Happy New Year, 2019 and welcome back to a brand new school term after what I hope was a wonderful, relaxing and festive break.
Stomp, crash and roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right, in our 'Dinosaur Planet' topic, we’ll be travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.
We’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in during Spring 1. We’ll use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes.
At the end of our project, we’ll invite you to a dinosaur party to share our knowledge with you. We’ll invent some dinosaur games to play and entertain you with our wonderful dinosaur music.
The Virtues and Values for this half term are eloquent and truthful.
Eloquent by speaking clearly and being descriptive in our writing and truthful by being honest and saying what really happened.
In R.E, we will be completing our ‘Christmas’ topic by understanding and recapping the importance of the birth of Jesus and sharing our individual Christmas celebration experiences with one another. Children will work together to retell the story of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem through drama, and independently through writing.
We will then move onto ‘Families and Celebrations’, where children will describe celebrations in which they have been involved in at home or in school and identify celebrations as an important part of family life.
We will learn that mass is an important celebration of God’s family and describe the different words, actions and gestures that take place. Finally, children through hearing stories of Jesus’ life, will understand how Jesus' family and friends celebrated his life together.
In science we will be learning about ‘Animals’, their habitats, survival skills, way of life and food intake. Children will learn the meanings of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores and use this knowledge to separate animals into these groups.
I’m sure Father Christmas will have gifted some children with new items of clothing or coats etc. If so, please ensure that each item is clearly labelled, especially jumpers/cardigans.
Named water bottles (containing water only and to be bought in everyday)
Reading books and reading diaries (into school everyday)
P.E Kits (to be left in school every week and will be returned to be washed at the end of term)
We will again be doing our best to read with your child a lot more in school but, please continue to read with your child at home to ensure they are being heard as much as possible. Reading with your child 3 times a week or more and recording in their reading record will earn your child a sticker on the reading chart! J
If you feel as though your child can read their book please spend a little more time re-reading it to make sure they are able to read each sentence with expression and fluency.
Your child’s English homework book and Maths homework book are given out on a Friday and need to be returned on the following Thursday.
Only one page in each book per week (the pages that need to be completed are dated in red pen.) If your child completes more than one page, we will keep the books in school until the new piece of homework is due to be set.
In May 2019, all children in Year 1 nationally, will take a phonics test. In preparation for this, I will soon be sending home more information, alongside a pack of phonics sound flash cards. These are your child’s to keep and practise at home as much as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss. Erroi J
A very warm and autumnal welcome back to our second term in Year 1! After a busy 8 weeks in training, we left for the October half term as ‘Superheroes’. We now rocket our way into our brand new topic, ‘Moon Zoom’.
We’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space.
We’ll share our learning in a variety of different ways. We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world!....
Are you ready for blast off?
The Virtues and Values for this half term are faith-filled and hopeful.
Faith-filled in our beliefs, by putting our faith in God and encouraging others to do the best that they can do, and hopeful in our thoughts and actions towards our future.
Our R.E learning will begin with ‘Prayer’, a unit designed to develop the children’s understanding of prayer as a special way of spending time with God. The children will be exploring the Vocabulary, actions, places and aids associated with prayer, with particular reference to the prayer of praise and intercession. The children will also explore how Christians give praise to God in the psalms and in prayers like the “Glory Be To The Father” and the “Our Father”.
Moving from 'Ordinary time', we will then enter into the season of 'Advent'. Children will learn and understand that this is the special time of waiting and preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and his coming again.
In Science we will be learning about the 'Solar System' before moving onto 'Everyday Materials'.
To ensure that every item of your child’s school uniform is clearly labelled, especially jumpers/cardigans.
* Water bottles need to be labelled and bought into school every day.
* Reading folders containing your child's reading book and reading record/monkey diary are bought into school every day.
*Home reading will contribute and support your child with their ability to read and evidence of reading 3 times a week or more in your child’s reading diary will earn your child a sticker on our reading chart! J
* Your child’s English homework book and Maths homework book are given out on a Friday and need to be returned on the following Thursday. Please ensure your child only completes one page in each book per week (the pages that need to be completed are dated in red pen.) If your child completes more than one page in each book, we will keep the books in school until the new piece of homework is due to be set.
CRASH, BANG, BOOM, SPLAT,
Miss.Erroi would like to WELCOME YOU BACK!
I hope that you have all had a fun and fantastic summer holiday!
Year 1 have lots of exciting challenges ahead of them as Superheroes in training!
It's time to rescue the planet from evil villains!
The heroes we admire the most may be ordinary people who have achieved great things, or may be people who save lives in our emergency services.
Superheroes have super senses. We will be using ours to identify mystery items with our smell, taste, sound and touch.
The Virtues and Values for this half term are compassionate and loving.
Compassionate in the way we feel sympathy and concern for others who are in difficulty, and Loving in our actions and through the words that we use.
There are lots of fun writing activities that Year 1 will be completing in English. Children will have to work hard to hold their pencil using a fine pincer grip and carefully form their upper and lower case letters. We will also be learning to apply the correct types of punctuation in all of our writing.
The Human Body is our Science focus for this term. Year 1 will be looking closely at the strength and muscular power a Superhero needs in order to be and stay fit, strong and healthy. We will focus on healthy eating as well as learn about our five senses: taste, smell, hearing, touch, sight.
Our class saint is St.Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
In R.E this term, we are learning about ‘Creation’. This unit will develop the children’s appreciation of themselves and the world around them as part of God’s Creation. The children will be sequencing the story of Creation and reflecting on the need to thank and praise God for his many gifts.
Your child’s reading book will sent home daily in their reading folder – this needs to please be returned every day in order for us to hear your child read in school. Reading books will be changed once a week on a Friday (more times if we feel necessary) however, your child’s reading book will only be changed if I feel that your child is able to confidentially read the book independently and with fluency.
As much home reading as possible will make such a difference to your child’s reading. Even just listening to your child read two pages a day, will support their ability to read and develop significantly. Please write a comment in their reading diary each time you hear them read.
READING REWARD SYSTEM
Our new reward system will reward your child with a sticker on our chart if we see evidence of your child reading three times a week.
Homework will be handed out every Wednesday and collected back in on the following Tuesday. Please ensure only one page is completed per week in each booklet. I will also be sending home a letter and number formation sheet each week. This will be to help your child practise forming letters and numbers correctly. It will be very helpful for you to encourage your child to complete this in order to gain as much confidence and independence in their writing and number formation.
It is very important for your child to have access to their water bottle in school every day.
Please can you ensure that every item of your child’s school uniform including bag, coat and water bottle are clearly labelled. This will help massively if any item were ever to get lost.
Without further or do, Year 1 wish you, a ‘Hulk SMASHING’ day!
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