Camel Class 2014-2015

Welcome back to Camel class. Our topic this term is ‘We are what we eat’, and we will be launching our exciting new topic on Friday.

Our trip to the museum – Friday 13th March

We travelled to the museum on the minibus, as we were learning, what life was like 70 years ago.

First we created a timeline from pictures, then we made a cup of clay to celebrate the queen being crowned Queen. Finally we looked at old toys and equipment from 70 years ago.

We had an amazing day!!!

Time Traveller – Launch Day

Just like to say a huge thank you for to parents for dressing their child up as a time traveller. We had a wonderful day!!

Time Travellers

Our topic for the next half term is ‘Time Travellers’ Our launch day is Monday 2nd March, please can your child come into school dressed as a time traveller.

Time Travellers
Curriculum letter
Museum visit

The Circus is Coming to Town

Our topic for the next half term is ‘The Circus is Coming to Town’. Watch this space for photos of our amazing circus skills workshop that launched our topic!

During this topic we will be focusing on:

History- we will look at where the circus started and what happened at the Roman Circus

Geography – We will be learning about how to read and draw maps and will make our own with a key.

Art – We will be looking at clown make up and how they show different emotions with their make up.

PE – we will become circus performers, learning to roll, balance and juggle.

We will also be doing RE, Computing, PSHE, Music and Science.

Welcome back to Tregolls and welcome to Camel Class! I hope you have all had a restful break and are ready for some super learning. Our topic for the first half term is ‘The Magic Toymaker’. I am already booking us our first class trip which will be to the Museum to look at Victorian toys. I will send a separate letter with more details nearer to the time. During this topic we will be focusing on History, Science, and DT as well as learning Computing, RE, PE and PSHE.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

About toys and games from the past, how to decide if a toy is new or old, how to create our own toy museum and how we can learn about the past in different ways.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

How to sort toys based on what they are made out of, which materials can be bent, squashed, twisted or stretched, what materials are best for making a bath toy and about pushes and pulls and how things move.

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

About ‘magic’ toys that fool our eyes, how to design and make our own board game and how to design and make our own puppets.

In PE, we will be learning:

Gymnastics and Tag Rugby skills.

In computing, we will be learning:

How to use programmable toys.

Homelearning

In year 1 children are expected to complete approximately 20 minutes of homework every week. Home learning is a core part of your child’s education. The learning that they do at home should reinforce their learning in class. This means, they should be able to explain to you what they have been learning and understand the nature of the task.

Camel Class have been very busy over the past half term. Here are a few of things we have been learning about.

We studied the art of Guiseppe Acrimboldo and then used fruit and vegetables to make our own portraits.

We have been very resilient with our writing and have typed the opening paragraphs of a newspaper report.  Here are some examples of our catchy headlines:

Big brave wood cutur beats big bad wolf – Charlie

Wild wolf arrested agen!- Macy

Big Bad Wolf goes on the run! – Matthew

Joy full survivors have a happy hug – Tamara

Camel Class Summer Term Letter – We Are What We Eat!

This term in Camel Class we are learning all about food! Yum! We will be trying to grow some vegetables, learning about where are food comes from and using food to create some interesting art work. For our launch day we are going to have a feast day on Monday 28th April. Please can you bring in your favourite healthy thing that you like to eat and we will have a big feast where we try all sorts of different foods. On Friday 2nd May we are going on our class trip to Pizza Express. We will make our own pizza that we will bring home with us at the end of the day. A letter with more details will come be coming home next week.

Homelearning

The quality of home learning, on the whole, has been brilliant. Thank you for your support in completing this.

Just to remind everyone that home learning is a core part of your child’s education. The learning that they do at home should reinforce their learning in class. This means, they should be able to explain to you what they have been learning and understand the nature of the task.

PE

We will be doing ball skills with Cornish Pirates coaches outside on a Thursday and Street dance on a Friday inside. We expect all children to have suitable PE kit to wear including either trainers or plimsolls. Children who fail to bring in their PE kit will use lost property and will face a sanction.

Spring Term 2

This half term our topic is ‘I’m Alive’.  This topic is all about animals and growth.  As a result we will be trying to make the most of our school grounds.  We launched our topic by going on a hunt for anything that is alive.  We found, spiders, worms, chickens and much more.  We looked at all the living things we found using magnifying glasses and talked about how we know they are alive.

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to draw movement in animals and people
  • How to create a still life picture
  • How to use a range of materials to create representations of animals
  • How pattern and colour are used in nature

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About places where plants and animals live
  • About different places where we can live
  • About animals that are endangered

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we look after the young and the old
  • How we look after the world’s people, plants and animals
  • How animals survive in different habitats around the world

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • Where we can find living things
  • How living things move
  • How living things grow and change
  • What all living things need
  • How animals disguise themselves

Spring Term 1

A very warm welcome back to Tregolls after a busy Christmas. We hope you all had a restful break and that the children are ready for another term of exciting learning and great progress.

This half term our topic is ‘The Circus is Coming to Town’.  We will be launching our new topic with a circus skills workshop on Tuesday 7th January.  We will then work to improve these skills before performing our very own circus to you at the end of term!  We will inform you of dates nearer the time.

During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, History, Art, Society, Science and International.

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

• How to draw faces and understand expressions

• About the work of artists who have painted pictures about the circus

In History, we’ll be finding out:

• What circuses were like in the past

• About some of the people who made circuses famous

• How circuses have changed over the years

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

• How to put up a tent

• How to plan and make circus tents for soft toys

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• How to draw maps and plans of a circus

• How to use maps and atlases to find out about the countries some circus animals

come from.

In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

• How to use juggling balls

• How to balance and make movements used in circus performances

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

• How to stay safe in busy places

• What it’s like to be a circus artist

Homelearning

The quality of home learning, on the whole, has been brilliant. Thank you for your support in completing this.

Just to remind everyone that home learning is a core part of your child’s education. The learning that they do at home should reinforce their learning in class. This means, they should be able to explain to you what they have been learning and understand the nature of the task.

We would like to remind you of our expectations of children in Camel class and would greatly appreciate your support in reinforcing the importance this learning.

–      Literacy or Numeracy  home learning will be set every Thursday and needs to be handed in the following Monday.  Home learning that is handed in late will not be marked and if it is not completed children will miss a break time in order to complete it.

–      Reading: Mr Middlemore will be sending out a separate letter about a new reading scheme that we are launching at school. Ultimately, every child in the school should be reading every day to an adult at home.

–      BugClub and MyMaths: Please ensure that your child uses these excellent internet based programmes if you have the internet and a computer at home.

–      Please make a note in their green books or pop in and see us if they are finding the learning a bit tricky.

PE

The children have become forgetful in remembering to bring in their PE kits each week. We are now doing gymnastics on a Thursday and games on a Tuesday. We expect all children to have suitable PE kit to wear including either trainers or plimsolls. Children who fail to bring in their PE kit will use lost property and will face a sanction.