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Year 1 SC
Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely time over the break and enjoyed some rest.

Firstly, we would just like to say a massive thank you to you all for your kind and thoughtful cards and gifts that were sent in before the holidays! They were wonderful- thank you ever so much!

Moving forward we have a busy term ahead and are very excited about moving onto our new topic about Space and our Solar System, learning all about the planets, rocket designs, Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake plus much more. We are are even planning a related school trip further into the half term so keep an eye out for more details!

Y1SC are thrilled to announce we will be performing our class assembly this half-term and cannot wait to show you all we have been learning about! This will be on Friday 2nd February at 2.30 and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

On a different note, your child has now brought home a plant pot with crocus bulbs in it. Please help your child take care of these bulbs as we will be asking them to bring the plants back into school around February/March time when they have hopefully grown and flowered. We are intending to use them as a basis for some art work, which will be entered into a competition to be on display in Altrincham for all to see.

Finally, we would like to once more offer our thanks for all you do to support your child's learning and help them on their journey.

Happy New Year everyone!

Miss Cooney and Mrs Wood

Learning Goals
In Year 1, the children participate in daily Numeracy, Phonics and Literacy lessons and the children begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, working independently and in groups. In our afternoon sessions, much of our learning takes place through creative activities and planned play opportunities. As the year progresses, the children will begin working in a more and more structured way, in preparation for Yr 2. We try hard to ensure the move from Reception into Key Stage 1 is as smooth as possible.

Later in the year, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check. It is very important that school and home work closely together to support your child with their early reading skills. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and help them to learn their spellings each week. A pack of sound cards have been sent home with your child. Please use these cards on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading and encourage them to use them in their writing (children may attempt to spell some VERY DIFFICULT words and should use their sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead 'ginormous', 'b-i-y-oo-t-i-f-u-ll' instead of 'beautiful'. At this stage in your child's learning, these spelling attempts are perfectly acceptable and you do not need to correct all of their efforts. Your child will learn alternative spellings for such words as the year progresses). To be in the best possition possible, when taking the Phonics Screening Test, your child will need to recognise each sound quickly and confidently so regular reinforcment at home will prove invaluable. If you have any questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please speak with me at any time.

Literacy and Numeracy homework will be set on alternate weeks and this will be stuck in your child’s homework book. Your child’s homework will relate to work we have been, or will be doing in class at that time. It is intended to consolidate the weeks learning, or prepare your child for the weeks learning ahead. Homework books will then be collected every Wednesday and the new homework will be sent home on a Friday. Spellings will also be sent home each week. These will be tested on Friday.

Numeracy homework activities and extra reading material can be found by logging into this site: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Your children will soon have their own login details.

Visit www.uk.ixl.com if you would like to practice your maths skills at home. This is a great website and can be used throughout school by all year groups.

Thank you for all your support!
Taylor Road | Altrincham | Cheshire | WA144LE | 0161 926 8646 | oldfieldbrowps@yahoo.co.uk