Welcome back to our 2nd half term of the year! I hope you and your child have had a lovely week together! 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. Miss Smith will also be coming into class one afternoon each week to cover my PPA time.
Our second topic of the year will be "The Great Fire of London". We will be exploring this topic within our History, Art and PSHE work. We will also be exploring World War I in the lead up to the 100th anniversary. We will looking at the significance of the Poppy and creating pieces of work to commemorate our fallen soldiers.
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 our second term, we will be exploring the following:
- Place Value - reading, writing and representing numbers to 100 using concrete resources and pictorial representations.
- Counting - counting forwards and backwards from any number between 0 and 100. Counting up in 2s, 5s and 10s.
- Addition & Subtraction - using concrete resources and our mental arithmetic skills to solve addition and subtraction problems to 20.
- Geometry (Shape) - identifying the names and the properties of 3D shapes.
- Geometry (Position) - describing position, direction and movement including a quarter, and a half turn.
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.
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! Mr Greenwood will also be in class every Thursday morning to cover my PPA.
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