We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable summer break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of a new term.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction and the use of simple punctuation (capital letters and full stops). There will also be a strong focus on reading, grammar and spelling. In Maths, we will start by building on their experiences in Reception and children will begin to understand the value of numbers. They will solve additions using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. Later on in the term, we will use the same skills to solve subtraction.
In Science, children will learn about themselves and their senses as well as sorting and classifying common animal groups. Children will also learn about themselves in History where they we sequence life events before moving on to learn about Louis Braille. To extend and support this learning, children will have the opportunity to visit the Think Tank in Birmingham, just before half term.
More information regarding the curriculum can be found on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will also be given out on Friday with the previous week’s result on the bottom.
Pupils will remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room.
Homework books for Year 1 have proved very successful and we will be continuing with these this year. Your child will be given a purple creative homework book that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible.
Please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Your child will also bring home a phonics book during the year. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping children read accurately. Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a Phonics test in the summer term. This test includes real and nonsense words.
Progressive Sports and Soccer 2000 teach PE and children will have it twice a week.
Children in Class 4 will have P.E on a Monday and Friday
Class 5 and 6 will have PE on a Wednesday and Thursday
However, please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days.
It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) could be labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your 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 Autumn Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
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.