Welcome to Deer Class!
All the children in Deer class have worked their socks of this half term. It has been lovely to see such smiley faces every morning, with each and every child trying their very best and achieving great things in their learning.
Here’s a reminder of our class rules that Deer class children chose at the beginning of the year.
*listen to others
*always be kind
*keep each other safe
*always try your best
This half term our topic has been ‘Into the woods’ and our key text was ‘The Gruffalo’. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their learning around this familiar story, and did some great writing. We started by creating a leaflet for the reception children inviting them to our Tweseldown Gruffalo Trail. The children learnt all about different suffixes, and how to use them in their writing e.g. words that end in -ing, -er, -est, -ed, -s and -es. Then the children chose their own animal and created an information fact file, practising their skills of compound sentences (using ‘and’ to join two ideas). They also included question and exclamation marks in their writing.
In Maths we learnt about the different types of measure. We started by learning all about length and height, using comparative vocabulary and even starting to use cm and a ruler to measure items. Then we moved on to the concepts of weight and capacity. The children thoroughly enjoyed lots of practical Maths lessons, comparing and measuring different amounts. Towards the end of the term the children focused on their geometry skills. They learnt about the difference between 2D and 3D shapes, and they also learnt to recognise common shapes. The children were fabulous at this, and they even progressed to grouping the shapes using simple properties e.g. curved and flat sides.
Alongside all of this, we had lots of fun within our foundation subjects. In science we learnt how to classify animals using the names mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird and insect. The children really enjoyed this topic and even learnt about the diets of different animals, using the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. In geography we used maps of the local area (Church Crookham) to practise our directional language e.g. near to, above. We hope you saw some of the children’s super artwork displayed in the window. We did watercolour paintings, shape art and sketching.
The adults in Deer class believe that communication is the key to success. If you have any worries or information that you would like to share with us then please speak to one of us at the classroom door or drop us an email:
We can’t wait to continue learning together in Dear class for the final term in year 1!