Thanks to all parents for attending Parent's Evening. I really enjoyed meeting with you and discussing the children's fantastic progress so far in year 1. I hope you found them helpful.
Year 1 SC have made a wonderful start to our new topic All About Us! Within this topic, we are exploring human bodies and senses, discovering how the eyes let us see, ears allow us to hear and much much more. We will consider healthy eating, drinking and sleeping in DT and be linking this in with our senses, particularly smell and taste. In English we are developing our non-fiction writing skills using labelled diagrams, writing lists and eventually creating our own fact files. Alongside this, we are developing our speaking and listening skills through poetry and learning to recite a selection of poems for our Poetry Recital Morning (see below for the dates and times). Children are focussing on speaking slowly, loudly and clearly, using expression and appropriate actions. We are very pleased with their dedication and hard work so far and hope many of you can join us for their performances.
Dates for the diary:
22nd November - Year 1 Poetry Recital Morning 9:15-10:00am. (Please return reply slips if you wish to come so we know how many people to expect, thanks!)
30th November - Christmas Fair
10th December - KS1 Christmas Show (10:00am)
11th December - KS1 Christmas Show (10:00am)
*Please can you ensure your child has their full PE kit in school, including outdoor kit (with socks if your child normally comes into school with wearing tights). There have been many occasions we have had to do PE inside because so many children are still missing their outdoor kit, or parts of it.
In Year 1, the children participate in daily maths, phonics and English 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 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.
Please use the phonics sounds in the middle of their reading records on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading. Encourage them to use their phonics in their writing (children may attempt to spell some very difficult words and should use their phonics sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead of 'ginormous', 'b-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.
This year we are implementing a new homework policy. This will be sent home at the start of each half term. Your child’s homework will relate to their current topic and offer a variety of tasks that allow parents/carers to engage with their children's learning.
Additionally, spellings will be sent home each week. These will be tested on Friday.
Thank you for all your support!