22nd October – Art Week

We have made it! I can not believe that we have reached the end of our first half term in Year 1. It has been really lovely getting to speak to most of you at the Parent Consultations this week. It was such a shame that you were not able to come into school and for us to speak in person. I would like to thank all the parents who attend the Tuesday consultations for bearing with me due to the unfortunate Wi-Fi connection. I do hope you found the evenings informative and I look forward to seeing the progress the children make with their new targets. I did refer to a list of 100 High Frequency Words in some meetings. I have put these on the Year 1 area of the website. They are 100 common words that the children would benefit from learning. While I am on the COVID subject, I would like to extend my best wishes to all our families and staff who have been affected and wish them well and a speedy recovery.

Today, we were able to do a ‘Zoom Performance’ of our Harvest song ‘Five A Day’. We were also able to choose another song to perform. We chose ‘In My Trolley’ as our favourite one that we have learned in our singing assembly practises this half term. We really hope you enjoyed the performance as much as the children did and although you weren’t able to attend in person, the children really did you all proud. They sang their hearts out. Well done, Year 1.

This week has been art week. Our project has been Mark Making with the end goal of replicating a piece of work by Paul Klee. We started the week off by looking at a book called ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds (I have added it into my blog this week). It focuses on a little girl who sits and stares at a blank piece of paper because she ‘can’t draw’ or so she thinks. The book encourages children to just put pen to paper and to see where it takes them. This really inspired Year 1 and as a result they produced some excellent work. They spent the week experimenting with drawing and painting different lines with different mediums such as water colour, pencils, crayons, chalk and charcoal and also looked at texture by completing leaf rubbings. The children completed their projects with confidence and created some amazing pictures.

If you have not done so already, please provide your child with plimsols for our indoor PE lessons. We would like to keep these in school and will change into them ready for our lesson in the afternoon. Please send your child into school wearing trainers. Also, a gentle reminder that children should be wearing hair accessories in school colours – blue, white and black are suitable.

I hope you all have a restful half term, it has certainly been a busy one for us. It is really important that the children recharge their batteries and have some fun and come back fresh for another busy half term in the lead up to Christmas where we will be changing our curriculum project to History and finishing up with a DT project.

Have a great half term!