Unique Unicorns

Summer 1 newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays.  I hope you have had a lovely Easter break! Our new topic is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ which is a long topic and will run up until the summer holidays. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

 

 

Science targets

This term our science unit is ‘humans and animals’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve:

Science Targets

I can name a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

I can classify and name animals by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore).

I can sort animals into categories (including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).

I can sort living and non-living things.

I can name the parts of the human body that I can see.

I can link the correct part of the human body to each sense.

These targets will run right through to the summer holidays.

 

Spellings

Thank you for continuing to work with your child to learn their spellings. It really does reinforce the different sounds that we have been covering in letters and sounds during the week and will help towards the phonics screening check.

Genre

This half term we will be going back to looking at a specific author. Our authors this half term is Ronda and David Armitage, authors of the famous ‘light house keepers….’ series.  As always children are welcome to bring in and share any books they may have by these authors.

  

P.E.

P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. It is really important that children have their kits on these days. A reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings taken out or taped up.

 

 

Homework

 

Week 1

Maths booklet

Week 2

Phonics mock test

Week 3

SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar)

Week 4

Writing piece

 

Passport statements

This half term I will be looking for:

  • To show care towards animals.

 

 

Children will be taking their phonics screening test during the summer term; any help and practise that you can do with your child at home will be beneficial to them. If you would like any further information or support regarding the test please don’t hesitate to ask.


Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher

 

Dance Festival

Our dance that we performed in front of parents and other schools at Heritage Dance Festival!

Conisbrough Castle

Children in Y1 have been to Conisbrough castle and learnt about what castle life would have been like.

Children sketched the castle and thought about the names of the different features and had a guided tour of the different parts of the castle and what would have happened there. They also learnt about Lord Hamelin and Lady Isabel, who were the important people that lived in the castle.  

World Book Day 2019

 This year children dressed up as their favourite book character and brought in their favourite book to share with their peers. We also had a poster competition where children could promote their favourite book and the winner did a presentation in assembly!

Children had the opportunity to buy old and new books to take home to share with parents to promote their love for reading. 

Spring 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back after the holidays! Our new topic is ‘King of the castle’ which will include a trip to a real castle in order to look at the history of castles and what castle life would have been like. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science targets

This half term our science unit is ‘plants’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve:

Science targets

Can I name a variety of common wild and garden plants?

Can I name the petals, stem, leaf and root of a plant?

Can I name the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree?

Do I know the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees?

Spellings

You may have noticed that the spellings have changed slightly. Children will now have 2 ‘bonus words’ at the end of each test which they can get an extra house point for. They are not spellings that are learnt at home but we will look at the spelling patterns/ suffixes at school. I can then use the bonus words for assessment to see which rules/patterns children have remembered.

Genre

This half term we will again be looking at a specific genre rather than an author. The genre for this half term will be fairy tales. We will look at a range of different fairy tales and using these to pick out features, adapt and write our own.

P.E.

P.E will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. Thank you so much for remembering kits, all children have kits on these days which is brilliant! If children have pierced ears and are unable to remove earrings by themselves please can you ensure that children have plasters/tape to cover them, this is for their own safety. Long hair should also be tied up.

Homework

 

Week 1

Handwriting

Week 2

Maths booklet

Week 3

SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar)

Week 4

Phonics mock test

Week 5

Phonics alien words

Week 6

Phonics mock test

Week 7

Writing piece

 

 

 

 

Passport statements

This half term I will be looking for:

  • Understanding how to stay safe outside of school
  • Asking to join in other children’s games.

 

 

We have a parents evening this half term so I look forward to meeting with you. If you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

 

Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher

Book Bus

 Today the Book Bus came into school! Children had lots of fun boarding the bus to look and purchase the books to take home. 

P.E.

We have been working on our balance in gym.  

Safer Internet Day 2019

 The theme of safer internet day this year was 'permission'. We did activities based around when it is important to ask for permission. We also recapped the CEOP button. Thank you to the parents that came and joined in with the lesson. 

Spring Term Newsletter 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas break. As we return back to school our new topic is ‘Winter Wonderland’ which will fit with the world around us at this time. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science Targets

Our Science topic this half term is ‘Seasonal changes - Winter.’ These are the targets that children will be working on.

Science Targets

I can observe and comment on the changes in the seasons.

I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.

I can explain what I have found out by using scientific vocabulary.

Spellings

Thank you to everyone that has supported their child with spellings last half term. Spellings will continue as normal this half term.

Genre

This half term we will be looking at a specific genre rather than an author. The genre for this half term will be poetry. We will look at a range of different poets and styles of poetry and will use what we learn in our own writing.

We are also continuing to work on joined handwriting. If you would like any information or advice on how to assist your child at home please do feel free to come and see me.

Homework

 

Week 1

Handwriting

Week 2

Maths

Week 3

Phonics

Week 4

SPAG – (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

Week 5

Maths

Week 6

Writing piece

P.E.

P.E will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. Hair needs to be tied up and earrings took out or taped up.

Passport statements

Statements I will be looking at this half term are:

  • Understand what is right and wrong
  • Always try my best

If you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Spring Term Topic Web 1

   Click to view and download all the exciting things we'll be learning this term: 

Christmas Celebrations

A few pictures from our Christmas Celebrations. Christmas dinner and our Christmas party day! While we were at the party the elves came and hid presents in our classroom. 

Road Safety

 We have had a visitor come in to help us stay safe on the road. 

Rocket racing!

 To start off our new topic we made rockets and had a competition of whos would fly the furthest!

Remembrance

 This week we decorated poppy stones to hide around the village, once they are found they can go into the memorial gardens. 

Diwali Day

 On the 7th November we celebrated Diwali day by making diva lamps, created fire work pictures and we had a special guest come into school to run a workshop. Children learnt the story behind the celebration and how people celebrate. 

Autumn Term Newsletter 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is always a fantastic time of year in school with the run up to Christmas! This half term we will be doing lots of festive activities as well as our main topic ‘light explosions!’ I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

Science
This half term our target is linked to ‘Materials’ 

Science

This half term our target is linked to ‘Materials’

Can I distinguish between an object and the material it is made from?

Can I explain the materials that an object is made from?

Can I name wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock?

Can I describe the properties of everyday materials?

Can I group objects based on the materials they are made from?

Exceeding -  Can I  explain what happens to certain materials when they are heated or cooled, for example, bread, ice, chocolate, jelly, etc?

Writing
If you do want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on joining our handwriting this half term. Our writing policy suggests that children should be joining their handwriting by Christmas in year 1.  Please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.

Spellings
Thank you to everyone that has supported their child with spellings last half term. It really does make a difference in writing and gives children a huge boost when they get them all correct! This half term spellings will be linked to a phonics sound that they have been working on.

Author
The author that we will be focusing on this half term is David McKee; he has written many popular books such as Mr Ben and the Elmer series. We will be building on our own storytelling skills. We are happy to display or read any books children have by our author.

Homework
Thank you for supporting your child with their homework. This terms homework is as follows;

Homework

Week 1

Phonics

Week 2

Maths booklet

Week 3

Handwriting

Week 4

Phonics

Week 5

Handwriting

Week 6

Maths booklet

Week 7

Literacy task

Passport statements

  • To solve a problem without arguing.
  • To not sulk or become angry when they don’t like something.
  • To always follow class rules.

P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. Also a reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings should either be taken out on PE days or taped up for health and safety reasons.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Autumn 2 topic web: Light explosions

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Coaching and treasure hunts

We have been lucky enough to have a coach in school this half term and teach the children some different fundamental skills. Children have also been on treasure hunts using their pirate maps in outdoor adventure. 

Scottish Shortbread

In English we have been making tasty shortbread linked to our Scottish topic. Children then wrote a recipe and filmed it for our 'TV chefs' ICT unit. Finally we got to eat our delicious shortbread!

Shabbat

 As part of our RE unit we learnt about Shabbat and had our own Shab

Highland Games

This week we took part in our own Highland Games to kick off our topic about Scotland.  

Autumn Term Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Welcome back to a new school year and to year 1, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break! Our topic this term is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

Science Targets

This half terms topic is ‘seasonal changes’ and these are the targets we will work to achieve.

  • I can observe and comment on changes in the seasons.
  • I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.
  • I can explain what I have found out using scientific vocabulary.

English
If you do want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops correctly this half term. We will then move onto using ‘and’ to join ideas and a huge focus will be on joined handwriting. Every child is also placed in a phonics group to suit their ability in order for them to progress at their level. They will be learning new sounds and spelling patterns each week, ask them to share these with you, but please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.

Spellings
Children will get 5 spellings a week; if they correctly spell all 5 then they will be rewarded with a team point. The spellings they receive will initially be the year 1 words and then will be linked to the phonics sound that they have been working on and they will be tested on a Friday. Any help you can give your children at home is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference in their writing.

Homework
Children will have the first few weeks to settle into their new surroundings before homework is given. Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. It is children’s responsibility to hand it in as we are starting to build up independence. Your child may need support reading the task but as the year progresses they should become more confident at having ago by themselves. You are welcome to work with them and let them know if an answer is incorrect, supporting them to correct it.

Week 1

No homework

Week 2

No homework

Week 3

No homework

Week 4

Handwriting

Week 5

Maths booklet

Week 6

Handwriting

Week 7

Literacy – instructions

P.E.

P.E. will take place on a Monday and a Wednesday. Children will require an indoor and outdoor kit. Indoor kits should consist of shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls. Outdoor kit should consist of jogging bottoms, t-shirt, jumper and trainers. As it gets colder children may need gloves and a hat for outdoor PE.

Passport statements

The PSHE areas that we are working on from our passports are:

  • Always say please and thank you.
  • Share a favourite toy.
  • Help tidy the classroom.

A few further bits of information:

  • Just a reminder that children with pierced ears should have their earrings removed or taped up before school on PE days.
  • We will be testing children on number facts this year such as number bonds to 10 and 20 and also times tables later on in the year. If any parents are interested in volunteering to come into school to test children then please let me know and I can give you more information.
  • Please avoid booking to go away during June as this is usually when the phonics screening check that we have to do in year 1 takes place. I will speak to you more about this during the first parents evening.
  • We do not check through book bags for letters in year 1 due to time restrictions. If you have something to hand in please put it in the basket on the front desk. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Autumn Term Topic Web: Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure!

 Click to view and download all the exciting things we'll be learning this term: