Miss Roberts - Year 1 Class Teacher
Dear Parents and children,
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are feeling refreshed and ready for the year ahead. The year has not started out how we planned and it is still a challenging time for everybody but i remain positive that better times are ahead!
We are hoping that we will remain in school for the coming term. However if schools close, the majority of the following units could still be covered if we find ourselves working remotely. If needed, remote learning will be done via Google Classroom where I will set work for the children which they can then return to me electronically. Your child’s google classroom email and password has been stuck inside their reading diary on the first page.
The children will be covering several Literacy units of work this term. We will start the term exploring ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. Using this text the children will have the opportunity to develop their reading skills, they will get the chance to do some drama in class and will be given a variety of writing opportunities. We will also be looking at instructions and poetry linked to our topic of animals. Throughout the whole term we will be focusing on improving our handwriting, ensuring correct letter formation and size and also using our phonics sounds to help us.
In Maths, we will be following the White Rose scheme of work. This term we will be focusing on addition and subtraction (within 20), place value (within 50), length and height and weight and volume.
Science: Animals, including humans
Throughout this unit the children will learn how to identify and name a variety of different animals including: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They will also learn to identify, name and draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
Our external sports provider, Miss Berry, will continue to work with year 1 on Thursday. We will also have another PE lesson on Wednesday. All children will need to come in dressed in their outdoor PE kit on both days.
Reading: We are continuing our super reader theme in year 1 which is where every time your child reads 10 times they will move onto a different superhero on our classroom display. When your child reaches Spiderman (100 reads) your child will choose a book to keep. Well done to those children who have reached Spiderman! Reading is central to your child’s learning therefore it is really important that they practise on a regular basis in order to make progress in all subject areas. Your child should read at least 3 times a week. Please could you also continue to use the tricky word wall to support your child learning their tricky words. If you need another copy of this please ask. It is our aim that an adult will read with your child every week. This will be through weekly Guided Reading which is where the children develop their reading skills within a group. In addition to this, your child will have the opportunity to further develop their reading skills during adult led activities within class.
Spellings: Your child will continue to have spellings which they need to learn at home ready for their spelling time on Thursday. These words will be a mixture of tricky words (words you cannot sound out) and words which use phonics sounds taught that week.
Numbots: This is an online game that practises counting and then moves onto addition. The children have all been sent home with a log in which is in their reading diary. The more they play, the more points they will earn, which will earn them certificates as well as points. Please encourage your child to play on this as much as possible at home. In the new year, Miss Davenport will be handing out certificates to children similar to how certificates are handed our for Times table Rock stars.
If you have any queries please feel free to come and see me :)