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Norbridge Academy

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Annual Attendance
  • F1 Sparrow Class AM 93.9%
  • F1 Sparrow Class PM 93.9%
  • F2 Puffin Class 95.6%
  • F2 Sandpiper Class 95.2%
  • Y1 Pengiun Class 98.5%
  • Y1 Robin Class 98.3%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 96.2%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 98.1%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 96%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 98.3%
  • Y4 Cuckoo Class 97.5%
  • Y4 Hummingbird Class 98.5%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 97.2%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.4%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 97.3%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96.7%
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Y1 Parakeet Class

Welcome to Parakeet Class

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Welcome to our class page. We are 30 enthusiastic and eager to learn Year 1s at Norbridge Academy in Worksop. We will be using this page to share our learning adventures and celebrate our achievements.

Useful Pages

 

Here are a selection of useful games and websites that we use in Parakeet Class. 

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ - There are a great selection of free games which can be used to support phonics learning at home. 

https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ - There are a great selection of free games which can be used to support phonics learning at home. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - Here there are a selection of games for all areas of the curriculum, we enjoy using the maths games in our classroom.

 

Jack Hartmann has a selection of YouTube songs which are wonderful for supporting counting.  

 

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Summer Term: Wild At Heart

 

During the Summer term, our topic will be Wild At Heart. In this topic, we will be learning  about different animals and where they are found in the wild. We will compare different animal habitats around the World and learn about how environments have changed over time. We will also learn about what we can do to help protect animal habitats. Read what we will be leanring about in different subject areas below:

 

English: In English this term, we will be looking developing our skills in writing descriptions, stories, poems and fact files. 

 

Maths: We will looking at a range of topic over the Summer term in Maths including: multiplication, division, halves & quarters, position & direction, time and money. 

 

History & Geography: We will be learning about the Arctic, oceans, deserts and rainforests. We will learn about the locations of these around the World and the animals that live there. We will also look at how these environments have changed over time.

 

Science: Our Science topic this term will be Animals including Humans. In this topic, we will learn about the different parts of the human body and our different senses. We will also learn how to classify and compare animals, identify animal body parts, match animals and their young and identify whether animals are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.

 

Art & Design Technology: We will use a range of different techniques and materials to make pictures and models of different animals and their habitats. We will also look at making animal homes. 

 

RE: In RE this term, we will be learning about Sikhism. We will learn about what Sikhs believe and different Sikh festivals.

 

ICT: In ICT, we will be learning how to use a search engine, develop our skills in typing and learning how to create and store different types of media. 

 

PE: In our PE sessions each Thursday, we will be looking at cricket and developing our skills in batting and fielding. We will also be looking at events that we will take part in during Sports Day and developing our skills in these events.

 

We will continue to have weekly Karate sessions each Monday, Gymnastic sessions on Tuesday and French and PE lessons on Thursday. 

 

We have also planned an exciting visit to The Butterfly House as part of our topic to help us learn more about different types of animals.

Recently in Parakeet Class we have begun thinking about comparing and measuring weight. We have used objects from around our classroom and thought about how these objects could compare. We have also measured  the weight of objects using standard and non standard units. 

SMSC Day

 

On Friday 1st March children from Parakeet and Penguin classes took part in an SMSC day to learn about the Easter Story. Children worked together to understand the things that Christians believe happened on each of the days within the holy week of Easter. Children took part in lots of different activities such as thinking about and designing their holy feast based on the Last Supper. 

Spring Term Trip

 

During Week 4 all children from Year 1 were invited to take part in our trip to the National Space Centre. We have been learning about and exploring the minds of famous scientists, authors and inventors and have thought about space and space travel during this topic. We were very excited to learn more about the ways in which space travel has evolved. During our trip we watched a show in the Planetarium where we learnt about the conditions for astronauts in space. We really enjoyed our day at the National Space Centre and would like to thank them for looking after us so well. 

Little Red Riding Hood

 

This week we have been reading and learning about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have created our own story maps and alternative endings to the popular traditional tale. 

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Spring Term

 

Our Spring Term topic is 'Marvellous Minds' in which we will be learning about lots of famous people. We have lots of exciting events planned! Read what we will be learning about in each topic area.

 

English: In the first half term, we will be continuing to look at the Paddington story and create writing pieces linked to the story. We will also be looking at traditional tales and creating shape poems. We will be working on creating longer pieces of texts and using more adventurous vocabulary.

