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Welcome to Goldfinches blog. Miss Amess has thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the new year 1 children and they have settled in well to the new routines.

Term 1

Our topic this term is 'Splendid Skies'. We have covered various parts of the curriculum, such as the weather, seasons, maps and the continents of the world. Within ICT we have spoken about the terms ‘algorithm’ and ‘execute’. We have talked about our families, rules and our place within the community in PSHE. The children particularly enjoyed learning about special places in RE. We have identified the key features of a church and synagogue as well as thinking about our own special places. Next term we are hoping to visit a local church to consolidate our learning. 

The children particularly enjoyed designing and making their own kites this term. The children spent time planning and evaluating their kite in DT lessons. The children finally got the chance to test their kites; luckily the weather was perfect for kite flying!

Term 2

We have been busy exploring 'Enchanted Woodlands' this term. The children have enjoyed taking part in lots of outdoor activities. They have made tree boggarts, dens and sculptures during DT and art lessons. The children have also made their own woodland crowns using natural materials found in the nature area and wrote instructions on how to make them. As part of our RE learning, the children visited a local church where they got to look around at different features and completed a scavenger hunt around the church.

Towards the end of this term, the children have spent lots of time practising for our Christmas performance of 'Ralph the Reindeer'. We have learnt songs and actions and can't wait to perform to you all! During the final week we will have lots of celebrations and activities to look forward to. The children will be making Christmas cards and calendars. We are having our Christmas party on Wednesday 19th December and will be watching a pantomime on Thursday 20th December. 


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Term 3 Curriculum Evening

On Thursday 7th February, Year 1 held their first curriculum evening of this academic year. Parents and carers were invited to school to see and hear about the learning that the children have been doing linked to our current topic 'Bright Lights, Big City'. The children took part in a presentation and sang 'London's Burning'. To conclude the evening, everyone was invited to look at all of the children's wonderful homework projects, (we've never seen so many Big Ben's in one room!) and the work that the children completed on our Innovate day linked to the Great Fire of London.

Royal Tea Party!

On Monday 7th January, Year 1 received a special delivery from Buckingham Palace. We eagerly anticipated what could be inside and soon found an invitation to a royal tea party! Our tea party took place on Wednesday 9th January and all the children came dressed for the occasion.The children listened to the National Anthem and enjoyed some delicious treats before saying a toast.

Unfortunately the Queen couldn't make it to our party (we hope she'll visit another time!), nevertheless the children and teachers had a fantastic morning!


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