The Crickets (Year 1) Mrs Litchfield
The Crickets - Mrs Litchfield
Welcome to Cricket class! This year is going to full of fun and exciting challenges which will get our brains working and minds learning. We will all work together as a team to help each other learn and gain more knowledge about the world around us.
Wider Curriculum – Term 1
In September, we start the year learning about dinosaurs to deepen the children's understanding of pre-history. We learn about dinosaurs, fossils and amazing discoveries of palaeontologists such as Mary Anning. We find out about herbivores and carnivores, then consider the different teeth animals need for their diet. In Design Technology we make a sock-o-saurus puppet and see if we can control a robot dinosaur in computing. The children explore their own lines of enquiry in the afternoons through continuous provision.
Wider Curriculum - Term 2
What can we see in our splendid sky?
There will be a lot happening in our sky over the next few months with Bonfire Night, the change of weather and Father Christmas visiting. We will represent fireworks by using the computers to create pictures and talk about the story of Guy Fawkes. Then we will use the map in geography to locate the 4 countries that make up the UK. Weather will be a big focus and we will use it to inspire dance, poetry, art and music. As the term comes to an end we will be very excited that Christmas is getting closer which will inspire us to get involved in our independent afternoon challenges.
Wider Curriculum – Term 3
Would you like to be an astronaut?
To help us answer our topic question we will design, create and review models of space rockets. We will find out about the first man on the Moon, learning about the message that was sent back to Earth. We will also consider what a space visitor would find on Earth if they came to see us one day too.
Wider Curriculum - Term 4
Whose paws, claws and whiskers?
Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? How are humans similar to certain animals and what would you look like as a lion? After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.
Wider Curriculum – Term 5
This term we will be exploring our school. We will be looking at its history, starting in 1875 when it was first built. We will use a photo trail to discover parts of the school that are significant to its history and talk to a member of staff who used to come to our school as a child. We will also carry out a geographical survey.
Wider Curriculum – Term 6
If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a BIG surprise. Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints – animal or imp? You decide. Deciduous or evergreen? Can you match a leaf to its tree? Can you match a petal to its flower? Let’s build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch. There will be lots of learning outdoors this term to finish our year 1 experience.
Curriculum Days / Trips
Term 1 & 2
Christmas Jumper Day
Term 3 & 4
Space dress up day (term 3)
Term 5 & 6
Walk to the Fairy Glen, Beltinge
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.
PE will be 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
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.
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 should read for at least 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.
Using your login please encourage your child to practise their mathematical skills. 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 revisit and rehearse skills learnt in class.
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.
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
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.
In our classroom we have our reflections area – This term we are revisiting our way of reflecting using the idea of windows, mirrors and doors. We will also be finding out about a school in Rowanda called Flying Angels. We will be adding to our reflection area throughout the year when our focus changes.
Adults in our classroom
In our classroom we are very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Salisbury who helps us with our classroom learning. We are also very lucky to have the fantastic Mrs Browning.
We are looking forward to a busy but fun year with your children! Any questions I am 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 September 2021