St Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School


Welcome toSt Martin & St Mary Church ofEngland Primary School

Year 1

It has been a busy start to the Spring Term and the children have loved our topic 'Exploring the Fells.' We have learnt about Alfred Wainwright as a person of local significance; we have explored maps and enjoyed following in Wainwright's footsteps with a walk up Orrest Head. This lead into our Mountain Rescue work where we have been thinking about how to be safe and prepared for adventures on the fells. We were lucky enough to have the Mountain Rescue team members and search dogs into school to tell us about the important work and rescues that they do. The children were especially interested in how clever the dogs are at helping on a rescue. We also had to carry out our very own rescue during our trip up Brant Fell. The children have loved listening to the stories written by Beatrix Potter and have learnt about her life. They have created some beautiful artwork using watercolours in the style of Beatrix Potter. 


In science, we have learnt and explored materials. The children have carried out an investigation to find out which material is the most absorbent. They all had great ideas and are beginning to make sensible predictions. We look forward to continuing this after half term with the help of the Three Little Pigs.


In RE, we have learnt all about baptism and Jesus being baptised. We shared our own baptism photos and even role played a baptism. Katy Hall and Cathy, from NISCU, came in to share stories from the bible about baptism too. 


After half term, we will begin our topic on the Great Fire of London and we cannot wait for the fire brigade to visit us in school to teach us about fire safety. We are going to build our own houses from 1666 and think about why the fire spread so wildly and compare this to buildings today. We are hoping that the fire brigade will re-enact this, although it will be very different to how they tried to put out the fire all those years ago. 

Year 1 is led by Kath Savage, Gemma Thwaites and Emily Lang, the class teachers.  They also have Kirsty Galloway and Kathryn Airey as teaching assistants.