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Year 1 – 1VF & 1SE & SH (Sept 2020)

Welcome to Year 1

 

September 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

It is lovely to see so many smiling faces as the children come into school each day. The children all look so smart in their school uniforms. Thank you for your support with this and for taking the time to label all items of your child’s school uniform. May we take this opportunity to remind you, if you have not already done so, that it is essential to: Name all clothing, shoes, coats and P.E kits! It really does help things to be returned to the correct owner.

We would like to introduce the staff your children will be working with in Year 1 and also give you an outline of the term ahead. The teachers are Miss Ellis, Miss Filmer and Mrs Hussain. We also have Ms Pearce and Miss Sirc supporting the teaching and learning across the year group.

Children arrive in class and begin the day with ‘early morning work’ related to something he/she has learnt or will be learning. At home time, your child can be picked up from their classroom door on the playground. We ask parents to make a socially distanced queue outside the classroom at home time to help us dismiss the children safely.

PE kits: This includes a white T-shirt, black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. Children need to come to school in their PE kit on their PE days. These are Tuesday and Thursday for Year 1. For further details, please see class notices on external doors. For health and safety reasons, it is essential earrings are not worn on PE days.

Weekly homework tasks: Homework will be sent out on a Friday and will not need to be returned. The homework tasks will be discussed during the week to assess how the children have got on. We value the support you give with the activities; however, we do ask that the work is your child’s own.

Reading Books: Reading books will not be going home at the moment. However, sharing a book with your child is a valuable experience. Please make sure you are regularly logging on to Bug Club and reading the selection of books with your child. A “little and often approach” is usually the most effective, so we suggest 10 minutes a day where you share a book with your son/daughter and enjoy the experience together.

Spellings: Your child will be given words to learn to read and spell. These words may be the Reception or Year 1/2 keywords or words related to their phonics. Spellings will be provided on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday. Please practise the spellings daily on the sheet provided, you do not need to return the completed sheet to school.

Water Bottles: In order to aid concentration, we encourage children to bring in a small water bottle. Please ensure your child’s bottle is named. The bottle may be refilled during break times with cool, fresh water. Bottles need to be taken home daily to be washed and refilled with fresh water.

 

 

 

Please find below an overview of the curriculum for the term ahead: -

English: In English lessons we will continue with the work carried out in Reception with ‘Read, Write Inc.’ Read, Write Inc aims to provide a programme of activities that will get children learning to read and write quickly and easily.  The programme consists of rigorous daily phonics practise, combined with reading and writing activities to support the sounds that they are focussing on that week. Alongside this, we will be covering a range of genres such as: poetry, traditional tales and letters.

Maths: In Maths, your child will have the opportunity to secure their knowledge and understanding of numbers and place value. We will then move onto addition and subtraction using different methods and resources to support your child. The children will also use practical resources to explore money, measurements and shape.

Science: Within the first half term our topic is ‘Ourselves’. We will be focusing on the main body parts, our senses and life cycles. The second topic is ‘Everyday materials’. We will be looking at the properties of materials, focusing on how and why they are used.

Topic: During the Autumn Term, Year One will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on significant events. The theme is Time Travellers.

We will be:
• Learning how to create a timeline
• Finding out about events that are important to us in our local area and other countries
• Using objects to find out more about an event
• Using different sources to learn about a national event

Computing: In computing, we will be looking at E-safety and how to stay safe on the internet. We will also be exploring how to create documents and edit them. Later on in the term, we will be learning how to make things move using coding.

PSHE&C: Children will explore the feelings and emotions of ‘New Beginnings’. We will also focus on the importance of growth mindset.

All of the work we are going to do has been written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, and working on their own and in groups. We look forward to sharing our work with you.

We value the partnership between home and school and would like to remind parents that if ever you have any concerns or information you would like to discuss with us, please telephone the school to arrange an appointment to discuss the matter further.

We are all looking forward to the term ahead and hope that your children will very much enjoy their experiences in Year 1.

 

Yours sincerely,

 


Miss Ellis                                                                 Miss Filmer                                                        Mrs Hussain

Dear Bears and Hedgehogs,

 

We hope you are all well and staying safe. All of the Year 1 staff are missing you and can not wait to see you when we are all back in September. 

 

Have you learnt anything new or enjoyed doing something different during your time at home? Here are some things that we have been getting up to in between doing school work:

Miss Ellis has made friends with a very cute cat, who visits her almost every day.

