Welcome to Year 1!
Happy New Year and Welcome back to School; I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Holiday. We have enjoyed sharing the children's diaries and finding out about all the exciting things they did over the break.
This term the children will be exploring our new topic 'Once Upon a Time'. We will be looking at a range of traditional tales, focusing on storytelling, alternative endings and making our own moving picture books. Our inquiry question is 'What makes a 'Traditional Tale'?' We will continue to explore our new topic using a cross-curricular approach, using our thinking skills and working creatively.
In English we will be...
Reading a range of traditional tales, looking at how the same story has been rewritten many times and how different authors change the story sequence etc. We will be looking at story telling language, writing our own endings to well-known tales. The children will be using adjectives and verbs to create character and setting descriptions. We will be looking at different forms of non-fiction writing such as reports, letters and information posters.
Reading, Phonics and Spellings
The most beneficial way in which you can support your child's learning is by hearing them read every day. Please try to encourage comprehension skills as well as de-coding skills in the books you share together. The children will be continuing with Phase 5 Phonics. They will be reading and writing words using their phonic knowledge but also reading and writing 'Tricky Words' which don't follow the rules. Common exception words are available on the website. The children will have a spelling list sent home each week on a Friday, which will reflect the phonics they have learned, and they will be tested on these the following Friday.
In Maths we will be...
Investigating Fractions! We will be introducing fractions of shapes first and then moving onto number fractions later in the year. The children will be finding half, quarter and three quarters of various shapes. We will move onto exploring doubling and halving to 20 and beyond and begin to use our understanding to solve practical multiplication and division problems.
In Science we will be...
Finding out about some famous Scientists and Inventors that were chosen by the children last half term. We will be looking at the inventor of Lego and how it is made. The children will also be looking at seasonal change, investigating changes from winter to spring.
In addition we will be looking at our local environment, mapping our walk to Smokey Row, thinking about how we can improve our local environment and finding out about local history and any famous people that have come from our area. The children will be creating moving picture books using levers and sliders and we will also be taking part in various circle times, working on our team building skills and building a class ethos. We will be researching a range of Creation stories.
I hope that you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day if there is anything else you would like to know. I am looking forward to a fun term.