14th January

We have had another busy week. You may have noticed another adult in the classroom over the past week. Miss O’Donovan is on her second placement as part of her PGCE qualification and will be spending her time with us in Year 1. Miss O’Donovan has enjoyed getting to know your children over the past week and is very excited to continue her training with us until June.

In Literacy we have been continuing with our whole school book of ‘The Lost Spells’. One of our favourite activities this week was listening to a story called ‘The Selkie Girl’ which is based on a myth of seals leaving the sea and taking a human form as they come onto the shore and leave their seal skin behind. We thought about how the boy Fergus felt at times during the story and how Shona (the Selkie) felt. Year 1 were introduced to a word wheel thesaurus to encourage them to use more ambitious vocabulary such as gutted, gloomy or cheerless for the word sad. Below is the link to the story if you would like to re-watch and share the story together with your child.

In Maths we have completed our unit of work on 2D and 3D shape and will be moving onto Numbers to 20. I would encourage you to identify 2D and 3D shapes around the house particularly focussing on cubes, cuboids, spheres, cones and cylinders as well as triangles, circles, squares and rectangles.

We are now studying materials in Science. This week we looked at different types of materials such as rock, plastic, wood, water, metal and glass and thought about some of the objects that are made out of these materials. The children went on a hunt around the classroom drawing or writing the names of objects they found.

The children have now completed their phonics assessment for our new phonics scheme called Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). We are looking forward to starting the scheme on Monday and excited to be bringing home new decodable books and a library book. We would like to thank everybody who has purchased one of our new school books which we are very much looking forward to reading.

Have a lovely weekend.