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Puffins - Year 1

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Shipwrecked!

“Man the lifeboats!” … There’s a storm brewing in Puffins class this term!

We find ourselves washed up on a strange new island that has yet to be discovered. Luckily, we can make a compass and map to help us search for everything we need for survival.

During our adventure, we will learn about the oceans and continents of the world as well as use our scientific knowledge to investigate floating, sinking and the best design for a boat.

A Mayday recording and a message in a bottle should ensure your little island explorers are back home in time for the summer holidays!

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Welcome back ! We hope you had a great Christmas and New Year and a big thank you for all your kind and generous Christmas presents. 

This term in Puffins we will be putting on our space suits, getting into our rockets and going off to explore outer space. We will be learning the names of the planets, all about the solar system and learning about some key figures in space history including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and Tim Peake. 

Puffins will be focusing on two specific books during our English lessons; Beegu and Man on the Moon. 

We also have an exciting trip planned and already the children have enjoyed spending time in the planetarium looking at the stars. 

 

If we have any budding astronauts or space experts amongst you then please feel free to come and share your knowledge with us.

 

We look forward to us all becoming space experts and sharing our findings with you 

 

Miss Whiting and Mrs Nicholls 

 

 

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A tale of two halves! 

Welcome back, I hope that you all had a relaxing half term and are all ready to start our exciting new topics. We have two this term, 'We're going on safari' and 'Into the Tomb of Tutankhamun'. Below is some more information about both of these plus the topic webs. If you have any expertise in either of these areas then please do not hesitate to get in touch and share your knowledge with the children frown

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Welcome to Puffin Class!!

 

This term our topic will be 'Through the Keyhole'

 

children will be learning all about houses now and in the past. Thinking about how they have changed both on the inside and outside and hopefully we will be able to include an exciting class trip based on our topic, watch this space! At the end of the topic we will be using our imaginations to think about what homes may be like in the future and getting creative with lots of exciting ideas. 

 

The children will be thinking about the local area and how the homes in Drayton have changed and are changing. This might involve a trip around the local area with some paper and pencils so that we can sketch lots of different houses around the village. 

 

Science will involve lots of work on materials and looking at what houses are made of and why, plus an investigation into what material makes the best pair of curtains for a bedroom. 

 

There will be lots of art opportunities throughout the term, including painting houses, creating a shoe box bedroom (donations of shoe boxes will be gratefully received)  and later in the term making a iron age round house! 

 

 

In English the children will be focusing on writing sentences using our phonics and letter formation and using some lovely stories to help us do this. We will start the term by using 'this is the bear', 'the shopping list' and 'Dogger' as well as many more. We will be reading lots of stories to the children and introducing a class novel which will be read at the end of the day. 

 

Maths at the start of the term focuses on place value and counting. We will have lots of opportunities to use lots of exciting new equipment to help us with our learning and to keep it as practical as possible. 

 

With so many exciting things happening we are going to be very busy in puffins class this term and we look forward to sharing it with you on a Friday morning. However, we will be keeping it as enjoyable as possible and making the transition from Robins as smooth as possible. 

 

If you have any queries or any expertise in our topic that you would like to share with the children please come and talk to us

 

Miss Whiting and Mrs Nicholls 

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