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Welcome to Platypus class!

My name is Mrs Sanderson. I am class teacher to a class of 30 amazing individuals.

It's going to be a year packed with new learning, new adventures and new discoveries! We are going to answer many, many questions, meet lots of interesting people and learn more about ourselves along the way!


This is our class webpage. I will be posting lots of photographs and work so that you can share these with your friends and family at home too!

Thursday 17th December was Christmas jumper/ elf day! The children loved showing off their jumpers/ costumes to each other!


As a celebration of  the end of our space topic, and the fact were nearly at Christmas, Platypus class baked some star biscuits!





They enjoyed measuring out all of the ingredients, rubbing the flour and butter together, before adding egg and milk to create their dough. The children had to work out whether they needed to add more flour or milk to their dough before they rolled it out and cut out their stars. There was a delicious smell floating down the corridor all afternoon!



Thursday 10th December was Christmas Lunch Day at Harrowgate Hill. Platypus loved trying new foods (particularly ones they thought that they didn't like, but actually did), listening to Christmas songs and sharing a cracker with a friend! Merry Christmas!





Platypus class have been working as a team to produce some beautiful bird feeders and magic Santa keys to sell as part of enterprise week!






'It is squashy!' - Ranae


We used our hands to mix the bird seed together with the lard, before moulding it into Christmas shapes!


Children in Key Stage 1 have been learning about Christingles. We learnt about how each part of the Christingle represents something. We have created a Christingle 'service' which you will find in the 'video centre' part of the website.









On Wednesday 2nd December, Liz Million (our school's patron of reading) joined Year 1 as part of aspirations week (on Zoom!). She talked to us about how and why she became an illustrator. After that we joined in with a drawing work shop where we learned how to draw different animals. our efforts were fantastic!








In English this half term, we have been reading 'Tidy' by Emily Gravett.

This week  we have been thinking about what it might feel like to be Pete, the badger, in the story. We then wrote the story again, but from Pete's point of view. Here are some examples of our stories!






On Friday 13th November, Platypus joined in with Children In Need. We learnt all about the role of the charity and where the money that we raise is spent. We had a non-uniform day to raise money as a school. We did lots of activities and even joined in with the end of Joe Wicks' 24 hour exercising! We were very tired at the end!




On Friday 23rd October, Platypus joined in with 'Crazy Hair Day'. There were definitely some very creative styles and they were all of the colours of the rainbow!


In Platypus class, we are learning all about Space!



We have played with the space rocket in the Small World area, Made space rockets of our own in the construction area and even made Space rockets out of Numicon in the Maths area!


We have looked at 'A Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh. We investigated the colours, tones and textures that he used in the painting, before having a go at using these ourselves to create our own version of the painting. These are now on display in our phase corridor!




in maths, we have been learning to count forwards and backwards to 10 (or more!), adding one more and one less AND using the < & > symbols to compare numbers.






We read 'The amazing story of Belka and Strelka - Dogs in Space' and ordered the events carefully!


Our fantastic parents have helped us to create some fantastic rockets as part of our homework task! These are all now proudly on display in the corridor for everyone to see! Well done everyone!


A few facts about a Platypus


Duck-Billed Platypus


Duck-billed platypuses are small, shy animals. They have a flattened head and body to help them glide through the water. Their fur, dark brown on top and tan on their bellies, is thick and repels water to keep them warm and dry even after hours of swimming.



The duck-billed platypus's head and body grow to about 15 inches (38 centimeters) and its tail grows to about 5 inches long (13 centimeters). Their most remarkable feature is their amazing snout. It looks like a duck's bill, but is actually quite soft and covered with thousands of receptors that help the platypus detect prey.



Males are also venomous. They have sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet and can use them to deliver a strong toxic blow to any foe.


Platypuses spend most of their time alone, sleeping or eating.


These mammals are bottom feeders. They scoop up insects and larvae, shellfish, and worms in their bill along with bits of gravel and mud from the bottom. All this material is stored in cheek pouches and, at the surface, mashed for consumption. Platypuses do not have teeth, so the bits of gravel help them to "chew" their meal.



Platypuses are long-lived, surviving 20 years or more in captivity and up to 12 years in the wild. Scientists think these fascinating creatures are the earliest relatives of modern mammals. Recent studies show that they first evolved more than 112 million years ago, well before the extinction of the dinosaurs.