Welcome to Class Hepworth!
Hello and Welcome to Hepworh Class! We are named after a famous Yorkshire artist, Barbara Hepworth, who was born in Wakefield. She went to Leeds University to study art. She became well know for her Bronze and Wood sculptures, which can be seen at the Barbara Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The teaching team are:- Mrs P Barker, Mrs J Patel, Mrs B Asmal and Mrs S Rafiq. We are happy to meet and talk in the morning from 8:50 am and after 3:00 pm in the afternoon.
A reading book will be sent home on Friday, please try and read with your child every day. A library book will be sent home on Wednesdays.Please make sure that book bags are brought to school everyday.
PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please make sure that PE clothes are in school on these days. Can you please make sure that earrings are removed for health and safety reasons. Please take note of the change of days.
A homework challenge will be sent home every Friday where you can choose what homework you would like to do over the weekend(this can be found in the inside cover of the home book). Can the homework book please be returned to school on Mondays.
Many thanks for you help.
Our topic theme is ‘Once upon a time’. It is an exciting topic; we will be reading different fairy tales and even writing our own!
We will be researching facts about castles and the monarchs and knights that lived in them.
In art we will be designing our own fairy tale sculpture based on the style of Julia Arkell’s work.
Hepworth Class please remember your PE kits for Wednesday 22nd June- Multi-skills Challenge at Headfield Junior School
English- This week we will continue to research castles and who worked and lived in them. We are also going to start to read
'The Princess and the Pea'. We will be talking about the setting and the characters.
Maths- This week we are learning about different ways of weighing objects- we will be using the balance scales and weighing scales.
Topic- We will be continuing to design our character puppet/sculpture. We will be finding out about Henry VIII and asking questions about whether he was a fair King, what would it have been like to live in a castle.
This week is the Year One Phonics Check.
English- This week we are going to be researching Castles and why people built them and why very few people live in castles today. We are going to find out and research all the different parts of a castle, such as the moat, draw bridge, portcullis, battlements and garderobe.
Maths - This week we are learning about length. We will be using standard measures to measure and record length. We will be using meter sticks and rulers to measure objects. One of your new homework challenges links to measuring length, so if you want some extra practice, try completing that challenge this week!
Topic - We have started our new topic linking to castles, knight and kings and queens. We will be exploring different monarchs and talking about what makes a good King or Queen. In our Art and Design lessons, we will be designing a sculpture in the style of Julie Arkell's work.
*Monday 6th June is an INSET day. School will start on Tuesday 7th June*
English- This week we are creating our own versions of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We will be writing an alternative version of Jack and the Beanstalk, starting with when Jack opens his curtains one morning and finds an enormous beanstalk has grown in his garden! We will be thinking creatively about where the beanstalk could lead and who or what Jack could find on his adventure!
Maths - This week we are learning about division. We will be sharing and grouping objects to work out the answer to maths problems. We will be using objects and pictures to help with our problem solving.
Topic - Our first important job of the week is to update our Bean Diaries and make observations about what changes we can see! I wonder if your bean has grown? We will also be starting to learn about our new topic this week. We will have a history focus for the next few weeks so we will be starting our topic by finding out more about Kings and Queens.
On Friday we will be meeting Ben, who will be teaching us football skills for the next 6 weeks.
Spring 2 and Summer 1 Topic Summary
Our topic for the next two half terms is 'Into the wild...'. We will be looking at stories and texts from different countries and cultures. We will be reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts, most of which are linked to Africa. Some of the text we will be reading include: 'Meerkat Mail', 'We're Going on a Lion Hunt' and 'A is for Africa'. More texts may be added depending on the children's interests.As geographers, we will be learning about life in different countries in Africa (including Tanzania and Kenya). We will be comparing and contrasting life in these countries to our own lives. As part of our topic we will also be considering the issues such as drought, famine and Fairtrade and how we can make a difference to these issues.
During our topic work we will be learning about the seasonal changes that occur in spring. In science we will be learning about animals. We will be finding out how animals can belong to different groups based on their characteristics or what they eat. We will be taking part in a lot of creative tasks during this topic, to develop our skills as artists and creative thinkers. Keep checking the displays in our classroom for our amazing art work!
