How to grow a sunflower

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, we went outside for our Science topic, Plants!

We have been looking closely at the parts of a plant and what their job is. We have already learnt some interesting facts such as:

Plants need water, sunlight and air to help it grow.

Can you think of any more facts about plants that we have learnt this week?

This afternoon, we decided to put our hats on and take our learning outside.

First, we looked at 3 different plants. We looked for all the parts of the plant that we had learnt: stem, roots, leaf, flower and bud. Then, we started to deconstruct the plant and got hands on with it. We pulled it out of the pot and were amazed by the amount of roots we could see!After that, we went back inside and started to read some instructions. They gave us step by step instructions to help us plant a sunflower seed. After carefully listening to the instructions and labelling a plant pot, we went back outside and followed the instructions to plant our own sunflower seed. Hopefully, in 1-2 weeks we will start to see a shoot coming out of the soil. Then, you can take your sunflower home and watch it grow!

We looked at some pictures of huge sunflowers and now the race is on to grow the tallest sunflower! We’ve had a brilliant first week back and I’m already looking forward to the rest of a bright and sunny summer term!

Have a great weekend

Miss Gedney 🙂

PE Tomorrow

We will be doing outdoor PE tomorrow as normal.

Please can you ensure your child has an appropriate sun hat and sun cream applied in the morning. We won’t take the children out for a long time in the sun and will stay in the shade where possible, but they must have a hat or they will stay inside for PE.

Thanks in advance

Miss Gedney 🙂

A busy term!

Wow we really did have a busy term in Matilda class!

Here are some photos to show what we have been up to.

We kicked off the term with Space Day!

We watched a hilarious show ‘Polly the Pirate’

Making arrays with Smarties!

Using imaginative description to take our friends on a guided tour of the book ‘Beegu’. This has been one of our favourite books!

More Beegu! Acting out the story 🙂

Our favourite lesson EVER! (A real quote from Matilda Class!)

We completed an experiment with ice! It was very cold but very exciting! The children were given a cube of ice to play with and see if they could melt it. Then, we had a problem, some lego men had got stuck in an ice cube…how could we get them out? We weren’t allowed to use our hands so we had to think really carefully about how we could get them out. There were some very imaginative ideas! Sun, heaters, cups of wam water and blowing on them were some of the ideas. Then, we got the hairdryer out! It took 4 minutes to get the lego man out, it was quite a long wait, watching quietly!

A fun dance lesson !

A very exciting visit from the Mayor of Northampton and Mrs Deane! The children were a bit star struck…!

A lovely end to the term with some Easter nests 🙂

Amongst all the excitement this half term we have continued to be amazing writers, mathematicians and continued to grow into mature, independent Year 1’s!

I have been looking at the pictures from September and the children have really grown!

This Easter:

  • Have fun with your families!
  • Read lots of books…which one is your favourite? Keep a note of all the books you read and tell me.
  • Try and get outside and have lots of fun, even if it’s raining, ride a bike and play in the garden. I’ll be going for lots of runs. What will you be doing?
  • Try and find some time to practise reading your HFW’s and have a go at spelling them too.
  • Go on MyMaths and look at all the activities I have set for you, there’s quite a few but you don’t have to do them all at once.
  • Enjoy your break!

Miss Gedney 😊

Books, books, books!

Happy Weekend Matilda Class, I hope you have all had an enjoyable and adventurous weekend!

This week, it was announced in Star of the Week assembly who had read all 15 books from the Year 1 list. In total, we have 8 children who have already read all 15 – wow! Well done to those children, your certificates will be presented tomorrow.

I know there are lots of you who are really close to reading all 15. Don’t forget to tell me when you’re finished so I can ask you some questions about the books you have read.

For those of you still reading (or those who have finished and would like a challenge), have a look at the questions below that I have written for each book. There are lots of different questions to choose from.

With world book day coming up, I would like you to think about your favourite book and be able to tell me why it is your favourite so get thinking! I am coming dressed as my favourite book on Thursday. Can you guess what it is?

I am so proud of how much you love reading and an continually amazed by how much you read at home – keep it up!

Miss Gedney

P.S. Apologies to those of you who have left comments on recent blog posts – I have only just found them so will add on some dojos for your comments, thank you for commenting!

Out of this World! 🚀

We had a fantastic day today, immersing ourselves into our new Space topic. We split into groups and did a round robin of activities, painting moon pictures, icing biscuits, looking at how meteors and asteroids make craters in the moon and decorating our own space helmet!

We prepared for take off and launched ourselves into the playground, landing on the ‘Moon Stage’ for a Space picture.

This afternoon we made split pin astronauts and raced balloon rockets outside! What a great day we had!

What was your favourite part of the day?

Miss Gedney

Stay and Read 📚

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our stay and read event this afternoon, it was a roaring success! It was so brilliant to see everyone reading, sharing some poems we had been learning and finding our favourite books.

I can’t wait until the next one!

What was you favourite part of the stay and read event today?

We have lots of favourite books in Matilda class! Can you ask your family what their favourite book is? This could be a book as an adult or a child!

Miss Gedney


Another busy week!

This week we have been introduced to Hamlet, this is the focus of our English theme this term and we have enjoyed being introduced to parts of the story.

Earlier in the week, we were very excited as some objects were revealed to us from a box. We didn’t know what these objects were but eventually we found out that they belonged to someone very special! We had a picture of each object and we labelled it using some exciting vocabulary.  We have been doing lots of drama this week and looking at feelings and emotions. There are a lot of themes in Hamlet, love, power, marriage, revenge and tragedy so we have been exploring what these words mean. Today, we had a go at portraying some emotions using our bodies, then we looked at a picture of Hamlet and decided how he was feeling. When we had thought about his feelings, we placed them in order of importance in relation to Hamlet. This was really tricky but we worked really hard and we were amazed at how well you understood the words and their meaning, well done!

