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YR - Minnows


Minnow Class is taught by Miss Jackson with Mrs Worley, Mrs Francis and Miss Read as the Learning Support Assistants. Other staff members working with the class include Mr Frisby for Music on a Wednesday and Mr Bourne for PE on a Monday.

Updates throughout the year can be found on this Class Page, Tapestry and on our School Twitter page. 

All About Me

It has been lovely to welcome all of the children into Minnow Class. During the first few weeks of term we have been getting to know everyone through our all about me topic. The children have enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities around this theme and have loved getting to know all of their new class mates. 

European Day of Languages 

Minnow Class had a wonderful time celebrating European Day of Languages and learning all about France. We learnt how to say hello and goodbye in French and had a look at the French flag before having a go at making one. We then went to enjoy some French food in the hall and all of the children were able to try french stick, brie, crepes and madeleines. 


Minnow Class have enjoyed exploring the topic of Autumn. Our story focuses have been Stickman and The Little Red Hen and we have enjoyed reading these and taking part in different activities. We have been on a welly walk to look for signs of Autumn. We have also been exploring the autumnal objects we have found and using conkers to help us with our phonics work. 


Thank you too everyone who attended our Harvest Festival. The children had a lovely time taking part in all of the activities and they performed their songs beautifully. 

Forest School Family Learning

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our forest school family learning. All of the children had a wonderful time taking part in the activities and enjoyed making wands, going on a scavenger hunt, creating bird feeders and making little autumn creatures. 

People Who Help Us

One of the children's favourite topics from this half term has been 'People Who Help Us'. They have really enjoyed learning all about people who help in the community and what they do. They then transferred this knowledge into their play, writing letters to post at the post office, treating people who have fallen off their bikes and helping others to cross the road. 

Church Visit

The children had a lovely time visiting St. James Church. We learnt all about the features of a church and the children were encouraged to have a look around and see what they could spot that was different from their house. They then worked with the year three children to explore and answer some questions all about churches. Finally they helped to tell the Nativity story by seeing what different characters they could spot hidden around the church. 


For the final part of this half term Christmas has been in full swing! The children have loved taking part in all of the Christmassy activities. We have been learning about the Nativity story and the children have enjoyed dressing up and representing these characters in their role play. I'm sure you will all agree with me as well when I say that their Nativity performance was amazing! We have also taken part in a fun Christmas themed craft morning where the children have made some lovely bits and pieces to bring home so please look out for these towards the end of term. 

Exploring Ice and Snow

We had a wonderful time exploring the ice and snow this half term. We enjoyed exploring what happened to the water when it was left in the tuff tray over night and talked about the best ways to help get rid of the ice. We then had lots of fun in the snow, making snowballs, snow castles and snow angels. 

Valentine's Day

This half term we have been learning about Valentine's Day. We used this as an opportunity to practise our art skills. We explored different painting and printing techniques to make some Valentines themed pictures. 

Pancake Day

This week we have learnt about and celebrated Pancake Day. We had a go at lots of different pancake themed activities including writing in flour, decorating our own pancake and going shopping for ingredients. We even had the chance to taste test some pancakes!

Trip to Carymoor

We really enjoyed our trip to Carymoor Environmental Centre where we took part in their Jack and the Beanstalk themed day to help us to learn about plants and growth. We started the day off with the story where the giant captured Jack and we were tasked with completing activities to collect gold coins that we could exchange to get Jack back!


We used willow to create shelters that we could use to hide from the giant and we learnt all about a seed and what it needed to grow and then played The Germination Game. We then headed back and planted our own magic beans before lunch. After lunch we went down to the woods where we went on a hunt to find animal tracks before just having some time to explore. 

Mother's Day Assembly 

Thank you to all of the wonderful adults who came and joined us for a cream tea at our Mother's Day assembly.