Class Teacher:

Miss Hunt and Mrs Prior

 

Staff in Our Class:

 

Mrs Smith ( HLTA)

Our Class Governor:

How can you support at home?

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

This website has a selection of phonics games to support children at different levels of phonic ability. The games can be found under the different phases of phonics. Playing these types of games helps to develop children’s reading.

 

http://snappymaths.com/

This website has both worksheets and games which children can assess to support all the different maths skills. The website is broken down into sections as taught in school.

 Homework Days:

  • Weekly Handwriting – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on the following Wednesday.
  • Weekly Spellings – handed out on a Monday (glued into planners), to be tested on the following Monday.
  • Fortnightly Homework Project activity (glued into the homework project book) – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on a Wednesday (2 weeks later).
  • Reading - all children take their reading book home daily to support and develop reading skills.

Times tables- children will have a weekly timetables test looking at 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

 

 

PE:

Monday and Tuesday

Pandas 

 

 

 

Our Class Animal:

Each class, has been given a different animal (from a dragonfly all the way to a panther) to represent their class. You're probably wondering why? As a school, we wanted to be able to identify each class by a different animal, increasing in size through the different year groups. 

Did you know?

1. All pandas in the world are on loan from China.

2.The life span of a Panda is roughly 20 years.

 Do you know any more facts about pandas? Maybe you could write them down and give them to your class teacher?

All About Me:

Panda class is a very lucky class, as it has two teachers. Miss Hunt works all day Monday and Tuesday, while Mrs Prior works all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

My name is Mrs Prior and I am married with a daughter and a son. I always wanted to be a teacher from an early age. When I was at primary school, I was inspired by one of my class teachers.  From then on, I always wanted to work with children, to help educate them and give them a foundation on which they can build their education. I also want to help to inspire, motivate and encourage the children with each activity that they do, no matter how big or how small it may be.

I believe that every child is talented at something and with the correct level of teaching and nurturing, they will go on and achieve their ambition. I started working as a teacher at the school in 1997, when it was known as Smawthorne Infants School. I started working there as one of the Foundation class teachers. After working in Foundation, I then moved to Year 1, where I taught for 10 years. When Smawthorne Infants amalgamated with Henry Moore Junior School to become Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School, I went back to being a Foundation teacher. After a couple of years in Foundation, I moved to Year 3, where I taught for 2 years. I have also taught in Year 2, Year 4, Year 5 and

Year 6.

In September 2016, I started teaching in Year 1 again, which I am really enjoying. So, I have worked at Smawthorne for a total of 20 years. As well as being a class teacher, I am also the Science co-ordinator, which means I am responsible for the Science curriculum in our school.

 

Miss Hunt

My name is Miss Hunt and I teach in Panda class on a Monday and a Tuesday. I have been at Smawthorne for six years now!  I taught in Year 1 for four years and in the Early Years for two years.  I always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl.  I want to help younger children to achieve their full potential no matter what it may be.  I love how all children learn differently and I want to be someone that inspires, motivates and encourages children to be the best that they can be, every day.  I am a very lucky teacher who has more than one job role in school.  I am a teacher two days a week and on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, I am the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Inclusion Leader as well as the Looked After Children designated teacher.  I love each role and the diversity it brings every day.

Spring 2018: 

Miss Hunt

I am looking forward to learning all about our topic, “Under the Sea” with the children.

I am interested in learning about the oceans and the creatures that live there.

I am also looking forward to developing the children’s knowledge and understanding in other areas of the curriculum.

 

Mrs Prior

I am looking forward to learning all about different animals and where they live, in our Science topic, “Animals.”

I am also looking forward to doing lots of art work with the children as well as reading lots of stories based on our topic, “Under the Sea.”

I am also excited to watch the children grow and develop, not only in ability, but in personality too.

  

Information about Our Homework:

Text Box: Create an under the sea scene using a shoe box and any art materials and junk materials that you have got.             
 


 
Text Box: Create an under the sea scene using a shoe box and any art materials and junk materials that you have got.             
 


 
                                                                         

Throughout the first half of the Spring Term our homework consists of :-

·         Weekly Handwriting – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on the following Wednesday.

·         Weekly Spellings – handed out on a Monday (glued into planners), to be tested on the following Monday.

·         Weekly Maths homework – to be handed out on a Friday, to be handed back in on the following Wednesday

 

 

Handwriting

Our weekly handwriting is based upon a different letter of the alphabet and words that have that specific letter in it. We are focusing on teaching the children the correct letter formation, size and orientation as well as writing the letter on the line.

 

Spellings

We have split the children into 2 spelling groups and each group will be given a list of spellings to learn, based on their recent test scores. Your child should know which group they are in and will be able to tell you what their spellings are for the week.

 

For a full list of spellings see the school website.

 

Maths Homework

The maths homework is given out every Friday. Each week there will be a different focus. The homework is to help consolidate what has been taught in maths throughout that week.

