Greece class is made up of 26 fabulous Year 1 children and our class teacher is Miss Hardaker. In our Class we are very fortunate to have a range of adults who love to help us learn. Every Monday and every other Friday when Miss Hardaker has her planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time we are taught by Miss Martin. Mrs Henson will be working closely alongside Greece class throughout the week and on Wednesdays we will be supported by Miss Austen.
Alongside the children in our class, there is also our class bear. He 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 him home. We are all super excited for our turn as we get to look after him at home for the night.
Greece's learning journey:
Autumn term weekly blog:
Our topic question for Autumn term is:
'The Enchanted Woodland.'
During the autumn term the children will be consolidating their basic skills in English and Maths and building upon the areas they learnt in Reception.
In our English lessons we will be exploring the story 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward. Our focus will be based upon sentence structure to enable the children to write short narratives. This process will be built up using Talk 4 Writing which the children are familiar with from last year. Each time we learn a new story we will follow the same process; listening to the story told by an adult, adding actions and role-playing the story, sequencing the story, creating story maps and story boards before using all of these skills to rewrite the story.
In Maths we follow the White Rose scheme of work which blocks concepts into units. For Autumn term 1 the focus in Maths will be based around number and place value. The children will continue to work on their counting skills however this will now extend passed 10 and the children will learn to count forwards and backwards to 20, then 50 and finally 100. The children will familiarize themselves with counting by using language such as; more than, less than, equal to, most and least and will eventually progress onto finding 1 more or 1 less than any given number.
Our Topic focus this term is heavily influenced by the Geography curriculum as we will be using first-hand practical experiences of woodland environments alongside aerial photographs to learn the features of a typical woodland. We will touch briefly upon the History of Robin Hood and use the history of Sherwood Forest to engage with maps.
In Art we will be working on a woodland masterpiece, first by designing the background and then using tree rubbings, leaves etc. to create the foreground. We will also engage with clay by creating our very own boggarts!
In PSHE the children will engage with a unit called 'being healthy.' This unit of work focuses on the importance of keeping both the body and mind healthy. Over the term we will explore what being healthy means and practice a variety of ways through eating healthily, keeping active, yoga/meditation and mindfulness techniques.
In RE we will be looking at each child's likes and dislikes and making the link that we are all different and unique. Following on from this we will explore children's individual beliefs and begin to explore a few religions. We will be asking the questions: Who is a Christian and what do they believe? and Who is Jewish and what do they believe? Once we have touched upon both religions we will refer back to our initial lessons by comparing similarities and differences.
In our computing sessions we will explore basic computing skills before learning the importance of e-safety. This will link well to our PSCHE unit on keeping ourselves healthy.
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 these and please remind your child in a morning to hand their diary and book in.
This year, spellings will run similarly to the tests in reception. In Year 1 the spellings are linked to the high frequency and tricky words to aid them with their spelling during independent writes. 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. If you think your child is struggling with this format then please speak to me and we can arrange something together.
During the 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 written in the teacher comments section of your child’s reading diary. 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 returns 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 2nd September & Wednesday 3rd September - INSET days - school closed to pupils
Thursday 4th September - return to school
Thursday 24th October - break up for half term
Friday 25th October - INSET day - school closed to pupils
Monday 4th November - return to school
In Greece 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 the adults in our class and have received recognition during our ‘well done’ assemblies.
A huge congratulations to:
The following children have received their awards for: