Welcome to Woodpecker Class
A very warm welcome to Woodpecker's class page! We hope you can enjoy using this as a platform to keep up with all the wonderful things that go on in year 1.
The grown ups you'll get to know
Miss Fairhall Mon-Wednesday
Mrs Carnegie Thursday-Friday
Mrs Hynard Mon-Friday
Our topic for the summer term is 'Pirates, Mermaids and Wild Things'. In this exciting topic we will learn about the history of famous pirates including Anne Bonny and Black Beard, their culture and how this has changed over the years. In D&T we will design and make a pirates packed lunch. Our focus will be learning how to design using a brief, make using a variety of tools and to evaluate your product effectively. We will learn about Maps, the 7 continents and the seas and oceans in geography. In Music we will be learning sea shanties and adding musical instruments. In art we will be doing observational drawing and painting using real fish (from the fish monger) and shells. We will be designing our own Jolly Roger, looking at making our own ships and much more! The writing opportunities in this topic are endless. We will be writing letters and post cards, wanted posters and job application forms to name but a few! We are planning on having a Pirate and Mermaid day full of fun activities in the second half of the term. We hope to raise the money for a pirate to join us for this fun packed day! Watch this space.... (note- there will be a chance to dress up as a pirate or mermaid for this day!)
In English we are covering a number of units covering poetry, fiction and non-fiction. In poetry the children really grew in confidence in their performing skills and we are now looking at silly funny rhymes which are truly engaging the children. We are using the text How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth to learn how to write instructions. Our main focus this term will be tightening up sentences, using capital letters and full stops, using finger spaces, extending sentences with and, because and but. We will be starting to join letters as we are ready, if you need any home support with this please don't hesitate to pop in. Please keep your eyes peeled for more info!
In math we have covered lots of addition and subtraction using a variety of different methods such as the part-whole model, using a number line and using tens frames. We have focused quite heavily on problem solving and reasoning. This ensures that children's learning is embedded and they are not just learning facts but really understanding why. We are moving on to Tens and Ones and we might even sneak in some counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in preparation for learning our times tables. The children still need to learn and know their number bonds so please don't stop learning and practicing these at home. Keep your eyes open for your child's Mountain Passport targets to work on at home too.
Phonics plays a huge part in year 1 as it builds the foundations that children need to have solidly embedded in order to read and write. We have been recapping the Phase 3 phonemes the children learnt in Reception class (sh, th, ai, oi etc) it is very important that your child knows these. After half term we will be moving on to phase 5 which introduces the new graphemes for those Phase 3 phonemes (phoneme is the letter sound, grapheme is the written representation of the sound) e.g in Reception your child would have learnt ai, now we will teach them that it can also be ay, a_e, eigh etc. This is why it is very important that they are secure in Phase 3. Please pop in and see one of us if you need some support. We have since moved on to phase 5 and have finished learning the new sounds. We will now go back over Phase 5 and recap Phase 3 daily esp in writing.
This half term in science we are using the theme 'Treasure Island' to explore a number of curriculum areas including, light, everyday materials and plants. We will be using our scientific skills to observe simple things, using equipment, classifying and performing simple tests. (To be updated)
Science week is coming up! This is such an awesome week full of fantastic activities, investigations, displays and awe and wonder. I heard a rumour that there might be a chance to dress up here too....Please keep your eyes open for any other information!
We are all very excited about the weather starting to warm up! Please don't be fooled just yet- ensure your child has the correct outerwear for that days temperature. Please could you also all ensure that your child has a named water bottle and a full PE kit in school everyday. This includes outdoor footwear. As a reminder please check our uniform policy and make sure that your child comes into school in the correct gear.
Miss Fairhall and the year 1 team