In other news this week, we have been using addition in maths, to add two 1 digit numbers together, then to challenge ourselves we began adding a 2 digit number to a 1 digit number! We used lots of resources to help us, including drawing pictures and Numicon shapes before trying more challenging abstract sums.

Finally, to finish off a great week today we welcomed the Digital Leaders into our classroom who taught us how to use micro:bits. We used the devices to log on, find the internet symbol then they taught us how to make the micro:bit lights flash, words appear and even play music! It was all very exciting and a great end to the week 🙂

Well done Matilda Class for an enjoyable week. Enjoy your weekend!

Miss Gedney 🙂

P.S. A polite reminder that as we are going outside for PE on a Thursday, we need to wrap up warm. We do get hot when running around however please ensure we have a tracksuit top and joggers in PE bags and if possible, trainers.

A weekly round-up!

We had a fantastic full on week last week, here’s a round up of what we got up to.


On Monday we introduced spelling to our weekly timetable. We had a practise after break of what we have to do each week. We will send home spellings in the red reading diaries. Please practise these at home regularly for a spelling test first thing on Monday morning – a great way to kick off a new week! This term, our spelling focus is suffixes, linked to our weekly SPaG lesson. Next week, the spellings are -ing words.


Tuesday was a day of firsts! In English we started looking at Hamlet, focussing on castles! We’ve loved learning about castles, what parts they have and the job roles in a castle. I have a fantastic video to share on TLC night with some very dramatic performances!

We also started our new theme ‘The lady with the Lamp’. In history, we will be learning all about the life and work of Florence Nightingale. I was amazed at how much knowledge you came in with on Tuesday. Well done for reading your Knowledge Organisers at home! We focussed on Florence being a hero of her time and we talked about what a hero is and who our heroes are. There were some lovely pieces of work created and lots of thought went into deciding who your hero was.


Wednesday afternoon saw some budding artists practising their sketching skills! We talked about what sketching is and sketched a castle in preparation for our end of unit outcome. In maths, we’ve continued our work on addition within 10 and number facts to 10. An impressive number of children are secure with all addition and subtraction number bonds to 10 – keep it up! Mrs Chamberlain delivered a wonderful assembly on ‘Dreams and Goals’ where we discussed our New Years resolutions. Mine is to run more and drink plenty of water every day. Do you have a New Years resolution? Comment below and share it with me! 😊


More acting in English and more number bonds in maths! We read the story of the Train Ride in critical reading this week and we had to sequence the events in the story. We then had a brilliant (but short!) PE lesson, applying skills we’ve learnt in previous lessons into fun games, before a lovely assembly from Mr Williams before hometime.


To finish off a busy week of learning, we completed an independent write, writing facts about Castles, applying everything we’d learnt. I am always so impressed with the outcomes of our independent writes as it shows me how much has been learnt and what can be applied into writing, with amazing spelling and beautiful kinetic letters as an added plus! Friday afternoon was finished off with Forest School with Miss Leatherland and a great time was had by all!

Wow! When I write it all down, we have been busy, I really enjoy reflecting on our week so next week, I will aim to take more photos to include in these posts. It’s another busy one!


  • Spellings will be tested first thing
  • The 15 books can now be taken home from our Year 1 library. If you’d like to take a book home, the children can self select, or you can send me a note of which book you would like to take and return when finished.
  • JUNK! If you have any large boxes or junk, we will be junk modelling castles this week so we would be grateful to receive any of your recycling!

See you in the morning,

Miss Gedney 🙂

Key Skills Books

Oops! I have just seen the box of Key Skills books that should have been sent out this afternoon – I’m so sorry that I didn’t hand them out, I will hand them out on Monday!

If you would like to do Key Skills over the weekend and put it in your books when they will be sent home on Monday, then please see the new Key Skills sheet below (it looks blurry but if you click to enlarge the picture, it should focus).

Apologies once again! Please pass the message on to anyone who may not have seen this blog post.

Many thanks,

Miss Gedney


Happy New Year! 🎉

Happy New Year Matilda Class!

I hope you have had a lovely break and enjoyed spending time with your families over the festive period, I’m looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.

Thank you so much for the gifts you kindly gave to myself, Miss Morrison and Ms Davies, we are very grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

A few reminders/things to note before we come back on Thursday!

  • MyMaths – in total, 34 activities have been completed on MyMaths. This is a brilliant result, but not everyone has logged in yet, please let me know if you are having trouble logging in. This is a brilliant tool and resource for maths practise! The challenges end on Friday.
  • Hit the button – keep practising your quick recall of number bonds to 10 on hit the button. I cannot track this at home however you could make a note of all your scores in your reading diary for me to see! The highest score in Matilda Class in December was 25. Can you beat it?
  • Reading – I hope you’ve all enjoyed completing the reading challenge in your key skills books this holiday. I can’t wait to see what you’ve read!
  • PE – we will be doing PE on Thursday so please bring your PE bags to school on Thursday.

If you have any recycling that hasn’t been put out for collection yet, please send it in a plastic bag as we would like to do some junk modelling this term!

Send me a comment if you’ve done anything this holiday that you would like to share! This could be homework, day trips, sporting activities or anything else you are proud of!

See you on Thursday!

Miss Gedney 😊