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Hello Fir Class! I hope you all had a lovely Easter with your families.

 

This half term our topic will be How Does Your Garden Grow. In English, we will be using 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivienne French to inspire our writing. We will work on our letter writing skills to write a letter to Oliver's mum letting her know what he has been up to that week. 

In maths we will be looking at sharing and how this links to division, fractions, and solving measurement problems.

Our PE days will remain Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure full kit is worn to school instead of school uniform. PE will be taking place outside and although the weather is beginning to warm up the wind can still be a little bit chilly, please consider wearing a hoodie just incase.

I will check reading records every Friday and change their books twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday. A gentle reminder to try and read with your children at least 3 times a week, preferably 4. This will be invaluable to them and their progress.

I am excited to see you all on Monday and to begin another awesome half term of learning!

 

Miss Ribeiro

The Mini-Beast Hunt

Today in Fir Class we went on a mini-best hunt in the woodland area. We worked in teams to use the iPads and take photo's of different mini-beasts, plants and flowers. These are our pictures, we hope you enjoy them!

Hello Fir Class! I hope you all had a wonderful half term and got some well deserved rest!

 

This half term our topic will be Amazing Africa. In English, we will be using 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne to inspire our writing. We will even create our own versions of the story book!

In maths we will be looking at numbers to 50, measuring weight and volume and beginning to explore multiplication and division.

Our PE days will remain Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure full kit is worn to school instead of school uniform. As the weather is still very cold and PE will be taking place outside, please consider wearing a warm tracksuit.

I will check reading records every Friday and change their books twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday. A gentle reminder to try and read with your children at least 3 times a week, preferably 4. This will be invaluable to them and their progress.

I look forward to seeing some of you in school on Monday and those of you at home on our zoom call on Tuesday.

 

Miss Ribeiro

Counting in 2's

 

Today in maths Fir Class practiced counting in 2's. The children particularly enjoyed playing this matching game and worked together brilliantly to count and match the pairs!

Fruit Tasting

 

Today in Fir Class we kicked off our writing unit by trying a variety of different fruits including; apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, plums, pineapples, mangos and avocados. We had lots of laughs trying each fruit - especially the avocados and the children came up with so many lovely adjectives to describe each one!

Living, Non-living and Never Lived

 

This week in Science we are beginning our new topic on animals and began by exploring living, non-living and never lived animals and objects. The children worked together beautifully to sort the pictures into the correct categories.

African Day

 

Today in Fir Class we had an African wider curriculum day. The children all came in dressed as different African animals and they all looked fantastic! We had zebras, tigers, lions, monkeys, elephants and even a lizard. We spent the morning creating masks for our chosen animals and writing fact files on African animals. In the afternoon we had an African cooking class where we made some delicious couscous. Miss Ribeiro and Mrs Morgan we so impressed with our chopping skills! We took our couscous home to enjoy with our families. What a wonderful day we had.

Hello fantastic Fir Class. I hope you all had a magical Christmas with your loved ones and gave your brains a well deserved rest1

This half term our topic will be Toys. In English, we will be exploring the text 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey and using it to help us create some exceptional writing. We will even create our very own superheroes!

In art, we will be looking at the work of Pablo Picasso and using his work on cubism as inspiration for a toy portrait. You all impressed me so much in art last half term, I cannot wait to see what you create.

Our PE days will remain Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure full kit is worn to school instead of school uniform. As the weather is getting very cold and PE will be taking place outside, please consider wearing a warm tracksuit.

I will check reading records every Friday and change their books twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday. A gentle reminder to try and read with your children at least 3 times a week, preferably 4. This will be invaluable to them and their progress.

 

I look forward to seeing you on Monday and hearing all about Christmas!

 

Miss Ribeiro

Welcome back Fir Class. I hope you all had a wonderful half term break

This half term our topic will be Traditional Tales. Throughout the term we will be reading a multitude of traditional tales like 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.  In English, we will be writing our very own traditional tale!

In Geography, we will be looking at castles and their features, and in Art we will be colour mixing a creating portraits.