 

Maths: This term, we will be looking at numbers to 50, addition and subtraction and measuring lengths and capacity.

 

Phonics: We will have daily phonics sessions where we consolidate our knowledge of the phase 5 sounds and will work on applying this knowledge in both our reading and writing.

 

SPAG & Guided Reading: Children will be having daily spelling sessions looking at spelling key words and spelling rules. Children will also have SPAG lessons three times a week in which they will learn about different punctuation and grammar terms. They will also have weekly guided reading sessions to help support children's reading skills.

 

History & Geography: In the first half term, we will be learning about a range of famous scientists, inventors and authors from the past and present. We will learn about what they discovered, wrote and invented. We will also learn about how life was different in the past and how technology has changed over time. In the second half term, we will be learning about famous journeys and explorers. We will learn about the places they explored and the adventures they went on.

 

Art & Design Technology: In the first half term, we will be looking at a range of famous artists. We will learn about their lives and their Art and will try creating our own Art work inspired by their different styles. In the second half term, we will be looking at famous sculptures and will be making our own sculptors using a wide range of different materials.

 

Science: Our Science topic this term is 'Everyday Materials' in which we learn about the materials that things around us are made out of and the properties of different materials.

 

ComputingThis term, we will learn how to keep safe on the internet and rules that we should take when using technology. We will also be learning about how to create blog posts.

 

Religious Education: We will be doing our RE sessions through two RE days. The first RE day will focus on what Jesus taught Christians. We will be looking at different Bible stories and the morals they teach Christians. The second RE day will look at the Christian Holy Week of Easter and learn about how and why Christians celebrate Easter.

 

Music: We will be taking part in a Music day in which we will develop our rhythm skills, develop our skills in using different instruments and create our own music.

 

Physical Education: We will continue to have weekly Karate sessions with Sensei Dave on Monday, Gymnastic sessions with Mrs Spencer on a Tuesday and PE with Mr Scott on Thursday.

 

French: We will continue to have weekly sessions with Madame Walsh each Wednesday.

 

Venture Experts: Children will have four more weeks of their current Venture Experts groups which will finish with a showcase where parents are invited to come see what the children have been up to. Then they will choose a new Venture Experts group for the second half of the school year.

 

Special Events: As part of our topic on Marvellous Minds, we will be learning about Space and famous astronauts. To link with this we have an exciting trip to the National Space Centre on Friday 1st February. We also will be having a Planetarium in school and a special space themed day on Monday 1st April.

 

All children will receive a Year 1 Dates Letter which will tell you about the other exciting events happening in our class and across school. Don't forget that you can keep up to date with our learning on this webpage, on our blog site and using twitter (@parakeet_class).

 

 

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Christingle

 

On Thursday 13th December children from Parakeet and Penguin classes came together to celebrate Advent. Our children made Christingles and took part in a small service where they shared carols with one another. We learnt that each part of the Christingle has a special meaning and talked about our thoughts on celebrations at Christmas time. We also shared a wish that we hope to come true within the next year. 

Maths

 

In Maths we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We thought about names, properties and facts. Today we have played the game 'guess my shape.' One friend had to give three clues and the other friend had to guess which shape they were thinking of. Some of the clues were very tricky.

 

 

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Christmas Dinner Day

 

The children in Parakeet Class have really enjoyed getting into the festive spirit and celebrating Christmas by eating a special dinner with their friends. 

Paddington Bear

 

This half term both Year One classes have been learning about the story pf Paddington Bear. We have described the main characters, talked about story settings and even acted out small parts of the story. This week we are going to create instructions to enable us to make Paddington's favourite snack; marmalade sandwiches. 

 

 

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SMSC Day

 

On Friday 12th October children from Year 1 took part in a planned SMSC day where they celebrated belonging and the beginning of creation.

Throughout the day children took part in many activities which enabled them to understand how they belong in the extra curricular groups which they are part of and how others' believe that they belong to religious groups. The children created their own family trees to show the people who are important to them, as well as looking at religious items and researching who they may belong to.

Harvest Celebrations

 

On Tuesday 2nd October all of the children from Norbridge Academy performed a selection of Harvest themes songs for their friends and families. The children from Parakeet Class performed the song Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down and put on a wonderful show. We would like to extend many thanks to all those who were able to join us and make our celebrations a huge success. We would also like to say thanks for the generous donations which will be greatly received by Bassetlaw Food Banks.

