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Calder Class 2017-2018

19th June 2018 


Year 1 went on a school trip to Skipton Castle last week. They had such a good time and they were all so well behaved. 

We had a guided tour around the castle where we learnt lots of new information as well as saw things in real life which we had already learnt about in class. 

The children loved the dungeon, especially when the lights were tuned off and we had to stand in the pitch black! 








14th June 2018 


Calder Class had their class assembly yesterday. They were so brave and confident even though there were lots of adults and children watching. They spoke loudly and clearly and their medieval dancing was amazing. 

Afterwards the children taught their parents the dance and we were really impressed with their enthusiasm, the parents danced beautifully! 

Well done Calder Class. 



19th May 2018 

Today we had a castle building day in Calder Class.

We working in teams to create our very own castles making sure we followed our success criteria. Our castles had to have four towers, eight arrow-slits, battlements and even a working drawbridge!



18th May 2018 

This week Year 1 had their very own Medieval Day. We made our own feather pencils, created personalised coats of arms and made our own food for a medieval feast. 

In the afternoon we held our banquet, some children were nominated to sit at the top table and the jesters entertained everybody with their jokes. We ate medieval pie and took part in some medieval dancing. 

It was such a fantastic day!








14th May 2018 

Today we received a very important email from King Albert. The drawbridge on his castle has broken and his wife is trapped inside! The only way to escape the castle is across the moat on a boat.  

Calder Class were given a choice of three different boats which could be used. We had to make predictions about which boat we thought would be the best to choose. We had to consider the materials they were made from and the properties of these materials too. 

Some of us thought the cardboard boat would be best because it was very light. Some of us thought the plastic boat would be best because "toy boats are always plastic" so that means it would float. 

We will be testing our boats on Thursday so we can see who's predictions are correct. 


23rd April 2018

Calder Class are really enjoying their new topic all about castles. They have already learnt about different parts of castles, including their defences. We have been painting our own castles this week, trying to include towers and turrets. 






 27th March 2018

We are all so proud of how well the children did in their performance of The Princess and the Pea last week. They were very confident and said their lines so clearly. Their singing and dancing was excellent and we are all so impressed with their hard work. 









23rd March 2018

Calder Class really enjoyed their cricket morning. They learnt lots of new skills and had so much fun taking part in all of the games. 





19th February 2018

We have been very busy getting back into our school routine after a full week at home. Today Calder Class have learnt the difference between singular and plural in English, learnt how to use a ruler in maths and have even had time to do lots and lots of reading!

It is great to see how many of you have done some reading over the holidays, we love hearing about your learning at home. 





30th January 2018

Calder Class have been using paint and paper strips to create lions. We began by painting the lion's face using different shades of orange. When this had dried we used pencils to curl paper strips which we used for the lion's mane. 








16th January 2018

Calder Class loved learning a new game called 'sticky popcorn' in PE last week! They listened carefully to the instructions and played the game very sensibly. 

We have also been learning some shapes in gymnastics, including pike, tuck, straddle, pencil and star. 








15th December 2017

Calder Class have loved Christmas Jumper Day! We have played pass the parcel, musical statues, musical chairs and eaten lots of party food. 



We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, a relaxing break and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!



28th November 2017

We have been getting into the Christmas Spirit in Calder Class today! We worked together to put the tree up while listening to Christmas music. We made snowflakes, baubles, paper chains and learned how to fold paper to make Christmas trees. 







 17th November 2017

For Anti-Bullying Week we have been thinking about what makes us unique. We worked in partners and had to think of as many words as we could to describe our friend. Here is what we came up with! 







3rd November 2017

We have been looking at 'The Tree Of Life' this week; This is a painting by Gustav Klimt. 

We had a go at creating our own versions using black paper and oil pastels in Autumnal colours.





 20th October 2017

This week we have had lots of fun writing our own versions of the story 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'. 

We had to choose an animal to be in our story as well as which meal they came to eat. We had lots of different ideas such as 'The Lizard Who Came For Breakfast', 'The Baboon Who Came For Supper' and 'The Leopard Who Came For Lunch'. 

We acted out our stories first, each taking on a different role. Then we drew our own story maps before finally writing our stories. 


12th October 2017

Today we had our Curriculum Meetings for parents to let you know what and how we teach, and how you can help at home.  You can find the presentation below.

PDF icon  Year 1 Curriculum Presentation


12th October 2017

This week in Calder Class we made fruit kebabs.

