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Autumn Term- Once Upon a Time & Brilliant Buildings

In the first half term, we learned about stories with predictable phrasing and recounted many familiar stories. We used these stories to learn about healthy foods and the world around us. After half term, we have learned about castles and looked at how buildings have changed. We have examined how people lived in a castle in the past and talked about the similarities and differences between our own homes. We also examined our school and the surrounding area using some field work to find out about the grounds.

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Class 1 work

We have been so busy with our maths, writing and topic work this term. The children are working hard to develop and improve their skills through activities, play and collaboration. We have been learning new ways to perform mathematical skills using models and apparatus, and we have learned new blends, letter sounds and digraphs too.

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Children in Need 2018

Class 1 took part in a 30 minute sponsored silence to raise funds for Children in Need. They were busy, active and silent for the whole time and we were very proud of them. Well done Class 1- you raised a lot of money too.

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Autumn Term Curriculum

Take a look at our Curriculum Chronicle to see what we will be learning this term- document below.

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New Starters 2018

Welcome to our new starters! This year we have 14 children joining us at Birstwith- they have settled so well. The children are trying hard to be independent and they are coming into school without their grown ups!

We'd also like to welcome our new teaching assistant, Mrs K Poytekova who joined us in September.

Our first few weeks- Autumn 2018

End of Summer Term 2018

Water Day & Sports Day

What fabulous weather we have had recently. Class 1 had the opportunity to splash and play in the water outside. We had a great time with the hosepipe cooling off and we watered the garden at the same time!

We also took part in the whole school sports day- a fabulous afternoon full of sunshine, races, team work and fun (topped off with an ice lolly)!

June & July 2018

These last few weeks, we have been learning about the world. The children have learned about hot and cold countries, the Equator, deserts, the Arctic and the rainforests. They are fabulous at finding countries on the world map.

During July, we will be welcoming our new starters, practising for the whole school production and enjoying our trip to the seaside too! See some of the photos from our trip below. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Phonic Information Meeting

Thank you to all those parents who attended the recent information meeting on the teaching of phonics. It was so lovely to see so many of you joining in and finding out about how we teach phonics in Class 1. The infomation slides are below for your information.

Year 1 Phonic Screening

Please speak to Mrs Askew if you have any questions about the sceening check.

Summer Term 2018

We have been learning about important nurses from long ago. We found about how Florence Nightingale made hospitals cleaner and how Mary Seacole helped the soldiers near the battlefield with her homemade medicines.

 In Class 1 we have our own hospital area and we have had great fun pretending to be doctors and nurses. We watched a video about Topsy going to hospital and we learned what happens when you have an operation.

The year 1 children made moving pictures with ambulances that zoomed along and painted beautiful portraits of Mary & Florence. The EYFS children looked at our eyes in detail and created collages of their irises as well as painting their self protraits.

Lastly, we have had a great time learning about the inside of our bodies- we have created a life sized collage to show the bones, muscles and organs.smiley

Take a look at our Curriculum Chronicle for this term...

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Class 1 Fun!

The children are always busy learning in our indoor and outdoor classroom. Take a look at some of our photographs from the Spring term.

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Spring Term 2018

Class 1 started the Spring term learning abut different types of animals. The topic 'Paws, Claws, Hooves & Whiskers' helped the children to learn a great deal of facts about pets, farm animals and safari/wild animals. An exciting part of our topic included a visit to 'Big Sheep, Little Cow'. The children had an amazing time handling ferrets, rats & lambs, brushing pigs and ponies, and stroking a baby llama! We have compared similarities and differences between many animals and the year 1 children created some wonderful fact file and reports. 

In our art lessons, we learned about Lowry, Bruegel and Van Gogh. We had great fun drawing tiny people in the style of Lowry and Bruegel and we made patterns and marks as seen in Van Gogh's starry night.

The second half of the term, we listened to a variety of stories set in a woodland setting as part of our Enchanted Woodland theme. We acted out the Gruffalo for our grown ups and grew an enchanted forest using cress seeds!

Marvellous Maths!