Miss Filmer has read a HUGE total of 17 books.

Mrs Begum has enjoyed going for walks with her daughter and working in her garden.

Mrs Bumpus has been busy in her garden.

Miss Jaber has been baking lots of tasty desserts for her family.

Mrs Khan learnt how to cut her daughters hair.

Miss Owen has been keeping healthy by exercising in her local park. 

Ms Pearce has been painting pebbles and creating a lighthouse out of flower pots.

Miss Sirc has been busy gardening and still has a lot to do.

 

Send a letter to tell us about everything you have done while staying safe at home. We have really missed talking to you.

 

As we come to the end of Year 1, we just want you to know how proud we are of you all. It has been a strange year, but you have all been amazing and worked so hard. This year has included lots of fun things such as: our wow morning, the nativity, growing beans, learning about the past, sponsored skip and so much more. You created amazing posters about: road safety, e-safety, litter and an election poster for your class candidate for Prime Minister. We loved seeing your outstanding Learning Logs each week including: interactive games, miniature gardens, rockets and your hard work and progression in Maths and English.

 

Even though in September you will be in Year 2, you will still be our Bears and Hedgehogs that we love and care for. You will still be able to come and see us and say hello. 

 

Please remember to keep active, read lots and stay safe.

 

We have loved this year and we will miss you all very much.

 

Love from

Miss Ellis, Miss Filmer and all the staff in Year 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We hope that you are all well and safe. As we continue our home learning journey, we again thank you for your support. Like we have said previously, keeping up with some school work is really important to maintain what your child has been learning this year. A few hours a day is more than enough. This current situation will affect all families differently, so please do what is best for you and your child.

 

We have again provided a suggested timetable. English and Maths are in a word document, this document has details about resources and tasks for each lesson.

 

 

Wkb: 29.6.20

 

Phonics

English

Maths

Afternoon

Monday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and chose an activity from the pack

BBC Bitesize - When to use question marks

BBC Bitesize - Compare length and height (taller and shorter)

PSHE - 3 things you have done during lockdown

 

Tuesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and chose an activity from the pack

BBC Bitesize - creating lists in sentences

BBC Bitesize - Measure length and height using non- standard measures

Art  - All about mindfulness patterns powerpoint

Wednesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and chose an activity from the pack

BBC Bitesize - Using the word and to join sentences when describing

BBC Bitesize - Solve problems involving length and height

PE/ exercise

Thursday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and chose an activity from the pack

BBC Bitesize - Where are suffixes?

BBC Bitesize - Compare mass: lighter and heavier

Bug Club

DoodleMaths

TT Rockstars

Friday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and chose an activity from the pack

End Plastic Pollution Comprehension

BBC Bitesize - Challenge Day

Topic - Places you have been and how you travelled there.

 

 

Wkb: 6.7.20

 

Phonics

English

Maths

Afternoon

Monday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

Draw and write about your favourite superhero

BBC Bitesize - Measuring mass

PSHE

 

Tuesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

 Create illustrations to match the captions on the comic strip

BBC Bitesize - Comparing volume and capacity

Art  - Design a superhero mask

Wednesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

Create a superhero ID

BBC Bitesize - Measuring capacity and volume

PE/ exercise

Thursday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

Plan your own comic strip using your superhero ID

BBC Bitesize - Solve problems involving volume and capacity

DT - Superhero crafts

Friday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

Create your own comic strip using your plan from yesterday

BBC Bitesize - Challenge Day

 

Bug Club

DoodleMaths

TT Rockstars

 

 

 

Wkb: 13.7.20

 

Phonics

English

Maths

Afternoon

Monday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

All about me

BBC Bitesize - Arrays

PSHE - My favourite memories from this year

 

Tuesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

Write a letter to your Year 2 teacher

BBC Bitesize - Doubles

Art  -  How to draw. Pick a few of them to try

Wednesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

BBC Bitesize - using verbs

BBC Bitesize - Sharing equally

PE/ exercise

Thursday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

BBC Bitesize - Four types of sentences

BBC Bitesize - Grouping equally

Bug Club

DoodleMaths

TT Rockstars

 

Friday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds chose an activity from the pack

All about elephants comprehension

BBC Bitesize - Challenge Day

PE/ exercise

 

If your child is currently coming into school 2 days a week, please carry out the bitesize

lessons on the days they are at home. They will be doing the transition activities in school

on their days in. If your child is not coming into school then please follow the days provided.

 

A big thank you to all of you who have been logging on to the online activities, it has been great seeing so many of you logging on.  For those you who haven't logged on the links are below your child has been provided a username and log in for each of these websites.

Maths:       https://ttrockstars.com/

                  https://www.doodlemaths.com/

Reading:   https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Don’t forget to keep active and have your daily dose of exercise. There are ideas on our school website with lots of web links to different online challenges and activities.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun together. Get creative! We would love to see all of the arts and crafts that your children have made when we return back to school.

 

We are really missing you all. Stay safe.

 

Miss Ellis, Miss Filmer and all the Year 1 team.

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Dear Parents/carers,

 

We hope that you are all well. We would just like to say thank you again for all of your support with your child’s home learning. Keeping up with some school work is really important to maintain what your child has been learning this year. A few hours a day is more than enough. This current situation will affect all families differently, so please do what is best for you and your child.

 

Included in this letter is a suggested timetable and activities for your child. We have decided to carry on with Maths and English PowerPoints but we have combined: topic and science into one research project (details of this are on the website).

 

Wkb: 15.6.20

 

Phonics

English

Maths

Afternoon

Monday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

Room on the Broom PowerPoint day 1 - design a new broom for the witch

Day 1 – Adding to the next 10

Topic lesson 1 - continents

 

Tuesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

Room on the Broom PowerPoint day 2 - Write a recipe for a potion

Day 2 – Adding bridging 10

Research Project

Wednesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

Room on the Broom Powerpoint day 3 - Write a magic spell

Day 3 – Subtracting bridging 10

PE/ exercise

Thursday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

Room on the Broom PowerPoint day 4 - Write about the terrible beast

Day 4 – Adding and subtracting bridging 10

Research Project

Friday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

Room on the Broom Powerpoint day 5 - Where would you travel on the broom

Day 5 –

Word problems- bridging 10 using + and -

Research Project

 

 

Wkb: 22.6.20

 

Phonics

English

Maths

Afternoon

Monday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

The Snail and the Whale PowerPoint day 1 - Write a diary entry as the snail.

Day 1 - Name common 3D shapes and their faces.

Research Project

Tuesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

The Snail and the Whale PowerPoint day 2 - Write a letter asking for help

Day 2-  Name, describe and sort common 3D shapes.

Research Project

Wednesday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

The Snail and the Whale Powerpoint day 3 - Describe the ocean

Day 3 - Describe common 2D and 3D shapes.

PE/ exercise

Thursday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

The Snail and the Whale PowerPoint day 4 - Where would you go with the whale?

Day 4- Read the time to the half hour on analogue clocks.

Research Project

Friday

Phonics - continue to practise the sounds and the phonics mystery pack

The Snail and the Whale  Powerpoint day 5 - Who would you take on an adventure with you?

Day 5 - Read the time to the half hour on analogue and digital clocks

Research Project

 

 

Children can also access online activities. Your child has been provided a username and log in for each of these websites.

Maths:       https://ttrockstars.com/

                  https://www.doodlemaths.com/

Reading:   https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Don’t forget to keep active and have your daily dose of exercise. There are ideas on our school website with lots of weblinks to different online challenges and activities.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun together. Get creative! We would love to see all of the arts and crafts that your children have made when we return back to school.

We are really missing you all, keep safe.

 

Miss Ellis, Miss Filmer and all of the Year 1 team.

 

 

January 2020

 

Dear Parents,

First of all we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and welcome you back to a new school term.

We have an exciting term ahead and value your support with your child’s learning. We would like to share with you some of the areas which will be covered this term.

PE kits: This includes a white T-shirt, black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. Children need to come to school in their PE kit on their PE days. These are Tuesday and Thursday for Year 1. For further details please see class notices on external doors. For health and safety reasons, it is essential earrings are not worn on PE days.

During our PE lessons, we will be focusing on skills in Gymnastics and Games.

Learning Logs: Learning Logs will be sent out on a Friday and will need to be returned on the following Wednesday. We value the support you give with the activities; however we do ask that the work is your child’s own. Please do comment on how your child found the activity, as it is helpful to know if they found it difficult etc.