We began by designing our kebabs by drawing what we wanted them to look like and writing about which fruit we wanted to use. We wrote instructions so we knew exactly what to do and then we got to work! 

We had to peel and chop the fruit carefully as well as follow our designs correctly while putting the fruit on the skewers. 

After we finished, we got to eat our fruit kebabs. When we wrote our evaluations we all said that the kebabs were delicious and very colourful, but a few of us decided that next time we might like to try dipping them in melted chocolate!  









22nd September 2017

Welcome to Calder Class!

All of the new Year 1 children have settled so well into their new class. They have all been incredibly busy since we came back after the holidays and it is brilliant to see the children working so hard. 

This week we have been learning some new spellings: 'put', 'my', 'by', 'his' and 'has'. We have also been doing lots of reading and answering questions about what we have read. In our topic lessons we had a go at a smell test, trying to guess what was inside different pots without using our eyes to see, this was lots of fun! 

















21st July 2017

Last week Calder Class met their Year 2 teacher, Mrs McMurrough. All of the children had a brilliant week in their new classroom, finding out about all of the things they will be getting up to next year. 

While they were in Year 2 they read a book called Camille and the Sunflowers. They painted some pictures of sunflowers as well as wrote their own versions of the story. In maths they learned all about the number 3, solving calculations with the number 3 as well as counting in 3s. 

Although some of the children were a little bit nervous beforehand, they all had an exciting week and now can't wait to continue their learning in Year 2 after the holidays! 


27th June 2017

Calder Class had an amazing time for Sports Day last week. They were all so enthusiastic about their races and cheered loudly for their teams to win.






12th June 2017

Before the holidays Year 1 went on a school trip to Skipton Castle. It was an amazing day and the whole class really enjoyed themselves. We had a tour of the castle and looked in all the different rooms. Our tour guides told us stories of things that would have happened there and even let us role play. We saw the dungeon where the prisoners were kept and it was quite scary when the lights were turned off! We even got to pretend to shoot arrows from the windows at the approaching enemies. The whole class were exhausted on the way home and we had to wake a lot of them up when we arrived back at school!




19th May 2017

On Tuesday this week Year 1 enjoyed taking part in Medieval Day. We made feather pencils to write with and coats of arms which represented the things we liked. In the morning we prepared food for our feast and chose some children to sit at the top table, ready for our banquet in the afternoon. We had a go at some medieval dancing and loved trying the pie and pears we had made. The jesters were great at trying to make the King and Queen laugh. 






2nd May  2017

We have been reading a book called 'The Emperor of Absurdia'.  It is a fantasy story with lots of unusual things in it.  We listened very carefully to the story and then wrote our own descriptions of the setting.  We also had a go at creating our own collages of what we think Absurdia might look like.  Whilst doing this we had to try to remember all of the things mentioned in the story, such as umbrella trees, sky fish, bouncy mountains and pillow hills. 




20th April  2017

This week we have begun our new topic 'Castles'. Calder Class have been very busy and we have already learnt about the different parts of a castle as well as William the Conqueror. The most exciting thing we have learnt this week however, is that we are going to visit Skipton Castle in 4 weeks! 


15th March 2017

This week in maths we have been learning all about halves and quarters. We have learnt how to halve and quarter a shape, an object and a number. 





22nd February 2017

Growth Mindset

This week have begun thinking about Growth Mindset and what this means. We are really focusing on perseverance and not giving up, even when our work becomes tricky and challenging.
For our Growth Mindset challenge we have made our own cup and ball games. We began practising this morning, most of us found it very tricky. 




3rd February 2017

Abbey House Museum

The children absolutely loved their first school trip to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall. We learnt all about old and new toys and even got to have a go at playing with some of them. The children really enjoyed dressing up and exploring the old shops, however going on the coach was incredibly exciting too! They were all very polite and well behaved, it was a pleasure to take them out.





23rd January 2017

Last week in Calder Class we conducted an experiment to see which material would be best to use for a waterproof coat. 

We tested felt, paper, foil and cotton. It was clear that foil would be the best material to use, it was the only one which didn't let the water through. 





19 January 2017

Happy New Year to you all!  We had our Year 1 Curriculum Evening tonight.  Parents and Carers were invited to come in and hear about what and how we teach, as well as asking lots of questions of the staff!  If you were unable to make it, you will find a link below to the presentations we shared. If you would like further information, please let us know.

PDF icon  Phonics Presentation

PDF icon  Reading Presentation

PDF icon  Writing Presentation

PDF icon  Maths Presentation