Welcome to Year 1 and 2
We hope that you have had a wonderful break and are looking forward to the Easter fun that will follow at the end of the first week.
We are starting our half term with lots of Easter craft and learning about the importance of Easter for Christians.
We will then move into our topic 'Into the Woods' where we will learn all about woodland habitats. This topic links to our work with green spaces and the woodland trust so we will be exploring our local area and identifying trees. Our literacy texts will link to animals that are found in the woods.
This term also sees important tests for both year 1 and 2. Just before half term year 2 children will complete Key Stage One SATs in maths, reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Year 1 will complete the phonics screening in June. if you have any questions about any of the assessments please contact a member of the Key Stage One team.
It is brilliant to see comments from parents in reading diaries, please keep this up each night. If your child has reached the end of their book please make a note in their diary . We can then ensure a new book comes home. If we do not have this message from you we will not change their book. Your child will receive reward points for reading at home and these points equal prizes!
P.E. will take place on Monday and Friday for both classes so make sure kit is in school at all times. Can we remind you that if your child has their ears pierced and they cannot take their studs out they must bring tape to cover them for P.E. lessons.
There are two different groups each morning for literacy and maths taught by Mrs Shovlin, Mrs Graham and Mrs Walker/Mrs Bouch. We hope your child enjoys talking to you about what they are up to in these lessons and their homework each week will help you see.
Homework will be given out each Wednesday and needs to be back in school by the following Monday. It will consist of spellings and a maths task as well as daily reading of their reading book.
Here's to a great half term!
Enterprise Students helping us with our learning
On Wednesday 30th January some pupils from William Howard came work with us. The year 9 students have been supported by Barry Ridley, from The Cumberland Building Society, in their Enterprise lessons to come up with games that will help younger children understand how much it costs to own a range of pets. The children enjoyed playing all of the games and were able to explain some of the things they had learnt. The visit was supported by Nicky from Oak Tree Animal Charity who discussed the animals they have at the sanctuary in Wetheral and the different things they do. We look forward to doing further work with the students in the future.
How many birds can we see?
On Monday 28th January we joined in the RSPB's Big Bird Watch event. We had a lovely walk along the ridge and to the moat. It was a cold, crisp day. The sky was clear and we could see for miles when we were on the top of the moat. Unfortunately, the cold weather kept many birds away but we did see some robins, blackbirds, sparrows and crows. We were also lucky enough to catch three grey squirrels having lots of fun running up, down and jumping across the trees. They provided us with great amusement.
We completed our walk with hot chocolate and marshmallows in the outdoor classroom. Mrs Shovlin's idea, a wonderful treat!
Walby Farm Park Christmas Extravaganza
We had a wonderful time at Walby Farm park for their Christmas extravaganza. We took part in a live nativity, made reindeer food, went inside a snow globe, met SANTA, played in the snow and graduated from the elf academy... that was all before lunchtime! After lunch we had great fun in the play barn. Once again the children were exceptional, a lady with a little boy stopped me to comment that the children were so well mannered and kind to her little boy. Thank you for your support with this trip, these moments make memories!
Merry Christmas from the KS1 team
We had a wonderful time at The Museum of Military Life. Take a look at our photographs.