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    Going On a Jungle Safari!!

This half term we are learning about:

  • How to write a letter and explain what has happened in a story.
  • How to use globes and atlases to find different countries.
  • How to use a map to help find a destination.
  • How to write a diary of children in Africa.
  • How children in Africa live differently to those in England.
  • How to re create a story using story maps.
  • How to write a character description focusing on their looks and feelings.
  • How to create and sew their own animal finger puppets.
  • Different animals in their habitats.
  • Different animals and the safari food chains.
  • How to write an invitation to an event.
  • How to write and follow instructions to make a fruit smoothie.
  • How to compare different oceans of the world and explore use of colours.
  • How to research and write a fact file.
  • How to write setting descriptions based on a story they are reading.
  • How to write a review about their trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
  • How to write rhyming couplets.
  • How to begin using speech bubbles in their writing.      
  • How to explore and evaluate projects.
  • How living closer to the equator effects weather in different countries.


The children will be:

  • Investigating what has happened to Handa and the stolen fruit.
  • To research and taste a variety of fruits from the story Handa’s Surprise.
  • Creating and later evaluating their own fruit smoothie.
  • Designing their own fruit basket.
  • Going on an adventure to an elephant habitat, using their map skills to find the destination.    
  • Making their own animal finger puppets.
  • Thinking about what equipment they would need to go onto a jungle safari. What vehicles would they drive? What animals would they encounter?
  • Imagining what it would be like for a child their age living in Africa.
  • Creating a fact file on Africa.
  • Going to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to learn about and see different animals.
  • Imagining they are roaming through a jungle.
  • Designing and selling their own Elmer styled coats.
  • Independently creating and writing their own story using their imagination.
  • Excited to learn the song of the half term is The Circle of Life.
  • Excited for the parental involvement day of sewing Elmer a larger patchwork quilt.


You can help your child at home by:


  • Listening to your child read on a regular basis and asking questions about the book.
  • Encouraging your children to practise writing sentences or stories using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
  • Helping your child to learn their tricky and high frequency words.
  • Talking to your child about the environment they live in and how it is different from other places.
  • Asking about what they have learnt that day to recap their learning.


The letter from Handa...Who is Handa? 
On Monday the children received a letter from a little girl called Handa. She needed our help. She had picked 7 tasty fruits for her friend Akeyo and when she arrived the fruit had gone missing. Handa asked us to find out what had happened to her missing fruit!
The children investigated and found out that 7 different animals had stolen fruit from Handa's basket whilst she was walking to her friend Akeyo's. The children wrote Handa a letter to explain. 

Later in the week, the children learnt what a 'noun phrase' was and how to use one. The children used their senses to describe the fruit from the story and their wrote their WOW words down to create some brilliant expanded noun phrases!


Here were some of our examples- 


'The monkey stole the soft mushy banana.'

'The giraffe stole the sharp spiky pineapple'

'The ostrich stole the smooth red mango' 

Tasting the fruit from Handa's Basket...

As our DT project this half term the children are going to be teaching Handa how to make fruit smoothies. This week during DT the children have been tasting a variety of fruits from the story Handa’s Surprise. The children have been evaluating their taste, texture and discussing their preference and reasoning why.   Most children had never tried mango or pineapple before and were all excited and willing to try something new. The children were all excited, engaged and enjoyed eating all the fruit. Well done Year 1!

Where is the world does Handa Live?

This week the children have been learning all about maps. They have learnt where Africa is on the map and the distance between Africa and England. They have learnt what a map is and its purpose. The children also looked at globes and maps from a different viewpoints.  The children learnt Africa is a continent and is made up of 57 countries. Linking back to our learning adventure and the story Handa’s Surprise they also learnt about Kenya, a country in Africa and also located it on the map. Well done Year 1, you did great today!


This week during RE the children have been discussing days of the week and sharing fun stories about which day is their favourite and why.  The children have been listening to their friends and valuing their different reasons. As a class we annotated a days of the week wheel and wrote our reasons. Later on in RE children will be learning to emphasise with Jewish children by understanding what activities they do on certain days of the week, focusing on Shabbat. The children were really engaged and enjoyed listening to one another in RE. Well done Year 1.


This week during PSHE the children having been learning all about feelings. They have learnt the new meaning of ‘emotion’. During the lesson the children identified a variety of emotions and acted them out. They worked in partners and explored how a face expression can show different feelings. After we discussed different situations and identified that people may feel differently about the same situation. The children enjoyed acting and showing different emotions and were really engaged in the lesson. Well done Year 1.

A surprise visitor came to see us...

This week the children have been learning about a popular drama technique called ‘hot seating’.  Mrs Wilson turned into Handa for the lesson. The children were very excited to meet Handa, after reading and learning about her the past week. The children asked Handa a variety of questions to learn about the life of an African child. After meeting Handa, the children wrote the questions they asked Handa in their books and also thought of more, which Miss Crowther will send to Handa to read.  Well done Year 1, you were really engaged and involved in this lesson.

Questions to Handa

Living a day as an African child... 

After meeting Handa and finding out about her life, the children imagined falling asleep and waking up as an African child. Taking the answers from Handa on board, they imagined a day in the life of a African child and reinacted their daily routine. After the Imagineering session, the children learnt about the key concepts of writing a diary and wrote a diary entry all about their day. The children really enjoyed becoming an African child and their previous hot seating lesson, aided realistic diary entries.



Creating our own African Story...


Following on from becoming an African child for the afternoon, it was now time to create a descriptive story based in Africa. The children worked together to create a main character, a setting, introduced a problem and also ended with a solution. Prior to writing the story, this week they focused on building a story map following the Talk 4 Writing Pie Corbett teaching style.  The children rehearsed T4W actions to help remember the story prior to writing it. The children really enjoyed creating their own story and worked well as a team. Well done year 1.


Story time

It’s prediction time! Will the fruit SINK or FLOAT?

This week during Science the children have been using their prediction skills to decide whether they believe a piece of fruit will sink of float in a tub of cold water. They also predicted and discussed whether if the peel effected the fruit sinking or floating. As a class we tested both peeled and unpeeled fruit from the story Handa’s Surprise. The children were really excited and engaged in the activity and enjoyed using fruit from the story. They worked well as a team and praised those children who answered correctly. The children observed what happens to different fruit in water and discussed why they thought that. Well done Year 1.


What continent is Kenya in?

This week the children have been learning about locating the world’s 7 continents on a map and in an atlas. The children had a class discussion about what important features are seen on the globe, they identified the oceans, land and the sky. The children worked in partners and located different continents on the world map, before going outside and drawing the world map on the floor. The children worked in small groups and followed the world map to decide where their chosen continent needed to be placed before drawing it. Well done Year 1, you were all engaged and enjoyed the activity and worked excellent in a team.


This week during RE the children have been learning about the Jewish celebrating Shabbat. The children watched a video showing the preparations and also the celebration of Shabbat. The children learnt that Shabbat, is a celebratory day of rest celebrated every week Friday-Saturday evening. The children learnt about key features of Shabbat the important items needed for the day. The children realised the Christianity and Judaism is similar through both worshipping God and Jesus, however, they also realised the differences between the Bible and the Torah. The children really enjoyed learning about another religion and their traditions. Well done Year 1.





This week during PSHE the children have been recapping their previous learning on emotions. During the lesson the children identified a variety of emotions and had match a different version of the emotion. The children then discussed levels of emotions and decided if one meaning of the emotion was more serious than the other. After we discussed different situations and identified that people may feel differently about the same situation. We also discussed the opposite emotions. All children were involved in the lesson and truly understood the concept of different emotions. Well done Year 1.

You’ve got a friend in me.

This week the children have been introduced to a new story ‘Elmer the Elephant’. We started off our new book, by receiving a letter from Handa. Handa had told the children she had heard an elephant cry in the jungle near her home and wanted us to follow the map she gave us and find out who and why this elephant was upset. We started off by ‘flying’ to Africa. Linking into a previous Geography lessons, the children knew the purpose of a map and also referred to Africa as being a continent. 

When we arrived to Africa, the children followed the map and the footsteps outside, leading them to an elephant habitat. There, the children discovered something unique and beautiful. They discovered Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

After the children were hooked into the lesson, we read the story and discussed what it meant to be a good friend. The main focus of the lesson was to create a set of instructions to make a recipe for a Friendship Potion to give to all the elephants in the jungle. The children recapped their learning on time connectives and were introduced to a new term ‘imperative verbs’. Well done Year 1.

Our friendship potion.

A letter from Handa.

Elmer, I see you.

After reading the story Elmer and being introduced to the character. We spoke all about

Elmer and how he looked, his personality and what emotions Elmer experiences in the story.   The main focus of the lesson, the children learnt the key features of a character description.   The children discussed with their partners and as a class we brain stormed different words and sentences to describe Elmer. The children were encouraged to use a variety of descriptive language in their writing to describe Elmer’s looks, personality and emotions. Well done Year 1, you were all really creative.

