Miss Csiba and Ms Springer
Hello there and a very warm welcome to our class page! We have had a very hardworking start to the new academic year and we are ready for the exciting learning journey ahead of us!
Miss Csiba and Ms Springer teach us during the week. Miss Hornsey works with us every day and is enjoying challenging us and enhancing our learning in English and mathematics. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Webb working with us in the mornings and Mrs Cooper in the afternoons.
Reading in Year 1 and Year 2
We have a special book bag and a brand new reading record that we must ensure we have with us every day. We are able to change our school reading books as soon as we have finished them and there is a parent's signature in our reading record. As our reading progresses, the length of our books tend to grow and changing regularly isn't always possible. It is important, however, that we read as much as possible and as Year 1 and 2 children, the minimum our teachers would like us to spend time reading at home is three times a week.
Woodhall Spa Library
Every term, we have the opportunity to visit our local library. We invite parents and family members to come with us, not only to help deliver us safely, but also to spend time with us discussing our favourite types of books and exploring different genres.
It is important that we have our named PE kit, hanging on our pegs, at the beginning of every week.
We are encouraged to bring our named water bottles, washed and refilled, every day...water bottles are never far away from the adults who work with us - as well as many other benefits from drinking fresh water, they know that staying alert and keeping their brains fuelled are essential for learning.
We all have many special things - thoughts, memories and things that have been given to us or we have bought ourselves that we would like to share with one another. Giving time to really listen to each other is something that is important to our confidence and our sense of belonging. Each week, one of us is chosen to take home 'The Special Box'. We can choose up to five things to share with the rest of the class - this is a lovely activity and we look forward to learning so much more this year.
Term 6 - Walking On Sunshine
We chose this theme because there have been many questions from the children this year about life, growth of self and important matters involving the environment. We felt, therefore, that this would give us the opportunity to discuss, research and learn about these areas of interest in more detail. The symbol of the sun appears in many cultures and religions...power, strength, health, growth and the cycle of life are some of its representations - we are looking forward to exploring these, and discovering more, through all subjects across the curriculum.
We're hoping too that this theme encourages the British weather to allow us to have a formidable sunny term!
Term 5 - All Aboard!
Click-e-ty clack...click-e-ty clack...hear that train coming down the track
Click-e-ty clack...click-e-ty clack...if you're ready it will take you back
Roberta, Peter and Phyllis love to visit the railway...they even name some of the trains - Green Dragon, Worm of Wantley and Fearsome Fly-by-Night. One day, while out exploring, there is a landslide and some of the railway track is blocked. The children are aware of the dangers but know they must act quickly if they are to stop an accident from happening...
The Railway Children is a heart-warming story. We are looking forward to using it as our main theme this term to inspire our work across the curriculum.
Term 4 - Academie d'Art de Woodhall Spa
'Monet made the vague, the uncertain, the trembling triumphant. We have a tendency to give edges and tidiness to reality when, it could be felt, reality says: “I am not that tidy, and I don’t have those glaring edges.”'(Eli Siegel)
When a group of artists develop a new style of art, it is known as a movement. Impressionism is an art movement that began in France in the mid-19th century. Impressionists, like Claude Monet, wanted to paint aspects of the modern world. To capture fleeting moments in their paintings, they used dabs of paint instead of fine brushstrokes. Light was very important to these artists - in many impressionist paintings, the atmosphere created by the light itself was more significant than what the painting was actually showing.
Term 3 - Ancient Egypt
Another chance to step back in time to explore...Egypt - 4500 years. What do you think you would discover there?
Why were pyramids built?
What was placed inside them?
Who was Tutankhamun?
Why did hieroglyphs develop?
Were all bodies mummified?
We can't wait for our learning adventure! I wonder if there any discoveries still to be made....
Term 2 - Asia
Up, up and away!...
...Where will our journey take us? You'll be able to dive with the blue whales, watch spinner dolphins and amble with wild elephants. You can soak in the tranquil atmosphere in the Dambulla Budda caves or trek to the top of Ella Rock to marvel at the breathtaking views. Thirsty? Why not try some Ceylon tea whilst relaxing on one of the golden sandy beaches. Sri Lanka is truly spectacular. Let's explore this beautiful country together.
Term 1 - Rock and Roll
The Stone Age is the first period in human history, spanning over two million years...
*How did people live and survive in the Stone Age?
*What did people eat?
*Which animals lived in the Stone Age?
*What can we learn from the tools people made?
*Where can you still see cave paintings today?
There are so many questions to explore - which we will be doing through our themed work. We are particularly looking forward to listening to and learning from one of our parents who is a real life archaeologist!
This term is going to be fantastic!