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.
All About Me
Our first topic this term is 'All About Me'. We will be thinking about ourselves and what makes us special and unique. We will think about our families and what we enjoy doing with them. We will begin to recognise the distinction between past and present and begin to place a few events and objects in order by using common phrases to show the passing of time e.g. old, new, young, baby, children, grown ups. During the topic we will tell the difference between the past and present events within our own lives, making comparisons to the stories we are listening to and the pictures we see. Mrs Clark will be inviting parents/carers and grandparents into class to discuss what it was like growing up for them. We will ask questions about the games you played and the places you visited.
In Art, we will be creating portraits of ourselves using mirrors. We will use a range of media to create our drawings and we will carefully observe the shape of our heads, our hair, the placement of our eyes, mouths and noses. We will look at the work of Kathe Kollwitz, a German expressionist, and discuss her use of charcoal and printmaking.
Geography will see us naming, locating and identifying the characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. We will use geographical vocabulary and use maps and globes to discuss the features. We will ask our own 'where?', 'what?', and 'who?' questions about the world and their environemnt and try to find the answers using a range of sources.
Within English lessons we will be looking at traditional tales with our intended outcome to be writing our own tale, based on a model test, to entertain children. We will use the 'talk for write' process to learn stories off by heart and within continuous provision we will use role play to develop characters, our construction area to build scenes and the outdoor area to create our own versions. We will make predictions based on what we have read and will begin to identify the main characters and events. 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.
Within RE, children will be thinking about the questions: ‘What makes me special?’ ‘What makes people special? ‘How should we treat each other?’
Children will explore the significance of humans being made in the image and likeness of God. We will think about the following questions during class discussions: What does the Bible say about God’s love for us? How do we know God loves us? Does God love everyone?
Children will use Genesis 1:27 to discuss how Scripture tells us that God loves all people: boys, girls, the elderly and young people, everywhere around the world. They will learn how each person is precious, unique and loved by God, because God made us, that means we are all very special, and very important, no matter where we live, what we look like or what we have. We are special only because God made and loves us.
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 Wednesday morning. 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.