Summer 1 Topic Summary
Welcome back! This half term we are continuing with our topic 'Into the wild...'. Following on from the children's interests, we are continuing to learn about life in Africa. In particular, we will be thinking about how life in Kenya is different from life in Dewsbury. We will also be taking part in our exciting trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park! We will be using this trip to help us learn more about animals. We will be developing our scientific skills by learning about animal body parts and different animal groups. We will be finding out how animals can belong to different groups based on their characteristics or what they eat. We will also be taking part on lots of outdoor learning so we can observe the seasonal changes associated with spring.
English- This week we are writing diary entries, pretending to be Jack or the Giant from the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We will be looking at the features of diaries and then use this knowledge to help us plan and write our own.
Maths - This week we are continuing to focus on multiplication. We are learning how to count groups of 5s and 2s and then learning how to record this as a repeated addition sentence e.g. 5+ 5 + 5 + 5 = 20. 2+2+2+2+2=10
Topic - Our beans have germinated and our beanstalks are starting to grow! We are keeping a weekly Bean Diary to record our observations about how the beans are changing. In PE we are continuing with our movement unit of work, this week focussing on creating movements linked to Indian and African music. In RE we are looking at 'belonging' and thinking about how clothing can show someone belongs to something. We are also considering the importance of different buildings to people. In computing we are learning how to add pictures or images to our writing.
English- We are continuing to read the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. This week we are writing about key events in the story using time connectives (first, then, next). We will also be planting our own beans and writing instructions on how to plant a bean.
Maths - This week we are counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and revising our money skills. We will be reviewing our understanding of the values of different coins and using this to select the correct coins to buy different items.
Topic - We are starting our 'bean diary' this week. We will be keeping observations of what happens to the beans that we plant. I wonder if we will have any magic beans in our class?! In PE we are developing our competitive and teamwork skills by taking part in a games afternoon with Class Hepworth. We will be developing the skills of sportsmanship, and learning how to congratulate everyone who takes part. In computing we will be using word processors to make text bold or italic.
English- We will be starting our new story, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We will be sequencing events in the story and considering how the characters felt at different points in the story. We will be learning to retell the story using story language and actions.
Maths - We are continuing to learn about positional and directional language. We will be using the bee-bots to programme instructions using directional language. We will be learning about 'turns' and will be practising making full, half and quarter turns.
Topic - This week we are completing a science challenge set by Mrs Denney! Class Hepworth will be investigating if al plants have the same parts. We will be designing, conducting and analysing the results of our experiment. In design technology we are finishing our African masks and art work. In RE we are learning about what belonging means. We will be exploring what different religious symbols mean and how different places can be important to people.
Our school trip is on Tuesday 19th April. Please be in school for 8.15am, as we will be leaving early. We are due back at 4pm.
English- We will be writing a recount of our trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.We will be developing our writing skills by using time words, conjunctions and some descriptive language. We are all continuing to work towards our targets of using capital letter and full stops correctly.
Maths - We are continuing to learn about fractions. This week we are focusing on how to 'quarter' a set of objects or quantity.
Topic - In design technology we are designing and making African masks and necklaces. In science we are learning about what different animals eat. We will be learning different scientific vocabulary, including: omnivore, herbivore and carnivore.
Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely holiday! We are continuing on with our topic 'Into the Wild' this half term. Our school trip will be taking place next week, on Tuesday 19th April.
Our PE days have now changed to Tuesday and Thursday.
English- We will be learning facts about meerkats. We will be writing a report to tell you all about the things we have learnt.
Maths - We are learning about fractions. We will be learning how to find half of a set of objects or a quantity. Some of us will also be learning how to find a quarter of a quantity.
Topic - In RE we are learning about what 'belonging' means. In art and design technology we are designing and making African masks , necklaces. In geography we are learning about life in Kenya.
Week Commencing: Monday 29th February 2016
*World Book Day is on Thursday 3rd March*
English- We will be writing facts files about Africa and the different countries there. In our SPAG work we are continuing to learn how to use capital letters for proper nouns (the names of people and places).
Maths - We are learning how to add 'one more' and take away 'one less' from numbers to 100.
Topic - In RE we are learning about the morals in different stories. In art we are creating silhouette pictures of African sunsets. We are also starting to look and at discuss images of African masks. We will use these ideas to create our own design. In PSHE we are taking part in 'Fairtrade Fortnight' by learning what Fairtrade means and what we can do to help.
Week Commencing: Monday 22nd February 2016
Welcome back to school! We will be starting our new topic this week.
Please note our new PE days are now: Monday and Wednesday.
English- We are reading the repetitive poem 'We're Going on a Lion Hunt'. We will be acting out the story and starting to think of ideas for our own stories. In our SPAG work we are learning about how to use capital letters for proper nouns (the names of people and places).
Maths - We are ordering, reading and writing numbers to 100. We will be practicing counting backwards and forwards to 100.
Topic - We are learning about Africa and where it is. We will be discussing images related to Africa and will use these to think of things we want to find out about.
Spring 1 Topic Summary
Our topic this half term is 'Frozen Planet'. We will be looking at stories and texts that are set in polar regions. We will be reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction texts, including Disney's Frozen, 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, and 'The Emperor's Egg'. We will be learing all about the Arctic and Antarctic and investigating the different animals that live there (including penguins and polar bears). As historians we will research people who have travelled to Antarctica and will find out what makes them significant in British History. During our topic work we will be learning about the seasonal changes that occur in winter. As part of our topic we will also be considering the impact of climate change and global warming on the people and animals who live in the polar regions. In science we will be exploring materials and investigating the different properties that they have. During our RE lessons we will be finding out about special books and the messages and morals that different stories can teach us (e.g. to share, to look after each other).
Spring 1- Week 2
Week Commencing: Monday 11th January 2016
English- We are continuing to learn about 'Frozen'. We will be designing our character for the story. We will be working towards our writing targets by using full stops, capital letters and 'and' to connect our ideas together.
Maths - This week we are continuing to learn how to tell the time to o'clock and half past.
Topic - In RE we will be sharing which books are special to us. In Science we will be naming and identifying different materials. In PSHE we will be finding out and discussing how we learn things.
Spring 1- Week 1
Week Commencing: Monday 4th January 2016
Please note Monday 4th is an INSET day.
English- Our new text this week is 'Frozen'. We will be writing about the characters and events in the story. We will be working towards our writing targets by using full stops, capital letters and 'and' to connect our ideas together.
Maths - This week we are continuing to learn how to find half (and quarters) of different objects and shapes.
Topic - In RE we will be sharing which books are special to us. In Science we will be looking and 'winter' and observing the changes in our local environment. In PSHE we will be finding out and discussing how we learn things. We will be reflecting on what we have learnt so far this year.
Autumn 2 Topic Summary
Our topic this half term is 'Into the Forest...'. We will be looking at stories that are set in forests and learning about the different types of characters that are in traditional tales and fairy tales. We will be reading lots of interesting and exciting stories, including 'The Gruffalo', 'Room on the Broom' and 'Hansel and Gretel'. During our topic work we will be learning about the environment around us and will be thinking about the seasonal changes that occur in Autumn. We will also be learning about different types of weather and will be developing our skills as weather presenters. During our history and RE lessons we will be finding out about different festivals and celebrations. We will be exploring how different events such as Bonfire Night, Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated.
Please note that our PE days have changed. They are now Wednesdays and Thursdays for the next seven weeks. Many thanks!
Autumn 2- Week 6
Week Commencing: 7th December 2015
English- We will be designing and making our own magic potions for the dragon in 'Room on the Broom'. We will be learning how to write instructions and will be exploring how to use different verbs (e.g. cut, mix, boil) and time conjunctions (e.g. first, next, then).
Maths - This week we are learning how to double numbers up to 20.
Topic - We will be creating different weather sounds in Music using untuned instruments and body percussion. In design technology we will be designing and planning our own moving picture, using either a lever or slider mechanism. In RE we will be exploring what Christmas is. We will be finding out more about the story of Christmas and will be learning about how people may celebrate Christmas. This includes both religious (e.g. going to Church) and traditional aspects (e.g. Christmas Trees, giving presents). We will be making Christmas decorations for the school Christmas Tree.
Autumn 2- Week 5
Week Commencing: 30th November 2015
English- We are reading the text 'Room on the Broom'. We will be continuing to use adjectives to describe the different characters. We will be discussing how they feel at different parts of the story and will be talking about the different emotions the characters are going through (e.g. the pictures, the events etc).
Maths - We are developing and strengthening our number skills by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will be looking for patterns in the number sequences.
Topic - In geography and science we will be writing a weather diary so we can track the weather over the week. In design technology we will be exploring and making a 'lever' mechanism. In RE we are starting to focus on Christian celebrations, including Christmas. This week we will be finding out what 'advent' is and how it is celebrated. in our computing work we will be using the laptops to type text onto a word processor (i.e Microsoft Word).
Autumn 2- Week 4
Week Commencing: 23rd November 2015
English- We are continuing to read the story 'Hansel and Gretel'. We will be describing the witch in the story using adjectives. We will then move on to designing and describing our own gingerbread house. We will be using the computers to type our descriptions.
Maths - We will be learning how to measure length and height. We will start be ordering objects by length and will then move onto measuring by using cubes and metre sticks.
Topic - In Geography we will be labelling the 4 different countries that are part of the UK. We will start to look at the weather and will be discussing different types of weather. We will look at weather symbols and explore why they are used. In Design Technology we will be looking at how slider mechanisms are used and will be creating a 'Hansel and Gretel' themed slider.
Autumn 2- Week 3
Week Commencing: 16th November 2015
English- We will be reading the new text 'Hansel and Gretel'. We will be learning about the events and characters in the story. Our main focus this week is on using adjectives (describing words) to describe the people and places in the story.
Maths - We are continuing to learn about the different number bonds to 10 (i.e. all the different ways you can make 10 by adding two numbers together).
Topic - In RE we are considering the ways that celebrations can be similar or different to each other. In art we are learning about colour mixing; we will be investigating how to make different colours using the primary colours (red, yellow and blue). In geography we will be looking at a map of the United Kingdom and will be learning the name and location of the 4 different countries that are part of the UK.
Autumn 2- Week 1
Week Commencing: 2nd November 2015
English- This week we are reading the new story of 'The Gruffalo'! We will be acting out the story and sequencing the key events in the story. We are continuing to focus on using full stops and capital letters in our writing.
Maths - We will be learning how to take away or subtract two numbers. We will be using resources and number lines to help develop our calculation skills. We will also be learning how to record calculations using the symbols - and = (e.g. 5 - 2 = 3).
Topic - In science we are learning about Autumn and how this affects the plants and the weather. We are also learning about different festivals that can take place during autumn, such as Bonfire Night. We will be creating autumn pictures during our art lessons.
Special Events In School
Children in need fundraising day Friday 13th of November-see the newsletter for details
A number of parents have asked for suggestions of websites that they can use at home. Here are some websites that you may find useful.
Useful games are: Picnic on Pluto, Dragon’s Den, Buried Treasure, Sentence Substitution.
Pupils in Year One should practise Phase 3-5 activities.
Click on Literacy and then Phonics – Jolly Songs and Jolly Sounds.
This is a useful tool for knowing what the different sounds we teach actually sound like.
Autumn 1 Topic Summary
Our topic this half term is "Destination Outer Space...". We will be learning about space travel and astronauts. We will be reading a range of books linked to space and aliens, these may include: 'Aliens Love Underpants!', 'Beegu', 'The Way Back Home' and 'Whatever Next!'.We will even be designing our own rockets!
Week Commencing: 7th September 2015
English- This week we will be starting to read the story 'Whatever Next!'. We will be learning to retell the story and will be sequencing the events.
Maths - This week we are continuing to practise reading, writing and ordering numbers to 20. We will be using our super number skills to work out 'one more' and 'one less' than numbers to 20 (or even 30!).
Topic - We will be starting to learn about different celebrations in R.E. In art we will be learning about the famous sculptor our class is named after (Barbara Hepworth). In computing we will be learning how to log on and off the computer safely.
Other Events - On Wednesday 9th September 2015 HRH Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning monarch! We will be doing lots of different activities relating to this importan era of Britsh History, will close this important day with Tea Party!
Autumn 1- Week 3
Week Commencing: 14th September 2015
English- This week we will be reading the story 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy. We will be learning to retell the story and will be sequencing the events.We will be retelling the story using puppets that we have made, we will also be acting out the story.
