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Today we had great fun spending the day dressed as our favourite characters from rhymes and stories to celebrate World Book Day. We were also very lucky to enjoy a session with visiting poet Paul Delaney, who helped us to come up with some of our own great ideas for poems which we will write tomorrow. Thank you so much to all of our Mums, Dads or carers who helped us to get ready for today. We were so excited!!

100 DAY!


We celebrated 100 day in Giraffes 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!

We hope that you have had a fabulous Christmas and that your children are feeling refreshed and ready to learn in the New Year.  Our next topic is a very exciting one - Castles and Dragons!   It will be launched by our Prince and Princesses day on the first Thursday of term.  Your children are welcome to come dressed in castle finery and they will participate in a grand banquet.
This term in English we will look at Traditional Tales, starting with castle based Sleeping Beauty.  We will then move onto non-fiction reading and writing about castles as we learn lots about their historical design and usage.  After half term we will read lots of dragon stories and write some of our own fire flying adventures.  Our daily phonics lessons will continue with lots of Phase 5 phonemes being introduced.  
In Design Technology we will make junk modelling castles and we will 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. 
In maths we will continue to use our new Maths No Problem! Singapore maths based scheme, starting with positional language and moving on to addition and subtraction of larger numbers to 20.  After half term we will have a special maths themed 100 day where we look at really big numbers!
PE will continue to be on Monday and 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.  We are always available for a quick chat before school or longer conversations at the end of the day.  Thank you for your continuing support of your child's learning.  It makes such a difference!
Mrs Stewart

Toys Day


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 Giraffes!


It is hard to believe that the Summer is nearly over and it is time for Hedgehogs to become Giraffes. 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 a Monday and 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 Giraffes' 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 Stewart