Our Parrots (Year 1) are taught by Mrs Curtis and Mrs Dixon, our Deputy Headteachers. Mrs Curtis teaches on an Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. Mrs Dixon teaches on a Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays. This year they are supported by Mrs Dorman.
If you need to contact your child’s class teacher, you can do this via Tapestry or via the class email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics and learning
Every day the children have access to the indoor and outdoor areas which are carefully planned to implement all of the National Curriculum whilst giving our Year One children opportunities to access continuous provision. At Street Lane Primary School we value the importance of play throughout Key Stage One and also into Key Stage Two and therefore encourage our children to learn through play whenever possible.
Our children in Year One have a busy and fun filled timetable including daily Phonics, Mathematics and English lessons and a wide range of cross curricular lessons to ensure the National Curriculum requirements are delivered in a motivating and engaging way.
This year our topic headings have been chosen carefully based on what we will think will be of interest to the children, inspire our children to have a love of learning and nurture their curiosity about the world.
Summer Term One 2022
It’s great to back at school again after the Easter holidays. We hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing break and are ready for the Summer terms. Please see the link below for our Medium Term Planning for this term.
At The Seaside
Today we completed our seaside topic by creating a shared piece of art work. We used a huge piece of blue paper for the sea and sky and added some yellow fabric for the sand. The children then each took responsibility for drawing the physical and human features that we would find at the seaside. We even had some time travellers who came from 100 years ago. They brought their bathing hut with them to get changed in! Our seaside scene has a harbour, promenade, ice-cream van, rocks, a lighthouse, cliffs, seagulls, rook pools with sea creatures in them, people swimming in the sea and sunbathing and a pier. The children also added post it notes explaining the different features. Well done everyone a great afternoon’s work!
Race to 100!
This term we have been learning place value to 100. We have practised partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones and recombining tens and ones to make two digit numbers. We love this game which we have played during our Tough Ten Time. We used a 9 sided die to add ones onto a ten frame, when we had 10 or more we could exchange the ten ones for a tens stick. The first person to reach 100- 10 sticks was the winner!
Spring Term Two 2022- Step Back in Time
We will be continuing our whole school theme this term of ‘Step Back in Time’. However our Science and Humanities topics have changed. We will be learning about living things and their habitats in Science and comparing the locality of the UK to locality of the Amazon rainforest in Geography. For more details on our curriculum coverage this term, please click on the link below.
British Science Week
Last week we celebrated British Science Week. The theme was Growth and the children had lots of exciting opportunities to learn lots about plants and how farmers help to get our food from farm to fork. We had a visit from Farmer Jess who taught the children all about life on her dairy farm, a visit from Chicken Linda where the children had the opportunity to ask Chicken Linda’s owner lots of questions about chickens, eggs and chicks and we watched a live lesson on microhabitats. In class the Parrots completed a Scientific enquiry, testing the best conditions for a seed to grow. They planted lots of cress seeds and then removed light from some and water from others. We will see which ones grow the best!
World Book Day
We had a fantastic day on World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite characters from books and learned about the author Ranjit Singh who wrote the story ‘Nimesh the Adventurer.’ This is one of our class favourite books so it was great to learn more about the author!
Living Things and their Habitats
This week we started our new Science topic about living things and their habitats. We began by identifying some living things and learning about the 7 characteristics that mean they are alive. We then discussed how we could sort some pictures of things into ‘things that are alive’, ‘things that are dead’ and ‘things that have never been alive.’ The children really enjoyed this and were able to explain clearly why they made their decisions. A brilliant start to the topic everyone!
Spring Term One 2022- Step Back in Time
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a busy term. Our whole school theme for this term is ‘Step Back In Time’. Please see our Medium Term Planning which gives an overview of the children’s learning in each area of development.
Click Here to see the MTP for our Parrot children.
Click Here to read our newsletter for this term.
Our Class Events
More Scientific Investigation!
We have really enjoyed our Scientific enquiry this term, investigating different forces. We combined our Science learning with our History topic and learned about the first hot air balloon invented by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. To investigate how hot air rises we used plastic bottles and a balloon. As the air inside the bottle heated up the balloon inflated. When we put the bottle into cold water, we saw the balloon deflate as the air inside it cooled. We loved it!
Design and Technology
This term we have been studying the moving parts of a windmill in our design and technology lessons. Inspired by the song, ‘Mouse in a windmill’, the children have designed, decorated and built a windmill for their mouse client to live in, this has helped them to develop an understanding of different types of windmill, how they work and their key features.
This term we are going to be investigating different types of forces. We began our topic by revising what a force was and we discussed how a force can be a push or a pull. To test this we used lots of different toys and discussed the forces we were applying when playing with them. We then used a venn diagram to sort the toys into those that we used a pushing force, those that we used a pulling force and the toys where we used both forces.
A Very Merry Street Lane Christmas!
Well done to all of our wonderful Parrots! Mrs Dixon and I were very proud of you on Tuesday when you performed our Christmas Play. You spoke clearly, sang the songs beautifully and used your signing hands to sign along too. Fantastic!
Getting Ready for Christmas!
We have been very busy in the Parrots Class getting ready for our Christmas Winter Wonderland Market. We have made bags of reindeer food, hot chocolate reindeers, clay decorations and pine cone Christmas tree decorations. We have worked very hard and we are really looking forward to selling (and buying) some at the market.
This week we have been thinking about using kind words and things we can do to be kind to others in our school. The children thought of lots of different examples including smiling at each other, inviting children to play their games and using good manners. We wore odd socks on Monday to celebrate how different we are and how being unique is great!
Autumn Term Two
Click Here to view the Parrot’s newsletter for Autumn Term Two.
Click Here to view the Medium Term Planning for our Year One children this term.
Click Here to view our ECaT work for Week 1- ‘Bonfire Celebrations.’
Click Here to view our ECaT work for Week 2 – ‘Diwali’
Click Here to view our ECaT work for Week 3 – ‘One Kind Word’
We loved dressing up for our Halloween disco. Look at our amazing costumes!
This term we have been learning about how to keep our bodies healthy so we can grow big and strong. We learned all about the different food groups and discussed how we should try to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables! We looked at a variety of fruits and vegetables and tasted some as there were some we hadn’t tried before! We then designed and made our own fruit kebabs. This was really fun but we also learned a lot especially how to use the utensils carefully and safely. They were delicious!
Part, whole model in Maths
We have been busy learning to use a part, whole model to help with our addition calculations. We used the interactive board to move counters from the parts and combine them in the whole and then completed activities independently. Lots of great Mathematical vocabulary was used when the children described their thinking and how they solved the calculations. Well done everyone!
Learning in the Parrot’s Class
The Year One children have enjoyed exploring our updated classroom and accessing the continuous provision activities. They have particularly enjoyed the funky fingers, construction and creative activities. We were really proud of some children who designed their own art work using the loos parts, labelled their work and then photographed it using the I-Pads for display. Great work!