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It has been lovely to see the children getting creative with making their teddy bear dens at home! Your teddies look very comfy!

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As we have started our 'What can we see by the sea?' topic, the children this week have been doing observational pictures of the coastline. We looked at the geographic features we could see in the picture, such as cliffs, and used soft pastels to recreate the picture ourselves. The children were very good at looking carefully at the shapes and colours of the picture and used the soft pastels well. 

 

Next, we are going to start exploring pointilism and the artwork of Georges Seurat. Next Thursday we have an art day where the children will be looking at creating a pointilism painting of a coastline scene of their choice to display during the arts week at the end of term. 

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The children loved doing the 'Spiderman' Cosmic Yoga today! It was lovely to see them all trying their best to do the poses and joining in.
We had a super day at Beaumanor Hall exploring the woods, making nature hats and building dens. We found out lots of fantastic things about Robin Hood and his band of merry people and enjoyed looking for wanted posters and hiding from Bad King John in the woods. The children worked fabulously together to build dens and thought of their own passwords and special handshakes. We had a super day and the children were full of stories about their day on when they came back to school on Tuesday. 

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We have been learning lots about plants! We planted beans in bags so that we could see them growing. We then tested what plants need to grow by putting one bean in the cupboard with no light, one in the fridge with no warmth, one on the window with no water and one that had water, light and warmth. We were surprised to see that the bean in the cupboard that had no light had grown so big! We talked about why that might be.

We have also been looking at flowering plants and identifying the different parts. The children enjoyed making a poster using tissue paper. 

A little reminder of our classroom routine-

 

Please ensure the children are reading at home daily and getting their diaries signed. There are great prizes for reaching targets!

 

Homework- Choose and enjoy as many as you like from the topic list. Please bring models in as soon as possible so that they can be admired and added to our display.

 

PE happens on Tuesday and Thursday in the Summer term and we will be outside as much as possible, so please ensure your child's kit includes a tracksuit or leggings and warm top and trainers as well as shorts and t-shirt.

 

Although time is short in the morning we are always available at the end of the day if you need to talk, have a worry or concern.

Welcome to the start of our Summer term! Please find below all the information you will need for this half terms new topic "Robin Hood-Was he a goodie or a baddie?"

Summer 1 Robin Hood topic map, news letter and Homework list

World Book Day

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1W looked absolutely fabulous today! They all enjoyed talking about their favourite books and their favourite characters. They have been sharing books with children in Year 4 and Year 6 and have made book marks and worked hard writing book reviews. They are all very keen readers and it is lovely to see how eager they are to read books to each other every day.

We are currently reading Roald Dahl's The BFG as a class each day, we also share a picture book at the end of the day, use pictures as a starting point for creating our own stories and we have a quiet reading session after every lunch too. 

The children have enjoyed sharing their baby photos with their class mates. We have been looking at the photos to see what has changed and what has stayed the same. 

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For the next two weeks we are going to be reading the stories 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain', 'Handa's Hen' and 'We all went on Safari'. All of these stories repeat the same sentence structure throughout. Here, the children were working in groups to retell the story 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain' using their own drawings and then labeling their pictures with nouns and adjectives to describe them.

 

We are going to be looking at nouns and adjectives further along with verbs and how to spell number words with the aim that at the end of the two weeks we will have made our own counting books! The children are now getting very good at remembering their capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in every sentence but the more you can encourage and praise their wanting to write, the quicker they will become more secure with these rules.

A little reminder of our classroom routine

 

Please ensure the children are reading at home daily and getting their diaries signed. There are great prizes for reaching targets!

 

Homework- Choose and enjoy as many as you like from the topic list. Please bring models in as soon as possible so that they can be admired and added to our display.

 

PE happens on Tuesday and Thursday and we will be outside as much as possible, so please ensure your child's kit includes a tracksuit or leggings and warm top and trainers as well as shorts and t-shirt.

 

Although time is short in the morning we are always available at the end of the day if you need to talk, have a worry or concern.

 

Our new Spring 2 topic is "When does Big Ben look small?" and we have some really exciting learning lined up for this half term.

Up Up and Away Homework

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We have been learning to count in our tens this week. The children have been using 100 squares to support them and as we have to move up and down the 100 square when we are counting in our 10s, we call this spider counting! Here we are using bead strings to label our tens numbers. We are getting very good! Next we will be looking at place value and where the numbers come between these 10s numbers, for example, 24 and 42. The more counting you can do at home the better, this helps children to get a good understanding of how 'big' a number is. 

Continent Treasure Hunt!

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We enjoyed looking at different maps of the local area and studying the map of the school grounds before we went to look for the 'treasure'. The children were excited to find the treasure and worked very well in teams to navigate using their map. We were looking for pieces of a world map which had been cut up into the 7 continents. Once we had found all of the pieces the children took them back to the classroom to put the pieces back together to make a complete world map. They were superb at recalling all of the 7 continents and explaining where they were in relation to the equator! 
We have seen some superb Arctic models this topic. The children enjoyed showing their classmates their models and playing the board games that they made. I hope that you had fun making them too, as I enjoyed seeing how enthusiastic they were to share their Arctic knowledge.

3D Shapes

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1W have been working hard to make 3D shapes using 2D shapes. We have been exploring the shapes of each of the faces on the 3D shapes. The children enjoyed discovering the shapes that they could make. 

Some hedgehogs came to visit!

Today we were very lucky to have a visitor who brought with her 3 hedgehogs for us to meet. We got to stroke, hold and watch the hedgehogs run around. We also learnt lots about hedgehogs, including that they have between 5000 and 7000 prickles! Some of the hedgehogs we met have been nursed back to health and we have learnt how important it is to look after our wildlife, like checking our bonfires for hedgehogs. We enjoyed writing about our visitors in English, using adjectives and conjunctions in our writing too!

Autumn 2 Year 1 Newsletter

Today we met a real life superhero!

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