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Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside...

We have had a fantastic trip to the seaside (Cleethorpes) linked to our history and geography topic. We also went to the local zoo where we had talks about the animals, what they ate and their habitats. 

Money enterprise week

This week was money enterprise week. We enjoyed making our delicious edible pirate treasure! We will be selling this at the summer fayre, hopefully it will go down a treat.

Zoolab

A few photo's from when the Zoolab came to visit. Children really enjoyed holding the animals and could ask interesting questions to find out more!

Letter: Summer 2 - Seaside

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays.  We have a long last term ahead of us, packed with lots of fun and exciting things! Our topic of ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ will be continued throughout this term. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science targets
This term we will be continuing with our science unit ‘humans and animals’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve:

I can name a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles birds and mammals.

I can classify and name animals by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore).

I can sort animals into categories (including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).

I can sort living and non-living things.

I can name the parts of the human body that I can see.

I can link the correct part of the human body to each sense.

Phonics
Just a reminder that the phonics screening test will take place this term for year 1 children. It is planned to take place on the week beginning the 15th June. Please ensure children are in school where possible. Any extra phonics work done at home would be beneficial and could make a huge difference. Thank you to the many parents who have already started phonics work at home.

Genre
This half term we will be going back to looking at a specific genre. Our genre this half term is traditional tales, as always children are welcome to bring in and share any books they may have.  We will be linking our literacy work to this genre and be adapting and writing our own traditional tales.

P.E
P.E will continue to take place on a Monday and Thursday. It is really important that children have their kits on these days. A reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings taken out or taped up.

As this is the last newsletter of this year I would just like to take the time to thank you for your support throughout the year, and if you would like to discuss anything or have any further questions, then I am available before and after school on most days.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic web: summer 2

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term:

Synagogue visit

We have been on a school trip to a synagogue. Whilst there the Rabbi told us about some Jewish traditions and showed us around. We even had chance to have our photos taken with the Torah, yad and crown! After we had lunch in the park and looked at the local wild life and habitats. Finally we visited St. Peters church where we looked at the features and took part in a procession!

Dinosaur week

This week has been dinosaur week! This is to promote smart travel and we have been monitoring and recording how we get to school. Don't we make scary dinosaurs?! 

St.Georges Day Tea Party

We have been celebrating St Georges day by having a tea party and learning the story. We have been looking at British values and especially manners and politeness. Everybody helped to put the tea party together and we practiced using our manners. We also thought about if we were treating others how we wished to be treated. 

We have made ice cream to go with our seaside topic! We have written instructions of how to do it and it was yummy to eat!

We have enjoyed learning new skills in gym!

Topic Web: Summer 1

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term:

Summer 1 Letter: Seaside

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays.  I hope you have had a lovely Easter break! Our new topic is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ which is a long topic and will run up until the summer holidays. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject. We will hopefully be going on a trip this half term to a synagogue, which I will be able to give you more information about at a later date.

Science targets
This term our science unit is ‘humans and animals’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve:

I can name a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptile’s birds and mammals.

I can classify and name animals by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore).

I can sort animals into categories (including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).

I can sort living and non-living things.

I can name the parts of the human body that I can see.

I can link the correct part of the human body to each sense.

These targets will run right through to the summer holidays.

Spellings
Thank you for continuing to work with your child to learn their spellings. It really does reinforce the different sounds that we have been covering in letters and sounds during the week. 

Genre

This half term we will be going back to looking at a specific author. Our author this half term is Ronda and David Armitage, author of the famous ‘light house keepers….’ series.  As always children are welcome to bring in and share any books they may have by this author.

P.E
P.E will continue to take place on a Monday and Thursday. It is really important that children have their kits on these days. A reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings taken out or taped up.

Children will be taking their phonics screening test during the summer term, any help and practise that you can do with your child at home will be beneficial to them. If you would like any further information or support regarding the test please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic Web: I'm King of the Castle

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Spring 2 Letter: King of the Castle

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays.  Our new topic is ‘King of the castle’ which will include a trip to a real castle in order to look at the history of castles and what castle life would have been like. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Targets
This half term we are trialling a new way to set maths targets. Instead of having new targets every half term we are going to have targets for every unit. We usually do around 3 units per half term and these targets will be stuck into children’s books. This will hopefully mean targets are more focused in on what children are doing that particular week.

Science targets
This half term our science unit is ‘plants’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve:

Can I name a variety of common wild and garden plants?

Can I name the petals, stem, leaf and root of a plant?

Can I name the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree?

Do I know the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees?

Spellings
You may have noticed that the spelling format has changed. This is to show children the text format and also model the written word.

Genre
This half term we will again be looking at a specific genre rather than an author. The genre for this half term will be fairy tales. We will look at a range of different fairy tales and using these to pick out features, adapt and write our own.

P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Thursday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. If children have pierced ears and are unable to remove earrings by themselves please can you ensure that children have plasters/tape to cover them, this is for their own safety. Long hair should also be tied up.

We have a parents evening this half term, so if you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Pictures from our class assembly all about super learning day.

Class Letter: Spring 1

Dear Parents/Carers, 

I hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas break. As we return back to school our new topic is ‘winter wonderland’ which will fit with the world around us at this time. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject. 

