Hello and welcome to year one!
I am Miss Biddle, the class Teacher, and Miss Murray and Miss DuPont are the teaching assistants. We’re looking forward to continuing our fantastic year with your children.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher. We are always happy to support you in any way we can and are available before and after school.
In Literacy this term we are using Talk 4 Write to help retell poems, stories and information texts. We have been reading the story ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ We will be innovating the story by changing the main characters and materials the houses are built from, which links to our Science topic on ‘Materials’. We will be learning the text off by heart and rehearsing them using actions. Our focus this term is letter formation, finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We are also working on putting our phonics sessions into practice by using our sounds to spell words phonetically.
During Maths this term we are working on our numbers to 10. We will be looking at the value of each number and where the numbers are placed on a number line. We will be practising counting, reading and writing numbers as words. Also, we will be counting forwards and backwards to 10, looking at one more and one less whilst representing numbers in different ways using various equipment.
Our new Topic this term is Houses and Homes. We will be comparing features of houses from the past to the present. We will be looking at how objects within the house have changed overtime with the influence of technology. We will also be going on a walk around the local area to see what houses and homes we can see. Children will be using various materials to create their own houses and experience washing their own clothes like they did in the past.
In Science we will be learning all about Everyday Materials. We will be learning about the different types of materials and the qualities they have. We will be working scientifically to carry out different investigations to test different materials. Then we will be grouping, sorting and comparing materials based on their qualities.
P.E takes place every Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school. The P.E kit is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts or leggings and a pair of black trainers which can be worn as part of their school uniform. It is very important your child has the correct uniform to ensure safety on the equipment.
Homework and Spellings is sent out every Wednesday. Please return your homework books to school every Monday. The homework will be in the form of a menu. Children only need to complete one task each week and learn the spellings set for a test on a Thursday. You can also access games on www.phonicsplay.com and www.topmarks.com to help support your child with their learning.
Please also ensure that your child is reading for at least 10 minutes every day (of your child’s banded/coloured reading book which is one level below their class reading level to support their fluency and enjoyment). Please ensure you sign their reading records otherwise we cannot change their book and your child brings their book bag into school every Monday and Wednesday so we can change their book and return them on the same day.
School opening and closing times: School now opens at 8:40am and the gates close at 8:50am, please insure your children are in for a prompt 8:50am start. School finishes at 3:20pm and the gates open at 3:15pm to come in for collection.
Water bottles: Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school every day, especially if the weather gets hotter.
Fruit: Fruit and milk is provided every day for morning snack. However, children can bring in their own piece of fruit to eat during this time if they wish.