Our PE day is Tuesday; however, we do ask that PE kits are in school every day to allow for flexibility.
We love hearing about the stories and wonderful things you do at home, so please make your own observations and add your photos and videos. This is helpful for us in Class 1 to see the learning continue at home, so many thanks in advance.
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Below are the Year 1 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.
In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.
Our Topic – Spring Term Second Half
Who lives in a rockpool?
There’s an exciting world just below the surface of the rock pool. Which creatures live near the sea? Why do crabs have shells?
We’ll find out the answers to these questions and more in this project about the seashore. This half term we’ll visit a local beach to experience the sights, sounds and smells. We'll explore rock pools to investigate living and non-living things and collect treasures. Bringing shells, pebbles and seaweed back to the classroom will help us to learn about a wide range of coastal plants and creatures. Back at school, we’ll also write recounts and postcards about our visit to the seashore. Using our art skills, we’ll draw sea creatures, create beach art and decorate shells. It might get messy when we explore the texture of sand and create a fantastic sand art display! We’ll listen carefully to stories and poems and use the coast as a setting for our writing. By reading non-fiction books, we’ll find out lots of interesting facts, discovering which animals live in a rock pool and what they eat. We’ll use books and the internet to search for information and use our knowledge to write our own non-fiction texts.
Help your child prepare for their project:
Rock pools are remarkable places. Why not visit a beach and go on a rock pooling expedition of your own? Alternatively, you could visit a local pet shop to see a wide variety of fish, crustaceans and aquatic plants. You could also create drawings, paintings or models of sea creatures using online images for inspiration. Why not visit the library to find out all about your favourite creature that lives at the seashore? You could also create fantastic seashore collages using recycled materials or make a miniature ‘beach in a box’ using sand, pebbles, shells and toys.
Please see the 'Curriculum Map' for more details.
Our class toy is Elmer the elephant. Each Friday, he will be taken home by a different child in the class. Please make Elmer part of your family, then return him and his book to class the following week. We have already shared the story in class, but you may like to share it with your child at home or they might like to read it to you. It would be lovely if you or your child could write a little diary entry with a picture or drawing so we can share their experiences with the class. Many thanks.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would endeavour to hear your child read or share books on a regular basis to enhance their learning.
Within the daily routine, we aim to cover as much of our new topic as possible. We hope that your child enjoys their second term in Class 1 and if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to come and see a member of the Class 1 team.