Welcome to the Marvellous Moles and Super Squirrels!
Mrs Sansom, Miss Carey- Parsons and the team welcome you to Year 1! Year 1 is split into two different classes - the Marvellous Moles and the Super Squirrels. In Year 1, we work hard together towards achieving the Year 1 National Curriculum learning objectives in a fun, engaging and practical way. We are very excited to teach you all the wonderful things we have planned!
We embrace all areas of the National Curriculum in Year 1 and encourage children to understand the difference between them. During one short week we learn topic related material in lots of lessons including:
- R.E (Religious Education)
- P.E (Physical Education)
- P.S.H.E / R.S.E
Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday and we ask that all children wear their active uniform on these days (black trainers, grey joggers, sports shorts, skort or leggings, white t-shirt, royal blue jumper/sweatshirt).
Don't forget to read at least 5 times a week at home to receive a stamp on your chart. You can earn yourselves new books to take home if you keep this up!
Book bags and a named water bottle need to be in school every day.
On a Friday morning we have an Awards Assembly. We choose a bucket filler of the week, celebrate home achievements and reward the children who are reading at least 5 times a week at home. To celebrate the fantastic learning and behaviour that takes place during the week we also have 'Bucket Filling Bonanza' on a Friday afternoon, this is an extra special fun time which the children help choose.
Within this topic, we will be learning about Ilkeston's history as a mining town, as well as the physical and human geographical features found around Ilkeston.
This topic has inspired our English units which are centred around a book called 'Town is by the Sea' by Joanne Schwartz. Schwartz writes of a little boy named Tom who lives in a coal mining town by the sea. The story tells the tale of Tom's Dad who goes to work each day in the mines and draws particular attention to the darkness present in the coal mine.
This topic will also be inspired by a virtual 'Meet the miner' workshop from the National Coal Mining Museum.
They have very kindly lent us some boxes of artefacts that a miner would have used during their time in the mine.
We also have connections with Erewash Museum who are planning some coal mining activities especially for us.
As always, we appreciate family involvement but as this topic is so relatable to many of the children's families, if you have any photos or tales you can share with us, please let us know!