Happy New Year and welcome back to school for the first part of our Spring Term! I hope you and your child have had a lovely Christmas! I just wanted to start by saying how proud I am off 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 Space! We will be looking at how life would be different in space within our Science work and looking at the different parts of the world, specifically Australia, where some of Mr Jenkins' family resides, within our Geography lessons. We also be looking at a variety of Fiction and Non-Fiction texts around this topic within our English work.
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. As we progress through the year I will send more information and material for your child to practise at home. 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. In June the children will have to take the Phonics Screen check. 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.
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 first half of our Spring Term, we will be exploring the following:
- Number- writing the names of numbers 1-10 (one, two ..... nine, ten)
- Addition & Subtraction - using concrete resources and our mental arithmetic skills to solve addition and subtraction problems to 20.
- Measure (Length/Height) - Performing accurate measure to the nearest cm/m.
- Measure (Weight/Mass) - Performing accurate weight measures of various objects.
- Measure (Time)- telling and writing the time to the hour and half past on an analogue clock.
- Geometry (Position) - describing position, direction and movement including a quarter, and a half turn.
Our PE focus this half term will be Gymnastics . 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.
In Year 1, we have Mr Jenkins as Class Teacher, Mrs Brookes as Teaching Assistant (Monday to Tuesday), Miss Haseldin as Teaching Assistant (Wednesday to Friday) and our Class Mascot, Buster Bear!
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