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Welcome to Year 1

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Spring 2017

What an exciting spring term we have had. We have learned all about animals and their habitats. We have even met some of the animals during our visit to Kirkley Hall Zoological gardens. We became fantastic scientists and carried out experiments to find out about hot and cold things. Take a look at some of the great things we got up to this term. 


At Hetton Lyons Primary School we love Easter!. We made Easter cards, designed and decorated Easter eggs, took part in a coffee morning, we had an Easter disco, we had egg rolling and egg jarping competitions.. We learned about the story of Easter and why Christians celebrate Easter and how we celebrate Easter.

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

As part of our science and geography topics this term we looked at animals and their habitats. We found out about animals that live in cold habitats and animals that live in hot habitats. We talked about the differences and what they needed to survive. We then went to meet some of the animals and  find out what they were like for ourselves. We loved meeting the meekats. We read the story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett and wrote to Sunny the meerkat to tell him about where we live.

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Autumn 2016

Toys Old and New!


As part of our history topic we looked at old and new toys. We brought our favourite toys into class and talked about what they did, what they were made from and why they were our favourite toy. We then looked at toys that our mums and dads and grandparents might have played with when they were children. We looked at the differences between the toys and what they were made from. We went to Preston Park and made our own Victorian toys in the workshop. We tried on Victorian clothes and looked at toys from different decades in the museum. We all loved the wooden toys!

Perfect Pets

Perfect Pets came to visit us to show us different kinds of pets, with some surprises. We learnt about some unusual pets including geckos, albino hedgehogs, prairie dog and an owl!

Worms, worms, everywhere!

While searching for creatures in our local area we found lots of worms. We decided to make wormeries and observe them making tunnels. In literacy we read Superworm. 

Here are examples of work we carried out, when we created our wormeries.

Science Science Science!

Our focus this term is on science. We all became scientists and carried out experiments to find out what happens to ice when we add salt, sugar, sand and warm water. We also used our mathematics skills to estimate and measure rainfall. In art we used paint and collage materials to make pictures using hot and cold colours. We had a special science assembly where we shared our scientific experiments with the whole school and sang a song about animal habitats.

Aliens Are Everywhere!


We started our spring term with an alien crash landing in our school grounds. He was little and very scared of us. We wrote him letters and invited him to come and stay with us. We designed and made him a new spaceship to help him get home to his friends. We made him some new alien friends so he wouldn't be lonely. We read 'Aliens Love Underpants' and Aliens in Underpants Saved the Universe'. Our alien loves underpants too so we designed and made him underpants and then we had an alien pants party to say goodbye to him.






Technology Tom

As part of our science and design and technology topic we had a visit from Technology Tom. We were amazed to find out the different properties of different materials. We were able to experiment with magnets and different metals. We found out that if we look through a plastic cylinder we turn upside down. We had a great day and we even made our own cup and ball game and a catching fish game.


In literacy we read the story 'Harry and the Robots'. We decided to design and make our own robots using junk materials. We made some fantastic robots and made a great display of our designs.

Our visit to Hetton Lakes

 As part of our Science topic we went searching for mini beasts and animals that we might find in the local area. We found slugs, snails, dragonflies, ducks, butterflies, wasps, bees and even a dog!


During our Literacy lessons we have been focusing on a story written by Julia Donaldson - Superworm. We wrote labels, lists, sequenced the story and learnt about rhyming words. Have a look below at the work we completed.

10 in the magic number

This term we are focusing on numbers to ten. We have been recognising numbers, comparing and ordering numbers, making number bonds, adding and subtracting within ten.

Here are examples of work we carried out.