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Ysgol Bryn Gwalia C.P.

Growing Together, Aiming High

Year 1

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Croeso i Blwyddyn 1 - Dosbarth Mrs Hughes a Miss Allen

This term our topic is: The Secret Life of the Zoo. 

We are working for Miss Parker-Symthe. Her Zoo is failing to look after the animals properly and therefore they are unhappy 😞 and poorly. We have been busy this half term researching and even making appropriate habitats and enclosures for all the animals. We even visited Chester Zoo to see the enclosures and talk to the staff about how to make the animals safe, happy and well. Since our visit to Chester we have been learning how to care for the animals and help them if they are sick. We are now ready to show what we know to Miss Parker-Smythe so we can help her animals in her zoo. 😀 


Numeracy - We have been learning the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes and how they fit together. We have also been learning which shapes are symmetrical and using mirrors to make symmetrical pictures and patterns. 


Language - We have been reading Rumble in the Jungle, learning and reading a variety of poems about animals and working with adjectives, alliteration and similes to write our own animal poems and a poem about Mummy for Mother’s Day. We are now reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We have wrote a letter to the zoo describing what pet we would like, we are making story maps and soon we will be planning and writing our own Dear Zoo story with different animals and descriptions. 


Some extra information about Blwyddyn 1. 


PE - PE is on a Friday please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each half term to be washing please then return them to school the first week back. 


Forest School - The children will have the opportunity to visit our forest area on a Friday morning to explore and learn in a very different environment to the classroom. To do this children can come to school dressed in their own, old clothes but please ensure legs and arms are covered and appropriate footwear and coat is sent with your child. 


Snack - A morning snack is provided for your child of a piece of fruit and a bottle of milk the cost of this is £1 a week. Please make sure this is sent to school in a named envelope either each week or £7 for the half term. 


Home Learning - Your child is given home learning please read it and try to complete either by the following Monday or the date given in the book. Your child also has a reading book please try to read this daily or as often as you can and comment in their reading record about how they read and how they enjoyed the book. New books will be given on a Monday and a Friday IF they have been read at home.