Welcome to year 1!

Spring 1

 We have been exploring with Beebots. In this unit we work on our programming skills, learning about algorithms and bugs. 

Newsletter and topic web

 

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. I have also sent home the knowledge organiser and the quiz linked to this for children to prepare for our new topic! See Dojo for the link.

 

Science Targets

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

 

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, spellings can be found on teams. Children will also continue to get bonus words linked to specific SPAG assessment.

 

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.

Reading

In order to meet the expected standard for a Y1 reader, your child would need to be fluently reading and understanding the book colours stated below by the end of each term.

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Blue

Green

Orange

 

Memory

Improving children’s memory really helps with retention of what is being taught at school. This half terms idea is an active memory game. Create a bank of actions (these can be on cards or just ideas. Take it in turns to add an action to a sequence. Keep adding action and see how many you can reach before someone forgets the pattern.

 

Online safety

This half term we will be discussing online relationships and reputation. Children will talk about who they use the internet to talk to e.g. family/ FaceTime and what is appropriate to share online. This can sometimes be a good discussion which leads to discussing chatting to people in games, we will think about what to do in real life situations. We will also think about when children should ask permission to do things online, this may be something you wish to discuss and set your rules for at home.

 

Homework

 

Week 1

Handwriting

Week 2

Maths booklet

Week 3

Reading comp

Week 4

Phonics (screening check)

Week 5

Maths booklet

Week 6

Writing piece

 

P.E

P.E will continue to take place on a Monday and Friday. Hair needs to be tied up and earrings took out or taped up. Thank you to everyone for keeping up with this.

 

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, please feel free to catch me before or after school or via dojo.

 

Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher

Autumn 2

Christmas!

 A few pictures from the Nativity in the church, our Christmas dinner day and the Christmas party. The cheeky elves came and hid presents for us to find!

Anti-bullying week 2022

 We started anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks to show diversity and that it is good to be different. We also looked at the meaning of STOP (several times on purpose), START (start telling and reporting trouble) and VIP (verbal, indirect and physical).  Children worked on giving compliments and discussing who they could reach out to if they or someone they saw was being bullied. 

Newsletter and topic web

                                                                                                November 2022

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 some 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 targets are linked to our topic of ‘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 really 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. I will occasionally start to throw in some bonus words during the test this half term, these will be for assessment purposes and will be covered in phonics.

 

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 story telling skills.

 

Reading

In order to meet the expected standard for a Y1 reader, your child would need to be fluently reading and understanding the book colours stated below by the end of each term.

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Blue

Green

Orange

 

 

Memory game

The suggested memory activity this half term is clapping rhythms. Make up a pattern of claps and children are to repeat that rhythm. Continue to add to this to make longer patterns to remember. Children could also make their own rhythms and build up to longer rhythms.

 

Safer internet

This half term we will be covering online bullying and the importance of being kind to others on the internet just as you would in real life. We will also talk about different behaviours that can cause upset e.g. ignoring, leaving people out. This will also link to our PSHE unit focused on bullying and who to tell, different types of bullying and how to report it.

 

Homework

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

 

Week 1

Maths booklet

Week 2

Handwriting

Week 3

Maths booklet

Week 4

Phonics

Week 5

Handwriting

Week 6

Maths booklet

Week 7

Maths booklet

Week 8

Literacy task

 

  Passport statements for PSHE

  • 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 Friday. 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.

 

If you would like to discuss anything or have any further questions, then I am available before and after school on most days or via Dojo.

 Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher

 

Autumn 1

Music

 This half term children have been learning how to play tuned instruments. We had great fun with the boomwhackers!

Slime monsters and shortbread

 In literacy, children have been creating their own instructions to make slime and shortbread. We thought out ordering, numbers and bossy verbs. We also couldn't resist making monsters out of your slime linked to the Loch Ness monster!

Newsletter, topic web and vocabulary triangle

 

                                                                                                September 2022

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 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. Occasionally children will receive bonus words linked to spelling patterns looked at in class and will be used towards their assessment. If children are regularly achieving below 3 then we will send some extra activities home to practice.

 

Reading

In order to meet the expected standard for a Y1 reader, your child would need to be fluently reading and understanding the book colours stated below by the end of each term.

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Blue

Green

Orange

 

Memory

We have noticed a link between children’s memories and being able to follow instructions and retain things that have been taught. To try and help your child’s working memory you may want to try this game.

Magic cup game –

Place three identical, plastic cups in a line on the table, rim down. Place a pom pom or small rubber ball under one cup, allowing your child to see which cup the pom pom/ball is under. Shuffle the cups around by sliding them across the table, switching their positions quickly back and forth and all around. Once you have stopped moving the cups ask your child to identify which cup the ball is now under.

Internet safety

This half term we will be looking at privacy and security both online and when using an electronic device. This will include why it is important to have a strong password and keeping it safe. We will also look at self-image and identity linked to filming in ICT. You may wish to discuss different situations as they arise in real life, that we may need to ask someone’s permission before taking a photo/ video of them.

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 should be returned to school by Wednesday. 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 Friday. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days. As it gets colder children may need gloves and a hat for outdoor PE.

 

 

Reading/ book bags

Book bags should be brought in on a Monday and left in school until Friday. Children will be sent 2 paper books each week for the first 2 weeks. If you could then return the first 2 books that have already been read at the start of week 3 we will then be able to swap them and should get into a cycle of having 2 books at home and 2 books returned to school each week.

 

 

Passport statements

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

  • Always follow class rules
  • Always try my best.

 

 

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.
  • 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.

 

 

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

 

Thank you,

Miss T Ward

Class Teacher