Year 1 & 2 Class News

30 November 2018

Posted on Friday 30 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect and is due on Thursday 06 December. You will find an activity for the children to complete in their homework book.

Year 1:

We’ve been working on our subtraction skills (using a number line) and finding the difference between two numbers. Here are two clips to help explain finding the difference:  Video 1  Video 2

Year 2:

We’ve been learning different methods to work out addition and subtraction calculations. We’ve learnt to use tens and ones (a rod of ten for each ten and cubes for the ones), drawing it pictorially (draw a stick for ten and a dot for one) or by using the column method. Have a look at our calculation videos which show some of the methods we use.

Living and Learning: I know who I am

Posted on Thursday 29 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week our Living and Learning statement is ‘I know who I am’.

We talked about everyone being part of St James’ school and Year 1/2 class. We also talked about the other groups we belong to – for example, we live in Leeds which is in England.

We talked about some of us being born in different places and having links to other places. We also talked about clubs outside of school and teams that we support. The children made posters to show who they are.

Fabulous Homework

Posted on Friday 23 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week, we had a homework review and looked at our creative homework that the children had completed.

We had a lovely variety of homework. Here is a sample of our homework.

Sphero coding!

Posted on Monday 19 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

Recently, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit to Wetherby library to participate in a coding workshop using Sphero balls and iPads.

The children used the Sphero app to programme their robot. They programmed it using drag and drop actions and even changed the colour of their Sphero. Sphero was sent flying across the library and the children learnt to weave the robot around a maze.

Mikey-I really enjoyed playing on the iPads with the balls.
Willow-I liked choosing our new books.
Emilija- I like choosing the new books, I wanted a Harry Potter book.
Louie-I liked playing on the iPads especially when would change the colour of the ball.

Living and Learning: I know how to stop bullying

Posted on Sunday 18 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

Our living and Learning statement this week was ‘I know how to stop bullying’. We began the week by participating in “Odd Socks Day”. We looked at how it is okay to be different.

During our living and learning session, we started by talking about what bullying is. We used the word STOP to help us. STOP stands for Several Times On Purpose. We discussed that this means that if somebody is hurting someone’s body or their feelings on purpose and more than a few times it is bullying.

We used the word STOP again to help us remember that if somebody is being bullied, whether it is us or somebody else we need to Start Telling Other People. We thought of five people/ways that we could tell: mum/dad, teacher, grandparents, write it down and put it in the worry box, or a friend.

Bob the bear shared a problem with the class – he told us that he has a friend who always hits one of his other friends. He asked us for ideas of what he should do. Dexter explained to Bob that if he does it several times on purpose then it is bullying and he needs to tell the teacher.  The whole class agreed that this was the right thing to do.

York Castle Museum Adventure

Posted on Sunday 11 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week, Year 1 and 2 visited York Castle Museum to learn more about their topic: Time Travel – houses.

The children visited and heard diary entries from people who lived in the types of rooms they were viewing. They enjoyed trying to guess which type of house they were looking at.

Leah – “First, we saw some poor and rich Victorian houses that were fancy…After that, we looked at some old and new kitchens.”

The children also explored a Victorian street and spoke to some actors from the Victorian era – their favourite spots in the Victorian street were the police station and school.

Brooklyn – “I saw an old sweet shop. It didn’t have any Smarties.”


The children had a brilliant day with excellent behaviour by all – a member of the public commented to us to say how well she thought the children were acting, behaving and listening. Well done, Year 1 and 2!

Living and Learning: I can show perseverance.

Posted on Thursday 08 November 2018 by Mrs Rowley

We were learning about perseverance this afternoon. We read the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’. Jacob told us that the giraffe persevered because he couldn’t dance to start with and he kept practising and trying different music and then, in the end, he could do it. We talked about things that we can do now that we didn’t used to be able to do and how we had to persevere to be able to do them. We also talked about things we can’t do yet and what we need to do so that we will be able to do them.
Bob the Bear (who we named with a class vote during our lesson about democracy) told the class that he can’t count to ten. The children took turns to tell Bob what he needs to do. They told him that he needs to keep practising, ask for help, and learn a few numbers at a time. If he perseveres he will be able to do it.
We read a poem called ‘Yet’ by Heidi Harrell. We talked about the word yet and that all of the things we can’t do are things that we can’t do yet! If we keep trying and persevere we will eventually be able to do them.
by Heidi Harrell
There are so many things you want to know,
So many ways you want to grow,
There are so many things you want to be,
 So many milestones you want to see.
You will get there if you never forget
The superpower of the word, YET!
 When you first tried to talk, you were hard to understand,
When you first tried to eat, you needed a hand.
When you first tried to walk, you fell and fell,
When you first tried to run, it didn’t go well.
But your baby self knew something we often forget
The superpower of the word YET!
Somehow you knew that if you kept trying
Your chances of success would keep multiplying.
 The same is true with every risk that you take,
You just have to learn from every mistake.
Where you put your effort, the goal will be met
As long as you remember the superpower of YET!

Living and Learning: I can take part in democratic decisions

Posted on Wednesday 24 October 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week, our living and learning focus is I can take part in democratic decisions. Democracy is a British value. We use democratic decisions a lot in our class and the children understand that this makes whole class decisions fairer.

This week, the class were introduced to a new friend: a bear. The bear needed a name and Leah suggested that it would be a good idea to have a class vote to decide his name.

The children suggested five names between them: Bob, Skye, Oli, Builder and Rosie. The children closed their eyes and put up their hand to show their choice of name.

Bob was the most popular choice with seven votes so we named the bear ‘Bob’. Bob will be joining us for some of our living and learning lessons.

Living and Learning: I understand rights come with responsibilities

Posted on Wednesday 17 October 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week in our Living and Learning session, we discussed how, as children, we have rights. For example, some of the rights we have are:

  • the right to an education
  • the right to medical care
  • the right to have the freedom of thoughts
  • the right to be loved and respected
  • the right to be heard
  • the right to relax and have fun

Whilst the children understood that these were the rights (amongst other rights) that they had, they also thought about how these rights come with responsibilities.

Here are some of our ideas.

Time Travel – house in the past and now

Posted on Friday 12 October 2018 by Mrs Rowley

Our current topic is Time Travel. We have looked at what is old and new (in relation to toys) and placed toys in chronological order. We’ve now moved on to looking at homes and how these have changed over the years. Last week, we took a trip around Wetherby looking at all the different houses around. Here are the pictures of our visit around Wetherby spotting old and new houses.

This week, we’ve looked at spotting which houses are Celtic, Tudor, Victorian and more modern. We have looked at the difference and talked about which we would like to live in and why. Here, we’re trying to sort the houses into groups.