Greenside Avenue, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 6BB

01226 381273

Welcome to Mapplewell Primary School. School breaks up for half term on Friday 15th February and re-opens on Monday 25 February

Mapplewell Primary School

We provide excellence in learning; encourage a growth mindset
in all pupils and promote independence and motivation to succeed.

Unicorn Class - Y1

Welcome to the Unicorn class page; please check back regularly for updates of our learning and achievements.

Our class consists of 30 year one children; Mrs Bray and Miss Heckler teach us to be kind, considerate and work together as a team; we aim for a happy and fun class room to enable us to broaden our minds, become independent and reach our potentials.


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Autumn 2

Christmas Party- Thursday 13th December (party clothes can be brought to school and children will get changed after dinner)

Jack Frost trip- Friday 14th December

Christmas Performance- Tuesday 18th December (all children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper)

Christmas Dinner- Thursday 20th December

Last Day of term- Friday 21st December.


Autumn 1

Important information will be updated weekly; please check for regular reminders.

School disco Wednesday 24th October. Tickets are now available from the school office.

Inset day Friday 26th October.


Homework and Reading books will be sent out every Friday; please complete and return to school every Wednesday please.

Please read to with your child 3 times per week as a minimum.

Thank you.


PE will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure you have your PE kits on both of these days.

Meet the staff


Mrs Bray

Miss Heckler


Our Class Charter

The children formulated and agreed a set of rules to ensure our classroom is a nice place to be;

  • We always use our quiet voices
  • We walk when we are inside school
  • We are kind to everyone
  • We use kind hands
  • We sit smartly
  • We use our listening ears
  • We use our manners
  • We use our silent hand when the teacher asks
  • We choose it, use it, put it away


We follow the Read Write Inc programme and have been learning new sounds everyday that we use to help read our book. A new book is introduced every week and is sent home on a Friday to allow further reading practice.

Spring 1

Our key text this half term is 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson.

Autumn 2

Our Key Text this half term is "Tappity Tap what was that" by Claire Freedman...

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Our Key Text this half term is 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson...

Look at our amazing projects from the Readathon

Transition Week

This week we have been working with the theme 'This is me'.

The children have been working very hard explaining to their new teacher all about themselves.

The children have drawn self portraits and written about their favourite things; we used the book 'Dogger' to support this.

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The children have also been discussing their feelings and have written about what makes them happy and sad. We also spoke about the outside of our bodies and labelled our body parts. The children especially enjoyed drawing around their friend to help with the labelling!


Spring 1

Week three


Mrs Bray has introduced us to telling the time; we have labelled the hands on the clock to show the give time of o'clock or half past. We have also made our own clocks.

Week two

This week we have continued in our learning about money and we have worked with Mrs Bray to find out how much change we would have when we bought pets from the pet shop. Miss Heckler has supported us to play a coin bingo game. 

Week one

This week we have started learning about money. We have been looking at coins and matching them to their values.

Autumn 2

Week 3, 4 and 5


We have been learning to recognise, find and name half of shapes, objects and quantities.

Mrs Bray helped us to find half of a quantity by sharing into two groups, we then drew half of the number shown as candles on a birthday cake.

We also found half of a shape by folding it and colouring in half. We did so well that we have started looking at quarters of shapes.

In week 4 we have made half and half or quarters pizzas using paper. We also looked at quarters of objects by making jam sandwiches and cutting them into quarters.

During week 5 we have shared real fruit between two to find half of a quantity. We have also played a game of fraction bingo.


Week 2


This week we have been halving numbers by sharing them equally into two groups.

Mrs Bray helped us find half of 1 digit and 2 digit numbers by sharing out counters.

We also found half of a number by sharing cubes into two hoops.


Week 1


This week we have been introduced to multiplication. We have been doubling quantities in different ways.

Mrs Bray helped us to double the numbers we rolled on a dice by drawing spots on lady birds.

