Welcome to the Autumn Term
Welcome to Sycamore Class and your year in Year 1. My name is Miss Whaley and I am the Class Teacher. I will be supported this year by Miss Hickman and also Miss Barber and Miss Baxter. On Tuesdays, Miss Davies will take the class and lead the children in phonics and science.
PE days are Tuesday and Thursday - please make sure children have their kit on school on Tuesday and it can stay there for Thursdays lesson. While the weather is good we may go outside so please make sure pumps or trainers are included.
Our Topic this term is Castles and Dragons - we will be learning about the features of castles across time and about the purposes of each feature. We will learn about the roles of all the people who live and work in the Castle and how they learned their jobs. We will be making castles from old boxes and tubes so any donations gratefully received
After half term we will learn about Dragons and some myths and legends about dragons as well as what makes them so fierce and possibly scary. We will be making dragon puppets as well as thinking about dragon wings and claws in art and D&T.
In Science we will be learning about plants and what they need to grow and how we can help them to grow. This will also include a walk around the local Nature Conservation area (Bentley Pit Top) to look at the plants in their natural environment.
As a school we have a huge focus on Reading this year and there will be lots of opportunities for your child to earn rewards for reading with you at home - including prizes and the chance for additional playtime or watching a movie if they read consistently at home across the term Please make sure you note in their planner when they have shared a book with you. We will also be reading a number of books in class starting with Rosie's Walk and then using Handa's Surprise. This will be alongside the child's individual reading book so please help us do our best by your child by bringing reading books and planners to school every day.
Children will continue to learn both indoors and outdoors as we believe learning should take place everywhere so please make sure they have a coat with them for these occasions.
We will also be holding a number of sessions for parents to come in and see our work and see how we help your child to learn so please watch out for these dates coming soon.