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Welcome to Miss Beetham's Class

Welcome to Y1KB! This year we have 26 lovely children who are all eager to learn. On this page you can find out what exciting activities the children get up to as well as important notices and dates for your diary.

A few important notices: 

  • PE is on a Friday
  • Library is on a Monday
  • Woodlands takes place on Wednesdays
  • Reading books are to be brought into school everyday 
  • Bug club sessions are held on Wednesdays at 8:30 in the ICT room
  • Toast is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays costing 10p per slice
  • Tuck shop is available on Fridays

April - Our trip to Warkworth Castle

To end our castles topic, Y1 had a fantastic day at Warkworth Castle. The children enjoyed exploring the castle keep and walking through the moat. We were even lucky enough to get a short appearance from the sun! It was a lovely day and a fun way to end our topic. 

April - Medieval Day

Hear ye, Hear ye, the kings and queens in Y1KB are here! Y1 had a lovely medieval themed day. They completed many exciting activities such as making crowns, learning a medieval dance, singing songs and eating a delicious medieval banquet. Their outfits looked fantastic. 

April - Dragon hunters! 

This week Y1 have been dragon hunters. They have found muddy footprints in the courtyard that look suspiciously similar to dragon footprints. They found out from a dragon hunter expert that the Hendon Cave Fire Dragon had been spotted around GPS. They found out all about the dragon and they wrote their own information report about him. It turns out he only leaves his cave at Hendon Beach once a year and luckily he doesn't eat princes and princesses so all of the boys and girls in Y1 are safe!


March - Eye of the ... Dragon!

Y1 have looked at lots of pictures of dragon eyes and have used many adjectives to describe them. They used modelling clay to sculpt and create a dragon eye. They added a marble eye and lots of detail using a range of tools. Once dry, they painted their dragon eye in lots of 'eye catching' colours. 

March - Green Inventions 

For science week, our task was to come up with an idea of a way to help save our planet. First we learned about what 'being green' means and how we can try to make green choices. We then discussed issues that we have in school such as using electricity or any waste we make. Children shared their own ideas of ways we could overcome to issues and then children chose to work in one of four focus groups. They came up with lots of different ways to help make our school 'green'. 

March - Agility Challenge

Y1KB attended their first PE event. They went to Silksworth Sports Centre to participate in a sports morning where they got to try lots of different activities that developed their agility. The children impressed me by showing excellent team work skills. They made me very proud. 

March - topic update 

Welcome to the second half of the spring term. Our new topic is 'Armour, Scales and Knights' Tales'. We are going to be learning about dragons, castles and the royal family. So far, we have enjoyed looking at pictures of castles, making a draw bridge in woodlands and testing to see which material would be best for a castle. We have even found a golden egg in the court yard. We made predictions and think there could be a baby dragon inside. Stay tuned to find out more! 


February - Tiger Tea Party 

To end our fantastic topic, we have been reading the story 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. We decided to have our very own tea party. We made jam sandwiches for the party by following instructions for how to make them. We enjoyed listening to music, eating delicious food and even drinking tea! We had an excellent time.

February - More Tiger Clues

We have still been searching for the tiger. We wrote invitations to the tiger inviting him to our tiger tea party. We hoped he would turn up BUT we couldn't believe what we found when we got back to class after dinner time. Our classroom was a mess! There were chairs turned upside down, orange fur left on a seat, tea spilt all over the table and claw marks on the whiteboard. We knew that it had to be the tiger! He turned up early to our party, drank all of the tea and left the classroom a mess. Luckily, all of the food was kept in Miss Beetham's cupboard so he didn't eat any of that. We've written missing posters and displayed them around the hallway. Please let us know if you see a tiger. He is orange with black stripes and he is huge and strong. 

February - Circurama 

We had a fantastic day working with Marty from Circurama. We learned lots of new circus skills and event got to take part in a clown sketch! It was very funny. The children were very well behaved during the workshop, showing Marty how sensible they are.































January - Tiger search 

Y1 received an important letter from a showman telling them that there is a tiger on the loose! He said there were tiger footprints leading towards our school. We went out to look for clues. When we were in woodlands, we found some huge poo! Luckily we had just been learning about diets so we dissected the poo and found that it had meat and bones in it. The children were sure it was from the tiger because tigers are carnivores. 

January - Elephant toothpaste 

We have started to learn about circus animals. We made giant toothpaste for the elephants in the circus. The children make excellent observations. 

January - Making Pop Corn!

Y1 looked at different types of circus snacks and what you can buy when you go to the circus. We decided to make our own popcorn. It was delicious! 

January - Topic Update

Welcome to 2019! We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break. Our new topic is 'This is the Greatest Show!' and it is all about the circus. The children are getting stuck right into this topic. They started the topic by sharing their projects that they completed at home. They were fantastic! Thanks grown ups for all of your help! The children have picked up lots of facts about the circus and are surprising me everyday with their knowledge.

