Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely half term break and look forward to meeting you all at parents’ evening. This newsletter will update you on our topic this term, as well as general reminders about the Year 1 routine.
Our topic this term ‘Reading is our thing’ has been inspired by the author Dr. Suess and his books such as ‘The Cat in the Hat’. We plan to focus on one author each week and share the stories that they have written.
Week 1 – Dr Suess
Week 2 – Roald Dahl
Week 3 – A.A. Milne
Week 4 – Julia Donaldson
During Mathematics we will continue to work on number and place value, as well as understanding the value of digits in a 2 digit number, for example knowing that 15 has one lot of 10 and 5 units. We will practise adding 2 numbers both mentally and practically and learn how to subtract one number from a larger number. We will be learning about capacity and measuring full, half full, quarter etc. As well as using the correct vocabulary to order events for example yesterday, morning.
We will begin recognising and knowing the value of different coins and using these to add amounts. Throughout our topic we will continue to apply our knowledge of problem solving to solve a range of mathematical problems.
Our English learning will continue with Read, Write, Inc. To ensure the children are learning the necessary skills to begin writing independently as well as having the opportunity to demonstrate the skills creatively, we will now be working on a 3 weekly cycle of week 1 – RWI Fiction, Week 2 RWI non-fiction and then Week 3 Creative writing related to our topic. Therefore, for the weeks that the children have been doing creative writing they will not be bringing home a RWI storybook.
Reading – the children will continue with their reading stages as they have been doing so, please could we remind you that the children are given 3 keywords to learn to read/ spell each week, these are given on the keyword sticker after each read at school. Once these have been learnt the children will be given the next 3 words from the list of Year 1 Common Exception words.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday (Please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed if possible).
Conker Club children will need an additional pair of trainers to be left at Conker Club (if they have not worn trainers to school as part of their uniform) as we are unable to access items left at Conker Club and Conker Club have no access to the classrooms after school. This would be greatly appreciated by all staff concerned.
Oak – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Beech – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Children will need to wear trainers/plimsolls to be able to use the outdoor apparatus.
Library – is on Wednesdays, the children will be issued new library books Wednesday. Please ensure that their library books are in school on Wednesdays as they will need to reissue them if they would like to keep them for another week.
Please note; we will only be able to issue a new book if the previous one has been returned. A charge of £5.00 is made for lost books.
In regards to Homework, the year 1 team will continue setting weekly homework on Education City. These activities are beneficial to consolidate and support the learning that has taken place during the week. We will on occasions be setting a paper homework, which we feel would benefit your child on a particular topic. This homework will come home in the form of a zippy wallet and will be handed out towards the end of the week
Date for the diary
This term we have parents evening, please check that you have signed up as this is a great opportunity for us to share with you how your child is getting on and to discuss how we can best support them this year.
Flu vaccinations are also taking place during the week 6.11.17 for those of you that have completed the permission forms.
Towards the end of the half term we will be rehearsing for the Christmas Play, please book your place on the online portal for the Christmas play. We will also have the Christmas Carol concert at St Peters Church as well as celebrations as part of Christmas for the children during school time.
We would like to thank you all for your support during the first half term. We have thoroughly enjoyed this year so far and would like to remind you that if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 1 Team.
Miss Munday, Mr Holden, Mrs Winterbottom and Mrs Garrett.