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Year 1

Miss Roberts - Reception Class Teacher

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you have all enjoyed the Christmas break and are now looking forward to the Spring Term. Everyone in year 1 has settled in very well this week and I can tell that after a well-deserved break they have returned ready to learn, making a positive impact already. This letter provides some information about the curriculum areas being studied this term.

The children will be covering several Literacy units of work this term. We have started 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 recounts and information texts 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. The Maths areas we will be covering this term will include addition and subtraction, place value within 50, length and height and weight and volume. We will be continuing to practise our number bonds to 10 and introducing number bonds to 20 as well as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

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.

Topic : This term our topic is animals. We will be learning about different animals around the world and the different habitats that they live in. To support our learning, we are visiting Chester Zoo on the 5th February. In preparation for this visit we will be exploring a map of the zoo ensuring we have a good understanding of the basic symbols on a map. As part of our Design Technology work we will be designing our own zoo maps and making our own junk model animal. Towards the end of the term we will be celebrating the end of our topic with a special afternoon tea where the children can bring in their favourite teddy. I will send out more information about this nearer the time.

P.E : Wednesday (We will only have one P.E session for the first half term because the children are taking part in forest schools) - Can all children please have full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and pumps) in school on these days. This term we are focusing on Multi-skills with Miss Berry.

Water Bottles: Please can all children have a named water bottle in school so they can use the water fountain throughout the day.

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 Maddison who has 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 Wednesdays. These words will be a mixture of tricky words (words you cannot sound out) and words which use phonics sounds taught that week.

If you have any queries, please feel free to come and speak to me.

Miss Robert