Reading Books: Sharing a book with your child is a valuable experience. Your son/daughter will be provided with a reading book and Reading Diary for you to sign and comment in. We do ask that you support your child with reading as often as possible. A “little and often approach” is usually the most effective, so we suggest 10 minutes a day where you share a book with your son/daughter and enjoy the experience together. Please discuss your child’s reading target with them and then after your child has read to you please sign and comment in the reading diary. Your child will then have the opportunity to change his/her book as often as possible.

Spellings: In addition to your child bringing a reading book home, he/she will also be given words to learn to read and spell. These words may be the Reception or Year 1/2 keywords or words related to their phonics. Spellings will be provided on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday.

Water Bottles: In order to aid concentration and minimise disruption to lessons with visits to the water fountain, we encourage children to bring in a small water bottle. Please ensure your child’s bottle is named. The bottle may be refilled during break times with cool, fresh water. We do ask that bottles are taken home daily to be washed and refilled with fresh water.

Please find below an overview of the curriculum for the term ahead:-

English:
In English we will be continuing our Phonics lessons using the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme. Thank you for your support with the past phonics screening paper we gave out before the holidays. Please continue to go through these words with your child to ensure they are confident with their sounds and decoding the words. Alongside this, we will be learning about a range of genres such as: poetry, information text, instructions and stories. We will also be continuing to develop letter formation and handwriting, please encourage this at home.

Maths:
In Maths, we will be continuing to use a range of resources to increase confidence and independence with number and place value. This term, children will be furthering their knowledge of: addition and subtraction, money, measurements and shape and data.

Your child has also been given a log in for ‘TT Rockstars’. This is to support your child’s times tables knowledge. Please logon and use this regularly. By the end of Year 1, children are expected to know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Science:

Within the first half term, Science will be ‘Plants’ we will be looking at the features of a plant, what plants need to grow and different varieties of plants. In the second half term, the topic is ‘Our pets’.  We will be looking at animal classification, how to look after a pet and what they need to stay healthy.

Topic:

During the Spring term, Year One will be focusing on ‘Flowers and Insects’. Some of this topic links in with our Science.

We will be:

  • Learning about the life cycle and migration of butterflies
  • Body parts of insects
  • Bees
  • Living and non-living things
  • Parts of a plant and what they need to grow
  • Painting a plant

At the end of the topic we will be inviting you to come and see the work your child has been doing. Further details will follow closer to the time.

RE:

In RE, we will be looking at Judaism and Islam. Within this we will be looking at what each religion believe, festivals and how they live showing their faith.

PSHE&C:

Within PSHE&C, we are going to be looking at what is a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve this. Also we will be looking at rights and responsibilities.

Computing

In computing, we will be looking at E-safety and how to stay safe on the internet. We will also be exploring how to create documents and edit them. Later on in the term, we will be learning how to make things move using coding.

Thank you very much for your continued support. Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely,

Miss S Ellis                            Miss V Filmer

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 1

 

September 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

It is lovely to see so many smiling faces as the children come into school each day. The children all look so smart in their school uniforms. Thank you for your support with this and for taking the time to label all items of your child’s school uniform. May we take this opportunity to remind you, if you have not already done so, that it is essential to: Name all clothing, shoes, coats and P.E kits! It really does help things to be returned to the correct owner.

 

We would like to introduce the staff your children will be working with in Year 1 and also give you an outline of the term ahead. The staff in Hedgehog Class are: Miss Ellis, Mrs Begum and Mrs Bumpus. In Bear Class, the staff are: Miss Filmer, Ms Pearce and Miss Sirc.

 

The times of the school day in Year 1 are different to Foundation. In Year 1 the day starts at 8.40am. Children arrive in class and begin the day with ‘early morning work’ related to something he/she has learned the previous day. The day finishes at 3.20pm and your child can be picked up from their classroom door on the playground. We ask parents to make a queue outside the classroom at hometime to help us dismiss the children safely.

 

PE kits: This includes a white T-shirt, black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. Children need to come to school in their PE kit on their PE days. These are Tuesday and Thursday for Year 1. For further details please see class notices on external doors. For health and safety reasons, it is essential earrings are not worn on PE days.

 

Learning Logs: Learning Logs will be sent out on a Friday and will need to be returned on the following Wednesday. We value the support you give with the activities; however we do ask that the work is your child’s own. Please do comment on how your child found the activity, as it is helpful to know if they found it difficult etc.

