Welcome to Year 1!
Spring 1, 2018
Welcome back to another half term. We hope that you all enjoyed your festive break and that your child is ready to continue their learning with another exciting topic.
Our theme this half term is ‘What’s the season?’
Can you describe the weather?
Which is your favourite Winter Olympic sport? Why?
Thursday 1st February 2018 – Year 1 Phonics Screening Check information meeting @ 2:45pm
Thursday 8th February 2018 – KS1 Pride In Our Learning afternoon @ 3pm
Friday 9th February 2018 – School breaks up for half term @ 3:30pm
Children need to bring their P.E. kits on Monday to be kept in school until Friday. Year 1 will have their P.E. session on Thursdays.
On this days can you please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are not worn.
It would also be helpful to label your child’s PE kit with their name.
Reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Please make a record of every time your child reads because if they read 20 times within a month, they will receive a golden ticket.
Key Stage 1 parents who help their child to read 20 times a month will be entered into a monthly prize draw.
Oxford Owl Library (The library is a fantastic e-book resource, you just need to register your e-mail on the site to access a range of books for free)
In year 1 we continue to build on the phonics sessions that have taken place throughout your child’s time in the reception class.
We follow the Read, Write Inc scheme for the teaching and learning of phonics.
At the end of Year 1, all children have to undertake the Year 1 Phonics Screening. Working 1:1 with the teacher, children will read 40 words, some of which are real and some of which are pseudo (made up/’alien’) words containing the 40+ phonemes they have learned during their first two years in school.
You can support your child at home with their phonics by reading as much as possible with your child and investigating some of the phonics links given below:
|Deep Sea Phonics||Dragons Den||Buried Treasure||Obb & Bob|
|Learn to Read||Spelling||BBC Words and Pictures|
Weekly spellings will be given out on Tuesdays. Your child will be tested on a selection of these the following Monday.
Also during the week, your child will complete a short dictation exercise containing the weekly spellings.
Please support your child at home by helping your child learn their weekly spellings.
Grammar and Punctuation
Below are links to some of the sites which the children enjoy learning from.
|Sentence building||Past tense||Nouns||Spelling|
|Sentences||Prefixes and Suffixes||Word types|
The Canon Popham Times Table Challenge
We are continuing with the school ‘Times Tables Challenge’ award system to encourage the children to learn their times tables. In Year 2, the children need to learn their tables
(multiplication and division facts and missing digit questions) to achieve awards for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
This half term we will be studying stories from other cultures, focusing on characters and settings and writing our own versions of cultural tales.
We will also be writing information leaflets about the Winter Olympics 2018, as well as writing poetry about Winter and nature.
Take a look at the BBC Bitesize Literacy for KS1 website for some fun things to do.
We use a cursive style handwriting in our school, please try to encourage your child to use this when they are writing at home.
This half term we will be focusing on number: addition and subtraction and deepening our understanding about place value. We will be working hard to develop our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in these areas.
If you have any questions about these areas of Maths please come and speak to me.
Once again Year 1 and Year 2 children will be working closely together and our topic title this half term is ‘What’s the season?’
This topic has been chosen to provide the children with opportunities to develop a wide range of geography, history, art, and design and technology skills.
These will include learning about the climate of the North and South Pole and the different polar animals that live in these regions.
They will also complete art and design projects creating polar animals from clay and their own Olympics medals in sewing.
We will be researching the Winter Olympics including its events, history and athletes, as well as comparing where we live to the current Winter Olympics host, South Korea.
We are continuing with our topic approach to homework this year and in addition to their reading book, weekly spellings and maths homework, children must also complete at least 1 homework project based upon our topic. Your child will receive their homework sheet on the first week back this half term.
Topic homework will be shared during our Pride In Our Learning session on Thursday 8th February at 3pm. Each of the projects have been designed to allow children to develop their creative and critical thinking skills. Remember that you can work with your child on homework and it’s a fun activity to do with your child. We hope you enjoy completing some of these homework projects with your children.
Please provide your child with a labelled water bottle to take outside during playtimes.
We also advise that you ensure all your child’s school clothing is clearly labelled too as well as making sure that your child does not bring toys from home into school. This would be greatly appreciated.
As always thank you for your continued support. It really makes a difference to your child’s learning and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to speak to us at any time.
Miss Smithson and Mrs Drake