Spring Term in Fir Class
Welcome to Fir Class page and the start of a new year, let’s hope 2021 is a better year for us all. This term our theme is Expedition Ice and the books we are reading are Leaf and The Way Home for Wolf, using these we will discover how it feels to experience winter for humans and animals. We look at the different habitats animals call home and how they adapt to their conditions. This inspires our artwork this term as we look carefully at the patterns and textures on a variety of creatures. On our expedition we think about how the weather affects different landscapes, create characters inspired by Leaf and write reports about an important explorer from the past.
In Religious Education we will be learning about a new faith. We will find out how Allah is described in the Qur’an and what Muslims learn about Allah and their faith through the Qur’an.
In our English we will build on our learning from last term and ensure that we are saying out loud what we are going to write, then using capital letters and full stops correctly in a sentence, writing all the words that we have chosen in our sentence and ensuring that our letters are formed correctly. Our writing will be linked to our topic and the books we are reading. We will continue our daily phonic sessions which helps us with our key skills.
In maths we will continue to consolidate our learning about place value and number skills and continue developing strategies for addition and subtraction in calculations.
In Science we will continue to learn about the seasons, focusing on winter, we will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world. Our focus this term is animals including humans and this will include learning about identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
In Geography we will be learning about location knowledge, focusing on the North and South Poles, where they are on the globe and about life in these areas. In History we will learn about the adventures of Ernest Shackleton and his expedition.
In art we will focus on spots and stripes abstract painting inspired by the book Lifesize. We will create a large scale painting inspired by animal print and develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern and texture. In PE we will master basic movements and participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
Please continue to support your children completing homework and reading. Please remember to return reading books and library books by Friday so that they can be changed. Please do not hesitate to come and talk to me if you have any queries.
We have started to introduce Knowledge Organisers over the past year. These documents provide children and parents/carers with factual information about the main book they are reading this term. Please feel free to print off the knowledge organiser and share it with your child. The aim is that they provide another opportunity to talk about learning at home.
The Extraordinary Lives document supports our curriculum. It shares some of the key figures from history to the present day who we will spend some time thinking about during the year. Some of these figures link directly to some of the books we read and we will look at in detail. Others, we may mention briefly in Worship or during PSHE.
Hello everyone and welcome to Fir class. I hope you have had a lovely time over the summer making memories and I am sure you are now ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Year one. I am sure as we start the new year some of you may be wondering what the year will bring, as well as how your child will do, please don’t worry this is perfectly normal and please come and chat to me to discuss any worries.
I am looking forward to getting to know you all and working together with you and I am sure that we will have a very exciting and productive year, even if it is a little bit different. I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and learning that Year One has to offer. We have lots of exciting topics and learning planned and I can’t wait to tell the children all about it.
If at any time you have any concerns or wish to discuss anything with me then please do get in touch with me.
Can’t wait to see you all on Monday for the start of our exciting journey together