Welcome from Miss Nicholls
As a new teacher to Barnburgh Primary School, it has been both a pleasurable and rewarding first week for me. Any shaky nerves that I previously had, were instantly settled as soon as I met the children. I was overwhelmed by their enthusiasm, attitude and spirit; particularly as we were able to share together enjoyable memories from our summer holidays.
Year one is a very exciting year for the children. This is a time when young people seek out new
experiences and make independent choices about their learning. Our first topic is Memory Box, which will give the young children an opportunity to share their tall tales about growing up. It will also provide an insight into the lives of young people from the past and allow our children to understand what ‘their’ childhood would have been like. Because we are using a loveable story by Martin Waddell called ‘Once there were giants’, our young people will be encouraged to grow in confidence in all aspects of the curriculum!
Next Thursday 14th September, we will be holding our very own teddy bears picnic at school. Children will be asked to bring their own teddy bear or soft toy into school for this event. We will use this time to begin our exciting topic and use stories, songs and activities inspired by this theme.
Throughout the year, we will be focusing on the basic skills across the curriculum. Children will continue to develop and improve their handwriting, reading, phonics and mathematics. In English, we will cover a range of writing styles such as, information and recount, which the children will surely enjoy. Reading will give our children the opportunity to further develop their phonetic skills; particularly as they worked so hard in this area last year and made excellent progress. In maths, the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction, which again will be related to the ‘Memory box’ theme.
To allow the children to reach their full artistic potential and create their own ‘Van Gogh’ and ‘Rembrandts’, we have decided to spend a full afternoon every two weeks on this area of their learning. Here, the children will continue to develop and showcase their existing skills, particularly as Miss Yates will be assisting them in this subject. In terms of PE, children will need to bring their PE kits ready for our Wednesday afternoon session with me. Additionally, the children will have a double PE session with our sports specialist Mr Goddard, every other Friday, instead of the current one hour a week.
Homework will consist of a reading book that children can use to practise their learning from the week.
Included, there will be a homework sheet which will focus on the phoneme(s) of the week and the related spellings. This homework will be sent home with your child in their new home learning bag and will help to keep their work clean and tidy. This will go out on a Friday afternoon and will be expected to be returned the following Thursday.
We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children will be able to choose their own main reading book. Once the children have completed this book they can place their book bag in the ‘change my book’ box and staff will endeavour to change this book. Reading, just 10 minutes a day, has a real impact on children’s learning and this will be encouraged throughout the year.
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support.
Miss Nicholls and the KS1 team.