Spain class is made up of 25 wonderful Year 1 children who love learning and who strive to be the very best they can be. Our Class teacher is Miss Bestwick and throughout the year she will be helping us adopt an ‘I can do it’ attitude so we believe anything is possible and we reach our goals. In our class we are fortunate to have a range of adults who love to help us learn. Every other Monday we are taught by Miss Roberts whilst Miss Bestwick has time for her planning, preparation and assessment (PPA). We also three teaching assistants; Mrs Henson, Miss Austen and Miss Gunnell who work closely with us on different days.
As the school is currently closed under government guidance, we decided as a class to upload our class photo to the webpage as we were feeling sad about not seeing each other for a while. We all decided our webpage was a safe place we could come to remind ourselves of the silly faces we often pulled with our friends on a day to day basis.
Spain Class' learning journey:
Please click on the star below to see the daily activities that you and your friends will be completing.
Our topic for Spring Term 2 is:
Another busy term planned in Year 1! In Literacy we will be extending our knowledge on poetry by using the Talk 4 Writing approach. We are learning the poem ‘Wayne the Stegosaurus’ by Kenn Nesbitt by adding actions and creating a story map. We will use this to then imitate the poem in our writing before innovating sections. We will also use our knowledge on poetry to invent our very own! Later in the half term we will be exploring non-fiction texts and creating reports on the different animals around the world.
In Maths our focus is around fractions. We will begin my finding ½ and ¼ of different shapes and objects before finding fractions of amounts and numbers. We will introduce the bar model and how this can help us to find ½ and ¼. At the end of the half term we will begin naming and describing the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and spotting these in our environment.
In our History lessons we will begin to explore how we can find out about the past by exploring how we know about dinosaurs. We will look at different sources and begin to unpick what the term ‘fossils’ and ‘palaeontologists’ mean and how this determines some of our knowledge today. In Geography we will be exploring the seven continents and the animals that can be found around the world. We explore similarities and differences with animals in different countries.
As part of our Science learning we will be exploring the strand ‘animals including humans’. We will link our learning to history to find out what evidence there is to suggest features of dinosaurs and the diets they might have had. We will also begin to describe the structure of five different types of animals and explore how we can categories them based on their similarities and differences.
PSCHE lessons will be exploring relationships with others. We will think about how behaviour can impact those around us as well as the people we consider as special and important in our lives. To end the unit we will explore how relationships or families can be different for everyone. In RE we will be thinking about what stories of Jesus tell us about the ways Christians live their life. We will explore the story of the Good Samaritan and the Ten Commandments.
Please find our topic web and medium term plan below.
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 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 Spring 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 Indoor P.E session is on a Wednesday afternoon and our Outdoor P.E is on a Friday morning. 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:
Monday 24th February 2020 - INSET day. School closed to children.
Tuesday 25th February 2020 - First day back for the children.
Thursday 5th March 2020 - World book day - dress up as a book character or wear PJs.
Friday 13th March 2020 - Science day - dress up to show our diverse planet.
Friday 3rd April 2020 - Trip to the Sawley Methodist Church.
Friday 3rd April 2020 - Break up for Easter.
In Spain 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:
- Lilly M - simply being an always child. First to follow the classroom and school rules, modelling set behaviours to everyone else and for always going out of her way to be a kind friend to everyone. Her warm heart and beautiful smile can never be missed in our classroom!
- Ellie-Mae - being the queen of perseverance and resilience. Well done for striving to overcome difficulties and for working hard to achieve your next steps.
- Oskar - setting high standards within the quality of work produced. Always neat, accurately formed handwriting and good presentation.
- Suman - for being every teachers delight. Full of enthusiasm, positivity, warmth and kindness. Her demeanour in the classroom and around school never goes unnoticed!
- Cora - settling in to Year 1 better than anyone could have ever imagined. A positive change to her attitude has enabled her to challenge herself and strive for success.
- Noah -
- Lottie -
- Harrison -
- Alex -
- Lucy -