Welcome back!

What are we learning?

This half term our topic is ‘Sowers and Growers’ where we will be planting seeds to help identify the parts of a plant (root, shoots, stem, leaves, flower and petals). In science we will continue to identify and name a variety of everyday materials. We will sort objects by the material it is made from and decide whether it is a man made, or a natural material.

Challenge

This half-term we will be challenging children to design, cost, plan and make their own healthy soup.

Farm Visit

We will be visiting Whirlow Hall farm in Sheffield on Monday 29th April. This will support our work in Geography where we will be comparing the farm (rural) and our local area (urban) environments. Our visit will also support our science work about where food comes from.

Literacy

This half term the children will be reading stories linked to growing, such as Oliver’s Vegetables and the Little Red Hen. The children will create their own characters and retell the stories, ensuring that they make sense. The children will continue to use language to make their stories more interesting and use exclamation marks, question marks and full stops correctly.

Maths

This half term the children will be learning about positional and directional language that includes left, right, full turn, half turn, quarter turn and three quarter turn. We will also look at fractions of shapes and amounts, missing numbers in addition and subtraction calculations. We will be using measuring, money and addition skills that we have previously learned to help us to solve problems in our class challenge.

Reading Books

It is really important that children practise reading every day. Please ensure that if your child has read their reading book at home and is able to read it with fluency, that you return the book to school for it to be changed. Please be aware that all the teachers endeavour to hear the children read and change their books when they are returned to school, however, I’m sure that you are aware it is not always possible to send new books home on the same day.

P.E

As we are now in the summer term the children will be accessing some of their PE lessons outside. Please ensure your child has trainers and a suitable outdoor PE kit.

Transition

To prepare the children for year two, from Monday 29th April parents will no longer be invited into school in a morning to support the children with their activity. The children will be encouraged to be more independent in organising their own belongings and complete their morning task.

Thank you for your continued support.

The year 1 team.

European Language Day

In Year 1, we celebrated Lithuania which is where Mrs Remeikiene is from. We found out some facts about the country, locating it is on a map and looked at how it is different to UK. We painted white storks and drew our own grass snakes as these animals are important in Lithuania. We were very lucky as a parent, also from Lithuania, brought in some yummy home-made Lithuanian treats for us all to try. They were delicious. We all made and tried some Lithuanian soup called a Saltibarsciai. In the afternoon we joined the whole school parade in the playground where we waved our Lithuanian flags. We learnt how to say some Lithuanian words. To finish the day Mrs Remeikiene read us the story of jack and the Beanstalk in Lithuanian and translated to English. It was a fantastic day!

Year 1 Castle Day

On Friday, we celebrated our topic this half term by having a Castle day. We came to school wearing clothes that people in a castle would have worn. We had everything from knights, Lords, Ladies, Kings, Princesses, cook and jesters. Our parents came into school in the morning to help us to make and decorate crowns. We then enjoyed a variety of castle themed activities in the classroom. After break we went into the Great Hall where we had a banquet. For entertainment, we took part in medieval dancing and played some games.

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