Year 1 - Bay and Cherry

Autumn Term – Curriculum Newsletter – Key Stage 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! The children have settled really well into their new classes and are ready for a new school year. 

This term the children in Key Stage 1 are be following a topic entitled…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started our new topic with a trip to Lincoln Castle where the children learnt about the history of the castle, knight training, archery, jousting, banquet role play, armour handling and shield making. The children had a fantastic WOW day to start our topic off with a bang. 

This newsletter will give you some ideas as to what your child(ren) will be learning about this half term.  

ENGLISH  - we will start the term looking at non-fiction writing, the children will be given the opportunity to learn about the features of castles. In our fiction writing, we will be looking at stories involving castles and dragons, particularly the story How to Train Your Dragon.  We will be watching some of the movie of the same title, it is a PG DVD, if you have any issues with your child watching it then please speak to your class teacher.  We will also be looking at poetry this term, performing poems linked to dragons and castles. 

The key skills we concentrate on are writing in sentences, using capital letters and full stops, joining words and for some children and other punctuation, e.g. ! ? ,  

Reading/Phonics – Phonics is a key part of your child’s learning in Year 1.  Phonics enables the children to decode and read words and also allows them to spell words with some accuracy.  Phonics will take place daily in class.  The children work daily in a Guided Reading group with an adult and will be listened to individually at least once per week.

Home reading - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book. Every child that reads 3 times a week will get a small prize from their teacher.

Spellings and Keywords - Keywords are checked in class and always in a different order from the list. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practice their key words to read and spell every day with you.       

MATHS – As ever this term we shall be having a push on times tables. It is very important for children to know their times tables as it helps so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school! They need to know their 2’s, 5’s and 10’s fluently.

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning from Reception. We will investigate fractions and measuring using both standard and non-standard units and continue to develop an understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a real focus on problem solving using all four operations.  As always maths in Year 1 and 2 remains a very practical activity but some children will be encouraged to use jottings as a method of solving problems. 

SCIENCE – This half term the children will be investigating materials and using the correct materials depending on what they are going to be used for.

ART – This half term we will be using charcoal, chalk and pencil to create new effects when drawing. The children will also be using inks and paints to paint a dragon!

DT –The children will be making their own castles and working out how to make a drawbridge work. They will also be designing and making a trap to trap their own dragon!

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all jumpers, t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing. 

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them. 

Dates to remember

· Year 1 Celebration assembly – 14th November at 9.10am.

· Parents Evening – Monday 16th October and Thursday 19th October – letters will go out nearer the time to book appointments.

· Xmas Concerts – week commencing 4th December

· Xmas party – week commencing 18th December

 As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.

The Year 1 Team.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be starting the topic focusing on African animals using our trip to the Wildlife Park as a starting point.

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This half term we will begin by focussing on recounts using our trip as a basis for writing.  The children will use their first hand experiences to help them write.  We will then move on to writing non-chronological reports about cheetahs and lions and finally we will be using The Night Zookeeper as a basis for writing stories using African animals.

 As ever the key skills we concentrate on in Year 1 are writing in full sentences, using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in the correct places all the time.  We are working on using a wider range of vocabulary using adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and generally building up the children’s stamina for writing.

 Reading– Individual reading takes place each week. We aim for two reads each week; however during busy times it may only be one. 

Home reading - Home reading continues to be a very important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book.

Spellings– We have weekly spelling tests on a Wednesday morning.  The list at the back of the reading record is the list your child needs to practice weekly. 

Phonics – Phonics helps children to learn to read quickly and is a big focus in Year 1.  We teach phonics twice a day in class and in June this year the children will be required to take a Phonics Screening Check.  Before Christmas your child was sent home with a pack of flashcards to practise with.  Please continue to use these and in the front of your child’s reading book there will be a phonic focus which you can complete together with your child.   If you feel that you would need support with this please come and see us, we are more than happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

 

MATHS As we approach Year 2 we are focussing on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s both forwards and backwards.  Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school!

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning. We will investigate the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, develop a further understanding of + - ÷ and ×. There will be a focus on problem solving using all four operations as well as continuing our work on money particularly recognising the value of all coins and notes. 

ART– The children will undertake various different Art projects this half term.  We will start by using African necklaces as our focus, with the children making their own beaded necklaces in the same form.  We will also look printing to create patterns.

SCIENCEThe main focus of this half term will be Science.  We will look at different types of animals and be able to categorise them by what they eat, how they are structured and their features.

PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.

Outdoor Learning – The children will get the chance to access outdoor learning as often as possible.  As a Key Stage we feel that it is important that your children get chance to spend time outside learning about the world around them on a bigger scale.  We are very lucky to have some excellent equipment for them to use. 

Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

As always if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please come in to arrange this, after school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.

 

Mrs Brewster and Miss Lewis