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All book bags will be sent home on a Friday and will need to be returned to school the following Monday so that they can be changed in the week by Mrs West or Miss Finlay when they hear them reading. Please also check for any letters that have been placed in the bag. Key Person books are no longer filled in now that the children are in Year 1.
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.
Upcoming Events this half term
Monday 19th February - Back to school
WC 26th February - World Book Week - Year 1 Author: Oliver Jeffers
Wednesday 28th February - Parents Evening
Thursday 8th March - Art day and Children's University begins again
Friday 9th March - INSET day
Tuesday 13th March - Bishop Tom Visits our school
Thursday 15th March - Animals Takeover workshops
WC Monday 19th March - DT Week
Thursday 22nd March - NO CHILDRENS UNIVERSITY - EASTER DISCO after school (£1)
Friday 23rd March - Finish for Easter
Monday 9th April - Children return to school.
World Book Day
What an amazing day we had! The children looked super in their costumes and completed character profiles about themselves in role. Class 5C came down and 'Shared a story' with us. The children really enjoyed this and have requested it happens again. Thank you to all our families for your hard work getting the children ready today.
Spring 2 - Amazing Animals
This half term will focus on the different animals of our world.
Marble Jar Treat
Congratulations 1O, the children finally filled our class marble jar. This entitled them to a class treat and the children decided they would like an ice cream factory! Here we are enjoying making our tasty treats. Children earn marbles for walking sensibly in the corridor, being very good at playtimes and in assemblies, wearing the correct school uniforms including PE kits and having good manners.
Spring 1 - Up in the Air
This half term our focus was on Up in the Air. This was a history based topic and we looked at the history of Aviation and the pioneers Amelia Earhart and the Wright Brothers. We started with a craft afternoon creating things we find in the air and this continued throughout the homework project. please take the time to check out the amazing models the children created with their families further down the page. The children explored history by creating timelines of events in aviation in relation to other events such as the birth of themselves and staff members. We then focused on the first planes designed by the Wright brothers and how they are different from the planes of today. We also explored the story of Amelia Earhart, and how she disappeared during her round the world trip.
Our English work was on Traditional Tales with a focus on Jack and the Beanstalk. The children were emerged into the world of traditional tales through reading a range of different stories and working out similarities between them all. We then used the language of Traditional tales to create our own made up stories using story dice to give us characters and settings. When the children return to school they will be writing their own traditional tale.
In Maths we are now focusing on Numbers to 20 and beyond. We started the term looking at shapes and then moved on to two digit numbers and looking at tens and units. We used a range of mathematical equipment including Base 10, Cuisenaire rods and golden eggs! Children have enjoyed the practically exploration of numbers through these resources. The children also enjoyed Numbers Day and looked fab in their number accessories. Mrs Corstin took the children on a school number hunt which they had to answer maths questions about playground equipment.
RE was focussed on our local church. We learnt about Father Ed's job and what happens at Mass on Sundays. We got to interview the staff about their jobs and are now looking at the theme of Meals, focussing on Communion.
We have also begun to focus our attention on preparing for our Phonics Screening Check which will take place in June. Below is a link for families to help prepare your child at home.
Autumn 2 - Toys
This was a busy term for the children as we explored the history of toys through those they play with and those their family members did in the past. We started our topic with a Toy day on the first Friday back and a trip to Legoland Manchester. During our topic we got to play with old fashioned and modern toys. The children enjoyed hula hoops and hopscotch and completing the Lego challenge cards. We had our own toy shop set up in class and our DT project was to make a moving vehicle. The children had to build the axles so the wheels could spin and their vehicles could move. They should great imaginations and our flock of vehicles included limousines, ice cream vans and army tanks as well as cars and buses. We had Santa Skype us to and got to play on an app that allowed us to style Santa, dying his beard and giving him hair cuts.
Performing was a big part of this term as we rehearsed for the Nativity plays. The children sang beautifully and we hope we made our families proud. Learning the story was a big support to our RE topic too. After our theme on Baptism, we learnt about the Christmas story and the tradition of Christingle. The term also began with working with Rock Kidz. We had real fun being rock stars and singing and dancing, the children really enjoyed Battle time in which there was a staff versus pupils competitions all week. Thank you so much for the amazing costumes that the children wore to their concert.
English was focused on labels and captions. We started with a big post it parade competition - the children had to put as many labels as they could on their team leader in a set time period. We also had a special Christmas unit based on the John Lewis advert - Monty the Penguin in which we learnt about descriptive language. Children got to apply their newly learnt skills when our class post box arrived and enjoyed writing letters and cards for their friends. Maths was working on adding and subtracting. Children had to use equipment to help them work out the answers. We are now practising writing our numbers and the words for numbers.
The children have settled well into their new classroom and routines in Year 1. Our topic for this half term is Seasons and we started our topic with a dress up day where the children came to school dressed as their favourite season. The children also got their first experience of after school clubs through Children's University. They either work out in Zumba or explore new tales in Story club.
English lessons focused on Alliteration poetry and then The Tiger who Came to Tea. The starting point to this story was when the children discovered a crime scene in their classrooms and had to investigate what had happened. The children then learnt the story through storymaps and actions and then changed the character when writing their own versions of the story.
In Maths the children were getting a good understanding of our number system. They had to order numbers and then worked on one more and one less than using number lines before moving onto introducing the symbols for greater then and less than.
Our topic was Geographical and Science based with the focus on seasonal change. We explored daylight hours in each season and discussed the weather associated with each season. We then explored Plants and Trees, finding out about Evergreen and Deciduous varieties and wild and garden plants.
RE focused on our families and we asked the children to bring in a family photograph for our display. They then had a week focused on Judaism and finished the half term with our Harvest festival. In year 1 we learnt about where bread came from and made our own loaves. Thank you very much for your kind donations for the foodbank. A big thank you as well to the families who took the time to attend the Meet the Teacher sessions. It was lovely to have you reading in class with us. We hope you found your information packs useful.
We also had a lot of visitors in class this half term. Hi Impact came and delivered a session on Osmo, an app and equipment that helps our logistical thinking. We also had Keeping Safe week in October and had NSPCC, Police and Road safety come and talk to us about how we keep ourselves out of danger. Our final visitor was the school photographer who took our photographs.
Finally thank you to all the families who completed the Planting Homework challenge.