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Orangutans- Year 1 & Year 2

Welcome to Orangutans!

  Our grown ups




   Mrs Brudzinski is our class teacher on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays      Mrs Tinsley is our class teacher on Thursdays and Fridays.



     Miss Snood is our class teaching assistant.                                          Miss Mercer is our extra support teaching assistant. 




 We are a mixed year 1 and 2  class!  We have very positive attitudes towards learning and embrace
 new learning experiences and challenges! We never give up even when something can seem tricky, you will
 often hear us saying "we can't do it YET" or "just keep trying". We are very hardworking, and understand
 mistakes are part of learning. We work collaboratively when working in groups or with a partner; we love to

 share our learning, ideas and experiences with each other. Our grown ups like our lessons to be fun, enjoyable
 and interactive; they encourage us to immerse ourselves in our learning. They have high expectations for us and
 want us to achieve the best whilst being the best versions of ourselves we can be! We are kind, caring
 and thoughtful friends, looking out for one another and comforting each other if we are feeling sad or hurt.


 Our topic this half term is...





  In English our focus texts will be "The Bad- Tempered Ladybird" and "The Bug Girl". 
 Throughout the week we will have handwriting, grammar and spellings lessons. During Shared Reading lessons, we will be 
 focussing on fiction and non-fiction texts about minibeasts and habitats.




 Year 1; This half term, our Maths learning will focus upon place value, addition and subtraction above 20 and money. 

 Year 2; This half term, our Maths learning will focus upon multiplication and division, addition and subtraction to 100 and
 We will apply our learning in problem solving lessons. 




  This half term, our  Science learning will focus upon Living things and their habitats. We will be learning about minibeasts,
 thinking about the different microhabitats they can be found in depending on their needs. We will be conducting a minibeast 
 hunt, recording where they can be found within the school grounds. We will be setting up an ant farm within the classroom,
 observing what the ants do. We will be designing a microhabitat for a chosen minibeast that can be found within our school
 grounds and then making them during a Forest School session. Year 1s will be learning about and identifying and sorting
 animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and Year 2s will be learning about and drawing food chain using the 
correct vocabulary. 




 In Geography, our learning will focus on map skills. We will be looking at aerial photos and maps of our school and creating 
 our own map of the school playground with a simple key. During Art and Design lessons, we will be learning about the 
 artist Caroline Bell who uses natural resources to print with. We will learn about the primary colours, how to make 
 secondary colours and how to create shade and tint. In Computing the Year 1s learning will focus on word processing and how
 to use GOOGLE docs on the chrome books as well as saving the work they type up into our class folder. Year 2s learning will
 focus on presentation skills and how to use powerpoint. During RE lessons the Year 1s will be learning about the stories of 
 Jesus and retelling them through role play. Year 2s will be learning about the Jewish faith and the festival of Shabbat. In Music
 our topics will be " Round and Round" (Year 1) and "Friendships" (Year 2). We will be learning how to use instruments , 
 compose music and then perform for others. During RHE (JIGSAW) lessons we will be following the topic "relationships". We 
 will be talking about the different relationships we have with family and friends, and talking about how to be a good friend. 




 We have PE on Tuesdays (dance)  and Fridays (invasion games, rounders). During dance lessons we will focus our learning
 on the story "Where the wild things are". We will create sequences of movements to different pieces of music, to retell the 
 main events of the story. During rounders lessons, we will be learning the skills needed to attack and defend. 

 Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on Tuesdays and Fridays (unless there is a Forest School
 session on the Tuesday). Children should wear a white or green round neck t shirt, shorts or jogging bottoms and 
 plimsolls or trainers. Long hair MUST be tied back. If possible, earrings should be removed however they can be 
 covered with plasters or micro-pore tape if they are unable to be taken out. 
 26.4.24, children will be participating in a wheelchair skills workshop provided by Express Coaching. Children will 
 need to come to school in their PE kits on this day!

Summer 1 parent curriculum grid


 Homework will be published on WEDUC every Friday. This will be a link to an activity on Education City or a spelling activity. The children need to complete this by the following Wednesday. They will receive a stamp on their Bear Hunt or Stick Man
 sheet for each piece of homework completed. 



 Your child's reading book will be changed once a week, every Friday. Please make sure your child brings their reading book into
 school every day. We expect children to read at home, and this to be recorded in their reading diary. 


  Our Forest School dates this half term are:

 - Tuesday 23rd April
 - Tuesday 21st May

  Please bring wellies or a change of shoes to school in a carrier bag so that we can change into them outside before
  the session. 



Trips ,Visitors and important dates


 - 16th April - Mansfield Town football training sessions (during school time)
 - 19th April- Mansfield Town penalty shootout (during school time)
 - 2nd May- White Post Farm small animals visit

 - 13th May- Open door, parent book look 2:30pm



Maths Parent and Carer Session 27.02.24

Baking cheese scones 05.02.24

Great Fire of London Drama Workshop 09.01.24

Diwali dancing 16.11.23

Anti bullying workshop 13.11.23

Our Virtual Author session

Visit to Clipstone allotments 22.9.23

Useful website links.

Below are some websites you may find useful to support your child's learning: