WC 5th June
Wow what a first week back! I would like to start by saying how proud I am of each and every single member of Tawny Owls to their mature attitude and speedy response to our fire incident on Thursday. To reward them we had some extra play time on Friday!
Some children are questioning why they haven't taken PE kits home, no PE kits became dirty over our previous unit of work and a few of our sessions were unable to happen due to Training days and bank holidays meaning that they haven't been used as much as a usual half term and so they were kept in school for ease.
This half term we are learning about minibeasts in our topic "The Ugly Bug Ball". We have already been on a bug hunt where we had a close look at an ant, spider, millipede, ladybird lava, and greenfly under a insect viewer. They were fascinating! We are also learning about instructions in English. We will be creating a bug home and writing our own instructions for how to make one.
Next week (Week commencing 12th) is the week of our phonics screening where all of Tawny Owls will sit a test of reading alien and real words using their phonics knowledge. As a result of our phonics screening we have paused our spelling tests to focus on phonics and replaced them with phonics flash cards in your child's book bag. Please practice these each night with your child, an addition for reading time!
Let it Grow, Let it Grow!
Our term has been super busy being scientists, authors, mathematicians, athletes and explorers! Next half term is also going to be busy with Year 1 wrapping up to a close! Please look out for information on the Phonics screen happening in June for all of Year 1.
Welcome back to Summer term. This half term our Topic is Traditional tales. We have begun by looking at Jack and the Beanstalk in English and have planted our own bean plants in Science. It is really exciting watching them grow and using all of our Science skills to write about it in our bean diaries.
Thank you to everyone that was able to come to our Takayama festival and put in such fantastic efforts into home projects with their children! They showed such pride when showing off their work, especially the projects that they had been able to do at home with you. I hope the evident support and encouragement of their learning in this topic will flow through into our next topic too! Many Thanks again.
Spring Term 2
This half term we are looking at the Japanese Festival of Takayama.
We will have a strong focus on Science looking at materials and experimenting as we look into the procession of floats in a Takayama festival for our closing topic Parent event at the end of our term. This will be the children's opportunity to share what they have learnt with their peers and for parents to come and join us. We might even be able to put on a procession of our own to recreate the Takayama festival ourselves.
In PE, we have begun an underwater themed dance unit and the children really enjoyed the freedom of begin able to be creative with their own moves. Please check PE kits are clearly named and that your child has a jumper and trainers/plimsoles for outside.
Our English will be looking at reports, all about Pokémon! In Maths, over the next few weeks, will be looking at multiplication and division.
Full stop crimes!
Last week, we spent a whole week focused on full stops and what a sentence actually is after finding that almost everyone in the class had forgotten to put in full stops into their last piece of independent work. The launch of this work was a drama stimulus of a crime scene in our classroom. See the pictures of this below! The class really enjoyed the drama and excitement of the crime scene and quickly got wrapped up in the idea that Mrs Leighton had stolen the full stops- little did they know that was all just a distraction! Hopefully none of them will be forgetting a full stop any time soon! It's a crime to grammar!
Japan launch event details
We had a fantastic afternoon this week with so many of you coming to join in with us, the class loved it, thank you very much!
I mentioned very briefly the home project your child can be doing over this term based on their topic and here are the details again:
Your child can, and it is not compulsory, make/build/write/draw/create a Japanese project. This is to be handed in by Monday 20th March and we will invite parents in again at the end of that week to share all our fabulous Japanese work.
The work could include a junk model structure of one of Japans famous landmarks. It could be some photos of them using chopsticks whilst trying some sushi. It could be a research piece, a collage, drawings or anything that grabs your child's attention.
I look forward to seeing the projects.
Our first two days in school have been very busy ones, with a school wide focus on anti-bullying. The children enjoyed making posters, role play, discussion work shops, circle times and team building games. It has already made a big impact as they are already looking out for each other, especially during play! A display in our cloakroom is going up to keep reminding them of what they have learnt.
Our Topic this half term is 'The Land of the Rising Sun'. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Japan with the class and we have an exciting project in store as well!
Our outside area will also be getting a make-over this term! Watch this space!
All belongings (PE kit, uniform, water bottles, lunch boxes and book bags) need to be checked that name labels are still clear and present- lots of unnamed items are being found. Also, everyone needs a named PE kits in school, including a PE jumper and black or grey jogging bottoms.
14th December 2016
We have had a fantastic day today bringing our show-stopper to our topic for this term with a visit from a fire engine and a team of fire fighters. A slideshow of pictures from our day is below.
All of Year 1 and Year 2 explored a fire engine, found out about fire safety, spoke to fire fighters, asked and answered questions and used a hose pipe. They also sat in the engine and saw lots of equipment used and we hope they had lots of fun!