Welcome to Class 1M.
Our teacher is Mrs Metcalfe and our learning support assistants are Mrs La'Hive and Miss Spencer. We also have two fabulous student teachers, Miss Lara and Mr Lyttle.
We always try our best and have lots fun while we learn in Year 1!
Today we said a big thank you and good bye to Mr Lyttle and Miss Lara. We wish them well for the future. They will be missed but they have promised to come and visit us soon.
We would recommend that you leave your child's PE bag in school until half term.
PE is on a Friday morning so please ensure your child has full kit including red t-shirt, blue shorts and black pumps. Ensure all of your child's PE kit and school uniform are clearly named.
We don't have a set day to change reading books. Please can your child bring their book bag to school everyday. Thank you. It is important that you read with your child when they bring home a new book. Please check for any letters that may have been placed in their book bag.
Now that the children are in year 1 they will have a weekly spelling test on a Wednesday. They will bring home their spellings to practice the week before so please support your child with them. We encourage the children to 'do their best' and they are very excited to see how many they have spelled correctly each week.
Children can bring in a water (and only water) in a named bottle so if they get thirsty they have access to a drink throughout the day.
Every half term, a homework menu will be given out with a selection of tasks to be completed, across all areas of the curriculum. It is your choice how many you complete, however you must do at least one and hand it in by the end of the half term. Your completed work will be celebrated.
Autumn 2 - Toys
Upcoming dates this half term:
WC Monday 3rd December: DT week
Tuesday 11th December: Nativity
Tuesday 18th December: Santa Skype
Thursday 20th December: Finish for Christmas
Children return to school on Tuesday 30th October and this week will be China Week to coincide with Mrs Denby's visit during half term.
Monday 5th November is Toy day - children are invited to bring in their favourite toy as an entry point to our topic.
English: Labels and Captions based on book Dangerous
Maths: Addition and Subtraction, Shape
Science: Everyday materials and their properties
History: Toys throughout the ages
DT: Making moving vehicles
Music: Practising our Nativity songs
SEAL: Getting on and falling out
Our first half term in 1M will be exciting as we will be getting to know our new teachers, areas of the classroom and how we learn in year 1.
We will be learning about the different ways we can make numbers, use number lines and have even practice how to spell numbers to 10!
Our first English topic is Alliteration in poems. We will then look at the Percy the Park Keeper story, After the storm. We will learn a shortened version of the story, create actions for it and answer questions about it. We will re-write it changing it from an Autumn setting to a winter setting.
Our first topic will be 'Seasons'. We will learn about how the weather and trees change throughout the year.
Autumn 1: Seasons
Our first half term in 1M was very exciting. The children settled well into their new routines and meeting their new teachers. Entry point to this topic was a dress up day where the children came to school in clothes of their favourite season. This topic was a science and geography based one, the children focused on weather patterns in the UK seasons and how daylight hours vary through them. We also focused on trees and plants and went around our school grounds investigating which trees we had by identifying them through their leaf shapes. We conducted an experiment to find out which material would make the best umbrella for Percy to keep him dry.
In English, after looking at Alliteration poetry, we focused on Percy the Park Keeper's After the Storm book. We used our seasonal knowledge to change the problem in the story. We enjoyed exploring different seasons in our Dream room, and having a bonfire with Mr Hall to explore a winters day. We kept warm with hot chocolate and some Smores made on the fire.
Maths focused on place value to 10. The children had to understand the value of each number and looked at different representations of the same number i.e. numeral, word, Numicon piece, counters, tallies, ten frame etc. We then introduced the symbols for greater than and less than to compare numbers.
RE was focused on our families and thank you to the families who gave a photograph in for our class displays. The children enjoyed sharing stories of their relatives and are now aware that they belong to our school and parish family too. The children also got to visit St Christopher's church for a welcome mass when we returned to school. PE was learning the skills of throwing and catching and using these in games. A new favourite game of the children's is Shark Attack. Another highlight of this half term was our giants picnic. The generosity of our families meant it was a giant picnic! the children enjoyed the picnic in the hall with year 2. The children enjoyed telling us tales of their giants experiences and what they saw.
Finally we finished the Half term with Art week. Year 1 looked at the artist Pablo Picasso and learnt to use sketching pencils. We created collage faces using magazine images, and drew the other half of a facial feature, looked at how colours create different moods and explored the different numbered pencils and how we can create different effects through smudging, cross hatching and how we use the different sides, edges of the pencil too. Their final piece was to create a self portrait of themselves in the style of Picasso applying the techniques they have learnt through the week.