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The first half term has left us and we are refreshed following the half term break. And some new things have begun down in Year 1 ...

We now come into class and take part in EMA; an Early Morning Activity. We rotate this across the week and the children take part in these independently whilst the register is completed. We are enjoying this new routine!

Mr Wrinkles, our class mascot, has had a superb holiday in Italy with Miss G and Mr Sims. He has learnt lots and visited some special places. Be sure to read about it in his diary when he visits your home. He has begun his adventures with Maggie this afternoon. I do hope he behaves himself (and cleans his teeth!).

The "Model Masters" wall has been unveiled and we already have some very creative and inventive models! These can be made from junk modelling, Lego, K-nex, the wooden bricks etc, but to be exhibited they MUST carry a piece of writing. This can be a title, explanation, instructions to recreate or list of materials and more!

We have received our mini Jasper and information pack from Born Free. We have proudly displayed copies of our adoption certificate and information about Jasper in our classroom window, and the window of the school office. Here is mini Jasper:

This week has been an RE week in school. We have all focussed on a very theological concept called, "Incarnation." This means "In the flesh." We have explored the idea that humans 'left' God and were 'no longer his friends' as reflected in the story of Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God's words. We then identified how God sent Jesus to us, to save us and bring us "home" to God. We then looked at some of Jesus' miracles such as 'the calming of the storm', highlighting how he was 'God in flesh' and helped to save the people and bring them back to God.

I have had my "socks blown off" with some of the writing and ideas by the children this week in RE! There is a new place on our school website to highlight and display special work by the children. I am sure that a lot of the work I have seen today will be added... Stay tuned for details, or be sure to check Mr Young's blog / the school website.

Next week we will begin our new topic, "Where do the leaves go to in Autumn and Winter?" We shall look at the seasons and how these change across the year. We shall "upscale" our class calendar so that we learn about the seasons and how the "short date" is created and what it means. We will study the weather and record it, whilst also investigate the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and his work in nature. I am very excited and I am sure that you will be too!

As a reminder:

PE days are now Monday and Thursday afternoons. We will rejoin Mr Carr's fabulous gymnastic PE lessons in the Summer term where we replace Thursday PE sessions with Tuesday sessions. You are looking for 'Chianti' for your housepoints!

The weather is growing colder. We will still take part in outdoor PE so please ensure your child has a tracksuit and trainers as stipulated by the uniform policy. Thank you.

Homework:

Superstar readers have fallen: We all MUST read AT LEAST 5 times per week and have this recorded in our reading records. The children now MUST independently put their record book in the green box daily. We no longer search for missing books!!!

Vile Victorians:

As you will have read, we have updated our homework systems. Instead of the challenges, we have responded to Parent Feedback and tweaked the structure. Now we are focussing on one subject area each half term, with a specific theme across the school. Therefore those of you with siblings can complete homework tasks together but in different, age-appropriate or interest level ways. This half-term we would like children to 'present' some learning about life in the Victorian era. This could focus on clothing, work, education, toys, transport etc and be presented in whichever way you choose. We cannot wait to see what you have learnt about this exciting time in British history...

Maths Monkey will begin his journey through Year 1 shortly.

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

Miss G

 

 

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