Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School


Week ending Thursday 1st April

Northamptonshire have had a busy final week of term.  In history, we have been learning more about explorers and thinking about where the children would like to explore and the equipment they would need to take with them.  In maths, we have been perfecting our counting in 5s skills and starting to link this to the 5 times table.  In RE we found out how Christians celebrate 3 important days during Easter; Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In science we have been finishing our topic on the planets by finding out why the tilt of the Earth creates seasons and very importantly, which season our birthday is in.

We have also been very creative with several art projects, including making an Arctic scene for our penguins and something special for Easter Day.  We have more exciting art projects planned for next term. For one of these, we would like to ask you to save kitchen roll tubes and bring them into school in Term 5.  

Forest School on Thursday afternoon was a lovely way to round of this very unusual term.  The children were given a special treat of hot chocolate, which helped to keep us warm.  You will see from the photos just how much this was enjoyed!  

We wish you and your families a very happy Easter!

Mrs McGinley and Mrs Bentham

Week ending 19 March 2021


It has been very encouraging to see how quickly the children have settled back into school routines and their renewed enthusiasm for learning.  This week they have loved learning about Christopher Columbus in history and seemed to have no problem imaging themselves as part of his crew.  In science we have continued to study the solar system, learning about how the Earth spins on its axis, creating day and night.  On Friday we took advantage of the lovely sunshine and conducted some shadow experiments so that we could see the effects of the Earth spinning. 

Next week in maths, we are revisiting counting in 2s and 5s and then using this to solve problems.  In preparation, the children may enjoy showing you how great they are at this at home.

Shadow experiments in the playground.

Week ending 12th March 2021


We've had a fantastic week back, full of hands-on discovery to ease the children back into the routines and systems of learning at school.

Our afternoons have been mainly focused on Mars, learning about the excitement of the successful landing of the Mars Rover, Perseverance.  The children have been studying the surface of Mars and making replicas, they took on the challenge of making a rover out of pasta and finally they made a hinged mechanical arm to scoop up Martian soil.  Have a look at this sway to find out more:


On Thursday, the children were very excited to be going to their first forest school as a whole class.  They were very lucky, because the sun shone on them all afternoon.  One of the activities involved finding pictures of bugs that had been hidden all around the woods.  The children then made some bug homes out of sticks and leaves.  We might find some living in them next week!

STEM Projects and Forest School

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2020-2021

Year 1 Teaching Team

Left to right top row: Mrs Large (Herefordshire Class Teacher), Mr Levett (P.E Specialist and Herefordshire Class Teacher Wednesday AM) 

Left to right bottom row: Miss Beasley (Year 1 Lead and Gloucestershire Class Teacher), Mrs Clements (Art Specialist), Mrs Bentham (Northamptonshire Class Teacher Wednesday - Friday), Mrs McGinley (Northamptonshire Class Teacher Monday, Tuesday and Thursday PM) 

Year 1 Teaching Assistants