Miss Hunt and Mrs Prior
Staff in Our Class:
Mrs Smith ( HLTA)
Our Class Governor:
How can you support at home?
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.
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.
- 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.
Monday and Tuesday
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
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.
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.
I am looking forward to learning all about our topic, “Good To Be Me”, with the children.
I am interested in learning about our children’s likes and dislikes.
I am also looking forward to developing the children’s knowledge and understanding in other areas of the curriculum.
I am looking forward to learning all about our bodies and our senses in our Science topic, “Our Bodies.”
I am also looking forward to doing lots of art work with the children in the style of the artist Picasso.
I am also excited to watch the children grow and develop, not only in ability, but in personality too.
Information about Our Homework:
Throughout the second half of the Autumn 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 a Wednesday.
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.
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.
The children are tested every Monday on their spellings. During the Autumn Term, the children will be tested on the Year 1 Common Exception Words. This may change depending on the children’s scores.
The children will be tested on 5 spellings each week. This may change depending their scores each week.
For a full list of spellings see the school website.
Homework Project Activity
During the first half of the Autumn Term, our topic is based around “All About Me". To help develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and research skills even further, we have devised a range of homework project activities to do this
The aim of the homework project is for your son or daughter to choose a homework activity to do with you.
There are a range of activities from the different subjects in the curriculum, some are creative activities:
- Create a collage self-portrait using any art materials and junk materials that you have got.
Some activities are maths based:
- Draw around your hand and measure how long it is using centimetres. Write the measurement on your hand outline. Can you find 3 things that are longer/taller than your hand and 3 things that are smaller/shorter than your hand, draw them and write down their measurements?
Some activities are English based:
- Use your SPAG skills to write about yourself and your family. Remember to check your spellings, start with a capital letter and finish with a full stop.
Some activities are geography based:
- Draw a picture of a place that you have visited and write a short paragraph about where it is and what you liked about it.
Some activities are research based:
- Create a“ Good To Be Me” picture - cutting and pasting images that show the things that you like and don’t like on a computer from the internet.
In Science this half term we will be learning all about our bodies and our senses, so the homework project activity is to –
- Use your scientific knowledge to make a list of our senses. How many senses do our bodies have? Write down which parts of our bodies have which sense and what it does.
We hope that you will enjoy doing the different homework project activities.
Autumn 2017 Term Events:
The first week in the Autumn term is film week.
During Autumn 1, we will be looking at a variety of different genres, starting with “The Large Family” in week 2. The work that we will be doing, based on “The Large Family,” will be creating character descriptions. We then move on to read “The Tiger Who Came To Tea” and create lists, labels and party invitations in week 3. In week 4 and week 5, we will read “Dogger”, where we will be thinking about how the different characters felt in the story and creating lost posters. In week 6 and Week 7, we look at the fiction book, “Elmer,” where we will create descriptive writing about the characters, the setting, the use of adjectives and retelling the story.
Throughout the first half of the Autumn Term, we will be looking at:
- one more and one less than a given number up to 20;
- number formation;
- basic addition and subtraction;
- ordering numbers to 20;
- counting on and back to 20;
- number bonds to 10.
Autumn 2017 Term Educational Visits:
During Autumn 1 we don’t have an educational visit.
During this topic, we will be identifying and naming the basic parts of our bodies. We will be drawing and labelling the different parts of the body.
We will also be naming and labelling our 5 senses through kinaesthetic learning.
"All About Me" is a very varied and exciting topic. It is one of our favourite topics.
We are both looking forward to learning about why it is good to be who we are.
We will be looking at the artist Picasso and creating self-portraits in his style.
The children will be learning about what makes people different and how everyone is special and important.
This topic will support children’s knowledge and understanding of the sequence of life and how things have changed over time from when their parents and grandparents were young.
To support children to fully understand this topic, parents can continue to look at our bodies and ourselves 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 ourselves.
True or False – babies are born with 300 bones but adults end up with 206 bones. Find out the explanation for this.
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?