 

Reading Books: Sharing a book with your child is a valuable experience. Your son/daughter will be provided with a reading book and Reading Diary for you to sign and comment in. We do ask that you support your child with reading as often as possible. A “little and often approach” is usually the most effective, so we suggest 10 minutes a day where you share a book with your son/daughter and enjoy the experience together. Please discuss your child’s reading target with them and then after your child has read to you please sign and comment in the reading diary. Your child will then have the opportunity to change his/her book as often as possible.

 

Spellings: In addition to your child bringing a reading book home, he/she will also be given words to learn to read and spell. These words may be the Reception or Year 1/2 keywords or words related to their phonics. Spellings will be provided on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday.

 

Water Bottles: In order to aid concentration and minimise disruption to lessons with visits to the water fountain, we encourage children to bring in a small water bottle. Please ensure your child’s bottle is named. The bottle may be refilled during break times with cool, fresh water. We do ask that bottles are taken home daily to be washed and refilled with fresh water.

 

Please find below an overview of the curriculum for the term ahead:-

 

English

In English lessons we will continue with the work carried out in Reception with ‘Read, Write Inc.’ Read, Write Inc  aims to provide a programme of activities that will get children learning to read and write quickly and easily.  The programme consists of rigorous daily phonics practise, combined with reading and writing activities to support the sounds that they are focussing on that week. Alongside this, we will be covering a range of genres such as: poetry, traditional tales and letters.

 

Maths

In Maths, your child will have the opportunity to secure their knowledge and understanding of numbers and place value. We will then move onto addition and subtraction using different methods and resources to support your child. The children will also use practical resources to explore money, measurements and shape.

 

Science

Within the first half term our topic is ‘Ourselves’. We will be focusing on the main body parts, our senses and life cycles.

The second topic is ‘Everyday materials’. We will be looking at the properties of materials, focusing on how and why they are used.

 

Topic

During the Autumn Term, Year One will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on significant events. The theme is Time Travellers.

We will be:

• Learning how to create a timeline

• Finding out about events that are important to us in our local area and other countries

• Using objects to find out more about an event

• Using different sources to learn about a national event

 

We will also be:

• Finding out about different festivals around the world

• Comparing different types of festivals around the world

 

Computing

In computing, we will be looking at E-safety and how to stay safe on the internet. We will also be exploring how to create documents and edit them. Later on in the term, we will be learning how to make things move using coding.

 

PSHE&C

Children will explore the feelings and emotions of ‘New Beginnings’. We will also focus on the importance of community and belonging.

 

All of the work we are going to do has been written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, and working on their own and in groups. We look forward to sharing our work with you.

 

We value the partnership between home and school and would like to remind parents that if ever you have any concerns or information you would like to discuss with us, please do come and see us and if more time is needed, we can arrange an appointment to discuss the matter further.

 

We are all looking forward to the term ahead and hope that your children will very much enjoy their experiences in Year 1.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Miss Ellis                                                                          Miss Filmer

Dear Parents,

 

First of all, we would like to welcome you back to a new school term and thank you for your support during the Spring Term. We had an amazing term and particularly enjoyed our Ugly Bug Ball. Thank you for all the lovely costumes and coming to see the work we did.

 

We would like to share with you some of the areas which will be covered during the summer term. If you have any questions about areas of the curriculum, please arrange to speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

We will be continuing our English lessons using the Read Write Inc programme with Phonics, Handwriting, Reading and Writing across the curriculum. For English lessons we will also be using the Hamilton Scheme. In Maths we continue with developing and consolidating skills as well as  problem solving and reasoning .

 

In RE, we will continue looking at the beliefs and practices and comparing these with the beliefs within the class. We will compare the main religions and their teachings. In our topic work we will be learning about other countries and their special practices.

 

PSHE and C will focus on Relationships and Changes. In the second half of the term we will be doing lots of work to prepare children for the transition to Year 2. This will involve discussions, visits to their new classroom and teacher, and plenty of opportunities to settle nerves and concerns!

 

During our PE lessons, we will be focusing on skills in Games and Athletics ready for the end of year sports events.

 

Music will continue to be taught using Music Express but we will also be looking at songs related to the topic of Holidays.

 

TOPIC WORK

 

Our topic for the summer term will be ‘Hooray, Lets go on Holiday!’

