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Thurstonland First School

Marsh Hall Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD4 6XD

01484 666480

Class News


Welcome to the class page for Reception & Year 1.

Our morning activities focus on Phonics, English and Maths. Our afternoons are different each day:

Monday: Handwriting and Whole School Assembly

Tuesday: Indoor PE, Topic

Wednesday: Topic, Individual Reading and Music

Thursday: Guided Reading, Outdoor PE and Singing Assembly

Friday: Computing (Year 1), Friday Treat and Well Done Assembly

Sometimes our activities vary to accommodate special events. 

Our Nativity

Just before we broke up for our Christmas holiday it was time to perform for our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends at St Thomas' Church.

The whole school took part, with Year 5 pupils narrating and Years 2, 3 and 4 singing. It was our job in Reception and Year 1 to do the acting.

Grow to School Project

Grow to School will be visiting us over the coming year to explore the outside space and discover what it holds for learning. They will work with us to develop a food growing programme in the vegetable garden, carry out surveys in the nearby woodland and park and make a plan for ways the school can encourage more wildlife to visit the area.

On the first visit we put on their wellies and spent the day in the vegetable garden - clearing, weeding, digging in manure, harvesting and planting. A job well done!

Stirley Farm

In October we spent the day at Stirley Farm.

During the day we planted bulbs and spent time looking at the different leaves from the vegetables that grow on the farm. We then dug up some of the vegetables from the allotment and prepared them ready to make our very own soup!

Reception Picnic

On Monday 24th June our current Reception pupils, along with their parents were joined by our new Reception pupils and parents starting in September for our Welcome Picnic.

We didn't let the poor weather stop us from having fun - we had a lovely walk around some of our beautiful countryside that surrounds our school before enjoying an indoor picnic.

We look forward to welcoming our new pupils into school in September. 

Pancake Day

We had a lovely morning celebrating pancake day by making pancakes. We also learnt about the traditions of shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

We also completed a bar chart showing our favourite toppings on our pancakes!

Chinese New Year

Our lessons this week have had a Chinese New Year theme. These are some of the things we have done:

  • Looked at artifacts;
  • Read fiction and non-fiction books;
  • Made lanterns, masks and mini dragons;
  • Learnt to use chopsticks;
  • Cooked a stir-fry;
  • Eaten fortune cookies and Chinese sweets;
  • Learnt how to say some words and to count to 10 in Cantonese

The Teachers turned our sand tray into The Great Race and our water tray into a Chinese Takeaway. We even did our very own Chinese New Year Parade around School, complete with a dragon and musical instruments

Maths inside and out!


Reception & Year 1 pupils have been working hard on their maths!

We have used some of the toys from our current 'Toys' topic to learn about counting money and the different coins. We also took our Maths learning outside and practised our subtraction skills.

Wise Owl visit

The children enjoyed a visit from the Wise Owl Bird of Prey Centre where every child got to hold a Little Owl and learned lots of new things about owls. Owls are our transition topic and the children are producing some fantastic work in class.

Take a look at the PTA page for photos of the visit.

Water wall fun!

A huge thank you goes to one of our Reception parents, Mr Davies, who has very successfully upgraded our water wall in the playground! We're sure you'll agree it looks fantastic and the children love it.