Welcome to Year 1!
Our topic for the Spring Term is ‘Explorers!'
During this topic we will investigate how explorers have had an impact on life today, identify objects from
the past as well as comparing hot and cold locations and suitable clothing for each.
This topic will include work on materials and investigating their properties as part of our science work.
We will also create our own simple stop-start animations and design our own transport models
as part of our technology work.
Please download and view the topic web at the bottom of the page for more information.
Communication Book and Book Bags:
Please could you ensure your child brings their book bag into school each day. Book bags should contain your child's green 'Communication Book' and reading book. Please check your child's book bag each evening for letters that may have been handed out that day.
Reading books will be changed when the Communication Book is signed to say your child has finished their book. Please could you aim to read with your child every day, even for just 5 to 10 minutes! Every little bit of reading practise will help your child develop their reading skills- not just word recognition or sound blending techniques, but their comprehension of the text they are reading. The children will be given a level for their comprehension skills so, as well as hearing them read every day, asking questions to check their understanding of the text is really helpful too! The children will be heard read weekly in their guided reading groups with Miss Weyman or their RWI group leader, as well as individually. Some information about early-reading is available at the bottom of the page.
RWI / Grammar Hammer / Big Write:
In Year 1, RWI phonics sessions will run alongside English lessons where children will be taught about different text types and genres as well as spelling and grammar rules. Some PowerPoints of all the ‘Green and Red Words’ are contained at the bottom of the page to help your child build their confidence in essential High Frequency Words should you wish to do a little extra practice.
The English focus for the Spring term is fantasy stories (fiction), instructions and recounts (non-fiction) and patterned poems (poetry).
In Maths we will be looking at place value, focusing on the difference between ‘teen’ and ‘ty’ and reading and writing these numbers. By the end of Year 1 children need to be able to read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and spell numbers to twenty in words.
During the Spring Term, we will work on adding and subtracting numbers within 20, number bonds and pairs, properties of 2D and 3D shapes, measuring length and telling the time.
In the Spring term, we will cover the topics 'materials and their properties' and continue to identify 'seasonal changes' - focusing on Spring.
Please make sure you have your PE kit in school for the whole week. It is recommended that you have your indoor and outdoor kit, including joggers and a jumper so we can go outside as much as possible.
Optional homework will be set each week. This will be issued via the ‘Homework folder’ on Thursday every week and should be returned the following Monday morning. Also, please remember that for anyone wishing to do a little extra homework, Education City is still accessible via the Internet.
Follow this link to find out about using Education City on your iPad.
The children also have list of spellings appropriate to the level they are working which they can work on at home as well as in school. As part of their writing assessment, children will be tested on their spelling of the Year 1 common words. The ‘word of the week’ will be on the bottom of each homework page.
For photographs of class and school activities, please click on 'CHILDREN' and then 'GALLERY'.
Please feel free to come and see me about anything you may need help with. I am happy to meet with you and discuss any comments, questions or concerns you may have about our topic, the work covered in class or your child's progress. Please let Miss Weyman know if you are not receiving updates from the website and would like them. Email updates and newsletters will remind you of useful information and future events such as class assemblies, trips and parents’ evenings etc. if you provide the office with your email address.
SPRING TERM DIARY DATES
Tuesday, 7th January 2020: First day of term
Tuesday, 11th February 2020: Safer Internet Day and Learning Walk for parents at 9am
Thursday, 13th February 2020: School Disco
Monday, 17th – Friday, 21st February 2020: Half Term
Monday, 2nd – Friday 6th March 2020: Parents’ Evenings
Thursday, 5th March 2020: World Book Day
Friday, 13th March 2020: Sport Relief (Non-uniform)
Friday, 20th March: Class Assembly at 2pm in the school hall
Friday, 3rd April 2020: Last day of Spring Term