Year 1: The Koalas: Blog items

Home Learning updates, by Mr Pearson

Date: 31st Mar 2020 @ 11:46am

Lots of updated ideas and websites to aid home learning.

Now in a tiered sections 

1.       Seriously recommend

2.       Good idea to use

3.       Worth trying but not essential

4.       For your information - You might be interested.

Check them all at Home Learning 

Kool Koalas!!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 26th Mar 2020 @ 5:18pm

Koalas you are all fantastic, just seen the video that Frankie’s dad made of some you- love it!🌟🌟🌟🌟πŸ€ͺπŸ˜œπŸ™ƒπŸ˜Š It really made my day and bought a huge smile to my face, missing you all loads, hope you are keeping safe and doing lots of learningπŸ‘πŸŒˆβ€οΈ

Daily maths lessons , by Mr Pearson

Date: 24th Mar 2020 @ 8:12am

Fantastic daily maths lesson including video, activity sheet and answers. Closely linked to what your child would have been learning in school.

We as a school use White Rose maths as a scheme of learning in aiding our planning and supporting our teaching of maths.

Twinkl free password, by Mrs Brown

Date: 21st Mar 2020 @ 11:15am


As the Coronavirus spreads, we’re aware that more schools are closing and pupils’ learning is being disrupted. Parents, carers and teachers are looking for ways to ensure the continuity of education during school closures so that no children miss out on valuable learning time.

To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

We’d like your support to get this message out. Please let your wider school and leadership team know about this opportunity so that you can all share it with your school community.

Please also share this code with parents and share the link above on your website so parents know where to activate their code.

We’ve also put together some helpful guidance to outline a few ideas for how you can support parents and carers during school closures, ensure high quality learning continues and support teachers, parents and carers to make the most from this offer of help.

If you are an existing Twinkl subscriber on Core or Extra you will be able to use this code to upgrade your current membership using the same link as above.

It’s easy to arrange access yourself through our website. If you do have any questions please get in touch with our TwinklCares team. As we are supporting people globally please bear in mind that we are receiving a large number of enquiries so please only get in touch if your enquiry is of an urgent nature at

You can also visit our website -

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and we hope that this will go some way towards helping.

Home learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th Mar 2020 @ 12:23pm

Just to help a bit more with some active maths warm ups google

Jack Hartman ,and then  eg counting in hundreds, months of the years,counting in 2’s etc 

There are lots and the children love them and he gets them moving! ( and you too!!!)

Another one they like for songs is ,Sratch garden there are some for counting in 2  5  and 10, 

Good luck ,just keep them learning!😁





Home Learning whilst closed, by Mrs Brown

Date: 18th Mar 2020 @ 10:50pm

Following the Government’s announcement, we are currently closed. Please engage with the home learning which has been set up for your child.  You can obviously be creative and add to these.  We would love to see what you get up to. If you email the odd photo of what you are up to we will try our best to add to the website - 

For home learning go to the curriculum tab on our website, go to the bottom and you will find the home learning link.  Depending on how long we are closed will depend on how much will be added. We hope you all stay happy and healthy and enjoy time with your families and loved ones. 

St Oswald visit, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 16th Mar 2020 @ 3:23pm

As part of our RE work we had a walk down to St Oswalds Catholic Church and met Father Michael. He told us all about the lovely church, how old it was, the stained glass windows, the different statues and lots more.It was very interesting and we learnt a lot .

World book day , by Mrs Pratten

Date: 6th Mar 2020 @ 12:40pm

The Koalas have had a great time today .They bought in their favourite books to share with their friends and then with their Y6 buddies. We then looked at non fiction books and then they worked in small  groups to produce their  own fact book all about animals. They all looked amazing and have had a great world book day.



World Book Day 2020 science and space, by Mrs Masterson

Date: 6th Mar 2020 @ 11:21am

This world book day most people came in and science or space themed outfits to fit with our whole school year theme of moon landings.   We loved the fact that most people went with the principle of it is the thought that counts not the cost of the outfits - very eco!   Luckily, our school is very creative and we have seen some amazing ideas for the theme. Today we have also included another whole school write,starting in year six all the way to reception and seeing what wonderful story writing can be comprehended into it! At the end of the day we will have a big assembly and read through the excellent work we have created.

by Eddie and Emily J 

Magnificent Myerscough, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 2nd Mar 2020 @ 5:30pm

We had a great day of learning at Plant world today. We explored the grounds looking for different trees and Spring flowers. Found out that plants need different conditions to grow like cactus,  looked in the tropical and temperate houses and saw terrapins (we found a frog outside too!) Stroked rabbits,guinea pigs, hens and even saw a tarantula! Smelt herbs and lovely leaves ,planted a sunflower seed and sat on a tractor. no wonder we were tired on the way back!

An amazing day!

