Year 1 Miss McKinnon


Welcome to Miss McKinnon’s class page. Below you will find photographs of your child’s learning and any important information. Please check regularly to find out all about our exciting learning journey.

This half term’s project is ‘You’ve Got Mail’. Before the half term break we received a parcel from a meerkat called Sunny. Inside the box was lots of objects and a letter. We worked out that the parcel was sent all the way from India! We can’t wait to receive more packages from Sunny and find out about lots of different hot and cold countries.

We are also very excited to get ready for our upcoming Christmas play. It is called ‘Prickly Hay’. Costume letters have now been sent home. Please let me know if you require any more guidance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminders and Dates for the Autumn Term

P.E is on Thursday and Friday every week.

Friday 8th November 9.30am Y1 Christmas play

Monday 11th November 2.15pm Y1 Christmas play

Our Learning

Below you will find lots of photographs about the exciting learning in our class.

Art With Nature

As part of our seasons project we looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy. He creates art and sculptures out of natural materials including leaves, sticks and stones. We looked at lots of pictures of his artwork and watched a video of him creating a piece of art out of slate. From this, we came up with our own designs and went outside to create them. We found an area with lots of leaves and sticks and had an exciting afternoon creating Andy Goldsworthy inspired art!

Designing Chairs

Within Design Technology, we read Goldilocks and Just the One Bear. In the story the bear struggled to find a nice place to sit so we decided to design and build our own chairs for the bear. It was quite difficult deciding which material would make the strongest and comfiest chair. We used play dough, stickle bricks, junk materials, blocks and lego. When our chairs were made we sat the bear on them to see if the chair was strong enough. A lot of our models needed improving! Once we improved our models the bear was able to sit on all of them!

Lego Workshop

This week we took part in a Lego Workshop where we built our own models of buildings. Stephen told us that it was very important to overlap the lego to make sure that our buildings were strong. At the end of the day we were shown how to put a bulb in our buildings so that we could light them up. We then put all of our models together to create a huge lego town! It was such a fun day. Take a look at our wonderful creations below.

Building Beanstalks

This week we carried out a science experiment to find out which food would make the strongest beanstalk. We worked in groups to build beanstalks out of biscuits, chocolate, marshmallows and strawberry pencils. We used string, masking tape, blue tac and icing sugar to stick our food together. After the beanstalks were built we observed what happened when a giant stood on top of them. All of the beanstalks fell over except for the biscuit beanstalk!


Roald Dahl Day

Today we came into school dressed up as characters created by Roald Dahl. Our day was filled with lots of exciting activities. Here is a video of the children showing off their amazing costumes!

Junk Modelling

This week we started  our new project ‘Down My Street’ by thinking about different types of buildings. We had lots of fun making our own buildings out of a range of materials. Have a look at our fantastic models!

Our Learning in Reception


Masizani Day

Today children celebrated Masizani day wearing yellow and blue. These are the colours of the Primary School In South Africa. We looked at where in the world South Africa is. Children had the opportunity to discuss how our school and Masizani School are different or the same. Children engaged in activities such as using the colours to red, green, black, white, yellow and red to colour a flag. We discussed the importance of each colour used in the flag also. Children painted in these colours and created necklaces.


Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

This week Reception have been learning about the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We witnessed the crime scene of the little pig homes. They were destroyed by the Big Bad Wolf.The children thought it would be a good idea to make a wolf trap. Their trap had a rocket launcher, trip wires and a gingerbread man as bait.

Making Soft Toys

Reception have been busy sewing and creating teddy bears. The children have thought of resources they needed to create eyes, ears and a nose. Well done!


Sports Day

Well done to all the children who took part in sports day. They were enthusiastic in all their races and showed good sportsmanship by cheering on their friends. We are very proud of them all.


Manchester Airport

What a fantastic day we have had! Thank you to all adults who supported staff on our trip. Reception should be very proud of themselves as their behaviour was fantastic and I am very proud.

At the runway

We watched aeroplanes land and take off on the runway.We also learned that aeroplanes need a little bit of help going backwards. We spotted one being pushed back.

Viewing Concorde

The children were in awe of this aeroplane. We learned about how the Concorde’s nose bends so the pilot can see during take off. Also as long as it looks it only held one hundred passengers. The children were impressed by its supersonic speed.

On DC10

We stepped onto an old Monarch aeroplane that has been chopped in half. Children were taught about the history of the aircraft. They had the chance to dress up as different occupations in the airport. Reception also went inside the cockpit and pretended to fly the aircraft whilst sitting in the captains and co-pilots chairs.


Are We Nearly There Yet?

Thank you to all parents who have supported the children to create great projects about transport. The children were keen to discuss facts they found out. Children were able to explain how they made  their models in front of the class. Some children read their books about transport too. Myself and Mrs Cunliffe are very proud. Well done Reception!


British Values Day


The children have been learning about what makes Britain special. We learned what  democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance mean to us. The children came to school in their own clothes with colours linked to the British flag. Some children dressed up as people who help us.  Reception have enjoyed activities associated with Britain. They have made an artistic version of Big Ben and they made flags using peg boards or colouring pencils. Some children took on the role of being architects and built their very own Big Ben building.



Mother’s Day Assembly

Thank you to everyone who attended our Mother’s Day assembly. I am sure you will agree that the children were wonderful! Here are some video clips of the children explaining exactly why they love their mums so much.

Science Week! 

Eureka! This week Reception have been learning about the famous scientist Archimedes. We have explored what makes something float and what makes an object sink. The children have been experimenting making boats and predicting if their boats will float or sink.

"My boat will float because it's not full of stuff it's got lots of air in it. "

“My boat will float because it’s not full of stuff it’s got lots of air in it. “

Throughout the week children have taken on the role of being scientists with Scientist Sally.

Here is a glimpse of the experiments children have conducted.

World Book Day!

The children had a fantastic day. We dressed up as our favourite characters.The children participated in a book swap and we enjoyed our drop everything and read moments during the day. Lexi  said “I liked the book swap because I got the Tinkerbell book.”

Real life heroes!

We have enjoyed learning about Superheroes this term but we wanted to meet some real life heroes. This term Reception had the opportunity to meet a Firefighter and Police Community Support Officers.

At first Reception believed that Police Officers ” put bad guys in jail”. However, we learned that they keep people safe and care for people in our community. The children got to see the police car and listen to the loud siren. They even got the chance to dress up as a Police Community Support Officers  and have their fingerprints taken.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

The children participated in a project day learning about Chinese New Year celebrations. The children were busy making dragons, lanterns and we learned how to write Chinese numbers. We read the Zodiac story and  found out this year is the year of the Rooster. Look through our gallery and see the children’s learning.

Superheroes to the Rescue!

Thank you to everyone for supporting your children to create their masks. The children looked great wearing their masks and they got the chance to show their work on a parade around the school. Well done!


Careers Day

Children were excited to demonstrate what careers they wish to pursue in the future. We had children who aspired to become police officers, racing drivers, vets and nail technicians.

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Welly Wednesday

The children had fun exploring the changes that happen during Autumn.

Fun run!

Well done to all the children who took part in our fun run. The children were delighted with their medals and certificates. 


Making windmills

Reception have enjoyed making windmills this week and have been very busy writing instructions explaining how to make them. Keep up the hard work Reception!


Library visit

Reception visited the library and listened the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The children enjoyed finding pictures from the story on a hunt in the library.

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