Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’


Class 6 Miss Alsop

Welcome to Class 6

Class Teacher- Miss Alsop,

Teaching Assistant- Mrs Collier

Teaching Assistant- Miss Cooling

Class 6 PE day is Monday.

Children can come to school in their PE kit on Mondays. PE kit is a white t-shirt, black jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers. Children will also need their school jumper.

Our topic this term is:

What would your castle look like?

This term we are going to be learning what life was like living and working in a castle and identify some similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.


What are castles?


Castles are a type of home that was built to protect the people inside. People who lived in the castle included lords, who were in charge, as well as soldiers to defend it from enemy invaders, and even cooks and cleaners to keep everyone fed and tidy up. They could be very crowded places to live.

The first castles in England were built by the Normans. Different types of castles developed over the centuries that got stronger and easier to defend; at the same time, different weapons were designed to try to break into the castles and overtake them more quickly. There are a lot of castles all over Britain that you can walk around to see exactly what it would have been like to live there, whether you were trying to defend the castle or trying to attack it. 



We are lucky enough to have a castle in a local area.

Come and take a look at Bolsover Castle.



Top 10 Facts:


  1. Everything about a castle was built to keep the people inside safe. It is made up of many different parts, not just one building.
  2. The main building inside the castle is the keep, which was protected by walls and towers.
  3. The first castles were built by the Normans and were called motte and bailey castles.
  4. Some of the first castles were made from wood before they were built from stone. Stone is a longer-lasting material, and more difficult for attackers to break down.
  5. Castles were often built on hills so enemies could be seen coming from far away.
  6. William the Conqueror had some of England’s most famous castles built: these include Windsor Castle and the White Tower at the Tower of London.
  7. Castles weren’t very warm inside – they could be really damp and drafty.
  8. Castles were only as good as their defences – these included ramparts, bastions and arrow loops.
  9. It wasn’t easy to attack a castle, but people tried anyway, using trebuchets, siege towers and battering rams.
  10. Many people lived at the castle, not just kings and nobles.

Please explore the weblinks below to find out more about castle life!



We thoroughly enjoyed making our own castle as part of DT this term! What would your castle look like?

Our mental health and wellbeing is very important to us therefore during Mental Health Awareness week we had lots of fun connecting with nature!

Our topic in the fourth term was:

What makes space special?

This term we are going to explore what makes space 'special' and learn about significant events and individuals of the past and how they have impacted our lives today. 
Why not click on the links below to find out more about this term's topic. 

In DT this term we have designed and created our own space buggy model using different materials. We have also explored and used wheels, axels and axel holders. 


Take a look at some our space buggy models!

Space Buggy models:

Parental information about this term's topic:

Our topic in the third term was:

How do I live here?

This term we are going to explore the hot and cold places across the globe and learn about the different climate zones as well learn all about the amazing animals that live in those places and how they adapt in order to survive there!
Why not click on the links below to find out more about the hot and cold places across the world that we will be studying this term.

(Lockdown number 2 won’t stop us from learning!) 


We are currently using ‘Tapestry Learning Journal’ for the home schooling of our Year 1 Children. Parents’ and children’ are engaging incredibly well and we are super proud of them. 

Take a look at some of our art work from our Year 1 children who are in school and from our children that are at home doing home learning:

This term in Literacy we have been retelling the story of Handa's surprise using descriptive language. We then used the structure of Handa's surprise as a basis for writing our own story.

Take a look at some of amazing Literacy work:

Parental information about this term's topic:

Our topic in the second term was:

How Incredible is India?

As part of this term's topic, we have been looking at the different celebrations and festivals celebrated across India. In India, rangoli patterns are created to welcome people into their homes and they are thought to bring good luck. As part of our art work this term, we have looked at how many rangoli designs are symmetrical and often include different shapes and bright colours.


Take a look at some of our very own rangoli patterns we have created.


In art this week we have been looking at repeating patterns and have applied our skills learnt to create our own Mehndi patterns using repeating patterns.

Take a look at some of our art work!

Parental information about this term's topic

We would love for you to research India at home too and share the information you have learnt back at school!