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Welcome to Selby Class!


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This week has been the children first full week and they have done amazingly!!!

We have begun learning and writing our sounds and have started our first topic

'The 5 Senses'.

We have focused on 'sight' this week using our observational skills to find objects and animals all around the classroom and outside. We have spotted the Red Kites flying high above the school along with lots of aeroplanes and helicopters.The children have enjoyed their first P.E lesson focused on moving our bodies in lots of different ways. 

Over the last two weeks we have welcomed all the new children into Selby Class. We have spent the last two weeks exploring our new classroom, learning all about our new routines at school and making lots of new friends. 



This week we have continued to learn all about people who help us. Our focus for this week has been looking at the postal service. At the start of the week we looked at what journey our letters take when we post them and what kinds of jobs the postmen and women do.

The children showed a keen interest in stamps looking to find out about the Queen and why she is on the stamps. So we wrote her some letters asking her lots of different questions and went on a walk to the post box to send them! We are eagerly waiting for her reply! 

While out on our walk we discussed our favourite places in the village including the green and fish and chip shop! We were also spotting signs of spring.

We also created our own stamps using our silhouettes to create them. Can you guess who is who?

In math's we have been working on addition through counting on. 

People Who Help Us

We have been looking at people who help us in Selby Class. This week we have been looking at people who work in the NHS and healthcare sector. We set up a doctors surgery and Selby class took it in turns to visit with the doctors and nurses and especially loved getting their injuries bandaged.

We have also been looking at volume and capacity in maths and have had great fun in the water this week, measuring and using some really good language to explain what is happening.

To improve our fine motor skills, we have been crafting with split pins and a variety of resources to create our very own dragons!

The Elves and The Shoemaker

Selby class have had a shoe shop in their class this week and listened to the story all about the Elves and the Shoemaker. They got so carried away, they wanted to decorate some shoes - they even added some sparkle and pom poms to the head teacher's pair of shoes! Take a look:

Rapunzel, Rapunzel ... let down your hair!

High up in a tower, in Selby class, a young lady called Rapunzel lives. Selby class have had a great week, learning this story and taking part in activities linked to the it. A hair salon opened for business and the children loved styling hair - some children learned how to plait and decorated them! The children also designed some castles of their own and then went on to make and decorate them in the craft area. There were some great conversations about what boxes to use and the 3D shapes they were. Also this week, the children have been learning about weight and using scales in class to compare two objects, guessing which will be lighter or heavier. 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No it's Bushy squirrel and friend. We had already named our frequent visitor Bushy and this morning, he had brought a friend with him. He had obviously told her about our super bird feeders in Selby area. Keep your eyes peeled!


This week we have been reading parts of the story The BFG and looking at what a kind and wonderful giant he was. He left his suitcase in our classroom one morning and inside were some of the dreams he had collected. We talked about our dreams for when we are older and what we hope to be when we grow up.

He also left a dream blower in our classroom, hung from the ceiling and we all made our own so we could blow good dreams into the world. 

As part of our maths learning, we have been learning about times and talking about bedtime, lunchtime and other important times during the day. We have all learnt to tell the time reading the hours of o'clock and some of us completed a challenge and can draw the hands on the clock in the right place.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Selby class have more giants in their classroom this week. Mr and Mrs Giant, from Jack and the Beanstalk have taken over their room, as has the beanstalk that mysteriously appeared over the weekend!

Selby class are so busy creating their number beanstalks, using collage and mosaic techniques to create lots of wonderful art work, constructing castles fit for a giant and working really well as a team.

As part of their writing, they have created a giant story board, taking turns to draw pictures and label them. Some of the children wanted to create a finger puppet theatre and put on a show for us. We also had great fun measuring the Giant's footsteps and then we had a go at measuring our feet, by drawing round them and then using a ruler! 

The Smartest Giant In Town

What a busy week Selby class have had! When the children came into class on Monday morning, they found some giant clothes on the floor and they soon found out who they belonged to - The Smartest Giant In Town!

