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Miss Hyett and Mrs Raymer would like to welcome you to Purple Class.

Term 2 - Deadly Dinosaurs

 

Which dinosaurs ruled the world?

Curriculum Newsletter

IT'S CHRISTMAS!

Christmas has finally arrived in Purple Class - not only did we enjoy making advent wreaths today during our RE lesson but we also decorated the tree with our class decorations during assembly.  Watch out, you might hear Miss Hyett singing carols next!

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DINOSAUR WORKSHOP

What incredible fun we had today during our drama workshop with Perform for Schools.  Not only did we get to experience what it was like to live 65 million years ago but we had to hide from a velociraptor who kept a very tidy nest!  Our imaginations ran wild during the session as we acted, sang and danced.  

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POPPY DAY

The children had a lovely day creating art work for the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day.

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As we arrived at school for our first day we were very excited to find a dinosaur egg in the classroom.  Some of the children suggested that we put it into water to keep it at the right temperature and after a couple of days it is hatching!  We are looking forward to meeting our Purple Class dinosaur soon.

He's hatched!!  Say hello to Percy the Purple Class dinosaur!

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The team have also been busy during the holidays clearing up the outside area so that we are ready to role play and use our small world in the Westmeads' Dinosaur Park.  The children are already making the most of the rockery and water tray.
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Mr Whorlow helped some of us make a t-rex using playdough then we had a go on our own - look how well it turned out!  We even made a nest of rotting plants for the t-rex to cover it's egg.
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ENGLISH

Our lessons this term are based on non-fiction (information) texts.  We are learning facts about different dinosaurs and writing these in our own words.  Each of us is forming our own sentences using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.  Some of us are trying to use the word 'and' to help us join simple sentences.  

The first dinosaur we are focusing on is a Triceratops.  Many of us are already using adjectives (describing words) to helps us write about this plant eater.  Here are some examples of our sentences:

 

A Triceratops has three strong horns and a sharp beak.  It has a bright colourful frill and scaly skin.

 

From next week we will move on to look at other dinosaurs and already have lots of questions we would like to find the answers to!

MATHS

After looking at place value in numbers to 10 and addition with these numbers, we are now learning about subtraction (minus or take away).  We will begin by reinforcing the part, part, whole method and looking at how to turn the number sentence around (inverse).  When we are fluent with our understanding we will move onto reasoning and problem solving.

 

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Our BEACH WALKS will be happening every Thursday and during these sessions we will be taking part in ACTIVE MATHS ensuring we all have fun, keep warm and use resources to help our practical problem solving.
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PE

Our lessons this term include volleyball on a Tuesday afternoon and gymnastics on a Wednesday morning.  We can't wait to get going and will be working on our balance, agility and co-ordination as well as attack and defence in the team game.

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COMPUTING

This term we will be discussing how to stay safe when using computers both at school and at home.  We will be using the 'Hector the Protector' series of videos and linked activities to ensure we understand what information we should keep safe and who we should talk to online.

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ART

Our painting this term will consist of an investigation into how to make a colour lighter and darker.  Once we have practised this skill we will be painting some pictures for our display.

When sketching our dinosaur pictures we will be looking at the work of Quentin Blake and attempting to use his 'line drawing' style in our dinosaur sketches.

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RE

Our focus this term will be thinking about how and why we celebrate special times.  We have been in touch with the Canterbury Mosque and are hoping to visit here later in the term.

Term 1 - Fantasy Worlds: Where will you go?

DRUIDSTONE TRIP

Well, we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful day to go on our trip to Druidstone Park.  Not only was it lovely and sunny but the animals and the mystical creatures in the Enchanted Woods were all on good form!

We had an exciting start to the day with our first ride in the school minibus and obviously there was a lot of singing en route to the park!

On arrival we went into the Enchanted Woods where we found some strange characters to sketch and admire.  After collecting leaves we then tried to conjure up some magic by making our own wands.

Following lunch we had a bit of a play on the climbing wall and slide before using crayons and sugar paper to attempt some leaf rubbing - some were more successful than others.  

We then had an exciting time feeding the animals and learning how to hold our hand flat so that it didn't accidentally get nibbled by the hungry donkeys and alpacas!  The children thoroughly enjoyed feeding time - maybe even more than the animals who reaped the benefits!

COOKING - FANTASY FLAPJACKS

All of the children have had a turn at making their 'Fantasy Flapjacks' this term with Miss Wardle and Mrs Raymer.  Fresh fruit was used in this recipe to make it extra tasty! 

We hope you all enjoyed them!

FIZZ POP SCIENCE ASSEMBLY

What a wonderful start to our morning we had when we took part in the Fizz Pop Assembly.  Not only did we see lots of wonderful inventions but we learned about friction in a really exciting way.  Some of us even got to go up and take part!  

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We hope you have all enjoyed the start to Year 1 after such a long and warm summer break!  We are looking forward to having lots of fun this year so hope you are prepared with a big smile on your face!

 

This term we are going to be thinking about Fantasy Lands and what type of world we would want.  We have just started discussing 'favourite' things and these currently include: Chocolate Cake Land, Pig Land, Alien World and Desert World (with snakes and kangaroos!).  I hope you are looking forward to describing, drawing and making your lands as the term continues.

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ENGLISH

We will be watching episodes of Mr Benn to help us with our ideas and see the types of adventures he has in all of the different worlds.

Our writing will be focusing on understanding what we need to write a sentence - capital letters, full stops and finger spaces - as well as using the word 'and' to make our sentences longer and more interesting.

At the end of each lesson we will also be checking our writing and thinking about spellings.

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MATHS

At the start of Year 1 we like to begin gently by reinforce our counting so this means we will be thinking about different ways of counting forwards and backwards to 10 and then 20 from different numbers.  Some of us will also be counting in 2s!

To help us with this we will be using counters, Numicon and tens frames.

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ENRICHMENT

During this first term we will be having music lessons with Ms Diamond every Friday afternoon as well as French lessons with Mrs Thomas every Thursday.

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RE

In our R.E. lessons we will be thinking about what it means to belong to a faith community.  We will be discussing our thoughts and ideas as well as taking part in various activities around this theme.

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PE

For our PE lessons during this first term we will be covering tennis and netball.  Our tennis lessons will be on a Wednesday morning with Helen from Appeti Tennis in Canterbury who will be teaching the children the basic skills through fun games.

On a Friday afternoon we will be playing netball and concentrating on catching, throwing and dodging as well as attack and defence skills as part of a team.  Our new Sports Apprentice, Mr Dickinson, will be helping us during these sessions.

Please remember that you will need your PE kit in school so that you can take a full and active role in these lessons.

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PSHE

This term we will be talking about our feelings using the framework of 'Zippy's Friends'.  We begin by thinking about what makes us happy or sad and move on to discuss how to deal with our emotions through stories, drawings and discussion. 

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