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St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 1

Welcome back. We hope you all had a wonderful summer break! 


In History we are exploring toys from the past and comparing these to toys we play with today,  during our Science lessons we will be learning all about different materials and making observations of the different seasons and weather. In Art this term we are learning all about sculpture using the art work 'Balloon Dog and Brazilian Fish'. We shall be looking at relationships in our PSHE lessons and exploring Christianity in RE. In Music we will be listening to songs by Elvis and Whitney Houston and finally we will be exploring E-safety through our Computing unit and understanding how to keep safe.



Big Question: Are all families the same?


What a fantastic start for Kindness Class this week. The children have settled into the routines of year 1 and have followed our STAR behaviour rules beautifully. For our first PSHE lesson, we recapped each of our STARS and all the children could demonstrate what this looks like in the classroom and outside. Mrs Melson and myself are very proud of how well the children have settled into year 1 already. Well done Kindness Class! 





Big Question: How can I identify a variety of materials based on their properties? 

Which materials can be recycled? 


Year 1 started their Science learning by exploring a range of objects and identifying the materials they were made from. The children were able to use vocabulary such as `glass`, `wood`, `material,` `plastic` and `metal` and started to explore their properties. 





Big Question- What is form? 


In our Art learning this term, the children have been learning about sculptures and exploring form. They have focused on `Balloon dog` this week and used their sketching books to create drawings of the sculpture. They then created a large scale drawing, which they painted with water colours. The children could talk about how a sculpture is a 3D piece of art that can stand on it's own. They could identify the shapes used in Balloon dog and describe the properties. 


Mini First Aid 


This week the children in Kindness class had the opportunity to learn about how to keep others safe in an emergency. They discussed what to do in an emergency when somebody has hurt themselves, how to put somebody in the recovery position and how to put on a plaster. The children learnt about the emergency number they have to call and had the chance to meet a special visitor. 




Big Question: Does the pitch and tempo matter? 


This term, the children have been exploring the pitch and tempo in different pieces of music. They have identified different percussion instruments and played these in time to the music. Kindness class have become very confident articulating what the definitions of these words mean. Well done year 1.