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Valley Road Academy

Spring term 2021 - Gallery and Work

Easter Challenge



In Science, we have been learning about plants. We looked carefully at different flowers and were able to describe the basic structure. We then made a flower using cupcake cases, seeds, paper and wool, then labelled it. We also planted sunflowers seeds and some have already started to grow.



In RE, we have been learning about Easter. We listened to the Easter story and made our own Easter books. We also made Easter cards for our families using shaving foam and paint and wrote messages inside. We have been busy making lots of Easter crafts too such as Easter necklaces, spilt pin chicks and chocolate cornflake cakes.



In Year 1 we have had two Gymnastic Coaches to help us develop our skills in using a range of apparatus during PE. The children have loved the opportunity to practise forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels and balancing. We started each lesson with a warm-up and finished with a cool down and the children have a really good understanding of the importance of exercise to keep them fit and healthy.  It has been lovely to see the children grow in confidence and hear them acknowledge that they are improving their skills.

Red Nose Day




Alien Invasion

In literacy, we have been reading the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’. When we came into school we were shocked to discover that real aliens had been to visit Valley Road. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we found green slime all over the floor! Underpants were hung across our class and pictures of the aliens were scattered everywhere. We are going to write newspapers and record a news broadcast of what they got up to, so that the whole school knows.

Ordering Planets

We have been learning about the different planets in solar system. We were able to order the planets, and then created solar system headbands. We have also been developing our fine motor skills by cutting and threading to make a solar system necklace. Can you remember the order of the planets?


World Book Day 2021

We celebrated World Book Day this year, by reading our favourite books and talking about our favourite book characters. We then made them using potatoes.

We also made stick puppets and told our friends stories, using the puppet show.


This half term, we have been looking at changes that happen in the winter time. We went on a walk around the school grounds and looked at the trees, which had lost all of their leaves. It began to hailstone and we explored how the hailstones felt, looked and even how they tasted! Then, we used our senses to explore different items from the winter months, such as ice and fir cones, we then wrote down words to describe them.



After reading the Not-so-perfect Penguin, we were inspired to explore what penguins eat in the wild. We investigated a salmon, looking at the different parts of the fish through touch, sight and smell. We then drew our own observational pictures of the fish concentrating on the different textures we had experienced. Next, we visited the fire pit and cooked our own fish. It was really tasty!

National Story Telling Week

To celebrate National Story Telling week, we shared lots of different stories with our friends. We then explored one of our favourite stories, Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Next, we went on a bear hunt and walked through some thick oozy mud, just like the book! Together, we thought about how grizzly bears hibernate in the winter months, we even made our own cozy bear dens.

The Big Birdwatch

We took part in The Big Birdwatch in Year One. We made some bird feeders out of cheerios and pipe cleaners and attached them to trees around the school grounds. We then made our own binoculars and learnt about different winter birds that we may expect to see in the United Kingdom. Together, we went outside to look for different birds and tallied up how many different species of birds we could find.