Welcome back Year 1!
Happy New Year!
We hope you've all had a great Christmas break.
Thank you very much for all our Christmas gifts and cards, it was very kind and generous of you all.
In Year 1 we use the ‘carousel’ approach in the mornings. This means the children will complete four activities (English or maths based) across the morning. For two of these activities the children will work with an adult. One activity is independent and the other is a choosing based activity in our outside area and quiet room. In the afternoons we cover our current topic (history, geography, design and technology and art), music, science, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and Physical, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
Year 1 team
Miss Tonna is the Year 1 class teacher and Mrs Harper teaches the children on Tuesday mornings. Mrs Verrall supports the children in the mornings and some afternoons.
Spring Term learning
Our focus this term is bears. We will be exploring a range of bear books (fiction and non-fiction), including the story of Paddington Bear. This links to our topic learning about Peru. In writing, we will continue to encourage the children to use their phonics to spell words, and to use a word mat to learn the spellings of tricky words. We will focus on correct punctuation (capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks) when joining sentences to form longer pieces of writing.
Number- We will be exploring place value and the children will be learning to partition numbers into tens and ones. The children will continue to practise their number bonds to 10 and 20 and learn the related subtracted facts. We will focus on adding and subtracting using concrete objects, pictorial representations and a number line. The children will learn to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
Measurement- The children will explore length/height, mass/weight and volume/capacity and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
Our topics are ‘Identifying Animals' and ‘Plants’.
In the first half term our topic is ‘Louis Braille’. The children will learn about Louis Braille’s life and think about why he is a famous person in history. In the second half term our topic is 'Peru', this is a geography based unit where the children will learn about the climate and land features of a non-European country.
If you would like some more information about our learning in the Spring term, please look at the Curriculum News document.
Learning at home
Please record any reading at home in your child's reading record. We encourage the children to read at least four times a week, if they do, they will get a sticker put in their reading record. Once they have ten stickers, we congratulate them with a reading certificate.
Your child will have one piece of home learning a week. This may be phonics, English, maths or a topic based.
Words for Writing
‘Words for Writing’ will be sent home on a Friday on a look, cover, write and check sheet for the children to complete. Please take a few minutes each day to complete a column rather then completing the whole sheet in one sitting. Little and often is considered a more effective approach for learning new words. The words will either be common exception words or based on a phonic pattern.
Children have dance on Monday afternoons.
Children will visit the school library and will be able to choose two books to take home. These books must be brought back the following week in order for the children to swap these for new books.
Reading books will be sent home on a Wednesday and need to be returned to school the following Wednesday.
‘Words for Writing’ or Phonics folders are collected. The children will be asked to spell these words and their results will be recorded on their sheet for you to see.
Home learning will be collected.
Children have games on a Thursday morning and in the second half of the Spring term the children will have swimming. For swimming the children need a named swimming costume, hat and towel. If your child wants to wear goggles they can, please ensure the goggles are swimming goggles and not a snorkel mask.
‘Words for Writing’ or Phonics folders will be sent home, which will be returned to school the following Thursday.
The children will receive home learning to complete, which will be returned to school the following Thursday.
Please send in a named water bottle for classroom use, this is additional to the lunchtime drink. If you wish, you may also send in a named healthy snack for morning break. A piece of fruit or vegetable is provided for afternoon break.
A named PE kit should remain in school all the time. The children will need a tracksuit and outside shoes.
If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to make an appointment through the office, or send an email to email@example.com and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.