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KS1 –Kings and Queens

This half term, KS1 are learning all about Kings and Queens.  Each classroom now includes a variety of fun and exciting challenges linked to the topic. In the role play area, children can dress up as a member of the royal family. The finger gyms link to designing the royal jewels.


On Friday 8th June the whole of KS1 took part in a royal tea party, we even had a very special visit from the main woman herself! It was a brilliant afternoon full of bunting, sandwiches, scones and strawberries. Please take a minute to look at some of the pictures of the amazing afternoon!



Throughout this half-term we will be reading a range of books about the Kings and Queens. One of the stories will be called ‘The Queen’s Knickers’. This funny story about the various types of knickers that the Queen owns is sure to be a hit with the children!


During this half term there will a special focus on our handwriting. Those who try outstandingly well will receive a special reward. Who could it be?

This half term, the children are VERY excited to build our very own castles using materials we decide upon in our Science lessons. We will also be learning about a significant British Event linked to one of our past Kings or Queens of England. We will compare life from then to life as we know it today.


Look out for photographs which will be uploaded throughout this half term. We cannot wait to share our learning with you! 


Summer 1

Welcome back KS1 !

We hope you have had a lovely Easter Holiday and are ready to jump back into learning with our new topic…

‘How can we improve our local environment?’





Over this half term we will be looking at our local environment and ways in which we can look after our local area. In Science we will observe lots of different plants and trees. We will explore how a plant grows from a bulb and learn about all the things that it needs to help grow. This will also make links with Geography where we will use our study skill to look at the school and its grounds.



In Literacy we will look at books linked to our topic. This includes Michael Recycle. Once we have read these books we will then create a piece of writing based on superheroes. This will focus on adventure in an imaginary setting. Our other extended piece of writing will also be a persuasive text linked to our topic.


In Maths we will be focusing on many different areas. This will include time, length, money, calculation, position and direction and also weight and volume. The children will be building on knowledge from previous years in order to look at these topics in greater depth.



We are incredibly excited to be going on another trip this half term. We know how much the children enjoyed our trip to The Deep, so this half term we have organised to go to Countryside Live. This is where we will be able to see lots of different animals and do other related activities.


In addition to our learning Year 2 SATs will take place this half term and Year 1 will continue to focus on their reading in preparation for their phonics screening test next half term.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school or your child’s class teacher.


Spring 2


Welcome back Year 1/2!

We hope you have had a fantastic half term and are ready to indulge yourselves in our new topic…

‘Does Chocolate Really Grow On Trees?’


Over this half term we will be using the atlases to locate the different countries where chocolate is produced. We will also be using our cooking skills to bake delicious chocolate Easter buns, and create our own exciting packaging designs to put them in. In Science, we will investigate the melting of chocolate and look at the best materials to use for our bun packaging. Excitingly, we will use our musical skills to create our own advert jingle for our buns!


In English we will be focusing on traditional fairy tales. We will be looking at the features commonly found in them and use what we have learnt to write our own! We will also be writing instructions about how to make your very own chocolate Easter buns.


In Maths we will introduce statistics, where children will look at pictograms and bar charts and interpret the data. We will also be looking at fractions and measuring length and height. As it is getting close to the Year 2 SAT’s, we will recap all of the fantastic Maths learning we have done over the past year.


We are incredibly lucky that we have a children’s author coming to join us on World Book Day! We’re very excited to hear about his amazing books and see how he can help us to invent our very own characters.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school or your child’s class teacher. J


NSPCC  - Panatasaurus


Next week it will be children’s Mental Health Week (wk05.02.18)across the country. With the help of the NSPCC’s friendly dinosaur Panatosaurus, talking PANTS is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse.

Your child will complete a series of lessons which will help teach them how to stay safe from sexual abuse.

For further information please visit the following website

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s class teacher.



The Deep – January 2018


This half term KS1 pupils are learning all about what lives at the bottom of the ocean. We therefore organised class trips for Years 1 & 2 to visit The Deep in Hull.

The Deep is one of the UK's most spectacular aquariums, with over 3500 fish, stunning marine life and plenty of activities for the children; each class took part in an educational workshop.

