Welcome to Year 1
Our teachers are Mrs Jennings (Mon - Wed a.m.) and Mrs Kelsall (Wed p.m. - Fri)
We are helped by Miss Cooper, Mrs Butler and Mrs Barlow.
Welcome to Year 1
The children have settled in beautifully and have been spending the last couple of weeks exploring the classroom and getting used to being back with all their friends. They have adapted brilliantly to the extra routines that are now in place and come in to school with a lovely big smile. Well done everyone.
Just a few pieces of information/reminders for you.
-Please can the children have their own named water bottles in school everyday. We no longer have access to a shared water fountain so it is important that they bring a fresh drink of water with them each morning. It is also important that they do bring just water and no juice. Unfortunately we do sometimes have spillages in the tray and in the past we have had problems with ants seeking the sticky juice!! We have also resumed our fruit delivery and so the children are given a piece of fruit during morning break. They no longer need to bring in any snacks.
-PE takes place on FRIDAY afternoons. We will be doing this outside as the hall is out of use. Please can the children come ready and dressed for PE every Friday, regardless of the weather. They need to wear black shorts, a white t-shirt, their school jumper/cardigan and trainers. They can also wear black/navy tracksuit/jogging bottoms in the cooler weather.
-Please could you also ensure that their school jumpers are named. It can get quite warm in the classroom and we regularly have jumpers dotted around the room! It is so much easier to give them back if they are named. Please check them regularly as their names can fade quite quickly.
-We are hearing the children read as often as we can in school and changing the books regularly. The children can bring them in to change on any day of the week but please bear with us if you don't get a new book straightaway. The books are being quarantined for 72 hours when they come back so we have less available than normal. Please continue to listen to your child read most days and also read to them and enjoy stories together.
-We appreciate how difficult it is to be able to speak to us face to face at the moment. Please remember you can jot down a quick message for us and pass it to the member of staff on gate duty in the morning or phone/email us. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Thank you so much for your continued support. Please don't hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to an exciting, if slightly different than normal, year with our lovely class.
Mrs Jennings and Mrs Kelsall
You have been so busy designing, growing and building your Easter gardens at home. We have loved seeing your creative interpretations and you have remembered to include the important symbols of the Easter story and signs of new life. Don't forget on Easter Sunday to roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb, just like it did on the very first Easter Sunday. Well done everyone.
Signs of Spring
So many of you have found lots of signs of spring. I love seeing all the new life coming through in our wonderful world. What can you spot in these fabulous photographs and work that you have been sending in?
Today, as part of World Week, we had a go at African Djembe drumming.
Today we made fruit kebabs. We used safe chopping techniques called the bridge hold and the claw grip to make sure that we were able to cut our fruit safely. I think you'll agree that they look delicious!
Year 1 have had a fantastic time at Judges Lodgings this afternoon!
It has been such a lot of fun dressing up in our Victiorian outfits and learning all about the ways that Victorians celebrated Christmas.
The afternoon began with a visit to the house cook, who taught us how to make Christmas pudding. We learnt all about the little trinkets that went into the pudding, and found out what each of them meant. We then stirred the pot three times and made a Christmas wish!
Next, we visited a Victorian classroom, where we sat at old wooden desks and copied work from a chalk board. We then made cornucopias, which the Christmas helpers later filled with sweets!
Finally, there was a very special surprise - it was Father Christmas! He sat us all down and talked to us about Christmas' he had remembered from long ago and showed us the inside of a Victorian child's stocking. The simple stocking looked just like a big long sock but inside it contained some small gifts. Father Christmas explained that each of the gifts represented a wish. There was a piece of coal, to represent the gift of warmth, an apple, to signify good health, an orange, as little something special, and a penny, offered as a wish of wealth for the year. He then asked what we would like for Christmas and made sure that everything we asked for was added to his list.
The afternoon ended with carols around the tree, as we were joined by Father Christmas and all of the people that had made our day so special.