Year 1 have been working hard all term making sure our English and maths skills are up to scratch for transition into Year 2. The children worked their socks off to do well in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check in June, and their phonics skills and knowledge have really boosted their reading and writing.
It has been great to see the enthusiasm with which the children have approached their science this term, starting with their interest in the plight of sea creatures during World Environment Day. From this we began to learn about the classification and features of reptiles (such as turtles) and moved on to a focus on insects. The highlights from this have been our wonderful trip to Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve, where the education officers Andy and Emma wowed them with pond-dipping and air-netting, and the fantastic moments when we released our Painted Lady butterflies into the school gardens. Andy and Emma were very complimentary about the children’s behaviour, focus, concentration and observation skills!
Since then we have been busy with Healthy Living fortnight, firstly with keeping fit and then with healthy eating. The challenge was to cover every curriculum area, so we have done exactly that. Not only did the children keep fit and learn about healthy eating and cooking, but they learnt about measuring in metres and have been challenging themselves to run a greater distance every PE lesson. Some of them have got up to 1200m at the time of writing! We have also learnt about keep-fit verbs and cooking verbs, put these skills into writing in the present and past tenses, and we have written recounts about our activities.
It has been a very busy term and a very busy year. If the children are tired at the end of the day, it is because they don’t stop from the minute they come through the door until the minute they leave at 3pm! They have come a long way, achieved a huge amount, and are ready for a well-deserved break!
Many thanks to all parents and carers for your support.