Welcome to Year 1 and the start of an exciting new year at school! We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for lots of fun learning at school!
We are looking forward to getting to know you and working together to ensure your children have a smooth transition into Year 1. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. PE kits can be left in school for the half term and taken home in the last week to be washed. Please ensure your child's name is in all items of clothing.
This term we will be learning about Families and Belonging. We will learn that we all belong to the family of God and think about ways in which we love each other. We will also learn that through baptism everyone is invited to share in the life and work of God.
In Literacy, we will be focusing on sentence structure. We will be practising using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops with independence. We will begin to introduce question marks and exclamation marks. The children will practise these skills through a range of genres including retells, postcards and poster. We will be using texts to support our developing writing. These will include traditional tales and stories with predictable phrases.
This half term we are focusing on recognising numbers and ordering them from 0 – 20. We will be moving on to simple addition and subtraction, adding one more and one less to numbers below 20.
Please help your child by practicing counting and writing their numbers up to 20.
In Science, we will be observing and describing the weather associated with the seasons by observing the weather in Autumn. We will be gathering and recording data to help in answering questions by recording the weather, temperature, rainfall and wind direction in autumn. We will be drawing and labelling parts of the body and finding out about our senses. We will also carry out an investigation around our five senses.
In Geography, we will be looking at our school and the local area. We will be using maps and aerial photographs to locate physical and human features in our locality. We will look at the 4 points of a compass and practise using directional and positional language. The children will create their own pictorial maps linked to our locality and familiar stories linked to our literacy work.
In Design and Technology (DT) we will be making masks in preparation for the DT exhibition next half term. We will be exploring what makes a good mask before going through the design process to design, create and evaluate our final product.
Learning logs will be sent home each Friday and must be returned to school the following Thursday. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning 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.
25th October - School closes
4th November - School opens
11th-15th November - Anti-bullying week
18th November - Other Faiths week
22nd November - DT whole school exhibition
11th December - KS1 Christmas Concert
16th December - Christmas Dinner and Party day
20th December - House day / School closes
22nd January 2020 - Class Assembly
4th February 2020 - Class Mass
May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.
Miss McLaughlin and Mrs Jamieson