Welcome to Sycamore class.
The teaching team is Mrs Barker and Mrs Loonat in the mornings. The afternoon team is Mrs Barker, Miss Hussain, Miss Tipping and Mrs Patel.
Can you please make sure that your child brings their book bag to school everyday? Reading books will be changed usually on Fridays. Can you please put a comment in the reading diary if you have listened to your child read?
Library books will be changed on Tuesdays.
PE this half term will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, please make sure that your child has their PE kit on these days.
Homework challenges- one challenge is to be completed each week. The children can choose which one they would like to do. Pease make sure that homework is brought back to school by Tuesday.
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.
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’s Child', '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.
Week beginning 20th November 2017
This week we are continuing to look at the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. We will write instruction texts for magic spells to make a broom, focusing on the use of adjectives and conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘so’, and ‘because’.
This week in maths we are moving on to measuring the mass of different objects. We will use a range of standard and non standard measures to find the heaviest and lightest of a group and to order objects by mass.
As we are now fully in the midst of Autumn, we will start to look at weather and the seasons. We will learn to identify and name different types of weather. This week we will be completing simple weather record in preparation for a more detailed record next week using some of the measures we have been working on this half term.
Later in the week we will design a mud monster and use this as a way of learning about different materials.
Autumn 2- Week 1
Week Commencing: 30th October 2017
English- This week we are reading the new story of 'The Gruffalo’s Child'! 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 SchoolChildren in need fundraising day Friday 13th of November-see the newsletter for details
We are looking forward to having an exciting term, our topic is ‘Space Explorers’ we will be researching who was first walked on the moon, who was the first British Astronaut and first Yorkshire woman to visit space.
Week beginning 16th October 2017
This week we will start to read our new book ‘Beegu’ this is about a little alien that is lost on earth. We will be discussing her emotions and what we would do to try and help her. The children will make an action plan to help get her back to her parents.
In mathematics we are looking at different ways of showing subtraction. We will be using cubes, number lines and number grids. Sometimes we will be counting back in our heads.
We will be researching the first women to go to space and work in space.
In RE we will be finding out how Sikhs and Hindu people celebrate Diwali.
Week beginning 9th October 2017
We will be finding out about how astronauts survive in space. We have written to Andy the Astronaut and hope that he will come and visit us on Wednesday.
If he does we will be writing a recount of his visit.
In mathematics we are looking at different ways of making numbers up to 20. We will be using cubes, number lines and number grids. Sometimes we will be counting on in our heads.
We will be researching the “Race to Space” in history and learning about key factors of which country was first to arrive in space and then which country had an astronaut walk on the moon first!
In computing we will be learning about logging on and saving our work.
Week beginning 2nd October 2017
This week we will continue to base our work around the story of 'Whatever Next'. We will be describing special attributes about the main characters. Our focus in writing will be using capital letters and finger spaces.
In mathematics we are looking at different ways of showing addition. We will be using cubes, number lines and number grids. Sometimes we will be counting on in our heads.
We will be researching space logos for the different countries involved in trying to get to space. We will be designing our own logos.
In computing we will be learning about how to stay safe online.
Autumn 1- Week 3
Week Commencing: 18th September 2017
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 History we are going to be making a time line about Neil Armstrong's life. In computing we will be learning how to log on and off the computer safely.In Science we will be labelling different parts of the body.
Week beginning 11th September 2017
We will be watching a short animated film, based on the book ‘The Way Back Home.’ This is about a small child who meets an alien on the moon; they both have trouble with their space ships. They help each other and then become friends.
We will be making our own story maps, thinking about what questions they could ask each other and then then the children will pretend to be the small child and write a letter to the alien.
We will be using our phonic skills, finger spaces and full stops.
We will be focusing on ordering and writing numbers up to 20. We will also be designing 2D space crafts and rockets.
In History we will be finding out and researching interesting facts about the first man on the moon.
In DT we will be constructing model space ships and in Science we will be labelling parts of the body.