Maples (Year 1)
Welcome to Maples Class
Class Teacher: Mrs Green
Teaching Assistants: Ms Stocker and Mrs Bharadwaj
This term, our topic is ‘Toys’ and we have a lot of exciting activities planned.
In history we will be looking at how toys have changed over time. This will include comparing toys from the present day to those in the past, learning about toys our grandparents played with and finding out about toys from the Victorian times.
In DT we will continue with our focus on toys by exploring how sliders and levers work in moving picture books. We will then be designing and creating our own books to share with the reception children.
In art we will start the first part of the term by doing some printing work based on Japanese cherry blossom. This will involve looking at the work of artists Katsushika Hokusai and Damien Hirst. For the second part of the term we shall be doing some observational drawings of toys.
Maths this year!
In science we will be learning about everyday materials and their properties. We will be working scientifically to;
Home learning project
Reading at home
We recognise the value of a partnership between home and school to support children in the development of their reading skills. Children who read regularly for 10-15 minutes at home will gain a great deal. Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times a week.
Tips for reading with your child:
Find a quiet space and a quiet time.
Have a look at the front cover together. Ask your child to tell you what they think the book will be about (predict).
Don’t worry if your child gets a word wrong. Encourage them to read till the end of the sentence. They might self-correct, however, if they are really stuck encourage them to use ’Special Friends’, ‘Fred Talk’, ‘read the word’.
Discuss the story and encourage their storyteller voice
Suggested reading list:
Here is a list of books that you may want to read with your child.
The Smartest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson
A Squash and a Squeeze - Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child - Julia Donaldson
The Gigantic Turnip - Aleksei Tolstoy
The Whisperer - Nick Butterworth
The Blue Balloon - Nick Butterworth
The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
Hairy Maclary - Lynley Dodd
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers
The Large Family Collection - Jill Murphy
Charlie and Lola - Lauren Child
The Trouble with Jack - Shirley Hughes
My Friend Bear - Jez Alborough
Avocado Baby - John Burningham
The Jolly Postman - Allan Ahlberg
Mister Magnolia - Quentin Blake
Frog and Toad are Friends - Arnold Lobel
The Princess and the Pea - Minnie Grey
Don’t Forget the Bacon - Pat Hutchins
Emperor of Absurdia - Chris Riddell
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka
Mixed up Fairy Tales Hillary Robinson - Nick Sharratt
Not Now Bernard - David Mckee
Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey - Dominic Walliman
The Big Book Bugs - Yuval Zommer
Once Upon a Raindrop - James Carter
A Cat’s Guide to the Sky - Stuart Atkinson