Safety week

This week in Y1 we have looked at different elements of safety.

On Monday and Tuesday we looked at Online strangers, how to keep safe online and screen time.

On Wednesday we looked at road safety.

On Thursday we looked at fire safety

Brrr its FREEZING!

We’re in the middle of winter now, so expect some freezing weather, brrrrrrr! This month we should have some weather which is cold enough for you to create some fantastic ice art. You don’t need anything special to create them – just things you can find around your home, in a garden or even a local park. So, here’s a challenge to test your creativity skills – how many different or unusual objects can you include? Can you create a theme in your frozen art? Perhaps the objects could all be the same shape, the same colour, or totally random?

Hang your icy mobile outside in your garden on a tree or near the window and watch as it gradually begins to melt. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try using different shapes and patterns to make a longer icy mobile! Make your icy mobile on a really frosty night to make sure it freezes! You can always use the freezer if it’s not cold enough outside instead.

You will need: Saucers, lids, plastic bowls or pastry cutters
A tray or plate
A range of objects  

Step 1: Ask an adult to help you choose a few different objects to freeze. They could be items from home or you could collect some natural objects (leaves are great) on a daily walk?

Step 2: Place 3 or 4 jam jar lids, little trays or pastry cutter shapes on a tray or plate. Arrange the shapes into a row on the tray, leaving small gaps in between.

Step 3: Place your chosen items one in the middle of each shape or lid. Take a piece of string and lay it over the shapes to link them together, making sure that the string goes right into the shapes allowing the string to freeze into each one. Carefully fill each shape with water.

Step 4: If it’s below freezing outside, put the tray on a flat surface outdoors and leave overnight if possible (remember you can use the freezer if it’s not chilly enough!).

Step 5: Once your icy mobile has frozen, gently remove the ice from the shapes (you may need to use a little bit of warm water to ease them out – ask an adult to help you as this might be a little tricky!)

Step 6: Why not hang your frozen artwork somewhere, so that you and your family can take a closer look? Outside is perfect, especially on a cold

day so it won’t melt too quickly. Take a close look – what can you see in the ice shapes as well as your object?

Step 7: Why not have another go? You could try adding a drop of paint or food colouring to the water you add to each object. Can you create a rainbow?

Remember that if you complete this you can earn special Children’s University credits!

Valentines day challenge!

4th February is known is Valentine’s Day and is traditionally the day that many people show how much they love others. The history Valentine’s Day is unclear – there are lots of different stories about who ‘Valentine’ was and why the day came to be named after them. But what we do know is that it’s always good to show people how much they mean to you. It doesn’t have to be with large, expensive presents either! A simple note, a card, a letter, a message or even an email goes a long way to brightening up someone’s day.

But this challenge is all about telling someone why they’re important to you, what makes them special to you. Perhaps it’s a parent or someone else who looks after you? Maybe it’s a brother or sister, auntie or uncle, grandparent, or another member of your family? It could even be a friend. So, get creative and think about why they’re special to you – what is it that you love about them? You might want to say thank you for something

You will need: (all optional) Paper, pencil, colouring pens, phone or camera  

Step 1: Decide who your Valentine’s message will be for, then think about WHY you want to give the message to them. You might want to brainstorm a few ideas first?

Step 2: Think about HOW you’ll tell them all those wonderful things. Will you write a poem? Could you draw a picture of them and write all your thoughts around the edge? Will you make a Valentine’s Card for them (you could make a card like this at any time of the year though)? Have a look here for some good ideas…

Step 3: Maybe you could ask an adult to help you record your message on a phone, maybe even a video message? Think about what you’ll say – you could read your poem if you’ve written one, or even just a simple message about why they’re special to you. Make sure you speak slowly and clearly – we don’t want them to miss your special message!

Step 4: Make sure you give or send your Valentine’s message to your special person. You could post a poem, picture, or card to them, or if you’ve created a video or sound message, ask your adult to send it to the other person.

Remember that if you complete this challenge you can earn special credits for Children’s University!

Screen time

As part of safety week 2021 the children were asked to create a poster all about screen time. The NHS advise that children aged 4-5 spend no longer than 1 hour on a screen a day. We know that in the current situation this might be slightly increased. The children worked at home to make a poster all about screen time and they thought of other things you could do that don’t involve a screen.

Even more home learning! 14.1.21

In literacy we made thank you cards to Granny from Traction man to say thank you for his green suit.

In topic we made posters to advertise the toys for the future that we designed yesterday. Would you buy any of the toys for the future?

2 children also had fun in the snow!

Home learning 13.1.21

WOW is all I can say about today’s home learning!

After the live zoom session on Tuesday with Miss Hulme the children were asked to write their own diary entry for Traction man.

After doing so well with one more, today we looked at one less!

Topic was our favourite session today! We had a live lesson and were told we are going to be inventors for a toy of the future! We were very excited, we brainstormed ideas over zoom and then we created them. Take a look…

We then had an extra challenge to go outside and collect leaves, we then had to make something our of the leaves. Some of us managed to get outside before the rain came!

Home learning 12/1/21

Today in maths we were asked to completed a one more activity but this time we had to do it in our head and not use our fingers or objects to help us. Have a look at how we got on.

In topic we were given the question ‘is an iPad better than a football’ . The children who are in school had a great discussion with Mrs Stone about it. Here are their thoughts –

At the start – 4 children said yes, and 3 children said no.


iPad because you can learn numbers and you can play.

A football you can hurt yourself and you could break something.


An iPad because you can play games on it


iPad. Play games


iPads aren’t good for your eyes and it makes you sleepy. Football is better in real life because it makes you healthy. 

You don’t really play with your friends on an iPad.

iPads are good for learning.

Football is fun and you can play with your friends.


Football because you can practise skills and it is fun.


iPad because of the games.

Football you can learn how to kick it.


Football doesn’t make you sleepy and it’s not a screen.

After the discussion – 6 children said football was better, and 1 said neither. So 4 children changed their minds because of the class discussion.

Here is what the children at home thought.

Home learning 11/1/21

The children in Topaz class have made an amazing start to this weeks home learning I am so proud of them. Take a look at some of our amazing work.

In Literacy we were asked to think about how Traction man might feel at a certain point in the story. Here are our thoughts.

In maths we watched a video from the NCETM. We then had a go at finding one more than a given number. After that we did our daily RM maths session. We have some RM maths superstars in Topaz class!

In topic we had to pretend that our favourite toy had gone missing – Oh No! Have a look at some of our missing posters!