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Welcome to Year 1

Key dates: Tuesday 19th June - Year One trip to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The half term ahead...  

(Monday 4th June - Friday 20th July)

Our topic for this half term will be all about animals. The children will be learning about 4 of the main categories of animals - mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The children will be learning how to sort and classify animals into these 4 categories. The children will get to experience and observe some of these animals first hand on our trip to Whipsnade Zoo. Here the children will encounter and learn about a variety of different animals that they wouldn't necessarily meet in our environment. The children will then take this earning back into the classroom where we will explore these animals in greater depth. 


 In English we will be continuing our hard work in Chapters and will be starting with a chapter to improve our non-fiction writing by writing fact files. We will be looking at an animal from each of the 4 categories and then creating a fact file based around what we have learnt about them. We will begin with a cold task to see what we know about non-fiction writing so far and then will be building up our skills over the next week to become independent writers and showcase our improved writing in our hot write. 

In Maths we will be continuing on with the second part of our Maths No Problem curriculum. We will be starting with a chapter on Money and then will be moving on to Capacity. The children will be learning to recognise the different coins and notes that we use in the English currency. The children will then be learning to measure quantities of liquids and comparing different quantities. 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Before half term the children came home with a letter informing you about our trip to the zoo. Please remember to return the consent form as soon as possible. Without this form your child will not be able to attend the trip. Please see your class teacher if you did not receive a letter or have lost it. Thank you. 

FOOPA events: 

Thank you!

Thank you to all of you that attended the information session on how to support you child in preparing for the year one phonics screening test. In case you missed it or would like to look at some of the information again, this is the PowerPoint that was shared. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate in asking your child's class teacher as we really welcome your support in preparing your child for the screen in June. 

Just a reminder

Your children have been given a day to change their reading book. This is to ensure that every child has a new book on a weekly basis. However if you feel that your child has read their reading book well and you are confident that they have understood the text and can answer  questions about the text then they are more than welcome to change it on a different day too. Just leave us a note or let us know and we will remind your child to change their book throughout the day. 

In addition to the reading book that the children are given on their reading day, they are also welcome to take home a class library book. These are kept in the class book trolley outside their classroom. They may choose one with their grown up and they are welcome to change these as often as they like. We just ask that parents or carers write the title of the book alongside the date in their communication book so that we can keep track of what books have gone out of school. 



Important Information 

As we are 1 school over 2 campuses, our pupils will access facilities at both sites to enjoy the excellent, but differing provision and facilities. This will normally be done through escorted walks. If we are using the school minibuses we will ask you to sign a consent agreement. With escorted walks to support our curriculum, we will, as always for local walks, notify you on our Year page that we are going out in order that you can ensure children have appropriate clothing. 


Phonic and Reading in Year One

In case you missed the sessions that were held, this is the presentation that was shared with those that came along. Within the presentation there is also a helpful video to watch that demonstrates the correct way to pronounce the sounds that we are teaching your children. If you are unsure of anything to do with phonics and reading then do not hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher and they will be happy to help you! 

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What we are learning this week

Week beginning: 4th June 2018


This week will be the beginning of our brand new topic 'Animal Allsorts'. 

Maths - This week we will be learning to recognise money. We will be looking at both coins and notes and understanding the difference between pounds and pence. 

Calculation - We will be revisiting some of our previous addition methods but moving this on to add amounts of money.  

English -  We will be practising our non-fiction writing skills by creating some facts files about animals. We will look at some examples of fact files and their key features and then turn this into some fact files of our own. 

The children will also be continuing their Phonics lessons. We will be blending the sounds that we already know to read words and learning some new sounds too. We will practise how to write simple sentences using our 'hold a sentence' method. 

Topic - This week the children will be introduced to our topic - Animal Allsorts. The children will be looking briefly at the 4 different categories of animals - mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The children will be learning the difference between the 4 categories.  

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