Class 1 - The Busy Bee Class 2016 - 2017
Hello! I am the class 1 teacher. Prior to teaching class 1, I had the pleasure of teaching years 2 and 3 at Cartmel and a year 3 class in Camden, London. Teaching is a true vocation for me and I love planning activities to excite and motivate my class. In addition to my teaching responsibilities I am the subject leader for: Literacy, History and Geography.
Hello Everyone. I am teaching Class 1 on a full time basis covering maternity leave for Mrs Walker from April 2017. I live in the beautiful village of Cartmel and feel so privileged to work in such a wonderful school. My hobbies are walking, mountain biking, singing, acting and reading. I love to spend time with my family and my favourite holiday destination is Northumberland.
Class 1 - The Busy Bee Class: Blog items
Tatton Park living history experience, by Mrs Walker
This term our topics are: Gardens and Bears
We will be learning about: growing plants, mini beasts including the lifecycle of a butterfly, famous artists and sculptures. In addition to this we will look at the seaside, weather and the Arctic.
Our main curriculum focuses will be:
Science – Plants and Seasonal Changes
Children will learn about the structure of plants and trees and what they need to grow well. They will identify common plants and trees in the garden and in the wild, sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves, and crafting labelled plant collage pictures. Children will plant their own bean and observe it closely over the coming weeks by measuring and recording its growth.
Children will observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of spring and summer through nature and wildlife. This includes observation, discussion and learning outside. Children also work scientifically by collecting, recording and interpreting simple data.
History – WW1
Children will learn about the First World War. They will find out about Walter Tull, a significant individual in British history who was the first black British Army officer, the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, the animals who helped them and the importance of women's roles on the Home Front.
Geography – Local Area
Children will learn about their locality beyond the school gate, building on their knowledge and understanding of their school environment. They will explore their local area using first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness along with developing essential map and fieldwork skills.
Music – Sing and Play
Children will continue their weekly lessons with Miss Lace where they will be learning songs and using musical instruments.
PE – Cricket and Multi-Skills
Children will be learning all the necessary skills needed to play Cricket. They will also participate in varied multi-skill activities including: tri-golf, hockey and football.
Children will learn how to work with fabric. They will explore different fabrics that they could use to design their own flag. The children will use techniques such as sewing, stapling and gluing and finally they will decorate their felt flag. Once their project is complete they will evaluate their product.
Art – Colour Chaos and Nature Sculptures
Children will learn about choosing, using and mixing colours to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. They will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles. Following this children will learn about the concept of nature sculpture. They will have the opportunity to learn about different kinds of nature sculptures and to explore the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other environmental artists. Children will focus on different techniques using natural materials; model making, observational drawing, collecting material, ephemeral land art and group sculpture building.
Computing – Data and E-Safety
Children will be developing their data and E-Safety skills with Miss Lace. They will also access different tools on Purple Mash.
Children will learn 'what prayer means to Christians and other faiths' along with 'what it means to Christians to belong to the church'. They will continue to, reflect on, talk about and take part in class and whole school worships linked to our Christian values.
Phonics and Spellings
Children in Reception and year 1 have a daily phonics session each morning where they practise sounds already taught and learn new phonemes and graphemes. We follow the LCP phonics scheme. Children in year 2 advance to the 'No-Nonsense spelling' programme where they revise phonics learnt previously and learn new spelling rules and patterns.
Our individual reading booklets are banded into different colours. Children are heard reading 2 times per week within school - either 1:1 with their own book or as part of a guided session. Children also experience weekly Read with RIC lessons and take part in reading comprehension activities.
Year 2 will have SAT assessments in May and year 1 have a phonic screening check in June. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Unsworth.