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 enjoy working and playing together and you will often find us learning outside. We love listening to stories of all kinds and are keen to choose books from the class library to share at home.
We are a fantastic class team and regularly discuss and emulate the behaviours of being a ‘kind kingfisher’; which links to our school values.
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!
When I'm not teaching I enjoy keeping active; I take part in Park Runs most weekends and regularly take my dog, Darcie, for long walks with my 7 year old son. I also like traveling and trying foods from different countries but I am really passionate about reading. I read a wide range of fiction, history, autobiographies and books about other cultures, but one of my favourite things to do is read stories to children (using lots of silly voices of course).
Extra busy time
15 mins outdoor play
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). The children take home a RWI book each week to re-read and develop fluency.
Resources to support our learning
Online Safety EYFS and KS1
Smartie the Penguin
Hanni and the Magic Window
Jessie and Friends
BBC Bitesize KS1
Science: Year 1: Animals and EYFS: Understanding the World:
BBC Bitesize -KS1 Animals including humans
BBC Teach - KS1 Science: The Animal Kingdom
BBC Bitesize- EYFS Living Things
National Geographic Kids - Animals
CBeebies - Messy goes to Okido
Messy explores science questions that children ask about the world around us.
CBeebies - Andy’s Global Adventures
CBeebies - Andy’s Aquatic Adventures
The Odd Egg - Home Learning Website Links
Cbeebies - Our Planet
English Key Text: ‘The Odd Egg’ by Emily Gravett
Scholastic Books - The Odd Egg
My Lovely books - The Odd Egg
Pan MacMillan Books - Emily Gravett
Art - Flora and Fauna
Art UK- Be inspired by plants with Halima Cassell
Art UK Home School -create egg-cellent art
Art UK - Make your own pet from junk
Art UK - create your own animal artwork
The Tate - animals art
National Museum Cardiff - busy bee finger prints
Derby Museums - activities inspired by the amazing animals
You can play these games at home. Write on our class blog if you play some of the games and tell us what you think of them.
Bobb and blob the aliens
https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/yes-no-yeti?phase=5# Yes or no game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1w2WZMf_ds Alien word generator
Place Value games
Addition and Subtraction