What a lot of people turned out today for our Bear and a Book picnic! Even though the sun didn't shine so we had to stay inside, we still had fun showing off our reading skills to our Mummies and Daddies whilst eating cakes we had iced specially for the occasion!
Thank you Mums and Dads for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us for this event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the bears did!
In science we will be learning all about the parts of our body and how they work. This will link in to our PE sessions and Healthy Me week, a whole school themed series of sessions which includes the 'Big Talk' during the week beginning 2nd May.
In our topic sessions we will learn about nurses in the past, including Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We are lucky that Edith Cavell has a local connection with our city (take a look in the Cathedral and see if you can spot her memorial) and therefore we are visiting Peterborough Museum for a whole day about nursing in the past through the eyes of Edith Cavell and her contemporaries. You should have received a letter about this trip before the holidays - if you have not, please contact your class teacher as soon as possible as reply slips are due back on Tuesday 2nd May. The trip will be on Tuesday 9th May.
Our English lessons will be inspired by our topic and science work - we will write about our trip, about nursing in the past and we will write our own autobiographies. We will need some help from you fabulous parents in advance for this - watch out for a 'my timeline' homework!
In maths we will continue to follow our new 'Maths No Problem!' scheme, looking at larger numbers as well as measure. We are hoping for some good weather so that we can take our maths outside as much as possible.
Year 1 also have our phonics screening to look forward to this term during the week beginning 12th June so please keep up all your hard work at home with reading, phonics games, phonics pack work and playing on 'Teach your monster to read'. A little each day really makes a difference to your child's progress. Thank you!
We celebrated 100 day in Badgers by doing lots of fun activities that helped us count to 100 in 1s and in 10s. We went outside and paced out 100 'fairy steps', we made cheerio necklaces with 100 cheerios divided into 10s and we sang counting in 10s songs. We are now great at counting in 10s!
During the spring term in Year 1 the learning will focus around the topic ‘Can you train a dragon?’ This will be launched with our Wow Day when we will be holding our own medieval banquet!
In English we will start by looking at the traditional fairytale of Sleeping Beauty. We will continue to develop our sentence writing and will produce our own fairytale story based on the story. Next we will move on to non fiction reading and writing about castles. Our daily phonics lessons will continue with lots of Phase 5 phonemes being introduced.
In Maths we will be starting with positional language and move on to adding and subtracting numbers to 20. After half term we will have a special themed 100 day where we will be looking at much bigger numbers!
For Design Technology this term, we will make junk modelling castles and investigate shapes and textures in castle art. We will look at castle location in Geography, thinking about why they were built where they were.
RE during our first half term will be an overview of Sikhism with Easter after half term. Our Curriculum 4 Life lessons will focus on internet safety, linking with our learning in computing.
PE will continue to be on Wednesday afternoons and this term your child will be participating in team games. We will let you know about swimming dates for this/next term when staffing and timetabling has been finalised. Watch out for notes in your child's book bag.
As always, if you have any questions about the curriculum or your child's learning please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your continuing support of your child's learning. It makes such a difference!
We have found out lots about bullying this week. We now know that bullying can be hurting someone physically or hurting their feelings and that it happens lots of times. We showed this in our C4L books.
We turned our classroom into a museum for the day and displayed all of our old toys for others to see. We we great at answering questions about our toys and had lots of fun visiting the museum in Giraffe's class too! At the end of the day we opened up our museum for our grown ups to look at too. Lots of them could remember our toys from when they were children.
We had a fantastic time on Toys Day with History off the Page.
Take a look at our photos and see what we got up to.
Thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day and all those parents who contributed financially to make this day possible.
Welcome to Badgers!
It is hard to believe that the Summer is nearly over and it is time for Squirrels to become Badgers. We are really excited to welcome your children into Year 1 and we hope that your children are looking forward to coming back to school, catching up with their friends and learning new things.
Our topic for this term is Toys, a theme I'm sure your children already know lots about! We will be learning about the history of toys, what they are made of and be undertaking art and design tasks linking to toys. We have booked a special Toys Day on Tuesday 27th September, for which we are requesting a parental contribution, to engage your children with a hands on, practical learning experience. Please look out for a letter in your child's book bag during the first week of term.
In English we will use toy texts such as Kipper's Toy Box and Nothing, as well as films such as Toy Story, to stimulate our writing. We will be consolidating our ability to read, write and understand numbers to 20 in maths, using practical resources and applying our understanding to real life situations. In RE we will be finding out more about the Christian church and we will visit our local church after half term.
Your child will read weekly with an adult at school, sometimes individually, especially during the first couple of weeks when we will be checking your child's book level, and at other times in a group. We will write in the reading log when we have read with your child. We will check your comments in the diaries and count your child's reads weekly - we look forward to seeing how much you have enjoyed reading with your child and to seeing their cars zoom along our reading road! Your child will also have daily phonics lessons and we will closely monitor your child's progress through our phonics scheme.
PE will be on Wednesday afternoon but please ensure that your child has indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times as sometimes we may need PE shoes or kit for other activities. We will be swimming after Christmas.
Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and should be handed in on Mondays (not the first week of term). Work handed in after Monday may not be marked until the following week.
We will ask you to supply the following items for your child this term: an old sock; a favourite toy that your child has had for a little while; and an old toy (theirs or yours) to help us with our non-fiction writing and to go in our class museum before half term. Watch out for notes in book bags explaining when we need these items.
We really look forward to getting to know you and your children better as the term progresses. If you have any comments, questions or concerns we are always available in the Badgers' outdoor area from 8.50 in the morning and we can chat after school when we have said good bye to the children. Please bear with us at home time as we get to know your faces and those of friends and family who pick up your child. It might take a little while for us to check that each child is going home safely with the correct person at the start of term.
Here's hoping for a sunny September and lots of fabulous learning experiences!
Mrs Gregg (Mon, Tue, Wed) and Miss Oliver (Thu, Fri)