This week, the children have made clothes, crowns, party hats and necklaces for the giant, using their mathematical language for 3D shapes and making some wonderful repeating patterns. His socks needed sorting from smallest to largest on the washing line. The children also made thank you cards to send to the giant from the animals, which allowed the children to independently use their learning from Read Write Inc. 


In music, we have been learning about rhythm and creating beats to our names and popular nursery rhymes. We used our African drums and had great fun!


We also had time to talk about 'Keeping Pants Private' using NSPCC materials to support children in learning about keeping themselves safe. They all loved the Pantosaurus song!


What a busy week!


"The Smartest Giant In Town" by Julia Donaldson

Chinese New Year

Selby class have been looking at the Chinese New Year this week.



Which means 'Happy New Year!'


We have learnt how the order of the animals that represent each year was decided. We watched a short animation and then after learning about shadow puppets, some of the children decided to make their own.


We also have looked at how Chinese people decorate their homes, to celebrate the new year and bring good fortune into their lives. Red is a lucky colour and so we thought our school uniform is lucky because it is red.


We are reading a book called 'Dragon In The City' and it is about a girl who loves Chinese New Year and we get to spend the day with her and her friend as they have a family reunion, a feast, a visit a local festival and see the dragon! 


We have made up a dragon song and dance in P.E and created some very scary masks and we used them in the dance. Mrs Cox played a giant drum and we all came out of our caves as dragons and danced around. It was great fun!


We are now making a dragon in our classroom, it is red and yellow and really big! We created our own dance of the dragon and it was great fun.


In class, we have also made red and yellow lanterns and hung them all around, to decorate our classroom.


We have also had the opportunity to use chopsticks and write Chinese numbers. After all this hard work, we needed some food, so we all had the chance to sample some traditional Chinese food like; rice, noodles, mandarins, fortune cookies and seaweed. We also sampled lemon tea, with Mrs Legg and Miss Bellerby.  


This week has been a busy week, with lots of learning and fun. 

Let's Learn All About China and the Chinese New Year

CBeebies | Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) | Zodiac Story

Learn how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor.

Chinese New Year Song for KiChildren

We listened and danced to this song in PE. We then wrote our own version.

Forky and His New Friends!


In Selby class we are looking at toys and we even have our own workshop in our role play area, to make toys which we can sell in our shop. We had a surprise visitor on Wednesday and it was a well known character from Toy Story, called Forky. He wanted us to make some new friends for him and we did just that! Take a look:

Lost and Found

We read a book called Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers and learnt all about Antarctica.

The Boy and Penguin sail to Antarctica. We found out all about Antarctica and talked about what would we pack to go on a trip like this. Have a look at our ideas.

After reading the book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers we made our own missing posters to help Penguin find his home. We used the sounds we know to write the posters.


We learnt all about chocolate, we read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and learnt all about Ghana.

We learnt a traditional African dance!

We looked at the traditional clothes which poeple wear in Ghana, we saw that they use lots of bright colours and patterns, especially colours from their flag. We replicated some of the fabric they use using 2d shapes, some of us tried hard to do repeating patterns. We also painted the Ghana flag!

When we looked at how the cocoa pods we harvested in Ghana, we saw how people carried the pods in baskets on their heads. We found out that the people in Ghana start doing this from a really young age so they get really good at it! We thought that we would have a go at it too, it took a lot of concentration and balance!

We also learnt all about Ghana, when we looked at chocolate, we learnt it is one of the biggest places which produce cocoa. We looked where Ghana was on the world map and talked about the equator and what effect it had on the weather there.

In our chocolate topic, Willy Wonka set us a challenge to design a new gobstopper on the computers, it had to have 14 spots on it! That was the number of the week. We used the mouse pad to control the 2simple paint program to make circles.

Athlete in School

Jenny Wall work came into school to do exercise circuits with us, we all worked so hard and showed great team work cheering all our friend on. What a great afternoon!

We joined in The Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks for Children in Need. It was hard work but we did it!

We made poppy biscuits for Remembrance Day.

Project Wild

This week we have been learning all about animals which hibernate, Project Wild brought in some animals to show us too! We were so brave holding all the different creatures.

