This half term Year 1 have settled in well into their new classes with their new teachers. We have enjoyed learning our new routines in our class, become a little more independent working at our tables and have shown off our phonic skills! We now spend our play times on the Key stage 1 yard joining in games with all our new friends. We have enjoyed our topic this half term learning all about the different types of animals in our world.
The Year 1 Team
All children should bring their book and book bag into school every day. They should read their book at least 3 times a week and write a comment in their reading diaries. Books will be changed twice a week.
School Uniform and PE Kits
Children are requested to have their names in all of their uniform including coats. This makes it easier when changing for PE or if an item is lost. All children are required to have a PE top, shorts and pumps to take part in their lessons. These should all be labelled with their names in every item including pumps.
During last half term, Year 1 did lots of work relating to Australia. We learnt about Captain Cook, Aborigines, and famous places in Australia and Australian animals. We celebrated Australia Day by playing Fling the Flip Flop and eating Tim Tams (a popular Australian biscuit). We really enjoyed painting in an Aboriginal style and reading the story Waltzing Matilda as well as learning the song. We wrote thank you letters to April’s relatives who sent us a parcel containing lots of lovely things to do with Australia.
We have been looking at animals & their different habitats so we went on a nature walk within our school grounds. We looked at the different trees and the plants that grow around them. We saw a squirrel, lots of insects in our bug hotel and birds (especially magpies and blackbirds). We looked in the bushes to see if any blackbirds had made a nest.
This term we have read the books We went on Safari and Animal Boogie so we went to Chester Zoo to see animals that normally live in other countries just like in these books. We had a workshop with the teachers at the zoo were we could explore and group animals. We discovered exciting things like elephant poo, zebra’s skin and a hippo’s tusk.
The Lonely Beast
This half term we have been doing lots of work around a book called The Lonely Beast. The children have been able to develop their speaking & listening skills and have enjoyed acting out the story through a freeze frame. We have been able to empathise with the Beast as he is feeling lonely and wants a friend so we have worked a lot around feelings. We are just about to begin our newspaper report as to why he wants a friend.