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Class Blog 20th July 2018
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This year has been a great year for Year 1.


They have all worked so very hard and have been a pleasure to teach.


Well done Penguins!


Have a great summer. See you all around school next year.

Class Blog 6th July 2018

Penguin class have had a great week this week.

We had a great visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Tuesday and saw some amazing animals!

We even saw a mixed-up animal called an Okapi!

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It looked like a horse with a zebra's legs!!!

We also saw a rhino, which we remembered was endangered from our learning at the start of the half term.

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Then we had a great talk and had the chance to touch an African snail, a cockroach and a snake!
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Thank you to the parents/grandparents who came with us on the trip.


Next week we continue with our transition days, spending time in our year 2 classes and on Thursday we are having a cultural day in France.

Class Blog 22nd June 2018
This week, Penguin class have continued with the Eric Carle stories and have written their own version of The Mixed-Up Chameleon.
We had The Mixed-Up Zebra, The Mixed-Up Lion and the Mixed-Up Cheetah to name but a few!
It has been great to hear some of the children have been finding Eric Carle stories at home and reading them.
In Maths we have been learning to use the correct language to describe weight and capacity.
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We have been also getting active with a gymnastics and cheer-leading workshop.
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Another great week Penguin Class!
Class Blog 15th June 2018

This week Penguin class have been enjoying stories by Eric Carle.

On Monday and Tuesday we read lots of different books by Eric Carle.

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We liked lots of  his stories, but one of our favourite was The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

So on Thursday we have fun creating our own mixed-up animals!

Here are some of them.

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You can look at some of his books and find out about Eric Carle on his website.



Next week we are going to be writing our own versions of The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

Class Blog 8th June 2018

This week Penguin class has been learning more about money and the value of different coins.

On Monday they worked with a partner to do some shopping! Each pair had a shop window, they chose items to buy and put the correct coins on the window to pay for the item.

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As you can imagine, we liked this activity! Maybe you could practise paying for small items and looking at coins at home too?


In English we have been finding out about Endangered African animals.

We found out that lots of the amazing animals found in Africa are actually under threat.

We then wrote newspaper reports about them.

You can find out about the animals by looking on this website;


Next week we will be reading books by the famous author Eric Carle , who wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If you have any of his books at home, we would love for the children to bring them in to share with the class.

Class Blog 18th May 2018
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We have written our own African folk stories this week. Some of us wrote about How the Cheetah got his Spots, and some of us wrote about How the Elephant got his Trunk. We came up with some wonderful ideas. Mrs Smith and Mrs Horvath loved reading them!


In maths we have been learning about money. We can name and sort different coins, and we can use a selection of coins to make a given amount. 


In D&T we have made an African vegetable soup. We used knives carefully to prepare the vegetables, and we measured out the other ingredients. We tasted the stew and evaluated it. 


We enjoyed dressing in white, red and blue in celebration of the royal wedding on Saturday 19th May. We have done some wedding themed crafts and learned a little about the royal family. 

Class Blog 11th May 2018
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What a lovely bank holiday weekend! We hope that you all enjoyed the sun as much as we did.


We have worked hard in maths this week. We have continued to work on number bonds to 20 by looking at fact families. We know that 2, 18 and 20 are a fact family. Ask us what other families we know. We have also practised giving change from 10p and 20p. 


In English we have recapped on all of our learning this term. We have concentrated on using punctuation when writing sentences, using adjectives to describe, and using conjunctions to join two sentences together. 


We have continued to observe our bean plants in science. Look at them now! They are so tall that they need a stick to give them support. Each day our eco monitor waters them carefully. 


Our papier mache fruits are almost finished so look out for photos on the blog next week. You might be able to spot some on display in our classroom too.  

Class Blog 4th May 2018
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We have written riddles in English this week. Can you read these riddles and guess which African animal we are writing about?


I have a very long body. I eat brown monkeys, pink pigs, deer, small apes, and other animals. I live in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am 8.5 metres long. What am I?


I have a long neck. I eat grass and plants. I live on the grass and a bit of dirt. I am the largest living bird. What am I?


I have a very long trunk. I eat lime coloured grass and leaves. I live on big hills. I can live to about 70 years old. I have two horns (tusks). What am I?


In maths we have been practising number bonds to 20. We know that 6 and 14 make 20. Can you test us on some more at home? Ask us about the Peter Rabbit game too - we loved playing it!


In geography we have been making fact sheets about Kenya and in art we are continuing to make exotic fruits from paper mache. We are looking forward to cooking an African stew next week in D&T. 

Class Blog 27th April 2018
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We have been reading a story called Handa’s Surprise. It is set in Kenya. We have written the story ourselves in English. Please ask us about it as we will love telling you what the surprise at the end of the story is! You can watch the story animation together here:
We have been finding out about Kenya in Geography. We know where it is on a map of Africa and we know that the flag has a shield on it. Ask us what we known about Kenyan life. We can tell you about the housing, the food, and education. 
In Maths we have been finding 1 more and 1 less with numbers up to 100. Some of us have been finding 10 more and 10 less too! 
We made an exotic fruit salad in D&T (food technology) using the fruit from the Handa’s Surprise story. In Art we have started making papier mache fruits for our display. 
Class Blog 20th April 2018
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We have had a lovely week of fun and learning. The sunshine has been an added bonus and we are hoping that it stays out for the weekend. 


