Year 1 & 2 Class News

The Owl and the Pussycat

Posted on Friday 11 May 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This past fortnight, Year 1 and two have been looking at the poem The Owl and the Pussycat.

We have learned to use adjectives before a noun (year 1) and to write expanded noun phrases (year 2).

Then, we learned to add these into sentences and wrote a description using them.

After that, we learned all about rhyming words – we had great fun trying to find as many words as we could to rhyme. We used these words to write our own class poem of the Owl and the Pussycat.

Finally, we wrote our own rhyming poems based on the Owl and the Pussycat. Here are a selection of Year 1 and 2 poems.  Nicholas, Yr2 Jessica, Yr2 Jacob, Yr1 Leah, Yr1

Library Legends

Posted on Tuesday 01 May 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 visited Wetherby Library.

Whilst there, we enjoyed a talk and a story from Madeline, who works at Wetherby Library. We learned about how to look for books, where the books are in the library and how to use the machine to withdraw books.   

Telephone inventors

Posted on Sunday 22 April 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This term, our topic is Inventions that changed our world.

Throughout the topic, we’ll look at different inventions, the history behind them and have a go at making some of them ourselves.

This week, we’ve been looking at the telephone, invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. We attempted to make our own telephones using only string and paper cups.

We learned that the sound of our voice travels in waves down the string and the cup acts as an amplifier for the sound at the other end. We tested this theory with a long string telephone.



Year 2 and Year 6 assessments

Posted on Thursday 29 March 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The STA has published an information leaflet and two videos for parents/carers of children in Year 2 and Year 6 about national curriculum assessments. The purpose of these materials is to help you understand more about the end of key stage assessments that will be administered in primary schools in May. (The end of Key Stage 1 is Year 2; the end of Key Stage 2 is Year 6.)

The materials provide basic information about the purpose and format of the tests, how parents can best support their children and how results will be reported.

Read the leaflet.

Watch the videos.

Cannon Hall Farm Fun

Posted on Thursday 29 March 2018 by Mrs Rowley

What a fantastic trip we had!

This week, we visited Cannon Hall Farm for our end of term trip. The children enjoyed seeing lots of different animals and impressed our guide Darrell with their life cycle knowledge.

The highlight of our day was seeing two lambs being born. The children were captivated watching Farmer Robert deliver the lambs. The general consensus was “that was awesome but gross”.

The life cycle of a frog…

Posted on Friday 23 March 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week, we’ve learned all about life cycles in our Life Forces topic.

First, we learned about the frog life cycle. The children were shocked at how many eggs a frog lays!

Have a look at our learning below of the life cycle of a frog.

We were very excited to see the newly hatched chicks in Foundation and learning about a life cycle of another animal. We’re looking forward to going to see them next week and holding a chick.

What does it mean to belong?

Posted on Thursday 15 March 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This term during RE lessons, Year 1 and 2 have been looking at what it means to belong to a church or a mosque. They’ve looked at the similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

To support their learning, Year 1 and 2 had a visit from Nabilah from Leeds Grand Mosque. The children learned what it meant to Nabilah to belong to a mosque and she shared some of the traditions she follows as a Muslim.

Fractions Fun

Posted on Friday 09 March 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This past fortnight, Years 1 and 2 have been learning about fractions. Year 1 have learned about 1/2 (one half) and 1/4 (one quarter). Year 2 have learned about 1/2, 1/4, 1/3 (one third) and 3/4 (three quarters). Ask your child to find half of the pile of socks, a quarter of the veg you’re cutting or half of the pizza, for example.

Year 1s have enjoyed using the Cuisenaire rods. Cuisenaire rods are a mathematical tool for pupils that provide an active, hands-on way to explore mathematics and learn mathematical concepts. The children have enjoyed using these to discover different ways to represent halves and quarters.

Hand to Mouth visit

Posted on Sunday 04 February 2018 by Mrs Rowley

On Thursday, Hand to Mouth,  who are a Christian organisation which visits schools offering ‘reflective journeys’ on different topics and workshops with the children, visited our school to work with each of the classes.

Year 1/2 participated in a Lent reflective journey.  The children took a journey with a partner or on their own, helped by volunteers from St James’ church to learn about Lent – step by step from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Sunday. The children visited 6 different stations, and if they wanted to, completed an activity at each station: Things we’ve got wrong, saying sorry for our mistakes, our hurts, the poor and what we can do to help, I wonder where Jesus is now? and God loves you.

The children also enjoyed a workshop learning about the creation story. Then, they made puppets of some of the creatures God created.

Below are some quotes from the children, after completing the journey, and some pictures.

“I feel happy because I learnt something”

“I learnt not to be a bully”

“It was fantastic”

“I liked writing prayers to God”


A taste of judo…

Posted on Wednesday 24 January 2018 by Mrs Rowley

On Tuesday morning, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a fantastic trial judo session by Sportif Judo.

The children enjoyed learning some of the throws and hold downs taught by Glynn Fidgeon, who is a British and Commonwealth Medalist. Glynn was here to tell the children about the beginners Judo classes at St. Joseph’s Church Hall – have a look in your child’s bookbag for a leaflet with more information.