Emmaville Primary School

England Yr 1

Welcome to the England Year 1 Class Page.  Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this term.

Friday 24th June


It has been a wonderful week again in England this week which has been filled with super learning and glorious sunshine. We have loved being outdoors in the lovely weather and it has made a change from the usual rain and clouds. This week we have wrote some amazing poems inspired by Julia Donaldson’s poem ‘I opened a book’, explored the seasonal changes in weather in our Science lessons and created some fantastic posters all about Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation.



This week I wanted to share with you some work we have complete in our RE lessons. We have been exploring a new religion of Judaism over the past term and this week we learnt all about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These are 2 very important festivals to Jewish people and are significant because it is a time of new beginnings and asking for forgiveness for things that we have done wrong. The children absolutely wowed me when we then had a circle time to discuss some things we might want to ask for forgiveness for. Lots of children wanted to share with the class things that they had done wrong which I thought was so brave as sometimes it is hard to admit our faults. We then took all of those bad things that we had done and imagined throwing them away so we were ready for a fresh start. This is something that Jewish people do as part of the Rosh Hashanah festival. On the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish people will often visit a lake, river or the sea and say special prayers. They think about the things that they have done wrong and imagine throwing these into the water which helps to make them feel free. After we completed this, we had a think of some prayers and thoughts we could have ready for a new beginning. We created our own mini machzor book (prayer book) full of the things that we wanted to focus on for a new beginning. Well done again England for being such superstars.



Have an amazing weekend everyone!

Miss McArdle

Thursday 16th June
We have had a wonderful week in England class full of fun in the glorious sunshine. Yet again I have been wowed with the children's learning such as their fantastic innovated Farmer Duck stories and place value work in Maths.
This week I wanted to share with you all a project that we have been working on for the last couple of months. As part of our GSSP blazing the trail school award, each year group is assigned an activity to complete towards the award. This year, we were given the task of creating a dance based on the theme inspiration. We thought of some ideas and came up with the idea of doing a song about Queen Elizabeth II as she is an inspiration to us all and especially this year when she has celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. We came up with some dance moves and have been learning the dance each week in our PE sessions. We have worked so hard in this routine and I am sure you will agree that the finished piece looks fantastic. Please take a watch below of our entry. 
Well done to all of you shining stars in England.
Miss McArdle

Friday 10th June

It has been an amazing first week back after the half-term holidays in England class and the children have absolutely wowed me with their phonics skills. They should be all so proud of their attitude towards reading and the progress they have made.


This week I wanted to share with you all the wonderful work we have been doing in History. We learnt this week all about George Stephenson. George Stephenson was an English engineer who was known for being the ‘Father of Railways’. The children were shocked to find out that he was born in Wylam! We also found out about one of his great inventions ‘The Rocket’. We loved watching a clip all about steam trains and explored a model of ‘The Rocket’. After we had explored some facts about George Stephenson, we had a go at doing some hot seating. We imagined that we were different people including George Stephenson and people who lived in the villages nearby to Liverpool and Manchester railway line. The children were fantastic at getting into character and asking questions. Additionally, outside of school time some of our wonderful children went to visit George Stephenson’s cottage in Wylam. It was so lovely to hear about what they saw and to see some super pictures.


Have a well-deserved rest at the weekend England!

Miss McArdle

Friday 27th May 2022

We have had an amazing time today at our Garden Jubilee Party. It has been so amazing to celebrate the queen and we have been so lucky to enjoy so many wonderful treats.


Our preparations for the party started on Wednesday afternoon when we had a special visitor from the royal palace visit school who needed our help organising a party at the palace. We decided on a corgi themed party and made lots of bunting ready for our celebrations.


Today we started our morning off meeting a very important royal visitor – The Queen! Please see the photo below of us all. After that, we enjoyed making some castles using various art mediums such as colouring, cutting and sticking 2D shapes and using Lego. Next, we had some very magical visitors come to visit us. We were shocked when we realised that Princess Belle, Princess Aurora and Prince Adam had came to visit our school! We enjoyed learning how to be princesses and princes, sang some songs and chatted to our special visitors. Fortunately, the fun didn’t stop there as we were treated to an amazing outside garden party afternoon tea. We listened to the amazing Year 3’s singing a song and tucked in to some yummy treats. Our afternoon began with some yummy ice cream treats from Miss Whippy in the sunshine and then we made some amazing crowns. We had the wonderful Mrs Chappell do a workshop with us on the field all about mindfulness and we completed some yoga to a poem about the queen. Finally, we enjoyed some well-deserved fun on the bouncy castle. We had waited all day for our turn and we had the best time jumping and bouncing with our friends.


