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! Www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
  • 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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What a fantastic day!

Year 1 have blown me away today with their impeccable behaviour and attitude towards learning more about the Christian faith. At 9am today we set off on the journey to visit a local church to consolidate our learning on Christianity. The children thoroughly enjoyed the walk to the church, singing songs and showing a good awareness of road safety.

When we arrived at the Church, Reverend Ann greeted us to discuss the different things found in a church and how this time of year was very important to Christians.


Can you remember what different objects we found in the church? What was a font, altar and organ?








I was incredibly impressed with Paddington class as each child had remembered what each advent candle symbolised. The Reverend lit the candle hope, love, peace, joy and Jesus to demonstrate what happens on the Sundays before Christmas. Some very lucky children were chosen to come to the front and blow out the candles.

The vicar explained how there is a special corner in the church were people can come to pray.







Reverend Ann showed the children the bible which was very heavy and took at least four children to hold it. The vicar demonstrated to the class what a christening looked like and explained how the water was holy to welcome the person being christened into the life of god.







When discussing what people did in a church, some children said getting married. The vicar pretended to marry Ina and Alexandru, with Joshua as the father of the bride and Elaina, Georgia and Niamh as bridesmaids. All the children thought this was great fun.










The children were given time to look around the church before doing sketches on objects of their choosing. The children noticed the statues of Mary on the walls, the stained glass window, the font, the organ the altar. They were amazed at the holy water inside the font.

What was your favourite thing inside the church?




Once the children had walked around the church, they were itching to get out their sketch books and draw. As always, the artwork was fantastic and every child had thought about the detail of their drawings. All of the grown ups were very impressed!!!!







To finish off a fabulous morning in the Church, the children performed the nativity songs to Reverend Ann and sang beautifully.

 Best bits…..

  • Ina: I liked pretending to get married.
  • Sofia: I loved drawing the advent candles in real life. 
  • Lucy: I loved the pictures on the wall and the cross. It was amazing!! 
  • Joshua: I loved drawing the organ in my sketch books and looking at the detail.
  • Carter: I liked the walk and seeing all the different things on the way. I loved exploring the church. The bibles were all different colours.
  • Georgia: I loved the vicar and her speaking.
  • Ewan: I loved the different coloured bibles. 
  • Alexandru: I liked the stain glass window.
  • Chloe: I liked talking to Reverend Ann.
  • Jenson: I liked blowing out one of the candles, it was cool. 
  • Imaan: I liked singing the songs for Jesus.
  • Grace: I worked on my growth mindset in the church by trying really hard with my drawing and not giving up.
  • Amelia: I liked singing the nativity songs. 

I am incredibly proud of each and every member of Year 1, you were a credit to the school with your behaviour and enthusiasm this morning. Well done.


Miss Leatherland 🙂


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Welcome to the Art Gallery!

Unfortunately, we were unable to go out into the forest on Friday so the children got creative. Miss Leatherland had been informed that something in the forest had changed so Paddington class went up to take a look. The children searched the forest high and low and found fairy dust scattered beneath the trees, followed by an important letter from Flora the fairy. Flora needed Paddington classes help to design Flora and her friends fairy houses. The children jumped to the challenge using the resources in the classroom to design the homes. The children researched what fairy houses looked like before deciding how to create their own.

Miss Leatherland was extremely impressed as everybody’s house was different and the children had worked so hard to design the perfect fairy house for Flora. The children’s enthusiasm was fantastic and many adults who walked past the classroom came inside to see the creativity taking place.

The children were very proud of their work so we turned the classroom into an art gallery. The children lined up outside the classroom and came into the room to see everyone’s work on display. We discussed how we would walk around a gallery quietly and we would stop to discuss different pieces of art work.




I am so proud of how hard every child in Paddington class worked to design fantastic fairy homes.


Well done Paddington Class!!


Miss Leatherland 🙂

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