Welcome to the Scotland Year 1 Class Page. Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.
Thursday 13th May
In our Art lessons this week we have been learning some more about Aboriginal art. This was linked with our Geography topic about Sydney, Australia.
Last week during Art, we learnt about the 'Dreamtime' and what it meant. We were able to create some dot pictures using paint. We used cotton buds to make the dots on the paper.
This week we linked our art work with English. We have looked more closely at the symbols that the Aboriginal people use when telling their traditional stories. We were then able to think of our own stories using these symbols.
We drew the stories in our Art books. We were also able to tell our friends what happened in our stories.
Have a look at our stories below - what do you think the symbols mean?
Friday 7th May
We have had a super week learning in Scotland learning some 'chant' poems. We had the opportunity to look at lots of different poems and then we had to practice being able to recite them.
We are thinking about the importance of Oracy and why it is so important to be able to speak clearly to each other. In Scotland, we also looked at the importance of being able to read with an engaging voice to ensure that people enjoyed what we were reciting.
We really enjoyed reciting some of the silly poems that we had chosen and we have really enjoyed having lots of different poems read to us this week as well.
Attached below is our performance clip of us reciting the poem 'Popcorn'. Enjoy - although it might make you want to eat hot popcorn!
Friday 30th April
Another fantastic week in Scotland class. We have been learning so many different things.
This week, I really want to celebrate how well the children are working with their work partners.
Every week, the children have a new work partner to work with for the week. During our work times, the children will sit with their partner and talk about the work we are doing. It has been fantastic to see how the conversations are developing as the children are building up their confidence to talk.
In Maths lessons especially, there are lots of opportunities for the children to discuss answers to questions posed by the teacher. In their work pairs they are able to discuss and talk about their answers. It has been great to see the children thinking about their reasoning and discussing their points of view.
Well done Super Scotland - who will your partner be next week?
Friday 23rd April
Wow - what an amazing week we have had in Scotland! Everyone has come back full of beans and ready for our Summer Term. It has been really great to see so many smiling faces.
We have been continuing with our musical journey with composing. Last term we looked at how to compose music using untuned instruments - so leading on from that we have ben looking at how to compose music using tuned instruments.
With our work partners we each had three different chime bars to use. First, we had the opportunity to investigate how the chime bars would sound when we played them. Next, we had to try to put the three different notes into a nicely sounding composition.
We used a 4 x 4 grid to write our music notes on. Finally we played our compositions to each other. As our grids were 4 x 4 we were able to turn our books around to play the notes in a different order.
We had a really brilliant time! Who knows where our musical talents might lead us?
We have had a really fun week in school. We have done lots of fun Easter activities.
The Easter Bunny even came to visit us and left us an exciting trail to follow to find an Easter treat. It was so exciting following all of the clues. The children were very excited to find the chocolate treat and of course - eat it!
In RE lessons we learnt all about the Easter Story and found out why it is so important to Christians around the world.
We have enjoyed looking at the Open The Book assemblies that have been prepared for us by The Holy Spirt team.
Another assembly we enjoyed was from Sam, the children's worker from the Methodist church, who told us the Easter Story using chocolate bars. We gave ourselves a challenge to count how many chocolate bars were mentioned and there were 31!
I hope that the Easter Bunny comes to visit all of Super Scotland over the Easter holidays.
We have worked particularly hard with our Maths work this week. We have been using the Base Ten equipment to learn all about tens and ones. We had to find out how many ones were in one ten. Then we challenged ourselves to find out how we could split 2 digit numbers in to both tens and ones.
We used out tens and ones frames to split up the tens and ones practically first and then we had to write down the number we had made. We then played a game to challenge our work partners to make a tens and ones number and our partner had to write it down and we had to check if they were correct.
In Computing this week we have had a really fun time using a new program on the iPads to create some multimedia presentations. We worked in pairs to talk about what we needed to add to make our presentations.
The program we used is called 2 Create A Story. Using this app, the children were able to add a background, some music and animations. We learned how to use all of the different parts of the program and then had some free time to investigate what we could make.
There were giggles heard from all around the classroom as Super Scotland learned how to animate their drawings. It was really amazing to see what the children could do. Some pairs even composed their own music to go with their multimedia presentation.
At the end of the session, the children learned how to save their presentation ready for next week when they will be learning how to add text to their presentation.
Well done Super Scotland you have had another fantastic week!
We have had such a brilliant week in Super Scotland!
It has been so nice to have everyone back together enjoying seeing friends and talking about all the things that have happened since we last were able to see other - birthdays, new sisters and riding bikes without stabilisers - to name just a few things!
We have busy learning about Neil Armstrong and why he was so important. We were able to place him on our class timeline.
