Welcome back to Spring 2!
I hope you have had a super half term!
We will be continuing our push on vocabulary throughout the school. Within each section on this page, you will see a list of vocabulary that the children will becoming more familiar with over the course of the half term. Please talk to your child about each word and their meanings regularly to check their understanding.
I will continue to use class dojo and will reset all the children's points to zero for this next half term. We use Dojo throughout the school as this allows the teachers to reward children in different areas e.g. helping others, persistence and teamwork. Each child is set up with an account and a letter has been sent home to you explaining how you can join our Dojo community. I believe that the benefits to connecting with parents are:
✓ Parents are in the know about their child and are able to provide better support at home
✓ Sharing moments from school fosters a sense of community
✓ Messaging directly (in 50+ languages) breaks communication barriers
The programme also allows parents to comment on their child’s progress, what their child is particularly enjoying in class and to inform us of upcoming events that could be discussed in school in preparation.
In English we will be looking at Non-Fiction with a focus on an author. Children will be focusing on Debi Gilori for this unit. Debi Gilori lives in Scotland and is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children. She has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands' first Children's Writer-in-Residence.
Children will be working on their use of capital letters for names and ensuring they use these within their writing. They will continue to orally rehearse their sentences first before writing them and will be using role play and small world props to build on their vocabulary. Children will make predictions based on the front covers and make connections to other texts or films they have seen.
Children will then move on to looking at Beatrix Potter. They will create knowledge boxes based on her and ask questions they would like to ask her. Using their understanding of authors, they will use the internet to research more details and then create a booklet all about her.
Children will continue to work on the Year 1 common exception words and will be expected to continue to use these within their independent writing.
In Math, this half term, we will be working on addition and subtraction. Children will build on their existing knowledge of number bonds and statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs. Children will add and subtract one digit and two digit numbers to 20 including zero and solve one step problems involving addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.
Children will learn to:
Vocabulary: order, largest, smallest, easiest to group, numbers, strategy, comparing, opposite, crossing 10, facts, number sentences, addition, subtraction, equals
Science and Topic
Our topic this term is ‘Plants’. Throughout the topic the children will be observing plants and trees within the local area, with visits to the gardens and to the local parks. Children will be developing a garden area within the EYFS playground. Here we will be planting bulbs, vegetables, herbs and wildflowers and watching their development. We will be keeping track of this within our Nature book.
Within lessons, we will be exploring plants and trees and making comparisons. We will be looking at the changes through the seasons and making observational drawings showing these changes. We will use a range of techniques to identify and name different plants and flowers. We will look at the inside of plants and discuss seeds and their purpose. They will grow their own seeds and watch their development.
Children will look at the make-up of plants and will be able to label a plant confidently. They will compare with trees and wildflowers and ask relevant questions about how these grow. Children will make predictions about the planting process. How do you think it will grow? What colour will the petals be? How long will the roots be?
Vocabulary: trees, plants, wildflowers, grow, food, sun, water, exploration, bulbs, planting, observations, herbs, roots, labelling, seeds, purpose
In RE we will be preparing for the season of Lent. Lent is the season when Christians practise both giving and giving-up, to identify with the complete self-offering of Jesus which is remembered in the liturgy of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil). In his Gospel, Matthew makes it clear that in loving and caring for other people we are loving and caring for Jesus.
“For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick, and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
Children will think about what this scripture passage says to them, how they have been moved by the need of another and will question their belief that everyone is made in the image of God.
Vocabulary: change, seasons, spring, growth, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Alleluia, Cross, Resurrection
In ICT this term, we will continue looking at algorithms. Children will be taught to
· understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
· create and debug simple programs
· use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
Computational Thinking - Algorithm is a precise set of instructions or rules to achieve an outcome or solve a problem.
In Year 1, phonics sessions take place daily. Children will continue working on Phase 5. We have begun looking at alternative spellings for sounds e.g. 'igh' The children are now beginning to master these new sounds in reading first, and as their fluency develops, we will begin to see them using them correctly in their spelling. Children will be given weekly spellings based on their phonics and the Year 1 High Frequency words.
During Phase 5, children will begin to learn new (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’.
By the end of Year 1, children should be able to:
Children will be given their spellings each Monday and will have a test the following week (Monday). The spellings will link to their phonic sounds that they are learning that week. Please practise these spellings with them regularly as this will aid their progress in writing.
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, teaching assistant and with our parent volunteers throughout the week.
PE sessions will take place each Friday morning for the term. Please ensure children's PE kits are in school on this day and each item is 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 (please no sugary cereal bars), 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 your child's name.
If you have any queries, then feel free to use ClassDojo to send a message or catch me in the playground at the end of the school day. Alternatively, please make an appointment with me through Mrs Thompson in the school office if you feel the issue is of an urgent or sensitive nature.
·www.letters-and-sounds.com Includes further information on each phase as well as printable resources and links to online games
·www.bbc.co.uk/school/wordsandpictures Games mainly aimed at year 1 and year 2 looking at sounds and high frequency words. Some printable activities, particularly for the phase 4 blends
·www.ictgames.com/literacy Wide range of games for sounds, words and rhyming
·www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. You can also subscribe to access more games
·www.topmarks.co.uk Search engine designed for schools where you can find a wide range of resources and activities with a phonics focus