 

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London's Blogging

 

On Monday 24th September children from both Year 1 classes took part in a themed blogging day, celebrating the city of London. As part of our Bright Light, Big Cities topic children have been learning all about life in our capital city. We have compared our immediate environment to that of London and thought about other features such as famous landmarks. During our celebration we also thought about the things that we would do if we were a King or Queen for a day. Take a look at our ideas on our class blog http://parakeet2018.norbridgeblogs.net/ and class Twitter page to find out more @parakeet_class

Poppy the Parakeet

 

Every week Poppy the Parakeet chooses a child from our class to spend the weekend with. Before planning her adventures Poppy looks for children who have shown great effort and determination throughout the week. Over the last five weeks in Parakeet class Poppy has chosen children who have impressed all of the adults with their amazing attitudes towards learning as well as being wonderfully kind friends.

Autumn Term Topic: Bright Lights, Big Cities

 

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Our Autumn term topic will be 'Bright Lights, Big Cities'. See what we will be learning about in the different subject areas below:

 

English: This term in English, we will be developing our skills in sentence writing looking at the key features of a sentence. We will develop our knowledge of phonic sounds and apply this in our writing and reading. We will also develop our sentences using adjectives and sentence openers. In English, we will also be creating different text types such as instructions, information texts and stories.

 

Maths: In Maths this term, we develop our knowledge of numbers to 20, looking at bonds to 10 and 20 and completing addition and subtraction with numbers up to 20. We will also develop our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes.

 

History & Geography: We will begin the term looking at Worksop and will look at local landmarks around Worksop. We will then learn about London and compare London to Worksop. In our studies of London we will learn about different landmarks in London and learn about the Fire of London. In the second half term, we will look at different cities around the World and learn about life in these cities.

 

Science: In the first half term, our Science topic will be 'Seasonal Changes'. In this we will learn about the different seasons and will study the weather. In the second half term, our Science topic will be 'Plants'. We will learn about the different parts of a plant and what plants need to grow.

 

RE: Our first half term topic will be 'Our Wonderful World' in which we learn more about the world around us and different beliefs around the World. In the second half term our topic will be 'Christians - Why do we give gifts at Christmas?' In this topic, we will learn about why Christians celebrate Christmas and the traditions linked to Christmas.

 

PE: We will have weekly sessions with our specials sports coach Mr Scott. In Year 1 children will also get the opportunity to have weekly Karate and Gymnastics lessons. 

 

Art: We will have weekly Art sessions this term with our specialist Art teacher Mr Slaney.

 

ICT: In ICT we will be looking at using paint and we will be learning about algorithms in coding.

 

SPAG & Guided Reading: Children will be having daily spelling sessions looking at spelling key words and spelling rules. Children will also have SPAG lessons three times a week in which they will learn about different punctuation and grammar terms. They will also have weekly guided reading sessions to help support children's reading skills. 

Annual Attendance
  • F1 Sparrow Class AM 93.9%
  • F1 Sparrow Class PM 93.9%
  • F2 Puffin Class 95.6%
  • F2 Sandpiper Class 95.2%
  • Y1 Pengiun Class 98.5%
  • Y1 Robin Class 98.3%
  • Y2 Peacock Class 96.2%
  • Y2 Woodpecker Class 98.1%
  • Y3 Flamingo Class 96%
  • Y3 Merlin Class 98.3%
  • Y4 Cuckoo Class 97.5%
  • Y4 Hummingbird Class 98.5%
  • Y5 Macaw Class 97.2%
  • Y5 Toucan Class 96.4%
  • Y6 Bluejay Class 97.3%
  • Y6 Goldfinch Class 96.7%

Safegaurding Information

Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • George Huthart
  • Catherine Bartlett
  • Camilla Mercer
  • Megan Williams
  • Lynne North
  • Sally Townsend
  • Kelly Whittington

Awards

  • Food for life
  • QES
  • Healthy Schools
  • Eco Schools
  • Outcomes School Award
  • Ofsted
  • Pupil Premium 2015
  • National Support School
  • The Primary Network
  • Pupil Premium 2016
  • Artsmark
  • International Schools Award
  • Investors In People
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