Bonfire Night

In Selby Class we have been thinking about Bonfire Night, we learnt all about Guy Fawkes, learnt a bonfire poem with actions and made edible sparklers.

Making edible sparklers!


Today we had a fun day, full of learning all about relationships. First of all, we learnt that there are so many different types of relationships and we all decided want to have relationships that are good for us.

We all showed pictures of our families and talked about who they were and soon realised that not one of us had the same family! It was fun to hear about cousins, grandparents and aunties and uncles - there were some funny stories shared too!

We then talked about emotions and played a game to explore the different types of feelings we can have as we grow up. When our families came in the afternoon, some of us played the game with them.

It is important to keep safe and we talked about people we can trust - we call them trusted adults. We talked about who  are trusted adults to us and know they are here to help us and keep us safe.

In the afternoon, after we made all our families dance with us, we made a giant friendship paper chain, with hand prints on telling us how to be a good friend. We also made friendship bugs and they looked really cute!

We love having our families come and spend time in our classroom and we can show what we have learnt!

Our Very First Class Assembly

We have had a wonderful week in Selby class and have really tried especially hard because we had something special at the end of the week. We had our very first class assembly. We decided to tell everyone about what we had learnt about harvest and the local farmers in Wistow. We then showed photos of our Autumn walk and showed everyone our wonderful artwork. We sang a song about tractors and we all remembered our lines and spoke clearly. We did our best and Mrs Cox, Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Legg were all very proud of us.

Autumn Days

In Selby class this week, we are learning about the season 'Autumn'. We started in maths by taking a walk around our school and collecting things that showed us that Autumn has begun. We found lots of things from golden leaves that had fallen from the trees, to shiny conkers that had not been picked up yet! 

We have then used our Autumn collection in maths to help us make groups of 6 and we have created some super art work too! We will be showing our parents this in our first class assembly on Friday. We are all very excited about it! 

All Aboard!

Selby class have had a busy week, looking at all types of trains and travel, whilst doing some great number work in and out side. This afternoon, the children worked together to make a fantastic train, with all sorts of facilities on board. The train was going over a bridge, with a river below. Luckily for us, we had some expert drivers on board and we all enjoyed our train ride.

Week 4

Some strange eggs arrived in our classroom, we observed them closely and predicted what we thought was inside. We all had lots of great ideas!

In maths this week we have been looking at the number 4! We have been doing lots of active maths, representing 4 in lots of different ways, counting, finding out what makes 4 and looking at 2D shape.

We have been reading our new class book this week, The Kiss That Missed by David Melling - we went on a picture hunt and ordered the story then we independently created our own story maps!

We have started to make our own knights shield, we carefully designed our shields first after looking at lots of examples, then we painted our shields making sure we closely followed our designs.

Week 3

Someone had made a cosy den in our outdoor area......we thought the Big Bad Wolf has been back! We investigated and some of us even came up with ways we could make a trap to capture the wolf and other made their own shelters!

In the Mud Kitchen we made potions to make the Big Bad Wolf sleep!

In Maths this week we have been looking at the number 3. We have represented the number in lots of different ways, counted 3, played noughts and crosses, looked at 2D shapes with 3 sides and started looking at the addition for 3.

We have been busy in the writing area this week, calling our favourite characters on our telephones. We carefully inputted the correct numbers and then wrote a message!

We made paper plate pigs in the creative area!

We came into the classroom to find straw and footprints all over it! We followed the trail and found something had left a huge mess of wood, bricks and straw. Who could it have been?

We used magnifying glasses to look for more clues and wrote them down! We all thought the Big Bad Wolf had been here.........We were right!

We read the story The Three Little Pigs and made houses from wood bricks and straw in the outdoor area!

Our 'Numbers of the week' have been numbers 1 and 2. We have also been practising our 'careful counting'!

September 2018-2019

World Ocean Day

We celebrated World Ocean Day by learning all about the plastic pollution in our seas and the things we can do to help stop it. We had a fun day designing our own ocean creatures and making a huge octopus for our school scarecrow and participating in lots of ocean activities. Have a look at our pictures below;


Year 1 followed the full design process to make their own ocean creatures for the school scarecrow, their design specification said it had to be waterproof, colourful and be easily tied to a fence. They then designed their creatures and wrote how they would make it and finally they made and evaluated their designs.

30 Days Wild Challenge

We have started the 30 Days Wild Challenge from The Wildlife Trust, we are trying to fit in one of the challenges each day. We have walked on grass and looked at clouds so far. We loved looking at the clouds and we saw so many things in them - a dinosaur, a train, a face and a camel to name a few!

Look at our pictures!

The Gruffalo has built his cave in our classroom! He left his delicious picnic all over the grass for us to find. We have been thinking about light and dark and using the torches to read books in the cave!

Our caterpillars have now turned into chrysalis's! We are having fun observing them, in 2 weeks or less they will be beautiful butterflies!


We had a great time with all the parents who joined us at our PSHCEE day, we were learning how to be active citizens. One of our tasks was to follow rules, so we played group games with rules that we had to follow to ensure we completed the tasks/games correctly. Everyone had great fun!

Have a look at us following rules and working as a team!

Caterpillars have come to stay!

After looking at the life cycle of a butterfly some caterpillars came to visit us. They will be staying in our classroom and we will be observing them changing throughout their life cycle.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and learnt all about the life cycle of a butterfly, then we had fun making the life cycle out of pasta and labelled each stage correctly.

Have a look at our pictures of us making our pasta butterfly life cycles.

Tidy Cloakroom Winners

Selby class have been working hard to keep their cloakroom tidy and have won the award for last term! They enjoyed their reward from Miss White today in the garden, in the sun. Well done Selby class.

Bob's new job!

In Literacy We had a mysterious message from Bob, he had got a new job as caretaker of the Moon! He was a bit nervous and needed our help. Bob wanted us to help him by finding out all about the moon. We also made a list of items Bob should take with him to the moon.

We looked at the painting Trafalgar Square by Mondrian and created our own Mondrian inspired pictures using the line and fill function on 2simple paint. Look at our brilliant pictures!

We used the paint function in 2 simple to make our own version of Kandinsky's Concentric Circle picture, we selected the colours and different sized brushes to create the effects.

We talked about the characters in our story Once Upon a Time Online and then drew pictures of them on the computers after we learnt how to select different colours.

First of all we remembered how to log on to our computers and find the paint program.

20/3/2019 - This week it is our ICT week, we will be learning to use the 2simple paint program, learning about different artists and re-creating their famous paintings on our computers. We will also be learning about online safety and reading the book Once Upon a Time Online.

15/03/2019 - Red Nose Day! We had an Upside Down Day, we wore our pyjamas to school had a cooked breakfast for lunch and learnt all about why we were raising money!

We took it in turn to tell the class about our pyjamas!

14/03/2019 - What a busy week we have had! We have been looking at our story Meerkat Mail, learning about deserts and the animals and people which live there. In maths reception have been halving and sharing and Year 1 started to look at place value. We also started our new PE topic called making shapes, this week we were moving across the mat in straight shapes.

7/3/2019 - Everyone looked fantastic on World Book Day dressed up as characters from their favourite books! 

Everyone loved sharing their favourite books with the rest of the class.

We read The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl and then made a huge collage of the crocodile.

Then we made bookmarks inspired by our favourite books, wrote book reviews, completed a book treasure hunt and enjoyed looking at books with our friends.

 We had a great PSHCEE Day thinking about keeping our bodies and minds healthy.

We watched some clips from the film Inside Out to help us think about the different feelings we have and what makes us feel this way. Then we wrote about our different feelings.

We explored keeping our bodies healthy in the classroom. We looked at how we could keep our teeth and bodies clean and we could say what was healthy food to eat.

To end our exciting day we made healthy fruit kebabs - we all agreed they were very yummy!

We have been enjoying our outdoor area exploring our WOW words from the story The Kiss That Missed. Our WOW words were soaring, soothing, fearsome and capture.