Forest Monday 15.10.18

Focus: Autumn and hibernating animals

We met at the green on a wet and blustery autumn day. We looked at the big oak tree and all the leaves on the floor and discussed why the leaves were falling off, how many were still on the tree and the difference in colour between the leaves on the ground and the leaves still on the tree.

We walked a short way into the woods we identified an oak, a beech and a holly tree. We looked at the different leaves and discussed why the holly leaves were still on the tree.

We split into 2 groups to do our focussed activities.

1) We looked at a tree and used colours to make it look the same. Then they found a leaf and drew it carefully to match the colours to the autumn colours. Each child then looked for 10 autumn treasures to bring back to school.

2) We each chose a large pine cone that they will make into a hedgehog back at school. We talked about which animals hibernate during the autumn and winter and how hedgehogs were busy making a nest. Everyone built their own hedgehog nest and we photographed it and thought of a name for our hedgehogs.

Pines Term 1 2018

Welcome to Pines Class!

The children have had a great week and settled in brilliantly. We have been delighted with how calmly they have all adapted to the new routines. Our topic this term is 'Who am I?' and we will be looking at how they have changed since they were babies and celebrating what they can do now. Please see below for information about home learning and use the links to find out more from our curriculum letter, Year 1 expectations and home learning.

Home Learning

Phonics homework- This will be set weekly on a Thursday from 13.9.18 and will be checked the following Thursday by a staff member.
Regular reading – ideally your children should be reading at least 3 times a week. If your child is a reluctant reader remember ‘little and often’ – a page or two regularly is better than a long battle. Please come and speak to one of us if you would like any further advice.
Please be aware of fluency, accuracy, and understanding of the text, expression and their ability to follow punctuation. This is also a time when you can ask them to re-tell part of the story, to predict what might happen and to question them about the characters, setting and plot. Your child should also be developing his/her opinion of the text and considering how and why events are happening.
This term we are introducing a star reward system for home learning. Each child  will be given a sticker at the end of each week if they have read three times and completed phonics homework. When they have a full set of stickers they will receive a certificate.

Yr1 term 1 Information Letter 2018 Who am I.pdf

Pines Long Term Plan.pdf

Parent Leaflet - Year 1.pdf

Our Visit to Haywards Farm

June 20th

Today we went to visit Mrs Haywards farm. We found out so much about how their farm helps to provide all the lettuces we eat. We saw the planter machines, and the tiny lettuce plants. We saw the people who pick the lettuces and how they are put into boxes and carried on tractors and fork lifts.

Mr Hayward showed us how he pumps the water from a lake through underground pipes to water all the lettuces.

Mrs Hayward showed us how she plants the lettuces in little holes that the machine made.

We saw different types of lettuce, some were red and there were lots of different shades of green. Some have little caps put on to turn the middles white. We didn’t realise there were so many types of lettuce!

Finally we went into the big chiller where the cut lettuces are stored before they are sent to shops and markets. Mrs Hayward is going to bring us some lettuce next week so that we can make a salad!

 

Term 6- 'People Who Help Us.'

Our final term! We started the term with a dress up day, where the children came to school dressed ready for a future career. We have visits planned from peole to talk about their jobs and we are going to visit a local farm to see how they help to provide us with some of the food we eat. Please see the link below for further details of our topic this term.

People who help us PInes parent letter June 2018.pdf

Home Learning

Phonics homework- This will continue to be set weekly on a Thursday and will be checked each week by a staff member.
Regular reading – ideally your children should be reading at least 3 times a week. If your child is a reluctant reader remember ‘little and often’ – a page or two regularly is better than a long battle. Please come and speak to one of us if you would like any further advice.
Please be aware of fluency, accuracy, and understanding of the text, expression and their ability to follow punctuation. This is also a time when you can ask them to re-tell part of the story, to predict what might happen and to question them about the characters, setting and plot. Your child should also be developing his/her opinion of the text and considering how and why events are happening.
This term we are introducing a star reward system for home learning. Each child has a star with their name on and will be given a stickers at the end of each week if they have read three times and completed phonics homework. When they have a full set of stickers they will receive a certificate
Mathletics- Each child has a login for this and the Mathletics games are a great way to reinforce basic maths skills.
Purple Mash- Each child has a personalised login and this online learning platform supports many cross curricular areas of learning.

