We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring Term. The children appear to have settled back into school and are enthusiastic to continue with their learning.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’. We will also 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, including, stories with familiar settings.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will be given the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10. Later on in the term, we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines.
In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.
In Geography, we will be finding out how to identify human and physical features both in their local environment and in coastal areas. In Art, we will be looking at the work of Renoir and Monet and the children will be creating their own ‘Waves’ painting. After half term, children will continue with Art and will design and create a Victorian clay tile in the style of William Morris.
In History, children will learn about the Victorians and will have the opportunity to visit Weston Park and learn about toys from the past.
For more information about our learning this term, please click on the Spring Term Curriculum Overview.
The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test. This will be 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.
The purple creative homework books proved very successful last term and we will be continuing with these, sending 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.
Your child will continue to bring home a phonics book linked to the phonics group that they are in and they may receive additional phonics homework in preparation for the phonics screening test in June. The test will consist of a mixture of real and nonsense words therefore some of the words that your child will need to practise reading at home will be made up. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills and apply their spelling rules in their own sentences.
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 Autumn term and we are aware 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 Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress
Miss L Maguire (Year Leader) Class 4
Miss Y Dyke Class 5
Miss Z Simmons Class 6
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.