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 onThursdays. Year 1 also have P.E on Fridays. 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.
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 theme of 'Once Upon a Time' In History/Past and Present we will be celebrating Black History by learning about two important people- Rosa Parkes and Mae Jemison. We will look at the important things that they achieved in the their lives and why they were so significant.
In Geography/UTW we be learning about the key features of our local environment. This will include a walk around Clipstone Woods.
In Expressive Arts and Design/UTW we will be enhancing our home corner with resources that will help us to understand a range of different festivals including Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. The children can then use their imagination to recreate different roles and experiences. The children will be working on their fixing and joining skills which will help them when creating on our making table. The Year 1 children will also use these skills to design, make and evaluate a house for the 3 pigs.
In Computing we will be learning how to use the iPads and keep safe on the internet by following the SMART Rules.
During Music sessions, we will be following the Charanga Music scheme. We will listen and respond to different styles of music and explore and create (pulse, rhythm and pitch) using voices and instruments.
In RE, the F2 children will be learning about which people are special and why. All the children will also learn how and why people celebrate Diwali and Christmas.
Our special stories this term are- Dipal’s Diwali, The 3 Little Pigs and The Christmas Story. We will be reading and following instructions to help us make a diva lamp. We will be using 'Talk for Writing' to help us to retell the story of the 3 Little Pigs. We will also look at and discuss alternative versions of the story. The children will also learn to retell the Christmas story through role play. In our daily phonics sessions we will learn the Phase 2 letter sounds and how to blend and segment these sounds in words. The Year 1 children will be recapping Basics 3 and apply this knowledge to read and write words and simple sentences.
We will be taking a mastery approach to maths. Focusing on a number every two weeks 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 learning how to partition the numbers to help us to add and subtract them. The year 1s will learn about place value to 20, number facts to 20, counting in 2s,5s and 10s and using money.
Our focus this half term is Materials. The children will be learning about where materials come from and how they are used. They will be sorting materials based on their different properties. They will also be investigating different materials that are suitable for a house roof.. We will also look at how our environment changes as the seasons change
In PE/PD we will be teaching the Year 1 children indoor Dodgeball, the children will be learning the skills needed to play a game. All the children will take part in Games lessons where we will be using the parachute to teach them skills about working in a team.
In class we enjoy our daily wake & shake, dough disco 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 is ‘Celebrating Differences’ We will also be taking part in Anti-bullying week.
Our British Value focus is Respect. We will discuss how we have respect for children and adults at school and what having good manners look like.
We will continue to take part in our daily yoga and 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-
Monday 13th November
Monday 27th November
Monday 11th December
Children need to come dressed in weather appropriate 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!
Parrots 2022-2023 Photos