A warm welcome back!
Well done, Year 1! We have made it to the end of our remote learning and I am so delighted that we can be back together again. The standard of work was outstanding throughout and I cannot wait for this to carry on inside the classroom. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to have fun with our learning and the topic 'Wonderful Weather'. In Design Technology, we will be making our own kites. Our plants work continues in Science and we will be looking at the common strictures of plants, including vegetables- we will be making a healthy vegetarian rainbow pizza on Friday.
In English, we have looked at the story My Friend the Weather Monster by Steve Smallman. This is a superb short story about a lonely weather monster that lives outside a village on his own. He eventually makes friends with the villagers nearby but his mood changes the weather for these people. If he is happy, it is sunny. If he is sad then it rains.
We worked hard to plan our own characters and plots, using the 'Boxing Up' method. We think our stories are incredible! Here are the openings to a small sample of work.
In Geography, we have been busy observing the weather in our own locality. We created our own weather stations at home and made some recordings over the period of a week.
In the second week, the children used their weather chart and observations to film themselves recording the weather, I was amazed by their presenting skills and I am sure that you may see some of these children on the television in the near future!
In Science, the children were given cress seeds to carry out their own investigations at home. We were trying to establish the best ways to grow a healthy plant. Some of the results might surprise you!
In Music, we listened to the classical piece entitled The Four Seasons by Antoni Vivaldi. The children responded to the music through images and dances! Here is some of the lovely work that the children completed at home.
In Art, we began to look at the work of Guiseppe Archimboldo. We created our own portraits and linked it to our plants work. We discussed the parts of plant that you can eat. Look at this fabulous work!
Sunday 7th February 2021
I have been really impressed with all your hard work whilst being in home or at school. I have particularly enjoyed our weekly live music lessons. I am so glad to see many children and siblings join in too, it has been a pleasure to see all of their imagination growing over the past few weeks.
Please view some images below of all of our fabulous learning both myself and Miss Hanson are proud off. (There are so many other pictures I could share too).
For Autumn Term 2, our ICT lessons are on a Thursday and Friday after lunch instead of a Wednesday and Friday.
PE is now on a Monday afternoon with Miss Hanson and a Friday morning with Miss Yarsley. Please ensure PE kits stay in school all week for both sessions.
Obviously this week we are lucky enough to go on a school trip, this is why Tuesday is blocked out. We have 2 ICT slots now, one on a Wednesday and the other on a Friday.
Its week 3 already!!
We hope you all had a lovely summer, are well rested and ready to learn! We are all very excited about the upcoming academic year and cannot wait to get to know each and every one of you and (most importantly) have lots of fun learning.
We are starting the year with our first topic called 'The Fabulous Family Feeling'. Looking at our own family structure (family tree) and researching about our own family history. As well as looking at the school as a family and having a church family.
Key information: PE for this first half term will be on a Wednesday morning with Lucy looking at dance and Thursday afternoon with Miss Yarsley focusing on fitness and diet. Please bring a full PE kit into school on a Monday to remain at school until Friday. Whilst the weather is warmer we will strive to do outdoor PE as often as possible so please ensure outdoor shoes and kit are included.
Reading: It is an expectation that children are heard reading at home for 10 minutes a day. This will have an enormous impact on their learning across the entire curriculum.
Reading books will be handed out on a Monday and returned on Friday. This allows for cleaning before returning to the book shelf. There will not be book changes on any other day. If your child has finished their reading book, encourage them to re-read (this really improves fluency!), ask your child questions about the book to improve comprehension or encourage your child to read some of their favourite books from home.
Homework: Weekly spellings will be placed on our class page. These will be a selection of words including the spelling rules taught that week. Although there will not be a weekly 'spelling test', these spellings will be checked regularly and should be practised routinely at home. Alongside these, the year 1 common exception words will be taught daily in school. A copy of these is attached below.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all especially during these uncertain times. Most importantly, we want all the children to be settled and happy in school and to enjoy their learning.