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• The places people go to on holiday

• How they get to their holiday destination

• Some of the things people do on holiday

• What people wear on holiday

• How tourism can spoil holiday places

In History, we’ll be finding out:

• The holidays that we have had in our own past

• The holidays that our families and other people had in the past

• What is the same and what is different between holidays in the past and today

• About some of the wonders of the world

 

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

• How to create a sand art sculpture

• About some of the pictures that are used to record holidays

• How we can record our holidays

• About the designs of some holiday souvenirs

In ICT, we’ll be finding out:

• How to use mapping software

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

• How to stay safe on holiday

• What a pilgrimage is

In International, we’ll be finding out:

• What is the same and what is different between the lives and home countries of the different children in our class

• How to say ‘hello’ in another language

• About future holidays in space

 

We already know and appreciate the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work he/she has done as the term progresses and let him/her teach you. We would also like to ask you to send in any photos and souvenirs of holidays that your family has been on so that the children can share their experiences. Please put the photos and items in a named bag.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets and he/she has had an enjoyable time in the classroom.

 

KEY REMINDERS

 

Please make sure your child reads the book being sent home regularly and that you inform us of his/her progress in the Reading Record Book. Please also use the Bug club subscription to carry out extra reading at home. Spellings will continue to go out on a Wednesday. Please make sure your child spends 5-10 minutes each day practising these. Children could also write their spelling words into sentences in order to aid their understanding of the word.

Children need to continue to come to school in their PE kits on Tuesday and Thursdays. This includes a white polo shirt, black shorts/dark tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. Earrings need to be removed on the days your child has PE for health and safety reasons. Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school with his/her name on. This is important as the weather gets warmer and children need to keep hydrated.

 

Thank you very much for your continued support.

 

 

Mrs S Hussain             Mrs J Rowlands             Miss S Ellis

 

Dear Parents,

 

First of all we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and welcome you back to a new school term.

 

We have an exciting term ahead and value your support with your child’s learning. We would like to share with you some of the areas which will be covered this term. We hope that this will help you be more informed. If you have any questions about areas of the curriculum please arrange to speak to your child’s class teacher who will be happy to discuss it with you.

 

We will be continuing our Phonics lessons using The Read Write Inc. programme and using Hamilton for our English and Maths lessons. Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion.

 

In RE we will be focusing on the Christian faith but we will also be building upon pupils’ own beliefs and practices. We hope to have a visit from a member of the church. As part of our topic we will be looking at different places and cultures around the world.

 

PSHE and C will continue with Going for Goals and ways to keep ourselves healthy! This valuable time enables children to express their thoughts, feelings and views in a safe and comfortable environment, thus helping them to become confident individuals.

 

During our PE lessons, we will be focusing on skills in Gymnastics and Games.

 

Music will be taught following The Music Express programme, where pupils have a chance to use instruments, sing and compose performances.

 

TOPIC WORK

 

Please see below for our topic work this Spring on ‘Flowers and Insects’.

During this unit we will be focusing on Science, Geography, Art, Music, Society and International.

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

• Where flowers and insects prefer to live and grow

• How and where seeds grow

• How to set up tests to discover how plants use water

• How to grow lots of different things

• How beans grow

• About the life cycles of insects

• About ants and bees

 

In addition in Science we will be looking at Materials and their Properties, ie how and why an umbrella is waterproof.

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

• About honey and silk production

• About the migration of the Monarch butterfly

 

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

• About paintings of flowers and insects

• How to make paintings and models of flowers and insects

• How to use symmetry to make paintings of insects

• How to create a garden in the classroom

 

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

• About the music of the famous composer, Rimsky-Korsakov

• How to create our own music

 

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

• About keeping stick insects as pets

• About people who help us

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

• About flowers and insects from the host and home countries

• About how climate and weather patterns affect life around the world

• About flowers as emblems for different countries

 

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets and has had an enjoyable time in the classroom. We will be inviting you at the end of the topic to come and see the work your child has been doing. Further details will follow closer to the time. The children will be participating in an Ugly Bug Ball, where they will need to dress up as an insect or flower and they will enjoy a party introducing the theme for our topic. There will be prizes for the best costumes!

 

If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please do get in touch.

 

KEY REMINDERS

Please make sure your child reads the books being sent home regularly and that you inform us of their progress in the Reading Record Book. Spellings will continue to go out on a Wednesday and learning logs will go out on Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Children need to wear the correct PE kit to school on a Tuesday and Thursday and as the weather is colder now please provide your child with black/dark grey tracksuit bottoms and sweatshirt for outdoor PE. Earrings need to be removed on the days your child has PE for health and safety reasons.

