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Summer 2:

It was lovely to hear what the children have been up to in half term and they are very excited about our new topic, ‘Robots’.  They thoroughly enjoyed their Great Outdoors topic, especially building dens and toasting the marshmallows!

This half term, we are lucky enough to be working with the TIME project, a group of inspirational artists who will be helping us to put together a class performance incorporating a variety of art, drama and music. We will be basing our project around the beautiful book, ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ by David Lucas.  As part of the project, the children will be designing and making their own 3D robots out of junk and then using them to practice their observational drawing skills.  As scientists, the children will be investigating the features that make us ‘human’ by identifying parts of the body and learning about the five senses.  As musicians, we will be composing our own robot song and learning how to create a range of sounds using body percussion.  As part of our RE week, the children had an amazing visit to the Hindu Temple in Preston.  We will also be designing our own Rangoli patterns and making Diwa lamps.

Key vocabulary: parts of the body      the five senses      humans      Hinduism       Diwali       Rama and Sita 

We have a Home Reading Challenge this half term, which always has positive effect on the children’s reading.  Every time your child reads at home, they will earn a sticker for their rainbow.  Please ensure that your child is wearing their school P.E. kit on a Monday and a Thursday.  Our Sport’s Day is on Thursday 17th June so the children will need to be wearing their school PE t-shirt, sun cream and have a sun hat in school.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me before school and I am free to catch up after school. As always, thank you for your continued support, I am looking forward to an exciting last few weeks with my AMAZING Year 1 class!

Spring 1:

Due to the current national lockdown, we are teaching our children through our Remote Education/Home Learning offer. Our approach includes our teachers sharing videos of themselves on a platform called Seesaw, workbooks and learning activities for children to complete and additional inputs such as stories and assemblies. The learning includes English, Mathematics and topics from across the curriculum including PE, Science, Art and Geography. Further information can be found at https://www.willow.lancs.sch.uk/curriculum/pupil-voice/

Autumn 2:

It is so nice to see how well the children have settled back after the half term and they are all eager to know more about our new topic, ‘Follow That Map!’ They thoroughly enjoyed our last topic, especially learning facts about the Great Fire of London and creating their own dragons.

Our topic this half term is ‘Follow That Map!’ and we will be learning exciting facts about the United Kingdom.  As Geographers, we will be looking at the four countries of the U.K. and the children will be sampling different foods, music and sport from each country.  As Historians, we will be learning about our Royal Family and exploring toys from the past and the present.  In English, we will be reading Traditional Tales and we will be finding out who stole the porridge! As Scientists, we will continue to record changes in the seasons and the environment around us.  We will also be identifying a variety of leaves in our school grounds and observing them closely under a microscope.

United Kingdom            Traditional               Queen Elizabeth II            British Values           Observation 

This half term, we have organised a fantastic home reading challenge.  The children have decided that they would like to work towards a film afternoon during our last week. Reading has such a huge impact on their learning and we encourage the children to read at home at least five times a week.  Please make sure you sign and date their reading diary so we can keep track of their challenge.

This half term, we have PE on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday.   Children will need to come to school in their PE kit and they may wear suitable trainers, joggers and their school jumper over the top.

As always, please feel free to call the school office if you would like to speak to me or to arrange an appointment to meet me face-to-face to discuss your child’s learning.  In the event of your child being unable to attend school, but feeling well enough to continue learning, please see the remote learning sheet on the reverse of this letter.

 

Autumn 1:
Welcome to Orange Class!  It has been lovely to see how well the children have settled into Year 1 and I have to say that they are all very eager to learn. We have had such a great week already, creating our own superhero paintings, spotting pictures with our X-Ray vision and even making potions to ward off super villains!

Our topic this half term is ‘Fire! Fire’ and we have many exciting things planned! We will be learning all about the Great Fire of London and will make our own information book about what happened in 1666.  The children will be using pastels and charcoal to draw Tudor houses and will be creating their own 3D houses, which we will use to recreate the Great Fire of London! We will also be reading ‘Tell Me a Dragon’ by Jackie Morris and creating our own dragons, which will help us with our writing.  I have put some key words below that we will introduce throughout our topic.  These are always a great way to talk to your child about what they are learning about at school.

Thomas Farriner            Pudding Lane             Samuel Pepys            The Tudors             London in 1666              

Every half term, we have a home reading challenge where the children work towards a prize. Reading has such a huge impact on their learning and we encourage the children to read at home at least five times a week.  Please make sure you sign and date their reading diary so we can update our records at school.

This half term, we have PE on a Monday afternoon and a Friday.   Children will need to come to school in their PE kit and they may wear suitable trainers, joggers and their school jumper over the top.

Please feel free to call the school office if you would like to speak to me or to arrange an appointment to meet me face-to-face to discuss your child’s learning.  Thank you so much for all of the extra help and support you have given your child over the last few months and Mrs Miller and I are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this year in supporting them to continue making good progress.