A warm welcome back to school. I hope you have had a super summer, creating memories and having fun. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures over the course of the first few weeks. Year 1 is going to be a fantastic journey for us all, where new and old skills are consolidated and fun and laughter rings out around the classroom.
Our topic this term is The Great Fire of London. We will be looking at how the fire started, how it stopped and what happened afterwards. We will also be looking at how London has changed since 1666 to today and why it has changed. During our topic we are going to create a timeline to show the events that happened to help up re-tell the story, using phrases such us old, new, past, next, now. Any information you have on the Great Fire of London, please let us know so we can add it to our book! In Art, we will be creating pictures of the fire using different equipment and different styles of pictures. We will be using paint, chalk and pencils to create detailed pictures of the houses and the fire!
Geography will see us looking closely at London, discussing why it is the capital and what is in London. Looking around the outside of London we will look for different cities comparing these to London and looking for different landmarks in each city. We will look at out location compared to London, looking at size, population and landmarks also!
Within English lessons we will be looking at reading non-fiction texts with our intended outcome of writing a class book all about the Great Fire of London. We will use the 'talk for write' process to learn stories off by heart and within continuous provision we will use our construction area to build houses and the outdoor area to create our own versions. We will make predictions based on what we have read and will begin to look deeper into what happened and why. During our discussions we will make basic inferences about what is being said and done and continue to develop our phonic knowledge when reading.
Cursive handwriting will be encouraged in all areas and children will continue to work on the high frequency words and the Year 1/2 spellings. Children will not be sent spellings home to learn but a copy of these spellings is available below if you would like to practice them with your child.
In Maths, we will be working on place value. Using the small steps approach children will learn to:
- Count to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.
- Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words.
- Given a number, identify one more or one less.
- Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.
Children will have directed teaching time with the teacher and then through continuous provision, they will be able to practice the skills through a range of practical activities.
Neighbours - We are looking forward to starting our first RE topic in year 1 which is all about neighbours. We will be finding out what neighbours are, and where we can find them. We will also be thinking about what Jesus said about them. Acorns will discover that everyone is our neighbour, and will be looking at the lives of our children in other parts of the world. Finally we will be thinking about what makes a good neighbour.
General Class information
The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy. Just as children walk talk and grow at different times, so their progression through the skills of reading will be at different rates. The key is for your child to feel positive about themselves as a reader right from the start. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to attitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them. We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week. Children will be supplied a reading book, however to keep them engaged feel free to read with them the books that interest them, those that take them to a world of make believe, that encourage them to dream and introduce them to the amazing vocabulary that surrounds them. Children's books will be changed 2/3 times a week and they will be listened to by the class teacher and teaching assistant throughout the week.
PE sessions will take place each Tuesday morning as we start our dance for the term. Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and clearly labelled.
Snack & Water
Toast is available to children for snack. Children must pay £1 at the beginning of the week for a slice of toast each day. Children are able to bring in their own snack for playtime. This can be a cereal/breakfast bar, fruit or veg. Water will be available to the children throughout the day. If you would like your child to bring in their own bottle, please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with the child's name.
If you have any queries or just want to chat about your child's progress, feel free to catch me in the playground at the end of the school day, or alternatively make an appointment with Mrs Thompson in the school office.