Welcome back to school for the second half of our Spring Term! I hope you and your child have had a lovely half term! I just wanted to start by saying how proud I am of all the children for settling into Year 1 so wonderfully. Along with myself, Mrs Brookes and Miss Haseldin will support the children, by way of small group and in-class support, as well as specific interventions where needed.
Our topic this half-term will be Historical Figures! We will be looking closely at the significant figures from British History, including Florence Nightingale and L.S. Lowry as a famous local artist. It is sure to be a very interesting, creative and exciting term.
During this term, we will also be continuing with our Phonics work in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check in June.
Class Teacher - Mr L Jenkins
Teaching Assistant (Monday - Tuesday) - Mrs S Brookes
Teaching Assistant (Wednesday - Friday) - Miss S Haseldin
Student TA on Placement - Miss E Howarth
and finally our class mascot, Buster Bear!
Phonics Screening Check
This year your child will complete their Phonics Screening check in June. The children are expected to read 40 real and nonsense words using their phonological knowledge and understanding. As we progress through the year I will send more information and materials for your child to practise at home. As the Year goes on we update with more information and resources will be sent for you to help your child at home. More information can be found here.
Please like our Facebook page if you haven’t already, as I will post regular updates and pictures of what we have been doing in class.
Reading Books and Spellings
Please listen to your child read at home every night, even if it is just for 10 minutes before bed. We encourage you to practise your child's spellings with them as much as possible. Please find below the dates regarding Reading Books and Spelling Packs.
Reading Books - Returned to school on Monday. Sent home on Wednesday.
Spellings Packs - Returned to school on Wednesday. Sent home on the same day.
If you have any questions and issues regarding reading books, please speak to a member of Y1 staff. Please encourage your child to read for pleasure at home as it will have a positive impact not only on their reading and comprehension skills but also on their writing.
As you are aware we no longer send written homework but children continue to have homework in the form of the basic skills, of reading, learning spellings and practising Maths facts. However, following on from Reception, I will continue to be sending home Year 1 common exception words each Wednesday in a “Spelling Pack”. These are words that, by the end of Year 1, your child should be able to read and spell correctly! Please practise these words as much as possible with your child. For extra games and activities, please visit the Pupil Zone on the school’s website!
During the second half of our Spring Term, we will be exploring the following:
- Number - writing the names of numbers 11-20 (eleven, twelve ..... nineteen, twenty)
- Multiplication - using arrays and pictorial representations to solve basic multiplication problems.
- Addition & Subtraction - revising and applying Number Bonds to 20 to solve addition and subtraction problems.
- Measure (Weight/Mass) - Performing accurate weight measures of various objects.
- Money - Use coins and notes to make a desired amount of money.
- Fractions - Find 1/2 and 1/4 of a quantity.
Our PE focus this half term will be Dance. The children will have PE on a Tuesday. Please can you ensure that children have their full PE kit in school for their PE sessions. If your child wears earrings they will need to ensure that earrings are removed or covered please.
It is important that children stay hydrated throughout the school day to help aid concentration. Please could you ensure that your child’s water bottle has a sports cap and has their name clearly labelled.
I am so happy with how the children have settled into Year 1 and the passion that they have demonstrated towards their learning. If there are any problems or queries, please do not hesitate to come and see me or one of the team – our door is always open for a chat, perhaps even accompanied with a biscuit! Here at St Mary’s we believe communication between home and school is an essential factor for a wonderful learning experience.
We hope that you have fun listening to the children telling you all about the fun we have in Year 1!
Mr Jenkins and Team