To my lovely Butterflies,
What a strange year it has been! It was not the start to school life we imagined for you, but your resilience has shone through. As much as I have missed teaching you in the classroom, I have loved seeing pictures of your work and we have had some lovely chats on the phone.
The Autumn term was fantastic, we were all a bit nervous but you all settled in brilliantly and learnt to do things 'the Knowle way' so well. Wonderful friendships were formed and you all became fiercely independent in your own ways.
We have enjoyed sharing so many stories and you have created to most amazing story maps I have ever seen for children of your age. It is and has always been so lovely to watch you bring the stories to life when you are playing. Many of you made bridges for the Billy Goats to cross the river, created wanted posters when the troll went missing and wrote fantastic letters from the troll to apologise to the goats. Year Ones, I really enjoyed watching you perform our story maps and how love imaginative you were. We had so many giggles in our little group.
Each of you played your part in looking after our doll 'Baby Emily'. From feeding, bathing, changing and taking her for walks. You all showed a real sense of responsibility towards looking after her and I loved watching this evolve. Although, it was a bit scary when she was being tossed up into the air and caught in a blanket .
As we moved into Spring, we did not know the changes that lay ahead. In this time, you showed amazing perseverance as I challenged you in all aspects of learning. Keep aiming high. Year One, you have worked so, so hard and showed what can be achieved when you are focused and ready to learn. The giggles continues as ever.
As many of you know, I won't see you in September as I will be at home with my new baby. You might remember I told you that the baby will arrive when you start in Y1. New beginnings for us all. As promised, will send a picture for your teacher to share with you and I will visit you when I can. I will be back before you know it.
For now, thank you for being such a wonderful class. It has been an absolute pleasure to be your teacher and I am so humbled that I got to play a part in your first year of school life.
To all of the parents and family members that I have had the pleasure of working with this year, thank you. We had some great parent evenings and I thank you for supporting your children in their home learning this term.
Best wishes to you all, and have a wonderful summer with your families.
A very proud, Mrs Hill
The link above is a link to 'NumBots'. 'NumBots' is a game which supports Maths skills in Foundation. Each child has their own login which was sent home before we closed school for the Lockdown.
If you don’t know your password, please send me an email and I will send across your child’s login details:
Easter Holiday Challenges
Here are some Easter challenges to entertain you whilst we follow the #stayathome guidance.
Welcome Butterfly Class
Hello and welcome to the Butterfly class. Helping the children with their learning this year is Mrs Hill (Class Teacher). In addition, we also have help from our wonderful Teaching Assistants, Mrs Page, Mrs Corey and Mrs Axworthy.
Please note that we have PE on a Wednesday and Friday, so please remember to dress your child in their PE kit on these days. Please ensure your child has their coloured PE top, PE hoodie, black bottoms, hair tied up and jewellery removed on these days so that they are ready and safe to take part. Thank you for your cooperation.
On your child's forest school day, please ensure they arrive at school in suitable clothing. We are able to provide the children with a waterproof suit and wellington boots to wear over their clothes. We ask that their uniform be in a bag for them to change into when they return from for forest school. Thank you for your cooperation.
SPRING TERM 2
This term, our theme is 'changes.' As we into spring, we will observe seasonal changes, investigate life cycles and growth and decay. In Storytelling session, we will begin learning 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff.' We will create a story map, and learn to write simple sentences to describe the troll. He likes to wonder about so look out for our wanted posters. To link with our topic of changes, we will also learn the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' written by Eric Carle. The learning environment will continue to reflect the children's interests and all areas of the EYFS curriculum in which they need to develop skills. We will continue to identify next steps in learning. For more information on other subjects, please find the topic overview a the bottom of the page.
We will continue to learn more about 'The Great Fire of London'. In History, the children will learn how London changed as a result of the 'great fire'. In storytelling, we will be making links to our Science topic by learning the story 'Monkeys in Hats'. We will innovate our own version of the tale and investigate the best material for a hat based on its properties.
In Maths, we will learning to measure weight, height and length. For more information on other subjects, please find the topic overview a the bottom of the page.
For foundation, we ask that you read with your child for 10 minutes EVERY night. Please ensure you (or your child) place the book in the reading box so it can be changed. Thank you.
For Year One, homework will consist of spellings to practise for a test on the following Friday and Fantastic Facts maths work which helps recall and speed. The spellings are linked to the Year 1 National Curriculum. Please ensure you also read with your child for 10 minutes EVERY night.
Year One and Foundation
Children should bring in their reading records every day and are encouraged to read every night at home. Please do encourage your child to read at home, it'll only take 5 to 10 minutes and makes a tremendous difference to their confidence and attainment in class! The reading book you receive will be in line with your child's reading ability. The children are assessed regularly and book levels are set accordingly. Books will only be changed if the reading record has been signed by an adult at home. Thank you for your cooperation.
STAR OF THE WEEK
Star of the Week will be awarded to a different child every Friday afternoon for being a superstar all week! It could be for their attitude to learning, behaviour or producing outstanding work (to name a few!). They will then take home the class bear for the weekend and write about their adventures in our class book. Who will be the first star of the week this year?
HOME LEARNING STAR OF THE WEEK THIS WEEK IS ...