Welcome to the Fallow Page
A warm welcome to Fallow Class. I hope that you have all had a lovely, fun-filled summer holiday and are ready to settle in to the new school year. I am very much looking forward to getting to know your children and am excited to embrace the transition from Reception to Year 1, developing our class into keen, curious learners and independent individuals.
Over the course of this term, our topic is ‘Grandparents vs Grandkids - Who Had More Fun?’. I am looking forward to delivering this topic in a hands-on, creative manner with lots of fun activities planned for the weeks ahead. The first week of term will have an Art focus, comparing seaside holidays from the 1960s to holidays we go on now. We are hoping to produce lots of lovely art work for a display! After this, we will direct the learning to have a more history-based focus, where we will compare our lives with the lives of our grandparents! This will include learning about holidays, food, toys and many more exciting things from the past. Further into our history learning, Fallow and Elk class will be holding a ‘Grandparents Day’ when we will be inviting grandparents into our classes to talk about their childhoods!
So, all in all, a very exciting term ahead!
Our PE session will be on Monday afternoon. Mr Togher will be taking full advantage of any nice weather, so could you please ensure that your child has either plimsolls or trainers in their PE kits at all times. If your child wears ear-rings, could you also ensure that these are removed on Mondays or are able to be covered with plasters.
Reading in Fallow Class consists of independent reading and guided reading. The day in which your child reads with an adult may vary, so could you please ensure that they have their home reading books and reading diary in their book bag each day. Reading at home is greatly encouraged in Fallow Class – this does not always have to be their reading book. Reading any form of text, which could include comic books, magazines, library books, information books etc, is extremely beneficial to your child’s progression.
As well as regular reading at home, the completion of homework is very important to consolidate your child’s learning. We will hand out topic-based tasks to complete on a fortnightly-basis. These tasks will change with each topic, so your child will receive new tasks after Christmas. If your child completes all their tasks before this, please just ask and I will be happy to think of some more to keep them busy!
My door is always open for any queries, concerns or anything you wish to discuss so please do not hesitate and feel free to pop in for a chat any time.
Finally, I would just like to thank you for your support and look forward to an exciting year ahead!
Miss Catriona MacLeod
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The children are settling well in Fallow Class and had fun collecting character trait adjectives to describe our friends, which we then used to create some lovely friendship poems. Shown off by some super cursive handwriting, as you can see.
Our Class Collage
One Of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Fallow. The children created some beautiful collages and we are very proud of our display in the hall.
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White Post Farm
The children were so excited to on their school trip to White Post Farm! We had a lovely day; the children had the opportunity to see a wide range of animals and they were so gentle when given the opportunity to stroke or hold them.
You can find more photos in the Gallery.
Royal Wedding Fun!
Year 1 had so much fun celebrating the Royal Wedding by creating crowns, flags and necklaces and learning about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the rest of the Royal Family. We really enjoyed joining in with the Street Party on the day before the wedding!
Topic Work - Aboriginal Australians
For our topic this term we have been learning about Australia. I was really impressed by the children's enthusiasm to learn about the Aboriginal way of life, with everyone asking lots of questions! Below you can find a super example.
We had great fun in Science Week! We read the Gingerbread Man story and decided to test how the gingerbread would react when placed in different liquids. We tested vinegar, milk, water and cooking oil. Here we are carefully measuring out the same quantity of each liquid!
Designing and Testing Our Boats!
With our topic this term being ‘Land Ahoy!’, we decided that we would design and make our own boats! We used lots of different materials to make them, made a prediction and then tested their success by floating our boats in the water tray.
We have been following instructions to make some delicious pizzas. We were very proud of the results!
The Three Little Pigs
The children have worked extremely hard learning the story of the Three Little Pigs for our Talk for Writing sessions in English. Not only did we create story maps, the children used iPads to draw and created their own puppets to put on a show. They then moved on to Innovation when they made the story their own. In their final invention task they wrote their own stories using everything they had learned.
The children enjoyed using chalk, paint and glitter to create some fabulous firework pictures!
The Great Fire Of London - Houses In Flames
The children worked hard in art making collages of the houses on fire during the Great Fire of London.
The Great Fire of London With The Partake Theatre Company
We had a great time re-enacting the Great Fire of London! With one child dressed as Charles II and another as the baker, Thomas Farriner, the children had great fun re-enacting the momentous events. They dramatised rats in the plague, made a ribbon fire, pretended to ride horses with King Charles and row boats on the river Thames.
You can find more photos in the Gallery.
We have been learning about money and have been making amounts by using different coins. The children have been using their skills to buy items from our class shop!
The King's Breakfast - Talk For Writing
One of the ways in which we develop children's writing is by using ‘Talk for Writing’ techniques with them. The children learn to retell poems and stories by using actions for familiar phrases or vocabulary and we make up story maps which are quick pictorial representations of the main parts of a story. By doing this the children will build up a bank of interesting vocabulary, phrases and types of plot they can draw upon to help them with their own writing. Our first poem is The King's Breakfast by AA Milne.
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