Year 1

 

Welcome to Year 1 with Miss Donaghy and Mrs Kotwani.

Click for the Year 1 Calculation Policy Leaflet

My goodness me!  Already we are in the final term – time flies when you’re having fun!  This term is also shaping up to be action-packed and fun-filled.

Here is some information in relation to what we will be learning in the Summer Term and the ways that you can support us!  Our Superhero topic has got off to a great start with some fabulous science to really whet the appetites of your children!

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English

 

 

 

We will do most of our writing through our topics, Superheroes and the Enchanted Woodland.  The children will be writing in a variety of genres.  There is a strong expectation that all children will use a capital letter to start and then finish their ‘sensible’ sentence with a full stop.  Each sentence should have clear finger spaces to denote each individual word.  We are now moving forward to creating more complex sentences, where the children will be extending the content by using a conjunction – ‘and, so, but or because.  In addition to this we have been and will be discussing the use of adjectives to add interest and to further describe, making the experience better for the reader.

 

There will also be daily Phonics lessons with the inclusion of handwriting practise.  As you may be aware the children will take part in the national Phonics Screening Check in June – they are being given plenty of practise to ensure they are comfortable with the format and expectation

Talk about our topic.  Any additional research will make them better writers!

Reading for at least 5 – 10 minutes each day makes a huge difference!  Reading material can take the form of packets, magazines, signs and of course fiction, non-fiction and poetry books.  READ pictures too!

Remember to keep reading to your child, as it should be an enjoyable experience – get cosy with a nice blanket! Click here for Year 1 Recommended Reading for  texts to share.  Year 1 Recommended Reading ii

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning.  We are noticing during Guided Reading that even where children are meeting words in subsequent books they are not always aware of the meaning and so we cannot over emphasise the need to discuss word meaning – could you introduce them to a dictionary?

There is a spelling list of words that your child should be familiar with by the end of year 1 on the school website.  It is located under ‘parent zone’-‘home learning’.

When writing at home, encourage your child to use the Monkfrith script.  It would be wonderful if they could read what they have written back to you to ensure it makes sense and includes a capital letter and full stop.

These words form part of the tricky words we will be teaching: water, where, who, again, thought, through, work, mouse, many, laughed, because, different, any, eyes, friends, once, please We need to be able to read these words and to be able to spell them where possible. http://www.ictgames.com/lcwc.html

If you are unsure about the ‘sounds’ the children have been taught, you may find this helpful: http://www.ictgames.com/phonemePatterns/index.html and http://www.ictgames.com/chuteShuffle/index.html

Maths We will be focussing on a number of key mathematical skills and concepts.  They will work counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals.

 

They will continue to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to prepare them for working on their multiplication facts.

 

The children will be working to consolidate and extend their ability to add and subtract to and within 20 – using a variety of methodology.  They will then be expected to apply this practical and word problems.

 

There will be opportunities to explore length, height, weight and capacity moving towards recording with standard units of measure.

 

There will be revisiting of both 2D & 3D shape knowledge.

 

There will be the introduction of all 8 coins – recognition nd working practically to answer simple addition and subtraction number sentences as well as multiplication.  There will be further opportunities to apply this knowledge to solving word problems.

Encourage your child to read the door numbers on your walk home – can they identify odd and even?  Can your child count to 100 and back?  If you were to count some numbers, would they be able to continue? https://www.topmarks.co.uk/interactive.aspx?cat=10

Go to the park. Collect and count natural items.

Junk modelling discussing the 3D shapes they’ve chosen.

What 2D shapes can you spot all around you?

When shopping encourage your child to look at the weights and prices of items.  Would you be able to play shops?  There are fabulous little tills and I know that if you use real coins children tend to gain a clearer understanding.  Would it be possible to have an aspirational treat that your child needs to save for?  Would they be able to keep a record of what they have?

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/2008-09/maths/puppies/FullRelease-v104/money-en.html

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/timeandmoney/tillwemeet/

https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/finance-education/personal/students/04-07_counting-on-money/int_practical-activity.php

Create a ‘copper jar’ at home and allow your child to count the amount – are they counting in 1ps or 2ps?  Can they now count beyond copper coins

Creative Curriculum In Summer 1 our topic is called Superheroes.

 

We will be focussing on super senses!  What are the five senses and how can we function when trying to use them in isolation?

 

We will be exploring the food groups and what a healthy plate should consist of.

 

We will be creating collages using pictures of fruit and vegetables.

We will be using ICT to create superhero posters

We will be designing and making our very own superhero capes!

In Summer 2 our topic will be Enchanted Woodland.  We will be learning about our natural surroundings.

Identification and classification of leaves.

We will be making maps and exploring routes.

From clay we will be making our very own Tree Boggart.

Please talk about the topics and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge and contribute more in class.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zxy987h

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0118581

http://www.abcya.com/five_senses.htm

There are a number of games that can be explored on this site: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/interactive.aspx?cat=62

Are you a Superhero?  Could yo come into class and spend 20mins discussing your job and how you help other people?  are you part of the Emergency Services?  Are you a doctor or a vet?  Do you make things for a living – a carpenter perhaps?  Could you demonstrate what you do?  We would love for you to come in and show the children that Superheroes come in different shapes and sizes and work together to make our everyday lives easier and safer!