Maths - We will be using our super number skills to work out 'one more' and 'one less' than numbers to 20 (or even more!). We will be learning about addition and how to use different resources to help us find the answer to calculations.
Topic - In science we are learning to name the different parts of the body. In our RE lessons we will be thinking about why we celebrate different events and will start to consider the different Islamic celebrations that take place. In our art work we will be discussing the work of Barbara Hepworth and we will be making our own sculptures relating to Hepwoth's pieces of work on families. We are thinking about our class being a big family and will use clay, playdough, boxes to make our sculptures.
We had 100% attendance this week. Thank you! We will be having a party to celebrate!
Autumn 1- Week 4
Week Commencing: 21st September 2015
English- This week we will be writing about the story 'Whatever Next!'. We will be learning how to use capital letters and full stops in our writing.
Maths - This week we will be learning to identify, name and talk about properties of 2d shapes.
Topic - We will be learning about Eid and will be sharing how we celebrate this special event. In science we will be labelling and naming different body parts.
Autumn 1- Week 5
Week Commencing: 28th September 2015
English- This week we will be reading the book 'The Way Back Home'.
Maths - This week we will be exploring addition and number bonds first to ten and then up to twenty.
Topic - We will be talking about Eid and writing a recount of how the children celebrated Eid. In science we will be finding out about five senses; we will then be going on a senses walk.
Autumn 1 week 6
Week commencing 5th October
English- We are continuing to read the story 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. We will be learning how to think of questions to ask the boy in the story,under the headings- how,what and why) and how to use question marks.
Maths- This week we are focussing on addition calculations. We will be learning how to work out the answer to addition problems using resources and a number line. We will be practising recording our answers using + and = correctly.
Topic - We will be learning about how and why Christians celebrate the Harvest Festival. We will be learning to identify the 5 senses and will start to think about which parts of the body link with each of the senses.We will be researching interesting facts about Barbara Hepworth
Autumn 1- Week 7
Week Commencing: 12th October 2015
English -This week we are learning about astronauts! We will be reading the non-fiction text "We work in space". We will be writing a letter to an astronaut and will be learning the key features that we need to include in a letter. We will then be completing different astronaut challenges to help us learn more about life in space.
Maths - We are focussing on money this week. We will be learning to name and identify the different coins and notes that we use. We will then start to think about their different values.
Topic - In science we will be continuining with our work on 'senses'. In history we will be learning about who Neil Armstrong was and what he did that was important. We will also be taking part in a Year One Enterprise project. We will be making and selling bookmarks in school.
Our Readathon event will take place on Monday morning. Thank you to everyone who has started to raise and collect money for this event!
Autumn 1- Week 8
Week Commencing: 19th October 2015
English- This week we are focusing on using capital letters and full stops in our writing. We will be reading the texts 'Aliens Love Underpants!' and 'Beegu'. We will be designing and describing our own aliens.
Maths - We will be learning to name and order the days of the week. We will also be ordering the events that can happen in a day.
Topic - In science we will be taking part in a 'senses' morning, where we will be investigating how we use each of our senses. In history we will be writing about Neil Armstrong and completing our work on astronauts.
How you can help your child at home
Ask your child about their day at school.
Encourage your child to practice reading and writing their spellings that we send home.
Read with your child everyday, ask them to retell the story or ask them questions about what they have read.
Please remind your child to bring their book bag to school everyday.
Please remind your child to bring their PE kit and pumps to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and make sure that your child is not wearing any jewellery.
Spend some time over the weekend encouraging your child to complete the homework challenge!
Special Events In School
Week begining 14th September- application forms for school council to be completed by Friday 18th September 2015
School Councillors to be announced in whole school assembly Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Football after school club begins- Wednesday 23rd September 2015 for 5 weeks
School Closed INSET days 24th & 25th September 2015
Year 1 Eid party Friday 2nd October 2015
Please come and join children and staff at 2 pm in the hall. School will provide food for the party. It will be a lovely chance for you to meet and make new friends.Looking forward to seeing you at the party!
Thank you so much for coming to our Eid party on Friday, we all had a super time, photographs will be up loaded as soon as possible.