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Year 1 SC
UKULELE: I have uploaded diagrams of the 3 chords children are learning to use in their ukulele lessons, in case you would like to support them while they practise at home. A combination of plucking (one string) and strumming (all strings) is also good practise.

With all these 4-day weeks this term seems to have flown by! We are now nearing the end of our topic 'Back to Nature'. We have enjoyed exploring our local environment to discover the types of flowers and trees that are most common at Oldfield Brow, planting our own seeds and investigating the best conditions to help them grow, collecting natural items and looking to Andy Goldsworthy for inspiration to use them to create our own natural sculptures and observational drawings.

We have invited parents to join us on Thursday 17th May, from 1.15-3.15 for our Big Build finale where we will use all the materials we have collected to create larger natural sculptures around our school grounds for everybody to enjoy. We hope many of you can join us! (Please complete the reply slip to advise if you are attending).

Thank you to parents for continued support with phonics. As many of you are probably aware, the phonics screening test will take place the first week back after the 2-week holidays so any extra help and support at home will embed the learning taking place at school. We hope your children found the phonics booklets that came home over the holidays helpful and fun. There are also many online games and resources available as well if you wanted to do any further practise. Any queries about this, please just ask, or look to the phonics workshop PP that is available in the e-bag (from the phonics presentation evening in Autumn).

As always, thank you for all of your continued support in your child's learning- it really does make all the difference!

Miss Cooney, Mrs Wood and Mrs Smith

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 of '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 position 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.

One piece of Literacy, Numeracy or Topic homework will be set each week and this will be stuck in your child’s homework book which comes home each Friday. 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 the Friday. Spellings will also be sent home each week. These will be tested on Friday.

Thank you for all your support!
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