Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Carr

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jenkins

We have started our spring Term of Year 1 with lots of energy and enthusiasm! We are looking forward to exploring new areas of learning and will continue to work hard on improving our English, Maths and Reading skills. Please find information below about the topics we will be covering this half term.

English:

We are exploring stories by the same author and will begin by reading the Hairy McClary books by Lynley Dodd. We will be investigating character, setting and plot and working towards writing our own stories. We will explore rhyme as well as continuing to work hard on our handwriting skills.

Phonics:

We take part in phonics activities daily and are working towards a secure understanding of Phase 5 sounds. Useful websites/apps to help practice phonics skills include: Phonics play, Twinkl phonics app, ICT games (try writing repeater and other phonics games) and Oxford Owl. 

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Library:

Our library session is every Tuesday afternoon. Children will be able to select a book to take home.

Maths:

Our Maths problem solving skills are improving as we continue to follow the Maths-No Problem scheme. This half term the topics we will cover include: Addition and Subtraction, Shape, Patterns, Measurement and word problems. Please see the Year 1 homework sheet for more information on our weekly focus.

Science:

We are learning to identify and name different types of animals. We will also be finding out how to group animals as well as discussing how to care for different creatures.

Topic:

This half term our work is Geography based and we will be learning about farms. We be learning about different types of farms and how the seasons affect life on a farm.

Art/DT:

This half term we will be focusing on Art and exploring paint and print-making.

Computing:

Our new unit is based around creating a digital greeting card. We will be practicing using the mouse and keyboard as well as learning to change text and save our work. If you have the opportunity at home, try practicing these skills on a computer.

Music:

In Music we are using glockenspiels and working towards creating our own piece of music.

R.E:

This half term our work will be focused around God and the Creation.

PE:

Our unit is based around ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We will be developing fundamental movement skills linked to the story. Our P.E. sessions take place on a Monday and Friday. Please ensure kits are in school for these days. Kits will stay in school until the end of half term when they will be sent home for a wash.

In the interests of safety, long hair must be tied back and earrings removed on these days.

 

General Information:

Homework:

This will be sent each Thursday. Please complete and return the Homework file to school by Wednesday.

Water Bottles:

Children will be allowed to drink as much as possible during the school day. Please send in WATER ONLY in a named bottle.

Snack:

In Year One we have the opportunity to buy a slice of toast or drink at first play. Children may bring in 20p for an item, or this can be prepaid online or via the office. We always have free, fresh fruit on offer daily in class.

In the afternoon, children are invited to bring in a small healthy snack to eat at playtime. Raisins, fruit, a small chocolate bar or crisps are ideal suggestions. Please remember that playtime is only 15 minutes long, so the smaller the snack, the more time we have to play!

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