Here is your final week of home learning! I'm sure some of you are sighing with relief! I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has been enagaging so well with this during this hard situation and a massive well done for everything you've all taken in your stride. You have done a wonderful job and we're so proud of how well everyone has adapted to these difficult circumstances. Thank you again.
Thank you for a really lovely year. I wish we could have had more of the year together, but I am so excited to see you as smart little Year Ones.
As always, I'm just at the end of my email if you need anything.
This week’s learning project focuses on supporting your child with transitioning to their new class. It will give them the opportunity to reflect on their time in their current class, discuss their favourite memories and achievements whilst also considering their hopes and dreams for the next academic year.
Over the last year, your child will have created many school memories that they will cherish forever. Capture these memories in a fun way by asking your child to create a ‘Memory Jar’. Using coloured paper ask your child to draw or write down their favourite memories. They can use different colours to show different categories of memory e.g. blue for friendship, yellow for teachers, red for favourite lessons, green for school trips. Use a jam jar or a plastic bottle to collect their memories; they could even personalise their jar with decoration.
Your child has achieved so much over the course of the year and now it is time to reflect on what makes them proud. Ask your child to think about their proudest academic achievements and their proudest achievements outside of the classroom too. After discussing your child’s accomplishments, ask them to choose one. Work together to design and create an achievement medal. Do this by cutting a piece of cardboard into a circle or star shape, painting it gold or sticking shiny paper to it. Write the number one on the medal and add string or ribbon. Why not have a ceremony and present the medal to your child?
Ending the academic year is a time for your child to say farewell to current teachers. Talk to your child about the friendships they have made this year. Who is important to them and why? What are they going to miss most about their class? Support your child to draw around their hand on paper and then carefully cut it out. On the template, ask your child to draw or write a goodbye message to a friend or teacher. On each finger, they could write the qualities that this special person has displayed over the year e.g. kindness, being helpful, etc.
Ask your child to think about what makes them special. What makes them different to other people? You could ask other family members to contribute to this too and record a list of your child’s individual qualities together. Following this, ask your child to record their individual qualities on an outline of their body (if you have big enough paper/cardboard). They may wish to do this by creating a collage using cut out pictures from magazines that represent their individual qualities. Alternatively, they could draw pictures to represent their qualities onto the template. Talk about the importance of being unique together.
Read or listen to the story ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ here. https://safeyoutube.net/w/tUGG
Talk about how Gerald the giraffe showed determination when trying to achieve his goals. Ask your child what they would like to achieve next year, e.g. ‘to improve my handwriting’, ‘show more kindness to others’, or 'keep on trying when I feel stuck'.
After this, ask your child to choose 5 things from the list which they would like to achieve during their next school year. Work together to create a vision board. This can be done by cutting out pictures that represent the goals, pasting onto card and decorating. They could add personal qualities to their vision board too.
Getting To Know Me Box
Fill a box with some things that you want Mrs Baker and Ms Liddell to know about you next year. You can film a video about yourself explaining what they are. Think about things you like, things you think you are good at, things that you might find a bit tricky.
My Year 1 Teacher
Have a go at drawing a portrait/writing some things down that you know about Mrs Baker and Ms Liddell. If you don't know a lot, have a look on Chestnut Class' page and watch one of their stories.