Welcome to Swifts and Skylarks Class!
Year 1 & 2 at Pulloxhill
We are your class teachers, Mrs Reynolds (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning) and Mrs Leaver (Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday) and we would like to tell you a little bit about our class.
Swifts and Skylarks class is a Key Stage 1 class, where children from year 1 and 2 learn together and support each other. We aim to make our classroom an inviting place to be, combining formal learning at our tables with independently driven educational activities. In Swifts & Skylarks class, the year 1 children build upon the foundations made in the Reception class and continue to develop their independence. Year 2 children are super role models to our younger class members.
At school, we plan a range of learning opportunities throughout each term to teach a broad and balanced curriculum in exciting and different ways. These cover the core subjects of English, Maths and Science plus History, Geography, RE, PSHE, Art/DT, Music and PE. You will be able to view our new curriculum map and weekly timetable on the school website at the beginning of September.
Children in Swifts and Skylarks learn and regularly practise a cursive handwriting style to improve the presentation of our work, and to help with our spellings. We use Talking Partners to promote discussion and help and support each other in our learning. Phonics continue to be very important, and we teach phonics regularly using an interactive approach to promote confidence in reading and spelling.
Children read regularly at school in Literacy lessons, Reading & Comprehension lessons, and reading on both an individual and group basis to an adult. Children are encouraged to read at home as regularly as possible. Children have the opportunity to change their book at school on a daily basis.
Our weekly Learning Logs are an opportunity for children to share and discuss the learning they have done at school with family at home. We encourage the children to complete the work themselves with their own pictures, writing and sometimes photographs. Our Learning Log activity is set on a Friday and needs to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Please do come and speak to Mrs Reynolds or Mrs Leaver if you have any questions regarding the Learning Log activity.
We value the learning that takes place at home as well as here in school and it is important that we work together in partnership to provide the best opportunities for all our children. We love to hear about your child’s achievements at home e.g. awards in sporting activities, clubs etc. so that we can share their successes with their class.
We thank you for the support you give to your child and our school. Please do speak to Mrs Reynolds or Mrs Leaver if you have any queries or questions.
Class Teachers - Mrs Louise Reynolds & Mrs Jo Leaver
Swifts and Skylarks have had a busy Autumn 1, getting to know each other and getting back into the swing of learning in school. Everyone has settled well, showing a very positive attitude to learning and we have had lots of fun in all of our classes.
Our English theme has been pirates and we have found out lots of facts about pirates, read lots of pirate stories and explored poems about pirates. We have focussed on sentence writing skills and securing our knowledge of phonics. The children have written some lovely pirate descriptions and some amazing acrostic poems! In maths we have reinforced our number and calculating skills as well as exploring shapes.
In science we have been learning to be ‘Super Scientists’ and have carried out lots of experiments and tests including making paper cup telephones, exploring the effects of gravity with spinners and testing our reflexes and senses. These lessons have been very popular with the class! In our geography lessons we have answered the big question ‘How do we know where we are?’ We did this by learning about maps and how to create them. We had great fun going out onto the school field to use our observational skills and fieldwork to create our own maps, complete with keys and symbols. We practised our map skills by finding the 4 countries of the United Kingdom and other continents and countries around the world in atlases. In R.E. we explored the creation story through our ‘Who made the world?’ unit. It was lovely to be back in the computing suite where we have explored Purple Mash and the importance of E-safety.
We became sculptors in art, making clay sculptures in the style of Henry Moore, inside-outside sculptures in the style of Barbara Hepworth and Anish Kapoor and kinetic sculptures in the style of Alexander Calder. Mr Cooksley and Mr Norman worked us hard in our outdoor PE lessons, exploring a variety of sports skills and fitness techniques.
Alongside the formal curriculum, we have celebrated Harvest in our daily class assemblies and Black History Month where we enjoyed learning about many amazing individuals and the importance of celebrating everyone’s achievements.