Welcome back to those who were in Pimhill before the holidays and welcome to all our new starters.
We have had a brilliant first day with all the children happy and settled into school. I’m looking forward to getting back to lots of fun activities!
This term our main topic is going to be about living on planet earth. We will be looking at features of both the made-made and natural environment. We will find out about a number of important people who have travelled around the world and maybe someone who has travelled into space. In other areas of learning we will also be exploring the weather, materials, and religious festivals. In Computing, we will begin the term by learning about the importance of staying safe when using technological devices and in music we will be learning about and responding to some famous pieces of music, starting with Mars by Gustav Holst. In Art we will be learning about the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other artists who used colour to create their artwork. Around half term we will be making salads and fruit salads for our DT learning.
In English our main texts will be Gingerbread man and Here come the pirates. There will be a phonics session for the class every day linked to both reading and spelling. Individual reading books will be sent home and will only be swapped by a member of staff in Pimhill, the books will be left for a period of at least 72 hours before they are given out to another child.
For the Year 1 we will continue to have weekly spelling tests, but for the time being spellings will be online rather than coming home in a book. Homework will also be set online each Friday, using some of the sites children became familiar with when school was closed.
In Maths we are continuing with our Mastery Approach to our learning and will be starting this term by ensuring we have a really good understanding of Number and Place Value before moving on to calculations. We will also be practising our number bonds each week so that we can secure these facts and use them to base our other learning on.
P.E. will be with Shrewsbury Town in the Community and will be on a Monday morning starting the week of the 7th September. Children need to come into school in their P.E. kit on those days please.
We will be having forest school sessions and again the children will need to come dressed ready. More information on this will follow.
As always, my door is open for any queries you may have, albeit metaphorically this term! However, if you would like to get in touch with me, please don’t hesitate to give Mrs Winwood a call in the school office to organise this.
I look forward to working with you and your children.