Linked to Neil Armstrong our Design and Technology task this week was to use our cutting skills to create a 3D rocket. We found it quite challenging to cut out all of the rocket pieces and then fix them together. We had to use our Growth Mindset skills to be resilient to keep going when the challenge was tricky. As you will see from the attached photos we has to concentrate quite carefully not to cut out the wrong pieces! There were also some huge smiles when we got the rocket pieces to go together and we ended up with a finished rocket!
Well done Super Scotland - it has been a busy, fantastic week back to school. You are all amazing!
We have had a really busy week in Scotland class this week. We are all bursting with Christmas Spirit!
We really enjoyed the Pantomime Sleeping Beauty earlier in the week - laughing along at jokes and being amazed at The Great Cheatini's mind reading tricks!
We had a visit from some elves on Wednesday who left us some treats for Christmas. The Christmas party was fantastic on Thursday - dancing and playing lots and lots of party games.
We watched The Emperor's New Clothes pantomime from The Northern Stage this morning too!
Scotland class have been absolutely amazing during this very different school term. I wish them all a very happy and restful Christmas!
Friday 11th December
We have had a very festive week in Year One. It has been our Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day. Everyone looked absolutely amazing - all the different jumpers, t-shirts and dresses were incredible to see. It is amazing how many different designs there are! We have really enjoyed designing our own Christmas jumpers - although the ones with holly on looked a little spiky to wear!
As part of a challenge sent to us from the Gateshead School Sports Partnership, we have been talking lot about kindness and what it means to be kind to others. We have been looking out for acts of kindness in our classroom. When someone has done something kind for us we are then able to put a kindness star on our Christmas tree. As you can see from the photo below we have quite a lot of stars on there already. We have some very kind children in 'Super Scotland' who are always looking out for each other.
Friday 4th December
This week in Scotland we have been learning all about King Henry the Eighth in our History lessons. We learnt a few facts about his life and some of the things that he did. Our main focus for learning was the fact that he had six wives. We had a lot of fun learning the rhyme that helped us to know what had happened to them all.
'Divorced, beheaded and died, divorced, beheaded, survived!'
We added some actions too, to help us with our rhyme.
It was great to do some role play with the children who took on the roles of Henry and his wives to help us to consolidate the learning. We thought it was a bit mean that Henry said that one of his wives looked like a horse! I was very impressed that the children were able to know the names and the order of the wives. The could also tell each other what had happened to them.
Another super week for Super Scotland!
Friday 27th November
On Wednesday afternoon we learned about the artist Joan Miro. We found out that he was from Spain. We really enjoyed looking at some of his sculptures, paintings and drawings. We looked at how we thought that he might have made some of his pictures. We thought we would like to make some of own own pictures using colour pencils and pencils.
As you can see from the selection of work in the picture below we were amazing!
He was from Spain. Ella P
He drew some nice pictures. Molly
He used blue, yellow, red, green and black. Isla
He drew lines with spots on at the end. Amelia
He drew stars. Cub
He drew patterns. Holly
Friday 20th November
In Scotland class we love our 'Jigsaw' lessons. It is an opportunity each week to be able to come together and talk. We cover lots of different learning over the course of the year but at the moment we are learning about how we are the same and how we are different.
Last week we made a gingerbread person that looked like us. We then designed a top for 'us' that contains all the things that we could think of that made us the same as someone else.
Jigsaw Jack has been talking to us about differences this week. We came up with so many ideas of what set us apart from our friends in Scoltand class.
Joshua said we were all different heights.
Isla said that her friend had freckles but that she didn't.
Rowan said that he had adult teeth but his friend didn't have any yet.
It was great to talk about our differences and celebrate them.
Well done Scotland another super week!
Friday 13th November
We have had an amazing week in Scotland.in particular we really enjoyed our Computing lesson this week.
We are learning all about algorithms and how to programme a computer. The computers we used are called Beebots. The children thought that they looked like a lot of fun.
We had to think about what the controls might mean on the top of the Beebot and how these might enable the robot to move. We had to guess how far we thought that the Beebot might move in one forward movement. We then learnt how to programme the Beebot to move forwards to a certain point marked out on the carpet. It was really fun to see how good we were at estimating distance.
We then had to get the Beebot to go through a tunnel. After we had mastered going forward we then had to master getting the Beebot to go forwards and backwards through a tunnel.
We had such a fun afternoon programming out Beebots - we can't wait to see what we are going to with them next!
Hello everyone. I cannot believe that we are already at half term! The children have settled so well into a new class with all the new routines. I am so very proud of them all. They have all been absolutely amazing. You really are super Scotland!
We wanted to share with you some of our Art work this week. We have been learning about the artist Louise Moillon - a French artist who was born in 1610. We learnt about her life and looked at some of her still life drawing and paintings.
We talked about light and shade and how we could make different marks on paper using just our pencils. We then arranged some fruit on our work tables and did some still life drawings.
We had a really nice time trying to recreate the fruit we could see in front of us.
Well done Scotland class - enjoy a nice rest over half term.
We have been working incredibly hard in Maths tasks this week.
We have had to look at ordering numbers from greatest to smallest and then we flipped this around to order numbers from smallest to greatest. We had to be careful not to catch each other out and we had to read the questions carefully.
We used lots of manipulatives to help us with our tasks - counters, cubes, Numicon and tens frames. We found that if we put the numbers on tens frames we could see which were the greatest and smallest numbers more easily.
After that, we learned about Ordinal numbers. We talked about how you might be put in order in a race situation. We practiced our racing at playtime. We also put ourselves in class order and counted the order all the way to 30!
Well done my super Scotland mathmagicians!
Friday 9th October
What another amazing week we have had this week. We have learnt so much! It's hard to believe that the children have been in Year One for such a short time - they are doing so amazingly well.
This week in Geography our focus was all about London. We had a look at where our capital city was using Google earth. We then had a close look using a webcam. Evan commented on how quiet the streets were. He though that this was due to the Coronavirus. The children were able to spot human and physical features of London.
Following this lesson we had lots of fun making an opening London Bridge model using levers. The children investigated how to get their bridge to open using cardboard for the upright towers and then used split pins to make the road raise to let ships pass underneath. Everyone was able to make a working model.
Well done Super Scotland!
Friday 2nd October
This week we have been incredibly busy learning all about how to keep ourselves safe on the internet. We have been looking at how to use websites.
We looked at what we should do if something pops up on our screen that we don't like and that might make us worry. We talked about what we could do to keep ourselves safe. We looked for the home button and the back button on the ipad. Mrs. Lawrence explained that if we saw something we didn't like or a 'pop up' appeared on our screen we could use these buttons to hide the image while we went to get help from our grown up.
We used our class ipads to access a website called Infant Encyclopedia. We talked about things that we might find on this website and played an eye spy game to look for features on the website.
We then played a game where Mrs. Lawrence held up a worried face and when the children saw this they had to use the back button or the home button to hide their screen.
Everyone in Scotland class was amazing at using these buttons and we all know how to keep ourselves safe on the internet.
Fantastic learning Scotland!
Friday 25th September
Wow! What an amazing week we have had in Year One - it has been so busy! I have been very impressed with how well the children are doing with all of the routines in our class. They have all been amazing!
I would really like to celebrate the work we have done in Science today. In Year One, we have to study seasonal changes. We had a lovely clip of the different seasons to watch and then we were confidently able to identify which season was being shown. We were so good with our seasons work that Miss Armstrong was able to ask us some tricky questions in our virtual assembly this afternoon about the seasons and we got the answers correct!
We are all super scientists and are already looking forward to our science lesson next week.
Well done 'Super Scotland.'
Thursday 17th September
Welcome to our class page that will keep you up to date with all of the things that we have been getting up to in Scotland this year.
We have had a really busy week settling into our new class and learning all of our new routines. I have to say I have been really impressed by how well all the children have come into Year One. It is a big transition for them, but they are all doing really well.
We have been playing lots of getting to know you games which has been lots of fun! We have made some super soap puppets to help us remember how important it it to keep washing our hands. We have also made a mood monster that has helped us to talk a lot about our feelings during these tricky times. These were all sorts of different colours - we even had some rainbow ones!
Well done on your first week in Year One - I am really looking forward to a great year with our super Scotland class!
Privacy and Cookies Policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
manually inputted details of users added to the platform
details of users as integrated by our providers at Wonde via your MIS (if applicable to your package). For further information on integrated data please see our Data Sharing Agreement
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
3. Using your personal information
3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by online service providers in order to (for example) make their websites or services work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.
Cookies set by the website owner or service provider (in this case, eSchools) are called “first party cookies”. Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website or service you are using (such as advertising, interactive content and analytics). The third parties that set these third party cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website or service in question and also when it visits certain other websites or services.
We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools, will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with their school website.
User Embedded Content
Our Services allows schools to embed code which may potentially contain cookies. Please note embedded content, if displayed on one of our websites, has been added by the school and not by eSchools. The embedded content added by the school may require additional cookies or tracking technologies to be enabled in order to function.
How can I control cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. Be aware that cookie preferences are set on a per device basis; therefore you may need to set your preferences on each device you use.
Initial cookie pop-up banner: You can exercise preferences about what cookies are served on our Websites by selecting your preference from this modal which appears upon visiting an eSchools website/login screen and dashboard. You can also change your cookie preferences by clicking on the link on the footer of any page. The banner will reappear annually (August 31st to coincide with the academic year) to confirm your settings.
Disabling Most Interest Based Advertising: Most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of Interest Based Advertising. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing. If you would like to find out more information, please visit aboutads.info/choices or youronlinechoices.com.
Mobile Advertising: You can opt out of having your mobile advertising identifiers used for certain types of Interest Based Advertising, by accessing the settings on your Apple or Android mobile device and following the most recent published instructions. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
How often will you update this Cookie Statement?
Where can I get further information?