Spring 2 2018 ~ Year One Newsletter
We hope that you had a lovely half term break. Our new topic will be ‘Kings and Queens’.
History – We will be focussing on Queen Victoria as our key person and we will be finding out about the Royal family in the past and the present.
We will also be celebrating North Farnborough Infant Schools 150 Years and making links with Victorian times!
English/ Read Write Inc– During this half of the spring term we will be continuing our Read Write Inc scheme during which the children will be covering a range of genres throughout the term, along with learning new sounds and recapping sounds that we have learnt, in preparation for the phonics-screening test in June.
Please ensure that the Read Write Inc books are returned on a Monday.
Maths – We will be continuing our work on number and place value, learning about the relationships between addition and subtraction, finding out about fractions, measurement and length and applying these skills to solve problems.
Art – During Art we will be sharing our ideas through drawing and painting, as well as developing techniques to use colour, pattern and texture.
DT – We will be designing, making and evaluating a lever mechanism in the form of a ‘Fairy tale pop-up book’.
RE – We will be learning about Palm Sunday and relating this to our own experiences.
Computing- we will be learning about simulation to explore adventure programmes.
Due to the changes in the National Curriculum, there is a particular emphasis on handwriting. It is imperative that our children are able to write their letters using the correct formation so that they will be able to master the skill of joined up writing in Years 1 and 2.
The DFE have stated that children who are unable to form their letters correctly in Year 2 at the end of Key Stage 1 SATS tests, will not achieve the higher levels even if they have accomplished the other skills needed.
As the Year 1 phonics-screening test approaches, it is important to continue to practise the Read, Write Inc sounds and rhymes taught in school. In order for them to be able to identify and blend sounds in unknown words, we will be issuing a phonics book at your parents evening appointment to support you and your child at home.
We are also sending home regular homework to supplement the work done in class. Please work with your child, reciting the letter rhymes as a prompt to help them start in the right place. Developing neat writing takes time and practise. It is far better that they learn to form their letters and numbers correctly from the beginning, before getting into bad habits which will be difficult to correct later.
This half term year 1 will be trialling a slightly longer PE session and therefore each class will have an entire afternoon doing PE. We hope this will allow the children to have more opportunities developing their skills and should have less time constraints.
Monday pm - Oak
Thursday pm- Beech
Please ensure that long hair is tied back and they have a named PE kit in school.
Library day – Friday afternoon.
We look forward to seeing you at parents evening. Please sign up online for an appointment with the appropriate class.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything you wish to talk about with us, either by coming in or by phone; we are always very happy to speak with you.
Thank you for your continued support
Chris Holden, Becky Munday, Shelly Garrett and Sue Winterbottom