The children have settled in brilliantly to Year 1 and have been working incredibly hard all term. They will be ready for a well-earned rest!
We have concentrated on developing skills in reading, writing and maths in our first weeks in school, capitalising on the fantastic start the children made to their learning in Reception. We are really pleased with their progress, and hope you agree now that many of you have seen their books! So far in English, we have studied the traditional tale “Little Red Riding Hood”, which the children rewrote in their own words, and we have been learning about non-fiction writing through the topic of hedgehogs. Alongside this, the children have been learning about punctuation, plurals, nouns and verbs as well as phonics.
In science, we have started learning about seasonal change, our senses and about animals. We have used our senses to see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the outdoor areas, including in the Year 1 sensory garden. The children are becoming very knowledgeable about hedgehogs and are just starting to learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
The children thoroughly enjoyed learning and performing their harvest songs for you recently. Their singing was lovely and they were very quick to learn.
Last week we had a history day with a visit from the era of castles by a time traveller called Lady Catherine. Our visitor brought lots of artefacts from the past with her and the children learnt all about historical enquiry skills by taking on the role of history detectives. Alongside this, they started learning about timelines through sequencing their own history using the photos you sent in. A huge timeline is slowly taking shape in the hall.