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Year 1

Dear Year 1 parents/carers,

Over the next 4 weeks Julia Donaldson and Neil Armstrong will be following a unit of work called ‘What’s it made of?’ which focuses on ‘Grouping and Classifying Materials’. Following this, we will follow a topic called ‘Animal Antics’ for the remaining two weeks, which focusses on animals. We will explore animals from a variety of habitats such as the farm, under the sea, on safari, jungle and Antarctica and the Artic. If you have any further questions, please ask. During this unit we will be focusing on Science, Technology and International.

In English, children will be taught how to write in different forms, such as writing recounts and letters taking part in drama activities and retelling of the story ‘Giraffes can’t Dance’, exploring verbs with ‘Pig in the Pond’ and ‘Farmer Duck’ and producing their own setting description based on ‘Finding Nemo’.

Children also have a weekly grammar lesson and this term they will be looking at the use of exclamation marks and question marks, learning how to join sentences using ‘and’, sequencing sentences to form short stories and re-capping the use of capital letters for names and pronoun ‘I’.

As you know, reading is such an important skill for the children to learn so we would be very grateful if you could try to hear your child read as often as possible at home. Please remember to record this in your child’s reading diary. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding their book band colour.

We will also continue to teach phonics using the Read, Write Inc. scheme. This will be taught in small groups for 30 minutes 5 times a week, as well as being integrated within all English lessons. As you might be aware, the national phonic test for year 1 children is fast approaching so as much help with phonics at home is most welcome. We will be doing a mock test this term with each child and we will inform you which sounds your child needs extra practice on at home.

In Mathematics, the children will be learning to find one more, one less, ten more and ten less than any two digit number, they will explore patterns on a 100 square and identify tens and ones in any 2 digit number, they will continue to use number facts to add and subtract 1 digit numbers to/from 2 digit numbers, learn to sort additions into those you ‘just know’ and those you need to work out, learning to add three small numbers, spotting pairs to 10 and doubles and add and subtract 10 to and from 2 digit numbers.

We will also be covering measurement by comparing weights and capacities, statistics by completing tables and block graphs and some rec-capping of fractions.

We will be looking at solving problems using coins, please continue to support your child to recognize, name and know the value of coins and notes under £10.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:
•  What objects are made of
•  How we use different materials
•  How to test materials
•  How materials are the same or different
•  How we can group materials
•  How to choose materials for specific uses
•  Where materials come from
•  About some body parts of animals including humans
•  Which animals are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
•  How to plan and design a classroom makeover

In International, we’ll be finding out:
•  About the materials used to build our homes
•  Why plastic waste is a global problem and what we can do about it

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
•  About the continents, oceans and hot and cold climates.
•  Why plastic waste is a global problem and what we can do about it

In Computing and ICT, we’ll be finding out:

•  How to search for, collect and organize pictures of animals.

In Religious Education we’ll be beginning to learn about Jewish families and what’s important to them.

All of the work we are going to learn has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.

Talk with your child about the different materials used to make everyday objects, including metal, plastic, pottery, rubber, textiles, wood, leather and glass. Discuss why we use different materials for different purposes, e.g. we use bricks to build houses because bricks are strong; we use glass to make windows because we can see through glass, etc.

If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.

By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child's learning, please get in touch.

Thank you,

Miss Brooks and Mr Russell