Sweetpeas class is made up of 28 wonderful Year 1 children who love learning and who strive to be the very best they can be. Our Class teacher is Miss Bestwick. She is helping us adopt an ‘I can do it’ attitude so we believe anything is possible.
In our Class we are very fortunate to have a range of adults who love to help us learn. Every other Wednesday when Miss Bestwick has her planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time we are taught by Mrs Norton. We are also supported by Mrs White on a Tuesday - she loves to help us with all aspects of our learning, especially our reading!
Alongside the children in our class, there is also our class bear who we named 'Cookie.' Cookie bear helps us every day with our learning and makes sure we are all following our school rules. Every day a lucky member of the class is chosen as the 'Star of the Day' and gets to take Cookie home. We are all super excited for our turn as we get to look after him at home for the night.
Sweetpeas learning journey:
Our topic question this term is:
Up a beanstalk or under the sea,
where would you live and who would you be?
During the first half of the Autumn term we will engage with and explore a range of Disney Stories within all of our subjects. We will be focusing on the story of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. Within our Literacy lessons we will be using Pie Corbett's talking for writing approach - this will help us to imitate familiar stories, innovate them by changing characters and settings and completely invent our own stories. In our Maths lessons our focus will be on consolidating our basic number skills through exploring place value. In these sessions we will continue to practise our counting skills (forward and backwards) to 100 in different multiples before progressing on to adding numbers together.
During the second part of the term, the children will be focusing on more traditional tales – some with a twist! We will continue to use the talk for writing approach to scaffold our writing and aid us with our independent writes.
Autumn term weekly updates:
Friday 21st September 2018:
Wow! What a week. Yet again all of the children in Sweetpeas class have accepted any challenges with a mature and enthusiastic attitude. The children are starting to notice that our classroom has a culture where mistakes are welcomed as it enables us to move our learning forward. Miss Bestwick has taught us that as long as we try our best and keep pushing ourselves then we are capable of anything we set our hearts and minds to! This is really showing in our Year One work. Miss Bestwick wasn't sure if we were children or authors in Literacy. Please keep your eyes on our webpage as we are very excited to share some of our writing with you.
In Maths we became counting superstars! We have practised counting in multiples of 2s using concrete resources, pictorial representations and our mental maths skills. We had so much fun on Thursday playing a range of games to consolidate our skills - we accessed counting in 2s dot to dots, mazes and board games to help us remember the pattern - we were much better counters than Miss Bestwick!!
Friday 14th September 2018:
All of the children in Sweetpeas class have made a positive start to their journey in Year One. This week the children were introduced to a more structured timetable which saw less time for independent play and choosing and more formal whole-class lessons. Although the children were not sure about this initially, each and every child took this in their stride and rose to the challenge.
In our literacy lessons we explored Pie Corbett's approach to writing which we call talking stories. On Monday, we were introduced to the story of Aladdin and we added our own actions to help us recite the story off by heart. On Tuesday we sequenced the story and added key words as captions and during Friday's big write we all wrote the beginning of the story. Miss Bestwick was so impressed with our stories she let some of us share our wonderful work with Miss Standring - who was extremely proud of us!
In Maths we continued our place value work where we were familiarising ourselves with counting forwards and backwards. We did so well that Miss Bestwick challenged us to finding one more or less than a given number - she was blown away by our mental maths skills!
Friday 7th September 2018:
A big welcome back to all of the children in Sweetpeas class and a huge congratulations to every child for coming to school with a beaming smile and a positive attitude. All members of our Sweetpea class welcomed the challenge of Year 1 and amazed me with how well they coped with the transition from Reception. I have thoroughly enjoyed working closely with the children, getting to know them and learning all about their summer adventures. It sounds like you all had a busy but fun break! I am looking forward to starting our first full week on Monday - well done Sweetpeas.
In Grand Canyon Class we are always trying to be the very best versions of ourselves. We love working hard and dreaming big. The children below have impressed Miss Bestwick and any other adults in our class and have received recognition during our ‘well done’ assemblies.
A huge congratulations to:
Reading books are changed on a weekly basis. If your child is reading regularly at home, I am very happy to change their book more often. The children will need to leave their reading book and reading diary on my desk first thing in the morning. This will give me enough time to change their book during the day. Please could you write a little note in their diary asking for books to be changed so I know they have definitely finished and remind them in a morning to hand their diary and book in.
This year, spellings will run differently to the tests in reception. Spellings in Year 1 are linked to the high frequency and tricky words to aid them with their spelling. At the beginning of the Autumn Term (Week 3) children will be given a spelling booklet which will have thirty words to learn during the term. Each week we will choose ten words at random to test your child on. To support you with your learning at home, we would suggest you chose a few words each week to perfect rather than tackling the whole list. Although we cannot guarantee those words will come up, it is likely that some or most will. Spelling tests will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will be completed informally as part of our daily classroom learning.
During Autumn Term our focus on homework will involve regular reading of the child's reading book as well as learning any high frequency words. If your child has received any new high frequency words these will be stapled into the child's reading record. Your child will also benefit from practising a few spellings per week from the spelling booklet we provide. Once the children have settled in to Year 1 life we will introduce MyMaths homework which can be completed on a laptop or computer. Each child will be given a login for this website but please feel free to ask for another if this is ever misplaced!
This year we will have two P.E lessons a week. Our Outdoor P.E session is on a Tuesday afternoon and our Indoor P.E is on a Friday afternoon. Please could you make sure your child has now returned their PE kit after the summer break. It would be helpful if all PE kit could be labelled to prevent any confusion between children. PE bags will be sent home at the end of every half term
Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 11th September 2018 - Meet the teacher 3.30pm onwards.
Thursday 14th March 2019 - Sweetpeas Class Assembly (9.05 onwards)