The new Year 1 pupils at Michael Faraday have made a great start during their first few days of transition towards Key Stage 1. This is an important period of part of their learning as the children progress through Michael Faraday School.
Key Stage 1 offers different challenges and a slightly different school routine. School assemblies are held every day of the week. These are an important part of our Michael Faraday culture in helping the children to support others around the school.
We have been spending the start of the autumn term helping the pupils to adjust to these new structures. A large amount of our work has involved learning through play. This is slightly different to the Reception situation where the children had more outdoor space. We have been using the Year 1 play space to think about how we can all share the school resources.
The children have already created some impressive work. We have been looking at the idea of self-portraits. Each pupil has painted a self-portrait, thinking about what makes us unique as individuals. We have looked at skin colour, eye colour and the colour and length of our hair.
A photograph has been taken of each class member. We then cut these in half, and asked the children to draw a corresponding image of one side of our face to complete the picture once again.
Our first big topic for the autumn term in Year 1 will be exploring ideas all related to a farmyard. The children will be learning about the different animals on a farm and where they all like to live. We are hopeful of seeing these environments at first hand when we visit the nearby Surrey Docks Farm later in the term.