Shwmae a croeso i
Hello and welcome to The Willows class
Dosbarth Helyg is a Year 1 and 2 class led by myself, Miss Santner and supported by our LSO Mrs. Clee. The year ahead is certainly an exciting one with a range of opportunities for pupils to participate in a variety of learning experiences which will inspire and engage them. As we move into the New Curriculum, our aim is to develop ambitious learners who feel capable and ready to learn both now and into the future.
Our classroom environment provides opportunities for our pupils to develop skills across the six areas of learning and experience: Language, Literacy and Communication; Mathematics and Numeracy; Science and Technology; Humanities; Health and Wellbeing and Expressive Arts. We have access to a wealth of resources including the use of enhanced provision, technology and the outdoors. Learners are encouraged to set themselves high standards and seek and enjoy challenge. Pupils regularly voice what skills they want to further develop independently and this in turn forms our weekly ‘Missions’. They will have opportunities to engage in play, creativity, problem solving and risk taking.
Our class topics have been tailored to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum which give pupils opportunities to develop their literacy, numeracy and DCF skills across the six AoLEs.
Autumn 1 - Remember, Remember- We will be stepping back in time to learn about the times of the Tudors, key events such as the Great Fire of London and Gun Powder Plot, explore light and dark, learn about religious festivals and remember our heroes of war.
Autumn 2 - Cracking contraptions and Timeless Toys - We will learn about modern technology including coding BeeBots, compare toys from then and now and discover electricity and circuits.
Spring 1 - Alive and Kicking - We will learn about different creation beliefs, animals and their habitats, healthy living and grow our own plants.
Spring 2- Cymru Cyffrous - We will become informed citizens of Wales to learn about our locality, use map skills, identify landmarks, learn about famous people from Wales and perform a traditional Welsh tale through dance.
Summer 1- Fairy Tales and Fantasy – In this topic we will enjoy traditional fairy tales, visit a real castle, discover dragons and knights and get creative with our own story telling.
Summer 2- Disaster Zone! - Global issues and natural disasters will be discussed along with local issues including the effect we have on the environment. This will help us develop empathy and understanding of others so that we become ethically informed citizens.
In order to embed the learning that takes place in school it is important to encourage pupils to participate in home-learning. Basic mental math number skills are needed to access all areas of mathematics and numeracy. Therefore, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, times tables and quick recall of number facts such as number bonds/doubling and halving are essential.
Please ensure that you read with your child daily using their school reading books; your own personal books and the website ‘Oxford Owl’. The purpose of a reading book is to ensure learners develop strategies to sound and blend whilst also reading for meaning and understanding. Pupils will engage in various reading activities throughout their lessons as well as one-to-one reading and group guided reading sessions. Pupils will be expected to read every day at home. As little as ten minutes per day can have a huge impact on their learning. They also need to ensure they bring their reading book to school every day so that we can listen to them and change their book regularly.
Weekly spelling lists will be given out and will need to be taken home to learn. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings ready for their test on a Friday. It is also important that they understand the meaning of the word and should be able to put the word into a sentence.
We promote healthy, active, lifestyle choices and encourage regular physical exercise through PE which takes place on a Wednesday. If your child brings a packed lunch, please include healthy foods and plain water. Pupils may bring a piece of fruit from home to have at break time and a bottle of water to keep in class.
If you require any further information or wish to discuss anything I am available at the end of the day or via Class Dojo. Your child’s well-being is of utmost priority in order for them to become happy, healthy and confident. Should you have any concerns please do not hesitate to drop me a message.
I am very much looking forward to being a part of your child’s educational journey and hope to make this year an enjoyable and memorable!