Welcome back after the October break! Gosh last half term was so busy! Therefore, I do hope you have had chance to relax and enjoy time with your family and friends. This half term will be lots of fun and I am looking forward to the new topics we are going to learn.
As part of our school expectations, we will continue to remind pupils 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. PE lessons will take place on a Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit each week, and is not wearing earrings on PE days.
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 Wednesday. We do encourage adults to support with homework so as to develop your child's understanding of skills and strategies to fulfil the task.
It is important that your child learns to practice their phonic sounds as this will support their blending skills for reading and with spelling. 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. I must impress on you the importance of your child reading regularly as this supports their development in their oracy and writing skills also. It is vital that they learn their weekly vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading in class the following week. All pupils have usernames and logins for Purple Mash - these can be found at the front of their reading diaries. There will be online homework for them to complete this half-term.
PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in their full P.E kit - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings, black pumps and their school green sweatshirt. Also make sure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day.
In English this half term, our theme is 'Fire! Fire!' We will start by exploring poetry and developing our knowledge of different forms of poems. We will be looking at poetic language techniques, such as repetition and patterns to support oral re-telling. We will discuss and evaluate poetry; being able to say what we like and dislike about a poem. We will then write our own poem around the theme for this half term, making connections with our History and DT subjects. Next, we will look at stories with a repetitive theme. The book we will be reading will be 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson. We will focus on characterisation and themes and the use of repetition and patterns in the text. We will use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own story based on the original. Finally, we will be reading and exploring non-fiction texts. We shall be learning about the key features of a non-fiction texts and using our phonic and blending knowledge to read and extract information we find interesting out of a text. We will learn about the structure of non-fiction books. Finally, we will write a piece of non-fiction which relates to our theme.
* Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home.
This half term we are continuing to focus on animals. Discovering what animals need to survive and their differing habitats. We will be exploring the skill of classification and will be venturing out of the classroom to have an animal hunt. Towards the end of the half term we will be designing and researching our own fact file about an animal. We will also be learning about the seasons with a focus on describing features of autumn and winter.
Our topic this term is 'Fire Fire'. Our History focus will be 'The Great Fire of London'. We will recognise the distinction between past and present; finding similarities and differences during the Great Fire of London, 1666, to life today. We will focus on events and people during this period and the changes that occurred to the landscape, and the lives of people, before and after the fire. We will note key individuals who were significant at this time, for example, Samuel Pepys. Pupils will develop their research and enquiry skills, asking and answering questions they wish to know about the fire and life during this period. Pupils will then produce their own researched piece of writing to demonstrate their understanding and a written diary entry from the point of view of a child during the Caroline era.
From all the staff in Year 1.
Miss Woodhouse - Class Teacher
Mrs Haji- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Maqsood- Special Support Assistant
Mrs Rohel- Volunteer Student