radio and Christmas Lunch to a ride on the Polar Express, Christmas Jumper Day...not forgetting Christmas Party Day and a visit from Santa himself!  What fun they've had.

Although we were disappointed we could not invite our families to watch our Nativity Play this year, this did not stop us from enjoying dressing up, saying our lines and singing all the songs.  Everyone felt like a film star being recorded and rose to the challenge of remembering when to come on stage and perform their part.  The stars certainly did shine for Class 1 on this very special occasion!

The children have worked incredibly hard to make beautiful cards, crafts and even delicious truffles to share with their families over the Christmas holidays.


Spring Term 2022

A Winter Wonderland

The winter weather has provided a wonderful opportunity for the children to explore snow and ice.  From observing nature trapped in the ice to watching it slowly melt and rolling giant snowballs to creating snow creatures, the children have certainly made the most of the winter wonderland in our beautiful outdoor setting.

Hindu Workshop

It was amazing to see our Reception and Year 1 children transform into the most dazzling dancers during their 'Hindu Experience' workshop.  After being 'transported' to India through stories, music and dance, the children dressed up and performed their own dances complete with percussion accompaniment.  We were all so proud of the children's confidence, engagement, focus and enthusiasm.  Such an exciting experience for everyone!

Guess Who?

Inspired by the text, 'Say Hello to the Snowy Animals' as well as a variety of non-fiction texts and poetry, our Year 1 children wrote 'guess who' descriptions for a variety of polar animals.  Can you match their sketches to the correct descriptions?  Please enjoy looking through our Reception children's amazing artwork too!

World Book Day

It was a pleasure to invite parents into school to join us for our World Book Day celebration.  This year we chose to focus on a poetry book entitled, 'An Emotional Menagerie'.  Class 1 chose Serenity as their focus poem and enjoyed taking part in a range of wellbeing, yoga and meditation activities throughout the day as well completing some super poems of their own linked to the theme.  The children performed their poems to their parents and this was such a special occasion for all.

Comic Relief

We loved dressing up in red to celebrate Comic Relief and riased lots of money for this worthy cause.

Summer Term 2022

Bluey the lamb

One of our Reception children brought their pet lamb Bluey for a very special Show and Tell.  We learnt all about what he likes to drink and eat, how he will grow up and what his wool might be used for in the future.  Everyone was so gentle and Bluey loved meeting all the children and teachers too!  This experience really enhanced the children's learning about new life and spring.

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