We have been learning about acrostic poems in English. Do you know what an acrostic poem is? We wrote our own acrostic poems about African animals. Mrs Horvath was very impressed with them!


In maths we have been learning to count tens and ones up to 100. Many of our parents will know this as tens and units, but we don't call them this anymore. 


We have been planting seeds in science and D&T. We are excited to watch our flowers and our vegetables grow. Look at our fantastic photographs. 


Mrs Smith has been very busy helping us to set up a new role play area. We have a cafe. We have been busy taking orders, setting tables, and preparing food. Perhaps we will be able to set the table for you at home now?

Class Blog 13th April 2018
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We have only just started our learning about Africa but we already know so much about it!


In English we have learned about Africa's geography, wildlife and traditions. We have used this information to write our own Africa information booklets. 


We have been working on place value with numbers up to 100 in maths. You won't believe the maths problems that we have had to solve this week!


During the afternoons we have started some very exciting art and food technology units. Look out for our African art work on our classroom topic display soon. 


We absolutely loved the African drumming workshop! 

Class Blog 23rd March 2018
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What a lovely week of Easter celebrations! 


On Tuesday Reverend Andy came in to talk about the Christian meaning of Easter. We listened really well and asked lots of questions.


We had great fun doing an Easter egg hunt on Thursday. Poppy found the winning egg which was hiding in the spring flowers, but we must give Ben a special mention for helping her. We work as a team in Penguins class! We all took chocolate eggs home in the baskets that we made ourselves. 


On Friday we enjoyed singing for our parents and carers and making Easter cards. 


We wish you all a fantastic Easter. Enjoy the school holidays everyone, we will see you soon for our exciting Taste of Africa topic. 

Class Blog 16th March 2018
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We were all glad to be back in school after the winter weather. What a busy week we have had!


We put on a fantastic class assembly on Tuesday. Thank to everyone that came to support us.


On Wednesday we all dressed up for a delayed celebration of World Book Day. Can you guess who we were? We loved seeing the teachers dressed up too.


Thursday was just as exciting! We all took part in a hoola hoop workshop with John 'The Hoop Guy'. He has been on Britain's Got Talent.


We ended our week with our Mother's Day song assembly and by making beautiful cards to take home. We hope that all of our lovely Birk Hill mum's had a fantastic day of celebrations.

Class Blog 16th February 2018
Happy Chinese New Year! It is now the Year of the Duck.
This week we enjoyed A Day in China. We had a wonderful time learning all about China and the Chinese New Year. We made dragon puppets and lanterns, had a go at writing Chinese symbols, and tried to use chopsticks.
Three ladies from a Chinese dance school in Sheffield came to teach us how to dance with silk and bamboo fans. We were fantastic!
At the end of the day we enjoyed tasting spring rolls and prawn crackers with our friends from The Lions and The Polar Bear classes.
In maths we have been learning how measure using rulers and in English we have written poems about aeroplanes. We can't wait to tell you more about our learning in our class assembly soon.
Class Blog 9th February 2018

It's been another busy week in Penguin class this week.

In Science we have been exploring how magnets are used in games. We had fun playing with the different magnetic games and then talked about which ones we likes the best.

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On Thursday morning, Jack came into school from Dancedaze and taught us some very cool moves in a Street Dance workshop! At the end of the day, we performed them to the rest of the school.
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We have also been learning about fractions of amounts in Maths this week. We are getting really good at finding half and quarters of different numbers.. Ask us to show you how we do it at home! 😊
Class Blog 2nd February 2018

This week Penguin class have been learning about fractions of objects and shapes.

We started finding halves and quarters of hot cross buns. and then moved onto finding halves and quarters of other shapes.

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Yesterday we went to Eckington Comprehensive school and took part in a Key Step Gym session.
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What great gymnastic skills you showed and great manners and behaviour!

Well Done Penguin Class 😊

Class Blog 26th January 2018

This week in Science we have been exploring magnets.

We investigated which types of materials stuck to the magnet and which did not.

We noticed that most metal objects stick to magnets, but other materials like wood and plastic do not.

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In Maths we have been working with bigger numbers. We made numbers using Dienes and have been finding one more and one less than a number to 30, 40 or even 100!

There is a great game to play using Dienes which can help children with understanding larger numbers. Click on the link to play:

Class Blog 19th January 2018

It's been another busy and exciting week in Penguin Class.

We have continued our learning theme, 'Let's Get Moving,' this week and had a special skipping workshop on Tuesday.

We had great fun learning how to skip and learnt some tricks to do with our skipping rope!

