Mrs Scotney is our class teacher. She loves making our learning fun and exciting! We also have two special friends in our class called Mr Parrot and Rosie. They help us with our learning but can sometimes cause mischief in our classroom! Mrs Scotney loves singing and dancing with us during our wake and shake sessions (although her singing isn't that great!) Her favourite author is Julia Donaldson and she has LOTS of her books which she enjoys reading to us.
Important Information about Parrot Class
P.E Days- All children have P.E on Fridays. Year 1 also have P.E on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child is wearing their P.E kit to school and that any jackets/hoodies are labelled. If you have earrings please take them out or cover them with plasters and tie long hair up.
Labelling clothes- Please label all cardigans, jumpers, coats, hats etc with your child's name!
Homework- All children are expected to read 4 times per week. Reading rewards are also given at the end of each half term for children who have read 25 times or more over the half term. F2 Children will be set a Talk Challenge on Tapestry each half term.
Year 1 children will be set homework activities on Education City on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday.
Reading Books- Your child's reading book will be changed once a week on a Friday. Please make sure children bring their book to school each day.
Parrot Class is a Foundation 2/Year 1 class and we are all Superhero learners! We love a challenge and we always have a can do attitude. We always work as a team and help our friends when they need us. We enjoy our 'Rainbow Challenges' when we take charge of our own learning, deciding which challenges we want to complete first.
Our Learning this half term will be based around the topic of ‘Our Wonderful World. In Geography/UTW we will be learning about London, Australia and China and comparing these countries to where we live. We will also be exploring our local area further by going for a ride on a big red bus! In Expressive Arts and Design the children will have access to the home corner where they will be using their imagination to recreate roles and experiences. Our outdoor role play area will be a London Bus and then an aeroplane where children can travel around the world! We will also be practising our painting skills, including colour mixing. We will then apply these skills to create some aboriginal art. We will continue to follow our Charanga Music scheme. In Computing we will be learning what an algorithm is and will practise our pre-programming skills. In RE, the F2 children will learn about special places and the Year 1 children about symbols related to Christianity.
Our special stories are ‘The Naughty Bus’, ‘The Koala Who Could’ and 'The Great Race'. We will draw and label giant maps of where our naughty bus will go. We will then write our own naughty bus story. The year 1 children will be creating a fact sheet all about London. We will also be having a special visit from someone we will need to look after! He has come all the way from Australia, and we will need to write some questions to find out more about him. Finally, we will be learning to sequence and retell the story of The Great Race. The year 1 children will also write riddles about some of the animals in the race. In our daily phonics sessions, F2 children will begin the Basics 3 letter sounds and learn how to blend and segment these sounds in words to read and write. The Year 1 children will continue Basics 4 where they will learn to read and write longer words.
We will be taking a mastery approach to maths. Focusing on a number over two weeks using Numberblocks as a stimulus, to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of each number. We will be counting, recognising, forming and ordering these numbers. We will also be finding numbers that are one more/less and the children will learn to represent and partition our focus numbers using a range of resources. The year 1s will be moving on to partitioning, adding, and subtracting numbers to 50 and will be practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
In Science our focus will continue to be Materials. We will talk about different materials and their properties and sort objects according to what materials they are made from. The year 1’s will use their knowledge of materials and their properties to design a strong bridge. During the last part of the half term, we will think about what happens to objects and materials when they are no longer needed or being used. We will learn about the dangers of litter and how we can recycle and reuse materials.
In PE the F2 children will focus pre -Gymnastic skills. The year 1 children will take part in Gymnastics and Games. In Games the children will be learning the skills and rules to play Unihoc. In Gymnastics the children will be learning the floor skills of travelling, balancing, rolling and jumping. In class we enjoy our daily wake & shake and Yoga sessions to help us to develop our balance, co-ordination, and core strength. The children also have access to a wide range of ourdoor equipment which they can access on a daily basis during free flow.
Our Jigsaw theme this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ and the children will be discussing how to set themselves targets and goals for the year ahead.
Our British Value focus is Rule of Law. We will learn about this through a range of stories and by discussing our school rules in more detail.
We will continue to take part in our Well-Being Wednesday sessions to help us to learn how we can look after our well-being and mental health.
Our Forest School sessions this half term are-
Tuesday 17th January
Tuesday 31st January
Children need to come dressed in warm clothes that can get muddy. Please send children with wellies or old shoes in a named bag so that the can get changed into them before the session.
Click on the links below to have a go at some fun games that will help you with your learning.
Education City https://ec1.educationcity.com/
Phonics Play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Phonics Bloom https://www.phonicsbloom.com/
Oxford Owl https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Numberblocks Activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks
Numberblocks Episodes https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks
Alphablocks Activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks
Alphablocks Episodes https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b01cz0p1/alphablocks
Have a look at the slideshows below to find out what fun learning activities we have been taking part in!