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School Name

Whitecote Primary School

This is a Motto

Year 1

Hello and welcome to our webpage!


Key Information



1 Juniper: Mrs Hancock and Dr Kacha

1 Maple: Miss Mumby, Miss Buller and Mrs Astley



Outdoor PE is on a Monday afternoon. Children will need a plain white t-shirt, plain black or grey tracksuit bottoms, a plain black or grey tracksuit top/sweatshirt and trainers. Indoor PE is on a Friday Morning. Children will need a plain white t-shirt and plain black shorts. Please leave their P.E. kit in school when possible because P.E. times may sometimes change. Please write your child's name in all their kit!



Please make sure you read your child's school reading book with them as often as possible. Reading is a 'building block' on which much of their other learning rests, and regular reading at home makes a huge difference in the classroom. If you would like any support or advice on helping your child with their reading, please pop in after school to see their teacher.


Reading Leader Board

Whenever your child reads at home, they will receive a sticker on the Reading Leader Board. Stickers mean prizes. KEEP READING!


Children may receive home learning work. These activities are for you and your child to practise at home to support their learning. They do not need to be returned to school. 



Our topic for this term is Animals.

Our work this half term is focused around the topic of ‘animals’. We will be having a visit from the Falconry Centre. They will bring in some real owls for us to learn about. In geography, we will be learning about the four countries that make up the UK. In art, we will be making clay animals.

Spring Term 2


What a fab half term we have had so far! In Maths we have completed our place value within 50 unit, as well as learning to count in 2, 5s and 10s. We have been learning to use adjectives in our writing whilst enjoying our focus book 'The Selfish Crocodile.' During our science lessons we have continued to learn about animals including comparing the differences in their structure. We have also made some amazing clay animals in our D&T area!


As part of World Book Day (05.03.20) the children (and teachers) all dressed up as their favourite book characters, we even had a class runway for the children to showcase their outfits. Parents, carers and other family members were invited into class to enjoy a family book breakfast. The children took part in a book swap as well as enjoying an assembly with Bears on the stairs illustrator Lynne Chapman.


We had a very exciting and action packed day for Sport Relief (13.03.20) starting with our rather energetic whole school wake up, shake up session! We were very lucky to have tennis coach Jamie come in to teach us the basics of Tennis. We also completed the daily mile with a difference!


(photos to follow)


Do not forget we have a weekly family reading session on Thursdays at 8:30 - we look forward to seeing you there!


Also please check out our facebook page and weekly newsletters to find out more about what is going on in school.


Mrs Hancock and Miss Mumby 


Spring 1


What a fun filled and exciting half term we have had!

We have completed our addition and subtraction unit in maths. We wrote our own animal stories during our English lessons. During topic we learnt lots of interesting facts about animals including which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. During science we learnt about our body parts and our 5 senses. We also became weather forecasters as we observed daily weather patterns in the UK (what a week to pick!), to present the 'Whitecote weather'.


Congratulations to Ruby and Emma on their Child of achievement awards.


Finally, have a fantastic half term break!


The Whitecote weather

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Whitecote weather

Our learning this half term.

Welcome back and happy New Year!


We have had a fantastic start to the new term, where the children have come back to school refreshed and enthusiastic to learn.

As part of our animal topic this term, we had a lovely visit from Zoolab (see pictures below). They brought a variety of animals, including a giant snail, a snake and tarantula for the children to hold and explore. The children were much braver than Mrs Hancock!  

We have also been writing animal facts during our english lessons as well as reading 'Big Cats' during our reading sessions. 

We are continuing to complete our curriculum based challenges within our provisions and exploring independent learning during our 'lovely learning' sessions.

If that was not enough, we were extremely lucky to have a special assembly hosted by Wizard of Oz star Lucy Sherman. Lucy discussed the hard work and dedication it takes to achieve your ambitions and dreams. 


Do not forget to check our facebook page for more updates regarding events taking place in school.

Forest School - Making Animal Homes

Children in Need - ‘Big Morning Move’ Year 1 had a fantastic time taking part in the BBCs Children in Need 'Big Morning Move'. Mrs Hancock and Miss Mumby quite enjoyed it too!

Forest School - 18th November 2019. This week in our amazing Forest school the children made their own 'natural resources' reindeer. We also had lots of fun using the leaves and bushes as camouflage during our game of hide and seek.

What a busy week we have had in year 1. Making reindeer with the forest school leaders, Kate and Jack, our class trip to the Manchester Runway visitor park (take a look at the photos), lots of lovely learning including subtraction in maths, writing about our trip, designing and making our own vehicles in D&T as well as reading our new focus text 'The Runaway Train'. If that wasn't busy enough, we had our parents evening where we were able to showcase all the fantastic learning your children have been doing. 

Finally, thank you to all our parents who joined us for our weekly family reading session on Thursday morning.


Wow what a week, I wonder what we will get up to next week!


Don't forget to check out our facebook page for updates about all our school activities.

Christmas Panto 29th November 2019

W/C 2nd December


We have had a busy week as ever in year 1! We made pinecone Christmas decorations in Forest School with Kate and Jack. We have been learning about 2d and 3d shapes as well as teen numbers in Maths. In D&T, we have continued to evaluate our model vehicles. We retold the story of The Runaway Train, as well as innovating our own story through talk for writing, in English. We were very lucky have Leeds City Council Catering come in to do 'Bush Tucker Trials', the children had a great time. We have also been very excited to be begin the rehearsals for our KS1 nativity. Please make sure you check out our school newsletter for all the key Christmas events!


Bush Tucker Trials - No Bugs!

Forest School 2/12/19 The children had a fantastic time making Christmas decorations using pinecones.

Forest School 9th December Fun, Fire & Marshmallows

This week (wb 9.12.19), we will be cooking egg muffins. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

The children had a great time during our cooking lesson today, where we cooked egg muffins. We explored chopping, cutting, mixing and cracking eggs independently. We also discussed the importance of keeping our work area clean and tidy and washing our hands. The children all then sampled their delights during milk time! Even Mrs Taylor enjoyed a muffin or 2!

Check out the recipe above to make some at home. :) 


Well done Yr 1 they were delicious!



Forest school 16th December - Creating habitats. The children had a great time making animal homes in our woodland area.

W/C 16th December 2019.

This week we made animal habitats in Forest School, partition numbers into 10s and 1s in Maths, wrote our letters to Santa in English and read The Jolly Christmas Postman during our reading sessions. We had our amazing nativity, where the children did a fantastic job! The children also made decorations to jazz up our classroom ready for their Christmas party, where Santa Claus came to visit and drop off a gift!

We have had a very fun filled, magical end to our year.


Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year to all our children and their families!


From Mrs Hancock, Miss Mumby and all the year 1 team



See you all in 2020!