Our New Topic
Let's Get Growing
Now that the weather has improved, if only temporarily, we will be learning about a science based topic called 'Let's Get Growing'. The class will be learning about how to plant seeds, what plants need to grow, to recognise the parts of a tree and plant and to identify some common flowers, plants and tree leaves. Our English lessons, will feed into the topic as well, with our shared books linked to the topic, and written tasks will include instruction writing and other non-fiction styles. In Art we will also be identifying famous artists that have plants in their art work.
The national Phonic Screening Test will take place in June- week commencing 11th of June. We will take the children individually for them to read 40 words to a class teacher known well to them. (Probably Mrs Hudson!) Phonic lessons will take place every day as usual in preparation for that. We have seen a huge improvement in their reading abilities since September as a result of the phonemes they have been learning in Phonic lessons. This will have an impact on their written work too, but usually comes slightly later than their progress in reading.
We will be playing cricket every Thursday morning as part of our PE lessons, so please can you ensure trainers are in school and that ear-rings are removed. Hats and sun protection may need to be applied on very warm days. We have a few spare hats in class if anyone forgets theirs.
Thank you very much.
Our topic for the Spring terms (running from January until Easter) will be To The New World And Beyond. We will focus on the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. In class we will be reading books linked to the topic. The writing the children produce will be in a variety of styles, including newspaper article, letters and poems.
For a parent's overview to the topic please follow the link found above.
Term 2's topic up[ until Christmas was Toys. All our English Science, History and Art and D.T. learning came from the topic. We made a display of old toys and looked at different materials used to make old and new toys and the reasons for it.
The first half term, our topic was The World and Me.
We will learnt about different environments around the world, such as under the sea, jungle, space and woodland. Our class books, that our English work were based around, were linked carefully to our topic. We read the following core texts: The Paperbag Princess, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Monkey Puzzle, Smiley Shark, Peace at Last and Goodnight Spaceman.
Why are we called Kandinsky?
All the classes at Crockenhill Primary School are named after famous artists. In Year One we are named after Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist who was born in 1886 and died in 1944. After training to be a lawyer, Kandinsky decided to retrain as an artist and was influenced by the impressionist paintings of Claude Monet. In 1909, Kandinsky began to think that a painting did not need a particular subject and that shapes and colours alone could be art. Over several years, he began to experiment with what became known as Abstract Art.