Welcome back to the final term in Year 1!
The letter to remind you pick up/drop off of points and timings remains at the top of this page. We have followed government guidelines to keep your children safe when they return and things will be slightly different to what they are used to. The children will be reminded of our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty and they will continue to earn dojo points for good behaviour, attitudes and effort.
Staffing in Year 1 is:
Mrs Smith - Class Teacher
Mrs Haji- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Maqsood- Special Support Assistant
Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Tuesday. It is important that your child learns to read their spellings and understand the meaning before attempting to copy them into their spelling book with a sentence using the word underneath. It is also vital that they learn their vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading in class the following week. Passwords and logins have been sorted, there will be some online homework too through Purple Mash, My Maths, Spag.com and TT Rockstars.
It is crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and also their understanding of different texts.
Your child will be given fact sheets with information and vocabulary based on these topics and others that we are learning about in class. Please support and encourage your child with learning these facts, as this will support and consolidate their learning with the classroom.
PE will take place on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit and has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps.
In English this half term, we will be focussing on recounts. We will explore the key features of recounts and focus on the topic of robots. We will look at recapping a familiar event in the children’s lives to create our own recount.
Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home.
We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible. We will start by looking at volume and capacity measuring using non-standard units. We will relate this to our fraction work and measure using the terms ‘half’ and ‘quarter’. Then we will move on to position, movement and turns. We will be using lots of different positional vocabulary to navigate to different places.
Our Science topic our topic is ‘Animals including Humans.’ We will be comparing similarities and differences of human features and how they change over time. We will be identifying and measuring different parts of the body to see what patterns we notice. We will understand that there are five different senses and know what they are. We will be exploring the senses in various fun ways.
Our focus this term will be on Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We will be thinking about the word significance and who we think are significant people. We will then be looking into the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We will be ordering their life events and thinking of questions that we have about them. Then we will discussing why Nightingale and Seacole should be remembered and what we could do to remember them.
In music we will be performing simple songs from memory and singing as a class at the same pitch. We will recognise dynamics, tempo, rallentando and timbre. We explore things like crescendo and diminuendo using our voices and instruments.
This term we will be learning about what makes some places sacred. We will look at how the words ‘sacred’ and ‘holy’ are used. We will show respect for other people’s precious or sacred belongings. We will explore the main features of places of worship and how places of worship are used. We will find similarities and differences between places of worship and how they are used. Then we will explore the meanings of signs, symbols, artefacts and actions and how they help in worship.
Our topic in computing is ‘spreadsheets’. We will learn to navigate around a spreadsheet. Then we will be learning to add images to spread sheets. After that we will be using counting and speaking tools. We will have a second topic which is ‘technology outside school’. We will talk about what technology is and how it is used in and out of school.
We will be focussing on money management as part of our PSHE lessons this term. We will be looking at what coins and notes we use and how we can keep it safe. We will talk about where money comes from and why it is important to save money. Then we will discuss our wants and needs and which things we should prioritise to buy. Lastly we will say how we can safely keep track of our money.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
We hope your child has an amazing half term being the best that they can be. As always, we all hope that you stay healthy, safe and happy!
From all the Year 1 team: Mrs Smith, Mrs Haji and Mrs Maqsood