Hello and welcome back to year 1!

My name is Mrs Cumberbatch. I am one of the year 1 class teachers. Within our classroom we also have two teaching assistants, Mrs Almasri who works Monday to Thursday and Miss Hussain who works with us on a Friday.

Our current topic is ‘Castles’. We are all kings and queens in year 1 so we will be having lots of fun making our own castles and learning about the different features of a castle. We will learn about the different people who lived in castles and their jobs as well as discover the food they ate and what they did to protect their castle from being invaded!

During Maths this term we are continuing to look at the value of numbers within 20-40 and comparing them. The children will learn to use various methods and equipment to solve 1 step problems. They will also learn to explain how they solved the problem. We will also be learning about measurement which includes length, height, weight and volume. We will be making tasty treats to support learning in this area. Please continue to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables with your children as this will help in all areas of their number work.  

Within Literacy, we are continuing to practise punctuating our sentences correctly using capital letters, finger spaces, connectives and full stops. Some of us will be learning how to use adjectives to make our write more interesting. You can help at home by getting your child to say their sentence out loud before writing it down as well as letting them read what they have written to ensure that it makes sense. Please continue to read with your children daily as this will help in all areas of literacy.

In Science, we will be looking at plants in our local environment. We will learn the names of common flowering plants, examples of deciduous and evergreen trees, and the structure of plants (including leaves, flowers/ petals, fruit, roots, bulb, seed, trunk, branches, stem).  We will also be having lots of fun planting our own seeds whilst observing and comparing growth and changes.

In P.E, the children are really enjoying football with the Manchester United coaches on a Monday afternoon.  Gymnastics also takes place every Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your children bring their P.E kits in on these days.

If you have any questions or concerns, Please feel free to speak to myself or Miss Almasri after school. We are always happy to support you in any way we can.