We are amazing mathematicians in Class 1. The EYFS children have been working on their counting skills up to 10 and beyond. They have matched numerals to pictures, ordered numbers and played games outside to spot the correct amount of cones.

The year 1 children have worked hard on new skills. They have compared numbers, practised their place value knowledge and learned strategies to help them add and subtract umbers. This term,  we learned how to use a tens frame to help us with our number bonds and we have recently started partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Wow! Mrs Askew is so impressed with the children's work.

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Our Farm Trip

Royal Mail...

Hooray! We finally received a reply from Her Majesty's Lady in Waiting. Having written to the Queen in the Autumn Term, we opened a very special letter...

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Spring Term 2018

Class 1 started the Spring term learning abut different types of animals. The topic 'Paws, Claws, Hooves & Whiskers' helped the children to learn a great deal of facts about pets, farm animals and safari/wild animals. An exciting part of our topic included a visit to 'Big Sheep, Little Cow'. The children had an amazing time handling ferrets, rats & lambs, brushing pigs and ponies, and stroking a baby llama! We have compared similarities and differences between many animals and the year 1 children created some wonderful fact file and reports. 

In our art lessons, we learned about Lowry, Bruegel and Van Gogh. We had great fun drawing tiny people in the style of Lowry and Bruegel and we made patterns and marks as seen in Van Gogh's starry night.

The second half of the term, we listened to a variety of stories set in a woodland setting as part of our Enchanted Woodland theme. We acted out the Gruffalo for our grown ups and grew an enchanted forest using cress seeds!

Marvellous Maths!

We are amazing mathematicians in Class 1. The EYFS children have been working on their counting skills up to 10 and beyond. They have matched numerals to pictures, ordered numbers and played games outside to spot the correct amount of cones.

The year 1 children have worked hard on new skills. They have compared numbers, practised their place value knowledge and learned strategies to help them add and subtract umbers. This term,  we learned how to use a tens frame to help us with our number bonds and we have recently started partitioning numbers into tens and ones. Wow! Mrs Askew is so impressed with the children's work.

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Our Farm Trip

Royal Mail...

Hooray! We finally received a reply from Her Majesty's Lady in Waiting. Having written to the Queen in the Autumn Term, we opened a very special letter...

queen letter

Autumn 2017

The new EYFS children have settled beautifully this term. Class 1 are working hard and learning through the play provision. We have a new mud kitchen and we have been spending lots of time outside!

This term, we have been learning about homes, families and our school. We have looked at traditional stories, such as The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen and we have been building homes for people and animals. We learned about animals that hibernate and Guinevere the hedgehog came to visit us.

After half term, we have learned about Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. We wrote letters to the Queen and posted them to Buckingham Palace. We are hoping that she will reply!

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Summer 2017

This term, we have studied minibeasts in detail. We went on a minibeast hunt around the grounds of school and made a home for some snails. The children  mashed up lettuce and made lettuce soup for the snails. Once we had painted the soup on the sides of the tank, we watched the snails eating it through the glass...we saw the snail's teeth! We looked after some tadpoles and watched them turn into froglets. After they did this, we had to let them go as they became carnivorous. Later in the term, we learned about famous pirates and Christopher Columbus. We made our own maps, pirate ship and flags.

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Spring 2017

The children have enjoyed our topic on Transport a great deal. We went to visit the National Railway Museum and learned about the Stephenson's Rocket. We had great fun visiting the Menwith Hill Fire Station and discovered new things about emergency vehicles...we were allowed to use the fireman's hose too! PC Powell came to visit us and showed us his police car. We asked him lots of questions about his vehicle and we were allowed to sit inside the police car and turn on the sirens!

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Autumn 2016

The children have settled well in to Class 1. The EYFS children have been learning through play, both indoor and outdoor, and have made an excellent start to learning their letters and sounds and made new friends. This term, we have focused on a variety of story books to engage the children in their writing...we have pretended to be giants from Jack and the Beanstalk, trolls from The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Goldilocks from The Three Bears to name a few. Read our newsletters below to find out more.

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