Welcome to Dragonfly Class,
‘Where dragonflies learn to use their wings.’
I do 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 at the moment, we have made a fabulous 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 is going to be ‘Once upon a time’ where we will be exploring different traditional fairy tales. This year we started with Jack and the Beanstalk and the children 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 are so enthusiastic and are very involved in their learning from planting and deciding what might be at the top of their beanstalk.
Now the children are in Year 1 we have been encouraging them to become more independent by taking responsibly for themselves and their belongings. The children are responsible for choosing their own reading books each Monday 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.
Mrs Manzur and Mrs Juggins
Home Learning November 2020
Well done to all the children in Dragonflies class that have worked super hard to create some amazing pieces of work from home! You have all put in lots of effort and have made myself and Mrs Juggins so very proud! We have seen fantastic models of traditional tales and have seen lots of beautiful hand written book reviews, stories and information leaflets about your special pets! You have also been working out lots of mathematical problems that show your excellent understanding of the work we have been doing in class.
Our Once Upon A Time “Big Art”
Our first topic is all about ‘Once Upon a Time’ and we have been focusing on traditional tales. The traditional tale that we have been looking at in particular is ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ To show our understanding of the story we created the three little pigs houses using paint and sugar paper and we also painted the three little pigs and the big bad wolf! We had lots of fun painting and we especially enjoyed using a range of materials to allow us to add special marks on our work. These materials included a fork, lolly pop sticks, cotton wool, a feather and a cotton bud stick.
Here is our finished work that has been proudly placed on display for all to see!
In Science we learn all about the different seasons. During the Autumn season, Year 1 came to school dressed in different autumnal colours. This included red, yellow, green, orange and brown items of clothing. We started the day by going on an adventure! We used our map of the school to mark out where we were going to explore and look out for signs that Autumn was here. Once we had planned our route, we put on our coats and went outside. We were all fantastic explorers as we spotted different coloured leaves both on the trees and on the ground, berries, acorns, conkers and some birds nesting in the trees. We had lots of fun and even got to throw lots of leaves in the air alongside our friends!
After our autumn walk, we started our autumn activities. This included investigating autumnal sensory trays, leaf rubbing, mark making and creating our very own paper scarecrows! We even learnt many facts about deciduous and evergreen trees and how certain animals like to prepare for hibernation during this very colourful season.
Huff and Puff Art
In Year 1 we have been focusing on the topic ‘Once Upon a Time’ and during this topic we have been looking at the story of the Three Little Pigs. We learnt lots about the big bad wolf and we decided to represent his huffing and puffing by using paint and a straw. We took on the role of the wolf very well and are so proud of our houses that show how the paint has been blown all over place! Just like the wolf who blew down the straw and wooden houses.
Home Learning from last academic years Dragonflies March 2020 to July 2020
Home Learning Adventures
Under the Sea
Around the World
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.