Rock Your Socks!!!!!

Today the children celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by wearing crazy socks or tights! It was great to see so many children donating to a fantastic charity ‘UpsnDownsUK’ and celebrating difference.


Thank you to everyone who donated!!


Miss Leatherland 🙂

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Sing Sing Sing!!

This week has been full of singing and learning as we completed the national SingUp Day on Wednesday. The children have been working hard to learn the words and actions to ‘Spaceship Jam’ to perform to the school. The assembly was fantastic and we all enjoyed seeing what other classes had been working on as well as singing ourselves. Well done guys, I was very proud of you all!

Can you sing the song to someone at home?








In English we have been focussing on the book Beegu. The children love this text and have been taking each other on a guided tour of the pictures to tell the story. One child had to describe the picture whilst the other shut their eyes. The children did a fantastic job and wrote beautiful descriptive pieces on the setting of the story.


Where do you think Beegu has come from?









In Maths this week we have been tackling arrays. On Monday we worked with smarties to represent different arrays. The children loved this lesson and applied what they had learnt into exploring different arrays and solving multiplication problems later in the week.





Miss Leatherland 🙂


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We are characters!!!

Today is World Book Day and the children in Paddington Class did not disappoint! From Luke Skywalker to Hermoine Granger the children really did dress to impress! To celebrate this special day the children shared books with Dyson class and thoroughly enjoyed discussing their favourite stories with other children in the school. Then the children had a mini fashion show to present their character and why they had chosen their book. Afterwards, we learnt all about the rainbow fish and what this fish learnt on its journey. Can you tell your family what you learnt from the rainbow fish? In the afternoon, the children chose which book they would like to hear aloud and went around the school to hear the stories. Which story did you listen to?


I have thoroughly enjoyed today and I hope you have too!


Miss Leatherland 🙂


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We landed on the Moon!!!!!!

WOW what a fantastic way to spend a Tuesday!! Year 1 have been immersing themselves into our new topic Space with lots of fun activities. The children were split into groups and went round a carousel of activities. From making space biscuits, craters on the moon, astronaut helmets, moon paintings and moving astronauts, the children have fully immersed themselves into the topic. In the afternoon we put on our helmets and explored the planet we landed on. We thought about how astronauts would move in their space suits and even had a go at setting off balloon rockets experimenting with different balloon sizes and predicting what would happen.

What was your favourite part of the day? 


I have loved it!!!!


Miss Leatherland 🙂

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All ready for the showcase tomorrow!!!

The children have worked their socks off and tomorrow is the day to show you how amazing their work is!!!! Paddington Class will come into the classroom to register and then we will open the doors to welcome in friends and family to show off the amazing work of the term!

Hope to see you all tomorrow for the grand reveal!!!

Miss Leatherland 🙂


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Presentation pieces, subtraction and wiggly worms!!



I have thoroughly enjoyed this week in Paddington Class and have been incredibly impressed with the hard work and effort that has gone into each child’s presentation piece. The children have worked very had on their individual writing and art work to produce outcomes that they should all be proud of! Well done guys, we can’t wait to show them off on Friday!!!






In Maths this week we have been looking at subtraction and using resources such as numicon and number lines to support our understanding of subtraction. Additionally, we have been looking at shapes and the children enjoyed learning the different names and properties of shapes.





It was Paddington’s turn for forest school this week and we had great fun. To start forest school off the children were divided into two teams. Half the class became worms and the other half birds. The worms had to go hide different coloured worms in the forest, then the birds had to go and find them. This lead to conversations about the colours of the worms and whether this helped us to locate them. We then discussed camouflage and how animals use this to protect themselves from a predator. Additionally, the children created dens for themselves and other animals and enjoyed being in the forest school area.


I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and is ready for the last week of term!


Miss Leatherland 🙂


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Oscar performances in Paddington Class

The show must go in Paddington class and they have been very busy whilst Miss Leatherland has been poorly. It was lovely to come back to such happy smiley faces which made me feel lots better and to see what fantastic work had taken place.


The children have been continuing our topic of Hamlet this week and engaging in different drama activities which has led to some fantastic writing. We have been focussing on the guard scene when the guards are patrolling the battlements. The children became the guards and stayed in character to act out the scene. Mrs Buckley and I would not be surprised if in years to come we see most of the children on the stage or television as everyone was fully engaged and we saw some very dramatic performances.






Critical reading this week has also involved performing as the children acted out a poem all about an elephants nose. In Critical Reading we have been looking at different techniques used in poetry and how when we read poems we can add expression. In pairs the children performed the poem to the class and it was fantastic to see each pair had come up with their own unique ideas. What’s your favourite poem and why?






Whilst Miss Leatherland took Matilda class to forest school this week, Paddington class have been working on their junk model castles. Miss Gedney said that everyone worked very hard as a team and have begun to put the finishing touches on their work.






Thank you to everyone who came to stay and read on Thursday. The children were very excited all day for their loved ones to come into the classroom and share the fabulous books we have in school. It was a lovely event and I know meant a lot to everyone in Paddington class. I can’t wait for the next one!!!! What was your favourite bit?






I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait for another great week to come!


Miss Leatherland 🙂


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What a week!!!

My goodness we seem to have had a very busy and exciting week in Paddington class!!


In English we have been looking more into the story of Hamlet and making predictions on what we think the play might be about. We began by looking at objects in a box and describing what these objects looked like. The children came up with inventive and descriptive ideas about the objects and were fascinated to think of where they came from. We have been thinking about characters and how the characters might feel in different situations by completing lots of different drama tasks. It has been brilliant to see the children stepping out of their comfort zones to perform to the class.

