We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Easter break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Summer Term.
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
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If you were unable to attend the phonics meeting, please CLICK HERE for the information we shared.
The Summer term is always an important time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when writing sentences, as well as using the conjunctions ‘and, so, because, but’ and adjectives (describing words) to make our sentences more interesting. We will also continue to learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and the children will be given the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens up to 100. The children will continue to learn methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We will continue to consolidate the children’s knowledge of number facts – number bonds and doubles and the children will continue to learn about fractions and finding a fraction of a quantity.
In Science, we will move on to learning about plants and trees. Children will identify and name common plants and trees and learn about the structure of a plant. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to investigate and observe and they will even be planting their own beans/seeds! Children will also continue to observe changes across the seasons as we move into Summer.
In History, the children will be learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’ as a significant historical event. We will be finding out about what life was like in London in 1666 and how it compares to life in London today. The children will research the events of the fire using a variety of different sources. In DT, the children will be designing and making a Tudor house to link to their History learning. After half term, children will be developing their understanding of basic geographical vocabulary when comparing city, town and village and in DT we will be designing and making a moving picture using a lever or a slider.
For more details about our learning this term, please click on the summer term curriculum overview.
The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test. This will take place on a Friday and new spellings will also be given out on a Friday. The spellings will be made up of both common exception words and words using phonemes they have been taught so far.
Your child will continue to receive phonics homework. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. This will support the preparation for the ‘Phonics Screening Check’ that the children will be taking this term, during the week commencing 10h June (the presentation from our Phonics Parents’ Meeting are available to view on our website).
The purple creative homework books have proved very successful so far this year – thank you so much for all the hard work! We will continue to send them out approximately twice per half term. Please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible by reading their school books but also by sharing books from home too. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day and children are still expected to complete their reading comprehension homework (Stage 2+). Questions are usually found inside the front cover of their reading book and children should complete at least one comprehension each week. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school.
Progressive Sports and Soccer 2000 teach PE and children will have PE twice a week. Children in Class 4 will have PE on a Monday and Friday and children in Class 5 and Class 6 will have PE on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Please can we also remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines, these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
It would also be appreciated that all items of uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Spring term and we are aware of how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Summer Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Miss L Maguire (Year Leader) Miss Y Dyke Miss Z Simmons
Year 1 children loved spending the afternoon with their dad, stepdad, uncle, granddad etc. this afternoon. They played phonics reading games, shared stories, designed front covers for books and even decorated gingerbread men together! Thank you so much to all who attended - the children loved it and it was great to see so many grown ups sharing in their children’s learning!
On Monday and Tuesday we went on our trip to Weston Park as part of our Victorians topic. We had a fantastic day that was filled with activities. First, we made our very own cup and ball that we decorated with bright colours. After that, we went on a walk around the grounds and saw Weston Hall. We saw a stone pineapple at the entrance and learnt that the Victorians often had pineapples around their homes to show people how wealthy they were. Next we played with Victorian toys outside, there were wooden hoops, skipping ropes, croquet, wooden skittles and quoits. Lunchtime came and we all ate our food together in the hall. In the afternoon, we dressed up in Victorian clothes, played with Victorian toys and learnt about Victorian nurseries. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Year 1 children loved dressing up as their favourite characters to celebrate World Book Day.
Autumn Term 2018
Look at our amazing self portraits!
Making a healthy salad.
Year 1 had a fantastic time visiting the Think Tank in Birmingham. They learned all about the organs in their bodies by meeting Tommy the life size doll and opening him up inside. The children asked brilliant questions about the organs and some children even knew the function of certain organs. As well as the body workshop, children also spent time in the Kid City where there was plenty of opportunities of role play and construction. Children also loved visiting the science garden and had lots of fun on the car with square wheels and the giant hamster wheel! Children thoroughly enjoyed the day at the museum but they also enjoyed a little nap on the way home too!
Photos From Last Year 2017/2018
Look at our amazing homework
Children enjoyed role playing Victorian school days. They found out what it was like to write on a slate, wear a back-straightener and finger-stocks!!
We have been learning about the coronation ceremony of Queen Victoria.
We are learning about Victorian clothes!
As artists children have learnt about the work of Renoir and Monet. They have created their own ‘Waves’ painting, experimenting with tone, and different tools to create a 3D effect.
I'm sure you'll agree, they look amazing!
We had a fantastic time at the Think Tank.
In maths we have been using cubes to represent numbers using tens and ones.
In science we have been learning to name parts of the body.
In DT we have made a healthy salad.
We learnt how to use tools such as graters and knives when preparing food.
We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.