Miss Claffey and Miss Ewin would like to welcome you to our class page!
Welcome to Year 1 and the start of an exciting new school year! We hope you have had enjoyed your time at home with your family and that you have had some much needed rest over the summer holidays. We are excited to welcome you all back and are ready for lots of fun learning at school!
Miss Ewin will be with us in the Autumn term, up to the Christmas holidays and then will be back in the Summer term.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Home Learning and Book Bags
Book bags will be sent home with a new reading book each Thursday and these should be returned on a Monday. Home learning will be shared in class on a Tuesday afternoon where the children will be able to celebrate their learning with their class. The reading books will be changed each week.
Water bottles should be brought into class on a Monday and these will be sent home on a Friday.
Reading, Phonics and Spellings
We will be using the Spelling Shed website to support the children's learning in Phonics and this should be accessed at home to help them consolidate their spelling of sounds/words.
Our PE days will be on a Monday and a Friday. Children should come into school wearing their PE kits on these days. Please ensure your child's name is in all items of clothing including their basic school uniform. If your child's name is not on their items of clothing this makes it very difficult to locate lost items. If you are unsure of what your child needs for their PE kit please see our School uniform policy.
This term we will be learning about Families and Belonging. We will learn that we all play an important role in our families and that all families are different. We will learn about how we care for our families and how we are all part of God's family over the world. We will also learn about the importance of belonging and how we feel when we think about our belonging to a group. We will also be learning about Special People, Waiting and Islam. We will explore the roles of important people in the parish family, what it means to wait for the birth of Jesus during Advent as well as learning about the Prophet Muhammad.
In Literacy, we will be focusing on letter formation, handwriting and sentence structure. We will be practising using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops with independence. The children will practise these skills through a range of genres including retells, instructions and group work. We will be using texts to support our developing writing. These will include traditional tales and stories with predictable phrases.
This term, we will start by doing lots of counting with our numbers up to ten. As we become confident with these numbers we will then begin counting up to twenty. We will also be challenging ourselves to solve problems involving addition and subtraction. We will learn about 2D and 3D shapes through practical and fun activities. We will move on to learning about numbers up to 20, including number bonds to make 20 and the different ways we can represent a number.
Please help your child by practicing counting and writing their numbers up to 20.
In Science, we will be learning all about Animals including humans! We will be identifying the basic parts of the human body and learning about which part of the body is associated with each body sense. Throughout our lessons we will be asking lots of questions, observing and performing simple tests, identifying and classifying and gathering and recording data. We will also be learning about how physical exercise and a healthy diet are both very important in keeping our bodies healthy. We will also be learning about the five groups of animals (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds), what different animals eat and comparing different animals by looking at their body parts.
In Geography, we will be exploring the topic 'All about me'. We will be learning and exploring the geography of our local area and where we live. We will learn about aerial view maps and will be guided in creating our own! In Design Technology we will be exploring the topic of masks. We will look at the origins of mask wearing and why certain people choose to wear them. We will then get creative and design and make our own masks! In History, we will be learning about Kings and Queens where we will find out about some famous past Queens and the castles and palaces that they lived in. In Art we will be learning all about drawing portraits through careful observation.
Learning logs will be sent home on a Thursday each week and must be returned to school the following Monday. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning in class. Home learning can be shared through Seesaw rather than the learning log and this will also be shared in class.
Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will have opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.
It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together.
Please can you sign the reading record when you have read and discussed the book with your child. Children also need to complete the reading activities in the log book. The reading books will be changed at least once a week. Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading!
We will be teaching phonics daily. The children will be learning new sounds and practising their blending and segmenting skills, which will support in their reading and writing. Towards the end of the first half term, the children will be given different spellings related to what the focus is in their group that week. The spellings will be sent home as part of their weekly homework and there will be a spelling test of these words the following week.
For supporting any home learning relating to Phonics, Phonics Play is a fantastic website with lots of free games/resources.
Additionally, weekly activities will be set on MyMaths, a link to the website can be found below.
Links to Online apps and websites
Logins for Spelling Shed have been sent via ParentMail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags.
Logins for My Maths have been sent home. Learning will be set each half term and will be monitored by class teachers.
Logins for Reading Eggs have been sent via ParentMail but there will be a slip of paper with your child's details for this website in their book bags too.
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