Spring 1 : Space Topic
This half term we are learning all about Space and what it is like to be an astronaut! Children are engaged and excited already and there are so many creative writing and topic opportunities for a cross-curriculum approach.
We are lucky to be having a Planetarium visit on 2nd February, and children are excited to prepare for their journey into Space! I am using drama to enhance the experience and we will be doing all of the training for astronauts, including learning about rocket launches, tasting real space food, and learning all about anti-gravity.
You worked so hard at home and all of your treasure boxes were fantastic! We had the opportunity to share some of our special things and were inspired to do lots of writing in topic.
Welcome to a new school year!
It has been a wonderful start to the year with Year 2 stepping into their new roles and helping Year 1 to settle in to new routines.
The children are settling in well, and are quickly getting to grips with life in Puffin Class.
Please find below some information which you may find useful for this half term. If you have any questions or queries please do arrange an appointment to see me by contacting Mrs Fulham. I am usually free for a quick chat after school, once I have seen all of the children safely to their parents and carers.
I look forward to working with you and your children to give them the best possible time in Puffin class.
Spelling has become an important focus as a whole school at Yaxham School.
Please note that the Spelling list overviews, are a guide and I may change these to suit the needs of the class. This will be made clear when the new spelling lists are sent out.
Spellings activities will also be taking place in class and children will have the opportunity to practice most days. It is a good idea to also practice these at home when possible. Children will be tested on 6 of the 10 spellings sent home weekly, at random.
For this half term, Year 1 will be focusing on getting used to the routine of weekly spellings, which are on a Thursday morning. It does not matter if your child gets 1 or 6 spellings correct. It should be seen as an aim for personal achievement. All children learn in different ways and are praised for their individual efforts.
As many of you are now aware, I saw a fun and inspiring writing competition online, for children around the world to write a story in 50 words or less. I know Puffin class love a good writing challenge, so I thought we would give it a go!
Vivian Kirkfield is an American children's author who runs the adult competition every year. This year she decided to do one for children too. All the information can be found on this website:
I felt it would be fairer if I chose a range of people to cast their eye and vote on their favourites, instead of just me. So I decided to ask Year 6 to help and they did a fantastic job with Mrs Leigh whittling it down to a final 5. Unfortunately, only one entry can be made per class, so we had to whittle it down to just one winner!
Here are the 5 finalists' entries below. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did :)
No. 5 - Skye Walsingham
Out of the Door
One cold, gloomy night, two children were going to a secret party. But they were scared because they lived in the wood. If we go I might be eaten by wolves, but it will be exciting. They went through the woods. It was a relief. They got to the party.
No. 4 - Isabelle Brown
A Cold Rainy Day
Lauren and Daniel were getting ready to walk to the park. When they opened the door it was pouring! They felt miserable. They ran to get coats and wellingtons, put them on and grabbed umbrellas, running out the door through squelchy mud, jumping in puddles and getting soaked. What fun!
No. 3 - Iris Shreffler
One time there was a girl called Ellie and she was an artist. She could paint anything you could imagine. She could paint parrots, horses, cats, chicks, dogs. But the thing she liked to paint the most was babboons! When she wanted to paint for herself she always picked babboons.
No. 2 - Alannah Sullivan
The Four Mermaids
Once upon a time there were four mermaids. When they were about to have their lunch they heard shouting. “Where is that noise coming from?” All the mermaids tried to find where the noise was coming from. Finally, they found the noise from a trapped dolphin. They saved it.
THE WINNER - George Meeson
The Dinosaur who Escaped the Meteors
A long time ago, dinosaurs were dying out. One little dino was still in his mother’s cave. The egg didn’t have even the tiniest crack. The cave collapsed but still the egg didn’t have a crack. Today the dinos are extinct. Still that adult dino is breathing in that cave.
Cross Country - Thursday 9th March 2017
Yesterday I was lucky to be able to take 16 children from KS1 (and a few lucky Ducklings!) to Taverham High School, for a KS1 Cross Country competition between schools.
We had lots of fun and showed excellent team spirit by cheering on each other during the races.
Freya Messenger-Conway came 1st out of over 50 children, in the Y1 Girls race. Well done Freya!
Skye Walsingham came 3rd out of over 50 children, in the Y2 Girls race. Well done Skye!
Everyone else did a fantastic job too, and never gave up!
Year 1 had to run 600m. Y2 had to run 800m!
Puffins and Ducklings were very lucky to be able to gain first hand experience at watching chicks hatch and become chickens over the past 10 days.
The eggs arrived on Monday 27th February 2017. We had to wait very patiently for the eggs to begin to hatch. The eggs were kept in an incubator where it was important for the temperature to remain at 37.7.
Puffins were outside doing P.E. when we heard the news from Ducklings that the first chick had hatched! Ducklings were very lucky to be able to watch all the action on Tuesday afternoon.
Soon there were 3 chicks that had all hatched in the space of 24 hours.
Unfortunately, not all of our eggs hatched. However, we did have 4 very happy and healthy chicks. These have now gone to a happy home at Alfred's grandad's!
For those of you who have not yet met me, my name is Miss Lisa Milner, and I will be your child's teacher in Puffin class. It has been lovely to get to know your children this week, and I hope they have enjoyed their first week back too. I am very much looking forward working with them to develop their potential to become able and confident individuals.
Our topic for this half term is 'Whatever the Weather'. We will be exploring the four seasons and finding out what the best materials are for different types of weather. Please see below for a detailed plan of what is happening this half term. If you have any weather items or books relating to the weather that you would like to share for our role play and book corner, we would be very grateful. Please ensure these are clearly named, so that they can be returned at the end of the half term.
Homework will be sent each Thursday, from next week (15th September), and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday for marking. Each week you will find a short task for Maths and English inside your child’s learning log. Where possible, one of these will link in with their topic work about the weather.
Reading is a very important skill to develop from a young age. You should have received a new reading record along with a reading book at the beginning of the week. Please record your child’s reading at home in this book. We will try our best to hear every child read at least once a week. If you would like to volunteer to come and listen to children read in school, we would be very grateful! If you are interested please leave your details with Sonia at the office.
PE days will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school on the Monday for the entire week. If you wish to wash your child's kit during the half term, these can be taken home on a Friday for the weekend. This term we will be learning dance in the hall. Children should have their indoor PE kit consisting of a t shirt and shorts.
Show and Tell is recognised as an important social opportunity in KS1, to encourage children to become confident and able speakers. If your child wishes to bring in a special object, they may do so on a Friday. This will be the child's responsibility and should stay in their tray until needed. Please explain to your child that names will be drawn at random from those who wish to share each week. To ensure each child is treated fairly, a tick-list will be created to ensure every child who wishes to shall get a turn by the end of the term.
Puffin Pete (Writing) and Fred the Ted (Maths) will be awarded to children each Friday and should be returned on the Monday. This should not be seen as homework, but instead an opportunity for the child to share their adventures with the class by writing in the book provided. This may be one sentence or one page.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s time in Puffin Class, please feel free to request to come and speak to me after school. I do try to make myself available wherever possible. It is ‘meet the teacher’ on Tuesday 13th September at 6.30pm. It would be great to meet you and to say hello!
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