Welcome to the Grasshoppers, I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
What a great start we have made to Year 1! Although some things might be slightly different this year we have made a positive start to the new school year and have settled in really well.
The children have become familiar with their new the classroom and new daily routines such as washing our hands in the morning, before and after break and lunch time and at the end of the day. We have been working very hard and are very excited for our learning over the next year.
To get to know each other really well we started the year with our mini topic ‘Marvelous Me’ based around the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have been looking at our wonderful world and why it is special, ourselves and what makes us unique. We have looked at each other’s faces and talked about our features and what makes us ourselves. The children also created their ‘myself danglies’ which are proudly hanging in our classroom to tell everyone who we are and show all of our favourite things.
Our new topic has been ‘Once upon a time’ where we will be exploring different traditional fairy tales. This year we have started with Jack and the Beanstalk and the children have had the opportunity to plant their very own bean… will they grow and get their happily ever after? The next tale the children will be exploring is ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will be delving into the story in many different ways to help us re-tell the story and get to know the characters. We will become the characters from the story and have the opportunity to ask and answer lots of questions. The children have been so enthusiastic about the stories and have become very involved in their learning from big art of the pigs houses to deciding what might be at the top of their beanstalk.
Now the children are in Year 1 we have been encouraging them to start become more independent, taking responsibly for themselves and their belongings. The children are responsible for choosing their own reading books so please remember to write in your child’s reading record once you have read with them as they are checked every morning. We can see the children are choosing their books carefully and are enjoying this responsibility.
We can’t wait to share all of the wonderful things will be learning, doing and creating together over the year ahead.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you.
Mr Doxford and Mrs Berreen
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.
What have the Grasshoppers been up to lately?
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.
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.
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.