Our Learning

Treasured Tales


Week 3

What a great week we have had! We celebrated Sports Relief by dressing up as our favourite athlete and trying to run or walk a mile. In our English Learning we started to look at innovating the story 'The Frog Prince' by changing the character of the frog and the pond setting. In our Maths Learning we have started to look at measure, we linked it to our Treasured Tales theme and measured the height and length of objects and people in the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. In our Design & Technology Learning we started to develop a food vocabulary by using our senses. In our PSHE Learning we labelled our body parts. In our Mind Up Learning we started to look at the hippocampus, this is the part of the brain that stores our memories. In our Science Learning we went to the Millennium Green to explore signs of Spring and look at plants that grow in damp and wet areas. We also had a special visitor, Sophie's daddy came to talk to us all about his job as an engineer!  



Week 2

We have had an exciting week in Year 1! We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up, reading and talking about our favourite stories and creating writing around the book The Lorax by Doctor Seuss. In our English Learning we had a STEM focus. We have been reading The Frog Prince, the princess looses her golden ball in the pond. We explored, designed, created and evaluated tools to get the golden ball out of the pond. In our Maths Learning we have been counting in 10's and 2's and been solving lots of problems using our counting skills. In History we researched Queen Elizabeths and the Thai Kings Coronation. In Design & Technology we found out where food comes from. In our PSHE Learning we carried out an experiment involving hand washing. In our Mind Up Learning we continued to look at the amygdala with a focus on our emotions and how we can read other peoples emotions by looking at facial expressions. In French we continued to learn our colours. 


Week 1

What a great first week back we have had! We started our week with an 'Engineering Day!' We explored different engineering careers and used lots of different skills to solve problems and work as a teams. In our English Learning we began reading and exploring the story 'The Frog Prince'. In our Maths Learning we are looking at the place value of numbers within 50. In our History Learning we found out about Queen Elizabeth II and who she is in relation to Prince George. In Design & Technology we looked at and discussed party fruit centrepiece displays. In PSHE we explored how we can keep our body healthy.  In our Mind Up Leaning we looked at part of the brain called the amygdala and found out how it works. In French we started to learn our colours. In PE we explored dance through the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. 



Amazing Asia 


Parent Voice

- Amazing experience and curriculum, my child has enjoyed every minute and learnt so much. She even asked for a globe for her birthday. She will remember explorer day for a long time.

- What a fabulous way of learning and my child certainly enjoyed it. very engaging and fun. 

-What a brilliant time they had and such a great way to learn. More fun than when I was at school. 

-The children all looked to have a brilliant time.

-The children have really enjoyed the Asian theme and my child regularly talks about this at home. He is really enjoying his studies at the school and themes like this really develop interpersonal and transferable skills that will equip him well for the future. 


Pupil Voice

-I loved the Explorer Day! (Sophia) 

-I liked singing to 'The Elephant Patrol' (Ethan) 

-I enjoyed my Home Learning! (Matilda) 

-I learnt new things in Maths (Sophie) 


Week 6

We have had an exciting week! We celebrated all our learning over the half term with an 'Explorer Day!' The day started with a trip to the airport to catch a flight to Asia. Once we landed in Asia we took a trek to the jungle by following a map. We arrived at the jungle but a family of monkey's blocked our path, we had to distract them with bananas using our Phonics knowledge. We then arrived in the heart of the jungle, we made observational drawings of the animals we could see using out Art & Design skills. We then gathered knowledge on the animals we had drawn by reading non-fiction texts consistent with our Phonics knowledge. We then wrote a post card home to our loved ones about our trip. After that it was time to go home so we had to trek back through Asia following a map to the airport and board a plane home. 


Click the link to take a look at our 'Explorer Day' Learning! https://stpaulshoddlesden.primarysite.media/media/explorer-day


Week 5

This week we have finished reading the story of 'The Jungle Book'. In English we unpicked the story looking at characters, the setting and events in detail to support us in ordering the story. In Maths we continued to look at subtraction and addition with a focus on reasoning using STEM sentences. In Art & Design we looked at and reviewed our observational drawings and then improved them. In Music we sang songs and played instruments to music from 'The Jungle Book". In Computing we looked at internet safety and how we can keep ourselves safe online. In our Science Learning we research endangered animals in Asia to see how they move, feed, grow and use their senses. We also had a very exciting Martial Arts workshop!


Click the link to take a look at our Martial Arts Workshop! https://www.stpaulshoddlesden.org.uk/curriculum-enhancements/


Week 4

This week we created an acrostic poem about Baloo in our English Learning and have been problem solving and reasoning in our Maths Learning with a focus on subtraction. In Science we discussed what animals need to stay healthy and alive and created posters of how we can help endangered animals in Asia to stay healthy and alive. In Geography we explored position and direction to move animals around a map. In Computing we controlled characters by giving them instructions in a sequence on the computers. In Music we learnt about the dynamics of Music and compared different variations of a song. In Art and Design we created observational drawings of a selection of jungle animals. In French we continued to learn our numbers to 10. 


Click the link to take a look at our acrostic poem! https://stpaulshoddlesden.primarysite.media/media/the-jungle-book


Week 3

We had a very exciting visitor in class this week! Mrs King brought in her bearded dragon to support our Chinese New Year and Science Learning! In English we have written facts about tigers to share with Mowgli. In our Maths Learning we have been exploring addition calculation. In our Geography Learning we have explored the points of a compass. In our Computing Learning we explored BeeBots and how to control them by giving them a command. In Music we used our pitch, pulse, beats and lyrics learning to sing along and play instruments to the 'Elephant Patrol' from The Jungle Book. In French we started to learn our number to 10. 



Week 2

This week we enjoyed a Chinese ribbon dancing workshop. In our Maths Learning we explored addition using number lines and tens frames. In our English Learning we wrote our own jungle animal poems. In our Geography Learning we identified the United Kingdom and its countries. In our Computing Learning we continued to explore the software Scratch. In our Science Learning we explored how animals use their senses to survive. In Music we explored pitch, pulse, beats and lyrics. In PSHE we demonstrated good team work and in French we have learnt how to say 'hello, my name is...' 



Week 1

We have had a super first week back! In our Maths Learning we have been exploring the place value of numbers within 20. In our English Learning we have started to look at the story 'The Jungle Book' and explore the characters. In our Geography Learning we named and located the 5 oceans and 7 continents. In our Computing Learning we used web addresses to carry out research on the Asian jungle and explored a software called 'Scratch'. In our Science Learning we compared the animal structure of a dog to the animal structure of a draco lizards. In Music we appraised music from the film 'The Jungle Book' and in PSHE we discussed being a good friend.



Factual Footprints 


Week 8

We have had so much happening this week! On Monday we shared our Christmas production with you 'LIGHTS, CAMEL, ACTION!'. On Tuesday we went to Blackpool to watch 'A Horrible Christmas!' at the Winter Gardens. On Wednesday we had Christmas Dinner and a visit from Father Christmas. On Thursday we did lots of exciting Christmas crafts. On Friday Year 2 joined us and we had a Christmas party! 




Week 7

We have had another busy week! We have been practicing for our Nativity to perform for you on Monday, we are very excited to show you all our hard work, singing and drama skill! We have enjoyed recapping all our learning in Phonics for this half term, we have played lots of games involving blending, segmenting and reading and writing tricky words. We have finished our Factual Footprints learningwe discussed what we had enjoyed this half term and what we had learnt:


-I enjoyed our trip to Darwen Library Theatre. (Scarlett) 

-I learnt that Prince George is 6 years old and has a sister called Charlotte. (Lydia)

-I learnt how to draw features on a portrait. (Philip) 

-I learnt about split digraphs. (Matilda) 

-I enjoyed making a royal gift shop role play area. (Joseph) 




Week 6

We have had a very exciting week! On Monday we had 'Maths Day' we created our own floor markings for the playground. We focused on 2D and 3D shapes and created shape animal floor markings. Before we created our final design we had a lot of research to do, we explored the floor markings we already had in school, we went on a shape hunt looking for 2D shapes within floor markings on the playground and we looked at how we can print floor markings using 3D shapes dipped in paint to create a 2D shape. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we looked at Enterprise, we have explored the Nativity story and designed and created Nativity scene calendars. On Friday we had 'Spirituality Day' we had a day of exploring Advent through lots of fun activities! 


Week 5

We have had a very busy week! In our English Learning we created rhyming poems about the 'Highway Rat'. In our Maths Learning we looked at the place value of numbers within 20. In our History Learning we wrote fact files about Prince George. In our Computing Learning we created animations and in our PSHE Learning we looked at how we can keep money safe. This week we have started to practice out Nativity on the stage which has been very exciting! 



Week 4

This week in our History Learning we identified similarities and difference between our lives and Prince George's. In our Science Learning we compared our features to one of our friends in the classroom. In our Computing Learning we started to explore animation. In our PSHE Learning we explored the value of money in our Royal role play gift shop! In our English Learning we explored the Highway rat further and in our Maths learning we identified and named 2D and 3D shapes. We have also started practicing for our Nativity 'LIGHTS, CAMEL, ACTION!'


Week 3

This week in our English Learning we have started to look at 'The Highway Rat'. In our Maths Learning we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. In History we compared Prince George's timeline to our own. In PSHE we created 'Helping Hands' for Anti-Bullying Week'. For our Computing this week we went to Darwen Library Theatre to watch the animation film Ballerina, we then wrote a film review for Ballerina and started to create our own animations.



Week 2

This week in our English Learning we have turned into presenters and created a documentary all about Steve Backshall. You can view our documentary by clicking on the link: https://stpaulshoddlesden.primarysite.media/

This week in our Gymnastics Learning we have been learning how to do cartwheels! You can view our learning by clicking on the link: https://stpaulshoddlesden.primarysite.media/  


Week 1

In History this week we have been thinking about who we are, we talked about important events in our lives and created a timeline of our life events. In Science we drew around one another, added features to our drawings and labelled our body parts. In Computing we explored the word 'technology' we discussed what we thought technology was and the meaning of the word. In PSHE we explored money and our experiences with money, we began to create a 'Royal Gift Shop' role play area. In English we began to look at Steve Backshall, we explored his documentaries, came up with questions we would like to ask him and stepped into his shoes through hot-seating. In Maths we have been looking at subtraction and how we can represent subtraction in different ways.  


Native Narrative


Week 1

We have had a fantastic first week in Year 1! 

We have settled in well and have already achieved lots of learning. 

This week we have been grouping in Maths, looking at a new story 'Little Red Riding Hood and the Massai Warrior' in English, exploring seasons in Science, listening to African choir music and developing our ideas around  African clothing prints. 



Week 2

What a great week we have had! 

We have been doing lots of role play and story retells in English, looking at 1 more in Maths, painting African patterns and enhancing our outdoor area. In Music we have explored body percussion and how we can use our voices in different ways as well as making comparisons between Kenya and Hoddlesden.