Character description.

Let’s talk.

This week the children have been introduced into the concept of ‘speech’. We focused on the purpose of speech bubbles in a story and why people use them. We discussed that speech bubbles could include statements, where a full stop is needed at the end and also questions, where the children needed to remember to include a question mark. The children were split into two groups to begin with, one half of the class was Elmer and the others were ordinary elephants. All the children worked in a partners and showcased a variety of speech that they thought the elephants would say to each other. The children produced excellent work, and wrote a selection of speech bubbles in their writing.

Speech bubbles.

Planting our seeds.

This week during Science the children have been experimenting planting seeds in different materials. Some of the children planted their seeds in soil, whilst some planted their seeds on cotton wool. Prior to starting the experiment, the children worked together and made a list of items they would need to plant their seeds. All the children used the same amount of water and planted the same amount of seeds, making it a fair test apart from the change of material that the seeds were planted in. The children worked together to decide on predictions and discussed what environment and weather a plant needs to grow. The children predicted whether the seeds would grow better in soil or cotton wool? We shall see in 2-3 weeks’ time! All the children were really engaged and had an excellent understanding of what it takes to plant a seed. Well done Year 1.

The children enjoyed planting their own seeds.

Different emotions in the same situations.

This week during PSHE the children have been recapping their previous learning on emotions. During the lesson the children read the story ‘Lost and Found’. We discussed the title and spoke about what we thought the story would be about. After reading the story, we found out the true meaning behind the story. As a group we talked about the different layers of emotions in the story, and how one minute you can feel happy and the next sad. We also reflected on a scenario, where two different animals would have different feelings to the same scenario. The children role-played the different feelings and we all came to the conclusion that it’s ok to feel different in the same situation. Well done Year 1, you have really understood and grasped the concept of emotions this half term.


Designing my yummy smoothie.

This week during DT the children designed their own smoothie.  We started the lesson by discussing what ingredients should go in a smoothie, the children recapped their learning from Handa’s Surprise and what fruit she had in her basket.  The children used their knowledge of the fruit from the story to help design their smoothie. Designing their smoothie was fun, because not only did the children label their smoothie, they used their creative side to draw and colour in the ingredients they required. Well done Year 1.

Designing our smoothie.



This week during RE the children have been recapping their learning about the Jewish celebrating Shabbat.  The children were taken through a day in the life of Jewish child and shown how they spend their Friday and Saturday evenings. The children focused on the Shabbat daily activities, family time, food and also the synagogue.  Well done Year 1.


Learning key facts.

Making our own yummy fruit smoothies...

This week the children have been using their designs from last week the make their own fruit smoothies. The children learnt about how to be hygienic when preparing food and then talked about ways to keep themselves safe when cooking. The children each got chance to cut up the fruit using the bridge method with the knife and they each helped Mrs Whitehead use the blender. The children added yoghurt and milk to their smoothies to make them a thinner consistency and you could tell by their faces how yummy their smoothies were!

Creating our own story map.

This week the children have been learning how to create and design their own story map. The children learnt a purpose of the story map is to help people organise their ideas before they begin writing their own story. The children learnt the structure of a story and planned a beginning, middle and end. All children had a vivid-imagination and created some excellent story maps. After reading over the story maps, the teachers could not wait to see what the children came up with when they began writing their stories. 

Story maps.

We are authors in Year 1. 

After creating their own story map, the children sat down and rehearsed their story map before beginning to write their story. Before writing the story, the children spoke their sentence out loud to make sure their sentence made sense. After orally constructing their story, the children independently wrote their story in their books. The children had a bank of WOW words, descriptive words and tricky words on their tables to help with their writing. The children were really excited to become an author and were excited to share their writing with their friends. Well done Year 1. 

It's story time.

The importance of food chains.

This week in Science the children have been learning all about food chains. The children gained knowledge and discussed why we need to eat in order to survive. We discussed energy comes from our food and that it’s important for humans and animals to eat. They shared ideas and made food chain links in groups and independently. We focused mainly on safari animals and found out the Lion was a main predator at the end of the food chain. Well done Year 1. 

7 continents and 5 oceans.

This week in Geography the children have been recapping their knowledge of the 7 continents and have been introduced to the 5 oceans of the world. The children learnt key facts about all 5 oceans and in small groups labelled the globe, which identified the continents and oceans. The children enjoyed listening to the ‘5 Oceans Song’ on You tube in the lesson and started singing along to the words. Well done Year 1, you were all engaged and focused in the lesson.  