On May 9th Pines Class went to Testwood Lakes. We had a brilliant day. The leaders helped us to do pond dipping. Then we sorted and classified the creatures.

Next we went into the woods and meadow and did tree identification by matching leaves. We played a relay game in the meadow to show what plants need to grow. We also looked for signs that caterpillars were present by sticking nibbled leaves onto a sticky strip.

After lunch we had a run in the grass, before sorting our lunch waste. We then took our compostable waste to put in the wormery and looked at the compost they produce.

Our last activities were looking for mini beasts. We looked in cool, damp places under logs and leaves and then sorted, named and classified them. Finally we made giant mini beasts from woodland materials.

2.5.18 We have been using the learn pads to record the development of our caterpillars. Jenson and Fletcher brought their Giant African Land Snails in so that we could look at their habitat.

Term 5 Insects and Flowers

Welcome back to the new term. This Term our topic is 'Insects and Flowers' and we are very excited to be visiting 'Testwood Lakes' at the beginning of May. This will allow the children real hands on experience of all the things they have been learning about. 

Below you will find a link for our termly curriculum letter and also a copy of the long term planning and prgression curriculum map for the year.

Year 1 long term planning and progression curriciulum map.pdf 

Insects and Flowers Summer 1 2018.pdf

Home Learning

Phonics homework- This will continue to be set weekly on a Thursday and will be checked each week by a staff member.
Regular reading – ideally your children should be reading at least 3 times a week. If your child is a reluctant reader remember ‘little and often’ – a page or two regularly is better than a long battle. Please come and speak to one of us if you would like any further advice.
Please be aware of fluency, accuracy, and understanding of the text, expression and their ability to follow punctuation. This is also a time when you can ask them to re-tell part of the story, to predict what might happen and to question them about the characters, setting and plot. Your child should also be developing his/her opinion of the text and considering how and why events are happening.
This term we are introducing a star reward system for home learning. Each child has a star with their name on and will be given a stickers at the end of each week if they have read three times and completed phonics homework. When they have a full set of stickers they will receive a certificate
Mathletics- Each child has a login for this and the Mathletics games are a great way to reinforce basic maths skills.
Purple Mash- Each child has a personalised login and this online learning platform supports many cross curricular areas of learning.

Term 4 Waterworld.

We have started our topic by imagining what we might need if we went whale watching. We have thought of some of the creatures we might see. Our role-play area is going to become a 'Whale watch Cafe.'

 Please see the link below for the latest curriculum letter.Water world term 4 2017 Pines.pdf

Monday 5th February – Castle Banquet Day

To bring our topic to a close we had a banquet celebration. We designed our own shields and drew images to remind us of our families, where we live and activities we enjoy. We also made crowns.

For our healthy banquet we chose our own fruit and yogurt to make a fruit sundae. We arranged the tables like a castle banquet might have looked and enjoyed eating with our friends. We imagined what life would be like if we lived in a castle and some of the jobs we might do.

Term 3- Castles

Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. 

Our topic this term is 'Castles' and the children have made an enthusiastic start. Please see the pictures below or use the link to read the latest Parent Information Letter.

Yr1 T3 Castles 2018.doc

Term 2- Celebrations

Welcome to term 2. Please have a look at the pictures below from our first term. 

Please use the link below to read our latest information letter for the term.

Yr1 term 2 Celebrations 2017.pdf

Please see the link below to read the end of year expectations for Year 1

Parent Leaflet - Year 1.pdf

Welcome to Pines Class!

The children are settling well into their new class and new routines.

Our topic this term is  'Who Am I?' 

Please use the link below to read the curriculum information letter for this term.

Yr1 term 1 Information Letter 2017 Who am I.pdf