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Welcome to Year 1 - Terrific Turtles and Delightful Dolphins

Latest News- 1st March 2018

We hope you have enjoyed your day in the snow! We are looking forward to seeing lots of photos of you in the snow and hearing about what you have been up to when we return to school next week!

 

Below are a few activities that you can be doing to keep yourself busy. This half term our topic is Jack and the Beanstalk so it's important that you know the story really well! There's a link below to an online version of the story in case you don't have the book at home:

 

 https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/jack-and-the-beanstalk

 

Once you have read the story, practise retelling it to a friend or family member. You could make your own puppets by drawing the characters and cutting them out, or you could act out the story with friends or family. You could even ask a grown up to video you acting it out!

 

In maths this week we have been learning about repeated addition and it's links to multiplication. It's really important that you can count in 10s, 2s and 5s to be able to master this. Press the link below to play a game to help you practise:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/multiplication/play/popup.shtml

 

Spellings test for this week will be postponed until next week, so everybody should get top marks with the extra time you have to practise! If you think you already know all of the spellings that are stuck in your reading diary, challenge yourself to spell as many different words containing the 'ir' and 'ur' sound that you can! You could also practise reading words containing these sounds by following the link below:

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

 

Lastly, don't forget to complete your reading challenge that was sent out at the end of the last half term. Remember there will be a prize for the best effort and you will also get your photographs displayed on the whole school reading display!

 

We look forward to hearing about and seeing everything you've been up to... don't forget to have some fun in the snow if you haven't already... and keep yourself safe and warm! _____________________________________________________________________

 

 Last half term our topic was The Victorians.

 

We had an amazing day learning all about the Victorians during our Victorian workshop. We got to dress up and complete different chores that Victorian children would have had to do. 

 

We have learnt all about Florence Nightingale and what her achievements were during the Crimean war. 

 

Also, we have looked at a range of Victorian artefacts, including playing with different toys. We even made our own cup and ball. 

Our Team

The class teachers in Year 1 are Mrs Goff who is in Turtles Class, and Miss Turner who is in Dolphins class.

We are very lucky to have four very talented teaching assistants in Year 1; Miss Burton, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Jordan and Mrs Gladwin. 

 

 Topics

Our main topics this year are:

Autumn 1 - Ourselves

Autumn 2 - Traditional Tales

Spring 1 - Victorians

Spring 2 - Plants

Summer 1 - Toys

Summer 2 - Seaside

 Year 1 Long Term Plan

Newsletters

Our newsletters are sent home termly with important events and dates for the diary.

 Please click here for our latest newsletter.

Reading

Reading is so important and we want to help you, to help your children develop a life-long love of books.

Try and support your child and help them as much as possible. The following tips should help make reading less stressful, and help your child feel like they are a successful reader.

1. Before you start reading a new book, tell them the title and look at the pictures on page.

2. Talk about what might happen in the story.

3. When you are ready to start reading, ignore tiny mistakes that still make sense in the sentence.

4. Prompt your child to look at the first sound and think about what words starting with that letter would make sense in the next sentence.

5. Re-read book lots of times to build your child's confidence. don't change them everyday!

 

Phonics

Year 1 children have phonics lessons every day. The children learn how to recognise and segment the sounds within words and how to blend the sounds back together to read whole words. It helps children to hear and read whole words more easily, if the segmenting is done by ‘stretching’ words out rather than ‘chopping’ them up.

We use many fun and interactive activities in the classroom from the letters and sounds website. Please have a look and encourage your child to play some of these games at home. Follow the links below:

www.letters-and-sounds.com/

http://www.ictgames.com/poopDeckPirates/index.html 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html   

 

During June 2017 your child will taking part in a National Phonics Screening Test to assess their levels against other year 1 children nationally.

 

Handwriting

In year 1 there will be a focus on forming letters of the alphabet and numbers correctly. The children will be taught where to start each letter, both upper and lower , and numbers too.

You can support your child by practising these at home.

PE

Year 1 will have PE Tuesday every week. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit in school.

Please ensure all articles of clothing have the child's name written in them.

 

Behaviour

In year 1 the children are rewarded for good behaviour with spotty stickers. They also receive Golden Time at the end of each week to celebrate their good behaviour.

As a class they work together to achieve a class treat once a term, by achieving their class target throughout the term.

As a class we have created our own class charters which is agreed by every member of the class.

 

Homework

After your children’s teachers have completed initial assessments, your child will receive regular weekly homework. It is important that your child does their best to have a go at completing each piece of homework brought home.

In addition to weekly Literacy or Maths homework children are given spellings on a Friday, which should be practised regularly ready for their spellings test on the following Friday.

Your child will also take home 2 reading books that should be read daily if possible. Please encourage your children to read at home and make a note of this in their 'FAB 4' reading diary. We will monitor how many times your child is reading at home and reward them weekly and half termly for regular reading.