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The Super 1’s

A Visit to the Sculpture Park

This week we went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We had a fantastic time despite the dreaded rain! We enjoyed walking around the park and sketching some of the amazing sculptures that we found. We also had a workshop to make our own huge sculptures out of a range of items. Can you guess the animals we made?

Summer 2 Newsletter

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 is ‘through the window’ which will include a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and hopefully lots of work outdoors, weather dependent! Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science targets
This half term we will be working on the topic of ‘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?

Phonics
Just a reminder that the phonics screening test will take place this term for year 1 children. It is planned to take place in the week beginning the 13th 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 poetry, 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 will be adapting and writing our own summer poems.

P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. 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: Through the Window

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Our final party for this half terms topic was our 'Mad Hatters Tea Party!' Children used the cutting, spreading and grating skills that they have been practicing in D&T to prepare a tea party for their parents and family members. Children also made hats at home and took part in the hat parade. It was very difficult to choose a winner, they all looked amazing! Thank you so much to all the adults that attended the party and for all the hard work at home making hats with the children, I know it meant the world to the children!

Coronation Party!

The second of our parties was to celebrate the Queens coronation in 1953. Children made their own newspaper party hats, 'Long may they reign' posters and enjoyed salmon and cucumber sandwiches (Some even asked for seconds!) We washed these down with lemonade and finished off with jam and cream cake. Yum! 

Party Time!

We kicked off our History topic with a street party from 1919 to celebrate the end of WW1. Children had to work in teams to create the party. It included bread and butter, cups of water and making bunting to decorate the classroom. After the food we played party games from 1919 including marbles and creating our own hopscotches. 

Summer 1: Class Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break! This half term our topic is called ‘Party time!’ I am very excited about this topic and I am sure the children will love it. We will be having lots of parties in the style of parties from history. Please see the topic web attached. As part of this topic for our end of term celebration, parents will be invited to a Mad Hatters tea party that the children will prepare. This will be held on Monday 23rd May at 2.30pm in the Village hall. Children will do a hat parade; these hats will need to be made at home.

Science Targets
Our Science topic this half term is ‘Animals - grouping.’ These are the targets that children will be working on.

Targets

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.

 Phonics
We are still doing work on alien and real words ready for the Phonics screening check which will take place the week beginning 13th June. Any work at home on alien words will be a massive support to your child in preparation for this. If you need any help or support with this please come and see me.

Genre
This half term we will be focussing on the genre, fairy tales. We will look at a range of fairy tale stories in order to help us write our own fantastic fairy tales.
P.E.
P.E. will now take place on a Monday and Wednesday this half term. It is so important that children have their kits in school on these days.

If you wish to discuss anything else with me please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic Web Summer 1: Party Time

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Bunny Bounce

We have been sponsored bouncing this Easter to raise money for the school.

The Deep!

We have had a fantastic time on our class trip to the deep. We got time to explore the different animals that the deep had to offer and found out some fascinating facts. Did you know that a shark has around 30,000 teeth in its lifetime? In the afternoon we learnt about Sea turtles that can be found in St. Lucia and had the opportunity to make a turtle hand puppet.

World Book Day!

Spring 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

This term we are going to be busy learning all about St Lucia, the second largest Caribbean island, through different subjects every day. I had to break the news that it would cost too much to visit but fortunately we can follow the adventures of Barnaby Bear! See attached: Topic Web to find out about what the children will be learning about this half term.    Our class assembly will be linked to our topic and will take place on Wednesday 23rd March. More details will follow.

Science Targets
Our Science topic this half term is ‘Animals - Humans.’ These are the targets that children will be working on.

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
In the Summer term children will be expected to do a phonics screening test which is an official test set by the government. Any work at home on alien words will be a massive support to your child in preparation for this.  If you need any help or support with this please come and see me.

Author
This half term we will be focussing on the author, Nicola Davies. We will look at a range of her nature books in order to help us write our own non-fiction information pages.

P.E.

P.E will continue to take place on a Wednesday and a Friday this half term. It is so important that children have their kits in school on these days.

I am looking forward to talking with you about your child’s progress at parent’s evening this half term. If you wish to discuss anything else with me please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher

Topic Web Spring 2: St. Lucia

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Our Play: The Great Fire of London

A few pictures from the rehearsal for our celebration 'Great Fire of London' play. The children did a fantastic job and were very excited to sing and perform to parents! 

Safer Internet Day

For safer internet day children wore white tops and were allowed to write nice, kind messages on each others T-Shirts. The message was that words on the internet last forever so be nice!

Street dance

This half term we are enjoying street dance lessons with Rich. We are practicing a routine to take to a dance festival!

Creating our own Garden of Eden!

This half term we have been learning about creation stories with Mrs Attia. This encouraged us to create our own garden of Eden, we have also planted some seeds which we can watch grow! 

Letter: Spring Term 1 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas break! As we return back to school our new topic is ‘Fire, Fire’ which will be based around the Great Fire of London. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science Targets
Our Science topic this half term is ‘Seasonal changes - Winter.’ These are the targets that children will be working on.

 

I can observe and comment on the changes in the seasons.

I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.

I can explain what I have found out by using scientific vocabulary.

English
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. We will carry on working towards our Phonics screening test that will take place in the summer.

Author
This half term we will be focussing on the poet, Michael Rosen. We will look at a range of his poems as well as different styles of poetry and will use what we learn to create our own poems.

P.E

P.E will take place on a Wednesday and a Friday this half term. 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 please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic web: Fire, Fire!

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

Christmas Fair

Today has been our Christmas fair! The children had an important job to do, they had to think of a way that our class could raise money. After lots of designing, we decided to make hot chocolate spoons. The children made the spoons and packaged them and then helped to run our class stall. Our product was a huge hit and sold out!

Christmas Party

We had a fantastic time at our Christmas party! First we had some party food, then some games and dancing and just when we thought all of the fun was over.... Santa visited!!!

Festivals

In RE we have been looking at Jewish and Christian festivals. For the last few weeks we have looked at Hanukkah and how and why light is used in the festival. This week we have made our own Christingles, which means 'Christs light',  and thought about the meaning of each part of the Christingle. Look at the super job we did and the sweets made it until the end of the day!

Anti-Bullying Week

This week has been anti- bullying week. We have been focusing on the STOP, START and VIP acronyms. We have done this through games, art work and making friendship bracelets for each other to be kind friends. On Friday we dressed in blue to show our support and commitment to being an anti bullying class and school!

Children in Need

This week we have been raising money for children in need. We would like to thank any parents that came to support and watch us or sponsored us for our sponsored skipping. We had a fantastic time on Friday dressing up as TV and film characters, also for children in need. 

Letter: Autumn 2

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 ‘Barnaby’s English Adventure!’ I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

Science Targets
Our Science topic this half term is ‘Materials.’ These are the targets that children will be working on.

Can I distinguish between an object and the material it is made from?

 

Can I explain the materials that an object is made from?

Can I name wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock?

Can I describe the properties of everyday materials?

Can I group objects based on the materials they are made from?

English
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!

Genre
The Genre that we will be focusing on this half term is Traditional tales. We will be looking at a selection of traditional tales and will be building on our own story telling skills. We are happy to display or read any books children have from this genre.

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 Wednesdays. 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 11th and Wednesday 18th 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

Topic web Autumn 2: England

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Money, money, money!

This week in maths we have started to work on money. We have named the coins and know the values of each coin. We have also  counted up coins and made different amounts. We are ready to do some shopping!

Dahlicious Day

On Friday we joined in with Dahlicious day to raise money for Roald Dahl's charity. The children dressed up as Roald Dahl characters and took part of lots of fun activities including making Mrs Twits eyeball cakes, the BFG's huge ears, Fantastic Mr Fox finger puppets and enormous crocodiles!

Wonka Bars!

We have been focusing on instructions for the past few weeks and looking at their features. Children have followed a recipe to make their own Wonka bars linked to our author focus of Roald Dahl. They are then going to write their own instructions of how they made their scrummy chocolate bar!

Party time!

In RE we have started to look at celebrations. In order to think about how celebrations make people feel we had our own mini party with buns, crisps, balloons and music! We felt very happy, excited and grateful but very tired after the dancing!

Seasons and months

In science we have been learning about the seasons and months of the year. We have created a human chart to show which month our birthdays are in. 

Letter: Autumn 1

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 'Roald Dahl meets Charles Dickins!' 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.

 Science Targets

I can observe and comment on changes in the seasons.

I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.

I can explain what I have found out using scientific vocabulary.

English
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
Each half term we will focus on a chosen author or genre. Our first author that we are going to be focusing on this half term is Roald Dahl; he is a very famous children's author that is loved by adults too! We are happy to display or read in class any books children have by 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. The types of homework your child can expect are maths pages from a given homework booklet, handwriting, English and online homework on 'I am learning'. Children will receive their own login details for this site. 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, Wednesday and Friday. 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.
  • We will be taking part in the 'Dahlicious dress up day' on Friday the 25th September. It is a charity day that promises to be lots of fun. Children can dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character and we will be doing lots of games and activities. More information can be found on http://www.roalddahl.com/charity/fundraising-and-events/dahlicious-dress-up-day
  • We will be testing children on number facts this year such as number bonds to 10 and 20 and also times tables later on in the year. If any parents are interested in volunteering to come into school to test children then please let me know and I can give you more information.

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

Topic web: Autumn1

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