Autumn 1 2020
Black History Month
October is Black History Month!
Black History Month recognises the contributions that black people have made to the UK and countries across the world, over many generations.
There has been a lack of representation of black people in the history books and Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the forgotten people who helped to shape the world we live in.
Black History Month is a great way to celebrate and recognise the contribution of black people to modern society. Our school must play a significant role in teaching children about the importance of having respect and tolerance for all cultures.
At Oldfield Brow, we will be weaving these celebrations into our curriculum, looking at historical figures across History, Science, English, Sport and much more!
We had a great trial session with the 'Now Press Play' headphones. We listened to a story where the children had to act out what was happening.
European Languages Day
We completed a tally of all the different languages spoken by children at home. We had English, Mandarin, Arabic and Chinese! We enjoyed listening and exploring different ways to say hello in lots of languages. The children then went on to makle their own poster.
We used a variety of objects to paint with and explored colours to discover which made us feel happy. We hope you like them as much as us!
We have been learning about our senses. We put together a pictogram of our class eye colours.
This week we have been learning about what countries are in the United Kingdom and talking about places we have visited. Many of the children have been able to tell us if they have visited somewhere in England, N.Ireland, Scotland or Wales. Some children told us of family members that live in these places too! If you have any pictures of your child visiting these places we would really appreciate if you could email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add them to our class Geography display. Thank you!
We hope your child enjoyed their first P.E lesson today! We enjoyed moving about in different ways and then pretending to be dinosaur hunters collecting eggs in teams. Please can you make sure your child has a named PE kit in school for both indoor and outdoor session. Thank you!
Your child has been given a new reading folder with a new reading record and a reading book. Please ensure this is in school every day, not just on their allocated reading days. On their allocated day, your child will be heard read by a member of staff and have a chance to change their book if they have finished it. (On occasion, we may hear your child read on a different day which is why it is always important for them to have their books in school.)
Monday - Red
Tuesday - Yellow
Wednesday - Blue
Thursday - Green
Friday - everyone changes their book
Thank you for all of your continued support, particularly during these challenging times.
Mrs Cridland, Mrs Heffernan & Miss Limbert
It was so lovely to hear about what you enjoyed about being back at school last week with Mrs Heffernan and Miss Limbert. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of you today and look forward to the year ahead with such a lovely group of children!
The topic for our first half-term is called "Togetherness". It focuses on how we can still share, play and care with each other while staying safe and maintaining our 'bubbles'. We will soon be uploading some more detailed information to the Downloads section about our Year 1 curriculum and resources to help support your child from home, but for now our priority is for all children to feel happy and safe back in school.
We have outdoor PE on a Tuesday. (For now, it just once a week as our outdoor space is limited and we do not have use of the hall. Hopefully, as the year progresses this can increase to two slots a week. We do other active, indoor activities throughout the week though.)
Hello and welcome back to school year 1LL. We hope you had a lovely first day back with us- it was nice to see all of your smiling faces and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as us.
Have a lovely evening and we will see you tomorrow.
Mrs Heffernan and Mrs Limbert
Just a note that:
Mrs Cridland teaches- Monday to Wednesdays and Mrs Heffernan Wednesdays to Fridays. We both have time on Wednesday afternoons for our PPA
where we discuss and plan for the class so we can ensure continuity. Mrs Norbury will cover our class during this time on Wednesday afternoons.
Some useful links-
Handwriting link:This is a handy link too to see where the letter starts and finishes: https://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/continuous-cursive-beginners-choice-2.html
Twinkl. To access for free, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Sign up with your email and password
The offer code to enter during set-up is CVDTWINKLHELPS
In Year 1, the children participate in daily Numeracy, Phonics and Literacy lessons and the children begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, working independently and in groups. Much of our learning takes place through creative activities and planned play opportunities. As the year progresses, the children will begin working in a more and more structured way, in preparation for Yr 2. We try hard to ensure the move from Reception into Key Stage 1 is as smooth as possible.
Later in the year, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check. It is very important that school and home work closely together to support your child with their early reading skills. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and help them to learn their spellings each week. A pack of sound cards will be sent home with your child. Please use these cards on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading and encourage them to use them in their writing. (Should your child wish to spell adventurous words, then they should use their sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead of 'ginormous', 'b-i-y-oo-t-i-f-u-ll' instead of 'beautiful'. At this stage in your child's learning, these spelling attempts are perfectly acceptable and you do not need to correct all of their efforts. Your child will learn alternative spellings for such words as the year progresses). To be in the best position possible, when taking the Phonics Screening Test, your child will need to recognise each sound quickly and confidently so regular reinforcement at home will prove invaluable. If you have any questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please speak with us at any time.
Mrs Heffernan, Mrs Cridland and Miss Limbert