Welcome to the Grasshoppers, I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
We had such a busy year so far in Year 1 and are very excited to be embarking in our new topic…Scales, Fur and Feathers. During this topic we will be learning all about animals. To being our topic we had a very unexpected delivery… a woolly mammoth. This will be the stimulus for our English work over the coming weeks. Although woolly mammoths are now extinct he is certainly making a STINK in our classroom.
So far this year we have covered our mini topic around ‘Marvelous Me’ which allowed us to explore the wonderful world around us and why it is special, discuss ourselves, what makes us unique and to talk about our favourite things. The children created their own ‘myself danglies’ which taught us lots of interesting fact about one another. We really enjoyed our ‘Once upon a time’ topic where we explored different traditional fairy tales especially growing our own magic bean and meeting Percy the pig. How are your beans doing…did they get their happily ever after? The children shown great enthusiasm about the stories and became very involved in their learning from big art of the pigs houses to thinking about what might be at the top of their beanstalk.
Our Spring Term topic was called ‘Brilliant Britain’. Throughout the topic the children explored the United Kingdom and its capital cities. We also learnt about London and its landmarks. The children had a very special delivery from the Queen and wrote their own reply which was send to the queen through the post. As part of our Geography learning we also thought about our own locality of Bromsgrove. Although part of this topic was explored through remote education I am sure the children will find out lots of useful information.
Now the children are in Year 1 we continue to encourage them to be more independent, taking responsibly for themselves and their belongings. The children are responsible for choosing their own reading books and developing a love of reading, so please remember to write in your child’s reading record once they have read. The children can also choose stories within their colour book band on Oxford Owl.
We can’t wait to share all of the wonderful things will be learning, doing and creating together over the term ahead.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you.
Remember to keep washing those hands.
Mr Doxford and Mrs Berreen
Once Upon a Time
As part of our ‘Marvellous Me’ topic we labelled our body parts.
We had a go at investigating which material would be the best to keep the 3 Little Pigs Ice frozen while their freezer was broken.
As part of our Science curriculum in Year 1 we observe the changes through the seasons. We thought it would be a great idea to dedicate a whole day to celebrate the season of Autumn and explore the visible seasonal changes happening around us. On our walk we planned a route on a map and found lots of coloured leaves and other items to collect along the way.
Here is a look at some of the crafts we did before Christmas.
We investigated moving parts in D&T to include in our Christmas cards.
Anti-bullying Week 2020
We created a puzzle to show how we are all unique but are united together.
Snow Much Fun!
We celebrated the season of Winter today by having fun in the snow! We created snow angels, snow man and even found a cold worm a warm home! We hope you all had as much fun as us at home. It was snow-taly awesome.
Here are some of the pictures we received during lockdown to show all the wonderful Home learning that was going on. Keep up the hard work.
Here are some pictures of our previous group of Grasshoppers and what they got up to with their home learning.
Please see our Year group handbook for any questions that you may have.
How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term
At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.
The children also have an opportunity to visit the school library and choose a book which they then keep and return at the next class library session.
When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting. Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.
Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!
We hope you enjoyed our curriculum workshop back in September. Please find all information shared at the workshop below.
These words cannot be spelt phonetically and are called Common Exception Words. Children in year 1 are expected to be able to read and spell these by the end of the year.
Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.