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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: