Y1 Map Work

In Year 1 we have been learning about maps. We have been looking at world maps, maps of the UK, street maps and transport maps.

We used Google Earth and Digimaps to zoom in on our planet, the continent we live in (Europe), our country (England), our city (Hull) and then our school (Christopher Pickering Primary). We all loved zooming in and finding the streets that we live on too – some of us were able to spot our house!

We looked at school and what it looked like from an aerial view – some of us thought that from a birds eye view our school looks like a rabbits head and ears!

We found out that we would be labelling a map of the school and trying to find some of the physical and human features that we have here.

Although we see parts of our school everyday, we decided to go and have a look at some of the features. We found the forest area and knew that this was a physical feature and we found the car park and we knew that this was a human feature.

Once we had been all around school we came back into the classroom and wrote down some of the things that we saw and made a symbol to represent it.

Y3 Cartographers!

This term in year Three, we are learning to become cartographers – drawing and creating maps. We looked closely at a sketch map and discussed who might need, use or draw a sketch map. We then used digital tools such as google maps and google earth to look at the area local to our school from which we created superb sketch maps – take a look.


Maisy’s map could direct you fromĀ  CPPS to Little Sainsbury’s or Alid! Superb work!

Then we looked at the important details included in a map and learned how to read and use a key. We explored symbols and talked about which symbols were most effective when creating a key.

We spoke to Mr Wileman, our site supervisor, and asked to look at the maps of the school which he uses. We used the Key to identify the places which we use within our large, school building and explored the sizes that were represented to scale.


We are looking forward to getting out and about, to enable us to put our mapping skills into practise with some Geographical fieldwork.

In FS2, we have been developing our ICT skills.

ICT skills can help promote confidence and also persistence – encouraging pleasure in learning by enhancing engagement, motivation and the lovely desire to learn.

So, after a little introduction on how to use the iPad – off we went and got snappy!

The children loved experimenting, the choice of the subject was entirely up to them, as were the camera angles – natural, self learning is so wonderful to observe.

They decided when they needed to point the camera high…

…when it needed to be low …

…and when we needed to bend down to capture the perfect picture!

The children took photographs of their friends (and teachers!) having fun and being happy…

…photographs of shadows…

…close-up photographs of the frost…

…and our outdoor equipment.

⭐️ We think their photographs are amazing! ⭐️

History and Geography

As part of the WWII topic in year 3, the children have been learning about The Blitz. They investigated cities in the UK that were bombed and were able to suggest reasons for this. For example, because of the city’s location or industry. They discussed what life would have been like during The Blitz and understood it’s importance in terms of the course of the war.

FS1 – PE Session

During PE this week we found out about how water changes … first we felt the water, it felt soft and squishy..

…then we felt the ice, it was very cold! It was slippery too and we even gave it a smell…it made our noses cold!

We talked about how Jack Frost makes water freeze and how the beautiful sunshine makes it melt.

Then, we all moved around in different ways and then we practised ‘freezing’.

After that, we took it in turns to be Jack Frost, when he touches you you must stop and freeze! It was good fun and we were all so good at following instructions.

Next, we took turns to be the sunshine – if you had been frozen, once the sunshine touches you, you melted and could move again.

We were very clever at stopping, starting, changing direction and freezing.

Finally, we practised jogging, jumping, skipping and hopping too, we are very good at moving around outside carefully.


Maps to find people who help us.

In FS2 we have been learning about people who help us in school. We wanted to know where we could find these people in school, so we made a simple map to help us find them.

Grace told us her mum uses maps when she is driving and Charlie told us you can use a map to help you find your way to things.

First we looked at the school on Google Earth.

We talked about the things which are near school that we could see on the satellite picture, we also switched to the map to see what it looked like when we used a real map.

We then had a go at marking on, a simple map of the school, where the people who help us can be found. We marked on Mrs Marson’s office, the main school office, the site team office and the Kitchen. We also marked on where our classroom is.

Some children then went exploring with our map, to check we had made it correctly. They took the map around the school and found all of the places we had marked. They then reported back to the rest of the children in the classroom, how they used the map to help them find their way around school.

After our lesson about the maps, some children decided to draw their own map of the school too.


Chinese New Year!

The children in the Hub have been demonstrating excellent use of fine motor skills this week for our Chinese New Year celebrations.

We enjoyed our food tasting session with noodles, spring rolls and rice crackers on the menu. We used chopsticks to eat our noodles with and Raphael was crowned King of the Chopsticks.

The children displayed safe use of scissors and excellent cutting skills making their lanterns.

Good speaking and listening skills were also displayed during our story of the day ‘Cleversticks’, beautifully read by Stephanie.


Our Trip to Tropical World

Year 3/4 had a great time on theirĀ  trips to Tropical World. They got to see some rainforest animals in real life and got to experience the climate of the rainforest. It was very hot and humid!