December - Nativity 

The children worked very hard when preparing for the nativity, learning lines, dances and songs. When it came to the big day, there was an excellent turn out - thank you grown ups! The children gave their best effort for the performance and it paid off as it was fantastic. They looked great in their costumes and took their roles very seriously. Well done KS1 and EYFS!

December - Seeing our work in Asda

Y1 were very lucky as they were given an important job from ASDA. Children were asked to design a poster advertising ground ginger, which is one of the ingredients we used when we made gingerbread men. Children worked very hard to make their super posters. We went to ASDA on a walk to go and see the children's work on show. On the way, we stopped off and posted letters home to our families as we had been learning about houses. When we got to ASDA, the children were very impressed to see their work displayed along the baked goods aisle. The children were even so well behaved that the manager as ASDA donated some chocolates to them for their hard work. Well done Y1KB - your hard work has paid off!

December - Peter Pan

December - making gingerbread men

Y1 used their ingredients from Asda to make their own gingerbread men. Children mixed together all of the ingredients before rolling and cutting out the shapes. After they were baked, they decorated their own gingerbread man and then ate it. All of the children agreed that they were delicious! 

November - A Walk to Asda

November - The Gingerbread Man on the run in GPS!!

The children in Y1 were very shocked when they watched the CCTV and saw the naughty gingerbread man running around our classroom! The children thought of super adjectives to describe him such as 'golden brown', 'cheeky' and 'naughty'. They wrote wanted posters and we displayed them around the corridors so that other children could be on the look out for him too. Keep your eyes out, grown ups! We need to find him! 

November - Following Clues!

Y1 were shocked to find 4 clues left in the classroom. We found a smartie, a candy cane, some ginger powder and a letter that said 'Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm...' and the children knew straight away that it must have been from the gingerbread man! 

November - The Wicked Witch’s Green Tea

Y1 received a special video message from the wicked witch! She told us her secret recipe for making her green tea - frog juice and magical powder! We mixed the ingredients together and couldn’t believe the changes! “It’s growing!” “It’s expanding” 

november - A walk to Backhouse Park 

Our new topic for autumn 2 is ‘Once Upon a Fairy Tale’. We have started the topic by learning the story of Hansel and Gretel. We discussed how dropping bread was not good enough and talked about how we can make sure we don’t get lost. One of the children mentioned following a map and just like that! We were off to Backhouse Park. We followed the map which directed us around the park and lead us to the play park. On our walk we observed signs of autumn and even saw a squirrel! We were so well behaved that Miss Beetham even let us go and play in the play park. 


October - Happy Halloween!

The children all dressed up in their spooktacular costumes ready for the Halloween disco. Don't they look scary?! Ahhhh!

October - Harvest Festival 

Y1 children performed their song 'Tractors' during the Harvest Festival. The children worked very hard to prepare for the performance and sang their hearts out on the day to their parents and carers. Many children brought food into school to be donated. Well done Y1! 

october - superhero day 

Y1 had a fantastic superhero themed day. We completed many superhero activities on themed tables. On the Spider-Man table we used tweezers to get spiders out of a web as well as throwing balls at a sticky spider web. On the Ironman table we explored materials using magnets by testing them to see which were magnetic and which weren’t. On the Storm table we completed an experiment by dropping coloured water into shaving foam and watched the ‘rain’ drop through the ‘clouds’. On the Superman table we made flying heliocopeters out of paper and paper clips. We then had a special surprise visitor - Ironman! He came and made some magnetic slime with us! We all were allowed to touch the slime and watch it move with the magnets. We had lots of super questions for him. We had a fantastic day and the children’s costumes were excellent! 

Visit to Sunderland Central Fire Station 

As part of our superhero topic, we have been learning all about real life heroes and how they help us. We visited Sunderland Central Fire Station and when there, we got to meet a full team of firefighters. They taught us all about how they use technology in the station and gave us a tour which included looking at their gym, kitchen and recreational room. We also got to see the fireman's pole! Outside, we spent time looking at the training house and we found out that the firefighters train everyday on the house practising their rescue techniques. We were very lucky to get to sit in the fire engine and try on the firefighter's uniform. We all got to have a go of using the hose. It was lots of fun! The children made me extremely proud with their excellent behaviour during the entire visit. One of the firefighters even commented on how sensible they were and how good they were at asking super questions and listening carefully. Well done Y1KB! 




A big warm welcome to you all! This week, we welcomed all of the children into their new class. The children have impressed me with their excellent behaviour and how well they have picked up our rules and routines. They have been exploring the classroom and getting engaged into our first topic 'I need a hero!'. Below are some images of the children playing and having lots of fun. We can't wait to get stuck into our new topic!