Teachers: Mrs Partridge, Miss Short, Mrs Rowsell & Mrs Graydon
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Bryant, Mrs Hocking, Mrs Perryman, Mrs Mulcahy
We have had a great start in Year One – beginning our learning about farms and farming with our topic ‘what does a farmer do?’ The children have come up with lots of questions they would like to answer and we look forward to some fantastic learning. We have thought about our focus school value for this half term – respect. The children had some great things to say about how we can respect each other, our classroom and school. We introduced the story ‘The Pig in the Pond’ which will be the basis for our learning in Literacy for the next few weeks.
Spring 1 2018
Our learning started this term with the topic ‘Starry Night’. We read and learnt a poem called The Christmas Star, about the journey of the Three Kings. The children learnt the poem with actions and performed it beautifully in class. We learnt all about rhyme and wrote our own rhyming couplets!
We also learnt about the stars and space in Science and were visited by a ‘pop-up planetarium’! It was wonderful. The children really enjoyed it and learnt so much about the sun, the moon, the stars and constellations.
Our artwork focussed on the painting ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh. We recreated the painting using different media. In RE as well as learning about Epiphany we asked ‘What is the Good News Jesus Brings?’
The second theme for our learning this term has been based around the Chinese zodiac story. We have had great fun recreating the story in the role play area, writing our own animal descriptions and then our own stories about an animal race. We have carefully copied Chinese symbols for the animals of the zodiac, made lucky money envelopes and counted coins. We have learnt about Chinese culture, how New Year is celebrated in China and made Chinese lanterns. We have been very busy!
Spring 2 2018
This term we began with a topic about dragons. We read the poems from the lovely book ‘Tell me a Dragon’. We then drew and described our own dragons and write our own poems. We mixed colours to create the colours for our dragons and decorated paper plate ‘scales’. We had a visit from ‘Astrid’ (Miss Katie Lee) who brought in her collection of dragons for us to see and learn about.
We began learning about grouping and sharing this term, using mathematical vocabulary and solving problems using objects and drawing pictures.
The last 3 weeks have been all about ‘Stories from Around the World’. We have read ‘The Runaway Chapatti’ and written our own versions of the story called ‘The Runaway Easter Egg.’ We have been finding out about India, making rangoli patterns, exploring Bollywood dancing and making chapattis. We have talked about Indian lifestyle and homes. We have had great fun in the Woodland, looking out for signs of Spring.
In RE we are learning all about Easter and why Easter is important to Christians. We are looking forward to the Easter Service.