We hope you all had a lovely time over the break and we have enjoyed hearing the children tell us all about what they have been up to!
Our new term begins and so does our 'Out Of This World' topic- we are very excited that the aliens have already landed in our classroom and have left us a parcel including a letter, a book, alien playdough and some biscuits!
Within this new topic we will be looking at fiction texts such as 'Aliens Love Underpants' and 'The Man On The Moon', sequencing stories using pictures and adding descriptive sentences with adjectives, time connectives and conjunctions. We will also be replying back to the aliens and writing our own alien stories. We will use our prior-learning of non-fiction reports on animals last term to explore different planets and write a non-fiction report for them.
In maths we will be looking at counting to 50 forwards and backwards and filling in mising number lines and number tracks. We will re-cap our learning on place value, identifying the tens and ones in 2-digit numbers but now going up to 50 instead of 20 and we will also be embedding our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 20 too. We will then move on to measuring legnth and height, weight and volume.
It is wonderful to see the children's Chatterday Homework and hearing them explain their work to their peers so please keep sending these in! Our Spring term overview and Chatterday Homework can be found in the 'Downloads' section below. Any questions, please ask.
As always, a genuine thanks for all of your continued support with your child's development!
Dates for the diary:
*25th & 26th February - Parents' Evening
*9.45am 26th March KS1 - Easter Egg-Stravaganza
* 2.40pm 27th March - Feel Good Friday Assembly
*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. Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays.
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!