We all had SO much fun and have learnt lots of new facts - we were particularly impressed with the funny penguins!








Spring 1

Happy New Year and welcome back after the Christmas break. This half term in KS1, we are focusing on the topic of…

Under the Sea

Over the next 5 weeks, we will be busy researching all about what creatures are lurking under the water. In English, we will be looking at non-fiction and fiction books linked to our overall topic theme. We will be reading familiar stories to explore language and write our own.



In numeracy, we will continuing with weekly number work.  We will begin to explore multiplication and division.  Please help your children to practise counting in steps of 2,5 and 10 at home.  (If your child can already do this try counting in 3's too!) Towards the end of the half term we will also be exploring shape.



In our topic work, we will be exploring how animals are the same and different.  We will begin to think about the habitats they live in and what they need to be able to survive. We will also be focusing on art. In art, we will be exploring the work of a Japanese artist, and will try to use different techniques to create images of the sea.




There are also some key dates for your diary! This half term the children will have the opportunity to go on a school trip to the Deep.

Trips to the Deep

Tuesday 23rd Jan – Koala’s

Wednesday 24th Jan – Raccoons

Thursday 25th Jan – Meerkats


Other Key Dates

Monday 15th Jan – Koala Class Assembly

Wednesday 7th Feb and Thursday 8th Feb – Parents Evening

Friday 9th Feb – School Closes




Work of work day

KS2 pupils joined KS1 on Friday 17th November as part of their World of Work Day. Older children took on the roles of teachers and support staff to have the chance to experience what the world of work is actually like.

They did a fantastic job in marking some books, teaching and supporting groups of children – they were even dressed the part! Thank you for your help.  




Anti-bullying Week

This week has been anti-bullying week. In KS1 we have been very lucky to have had the Story Magic theatre company in to perform the anti-bullying play, ‘Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is.’

Pupils had the chance to watch a play that looked at what bullying is. They then had the opportunity to discuss different scenes and say if they thought they were examples of bullying or not.

The children absolutely loved joining in and learnt important messages about bullying in a fun and exciting way.  





Year 2 Mystery Writing Competition


As part of the Leeds School Library Reading for Pleasure program, some pupils in Year 2 have been selected to work with Miss Bratby to read an exciting five chapter weekly seaside adventure story set in Scarborough, by Yorkshire author Saviour Pirotta.  Each week pupils read the chapters and then completed different learning activities.

This story was then used as inspiration to create their very own mystery stories to enter a writing competition with the chance for Saviour Pirotta to visit our school.

Mrs Hill and Mrs Green read through the entries and made the difficult decision to send Elisa Jaza and Chloe Gibson’s story. They loved the plot and the use of interesting language.   

We will find out on the 17th of November if our entry has been successful!!! Fingers crossed.

Why not have a read and see what you think.

Starting to understand bar modelling

When solving missing number problems, we have been using the bar modelling approach. This means that we have used concrete objects to help us understand a calculation. Here some children have used Numicon to help them solve missing values – it worked really well and helped our understanding.



Marvellous Minutes

During marvellous minutes pupils in KS1 have been taking part in lots of different science experiments. Here are a few of our photographs.


Year 1 pupils have had so much fun learning to ride their bikes this week. We wanted to say a BIG thank you to Phil Taylor for his fantastic work with us. 

Autumn 1


Welcome to Year 1/2!

We hope you have had a fantastic summer holiday and are ready for another great year at Swarcliffe Primary.


Our first topic of the year is…

‘Why do pirates wear eyepatches?’


Over the half term we will be finding out lots of interesting pirate facts! We will use our geography skills to locate the different continents and oceans on a map, and learn compass directions that real pirates would have used. Captain Cook is our important person of the topic and we will be finding out all about his amazing adventures.


We will be focussing on the story ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ in guided reading and English, and will use this story to support our writing. In maths sessions will we be focussing on place value so that we can develop an amazing understanding of number.


We will be combining our science and DT lessons to find out about materials that will float and sink. Can we design and make boats fit for a pirate?


There will be a pirate day on Tuesday 19th September, where children will be taking part in lots of fun, pirate activities! Children are welcome to come to school in pirate costumes - we can’t wait to see them!


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school or your child’s class teacher.



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