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Mrs McDonald's Class

Our Class Caterpillars

Day 1 - The Caterpillars in their new home.

Day 5 - Two butterflies finally emerge.

Day 6 - Two more butterflies emerge

Day 6 - Two more butterflies have emerged

Day 6 - Butterfly with wings open

Day 8 - Butterfly release time

Day 8 - Butterfly in the wind

Day 8 Butterfly and an Orange

Day 10 - The last butterfly finally emerges

Mrs McDonald reads The Hungry Caterpillar

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all our wonderful families. We hope this video brings you a little bit of festive cheer!

Our Toy Museum

Welcome to our toy museum! We have spent lots of time researching old toys. We then became curators and have written information fact labels about some of the objects. As we can not invite our family and friends into school to see our museum, we thought we would put it online. We made posters to take home that advertised our museums and how to see it on this website. We hope you enjoy.

Investigating Materials

We have been examining the different materials that were used in the past and now to make toys.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

We loved taking part in World Nursery Rhyme Week. We recounted rhymed we know and love and discovered a few new ones. We wrote our own silly rhymes and used Five Little Speckled Frogs to help us subtract in maths. Can you guess the rhymes in the photos below?

School Council Elections

Our school council is elected very democratically and an election day was held in October.

We started the day by selected six candidates who wore a rosette for the whole of election day. Children joined campaign teams and made posters and rosettes. The candidates gave a short 'speech' saying why we should vote for them. Alongside this, we learnt about democracy in Great Britain.

In the afternoon of election day, every child took a trip to the election booths (real booths borrowed from York City Council) and placed their vote. The votes were counted and the winners announced in class.


We enjoyed celebrating Halloween by doing Cosmic Kid's Ruby Broom Yoga Adventure. Here are some photos of us practising our yoga poses.

We also created our own pumpkins using clay. We rolled them into a sphere and then used tools to create the face and pattern.

Year 1 - Assemble!

We loved our Superhero dress-up day!

To celebrate the end of our superhero topic we dressed up as our favourite superhero. Some of us dressed as traditional superheroes but some of us came as real-life superheroes such as police and doctors.

Germs Experiment

We planned an experiment to see why we use soap to wash our hands. We predicted what would happen when we put our finger in a bowl of pepper and what would change if we had soap on our finger. We then carried out the experiment. When we put our dry finger in the peppery water, the pepper stuck to our finger. We were amazed when we put our soapy finger into the water and the pepper scattered rapidly away. We discussed how important it is to use soap to get rid of germs, just like Florence Nightingale recommended.

Superhero Masks

We designed our own superhero masks and wrote a list of the resources we needed. We then marked out the shape on felt and cut it out. We used a real needle and thread to stitch the elastic on. We then evaluated our creations, saying what we really liked about them and what we would improve on next time.

Super Veggies

We made our own super veggie using real vegetables!


We've been learning to represent numbers using a tens frame.

Getting to Know Our New Classroom