Spring Poems

This week in Year 1 we have had an exciting time in English.

We have been learning special poems about Spring. 

First we listened to them and thought about all the things that happen in spring.

Then we decided to add some actions to our poem to help us remember it.

The actions were very exciting and we enjoyed thinking of different ones for each part of our poem.


We practised our poem lots! The boys performed for the girls and the girls performed for the boy. We had lots of fun!

Year 1 were so good at performing their new poems we decided to perform them to the other Year 1 class.

What do you think of our performances?


Click the links to watch us!

Miss Dale’s Class IMG_2373[1]

Mrs Smith/ Mrs Yardley’s Class IMG_2374[1]

Weather Symbols!

In Science we have been observing and describing the weather that is associated with the seasons by observing the weather in spring.


We looked at a variety of different weather symbols and discussed what they each represented. We then took a look outside and observed that it was cloudy. All week we have been gathering and recording data such as the weather, temperature and rainfall related to Spring. We are excited to compare this to Summer.


I then challenged the children to come to the front of the class and using the map of the United Kingdom present a weather forecast. We looked at video examples beforehand. We then re-capped the 4 countries that made up the United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We then identified Hull, we know this is a city not a country.

Here is Harvey presenting the weather for us! He did a fabulous job and even put on a ‘professional voice’. A weatherman in the making? Great job year 1!


Bug Hotels!

Year 1 have been working so hard investigating, designing, practically making and evaluating their fantastic bug hotel.



First we spent time investigating different types of freestanding bug hotels that people have made before. We discovered that they sometimes used different materials. We looked at one made of wood and bricks compared to cardboard and tissue paper. We discussed that using wood would be a stronger and sturdier material especially since it will be outside. We also looked at the different bugs/insects that will be living in our hotel and the things they may like. We researched why these insects are important to our environment and how without them we would not survive.


Focussed Practical Task

We then set out on a mission to make freestanding structures using different materials. The children were brilliant at adapting their structures by finding ways that made them stronger.

When using paper the children found that folding it made it stand up without falling over. I then challenged to children to see if they could stack more paper on top.

This was the final result….

We also used blocks. At first the children tried to make the tallest tower they could with a tiny base. Miss Dale pushed it slightly and it came tumbling down! The children then remade it with a stronger foundation and it was much sturdier!

 We then went out to collect some natural resources. I then challenged the children to try make a freestanding structure using those. These were some of the results…

Design time

Once we had collected our resources. We took advantage of the lovely weather outside and in small groups designed two bug hotels. We then wrote down which resources were physical and which were manmade.   











Then it was time to make it!

The children were absolutely fantastic when making their bug hotels. They worked in small groups using their designs to create a section of the bug hotel. They were very creative! Some sections had bug baths, playgrounds, showers and even kitchens!!

The final result…


We then reflected on our bug hotel and had a think about what we loved and what we would change if we did it again. Some children said they would use more bricks or even change the colour. Overall, it was a brilliant day and we are excited to see if the bugs enjoy their new home!

Year 2 have been learning about Easter!

We started by thinking about what we had learned about Palm Sunday. We remembered lots of key information.

Next, we listened to the Easter story together and watched a short, animated film about Easter.

We learnt about the important days and what happened to Jesus on those days.

After that, we ordered the special days and match pictures to the correct statements for each day.

Finally, after some well deserved playtime, we had a quiz to see what we could remember about our learning. Lots of children got full marks and everyone had learned something new! Well done Year 2!

The Great Fire of London

Y2 have been learning about The Great Fire of London. Today we looked at the causes and consequences of The Great Fire of London. We thought about the negative consequences and the positive consequences that came after the fire.


Comic Relief 2021


In Y1, we had a great day celebrating Comic Relief in Y1! We all came as superheroes and people who are heroes to us! We had lots of Supergirls, Supermen, Bat men and Batgirls.

We learned about the importance of Comic Relief and all of the good things it does to help people living incredibly tough lives.

Victorian Artefacts

In Year 1 we are comparing our lives today to what life would have been like for Beatrix Potter in the Victorian Era.

We know that Beatrix Potter was born about 150 years ago and we all know that even Mrs Yardley isn’t that old, so it was a very long time ago!

We looked at photographs of what Beatrix Potters bedroom would have been like, the clothes she would have worn (Myla was very pleased that girls don’t wear these bonnets today) and what sort of thing she would have eaten for breakfast  – we were all glad that we have lots of delicious cereals today. We know that Beatrix Potter didn’t get taught in a school, she had a lady teach her at home called a governess. Instead doing all of the fun lesson like we would do in an afternoon, she would get taught how to embroider.

We looked at the types of toys she would have played with – they were all made out of wood and tin unlike ours. We were quite shocked that she would not have been able to play with an i-pad or watch television after a day at school! We enjoyed looking at and exploring the artefacts – we looked at the wooden doll crib, the ball and cup, the spinning top and the cannon toy. Although they were interesting we were all glad that we have lots of other toys to play with today!

Y2 Love to Read

We have loved being back in our Read Write Inc Phonics groups this week. We love the reading part of our session and really enjoy our partner practise. One of us gets to be the teacher and the other one read a page of the book. Then we swap over! It is great fun!


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.

Growing our own beanstalk!

In English this week we are learning how to write instructions on ‘how to plant a magic beanstalk’. Our first lesson focussed on looking at what we must include when writing instructions. We looked at a good example and noticed some interesting language. Each instruction started with an adverbial of time which told us when to do something e.g First, then and next. We then noticed some bossy language ‘get’, ‘put’ etc. Then we played a fun game…

The game was so fun! We pulled a bossy face when we heard an adverb of time and a bossy face for the bossy language. We then gave each other instructions. I have never seen so many bossy children!

We then followed specific instructions on how to plant a magic beanstalk. We have put them on the windowsill so they get plenty of light. We look forward to watching them grow over the weeks.