Assistant Head and Teacher
It's difficult to name a favourite book as there are far too many to choose from! I have very fond memories of my Year 3 teacher reading me the BFG and this was the best part of the day by far. I was totally hooked on her vivid story telling voices and can clearly remember the class falling silent in suspense as she continued the next chapter each afternoon. I'll never forget the roars of laughter as we heard about 'frobscottle' and 'snozcumbers'. My love for Roald Dahl grew more and more from here and I now love reading Roald Dahl's books to my own little class of 'human beans'.
I absolutely LOVE 'The Famous five - 5 go to smugglers top'. It gives me such wonderful memories of when I used to have sleepovers with my best friend, and we would listen to 'The famous five' books on audio. I have particularly fond memories of listening to this one in the dark whilst eating a midnight feast and loving the feeling of being scared but needing to continue listening so that I could complete the adventure with the famous five. I love how Enid Blyton almost makes you feel as though you're an extra member of the gang whilst you read the books. I particularly liked George's character too
My favourite book, for nostalgic reasons, is The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I read it many times as a child and when I had a family of my own, I shared it with my two girls. Even now as an adult I sometimes pick it up and read a chapter or two!
The wonderful thing about reading is that it can be used as a window into another life. You can understand and appreciate another land or another time, all without having to leave the comfort of your home.
I like to read books that have twists and turns, that have you on the edge of your seat. The type of books that make you say 'just one more page' and before you know it, you've reached the end and it's 2am. My favourite text type is fiction. I love to find myself waking up in a world constructed purely from words and a collaboration between my imagination and the author's.
Welcome back! We are excited to begin our first half-term with our ‘All About Me’ topic.
In science, we will be learning to identify and name body parts and the five senses, identify things that are alive, dead, never alive and explore the life stages of a human. We will also explore what humans need to survive, different food types and will be able to discuss the importance of exercise.
In Art we will be studying self-portraits of artists and identifying their key features. We will be learning to use different lines and shapes to create texture and effect and will be using colour effectively to create our own self-portraits for display in our classrooms.
Phonics and spelling will be taught daily alongside our English lessons. This half term we will be writing for a purpose to inform our new class teachers about ourselves, our families, hobbies, likes and dislikes.
In maths, our focus is place value; year one will be learning to count objects, count forwards and backwards, identify one more and one less and represent numbers. We will then move onto comparing numbers before ordering them. Year two will be learning to recapping prior learning before learning how to represent number, identify tens and ones, use place value charts and compare and order numbers. We will them move onto counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s and
In P.E, we will be learning to create a sequence with jumps, balances, shapes and rolls.
In R.E. we will be learning to understand what it is like to belong to a community.
In PSHCE, year one we will be focusing on our ‘Welcome to School’ unit and learning about how to act safely in an emergency and seek appropriate help whilst year two explores ‘Our Communities’ and how to respect uniqueness.