Welcome to Wagtails!
Welcome to the Wagtail class. Mrs Willett and Ms Cann are our teachers in the Wagtail class. We also have Mrs Humpherston as our teaching assistant to help us with our learning.
I am in my sixth year of teaching and I’m very pleased to be teaching Year 1 for my fifth year at Billinghay CE Primary School. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths, Science, 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.
I have been teaching for 12 years and have worked at several schools, teaching children in both Key Stage 1 and 2. I really enjoy teaching Maths, Art and PSHE. I like to see children making links in their knowledge and relating learning to real life experiences wherever possible. I love being creative and encourage these skills in children as much as possible.
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 building in DT. After October half term we will start our geography topic and try to answer the question ‘Where could the Go Jetters go on an adventure?’ The children will explore the UK and use their map skills in the local area.
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 dinosaur 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.