What a busy three weeks we have had since returning to school. It’s been a fantastic time it has been for reconnection with our friends and across all the classes we been so impressed with the adaptability and motivation the children have shown in returning – thank you so much to all our Year 1 families for their support in this.
Here is a short summary of what we have been doing over the past few weeks:
English: We have been working on sentence level writing, viewing capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
Phonics: we revisited ay (play), ou (cloud), ie (tie), ea (tea), oy (toy), ir (twirl) and ue (blue).
Maths: Concepts such as grouping in 10s, commutative law and the use of the greater than > and less than < signs to compare quantities.
Topic: We have been following children’s interest in climate change, focusing on problems such as littering, plastic use and the role of trees and plants in removing carbon dioxide from the air. The children were able to see that littering is a problem effecting our immediate environment and have been using safety gloves to remove litter that they have found in our playground and held a march around our inner circle to draw other students’ attention to this issue.
When we return…
We have shifted our planned topics around so that next half term will launch our ‘From Bean to Stalk’ topic. We will focus on the process of growing, exploring native trees and wildflowers, documenting the growth of our plants and tending and caring for them in the allotment.
Our key texts will be Errol’s Garden and Jack and the Beanstalk. This will link with concepts such as measurement of height, looking at measuring the temperature, writing instructions and lead us to writing fairy tales later in the half term.