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Immanuel and St.

Andrew CE Primary School

Year 1B Class Bulletin
Term 3 January 2011

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! It is lovely to see the children back at school after the Christmas holidays. We
are settling into our new and spacious classroom and children are adapting well to the more
structured timetable with their wonderful enthusiasm for learning.
Our topic this term is ‘Brrr! It’s cold outside.’ We will be learning about animals that live in the
Arctic and Antarctic. We will also be thinking about freezing and melting as well as touching on the
changes that our planet is going through and how this is affecting creatures that live in these cold
If children have any books or resources related to our topic that they would like to bring in to
show the class they are welcome to.

If you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me on..

Thanks, Maddy Breedon

Topics this term Important Notes:

Literacy – Homework – This will now be sent home

on Wednesdays to be collected in on a
Our new Literacy Unit is ‘Stories in a Fantasy
setting’. We will look at a range of fantasy stories,
focusing particularly on ‘Harry and the Snow King’, *********
‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’. We will Spellings- These will continue to be set
be discussing the language, characters and plot of on Fridays and tested the following
these stories as well as exploring them through Friday. The children are still tested in
drama and using them as a doorway into our topic. their phonics groups which are slightly
Our final product will be a class book of fantasy different this term.
stories. We will also be producing pieces of work
during writing week based on the ice-skating scene
Reading Books- I would like to
by Hendrick Avercamp.
emphasise the importance of children
bringing their book bags with reading
Numeracy – books and reading records to school
This term we will be continuing with the new everyday as Mrs Bhagwan will continue to
‘Maths Makes Sense’ scheme. Each week we will be change books on Mondays and Thursdays.
covering different strands of the maths Also this New Year means that as well as
curriculum and building upon the new knowledge guided reading groups on a daily basis all
learnt in a slow and gradual way. We will also be children will be read with individually at
least twice more on a weekly basis.
having creative maths afternoons on Fridays
Please ensure your child has their book
where children will undertake weekly maths
bag every day so we can read with them
RE – This term we will be focusing on ‘Prayer’. We Trips- The children have the
will be thinking about why people pray and the opportunity to go ice skating as part of a
different types of Christian prayer. We will also whole school trip on Friday 21st January.
learn a famous Christian prayer and write prayers This will linked to the work we will be
doing in writing week (the following
of our own to say at the end of each day.
Topics this term (continued): Important Notes (continued):
PSHCE – This term’s SEAL topic is ‘Going for
Goals!’ We will be thinking about how we learn Trips (continued): We will also be
and how we can achieve our goals by overcoming going on another trip to the National
obstacles. We will be thinking about setting Gallery on the 1st February. The
ourselves some important goals in our learning children will be undertaking a tour in
and relating these to our targets. which they will investigate paintings all
to do with Hot and Cold. Please let me
ICT know if you would like to come along
Our unit is ‘Finding Things Out’ where we will
and help on either of these trips.
explore web pages to find out information for
our ‘Brrrr’ topic. All the internet sites we will be
Indoor PE will be on Tuesday
using will be predetermined and safe.
afternoons as in Term 1.
Outdoor PE is now first thing on
Brrr! It’s Cold Outside’ Monday mornings. I would like
During this topic we will be looking at the Arctic children to come to school in their
and Antarctic and learning about animals and outdoor PE kits with their school
habitats. We will learn about how animals adapt uniform in a PE bag ready to change
for survival in their harsh environments. We will into afterwards. This will allow us to
be doing experiments to do with temperature make the most of our PE time.
and melting and freezing. We will also be
thinking about winter sports and how our climate
is changing. So even though it is inconvenient we
are hoping for some more wintry weather this Writing week (24th -28th
term to assist in our creative learning journey! January)-

IMPORTANT DIARY DATES: The whole school will be producing

writing inspired by this painting by
• Wednesday 12th January: Heroes Day and
Hendrick Avercamp:
Heroes breakfast- (Children can dress as
superheroes or their own heroes to raise
money for a school in Swaziland) gs/hendrick-avercamp-a-winter-
• Tuesday 18th Jan 1.30: Reception and Year 1 scene-with-skaters-near-a-castle
Dental Surgery
• Friday January 21st: Whole school to
Streatham Ice Arena ice skating between
10-3pm (Year 1-6)
• Week commencing January 24th:
Writing week
• Tuesday February 1st:
Trip to National Gallery
• Week commencing 14th February:
Drama week
• Wednesday 16th February 2011: Parents
Evening 3.00—7.00pm (school will close at
2.45 p.m)
• Friday 18th February 2011: Last Day of
Term 3
• Monday 28th February 2011: First Day of
Term 4 & start of Maths Week