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Welcome to Year One

Class Teachers: Mrs Cooney & Miss Smith
LSCA: Mrs Cock 
"How does art connect us to our natural world?"

This term our enquiry question is "How does art connect us to our natural world?" Our focus is Art and Music. The children will be learning to explore creations that people have produced as a result of interpreting their senses. Throughout the term, the children will be discovering what it means to be an Artist and will learn to develop ideas as they begin to understand the artistic process, master techniques and take inspiration from the greats. Using the book The Colour Monster to introduce our topic, the children will explore their own emotions whilst developing their understanding of mixing colours when painting. They will learn to mix primary colours to make secondary, add white to colours to make tints and black to colours to make tones and create colour wheels. We will use our enquiry question to explore nature within our local area and study the work of John Constable for inspiration. As we develop our painting techniques, we will celebrate the Queen's Jubilee by painting a portrait of the Queen. Following on from this we will develop our drawing skills and explore natural resources for sculpture. We will then move on to explore how art can be expressed through music. We will have opportunities to perform, transcribe, compose and describe music. The children will be able to take inspiration from their own senses and experiences of the world around then. As the term ends, the children will draw on their own conclusion as to how they feel art may be inspired by nature.  

Look at our learning this term...

Cook, Cook, Cook!

We had great fun with Darren from Roots for Food helping us to make Japanese Teriyaki! In teams, we chopped vegetables using the bridge and claw technique, used spices and flavourings to marinade the chicken or Quorn and used the steamer and electric wok to bring the ingredients together to make this delicious dish!

We love the time we spend together in Forest School...

This term we have been exploring lots of history and science.

Reminders

PE Days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Outdoor kit needs to be worn into school on both days.

Forest School all-weather clothing to remain in school in a named bag with wellington boots. Forest School is on Tuesday. We are asking if spare clothes can remain in school to change on very wet or cold days. 

Training shoes- The children's training shoes can remain in school so they have them to change for Golden mile and lunchtime activities. 

Homework

Reading Please read with and to your child everyday. Your child has three books to take home. A book to share together and two reading books matched to their phonic knowledge and reading stage. These should be brought into school daily for reading volunteers to read and will be changed on their noted day.  

Phonics & Spelling The children will receive a weekly spelling activity to add to their Homework folder. These can also be kept in the children's book bags and brought in daily. Homework will be issued on a Friday and due the following Thursday. The children will then complete an individual spelling activity. 

Maths- A maths game or activity will be set on Purple Mash for completion over two weeks. 

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