Daring Dinosaurs

Autumn 2

Harley Gallery

 As part of our Artsmark journey, the children had the opportunity to visit a local gallery to look at an exhibition and took part in a workshop to make their own machine led by the artist of the exhibition, Martin Smith. 

Anti bullying week

 During anti bullying week we have recapped the meaning of STOP, START and VIP. 

STOP- several times on purpose 

START- start telling and reporting trouble 

VIP - verbal indirect physical 

Newsletter

 

                                                                                    November 2019

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 ‘London 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.

This half terms homework timetable:

 

 

Week 1

Maths booklet

Week 2

Handwriting

Week 3

Maths booklet

Week 4

Phonics

Week 5

Handwriting

Week 6

Maths booklet

Week 7

Literacy piece

 

  

P.E

P.E will take place on Mondays 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 reminder that pierced ears should be taped up or earrings taken out before school, this is for safety reasons, thank you to all that are doing this.

 

Passport statements

This half term we will be working on:

  • Solving problems without arguing.
  • Saying sorry when we have done something wrong
  • Always doing as the teacher asks.

 

 

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

Autumn 1

Black History

This week we have been learning about significant people as part of Black History Month. We focused on Rosa Parks and how she changed society. We have also looked at Mo Farah and his achievements.  

Wonka Bars

 Today we made Wonka bars in Literacy, children had to follow a recipe to make the Wonka bar and over the next few days will write instructions to tell someone else how to make one thinking about the features of instructions. Some children also practiced recording skills on the tablet. 

Stand up Derbyshire

 We have joined in with ' Stand up Derbyshire'. Children have took part in active lessons, self challenges at lunch, an obstacle course, dance workshop and yoga. 

RE celebrations

 We have had a party to celebrate being year 1's! This is linked to our RE unit of 'Celebrations'. Children thought about when we have celebrations, celebrations they have been to, what they include and how celebrations make people feel. 

 

Roald Dahl Day

 We had lots of fun during Roald Dahl day! Children joined in with different crafts and made some fantastic 'Mrs Twits eyeball cakes.' Children also linked in their ICT skills by recording each other being TV chefs! Children had some brilliant costumes and we learnt a lot about the different characters! At the end of the day, children invited parents in to give them a surprise cake and to show them what they had done during the day.

                                                                                                September 2019

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 ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious!’ 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 ‘and’ to join ideas and a huge focus will be on joined handwriting. 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 spellings they receive will initially be the year 1 words and then 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. It is the children’s responsibility to hand it in as we are starting to build up independence. 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.

 

 

  Homework timetable

Week 1

No homework

Week 2

No homework

Week 3

No homework

Week 4

Handwriting

Week 5

Maths booklet

Week 6

Handwriting

Week 7

Literacy – instructions

 

 

P.E

P.E will take place on a Monday and Tuesday. 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.

 

Passport statements

The PSHE areas that we are working on from our passports are:

  • Always say please and thank you.
  • Share a favourite toy.
  • Help tidy the classroom.

 

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 Roald Dahl day on Friday the 13th 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/create-and-learn/join-in/roald-dahl-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.
  • Please avoid booking to go away during June as this is usually when the phonics screening check that we have to do in year 1 takes place. I will speak to you more about this during the first parents evening.
  • We do not check through book bags for letters in year 1 due to time restrictions. If you have something to hand in please put it in the basket on the front desk.

 

 

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