Targets
This half term our target is linked to fractions. Below is a copy of our class maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means: 

Target

 

Must

Can I find half of an object or shape?

Should

Can I find half of an object, shape or number?

Could

Can I find a quarter of any shape or number?

'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target;
'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this; 
'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations.

We are also continuing to work on joined handwriting. If you would like any information or advice on how to assist your child at home please do feel free to come and see me. 

Spellings
Thank you to everyone that has supported their child with spellings last half term. Spellings will continue as normal this half term.

Genre
This half term we will be looking at a specific genre rather than an author. The genre for this half term will be poetry. We will look at a range of different poets and styles of poetry and will use what we learn in our own writing. 

Homework
Thank you for supporting your child with their homework. Homework does go into children’s school books and it would be greatly appreciated if children could use pencil to complete it and to refrain from drawing on it. This will hopefully keep children’s books neat and something for them to be proud of. I realise from talking to many of you that online homework can be frustrating when it is not working properly. I am trying to monitor this problem the best I can but if you do have any problems please do make me aware.

P.E
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Thursday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. If you do have any old/unwanted kit that you would like to donate to our spare kit box it would be greatly appreciated!

If you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic Web - Spring 1: Winter Wonderland

Click to download our top web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Autumn 2 Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is always a fantastic time of year in school with the run up to Christmas! This half term we will be doing lots of festive activities as well as our main topic 'light explosions!' I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

Targets
This half term our target is linked to Shape. Below is a copy of our class maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means:

Target

 

Must

 

Can I recognise and name common 2D shapes? E.g. rectangle, circle, square, triangle.

Should

Can I recognise and name common 3D shapes? E.g. cuboid, cube, pyramid, sphere.

Could

Can I describe the properties of 2d and 3d shapes? e.g. number of sides, edges, corners.

'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target;
'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this; 
'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations.

If you do want to help with your child's writing at home we are focusing on joining our handwriting this half term. Our writing policy suggests that children should be joining their handwriting by Christmas in year 1. Please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.

Spellings
Thank you to everyone that has supported their child with spellings last half term. It really does make a difference in writing and gives children a huge boost when they get them all correct!

Author
The author that we will be focusing on this half term is David McKee; he has written many popular books such as Mr Ben and the Elmer series. We will be building on our own story telling skills. We are happy to display or read any books children have by our author.

Homework
Thank you for supporting your child with their homework. Homework does go into children's school books and it would be greatly appreciated if children could use pencil to complete it and to refrain from drawing on it. This will hopefully keep children's books neat and something for them to be proud of.

P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Thursday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. If you do have any old/unwanted kit that you would like to donate to our spare kit box it would be greatly appreciated!

A few further bits of information:
• Parent's evenings will take place on Wednesday 12th and Wednesday 19th of November.

I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening but if you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Class 1W Topic Web: Light Explosions

Click to download our top web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

The Great Barlborough Bake-off

Some pictures of us following instructions and baking shortbread. We measured out our ingredients. ​

A photo from our Scotland performance

Class 1W Topic Web

Click to download our top web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Autumn 2014 Letter

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back to a new school year, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break! Our topic this term is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

Targets

In numeracy this year we will be covering many areas such as number, data handling, shape, space and measures etc but each half term we will have a specific ‘target’ to work on. This half term our target is linked to counting. Below is a copy of our class maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means: 

Target

To develop counting skills

Must

Be able to read numbers up to 20.

Should

Be able to write numbers up to 20

Could

Recall number bond calculations to 10 and write matching number sentences.

'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target;

'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this; 

'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations.

If you do want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops correctly this half term. We will then move onto using exciting describing words. Every child is also placed in a phonics group to suit their ability in order for them to progress at their level. They will be learning new sounds and spelling patterns each week, ask them to share these with you but please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.

Spellings

Children will get 5 spellings a week; if they correctly spell all 5 then they will be rewarded with a team point. The spelling they receive will be linked to the phonics sound that they have been working on that week and they will be tested on a Friday. Any help you can give your children at home is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference in their writing.

Author

Our first author that we are going to be focusing on this half term is Colin McNaughton; he is a humorous poet and will be inspiring us to write our own poems. We are happy to display or read in class any books children have by or incorporating our author.

Homework

Children will have the first few weeks to settle into their new surroundings before homework is given. Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. It will usually be a maths page from a booklet or a literacy piece of work. Your child may need support reading the task but as the year progresses they should become more confident at having ago by themselves. You are welcome to work with them and let them know if an answer is incorrect, supporting them to correct it.

P.E

P.E will take place on a Monday and a Thursday. Children will require an indoor and outdoor kit. Indoor kits should consist of shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls. Outdoor kit should consist of jogging bottoms, t-shirt, jumper and trainers. As it gets colder children may need gloves and a hat for outdoor PE.

A few further bits of information:

  • Just a reminder that children with pierced ears should have their earrings removed or taped up before school on PE days.
  • Reading partners with a junior class will be starting up this half term. This gives children the extra opportunity to read to someone different and to build up important social skills. Older children will be writing in your child’s reading record so we ask that you are understanding if any spelling mistakes occur.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher