This term in Blue Class...
Spring Term: What a great start we have had to 2020! For our Spring 1 topic, we will embark on another new learning journey; ‘A Day in the Life’. Our topic will explore adult job and career roles in the world around us, as well as those of people close to us. We will focus on acknowledging our own current personal achievements, skills, hobbies and interests, as well as setting ourselves goals of things we would like to achieve in the future. We will be finding out about famous astronauts Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake, and we will also explore jobs children may have taken on at a young age in the past by becoming History Detectives!
Our Stunning Start will take form in the arrival of a daily exciting package, containing props pertaining to different job roles, which the children will need to guess! We will then use these to explore any gender stereotypes or challenge some misconceptions the children may have.
For our Marvellous Middle, we will be visiting Hove Library to take a closer look at the role of a Librarian (Blue Class visit on the morning of Friday 7th February). We are also hoping to receive a visit from a local religious leader to link with our learning in R.E.
For our Fantastic Finish we invite you to attend an hour of child-led interviews, where the Blue Class and Yellow Class children will pose carefully considered questions regarding your job and career roles. Please speak to a member of staff from your child’s class in order to sign up by Friday 31st January! This includes anyone who volunteers in the local community, may hold a skill from a current or previous job role, new parents/carers, those who work at home etc.
In Literacy, our key text will be ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. We will explore the emotion of ‘loneliness’ and discuss our preconceptions around ‘beast’ characters from other texts, looking at how our opinions may change after reading this story. We will be using this story to help us write diary entries and newspaper articles this half term. We will put ourselves in the shoes of news reporters through role play and explore age-appropriate news articles in our guided reading sessions as well as watch News Bites and clips from CBBC Newsround!
In our ‘Maths No Problem!’ lessons we will be developing our understanding of numbers up to 20 through place value, adding and subtracting. We will begin to see how knowing our number bonds will help us to add by making 10 first (e.g. finding an answer to 8 + 5 by knowing that 5 can be made up of 2 and 3, and then knowing that 8 + 2 = 10, to help us reach the answer 8 + 5 = 10 + 3 = 13). This is really tricky maths so please support at home by practising number bonds as often as you can!
Please note that our P.E. days in Spring 1 will be Thursday and Friday. It is really important from a Health and Safety perspective that all children have their named and labelled P.E. kits, especially plimsolls, ready in school.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Mrs Maher - Year 1 teacher
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