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Welcome to the Opal Class webpage. Here you will find information about the school day as well as our topics and the curriculum objectives we are covering each term.

 

Miss Denning is the class teacher and Mrs Di-Pisa is our fabulous teaching assistant. Mr Painter is our student teacher from Bath Spa University. Please do pop in to see us if you have any questions regarding your child's progress or wellbeing. 

 

Our topic for the Summer term is ‘The Weird and Wonderful Victorians’ and we have a lot of exciting learning and activities to look forward to.

 

We started the year learning about the famous Victorian inventor, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  This term we will learn all about daily life in the era in which he lived.  The children will learn about Victorian schools, homes, clothes, holidays, transport, food and much more!  We are also very excited to be visiting Sevington Victorian School during term 5.  The culmination of the year’s learning will happen in term 6 when we will visit Brunel’s famous flagship- the SS Great Britain.

 

In Writing, the children will continue to work on handwriting, punctuation, spelling and grammar.  We will be doing some personal recount writing in the form of diary entries, postcards and news writing.  We will link this to our topic as we travel back in time. We will also begin to develop our comprehension skills in reading by asking and answering questions about what we have read.

We will also be sending home Year 1 Common Exception Word spellings for you to practise at home (otherwise known as 'red words').

 

In Maths we will be learning about money, position/direction, multiplication/division and fractions.  We will also be practising our reasoning skills by tackling lots of word problems. See the key objectives and vocabulary below for more information about how to support your child with their maths. Lots of free online maths games can also be found through ictgames.com and topmarks.co.uk.

 

In Science we will be learning about plants and will be going outside as much as possible for lots of hands-on learning about planting and growing. 

 

 

Chatter topics:

Who was Queen Victoria?

How long ago was the Victorian era?

What was life like for school children?

Did all children go to school?
What jobs did people do?

What did people wear?

What sort of food did they eat?

Did they have cars or trains?

What famous inventions were made during the Victorian era?

What were the houses like?

 

 

 

 

 

 Other information:

 

PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ensure that your child has a change of t-shirt, shorts (joggers can be worn during chillier weather) and suitable PE shoes (daps).T shirts should be white and shorts should be black.

 

Below is some guidance which will support you and your child in making good progress throughout the year:

• Asking them about what they have learned about in school that day.

• Discussing the topics that are being covered together.

• Reading about the topics at home.

• Visiting the library to find out more about the topics for the term.

• Bringing anything relevant into school to share with the class if your child would like to.

  • Practising spellings (see list below)
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

 

However all children should be reading at home DAILY and bringing their reading records to school every day to change their books. Please sign your child's reading record each time they read at home. When your child has read their book 3 times (for shorter books) or once for longer books they can get a housepoint for their house team. 

 

The children can change their reading books by popping into the reading book box in the mornings! Feel free to talk to us or write a message in their reading record if you feel their reading book is too easy or too challenging. 

 

 

Autumn term - We made tents for the troll to live in after the 3 Billy Goats kicked him off this bridge! What materials can you spot?

Autumn term - We made tents for the troll to live in after the 3 Billy Goats kicked him off this bridge! What materials can you spot? 1
Autumn term - We made tents for the troll to live in after the 3 Billy Goats kicked him off this bridge! What materials can you spot? 2
Autumn term - We made tents for the troll to live in after the 3 Billy Goats kicked him off this bridge! What materials can you spot? 3
Ipads and iphones are a great way of engaging your children in learning in a fun way. Below are a list of apps you might want to look at with your child.