 

 

Thank you very much for your continued support. Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Mrs S Hussain Mrs J Rowlands Miss S Ellis

 

 

September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

It is lovely to see so many smiling faces as the children come into school each day. The children all look so smart in their school uniforms. Thank you for your support with this and for taking the time to label all items of your child’s school uniform. May we take this opportunity to remind you, if you have not already done so, that it is essential to: Name all clothing, shoes, coats and P.E kits! It really does help things to be returned to the correct owner.

 

We would like to introduce the staff your children will be working with in Year 1 and also give you an outline of the term ahead. In Year 1 we have 2 classes: Hedgehog Class (Miss Ellis with Mrs Bumpus and Mrs Savu) and Bear Class (Mrs Rowlands/Mrs Hussain). The Teaching Assistant in Year 1 is Miss Sirc.

 

The times of the school day in Year 1 are different to Foundation. In Year 1 the day starts at 8.40am. Children arrive in class and begin the day with “early morning work” related to something he/she has learned the previous day. The day finishes at 3.20pm and your child can be picked up from their classroom door on the playground. We ask parents to make a queue outside the classroom at home time to help us dismiss the children safely.

 

PE kits- This includes a white T-shirt, black shorts, tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. Children need to come to school in their PE kit on their PE days. These are Tuesday and Thursday for Year 1. It is essential earrings are not worn on PE days.

 

Learning Logs Learning Logs will be sent out on a Friday and will need to be returned on the following Wednesday. We value the support you give with the activities; however we do ask that the work is your child’s own. Please do comment on how your child found the activity, as it is helpful to know if they found it difficult etc.

 

Reading Books Sharing a book with your child is a valuable experience. Your son/daughter will be provided with a reading book and Reading Diary for you to sign and comment in. We do ask that you support your child with reading as often as possible. Your child will then have the opportunity to change his/her book as often as possible. We will soon be setting children up with Bug Club subscriptions so they can access extra books online to read at home.

 

Spellings In addition to your child bringing a reading book home, he/she will also be given words to learn to read and spell. These words may be the Reception or Year 1/2 keywords or words related to their phonics. Spellings will be provided on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday.

 

Water Bottles In order to aid concentration and minimise disruption to lessons with visits to the water fountain, we encourage children to bring in a small water bottle. Please ensure your child’s bottle is named. The bottle may be refilled during break times with cool fresh water. We do ask that bottles are taken home daily to be washed and refilled with fresh water.

 

 

 

Please find below an overview of the curriculum for the term ahead:-

 

English

 

In English lessons we will continue with the work carried out in Reception with ‘Read, Write Inc.’ Read, Write Inc aims to provide a programme of activities that will get children learning to read and write quickly and easily. The programme consists of rigorous daily phonics practise, combined with reading and writing activities to support the sounds that they are focussing on that week. It covers a wide range of genres including fiction and non-fiction materials, such as stories, plays, poems and non-fiction texts, which will also be linked to our topic work.

 

Maths

 

The children will be working in classes for Maths to enable us to focus on their individual needs using the Power Maths Scheme. The teaching assistants will support the children who need extra intervention with their Maths skills. The children will be developing their skills within counting, properties of number, shape space and measure. They will be applying these skills and developing their problem solving skills across all areas.

 

Topic

 

Please find further details below of the two units that we will be focusing on for topic work. As we start a new unit, we will be providing you with the details and will also ask for your support too. There are times when children will need to bring things in from home or carry out research with your help. We hope you will enjoy being a part of this exciting term.

PSHE & C will be taught each week to develop children’s personal, social and emotional skills. Children will also be taking part in RE, Music and PE lessons alongside this.

 

 

TOPICS

 

The topic theme is Time Travellers.

In History we will be:

• Learning how to create a timeline

• Finding out about events that are important to us

• Using objects to find out more about an event

• Learning about important events that happened in our local area

• Learning about an event by interviewing someone who was there

• Using different sources to learn about a national event

• Exploring events of global significance by asking and answering questions

 

In International we will be:

• Finding out about different festivals around the world

• Comparing different types of festivals around the world

 

We look forward to sharing our work with you.

 

 

We are all looking forward to the term ahead and hope that your children will very much enjoy their experiences in Year 1.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Asghar Mrs Rowlands/Mrs Hussain Miss Ellis

Owl’s Class Teacher (Yr2) Bear’s Class Teachers Hedgehog’s Class Teacher

and KS1 Team Leader

Year 1 Exit Point

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