Year 1- Orange Class Mrs Davallou

Welcome to Orange Class – Mrs Davallou

Summer  Term  2017

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Over the next term those of us in Green, Orange and Purple Classes will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Holidays’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2.Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, History, Art, ICT, Society and International.

  • In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the places people go to on holiday

  • How they get to their holiday destination

  • Some of the things people do on holiday

  • What people wear on holiday

  • How tourism can spoil holiday places

 

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the holidays that we have had in our own past

  • About the holidays that our families and other people have had in the past

  • What is the same and different about holidays in the past and today

  • About some of the wonders of the word

     

    In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to create a sand art sculpture

  • About some of the pictures that are used to record holidays

  • How we can record our holidays

  • About the designs of some holiday souvenirs

 

In ICT, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to use mapping software

 

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to stay safe on holiday

  • What a pilgrimage is

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • What is the same and what is different between the lives and home countries of the different

  • children in our class

  • How to say ‘hello’ in another language

  • About future holidays in space

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals.

Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.

We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work.

If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm.

If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.

 Yours faithfully

 The Year One Teaching Team,

Miss Carpenter, Mrs Davallou, Miss Housley-Stott

Spring Term 2 2017

What a busy week we’ve had in Orange class! In English, our work has been focussing around a Julia Donaldson story, The Gruffalo. We have looked at the characters in the story, including the mouse and the Gruffalo. We then began thinking about writing our own version of the story, changing the Gruffalo character to one of our own. We used adjectives to describe our own character and have then planned our story, which includes our new character. Next week, we will be using our plan to begin to write our own version of the story.

In Maths we have been looking at and using fractions (1/2’s and 1/4’s) in real life problems. Some of the children ‘made’ pizzas, putting half the toppings on their pizzas. The children have also decorated biscuits with different fractions of toppings, including half of 8 chocolate drops and a quarter of 12 sprinkles.

Our IPC topic this half term is Green fingers, so we have been talking about plants and their different parts. We have been carefully watching our cress as it grows, to see what it grows on the best; soil, tissue, cotton wool or nothing. We have also been looking closely at daffodils and doing some observational drawing and using water colours to paint them.

This week we have also been celebrating World Book Day. On Tuesday, we visited other classrooms, where we were read a story and took part in a Science activity relating to that story. We learnt about bones thanks to Funny Bones, about the life cycle of a butterfly thanks to Tadpole’s Promise and about how bridges work thanks to The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We all had a fantastic day. On Thursday we were able to come to school dressed as our favourite book character, these included Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and The little White rabbit. To finish the week off, on Friday afternoon, we joined the rest of the school in watching a  performance of The Gruffalo, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Over the next half term those of us in Year One will be following a unit of work on the theme that focuses on ‘Plants’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum and the areas we will be focusing on are Science, Technology, Geography and International.

In Science we will be finding out:

  • About plants that grow in our local area

  • About the different parts of a plant

  • What plants need in order to grow

  • How to care for a plant

In Technology we will be finding out:

  • How to make a watering device

In Geography we will be finding out:

  • About plants that grow in other countries

In International we will be finding out:

  • How people in different countries use plants

  • If eating more plants could make a difference to the world

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learnt through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work, if you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

Talk with your child about any plants you have at home and in your local parks and gardents. Point out the huge variety and beauty of plants around you. Discuss how plants can grow from tiny seeds into huge trees.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have a chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom and we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Miss Carpenter, Miss Housley-Stott, Mrs Davallou

Spring Term 1 2017

This week has been another busy one in Orange class. In Maths, we have been looking at how we measure time, what we can do in a minute and also measuring how long it takes us to do things. Some of the children have made their own paper plate clock, which has then been used to begin to tell the time, focussing on o’clock and half past times. The children have also explained how they worked it out.

In English, we have continued to look at Fantasy stories, focussing on Winnie in Space. Having read the story, we talked about the problems that she has had and how she solved them. We then found out that she had broken her wand, so we talked about how she would get to the moon without using her wand. We then begun to write our own version of the story.

