Caterpillars (Year 1) Miss Wood
Welcome to the Caterpillar Class – my name is Miss Wood and I am looking forward to getting to know the little Caterpillars. We are very lucky to have Mrs Wenman, Mrs Knowles and Miss Smith working with us every day. Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns at all about your child’s progress or happiness at school, appointments can always be made at a mutually convenient time either at the beginning or end of the school day.
Our day is packed full of exciting and interesting learning opportunities - both inside and outside of the classroom, exploring a variety of activities with our friends. There are many resources available to the children on a daily basis which they can access independently to stimulate and extend their interests. The adults are always engaged in learning opportunities, sharing in the children’s efforts, achievements and challenges ensuring the children are effectively supported and providing opportunities to extend and develop learning and interests.
As well as planning learning opportunities to challenge and develop children’s learning, the children themselves have opportunities to take control of their own learning. Having an active role in their learning is key, therefore we allow the children to plan their own activities, make decisions about how to approach tasks, solve problems and reach a goal. Throughout the year the children will develop a variety of new and challenging skills. These will include maths, writing, phonics and reading, ICT, music, art, exploring aspects of the world, and role play opportunities. We have highlighted below the variety of different topics that we cover across the year, and when they occur. We like to keep parents up to date and involved with their children’s learning, therefore we like to share our topic work with messages and photos on class Dojo.
Topic – Term 1
Who lives in a castle like this?
In September, we investigate castles and what they would like to live in. I n music, we will listen to the Disney film themes and consider how they make us feel as they retell a story. Then we will using instruments to create our own music to describe castle life. We will be designing and building castles out of a variety of materials and construction sets, having talked through our ideas and drawn our castles first. We will also take some time to think about ourselves as we settle into our new classes and draw self-portraits. In science we will investigate materials. Our big question for RE will be What do Christians believe that God is like?
Topic - Term 2
Is every country Father Christmas visit cold?
In this topic, the children begin to learn about a variety of celebrations around the world and discover whether it is always cold at Christmas time. We talk about Artic animals and Inuit art. We will also be diving into their first Science topic about Seasonal Changes. This is also the term where the children demonstrate their singing and acting talents as they prepare to perform the Christmas Nativity as well as a whole host of fun Christmas activities. Our big question in RE is Why does Christmas matter to Christians?
Topic – Term 3
Who looks after us at sea?
In this term, we will be exploring the history of Grace Darling and how lifeboats are used to rescue people out at sea. We will also be exploring the seas around the UK and making a lighthouse. In art we will create 3D storm pictures and in music we will combine sounds to represent a stormy sea. We will learn about internet safety and make a poster connected to sea safety. The big question for RE will be ‘What is the good news that Jesus brings?’
Topic - Term 4
What would you need to know to be a gardener?
We are learning all about George Forrest, a botanist who went to China and brought back a variety of flowers that we still have in our gardens today. We will retell his plant hunt through China through the theme of We Are Going on a Forest Hunt. Closer to home, we will explore our own environment and create plant collages using a range of natural resources. In science we will consider a variety of plants, name the parts of a plant and find out how they grow. We will also take part in Easter activities and answer the RE big question, ‘Why does Easter matter to Christians?’
Topic – Term 5 and 6
What can I tell my pen pal about me and where I live?
During this topic we will be exploring cities in the UK and programming a Beebot to follow a map. We are going to find out about the history of Herne Bay and write letters to the people who live at the Miramar. We are going to be using our creative skills to design, make and evaluate fruit kebabs and later in the term, we will be making clay animals. We are going to be thinking of ways to stay healthy and how we our body changes over time. We are going to have a chance to explore different materials and work out which materials are best to keep us dry on rainy days. We are also going to explore our senses and find out about different sorts of animals. During our RE sessions we will be exploring the Jewish faith and finding out about what they believe and their special celebrations.
Curriculum Days / Trips
Term 1 & 2
- Visit to St Mary’s Church
Term 3 & 4
- Forest school
Term 5 & 6
- Walk to Herne Bay to explore the local history.
Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named.
Caterpillars, Butterflies and Dragonflies will have PE on a Thursday and Ladybirds and Crickets will have PE on a Monday.
Earrings must not be worn for PE so please can your child take them out for PE days. Thank you.
Reading at home
In Year 1 we would like the children to read as often as they can. We ask that once you have heard your child read you sign their reading diary, noting the page read up to. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text that interests them. Going to the library together is a fun way to share new books with your child. If your child reads every day, they will receive a certificate at the end of every 2 terms.
In Early Years, we build up their reading expectation in school and throughout the year. We will discuss this more at our Parent Meeting.
Busters Book Club
We like the children to read as often as possible but we take a data capture every Thursday morning to see who has read the night before and for how long. Children in Early Years and Year 1 should read for at least 5/10 minutes on a Wednesday evening. This data gets recorded on the Busters Book Club bookmark and teachers use this information to award bronze, silver and gold badges to ‘Star Reader of the Week’. The class with the most minutes read or most improved reading will be awarded the trophy in school Celebration Worship.
Times Table Rockstars (Year 1 only)
Using your login please encourage your child to practise their times tables. This is an excellent App you can use to promote learning. Certificates are awarded to children who complete the challenges set. This will really help your children prepare for their times table statutory tests in Year 4.
In Early Years and Year 1, the children receive a Home Learning Grid. This is a grid with a range of activities outlined for the children to explore. The tasks are divided into point values and the children are aiming to receive a given amount of points. The children can record their activities in a scrap book and these are shared with their class at the end of 2 terms.
Children in Early Years are encouraged to read often and they have strings of words to learn and number recognition to work on. In Year 1, we like the children to read as often as they can – and we can change their books daily if necessary.
We will also set mini tasks to take part in during some of their holidays and over weekends. We love to share their home tasks at school and to praise the children for working hard at home.
Phonic Screening Check
In Year 1 the children take the Phonic Screening Check in June. They will be required to read a list of words including both real and nonsense words. The assessment is carried out 1-1 with their teacher in a formal but caring way. The children will be used to reading words of this nature as our Read, Write Inc programme develops their phonic knowledge throughout the year. More information will be given at a meeting for parents and at parent consultations.
We are looking forward to a busy but fun year with your children! Any questions we are always happy to speak to you at the end of the day or if you would like a longer meeting, please arrange a time with the office.
Updated March 2020