Welcome to Year 1
The half term ahead...
(Monday 9th April - Friday 25th May)
Our topic for this half term will be all about plants. The children will be looking at the importance of plants and why we need them to survive. The children will be learning about the basic structure of a plant and the key purpose of each of the parts. They will also be looking at different foods that come from plants and the journey that these can take across the world. The children will become scientists and will be conducting experiments with plants. They will become artists and will create some observational drawings and paintings of plants. They will become geographers and will look at different plants across the world.
In English we will be continuing our hard work in Chapters and will be starting with another Chapter to develop our story writing. We will be looking at the story called 'The Enormous Turnip' and we will writing our own versions of the story. We will begin with a cold task to see what we know about story writing so far and then will be building up our skills over the next couple of weeks to become independent story 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 Division and then will be moving on to Fractions. The children will be using very basic methods of grouping and sharing equally and will be exploring the basic fractions of halves and quarters. The children will be looking at fractions of both shape and number. The children will then be revising their skills that they have learnt in number and will then be applying them to Numbers to 100.
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.
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: 16th April 2018
Maths - This week in Maths No Problem we will be beginning our chapter on Fractions. The children will be looking at halves and quarters of shapes and numbers.
Calculation - We will continuing to practise solving word problems using previously learnt addition and subtraction methods.
English - This week we will be finishing off our first chapter on story writing. The children will begin to plan their own versions of 'The Enormous Turnip' and will then be writing their own stories towards the end of the week.
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 will be looking specifically at the basic structure of a plant and the purpose of each of those parts. The children will then be drawing and labelling their own plant diagrams.