Miss Heckler helped us to double the number of cubes we had by looking in the mirror.

We recorded our number sentences using addition and multiplication; 1+1=2 or 1x2=2


Autumn 1

Week 7


We have been looking at 2d shapes this week and looking at the properties of the shapes by looking at the number of sides the shapes have. We also looked at shapes in our environment.


Week 6

During week 6 we have been learning about subtraction. We used numicon again to help us with the calculations. We also worked with a partner and numicon spinners to use random numbers within 10 to create our own subtraction calculations.

Week 5 

This week we have continued to concentrate on addition and further practice using number bonds within 10. We also practiced our skills further by applying this knowledge to add single figures together to find their totals.

We have used numicon and unifix cubes this week.


Using Numicon to explore number bonds.
Using Numicon to explore number bonds.

Week 4

This week we have been introducing addition into our maths work and looking at number bonds. We have used a range of equipment to support our learning this week.

Week 3

We have continued our focus of Place Value. This week we have explored making one less and one more than any number up to 30. We have used our number lines to help us and used a variety of equipment.


Week 2

Our focus this week is Place Value; we have been learning about different ways in which we can represent numbers by using marks, pictures and equipment.


Week 1

We have been introduced to our maths focus for the next three weeks which is; Place Value. We have been practising counting within a 100 square, starting at any number. We have also counted back and our work enabled us to fill in the missing numbers on a number line.

Our Curriculum 

Spring 1

Week three

We have been scientists again this week and have tested out the most appropriate materials to build a house with. We looked at solid materials such as; plastic, wood and metal and submerged them in a water bath. We compared these to cotton wool and found that solid materials are much more water resistant than the soft material.

Week two

We have become scientists and have been testing out different paper types to find the most water resistant type. We found that the card was most water resistant.

Week one

Our new topic is Let's Build.

We have received a letter from the three little pigs to ask for help building them a house that the big bad wolf can not blow down.

This week we are looking at different materials to make sure we choose the most appropriate materials to help the three pigs.

Autumn 2

Week 5

We have been very busy this week practising our songs for the Christmas performance. We are so excited and can't wait to perform to our friends and families.

Week 4

This week we became newspaper reporters and wrote an article for "The Unicorn Times" telling people about the first moon landing. We really enjoyed this.

Week 3

This week we found more information about Neil Armstrong and the importance of the moon landing. The children built rockets with lego this week. We also wrote a diary of how Neil Armstrong might have felt about being on the moon.

Week 2

We are finding out about the moon landing and have been writing about who the first man on the moon was. We also created space pictures on black paper; we added Neil Armstrong placing the flag on the moon.

Week 1

Our new topic is all about Explorers. We have started the new topic by discussing what we already know about Explorers and sharing the brilliant homework projects the children completed over the half term holiday.

Autumn 1

Week 6

This week we became Explorers in the Rainforest and looked at equipment we would need to take on an expedition. We also made binoculars using paper cups and tissue paper. We then used the binoculars as we watched an expedition to the Amazon Rainforest and we pretended we were there.

Week 5

The focus for this week has been all about animals. We have found out what animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We then used this knowledge to form symbol food chains. We have worked in small groups and enjoyed working together as a team.

Week 4

This week has been very exciting for all of us; we have learnt about different insects in the rainforest and we have had some visitors in school. On Tuesday we had a visit from Zoo lab and were introduced to animals and insects we might see in the wild. We especially liked Gary the Giant Land Snail.

Week 3

We have revisited our world maps and discussed what we could remember about the seven continents. We did very well. We then looked at different animals around the world and added them to our maps.

Week 2

This week we have continued our Geography theme and have put together a booklet about the seven continents. We also focussed on Africa during an Art lesson and created a watercolour Sahara Desert scene.

Week 1

Our topic for this half term is The Bare Necessities; we will be learning about our World and the animals and creatures that live in it. We will also focus on Rainforests.


This week we have looked at our world and located the seven continents and five oceans on our own maps.