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Welcome to our Year 1 class page. We work with Sister Valerie Anne and Mrs. Whitechurch.
WELCOME BACK TO A NEW TERM - SUMMER 2017
The children worked very hard last term. I hope that they have had a good break and will return to school refreshed and ready to face new challenges in Year One. Thank you to all the parents for supporting your children in completing the weekly homework. Children - keep up the good work of learning your spellings and reading at home regularly - it really does make a big difference!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
As we return to school after Easter the Church is still celebrating this great event. The focus of this term’s work in Religious Education is the role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives. Our first Come and See topic is Holidays and Holidays.
Our wonder question is;
"Do we need holidays and holydays?"
I am sure that the children would agree that we need and enjoy holidays! We will be getting ready over the coming weeks to celebrate the great holyday of Pentecost on Sunday 4th June 2017 which is the Church's birthday.
The children will be concentrating on learning the different graphemes for phonemes and practising their decoding skills in preparation for the Phonic Screening Check that will take place during the week beginning Monday 12 June 2017. Our weekly spelling test will be based on the different phonemes they are learning. In writing we will be concentrating on handwriting with an emphasis on correct letter formation.
The children will be studying Number and Place Value, the Four Number Operations; addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and Measurement; money, weight and volume. Remember to practise your number bonds to 10 and 20 and the 2s, 5s and 10s times tables.
The children have PE on Mondays and Thursdays. Children will need to remember to have their P.E. kits in school on these days. The children will be getting ready for Sports Day whilst practising the fundamental basics of movement; including running, skipping, developing balance, agility and coordination.
In History the children will be studying the Great Fire of London. The fire began on early Sunday morning on the 2nd of September 1666. It started in Pudding Lane in the shop of the king’s baker, Thomas Farrinor. The children will be asking and answering questions and looking at different sources of information as they learn about this significant event in our country's history.
Our Science topic for this half term is Animals and their Habitats. The children will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive, identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other. The children will be learning how to identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats and describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals. They will learn about simple food chains, and identify and name different sources of food.
IF YOU GO DOWN INTO THE WOODS TODAY ...
THURSDAY 18TH MAY 2017
This year, we are very pleased to be continuing the Forest School project. The Forest School sessions our children will be participating in will be provided by The Ernest Cook Trust on dedicated areas of private woodland owned by the Trust in Little Dalby. The ‘Forest School’ project is a way of incorporating outdoor learning experiences for children into their normal school life. Children spend a day in an area of woodland that is natural, safe and accessible, working to their usual curriculum but in an outdoor setting. Forest School’s philosophy is based upon a desire to provide an education which fosters appreciation of the natural world and which will encourage responsibility for nature conservation in later life. Many children benefit from and prefer a practical element to their learning and achieve greater levels of success in this context than in a traditional classroom environment. The Forest School Project also has additional physical, social and health benefits for children who are leading increasingly indoor lives. It has been particularly successful in developing self-esteem and confidence and helping children work cooperatively.
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