We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring term.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’. We will also learn how to apply prefixes and suffices to words and children will have the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts, including, stories with familiar settings.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will have the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10 and 20. Later on in the term, we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.
Our theme/topic this term is ‘Paddington’s Space Mission’ where children will learn about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and their missions into Space. As artists, children will look at the work of Peter Thorne and Vincent van Gogh’s starry night. Children will create art in the style of both artists – we cannot wait to get started! Children will learn about animations using a computer where they will be able to plan and make a 2D animation of their own.
Pupils will continue to remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test.
We will continue to send out Creative homework that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework ever 4 weeks. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.
Just like in Reception, reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building you child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping them to read accurately. Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the summer term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics screening test in the spring term. A Reading Journal will be sent home with reading books and in order to develop comprehension skills each pupil will be required to complete at least one activity in their log per week.
Our PE sessions are: Monday and Wednesday.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. This should consist of a white round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or blue) and pumps. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) could be labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the autumn term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have lots to be excited about for the Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Miss S Butler
Year 1 Teacher
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
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The school crossing patrol visited the school on Tuesday 14th May. The children were very excited to meet the lollipop lady. First, she showed them her uniform (a long coat and a hat) and explained the importance of it being a bright colour.
Then, she showed how to screw the lollipop stick together to make it tall for the cars to see and explained what was on it and why. Next, she talked about her role and how she helps children cross the road safely everyday.
After that, she taught them how to cross the road correctly by first looking left and right, listening for cars and then walking across the road not running.
The children were then separated into two groups. One group were given the opportunity to play the role of being either the lollipop person, a motorist or a pedestrian. They then acted out scenes of crossing the road, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The other group were given a dressing-up trunk so they could dress up as a lollipop person or a police officer. The children were really excited to dress up as a school crossing patrol person. All the children had an opportunity to take part in both group activities.
Finally, they were taught a song:
Stop, Look and Listen
Before you cross the road
Use your eyes and your ears
Before you use your feet
Children were given a leaflet all about how to cross the road safely and correctly with the song included and a large sticker.