It truly has been the most wonderful day and such a great celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

I hope you all have an amazing half-term filled with fun and precious time with your families.

Miss McArdle

Friday 20th May

We have had an amazing week in England class this week full of super learning and fun. We have explored all about Captain Cook in our History sessions, completing some athletics circuits in PE and learning all about Shabbat in RE.


This week I wanted to share with you all the amazing work the children have been doing in Maths where we have been exploring our new topic this week on fractions. The children have been fantastic at learning all about halves and have completed various activities this week including finding half of a shape, half of a quantity and completing some problem solving with halves. We started the week of with a super lesson discussing what a half is and everyone in the class loved joining in with our stem sentences to help us remember what a half is. After that we had a go at cutting some pictures and shapes in half making sure that there were 2 equal parts. Please see the collage of the children below – I was so proud of how hard they had worked in the session and their knowledge in our first lesson. After our first few lessons, we moved onto looking at finding half of a quantity. We used the counters to help us find half of some different numbers and worked in small groups to complete some different challenges including a halves game with our work partners.


Keep up the fantastic work again England ready for our last week before half term.

Miss McArdle.

Thursday 12th May 
We have had another absolutely amazing week in England class filled with super learning. The children have been exploring garden plants in Science, throwing and catching in PE and writing their innovated Magic Porridge pot stories in English. 
This week I wanted to share with you all the fantastic work the children have completed in Geography. Each Geography lesson the children are filled with suspense about which place we will be learning about and this week they were so excited to find out that we were learning all about Sydney in Australia. We firstly looked in our atlas to find where Australia is and realised that it was quite far away from the United Kingdom and Crawcrook.  We then had a look on Google Earth at Sydney itself. We love going on Google Earth as it makes us feel like we are at the place in person. The children were quick to spot that Sydney was on the coast and had a harbour too.  We spent some time exploring some of the things you could do in Sydney - I think a lot of the children created a dream holiday for themselves as they were so desperate to go. After that, we made postcards to our family and friends imagining that we had been to visit Sydney. Here are some great examples of the postcard messages below.
Hi Dad! I am loving Sydney. I have been to the Sydney Opera House. 
Hi Mammy! I am having so much fun in Sydney. First, I went to the botanical gardens. I saw lots of pretty flowers. 
Hi Mam! Guess where i have been? I've been to the Sydney Tower and it looks like a needle. It is so fun in Australia.
Hi Dad! I have been to Sydney in Australia. I have been surfing at Bondi Beach. Luckily, I did not see any sharks. I've also been to Taronga Zoo. I saw some kangaroos. 
Keep being superstars England class!
Miss McArdle
Friday 6th May 
It has been a week full of fun and some fantastic learning after our bank holiday off on Monday. The children have wowed me with their attitude to learning this week and especially on our trip to Thorp Academy. 

On Wednesday 4th May, all of the Year One children were invited to Thorp Academy to take part in an Outdoor Sport’s Festival.

We were so excited and we couldn’t wait to get there – so after an early lunch – off we went.

When we got to Thorp, the field was full of other Year One children and lots of different Sport’s Leaders. It was great to see so many people there.

Each of our Year One classes were split into 3 different teams and were then taken by the leaders to the starting points.

The Leaders told us what to do at each of the various stations around the field. It was really great fun. It gave us the chance to practise some of the skills we have been learning in our PE lessons.

As you can see from the photos we had the best time!

I was so impressed with how the children conducted themselves at the event and I think they represented our school so well. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend filled with fun. 

Miss McArdle. 

Friday 29th April

It has been a fantastic first week back to school after such a busy Easter holiday. The children have loved sharing what they have been up to over the Easter break. I have been so impressed with how well they have all settled back into class and they have put 100% into everything we have done this week.

This week in PSHE we have started our new topic on relationships. To begin with we each shared someone who is in our family and soon realised that our families were so big and so different! We read a story book by Todd Parr which taught us all about the different types of families we have and we talked about how it is okay to be different. After that, we discussed that our friends are also important to us like our family. We looked at a clip from Toy Story all about the special friendship between Andy and Woody - This included a lovely sing along to the song ‘You’ve got a friend in me’. Jigsaw Jack told us that he had a bit of a problem as he wanted to be a good friend but didn’t know how. We each shared some advice on the carpet to Jigsaw Jack on how he could be a good friend such as ; share with others, help someone when they are hurt, smile, give someone a hug. I was so impressed with the lovely ideas that the children came up with about being a good friend and I think they all show that they are amazing friends in this class.

Keep up the fantastic attitude to learning.

Miss McArdle.