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Year 1 - Bluebell Class

Welcome to Year 1 - Bluebell Class!

 

 

 

Who are the staff in Bluebell Class?

 

Miss Walker          Mrs Redshaw

(Class Teacher)     (Teaching Assistant)

We are always happy to help, at the end of each day we are on the door and available for any questions or queries but please wait for all children to be collected.

 

What are we learning in Term 6?

Our Topic this term is Land Ahoy!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Arr... me hearties, it's a sailor's life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it's time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world - just like Captain Cook.

How do rescues happen at sea? Find out about brave volunteers and young Miss Darling, rowing her boat across stormy seas.

Sing a sea shanty whilst cleaning the poop deck then search the school grounds for Captain Longbeard's hidden treasure.

 

What did we learn in Term 5?

Our Topic this term was Bright Lights Big City.

 

We met the 'Queen' for a tea party and got to ask her lots of questions. She also judged our 'cake and bake' competition! We found out about London, England's capital city, including its history, transport and famous landmarks. Did you know that the United Kingdom is made up of 4 countries? We can name them!

We stepped back in time and discovered what happened in the Great Fire of London. Where it started and how it ended.

 

What did we learn in Term 4?

Our Topic this term was Paws, Claws and Whiskers.

 

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers…What’s your favourite animal?  One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers?  We found out what animals like to eat and where they live.  We found out who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore and made food chains.  Our trip to Wingham Wildlife Park gave us answers to lots of our questions.

 

What did we learn in Term 3?

Moon Zoom!

CRASH! What’s that in the playground? We rushed outside to have a look. We were told to "Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash-landed!"

 

We found out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. We learnt about the day of an astronaut by reading ‘Man On The Moon’.

We found out the names of the planets and got messy by making them!

 

Finally we helped to get the alien home again with all that we had learnt.

5-4-3-2-1…LIFT OFF!

 

What did we learn in Term 2?

Our topic was Super Heroes and we read the story of Traction Man to help us with our writing.  Who’s your favourite superhero? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who’ve achieved great things.  Superheroes have super senses and we investigated using our senses of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.  In maths we continued to learn about place value, addition and subtraction and we also learned about shape and space.

 

After all of this it was time to think about our Christmas celebrations.  We hope you enjoyed our infant Christmas Celebration on Monday 11th December at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday 12th December at 9:30 a.m.  We went to the Panto at the Theatre Royal on the 13th December and sold our wares at the Christmas Fair on Friday 15th December in the afternoon.

 

What homework is given in Bluebell Class?

Keep reading everyday and practising those number bonds.  Other homework tasks will follow soon.

 

In Term 5 we will send home some phonics screening practice words every week (real and nonsense). There will also be a 'Spelling Bee' activity each week to help with spelling strategies.

 

How does our classroom look?

Picture 1
Picture 2

What was shared at the “Meet the teacher” meeting?

 

Below are the links to the PowerPoint and the letter shared at the meeting.

What does our curriculum look like?

 

In Year One we have selected six topics that we hope will captivate the children’s interests. Through cross-curricular teaching we will cover different areas of the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way. We begin a topic with something to hook the children in, this is called the “engage” stage. The children then “develop” their learning before presenting what they have been learning. This provides the children a context to share their work and we refer to this as the “express” stage. At the end of some topics you will be invited into school so that we can showcase the children’s learning. This will also be an opportunity for you to see the children’s classroom and books.

 

Here is an overview of all the topics we will be covering throughout the year:

What did we learn in Term 1?

In term 1 our topic was The Enchanted Woodland. We were creative in making our own Enchanted Woodland within the school grounds to encourage the creatures to come out and see us. We named animals and plants in science as well as looking at the change into the Autumn season. 

 

What does our day look like?

Here is an outline of how our day will look in terms 5 and 6. As the year and the children have evolved, our weekly timetable has changed accordingly. Please click on the link below:

How do we reward children in Bluebell Class?

 

We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children. The children start the day on the “sunflower” and if they do something special they are rewarded by being put onto the “honey pot”. They then receive a sticker and share their good work with the class.

Picture 1 (Special award)
Picture 2 (Start of the day)
Picture 3 (A reminder for sad behaviour)
Picture 4 (Repeated sad behaviour and a visit to Mrs Kemp)

Are there any trips planned?

 

We have some exciting trips planned for the upcoming year.

 

  • At Christmas we hope to go to the theatre to see a show.
  • In term 4 we will visit Wingham Wildlife Park.
  • In term 6 we will visit Chatham Dockyard.

 

Other trips maybe planned throughout the year, newsletters will be sent with any trip details nearer the time.

 

What homework is given in Bluebell Class?

 

Each term the children will be given a topic based home learning project.  Additional and on going home learning includes:

 

  • Counting forwards and backwards from 0-20 in 1s and 2s
  • Number recognition and writing
  • MyMaths (roughly every two weeks starting after Christmas)
  • Daily reading with an adult
  • Singing the alphabet song
  • Spelling days of the week
  • Handwriting practise
  • Learning to read and write the HFW 
List of sounds and game ideas to practise phonics at home

Useful websites/Apps or resources?

 

Here are some useful websites:

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

www.ictgames.com

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-sample-materials-and-training-video

 

Here are some useful resources:

Examples of our cursive letter formation and letter families:

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