Fox Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 6TH

01246 823324

Scarcliffe Primary School

Strive to Shine

Our class is Reception and Year 1 pupils with Miss Baldwin as Class Teacher and Miss Sidwell and Miss Moorley as Teaching Assistants. Mrs Wilson also supports us in Class 1 for two afternoons per week.

This class page is designed to give readers a brief overview of what we are covering in class. We share more detailed information about what we get up to using the Class Dojo app. Parents can request login details via their child's class teacher.

Summer 2

This term's topic is 'Healthy Bodies; Healthy Minds'! We will be:

  • exploring, designing, making and evaluating our own healthy fruit salads in D.T. including safety, hygiene, washing, feeling, chopping and pouring skills.
  • writing instructions for how to make a healthy fruit salad (and instructions for our own games too!)
  • learning about the changes to our bodies and the way that we feel when we exercise in P.E.
  • discussing our feelings, how we can help to deal with them and who you can talk to in P.S.H.E.
  • learning all about the importance of physical exercise and a healthy diet for good health in Science as well as ways to keep healthy and safe (such as tooth brushing, hand washing, screen time, sleep routine and being a safe pedestrian.)

Please see the Knowledge Organiser below for this term's key topic learning and the Learning Journey outlining the sequence of teaching for this topic. 

Summer 1

This term's topic is 'Weather'! We will be:

  • naming different weathers and answering questions about the weather.
  • keeping a weather chart.
  • explaining features of a hot and cold place.
  • explaining how the weather changes with each season.
  • identifying clothing depending on where we are in the world and different seasons.
  • recapping and extending our learning about the countries of UK and towns and cities from our Scarcliffe topic in Autumn 1.
  • taking part in role play in the 'Weather Station'.
  • writing a weather report to inform.
  • presenting our weather reports and recording them.
  • listening, commenting on and answering questions about weather sounds in music.
  • giving our own opinions about how the music makes us feel.
  • using and making instruments to create weather sounds.
  • learning all about the seasons in Science.

Please see the Knowledge Organiser below for this term's key topic learning and the Learning Journey outlining the sequence of teaching for this topic. 

Spring 2

This term's topic is 'Explorers and Space'. We will be:

  • finding out about explorers.
  • taking part in role play in the 'space station'.
  • researching and finding out about space using books, the internet and atlases.
  • learning about different space explorers including Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Helen Sharman and Tim Peake.
  • writing letters to space explorers.
  • creating paper mache planets sculptures and exploring mixing colours to decorate them in art.
  • learning all about the human body and senses in Science.
  • continuing our work on numbers and place value to 50 and addition and subtraction in maths.

Please see the Knowledge Organiser below for this term's key topic learning and the Learning Journey outlining the sequence of teaching for this topic.

Underneath that is this term's Knowledge Organiser for Science all about the human body and senses.

Spring 1

This term's topic is 'Dinosaurs'. We will be:

  • finding out about the history of dinosaurs, names of different dinosaurs, what they ate, fossils and Mary Anning!
  • reading fiction and non-fiction books involving dinosaurs.
  • researching and writing fact files about dinosaurs.
  • taking part in role play in the 'dinosaur den' and the 'dinosaur museum'.
  • digging for 'dinosaur' bones and fossils!
  • working with clay and other mouldable materials and making our own fossils and bones.
  • programming Beebots and making our own dinosaur themed mats for them to explore, in Computing.
  • completing our work on numbers and place value, addition and subtraction, in maths.

Please see the Knowledge Organiser below for this term's key topic learning and the Learning Journey outlining the sequence of teaching for this topic.

Our focus author this term is... John Burningham! We will be reading texts like 'Mr Grumpy's Outing' and 'Get Off Our Train!'

Autumn 2

This term's topic is 'Once Upon a Time'. We will be:

  • learning about traditional tales.
  • sharing traditional tales by listening to them, reading and watching them.
  • focusing on the stories of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • learning to retell stories through drama and role play.
  • writing stories based on our focus texts.
  •  learning about the beginning, middle and end of stories.
  • creating a class library of our own books.
  • listening to sounds in music and linking them to parts of a story.
  • printing in art to create a setting.
  • creating digital artwork linked to a setting in computing.
  • learning all about everyday materials in science. 
  • learning about the Christmas story in RE and recording a KS1 nativity.

Please see the Knowledge Organiser below for this term's key topic learning.

Underneath that is this term's Knowledge Organiser for Science all about materials.

Our focus author this term is... Oliver Jeffers! We will be reading texts like 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy'.

Autumn 1

Welcome all new starters to our class and school and welcome back Year 1s to class 1.

