Welcome to JC1!
This year we have 10 Year 1 children and 10 Reception children in Class 1.
Our teacher is Mrs Pegg and our teaching assistants are Miss Harris and Mrs Hayden.
Our topic in the Spring Term is
Castles, Kings and Queens,
to fit in with our new KS1 History unit,
and we have another very exciting term ahead of us!
We have started our topic this term learning about castles and the children have worked together to create a castle role play in the classroom, with lots of different dressing up costumes and props! We have been learning all about the different roles and positions of people living in castles during Medieval times and how they used to live long ago. We have looked at the features of castles, and will be learning the names of a few famous castles in the UK and plotting them on a map.
The children have learned about knights and how they started their training as young as 6 years old..... they loved finding this out, and have been training each other up ever since! We designed and made our own bow and arrows (using willow from our outdoor area), swords and shields, and had a role play jousting match! We will also be learning about Kings and Queens of England, especially Queen Elizabeth 1 and Queen Victoria, and creating our own timeline.
In science we have been learning about materials, grouping them, and learning about their properties and finding out about the role of materials in building strong structures. This has involved us conducting some exciting investigations using egg shells, and also building towers with pasta and marshmallows!
As well as using our outdoor environment to build castles, we have been making Stick Men and developing our skills using woodwork tools, and the children have been working on nail art which they will be bringing home with them around Valentine's Day! In art, the children have looked at lots of royal portraits from kings and queens from the past, we chose our favourite ones, and the children have made their own amazing representations of kings and queens - we will also be having a go at making our own picture frames using Modroc.
Mr Daldry is teaching the children about the lives and beliefs of Muslims this term in RE, which the children are thoroughly enjoying, as well as throwing, catching skills in PE.
We are now looking forward to March and the spring so we can spend longer outside and get more involved in planting up our raised beds and growing fruit and vegetables.
We have had a few parents coming in to listen to the children read, which has been a great experience for the children, reading to other people. If you have some spare time, please come in to hear them read.....you will be amazed by how well they are all doing!
Please ensure that wellies are in school every Monday as the children will be participating in Muddy Mondays which is similar to Forest School, and provides outdoor learning experiences and the opportunity to learn about growing and the environment around them.
Our PE days will be Thursdays so, again, please make sure that kits are in school all week in case of last minute changes to our PE day. PLEASE PLEASE name all items of clothing to avoid any confusion!
Our Show and Tell day will be on Fridays, and your child has the opportunity to bring in something to share with the rest of the class to develop speaking and listening skills as well as being able to speak in front of others.
Friday 11th Jan – All children
Friday 18th Jan – Green and Yellow Group
Friday 25th Jan – Blue and Red Group
Friday 1st Feb – Green and Yellow Group
Friday 8th Feb – Blue and Red Group
Friday 15th Feb – Green and Yellow
Friday 1st March – Blue and Red group
Friday 8th March – Green and Yellow Group
Friday 15th March – Blue and Red Group
Friday 22nd March – Green and Yellow group
Friday 29th March – Blue and Red Group
Friday 5th April – Green and Yellow group
Our Year 1, and now also Reception, spelling test will take place every Friday and will be recorded in your child's reading book so that you can see how well they are doing.
Don't forget that all children in our class are entitled to a free school dinners so keep an eye on the menu to take advantage of this.
School milk is available for all pupils (under fives are free) but you will need to register your child. Please see Mrs Pickup if you need to make any changes.
Vouchers have been sent home which help us to develop a complete developmental picture of your child, by recording any significant learning that he or she has experienced at home e.g. being able to read labels and prices in the supermarket, riding a bike without stabilisers, tying shoe laces, doing up coat buttons for the first time, helping to make a cup of tea! We love sharing them with the class and finding out about their achievements outside school.
If you need any more WOW vouchers, please pick them up from the classroom. Your help and support is much appreciated. Thank you.