St Mary's CE Primary School will be participating in the Street Tag Oxfordshire Schools Games Season 2! Street Tag is a great way to get out of the house for your daily exercise. It turns streets and green spaces into a virtual playground, to increase families' outdoor experience in walking, running and cycling more to earn points and rewards.
Welcome to Kingfishers We are a kind and inquisitive group of year 1 children, who love to be busy investigating and learning a variety of new things! We regularly discuss and emulate the behaviours of being a ‘kind kingfisher’; which links to our school values.
Our learning this year will include our whole school project of ‘United’, where we will discover and explore how we can make a difference to the world we live in by coming together.
Our other projects this year include, ‘what’s the problem’; where we use Tales Toolkit to explore different stories, as well as looking at letter writing; focusing on punctuation. We also fill focus on science, DT and computing in our project ‘what’s the solution?’ inspecting and investigating our computing programme ‘Purple Mash’. Here in Kingfishers at St Mary’s, we strive hand in hand to thrive and be independent, curious learners – come back to see what we’ve been discovering!
Our Teacher: Miss Bullard
I am delighted to be teaching in Kingfisher class this year and working closely with all the children and adults in Early Years and Key Stage 1. I feel very happy to be working in a school and with a team of staff that highly values creativity and supporting children to explore a range of opportunities. I completed my degree in Education and my PGCE, specialising in Art at Bath Spa University. I love being creative and ensuring that all children are able to access learning. I am excited to develop my skills this year as part of the Early Years team and exploring new ways to support children in all areas of learning. I am so excited about our project ‘Mix it Up’, as I love art and using my imagination. I am also particularly excited about our ‘Blood and guts’ project because I love experiments and exploring all things science. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. One of my favourite places that I have visited is Rome. I love cooking and being creative in the kitchen. Recently, I experimented with courgette and blueberry cupcakes and they are definitely my new favourite bake! I also enjoy football and last year achieved my FA Level 1 in football coaching.
One of my favourite books is ‘Tree: Seasons Come and Seasons Go’ by Patricia Hegarty because I love the beautiful illustrations and love all things related to weather and seasons.
Our Approach to Year 1
From the very start of their St Marys School journey, our children show us that play is our brain’s favourite way of learning, which is why it’s the centre of our EYFS and KS1 curriculum. We believe that continuous provision helps independent, inquisitive and motivated learners to flourish by meeting the language, social, emotional and physical needs of our children.
Continuous provision at St Mary's enables children from all backgrounds to have the same opportunities, providing a rich variety of practical experiences. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for extending and practicing what they have been learning and complete challenges which are designed to foster and ignite their curiosity. Children are taught to use life-long skills such as perseverance, problem solving and responsibility in their day to day routine and plan their own learning enquiries. The flexibility and ownership that children have of their learning means that opportunities can be easily adapted to meet the specific needs of each individual child – no matter what their starting point.
Phonics is taught daily in a group that is working on a specific set of sounds according to the ability of the child. Each session has a distinct structure and utilises Read Write Inc (RWI) and Letters and Sounds. The children take home a RWI book each week to re-read and develop fluency.
Phonics support continues for as long as a child requires it.
Naturally Creative, Summer 1 Project Our project this term is ‘Naturally Creative’. We will be focusing predominantly on the areas of Design Technology, Music and Geography. The children will be exploring different ways to combine media to achieve an effect. This may be through transient art, painting, pastels, clay, woodwork, drama, or story creation.
In our outside environment we will be utilising different herbs and spices to make potions, painting with natural resources and using natural paintbrushes, creating music and exploring loose parts.
Our key text will ‘The Visitors’ by Clare Thompson. This wordless pictures book provide a structure for the children to talk, create their own stories and speech bubbles, as well as combine media in a creative way.
Our other Key Texts are 'Conker the Chamelion' by Hannah Peckham. This book helps us explore how colours are linked to throughts and feelings.
We will also be using 'An Emotional Menagerie: Feelings from A-Z by The School of Life. This collection of poems helps us to think about how emotions can relate to animals. We will be looking at where these animals come from and how this impacts their coloring and behaviour.
Our linked texts are ‘Rain Child’ by Clare Thompson and 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas.
Look at some of the links below to find out more.
Resources to support our 'Naturally Creative' project.