Welcome to the special page for Year 1.
Our PE days in Spring 1 2022 will be Tuesday (Gymnastics) and Friday (Dance). Please come into school wearing your P.E. tracksuit on these days. Please do not wear earrings on these days.
Please find the homework for this half term below.
Please see below the parent overview for this half term.
Meet the Staff
Class Teacher- Mrs Heywood
Spring 1 2022 topic
Happily Ever After
Week 1 question: What is a castle?
This week we will be starting our ‘Happily ever after’ topic. We will be thinking about what we already know about castles. We will be exploring photographs of castles from around the world, discussing parts that we like. Then we will be using different tools (lego, duplo, sand etc) to create our own castle. We will include parts from the photographs in our own designs.
Week 2 question: What are the parts of a castle?
This week the children will be looking, in closer detail, at different parts of a castle and what they were used for. Some examples of the parts are:
- Arrow slits
The children will label a diagram of a castle and try to write some definitions for these parts.
Week 3 question: Where are castles in Britain?
This week we will be looking at the 4 countries of the British Isles, their capital cities and the castles that reside here. The castles we will focus on are:
- Edinburgh castle
- Windsor Castle
- Cardiff Castle
- Belfast Castle
The children will be using maps to locate the countries and capital cities and to become more familiar with map symbols.
Week 4 question: Who lived in a castle? What jobs did people do in a castle?
This week we will be exploring what type of people lived in a castle and what day to day life was like. There will explore the different jobs that people did, such as:
- King/ Lord
- Gong farmer
We will be exploring what their life was like when doing these jobs. We will be discussing which we would have preferred and which ones we definitely wouldn’t like to have done!
Week 5 question: What monarchs lived at Windsor castle?
We will be recapping where Windsor castle is and finding it on a map. We will be going on virtual tours of different parts of Windsor castle, including, the change of the guard and the castle. We will be exploring who has lived there and who has been buried there. We will also be looking at the Windsor coat of arms and exploring what each part represents. We will then be designing and creating our own coat of arms.
Week 6 question: What are our favourite features of a castle?
This week we will be going on a treasure hunt of facts and questions about castles. Once we have found all the cards we will be splitting them into one of these categories:
Life in a Castle
Features of a castle
Attacking a castle
Jobs in a castle
The children will work together to answer the question prompts to collate information. Then they will design their own poster to share information about castles.
- Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
Sharing opinions on things that matter in discussions
Identifying and respecting the differences and similarities between people
Understanding that they belong to different groupsIdentifying ways in which they are unique
In RE our key question will be
Who is Jewish and what do they believe in?
Pupils should be taught to:
Talk about how Shabbat is a special day of the week for Jewish people, and give some examples of what they might do to celebrate Shabbat.
Re-tell a story that shows what Jewish people at the festival of Chanukah might think about God, suggesting what it means.
Talk about how the mezuzah in the home reminds Jewish people about God.
Information for parents
Ambassador Awards 2021-2022
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!
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. 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.