Diamond class is taught by Miss Darby the class teacher and Mrs Burton the teaching assistant. We have a mix of Reception and Year 1 children.
Welcome back to the summer term! I hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter break.
This half term our chosen topic is Minibeasts. The children have expressed an interest in learning about snails (‘How do snails makes slime?’ ‘How do snails eat?’), bees (‘What do bees eat?’ ‘Why do they like flowers?’) and butterflies (‘How do butterflies fly?’ ‘Where do butterflies come from?’). It promises to be a very exciting topic, particularly as the weather improves to provide us with a continuous supply of actual bugs for hands on investigation! Please see the attached topic plan for a flavour of what our learning will involve.
The Year 1 children had a wonderful time swimming last term and I am very proud of their achievements. This term Reception children will be going swimming on a Friday morning alongside PE sessions at school each week for the whole class. Please can you ensure that named PE kit remains in school at all times; this can include plain jogging bottoms for outdoor use.
Reading books will continue to be changed three times a week when your child has read (with a signature in their reading diary). Please continue to try to read with your child for a few minutes each night, this regular practice is highlighting some little reading superstars. Also please support your child in learning their tricky red words which cannot be sounded out but must be memorised. These will be checked multiple times a week and certificates and new words awarded as appropriate.
This term we would very much like to link show and tell to our topic therefore each child will be given a minibeast to talk about. Please support your child to find out a little bit about their minibeast to share during their allocated week. Your child could for example, talk about what the minibeast looks like, where they live, what they do and what they eat. We will be able to find and display a picture of your child’s minibeast on the interactive white board for them, in the past we have had a few models to look at to! For Reception children please feel free to add any extra findings that you would like to share on Tapestry. Year 1 children will be given a written homework to support their show and tell.
Thank you for your support!
I hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas break with your children and that they are feeling refreshed and ready for the spring term. Once again we have lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us many of which will be centred around our new topic ‘Fabulous Food’.
This topic was chosen by the children before the Christmas break following their enthusiasm for gingerbread biscuit making with our buddies, creative cake making in the malleable area as well as our discussion about Christmas traditions around the world. Attached below is our topic plan which will give you an insight into some of the learning that will be taking place this half term.
This term Year 1 children are very lucky to be going swimming. Swimming will take place on a Friday morning at the Hereford Leisure Pool. The children will be taken from and returned to school by coach. Swimming will begin on Friday 12th January. Reception children will be swimming in the Summer term.
PE lessons will continue to be taken by myself on a Thursday for the whole class. Reception children will also receive a second PE session on a Friday. Some of these sessions may be held outside weather permitting so please add some named jogging bottoms or leggings to your child’s PE kit as a warmer alternative to shorts on cold days.
For Reception homework continues to be short daily bursts of reading and word time practice, which this term will begin to include our tricky red words which cannot be sounded out. For Year 1 it is these activities plus their spellings and Froggy Maths given and tested on Fridays and homework given on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday.
Our Values of the month for this half term are 'Peace' for January and 'Love' for February. We are hoping to use some of our buddy time to explore the meaning of these values beyond the normal classroom context.