Week ending 25th September.
Northamptonshire have had another busy week. In English we have been exploring our text for the term, 'Rapunzel' which tells the story as much through the pictures as the words. We've been thinking of words to describe Rapunzel's character and feelings and considering anything that surprises us about the book. In maths we have been finding one more and one less of a set of objects. They may enjoy showing you how they do this at home. The children were very interested in our history lesson when they were studying a contemporary painting of a ship built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They also loved their design and technology lesson where they had to make a form of escape for Rapunzel. In science, we have started our topic on everyday materials. This week we looked at a variety of objects and sorted them according to what material they were made from. I'm also delighted to announce that Caitlyn was our Head's Hero this week and Spencer won the cup for most attentive listening.
Welcome to Year 1!
What an absolutely fantastic first two weeks it has been! It has been so wonderful and heart-warming seeing all of the children back at school and getting stuck into their learning. We are so incredibly proud of the children and how they have taken their transition from Reception to Year 1 in their stride. Every bit of learning is met with a huge smile and excitement which makes our classrooms a very fun place to be!
Over the past two weeks we have been exploring different traditional tales such as: Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man. The children were very excited and surprised when they came into school to find a letter from Goldilocks, who was asking for their help with writing a letter to the Three Bears to apologise for sneaking into their house and eating their porridge. We’ve been looking at forming sentences and developing our knowledge of set 1 and 2 sounds to support us with our spelling. We have also been beginning to develop our vocabulary and have learnt words such as grotesque and cunning. The children have explored describing different key characters, retelling the stories and thought about what they would make their house from if they were one of the little pigs.
In Maths, we have been building on our knowledge of numbers to 10 and representing these in different ways using cubes and counters on ten frames. We have also begun to use our knowledge of part-part wholes to show and represent addition facts for numbers within 10. We have been continuing our skills in counting backwards and forwards and completing missing number sequences, alongside practising our number formation.
In Science, we have looked at our surroundings to identify seasonal changes and what happens in Autumn compared to Summer. We have also thought about the changes in daylight hours and the temperature.
We have begun to look at our ‘little blue’ planet in Geography where we have thought about what features make up our world and what we would like to find out about it. We have also been exploring different types of maps and their uses and identifying the different features which make up a map.
In History, we have been looking at timelines and what History actually is. We’ve begun to look at an important engineer from the past called Isambard Kingdom Brunel who we learnt was from the Victorian era. We looked at what questions we wanted to ask about him and begun to look at the railway he designed from London to Bristol.
We are all so excited for the following weeks and all of the new skills and things we are going to learn together! Thank you so much for all of your support and a massive well done to the children for being such superstars!
Left to right top row: Mrs Large (Herefordshire Class Teacher), Mr Levett (P.E Specialist and Herefordshire Class Teacher Wednesday AM)
Left to right bottom row: Miss Beasley (Year 1 Lead and Gloucestershire Class Teacher), Mrs Clements (Art Specialist), Mrs Bentham (Northamptonshire Class Teacher Wednesday - Friday), Mrs McGinley (Northamptonshire Class Teacher Monday, Tuesday and Thursday PM)