In Maths this week we have focussed on addition and how to add two one digit numbers together using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. The children have worked incredibly hard in Maths which lead to them all being on the pot of gold in Wednesdays maths lesson.

I was very impressed with spellings this week in Paddington class. It was clear that the children had been practising these spellings at home and they have then implemented what they have been learning into their English work. Well done guys!! Don’t forget the spellings for this week which are ‘ing’ words.

History this week we continued to look at Florence Nightingale and created a timeline to show when events happened in her life. The children loved matching the pictures and the dates to create their timeline and learning a little bit more about Florence. Sophie very kindly brought in a book on Florence Nightingale from home, we shared the book with the class and everyone found it very funny that Florence was the proud owner of two cats. Can you tell someone in your family a fact you know about Florence Nightingale?

We have been very creative this week and have begun our junk modelling mission to create a castle. The children worked in teams to select the appropriate materials and then began to piece all the cardboard together to create castle structures. This is to be continued…..


WOW what a fantastic forest school session we have just had. We played lots of forest school games and then began to make bird feeders for all the birds to eat whilst it is very cold outside. The children used hoop cereal to thread onto pipe cleaners and then joined each piece to their friends to create the bird feeders. Everyone worked together to feed the birds and we can’t wait to see how much is left next week.



  • Please can you ensure your children have outdoor PE kits on a Thursday. This includes long tracksuit bottoms, a white T-shirt, a jumper to keep warm and trainers.
  • On forest school days for Paddington class please can we remember to send children in with hats, scarfs and gloves. Although the children spend lots of time running around it is still very chilly.


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Miss Leatherland 🙂


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Castles, Number bonds and Florence Nightingale!

What a fantastic first full week back! Paddington Class have been very busy bees learning all about castles, number bonds and number facts within 10 and Florence Nightingale.

English: We have kicked off our new topic Hamlet by learning all about castles. The children have thrown themselves into this new topic and have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the different parts of a castle. We have been busy labelling castle structures, learning different facts about each area and finding out more about the people who live inside the castle walls. As a class we had a go at acting out the different people in a castle. The children loved becoming Kings and Queens, Knights and servants and even gong farmers!!! Can you remember all the different parts of the castle? What job roles took place inside the castle walls?

Maths: In Maths this week we have been looking at number bonds to 10 and number bond facts within 10. The children have enjoyed lots of different hands on activities using a variety of resources to create numbers within 10. Furthermore, we have been looking at sequencing events and places such as first, second, third etc. We incorporated this into PE by having races to see who came in what place. I was very impressed with how much work and effort you have all put into learning your number bonds at home as well as in the classroom! Lots of children have been playing hit the button and practising with their families which is fantastic to see and hear! Well done everyone!!!!

Art: With the focus of castles in mind, the children have been getting creative and using different resources to build castles and then label the parts following on from our English lessons. Additionally, the children have had their sketch books at the ready and been drawing castles, looking carefully at the finer details. Everybody tried very hard and took their time to perfect their drawings and I was very impressed with the outcome.


PE: This week in PE we set up a variety of activities to practise lots of different skills. Everybody had a go at dribbling the football in between the cones, throwing bean bags at a target, throwing and catching in pairs and running in between two different areas. It was a very chilly day but we kept warm by keeping our bodies moving and enjoying the activities in the area.

History: Our new topic this term is Florence Nightingale. This week we have been looking at who Florence Nightingale is and why she became such a famous figure. We have discussed whether we think she is a hero and what it means to be a hero. The children then thought about their own heroes and why they had chosen those people. Several children chose their family members as their heroes, others chose superheroes and we even had the world ‘because it gives us gravity.’ Can you tell a family member who your hero is and why? Why was Florence Nightingale a hero?



If you have any cardboard boxes or items that can be used for junk modelling please bring them in Monday next week. 


Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!


Miss Leatherland 🙂


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Happy New Year Paddington Class!!!!

Before we start the New Year I thought it would be nice to look back on all the learning we did in the last few weeks of term.


A very big Happy New Year Paddington Class!!! I hope you have all had a fantastic break and spent lots of time with your friends and family! I can’t wait to hear about what you have been up to and what Father Christmas gave you for Christmas!

Thank you very much on behalf of Mrs Buckley and I for all our gifts and cards. I have enjoyed lots of chocolate with my family so you might not recognise me on the first day back!!!


Just a couple of reminders before Thursday!

  • PE will be going ahead on Thursday so please make sure you have your outdoor PE kit ready.
  • Reading challenge: I hope you have all enjoyed the reading challenge and I can’t wait to see and hear about who has read what.
  • My Maths: Miss Gedney and I enjoyed finding fun and engaging tasks for you to complete on MyMaths. It is a fantastic resource to reinforce your learning at home and show your families what we have been working on! If you are struggling to log on and have followed the instructions in your Reading Records please let me know so I can sort this for you!
  • Hit the button: We have all very much enjoyed playing hit the button in the classroom with Mrs Buckley and I joining in as well. Lets see if you have been practising and will move up the leader board in the classroom!
  • Bring your biggest smiles ready for a fantastic new term!! 


If you have any recycling that hasn’t been put out for collection yet, please send it in a plastic bag as we would like to do some junk modelling this term!

See you all on Thursday!!


Miss Leatherland 🙂

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