We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable half term break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the second half of the autumn term.
The Autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. Our topic for this term is ‘Marvellous Me!’ and as part of their learning children had the opportunity to visit the Think Tank in Birmingham. In science children will learn the names for their body parts and investigate the five senses. They will also learn all about keeping themselves healthy which will include making a healthy meal. As part of this topic children will draw and then paint self-portraits which you will be able to see displayed outside the classrooms.
We had a fantastic time at the Think Tank
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 English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction and the use of simple punctuation. There will also be a strong focus on grammar and spelling.
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.
For more details about our learning this term CLICK HERE
Throughout the year children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Monday and new spellings will be given out on a Tuesday.
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 change teacher/classrooms.
Homework books for Year 1 proved very successful last year and we will be continuing with these this year. Your child will be given a purple creative homework book which will have lots of suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books.
Look at our fantastic homework!
Please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible. 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 need to keep a P.E kit in school but generally children in Year 1 will have P.E:
Class 4 - Tuesday and Friday
Class 5 and 6 - Tuesday and Thursday
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..
Please ensure all 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 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.
During the year we will be challenging the children to quickly recall addition numbers facts to 10 and then 20. Every other week children will have a timed test to solve additions. You will be receiving a letter with more information later on this term. Here is an example of the challenge.