This term's topic is 'Know Your Place: Scarcliffe'. We will be:

  • learning all about where we live and where we go to school.
  • role playing in our 'home corner' and 'school' role play areas.
  • learning about the UK and mapping our local area (school grounds and village).
  • using maps to follow directions and describe positions and begin to read symbols.
  • going on a walk around the village and taking photographs using an iPad.
  • beginning to write labels, captions and sentences for photographs taken on our walk in English.
  • constructing houses out of junk modelling items in Design and Technology.
  • reading and writing letters/postcards comparing places.
  • learning all about animals in Science.

Please see the Knowledge Organiser below for this term's key topic learning.

Underneath that is this term's Knowledge Organiser for Science all about animals.

Our focus author this term is... Pat Hutchins! We will be reading texts like 'Rosie's Walk' and 'We're Going on a Picnic'.

Spring 2

This term we are learning all about 'Africa!' We will be:

  • becoming explorers in our role play area to learn all about Africa.
  • finding out all about the geography of Africa.
  • exploring what life is like for people in Africa and diversity.
  • writing postcards/letters about Africa.
  • exploring African animals linked to science.
  • creating our own fact files about African animals.
  • writing our own stories based on Handa's Surprise.
  • learning an African inspired dance and song.
  • creating artwork linked to Africa including patterns.
  • learning all about plants in science.

Our focus author this term is... David McKee! We will be reading some of his texts, particularly his Elmer books.

Spring 1

This term we are learning all about 'The Weather!' We will be:

  • finding out all about different weathers.
  • creating weather forecasts in our role play area and recording them.
  • designing and making our own shelters to protect us from extreme weathers.
  • investigating different weathers and seasonal changes in science.
  • recording the daily weather.
  • learning about poetry and rhyme in English as well as reading fiction and non-fiction texts about the weather.

Our focus author this term is... Nick Butterworth! We will be reading some of his texts, particularly the Percy the Park Keeper series.

Autumn 2

This term our topic is all about 'Castles and Knights'. We will be:

  • creating our own props for our castle in class.
  • reading and learning all about fairy tales like 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.
  • watching the 'Jack and the Beanstalk' pantomime.
  • planting our own 'magic bean seeds' and watching them grow!
  • learning all about story settings, particularly castles.
  • finding out about castles in history and our local Bolsover Castle.
  • using the knowledge and experience gained on our class trip to Bolsover Castle before half term to inform our learning this term.
  • painting landscapes and creating a range of artwork with the theme of castles, particularly focusing on shapes.
  • role playing in our castle in class and our Jack and the Beanstalk role play outside.

Autumn 1

Welcome all new starters to our class and school and welcome back Year 1s to class 1.

Our topic this term is 'Helping Hands'! We will be:

  • finding out about people who help us; at home, in school and in the local and wider community.
  • reading and writing information texts about people who help us and instructions to keep ourselves and others safe.
  • learning about healthy living and humans in science, all about keeping ourselves clean and healthy.
  • investigating various artist's work to inform us when creating our own self portraits, including the work of Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.
  • researching information about Florence Nightingale, linked to our people who help us topic and history.
  • learning all about numbers and place value in maths.
  • learning about online safety in computing.

Summer 2

This term our topic is 'Let's go on holiday!'

We will be:
•discussing holidays we have been on.
•plotting places we have been onto a world map.
•bringing in postcards from places where we have been on holiday.
•finding out about family members holidays from the past.
•comparing holidays now and in the past.
•role playing in the Travel Agents in class and Airport role play outside.
•making moving pictures linked to the seaside, using levers, sliders and flaps.

Please remember class 1 parents/carers are welcome to come along on our visit to Cleethorpes on Tuesday 11th June! Please just speak to a member of staff.

Summer 1

After the Easter holidays, we will be learning all about SUPERHEROES!

We will be:

  • reading and writing stories linked to Supertato.
  • learning about famous superheroes.
  • exploring what it takes to be a hero.
  • investigating real life heroes in the local community.
  • finding out about heroes in history.
  • thinking about what super powers we would like and why linked to helping others.
  • role playing in the Superhero Rescue Centre in class.
  • practicing simple sewing skills and techniques.
  • learning about plants and growing in science as well as in the Garden Centre role play outside.

Spring 1

We hope you have had a relaxing Christmas holiday.

Our new topic for this term is 'Let's go into Outer Space!'

We will be:

  • reading and role playing space stories such as 'Aliens Love Underpants', 'Whatever Next!', 'The Way Back Home', 'Toys in Space' etc.
  • following clues to help find an alien that has got lost and help him to find his way back home to space, linked to the Aliens Love Underpants text.
  • setting up a space station.
  • reading and writing space fact files and instructions texts.
  • designing and making our own space role play props.
  • designing and making planets in small groups and pairs.
  • creating space artwork, contrasting light and dark.
  • finding out information about space exploration, including animals in space!
  • investigating habitats and animals in science.

