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Ducks & Geese (Year 1)

Teachers: Mrs Partridge, Miss Short, Mrs Rowsell

Teaching Assistants:  Miss Jones, Mrs Mulcahy, Mrs Perryman

Autumn Term 2

Some highlights of our first Half Term in Year one have been our Harvest Assembly when we shared some of our learning with the whole school and sang to them and a trip to the allotments with Mrs Leach where we picked lots of fruits and vegetables. These are some quotes from the children: ‘I picked some potatoes out of the ground.’ ‘We saw some peas in pods and if you put them in the window sill and dry them out and plant them more beans grow up and if you keep doing that more and more beans will come.’ ‘They have to pick out the weeds. They hoe them out.’ The children picked rhubarb, blackberries, carrots, runner beans, orange raspberries, tomatoes and pumpkins. They also enjoyed seeing the chickens.

We have enjoyed creating pastel pictures of fruits and vegetables and learning harvest songs. In RE we have been learning about the Christian Creation Story and in PE we created a Creation Dance to ‘Morning’ from Peer Gynt by Grieg. Each class performed their piece to the other.

Autumn 2

After Half Term we began our Topic ‘How do toys change over time?’ with a Teddy Bears Picnic. We wrote invitations for our bears. When we brought them to school we introduced them to our friends, sang with them, danced with them, drew them and wrote about them! We then enjoyed a picnic with them. Miss Short’s Grandma came in to see us and told us all about growing up on a farm. She had a toy pram and pushed her cat around in it!  She explained how they used everyday objects to play with and create their own imaginative play with. We learnt to play Jacks and  Our PSHE focus has been on Celebrating Differences and we have been learning about Why Christmas is Important to Christians. We worked really hard on our Nativity Play ‘The Sleepy Shepherd and sang beautifully!  The end of the term was very busy with our Christmas Lunch, a Christmas Party and Christmas Service in Church. We had a wonderful Christmas Sing in the hall in Assembly on the last day of term and some of the children enjoyed watching The Nutcracker Ballet as a lovely way to end our term and Topic about Toys!

We are looking forward to more exciting learning in the Spring!


Autumn 2018

We have started our first full week in Year 1! Settling into Year One includes getting to know our new teachers, TAs and other adults that help us at school, learning the routines in Year One, learning about the ‘Trackers’ (the learning we do independently though the week) and the children have already enjoyed playtimes on the school field and the play equipment in the beautiful sunshine.

We have Geese Class with Miss Short and Ducks class with Mrs Partridge (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) and Mrs Rowsell(Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).

Our wonderful TAs, Miss Jones, Mrs Perryman (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and Mrs M (Thursday and Friday) work across the year group.

We have just started our topic ‘What does a farmer do?’ We have thought of lots of questions that we would like to find the answers to. Some of the learning experiences we are looking forward to are - a visit to a farm, a visit from some ducks and geese and a trip to the allotments!

On Tuesday 25th September we had a wonderful visit to West Town Farm. The Geese spent the morning there and the Ducks’ visit was in the afternoon. The sun shone and it was a glorious day!

On arrival the children had the chance to explore the garden including the tractor, chickens and giant wooden chair. After this there was a visit to a Barley field to ‘harvest’ some grain which Kevin, our visit leader, ground to make some flour. We then made our way to the pumpkin field where the children found squashes of different sizes, weight and colour!

A visit to the orchard to pick some apples was followed by washing and chopping the apples which were then used to make apples juice for us all to drink. It was delicious!

When the Ducks arrived for the afternoon they saw two naughty calves that had escaped from their enclosure safely herded back to their mums!

The children have enjoyed writing and drawing about what they learnt on their visit and next week we will be writing thank you letters to Kevin.

Our new learning in Literacy will be about non-fiction texts and later we will be writing Harvest Prayers.

In Maths we will beginning our learning about ‘additive reasoning’.

On Thursday 27th September we had a lovely service at St Michael's church. The children sang beautifully and enjoyed listening to and watching the Year 6 children lead parts of the service.

It has been a busy week!