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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 accomodate special events. 

This page will be updated throughout the school year with news and pictures of events and activities in class.

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.