This week we have been thinking about 'If Shabbat is important to Jewish children?'


This week in ICT the children have been following on from their previous lesson of learning to follow instructions to solve algorithms. This week the children had to follow instructions in order to make a pattern. The children then used their pattern ideas to create a patchwork coat for Elmer on Purple Mash. The children enjoyed using the painting tools in computing this week. Well done Year 1.   

Painting tools

You will want to buy my Elmer coat.

This week in writing the children were contacted by Elmer asking them to design a new patchwork coat. Elmer only needed one coat, so their was a competition to see who would design and sell the best coat. The children recapped their learning of 'adverts' and how to make a persuasive piece of writing. The children describe their Elmer coats and used WOW words to make their advert sound exciting. All the children's adverts were amazing. In the end Elmer chose them all and brought them all for his friends. Well done Year 1.

It's PARTY time. 

Elmer loved all the coats' the children designed for him and wanted to invite them to Elmer day to celebrate. The children focused on what an invitation was and the key features a invitation needs. Their invites also needed to sound exciting, so the children used lots of descriptive words and WOW words to describe what their party was going to be like. Well done Year 1.

We made a globe.

This week in Geography the children have been consolidating and recapping their learning of the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world. The children discussed with their partners all they had learnt this term in Geography. The children then created a globe, using blue tissue paper to represent the ocean. They then labelled, cut and stuck the correct continents and oceans in the correct places on the globe. Well done Year 1.

Grouping animals.

This week in Science the children have been learning to identify and name a variety of common animals including; mammals, fish, amphibians, birds and reptiles. The children matched animals to their correct group. This lesson focused on active learning. The children went outside and played a game of ‘corners’. Miss Crowther read out questions and the children had to run to the correct animal grouping.  All the children were really engaged and enjoyed the active learning element to the science lesson. Well done Year 1.


This week during RE the children have finished their Shabbat learning adventure. They finished their topic with an Imagineering session of what Jewish people do on a Friday and Saturday during Shabbat. The children also learnt a Jewish Shabbat blessing. They really enjoyed hearing the Hebrew language and following the pray actions. Well done Year 1, you have been really engaged and respectful learning about the Jewish celebration Shabbat.


Over the half term the children have been focussing on textiles in Art with Mrs Webster. To link this learning in with our current adventure the children decided that they wanted to make their own safari animal finger puppets. First the children had to design their puppets. They had to think about how the front and back would look, what details they would include and what colours they would use. The children then cut out their designs using felt and they sewed it together using a simple running stitch. What brilliant work!

Yorkshire Wild Life Park.

On Friday 17th May, Year 1 went on an exciting school trip to the zoo. All the children explored different sections of the zoo and encountered different animals. The children really enjoyed visiting the 'African' section and spotting the lion, elephants, zebras and other animals we have been learning about in our current learning adventure. After exploring the zoo, the children met a Wild Life Ranger and learnt facts about different animals. The Ranger brought in a giant snail, snake and also a cockroach to show the children. They also felt camel fur, lions claws and saw a replica of a giraffe's skull. All children were engaged and super excited after the trip. Well done Year 1. 


Learning elephant facts.

This week during Science the children have been learning all about Elephants. They have learnt key characteristics of an elephant, where it lives, what it eats and also exciting Did You Know facts.  The children came together as a group and discussed what they had learn that lesson and Miss Crowther and Mrs Wilson wrote their answers on a post it. The children will use their post it notes and ideas to help with this week’s writing on creating an elephant fact file.

Our jungle soundscape.   



Our soundscape.

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Year 1 went outside and created a soundscape of a jungle. We used instruments and also our voices to create sounds in the jungle.

Learning key facts about the equator

This week in Geography the children learnt key facts about the equator. They learnt the equator runs through the centre of the globe and splits the earth into a Northern and Southern Hemisphere.  The children learnt that countries closer to the Northern Hemisphere were hotter than those closest to the Southern Hemisphere. The children really enjoyed acting out key features of the lesson, which helped them understand. Well done Year 1.

Learning about the equator.

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We're going on a scavenger hunt.

This week during Science the children went on a scavenger hunt around our school grounds. Their main learning objective was to find a variety of different animals and animal features around our local environment. The children were turned into mini scientists and given magnifying glasses to observe different items closely.  The children were really engaged and enjoyed finding birds feathers, snail trails, slugs, squirrel acorns, caterpillars and lady birds on leaves. The discussion Miss Crowther received was excellent. Well done Year 1.

Outdoor learning