Autumn 2

This term we are learning all about 'Pirates and Princesses'!

We will be:

  • starting off our topic with a visit from a pirate who has hidden some treasure that we must find on a treasure hunt!
  • designing and making our own model boats and testing whether they float or sink.
  • learning about the history of pirates and famous pirates like Blackbeard.
  • making and using treasure maps and learning about directions.
  • reading texts about pirates like 'The Night Pirates' and 'Pirates Love Underpants'.
  • exploring traditional tales linked to princes and princesses.
  • going to Mansfield Palace Theatre to see a pantomime.
  • ending our topic by making our own treasure hunt with questions all about our topic learning, which we will invite parents to!

Questions we will be investigating are:

  • Who are pirates?
  • Is what we know about pirates true or false?
  • What does it take to become a famous pirate?
  • Where do we live? (linked to maps)
  • How can a pirate find their treasure?

Autumn 1

Welcome all new starters to our class and school and welcome back Year 1s to class 1.

Our new topic for this term is 'Transport'. We will be:

  • finding out about everyday materials in science, using different materials to build vehicles with our parents and carers.
  • tyre printing and exploring using creative materials in art.
  • mapping a journey in geography.
  • investigating new and old transport and the history of transport.
  • exploring sounds and singing transport songs in music.
  • learning about road safety.

Summer 1

Our topic this term is 'On the Farm'! We will be:

  • continuing our learning about animals and their habitats.
  • finding out about plants and trees around us and growing plants.
  • learning about healthy eating and being healthy.
  • involved in role play in our Farm Shop, Flower Shop and Healthy Eating Cafe throughout the term.
  • reading texts such as 'Farmer Duck' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and creating our own stories.
  • reading non-fiction texts about plants and writing our own instructions for growing plants.

Spring 2

This term we are learning all about 'Amazing Animals!' We will be:

  • finding out all about animals and their habitats.
  • having eggs in our classroom and watch them hatch into chicks to find out all about life cycles.
  • going on a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to be up close and hands on to different animals.
  • role playing being vets and at an animal rescue centre.
  • reading texts such as 'Rosie's Walk' and 'Dear Zoo' and creating our own stories around animals.

Autumn 1

Welcome all new starters to our class and school and welcome back Year 1s to class 1.

Our new topic for this term is 'The Great Fire of London'. We will be:

  • finding out information about the Great Fire of London.
  • investigating materials and textures.
  • exploring and experimenting with colours, mixing colours and making fire artwork.
  • role playing in our fire station in class.
  • exploring sounds and listening carefully in music.
  • learning our school and class rules.

Our topics this year are:

  • Autumn 1 - 'Know Your Place: Scarcliffe'
  • Autumn 2 - 'Once Upon a Time: Traditional Tales'
  • Spring 1 - 'Time Travel: Dinosaurs'
  • Spring 2 - Explorers - Space: Neil Armstrong'
  • Summer 1 - 'The UK and Weather'
  • Summer 2 - 'Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds'

Class 1 - Events in the Past

Below are some of the events that took place when some of our older children were with us in Class 1.  How you have grown!

Seaside Stay and Play Morning

Another big thank you is in order to all parents and grandparents who attended our stay and play morning on Friday 16th June. There was lots of parent-child interaction, with both the children and adults taking part in activities linked to our Seaside topic.

Tesco Farm to Fork

Class 1 children had a fantastic morning at Tesco, learning all about where our food comes from. They tried a variety of fruits and vegetables and cheeses, went behind the scenes to see how bread is made in the bakery, went to the fishmonger and even went into the freezer!

Superhero Stay and Play Morning

A big thank you to all parents and grandparents who came to our Superhero Stay and Play Morning on the first Friday of this term. Both the adults and children had lots of fun playing together in class choosing activities linked to our new topic!

Caterpillars to Butterflies!

In Class 1 this term we have been learning about animals and life cycles. We have watched the life cycle of caterpillars changing into butterflies. A pupil in Class 1 and their parents kindly looked after the caterpillars over Easter and photographed their transformation into beautiful butterflies. Take a look at the pictures here!

Baby Dinosaurs Workshop

To end our topic all about dinosaurs, two dinosaur experts visited our school with a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex and a baby Triceratops. The children had a fantastic afternoon asking the experts lots of questions. They got to carefully stroke the baby dinosaurs too! 