RE Our topic is Symbols Symbols are open to interpretation and in our everyday lives different objects can symbolise many different things for us.  Talk about memories, stones, shells, pictures – your children may well surprise you with their insight.
PE  In our PE lessons we will be exploring ‘dance’ and ‘team games’ – we will also be preparing ourselves for Sports day in June. Please make sure that all kits are in school everyday and that each item is clearly labelled.

Please check plimsolls still fit.

Reading

Your child will participate in a ‘guided reading’ session each week with the class teacher.  Where possible they will be heard to read individually by the class teacher or another adult.  They will continue to receive their ‘Phonics Reader’ on the given day until the scheme is complete.  When complete they will bring home 2 guided reading books.  Discuss vocabulary – even if your child has read it fluently they do not necessarily understand what it means.

Boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated!  We would also benefit from used newspapers, as we use these frequently during art lessons.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to write a note or make an appointment via the office to see us during the drop in time.  This is still Wednesday between 3:40 and 4:10.

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

Miss Donaghy & Mrs Kotwani

 

The Spring Term has started in earnest and we are already making great headway into our first topic.  As with last term there are ways that you can support your child’s learning.  We cannot over-emphasise the important of quality conversations!

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English

 

 

 

Most of our writing will happen through our topics: Paws, Claws and Whiskers and Bright Lights, Big City.

 

The children will be writing in a variety of genres with the main focus on the writing of simple sentences. The children will be expected to use a capital letter to start and finish their ‘sensible’ sentence with a full stop. Each sentence should have clear finger spaces to denote each individual word.

There will also be daily Phonics lessons with the inclusion of handwriting practise.

 

 

Talk about our topic.  Any additional research will make them better writers!

Reading for at least 5 – 10 minutes each day makes a huge difference.  Reading material can take the form of packets, magazines, signs and of course fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. READ pictures too!

Remember to keep reading to your child, as it should be an enjoyable experience – get cosy with a nice blanket! Click here for Year 1 Recommended Reading for  texts to share.  Year 1 Recommended Reading ii

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meaning.

There is a spelling list of words that your child should be familiar with by the end of year 1 on the school website. It is located under ‘parent zone’-‘home learning’.

When writing at home, encourage your child to use the Monkfrith script. It would be wonderful if they could read what they have written back to you to; ensure it makes sense and includes a capital letter and full stop.

Maths There will be a focus on a number of key mathematical skills and concepts – working on counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals.

We will continue to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to prepare them for working on their multiplication facts.

The children will be working to consolidate and extend their ability to add and subtract to and within 20 – using a variety of methodology. They will then be expected to apply this practical and word problems.

There will be opportunities to explore different denomination of coins and notes.

There will be opportunities to explore length, height, weight and capacity moving towards recording with standard units of measure.

The children will be exposed to pictograms and tally charts.

They will also be revisiting of both 2D & 3D shapes.

Encourage your child to read the door numbers on your walk home – can they identify odd and even?

On the walk home count a specific car type/colour.

When shopping encourage your child to look at the weights and prices of items.

Go to the park. Collect and count natural items.

Create a ‘copper jar’ at home and allow your child to count the amount – are they counting in 1ps or 2ps?

Junk modelling discussing the 3D shapes they’ve chosen.

What 2D shapes can you spot all around you?

 

 

Creative Curriculum In Spring 1 our topic will be Paws, Claws and Whiskers where the children will learn how to look after animals.

We will be using various art strategies to create pictures of some of the animals

We will be investigating how animals use camouflage.

We will be using atlases to look at where some animals inhabit.

In Spring 2 our topic will be Bright Lights, Big City in which we will be exploring London, including its history, namely “The Great Fire’ , and famous landmarks, as well as thinking about England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (We’ll be finding out about capital cities, main rivers, patron saints and national emblems)

Please talk about the topics and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge and contribute more in class.

Talk to your child about how you look after pets at home. It would be fantastic if we could meet some of your pets too.

 

 

Take your child to visit the different landmarks and museums of London and talk to them about what / who is there.

RE Our topic this term is Beliefs.  Within this we will be exploring the need for rules and knowing right from wrong. Share information about what people’s beliefs, rules and right and wrong.
PE  Gymnastics will take place on a Friday morning with Non Stop Action. Please make sure that all kits are in school everyday and that each item is clearly labelled.

Please check plimsolls still fit.

 

Homework Ideas: 

  • Take your child to the park and encourage them to explore the larger play equipment
  • Make salt dough and get creative!
  • Setting up and playing games like ‘Kerplunk’ and ‘Operation’
  • Stretching and twisting elastic bands
  • Hama bead work
  • Careful colouring
  • Sorting objects according to different criteria (colour/size), using tweezers to move the objects
  • Talking on the walk home about the numbers on the houses (are they odd or even?)

Have fun!