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It was great fun! Keep practising that skipping at home Penguin Class!


Our whole school focus this half term is 'Perseverance' and we had a challenge to complete today.

We had to see how big a tower we could build using spaghetti and marshmallows!

It was really tricky and we had to work together and persevere! (and also try not to eat them!)

Look what we managed to build! The tallest tower was 42cm!

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What a fun week!
Class Blog 12th January 2018

We have started our new learning theme this week.

It is called 'Let's get moving!'

In History, we are learning about what toys were like in the past. So if you have any old toys, we would love to see them! 

In Science we have been investigating forces and looking at the forces needed to move toys.

We sorted toys according to whether they were pull, push or twist.

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Well done Penguin class. You worked really well this week! 😊
Class Blog 15th December 2017

Penguin Class have been getting ready for Christmas this week, writing letters to Father Christmas.

We told him what we had would like for Christmas and also what we had been doing to be good this year.

We also thought of questions to ask him about his Reindeer, such as how did Rudolph get his red nose? and how long can the Reindeer fly for?

We hope Father Christmas enjoys reading our letters and will reply soon!


Penguin Class were fantastic elephants in our Christmas play; 'A Present for the Baby.'

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Well done Penguins!
Class Blog 8th December 2017

In Penguin Class this week we have been starting to think about Christmas.

In English we have been retelling the Christmas story.

We also had a special visitor in school on Thursday. Reverend Andy came into class to share the Christmas story with us and answer our questions.

We asked some great questions like: Where did the Shepherds sleep? Did they have pyjamas? How old was Joseph? and How did the wise men know which star the follow?

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Class Blog 1st December 2017
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Penguin Class have been busy learning about houses and homes from the past in our History topic this half term.

We have found out what houses were like in the past and have been comparing them to our houses.

This week, we made models of houses from the past.

Can you tell which house is a Tudor house? Which is a Celt House and which is a Viking, Saxon

and Norman house?

We have also been finding out about wash day in the 1890s. We had a special assembly where we looked and had a go with the old wash day objects. We liked the mangle best!

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Great History learning and exploring this week Penguin Class!
Class Blog 24th November 2017

As part of our History topic, this week Penguin class have been learning about household objects from the past. We loved looking at old household objects and having a go with them!

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In Science, as part of our Materials topic, we have been sorting materials for recycling.
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Class Blog 17th November 2017

Penguin Class have been learning their number bonds to 20 this week.

We used Numicon to find ways of making 20 using different numbers.

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We have also been reading and retelling the story; This is the Bear and the Scary Night By Sarah Hayes.

We have loved this story and are planning to write our own version next week!

Ask us about the story, we would love to tell it to you.

Class Blog 10th November 2017

This week Penguin class have been learning about teen numbers in Maths.

We have been learning about what each digit represents in a teen number, and some of us have been working with much bigger numbers too!

We have been using Dienes, to help us with our learning.

Ask us to show you! We are getting really good at it!


Penguin Class also did really well in our class assembly this week.

Well Done Penguin Class. 😊


Class Blog 3rd November 2017

This week Penguin class have been looking for signs of Autumn.

We went on a leaf hunt around the school and then made pictures and rubbings with the leaves.

We also had great fun playing in the leaves!

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In music this week, we have also been learning an Autumn song.

We look forward to sharing our learning with you in our class assembly next week!

Class Blog 20th October 2017
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On Wednesday it was India Day at Birk Hill.

We had a great day learning about India and making lots of Indian things!

We found out that people in India LOVE to decorate things with colourful patterns!

Here are some of the patterns we made!

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We also had great fun learning Indian dancing with Adeela.

We had such a fantastic day!

Have a great holiday Penguin Class. You have all worked really hard this half term!

I am really proud of you all!

Mrs Smith

Class Blog 13th October 2017
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We have been looking and learning about 2D and 3D shapes this week.

We had a go at making 3D shapes with play dough and some of us went on a shape hunt around school.

Maybe you could go on a shape hunt at home? ...How many different shapes can you find and name? Mrs Smith would love to see and hear about what you find!

We have also been writing instructions for making Crispy cake! We did really well. Ask us how to do it and I am sure we could all tell you!

Class Blog 6th October 2017
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This week Penguin Class visited St Peter and St Paul's church in Eckington.

Reverend Andy Walker told us about the church.

We learnt about the special objects and symbols within the church.

It was a long walk, but worth it! The children loved looking around the church.


Class Blog 29th September 2017
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This week Penguin class have been busy with The Enormous Turnip Story.

In science we tested different materials to see which would make the best rope to pull the

enormous turnip out of the ground.

We found that the fabric and metal ropes worked the best!

Sadly the paper rope just snapped!

Jamie made a great turnip!!!

You can read the story of The Enormous Turnip by following the link below.

Class Blog 22nd September 2017
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This week Penguin class have been on a learning walk around Eckington.

We were super spotters and found lots of interesting buildings around Eckington.

We even watched some workmen painting markings on the road and saw four para-gliders!