Dinosaurs in Scarcliffe Primary School

This week we have been reading the story 'Dinosaurs in my School'. After a dinosaur appeared in class 1 on Monday, we went in search of any more on Tuesday. We found that lots of different dinosaurs had made a mess and caused havoc around the school, in the hall, in the garden, on the playground and on the nomo outside. On Wednesday we went to tell Mrs Longmate, our head teacher, about the dinosaurs in school and show her photos of the mess they had made. When we went to her office we found that she had turned into a dinosaur! All morning the children thought of spells, wrote letters and made posters to help her to turn back to normal. Luckily by lunchtime Mrs Longmate was no longer a dinosaur. All of the children have been really eager to write stories linked to our dinosaur adventures this week.

Dinosaur in Class 1!

Today in class 1 a dinosaur appeared... Children wrote and drew sketches of the dinosaur in our class. They thought it might have come from a Museum or from under our school! The children have started to write some lovely stories about the dinosaur in our school.

A year 2 pupil from class 2 came into our class this afternoon in the role of a dinosaur expert. The children had lots of questions for him to answer and really enjoyed listening to him explain about why he wants to be a paleontologist when he is older!

Dinosaur Dig!

This week to start off our new topic all about dinosaurs we received a envelope addressed to class one from an archaeologist from the Natural History Museum. It contained a letter and a bone found in our school garden. We were asked to help find other evidence in the school garden of dinosaurs living millions of years ago. We used trowels and brushes to carefully look for evidence. We found bones and fossils! We have been finding, looking carefully and cleaning up the evidence in our trays during continuous provision.

Balance Bikes

In the Spring term all of the reception children had a fantastic time developing their balance bike skills!

Autumn Exploring and Artwork

On Monday 31st October, after half term, the children had collected Autumn nature items which they explored the textures and colours of. They then created some beautiful nature artwork using the Autumn nature items based on artist'work.

The day PC Kat came to visit

On Tuesday 18th October PC Kat came to visit class 1 and did a workshop with the children about traffic and road safety linked to their transport topic. They discussed being safe around roads and wearing bright colours to be seen and to be safe. The children then got to explore a police car and the objects in the car linked to road safety. They really enjoyed their morning of learning and learnt lots of new information and tried lots new experiences.

Class 1's Completed Soapboxes

Trip to Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood

On Thursday 12th May class 1 and 2 children went on a trip to Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood. We learnt lots about old toys and teddy bears. We also played with old toys, looked around the museum, had a teddy bear workshop and even climbed a chimney! We had a lovely day!

Class One's Teddy Bears Picnic

This week class 1 have been reading stories about teddy bears and we have compared old and new teddy bears. The children have wrote about their favourite teddy and they have written invitations for them to come to our picnic on Friday. The children took the invitations they had written for their teddies home on Thursday and then brought in their teddies on Friday. We wrote name tags for our bears so that they wouldn't get lost. All of the teddy bears and children had a lovely time at the picnic.

Dogger is Lost!

In class 1 we have been reading the story 'Dogger'. At the beginning of the week we lost our class dog called 'Dogger' so we wrote lost posters and put them around the school to try and find him. The next morning when the children came into class he had left footprints so we wrote letters to him to ask him to come back to class. Finally he came back to class one because one of the children suggested that we put dog food down to tempt him back to class!

Class 1 are going on a bear hunt!

We have read the story 'We're going on a bear hunt!' and even been on our own bear hunt around the school grounds. The children have enjoyed making up their own stories and songs using the language from the story.

Soapbox Derby Workshop

Three Soapbox Derby experts from Scarcliffe village came to school to show us their vehicles and share their knowledge with the children. This has helped us with our own vehicle designs in class for our Scarcliffe Mini Soapbox Derby.

Class 1 Rowing to Rio!

Class 1 had a lovely afternoon in the hall helping with our school's effort of 'Rowing to Rio'. Class 4 children helped us to practice our rowing skills and record our distances.

School Chickens in the Garden

Our little chicks are now about 7 weeks old and have been spending more time in their run in the school garden. Lola, Pip and Dee have been having a great time exploring their new and bigger environment. We keep going to check on them to make sure they are happy and have what they need.

Nature Artwork for the Art Exhibition

For Scarcliffe Primary School's Art Exhibition, Class 1 produced nature collages in the style of Andy Goldsworthy's artwork.

Constructing our own vehicles

On Friday afternoon with Mrs Wigley and Miss Horsley, the children have been investigating using construction kits to make their own moving vehicles. They even tested their vehicles on a ramp!

Testing our model vehicles!

Whilst testing our model vehicles we used a ramp outside to see how far and how fast they could travel. This is one child's 'car with wings' being tested!