Welcome to Wagtails!
Welcome to the Wagtail class. We are a class of 24 wonderful Year 1 children. Mrs Willett and Mrs Parsons are our teachers in the Wagtail class. We also have Mrs Humpherston and Miss Barber as our teaching assistants to help us with our learning.
I am in my fifth year of teaching and this is my fourth year in the Wagtail class. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths, Phonics and PE. I like to make my lessons exciting by linking the learning to the children’s interests and by creating practical opportunities to experience learning in a range of different ways.
Mrs Atkinson and Miss Barber teach our class on a Thursday and Friday.
In the autumn term, our first topic of the year is going to be based around the Billy Goats Gruff story where we will try to answer the question ‘What makes a good bridge for the Billy Goats to cross?’ We have many exciting challenges ahead including science investigations and experiments to test different materials for the goats.
In the spring term we will be exploring the question; “Who first zoomed to the moon?” We will be using our research skills to look at how space travel has changed over the years and will compare this to Tim Peake’s more recent journey into space. We’re also lucky enough to have the planetarium coming into our school where we will learn all about the planets and stars. Our topic leading into Easter will be trying to discover why a dragon wouldn’t make a very good pet. To explore this we will be learning about a variety of different animal types and what sort of things they need to survive.
Finally in the summer term we will be trying to answer the question ‘How did Jack grow such a big bean stalk?’. To help us answer this question we will be going on a trip to Whisby Nature Reserve for a plant and flower hunt. We will also conduct experiments to gain an understanding of what helps plants to grow.
Throughout the year, we will also be working on our phonics skills every morning. This allows us to decode a range of words that unlock our ability to read and access other challenges.