 

 

If you have got any questions or queries about any of the homework that is given out, please don’t hesitate to come in and speak to Miss Hunt, Mrs Prior, Mrs Perkins or Mrs Smith about it.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Spring 2018 Term Events:

School Spelling Bee begins!

English Focus:

During Spring 1, we will be looking at a variety of different genres, starting with “Rainbow Fish” in week 1 and week 2. The work that we will be doing, based on “Rainbow Fish” will be creating speech bubbles for the different characters. We will also be creating a new rainbow animal story, retelling the story and character descriptions. We then move on to read different sea creature poems and create our own, in week 3. In week 4, we go on our visit to The Deep, so our English is based on writing a recount of what we did there and lots of information writing and creating fact files. In week 5, we look at the fiction book, “Winnie Under The Sea,” where we will create character descriptions and lots of creative writing activities. Finally, in week 6, we will be reading the book “Tiddler.” The work that we will be doing is drama based, which then leads into creative writing, where the children create their own story based on “Tiddler.”

 

Maths Focus:

Throughout the first half of the Spring Term , we will be :

  • counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and counting in multiples of twos, fives, tens.
  • reading and writing numbers 1-20 in numerals and words
  • solving number problems with number and place value from the Year 1 curriculum

 

  • identifying and representing numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of, equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
  • adding and subtracting one digit and two digit numbers to 20 including zero
  • solving one step problems that involve addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems
  •              (7 = o – 9)

 

Spring 2018 Term Educational Visits:

“The Deep”

As part of our topic “Under The Sea,” all Year 1 children will be going on a visit to The Deep.

 

The visit is planned for Thursday 25th January 2018.

The Deep is one of the most amazing aquariums that can be found in the world.

The Deep is in Hull, East Yorkshire. It is an award-winning attraction that is home to over 3,500 fish, some of which include sharks and sting rays.

 

During our trip to The Deep, we will look at exciting exhibits that include breath-taking coral reefs, interesting sea creatures and some of the biggest sharks in captivity in England.

While we are at The Deep, we will be taking part in organised workshop activities which will further enhance our learning.

   

“The Deep”

As part of our topic “Under The Sea,” all Year 1 children will be going on a visit to The Deep.

 

The visit is planned for Thursday 25th January 2018.

 

 

The Deep is one of the most amazing aquariums that can be found in the world.

The Deep is in Hull, East Yorkshire. It is an award-winning attraction that is home to over 3,500 fish, some of which include sharks and sting rays.

 

During our trip to The Deep, we will look at exciting exhibits that include breath-taking coral reefs, interesting sea creatures and some of the biggest sharks in captivity in England.

While we are at The Deep, we will be taking part in organised workshop activities which will further enhance our learning.

   

 

 

   Mrs Prior and Miss Hunt have both been to The Deep on several occasions.

They both enjoy walking through the glass tunnel while the fish, sea creatures and sharks swim above.

 

Mrs Prior also enjoys finding out about the jellyfish. She enjoys watching the adult and baby jellyfish swim about in the glass tanks.

 

 

Miss Hunt also enjoys going in the glass lift through the different pools, as well as looking at the clown fish and the big sting rays.

        

 

 

 

Science Focus:

During this topic we will be identifying and name a variety of common animals including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

We will also be describing and comparing a variety of common animals.

As we are in Spring, we will also discuss how the length of the day changes, as well as plant growth, new buds and new life.

Topic Focus:

Under the sea is a very varied and exciting topic. It is one of our favourite topics.

We are both looking forward to learning about the mystery that the sea holds and with the children, as it is always exciting and eye opening.

 

We will be looking at naming and learning all about the five oceans and using maps and atlases to locate them, as well as learning about the different creatures that live under the sea.

 

The children will be leaning new facts and information about sea creatures. We will be creating fact files about different sea creatures as well as writing descriptions and designing fish using a variety of media.

 

This topic will support children’s wider knowledge of the world as well as what lives in the worlds ocean.

 

To support children to fully understand this topic, parents can continue to look at sea creatures both in books and on the internet and ask children to verbally discuss what they have learnt to ensure their understanding.

 

Parents can complete extra learning with their children by doing their own research in books and on the internet about creatures that live in the sea.

 

My Challenge:

Mrs Prior and Miss Hunt’s Challenge

 

Can you write down the name of something that lives in the sea, for every letter of the alphabet?

 

 

How is Progress Measured in Year One?

 Across school we use a consistent approach to assessment, using a range of methods. During lessons teachers will use AFL (Assessment for learning) strategies to assess the children's knowledge and understanding. This will then allow the teacher to judge where the class and each child's next step will be. Throughout the school year, we  carry out assessment weeks where children complete a Maths, Science and SPaG assessment, followed by a piece of assessed writing. The teacher will then assess the children taking into account the assessment papers and what the child is like in class.  

 

National Curriculum Objectives: 

 

 

 

What do the children in our class have to say?

 

 

What have we been up to in our class?