Welcome to Year One
Class Teacher - Mrs Lee
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Freeman
Learning Challenge: Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls. Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim. Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower. Meet Rapunzel who lives in a tall, tall tower. Let’s build a brand new one. Whose is the tallest? Can you measure it? Then dig deep, deep down, making burrows and tunnels, just like the animals who live underground. What’s that sound? I hear little hooves going trip, trap, trip, trap, over the rickety bridge. Watch out for the angry troll underneath. He likes to gobble up little girls and boys. Make sure your bridge is sturdy enough to take our weight and get us safely to the other side. And finally, meet three little pigs who need your help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls, they’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf. No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down.
This term we will be getting lost in a world full of magic and focusing on the fairytale genre.
We will become journalists and write a newspaper report based on The Three Little Pigs, focus on imaginative writing skills by exploring the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff . We end the term by writing instructions on How To Catch a Gingerbread Man and writing letters to Rapunzel who is trapped in the tower.
Phonics is a big part of Year 1. The children will do 40 minutes ( 2 sets of 20 minute lessons) of phonics learning each day. These are fun, pacy sessions which involve games and tasks. They will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out (segment) and blend, to aid them with their reading and writing.
How can you help your child at home?
Please practice your child’s sounds and spellings as they come home. Letters and sounds are everywhere! Encourage your child to spot letters and words whilst out and about e.g. road signs, number plates, food packaging, adverts etc...
Phonics screening takes place in June for all Year 1 children. A phonics meeting will be held nearer the time. Please check our class page and newsletter for updates.
In Year 1 the children will be introduced to our new maths scheme Maths No Problem. Maths No Problem is a whole-class mastery programme designed to help nurture confidence in maths. This term we will be focussing on;
- Numbers to 20
- Addition and subtraction within 20
- Shapes and patterns
- Numbers to 40
Due to Covid19 books are changed Monday and Thursday when your child’s book has been read x3 and their reading record signed by an adult.
P.E is every Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has a full kit consisting of; a plain T-shirt, dark coloured shorts or leggings and black pumps. Long hair should be tied back. Due to Covid there may be times when P.E sessions are held outside, please ensure your child also has a suitable outdoor P.E kit.
Homework will be given on Friday and is to returned for the following Wednesday.
Spellings will be sent home on Friday to be tested the following Friday.
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