Our PE days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure full kit is worn to school instead of school uniform. As the weather is getting colder and PE will be taking place outside, please consider wearing a warm tracksuit.

I will check reading records every Friday and change their books twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday. 

 

I look forward to seeing you back!

 

Miss Ribeiro

Which Traditional Tales Character Was It?

 

Today we came back from break to find our book corner completely ruined! But luckily the culprit left some clues... Can you figure out who it was?

Welcome to Fir Class!

 

Hello everyone! Please welcome the newest members of Fir Class - Mr Veal and Miss Reep. They will be joining us until Christmas and have settled in very well already!

 

If you would like to know more about them, read their letters below...

Remembrance Day at Rucstall

 

Today in Fir Class we talked about Remembrance Day - what it is, why is happens and what it means to us. The children surprised us with their knowledge and understanding of the day and we loved hearing stories about their family members who fought for our country. The children were very proud. We used oil pastels to colour our poppies and put them together with the rest of the schools to create a wonderful tribute outside the school - can you spot them tomorrow?

Outdoor Learning Day

On Friday we spent the whole day outside learning. It was a bit chilly but we had lots of fun!

 

In maths we practiced counting forwards and backwards to 20 on a number line and finding one more and one less to 20 using this skill. We built a number line out of natural objects to help us.

 

After break we found some clues in the woods. We thought it must have been The Three Little Pigs! In teams we worked together to see who could build the strongest den. We then spent time discussing what was good about each den and what could have been done to make it even better!

 

In the afternoon we took science outside and explored objects and the materials they are made from.

 

We ended the day with hot chocolate and a biscuit to warm us up - what a fun day! 

Paperchains

On Friday all of the children at Rucstall spent the afternoon making paperchains. Each class then linked their class paperchain to the class next door and before we knew it, we were all linked together! This reminds us that even in these difficult times we are all still one school and we are here to support one another.

Budding Artists in Fir Class

This half term in Fir Class we have been exploring the work of Paul Klee. Yesterday we completed our own Paul Klee inspired portraits. The adults have been so impressed with how hard the children worked and how well their portraits came out. Watch out Paul Klee, we have some talented young artists in here!

Hello and welcome to Fir Class, Year 1’s. I hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday! Our first topic this year will be Dungeons and Dragons. Throughout the term we will be reading a multitude of stories including 'Tell me a dragon' and 'Dragon post'.  In English, we will be designing and describing our very own dragon!

In Design and Technology we will be designing and creating dragon and knight puppets.

Our PE days will be Mondays and Thursdays, so please make sure full kit is worn to school instead of school uniform. As the weather is getting colder and PE will be taking place outside, please consider wearing a warm tracksuit.

Children have now been sent home with new Reading Records. I will check these every Friday and change their books twice weekly on a Tuesday and Friday. 

 

I look forward to our first term together.

 

Miss Ribeiro

Dragon Traps!

 

This week Fir Class received a letter from Prince Louis asking for their help - his kingdom is being terrorised by a group of naughty dragons! Together we decided to build and set some traps to capture the dragons. This morning we found some clues that the dragons had been caught in the traps but sadly they managed to escape! What will we do next?

 

 

Science Autumnal Walk

Today in science we built on our understanding of the four seasons by looking more in depth into Autumn. We discussed the changes that are currently happening around us and went on a nature walk to try and spot some of these changes. We found lots of colourful leaves, acorns, berries, and mushrooms! We are going to use our leaves to create Autumnal hedgehogs later this week.

Maths Fun!

This week in maths we have been looking at number bonds to 10. The children explored these in the outdoor area today using giant numicon, tens frame, part-part whole models and numicon. They even challenged each other by trying to find the missing number in the number sentences!

Dungeons and Dragons

On Thursday we had our dungeons and dragons day. All the children looked marvelous! We had lots of brave knights, scary dragons, beautiful princesses and a couple of magic wizards. In the morning we practised our number bonds with a dangerous dragon egg hunt, followed by a dragon description using bold adjectives in writing. In the afternoon we magicked up some Christmas cards and finished the day with a scary story. What a wonderful way to end an equally wonderful first half term - well done Fir Class, I am so proud of you!

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