Doubling and plants!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 28th Feb 2020 @ 6:24pm

A great week back for the Koalas, starting to learn about plants ( don’t forget our trip on Monday to Myerscough, wrap up warm and definitely wear wellies!!) doubling and enjoying the story of Jack and the beanstalk. Lots of great language used to describe the giant - Well done Koalas!


A busy week of learning!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 7th Feb 2020 @ 3:56pm

This week we have carried on with our story , No Way Home, we are really enjoying it and doing some fantastic writing , we are all impressing Mrs PrattenπŸ‘πŸŒŸπŸ˜†

In Maths we have been learning about weighing,comparing weights and using scales and cubes to measure.

We have been artists too, finding out all about primary colours. We created pictures in the style of Piet Mondrian using torn paper.This afternoon we have used primary colour paints to mix all the other colours.A tricky challenge but we were awesome at it and were very proud of our finished pictures

Class compliment treat, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 3rd Feb 2020 @ 3:49pm

The Koalas had a great afternoon watching their film and munching on popcorn and cookies - a very well deserved treat!

We do have some mix ups with school iniform so please could you check you have the correct T-shirt, jumper etc- thank you!!

This weeks learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 30th Jan 2020 @ 5:02pm

This week the Koalas have been building on their understanding of place value using  bundles of straws to help.Lots of partner work, making numbers and counting to work them out.

We have also carried on with our animal topic learning all about fish, having to to sorting different animals  to find the fish, Mrs Pratten tried to trick us but we were too smart!

We had fun today with our football skills, kicking, dribbling  and trapping different sized balls and kicking though a target.

We have really enjoyed looking at all the  fantastic projects , lovely to see how proud the children are and they are amazing so a big thank you for all your support.

Dint forget our treat afternoon tomorrow πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ˜œπŸŒŸπŸ™ƒπŸ˜πŸ˜†

Charity - Australia fundraising, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 7:50pm

Thankyou to everyone who donated their loose change to our Australian fire campaign.  This afternoon the children covered a map of Australia and the words adopt a koala.  The coins covered it all perfectly.

Linda will be adding it all up next week and then I’ll let you know the total. 

Thank you again. 

Foody fractions, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 3:51pm

Today we enjoyed a foody fractions session. We chopped up cakes into halves and quarters and saw how the pieces became smaller as we chopped it up, especially into thirtieths! We got into groups of 4 to divide a whole kitkat into halves and then quarters, of course the best part was eating the kitkatπŸ‘πŸ™ƒπŸ˜œπŸ™‚

A fantastic first week back!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 10th Jan 2020 @ 3:45pm

The Koalas have settled back really well and have been fantastic learners this week. 

We have enjoyed the story No Thank You! all about animals getting the wrong food. We had to order the animals and give them a name.Today we thought of our own animals and used our imaginations to feed them some funny food!

We have also been thinking about finding half and have learnt that half is 2 pieces which have to be the same. We even did chocolate fractions and had to try to half a twix with our partner, the best bit was eating the twix, unlucky if you had smaller piece and didn’t quite make it a half!

We have also been learning about mammals and other animals and where they live, we used a map of the world to help us. We know there are 7 continents I wonder if the Koalas can remember what they are...?

Reading Rocket, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jan 2020 @ 10:38am

Our Reading Rocket is now complete.

Well done to Year 3 and Mrs Atkinson and everyone who brought in egg boxes.


Christmas wishes, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 3:39pm

Well done Koalas for all being fantastic this half term.Mrs Thomson and I both wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Have a wonderful time this Christmas, thank you too for the lovely gifts, not expected but much appreciated. Enjoy the holidaysπŸŽ…πŸ‘



Christmas wishes, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 3:39pm

Well done Koalas for all being fantastic this half term.Mrs Thomson and I both wish you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Have a wonderful time this Christmas, thank you too for the lovely gifts, not expected but much appreciated. Enjoy the holidaysπŸŽ…πŸ‘



Christmas party fun, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 4:02pm

The Koalas had a great time at our party this afternoon, dancing, games and a story with Father Christmas, fabulous!

A 2D shape puzzle and designing and describing2D shape snowmen, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 3:59pm

We had fun today working together to make a 2D shape puzzle.We each had different pieces  and had to work out what shapes we thought we might have. Then we all helped to put it together, one group find 3 different ways! 

We also had fun creating crazy snowmen out of 2 D shapes , we gave them a name and had to name and describe the shapes we had used.

Christmas party for reception year 1 and year 2, by Mrs Hothersall

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 1:47pm

Christmas stories at the library, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 12th Dec 2019 @ 3:29pm

We had a lovely Christmas story session at the library today. We had some funny stories which made us laugh! Our favourite was There’s an elf in you book, an elf was trying to trick us off the nice list but he didn’t manage itπŸ™ƒ

Christmas dinner fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 11th Dec 2019 @ 12:23pm

We all enjoyed our Christmas dinner today! Thank you kitchen staffπŸ‘

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