Seedlings - Y1

Welcome to Year 1 - Seedlings Class
We have a lovely bright classroom with our own outdoor space. We have our own special class songs that we start and end every day with. As well as all the adults that work in this class, we also have loads of soft and cuddly friends who help us learn. Sometimes they even whisper helpful ideas to us.
World Traveller
This half term Geography is the main driver for our learning. The children will meet a fictional friend from the Arctic and spend time comparing cold places to where we live. We'll be exploring globes, atlases and maps to name the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We'll also try and recall what we learnt about human and physical geography back in Autumn and apply it to this new learning. 
Amongst many other subjects, in Art we'll be applying our colour-mixing skills to create our own warm Cornish woodland (a nod back to the fantastic Trebah Garden visit last term) and then a cold Arctic seascape. 
Take a closer look at the learning by opening the attached Leap Into Learning document - this will give you ideas for home learning too. The Knowledge Organiser will show you the key learning that we're aiming for in Geography. The Sequence Document breaks down each subject into the learning points that we'll cover across the half term. 
 
Visit the secure class page for up to date information about how the learning is coming on 
A day in the life of a Seedling
Every day we start with our 'hello song' and go through the plan for the day. The mornings are always the same - we start with an hour of phonics (this includes reading, writing, handwriting and spelling) and then we have a well-deserved activity break. It might be running-a-mile, dancing to Go-Noodle, or singing action songs. 
We follow that with a quick 'Mighty Maths' lesson before heading out to play at 10.30am. We always enjoy a snack and story together before our main maths lesson and then lunch. 
The afternoons are always jam-packed with lots of great learning. Monday's will be Geography and then the library, Tuesday is PE outdoors with indoor PE on Wednesday. Thursday will be Computing or Art and on Friday the children will have Music and RE with Ms Dyer. In addition this half term, we'll squeeze in a cheeky little speed sound lesson just before assembly to really develop our speed and fluency. 
We have assemblies every afternoon and always end the day with our 'Goodbye Song'. 
Supporting your child at home
READING
Make sure you read EVERY DAY at home. Use the 'book bag book' we send home every Monday - you'll keep it for the week. This book is linked to the text your child will be reading in school and they should be able to read it to you.
Listen to your child read out loud and marvel at how their fluency develops as they rehearse the same story. On Friday we'll send home the storybook we've been using in school for them to impress you over the weekend. These phonically decodable books will be complemented with library books for reading pleasure. We'll visit the library every Monday and Friday. 
Please ensure all books are returned on Monday. 
MATHS
Talking maths and noticing number and patterns all around will help develop your child's love for maths. Let them help work out number problems at home, count out objects, play dice games and access Numbots.
Each Friday we'll have a quiz. Children will be supported with objects like counters to help them with the quiz. The quiz lasts no more than 10 minutes with the emphasis on 'do your best to show me what you know'. Children will bring their quiz sheets home to show you. It's a good chance for you to celebrate what they can do, and see where they might need some additional support. For Autumn term and Spring 1 the quiz focuses on number bonds. From Spring 2 to the end of the year it will be on x2, x5, x10. 
Seedlings Class Page
Visit the secure page using your child's picture login to see all our wonderful learning and find any messages.  I'll also use this page to send any information that I need to share or post learning ideas for children who might be isolating. 
Thank you
Mrs Rice
Mrs Pippin

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Pippin works in Seedlings every morning and is the lunchtime supervisor.

Ms Almey

Teaching Assistant

Ms Almey works with the Seedlings in the mornings.

Mrs Dicker

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Dicker works in Seedlings all day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Mrs Alison Pollard

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Pollard will be working with us on a Thursday and Friday afternoon.