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Welcome back to a fresh new half term! We can't believe how quick the weeks are flying! We jumped straight back into the swing of things as we launched our new topic 'Rumble in the Jungle'. We celebrated with a fantastic Art Day where we looked at artists Henri Rousseau and Roy Lichtenstein and began to replicate their work using pencils, crayons and paints! We then spent the afternoon creating animal masks, learning how to make folds and joins ready for our role play lesson later on in the week.
In Science we have been learning how to classify animals into groups of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and insects. We sorted jungle animals into the correct group by investigating their common features. Mammals have fur or hair and give birth to their babies. Fish have gills so that they can breathe under water and birds have feathers and wings. Next, we looked at what jungle animals like to eat and learnt that animals who eat meat are called carnivores. Those that eat plants are called herbivores and those who eat both are called omnivores! Quiz us on our new science knowledge at home so that it stays fresh in our minds!
Lastly, we had a special All Stars Cricket taster session where we were shown some basic cricket skills to give us a taste of the sport. Many of the children were impressed and enjoyed the afternoon so much that they said they would love to take cricket on as a hobby!
We are now on week four of the spring term and we have been very busy in year one! Our new history topic, 'The Brave and the Bold' is in full swing and the children are loving it! We are looking at four significant figures from the past. They are, Christopher Columbus, Florence Nightingale, Grace Darling and Neil Armstrong! We currently have a fantastic role play area set up in the form of Florence Nightingale's hospital! In our popular small world area, we are able to reenact Neil Armstrong's moon landing. Please ask us questions about the four significant figures to see what we can remember!
In keeping with our goal of improving children's vocabulary, we have began to give the children a word of the day for them to learn the meaning of and hopefully retain to use in their work. We have found this to be a success and can hear the children using their given vocabulary throughout the day. Ask us if we can remember our word of the day!
Reminder: PE days are now Wednesday and Friday.
Well...what a term it has been! From our first geography topic of learning all about the United Kingdom to writing instructions on how to make the salt dough decorations we will be bringing home very soon!
We can't wait to celebrate the end of term with you by performing our wonderful Christmas sing-a-long tomorrow. Just a reminder; the children are allowed to come into school in their Christmas jumpers ready for the performance.
Your child will be coming home with 1 of the phonics packs above. These packs have been filled with all of the sounds your child was not confident with during the last assessment. It would be greatly appreciated if you could work with your child on these sounds in the run up to their return to school. This will give them the best chance at becoming confident readers. Could you please ensure the packs stay in your child's reading folder as they will be used in school every day.
Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support! It is very much appreciated. We hope you have the most wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020!