Our IPC topic for this half term is Time Travellers, so we have talked about and begun to make a class time line of important events, including when the school opened and when Orange class children were born. This week we have been focussing on Space, talking about Tim Peake’s space expedition last year and comparing it to the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, marking both of these events on our class time line. We also thought about what both astronauts might have taken into space with them. Mrs Daniels got particularly excited and packed her own bag for a trip to Space! The children were asked to talk about what she had packed and explain to her why they were or weren’t good choices.

Our class reading dog, Storm, has continued to go home with various children from Orange class. It is so lovely to read about the stories that the children have been sharing with Storm, thank you.

 

Please click on the link below for our IPC this half term.

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Autumn Term 2 2016

It has a been a busy week in Orange class. In English, we have begun to look at instructions. We have learnt about imperative verbs (bossy verbs) and we have written instructions to make a jam sandwich. Then came the exciting bit, following our own instructions to make (and eat) our jam sandwich! This helped us evaluate our instructions and then improve them.

 In Maths, we have have been investigating capacity. We looked at a variety of different containers, estimating and measuring capacity using a variety of non-standard units of measure, including cubes and cups of sand. We also looked at how to use standard units of measure and began reading scales on measuring jugs.

 As part of our topic on ‘Senses’, we have been looking at different materials in relation to winter coats. We talked about what is important about winter coats and what materials would be suitable.

 We have also been working hard to learn our songs for our Christmas production and have this week, rehearsed the full play. If your child has any lines, please continue to help them practise reading them, so that the children know where they need to speak & can speak in a clear, confident and loud voice.

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In Maths this week, Orange class have been focussing on fractions, in particular identifying half. The children started by halving a variety of 2D shapes and then extended into halving a number of objects.

 In English, we have been reading the story of Hansel and Gretal. We have also been focussing on how the meanings of words change with just a small alteration, e.g. plurals and suffixes.

 As part of our IPC topic about ‘Senses’, the children have been taking on the role of scientists and investigating the reflective properties of different materials. They worked with talk partners, using a torch and a variety of different materials, to devise an experiment and test how reflective the different materials are.

Our Reading Dog (toy), Storm, continues to go home with a chosen child each day. They are encouraged to read a story to Storm and write about it in Storm’s diary.

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Dear Parents,

Over the next 7 weeks those of us in Year One will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘The senses’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn and the learning goals which we would like them to achieve.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. During this unit we will be focusing on Art, Music, Science, Technology and International.

In Art, we’ll be finding out about different artists and how their work appeals to our senses. How colour, pattern and shape can be used to appeal to the senses and how we can create our own art to show what we have learnt about the senses

In Music, we’ll be finding out how we can create and remember a sequence of sounds. How composers have used music to represent characters and places and how we can create our own music to represent a character and a place.

In Science, we’ll be finding out about our senses and how we use them. Finding out what happens when we are deprived of our senses. How sound travels and how our senses of taste and smell are connected and about the sensory qualities of different materials.

In Technology, we’ll be finding out how to make a fruit salad by exploring taste, colour and texture.

In International, we’ll be finding out how we experience and remember places through our sense of smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learnt through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and if you can, let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them but without actually doing the work for them. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.

Yours Sincerely

Miss M. Carpenter, Mrs J. Davallou, Miss G. Housley-Stott

 Autumn Term 1 2016

Dear Parents,

Over the next six weeks those of us in Year 1 will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘the things that people do’.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

  1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum which is taught in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

  1. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners

  1. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

During this unit we will be focusing on Society, Art, Geography, History, Music, Technology and International. This will include learning about the jobs that people in our school do, about people in our community that help us such as doctors and nurses and what their place of work is like, creating portraits of ourselves to show the things we do, what jobs people in the past did and what special equipment some people need to do their job.

All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.

Yours Sincerely

Miss M. Carpenter, Mrs J. Davallou, Miss G. Housley-Stott

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