Meet the team!
Miss Jephson and Mrs Deverill
(Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Miss Jephson will teach the class. Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday, Mrs Deverill will teach the class.)
This half term ( Summer 2 ) our topic is:
Plant a little seed
Have a look at the photographs from our visit to Crich Tramway Village
Who is Van Gogh? What famous pictures did he paint? What is his style of painting?
We will begin our topic by learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his style of painting. We will compare different pieces of his art work and look closely at the use of line and colour before applying this to our own work.
How can I recreate the famous sunflowers painting? How can I add texture and show the brush strokes?
Following our work on Vincent Van Gogh last week, we will concentrate on his famous Sunflowers painting. We will create our own versions of this art work using a range of media; oil paint, poster paint and oil pastels.
What should I eat as part of a healthy diet?
We have been learning about plants in science and we know that some food, including a lot of fruits and vegetables, come from plants. This week we will sort fruits and vegetables and taste some of these before designing our own crunchy critters using our favourites.
What tools can I use to prepare fruit and veg?
Using our designs from last week we will use knives, peelers and graters to create our healthy crunchy critters using our favourite fruits and vegetables.
What is weaving?
This week we will be learning about weaving - what it is and how to do it. We will have a look at some different examples of weaving and will discuss a piece of art work that we could create by weaving using natural colours. We will draw our ideas in our sketch books.
Under, over, under, over …
We will have a go at weaving this week using either a loom or our blue fence outside the classroom. We will try hard to use colours reflecting the stages of plant growth, brown for the soil, green through to blue.
How can I add accessories to make a picture on my weaving?
To complete our weaving we will add buttons and sequins to create a picture on our art work.
In Numeracy this half term the children will be working hard to
- Recognise and name common 3D shpaes.
- Use mathematical language to describe 3D shapes.
- Recognise, create and describe patterns.
- Describe position, direction and movement, including left, right, on top of, in front of, above, between, around, near, forwards, backwards, inside and outside, whole, half and three quarter turns.
- Recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.
- Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems - involving money.
- Sequence events in chronological order using language (before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening.
- know the clock has an hour and a minute hand.
- Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
- Recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years.
- Compare, describe and solve practical problems for time; quicker, slower, earlier, later, and measure and begin to record time (hours, minutes, seconds)
In English this half term the children will be:
- writing instructions for how to plant seeds.
- Writing reports about how to look after plants.
- Reading and responding to the stories Jack and the Beanstalk and Jasper's Beanstalk.
- Reading and writing poems; A seedy story, the little plant, what makes a garden grow, grow, grow and acrostic poems.
In science this half term the children will be learning about plants. They will learn to name different flowers and plants including wild flowers. They will plant a seed and care for it, keeping a diary to record the growth and changes as the seed grows. They will be able to name the different parts of the plant and talk simply about their functions. The children will also learn the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and will plotting the location of different plants on a map of the school.
In PSHE this half term we will use the story of Owl Babies to support our sex education learning.
In RE this half term we will look at special buildings relating to different religions.
In ICT this half term the children will continue using Purple Mash and will be focusing on coding.
In PE this half term we will be working with Mr Singh to prepare for sports day and we will continue to develop our skills in athletics in our PE lessons with Mrs Deverill.
Our phonics work will take place every morning. Our class will split into groups for letters and sounds. This term the year 1 children will take the phonics screening check.
Ladybirds have now finished their turn at Forest Schools
For the whole of the Spring term Ladybird class (Year 1) have been split into two groups so all children in the class come to Forest Schools for an afternoon each week. The children are loving this experience and can’t wait for our weekly sessions. So far we have made Forest School bracelets, explored the school Forest School site, made shelters, used clay to make tree faces, made our own Stick Man, magic wands as well as learning some circle time games. Oh and we have explored mud! If you can’t do this in Forest Schools when can you do it???!!! All of the Ladybird class have created their own Forest School names so ask a member of Ladybird class to find out what their name is as well as their own action! My name is Miss Hedgehog Harrison! A little bit of an alliteration challenge was set to the children and they amazed me!
Ladybird class will continue Forest Schools after the holidays and hopefully be at the Shipley Park site! We will be using knots for a range of purpose, making shelters and structures using natural materials and going on an Easter egg hunt. We are inviting parents and carers from Ladybird class to come and join us for a session in Forest Schools. This will be either Tuesday 13th March or Wednesday 14th March depending which day your child comes to Forest Schools! Make sure you come prepared and dressed for wet and cold weather. We will treat you to a warming hot chocolate at the end of the session!
Letters sent home
Information for parents
Ambassador Awards 2017-2018
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:
- Behaviour and conduct
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!
Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Ladybirds children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
Helping at home!
Each day your child will need to bring their reading book to school. Please try to practise daily at home, even if it is just a couple of pages. In addition to a reading book, your child will be given a tricky words list to learn. Please can you sign your children’s reading record books every time you listen to them read, it helps us and it also helps your child to earn credits towards their Ambassador awards.
At the beginning of each topic we will send home a homework grid with a choice of activities on it. The completed tasks will be returned to school at the end of the term and celebrated with the class.
Spellings - From January 2018
Your child will have spellings to learn every Friday. These will be sent home in their spelling booklets. The following Friday your child will be tested in class and new spellings will be given again for the following week. The results from the test will be put in your child's spelling book. Please ensure their spelling books are returned to school every Friday. All spellings given are linked to the National Curriculum for year 1 and also to the work done in phonic sessions.
Monday 4th June - INSET day - school closed for the children
Tuesday 5th June - Back to school for the children
Monday 11th June - Wednesday 13th June - phonics screening check for all children in Ladybirds class.
Wednesday 20th June - KS2 (am) and Reception/KS1 (pm) sports day - weather permitting!
Thursday 21st June - class group photographs
Wednesday 4th July - Fun day for all children - Fox cubs class and Squirrels class will be having time on the bouncy castle. There will be a climbing wall for Ladybirds, Hedgehogs, Badgers and Owls and KMX karts for Woodpeckers and Kestrels.
Thursday 5th July - whole school transition day for all classes.
Wednesday 11th July - Ladybirds class assembly - parents/carers from this class are invited to attend at 2.45pm
Monday 16th July - Summer fair in the afternoon. More details to follow.
Tuesday 17th July - Ambassador Assembly. You will receive a letter informing you if your child is collecting an award.
Friday 20th July - Last day of term
Websites you may find useful
https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk (Login in details have been given out at the start of the year. If you have forgotten please ask a member of staff)
We want your children to be happy and enjoy coming to school and learning. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to any of us so that we can help. You can speak with us after school or contact us on 01773 712840. You can also email us: email@example.com