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Year 1

Firstly, we would like to say a warm welcome to you and your children to Year 1.

Over the next 6 weeks those of us in Year 1 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on significant events – Time Travellers.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn.

During this unit we will be focusing on History.

In History, we’ll be finding out:

•  How to create a timeline

•  About events that are important to us

•  How to use objects to find out more about an event

•  About important events that happened in our local area

•  How we can find out about an event by interviewing someone who was there

•  How to use different sources to learn about a national event

•  About events of global significance by asking and answering questions

We’ll also be finding out:

•  About different festivals from around the world

•  How we can compare different festivals from around the world

All of the work we are going to do 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.

If your child has some work to research, please help them. 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.

At the end of term Grown-ups are welcome to come in for an afternoon of making sculptures of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Please feel free to join us!

Maths

In Maths we follow the Abacus scheme of work. We will be revising our learning of number bonds to 5, 6, 7 and beyond, saying one and two more and less than any given number and extending further, identifying and adding 2 digit numbers to 2 digit numbers, counting in tens and beginning to learn about 3D shapes and their properties.

English

In English we will explore further into the depths of time travelling, linked with our theme. We will learn how to write a diary entry for Mr Benn, write a recount about a specific event in someone’s life, write poetry and create a time detective’s guide book!

Spelling

This term we are beginning spelling tests. Each week we will be sending home 5 words that focus on a specific sound and 2 common exception words, these will be sent out in their reading diaries every Monday ready to be learned for the following Monday, so please keep your eyes peeled for our first set of spellings to learn on Monday the 15th! These tests will be very important to help adults identify target spelling areas for children. Furthermore, we will be having a stronger focus on spelling during morning registration activities. Our aim is for children to retain their spelling and phonetic knowledge, and we feel this is achieved through consistent practice on a daily basis.

The first spelling test will be Monday 22nd January, 2018.

Phonics

We will be continuing to teach Phonics this term, with a heavier focus on trickier sounds. From January we will regularly assess children’s phonetic knowledge and teach sounds accordingly. Children in both Year 1 and 2 will have a national phonic assessment in June and we are working hard towards this.

Homework

In addition to Abacus, Reading Eggs, Purple Mash, reading at home, word sheets and spellings, other homework tasks may be set during the week. Homework may be occasionally found in the reading diaries and on the board outside the Year 1 door. Please check these books or boards regularly to find out when a task has been set. If you don’t have access to the internet at home, please speak to us and we can try to make alternative arrangements for your child to complete the tasks on Abacus, Purple Mash and Reading Eggs. Children have been given a login to access these games.

Snacks

Free fruit will continue to be provided for all Key Stage 1 children at morning playtime.  Please encourage your child to eat the fruit provided at school.

Children in Key Stage 1 are not provided with free milk, but if you would like your child to have milk please order it through the office. We also encourage children to drink plenty of water and they will continue to have their school water bottle in the classroom that must be kept in school.

We look forward to a fabulous and interesting historical term. Thank you in advance for your help and support.