Hello Pear, Pineapple and Plum Classes
Members of Staff:
Pineapple class- Ms Corcoran & Miss Wright
Pear class- Miss Stroud & Miss Deria
Plum class- Miss Schulz (Head of Year) & Mrs Green
Welcome to Summer Term!
Some Reminders: In the morning, teachers or teaching assistants will meet the children at the door and pupils will be asked to use antibacterial gel or wash their hands before hanging up their coats/bags. Adults dropping the children off should stay outside of the yellow lines marked by your child’s door. Parents must stay and supervise their children outside until greeted by staff and do not enter the school. The register is taken at 9:00am and we begin our lessons straight away. If the children are late or absent they miss vital information and learning time. If your child’s door is closed, please take them to the office to be signed in.
Children will be provided with fresh fruit as a morning snack. Please send your child in with a water bottle (no fizzy drinks). Milk can be ordered at www.coolmilk.com. You can also send in a healthy snack (no nuts or chocolate please!) for afternoon play.
Unfortunately, we cannot make appointments to meet with you before or after school due to the current conditions. If you need to speak to your class teacher, please email your questions or concerns to our Year 1 email address including your child’s name and class in the subject line and main body of the email so it can be directed appropriately. Thank you so much for your co-operation and we aim to respond within 48 hours.
In Phonics the children will continue to use their sounds to improve their reading and writing. We learn new sounds daily and apply these sounds to spell new words! Once children are confident, we move on to learning alternative spellings. The weekly spelling homework will be based on the Read Write Inc. sound order and will get progressively harder over the year.
In English the children have been developing a love of reading through a variety of exciting books! The children have been working hard to learn school handwriting, write on the line, use finger spaces, capital letters and a variety of punctuation. In Spring Term, we worked on sequencing events of a story, writing in full sentences, and using joining words (and, because). Please encourage them to write using these skills when completing homework or writing at home for fun. Please see the curriculum grid for our current writing skills.
In Maths the children have been developing confidence with numbers to 30, number facts within 20 (addition, subtraction, doubles, number bonds), place value (tens and ones) and much more! The homework we set on Google Classroom will relate to what we will be doing in school each week. Each strand will be revisited throughout the year to ensure the learning has been consolidated.
Every half term we will alternate between teaching History or Geography. In the first half term we will do History and learn about Castles. After half term we will be doing Geography and we will be learning about Climate Zones around the world.
In Science we will be learning about Spring and Growing Plants! We will be learning about local plants and trees, planting a variety of seeds and bulbs to watch them grow, and learning how to keep plants healthy.
Other Key Information:
PE kits need to be brought into school for your child’s PE lesson. If your child does not have a full kit then they will be unable to participate. We will send kits home to be washed every week. It is a good idea to keep shorts and full length bottoms in your child’s PE kit so they are prepared for the outdoor sessions. Please ensure that each piece of kit (including shoes) is labelled with your child’s name as they are easily mixed up when the uniform looks the same!
Pear- Monday & Friday
Pineapple- Wednesday & Thursday
Plum- Tuesday & Thursday
Homework will be set on Google Classroom every Friday and it is due on the following Friday. Homework will consist of weekly spellings that will be tested on the following Friday in school.
Spelling results will be recorded as the “mark” for the homework assignment and incorrect words will be typed in the private comment section. You will also have a maths or other area of our curriculum piece of work to complete.
Reading books are required to be in school daily. It is expected that the children practice reading daily at home for a minimum of 10 minutes. Please sign the reading records to let us know how many pages were read each night and when the books have been finished. We will be checking reading records throughout the week to monitor reading. It is part of the whole school’s reading policy that children that are not reading at home at least 3 times weekly will be required to read at playtime at the end of the week. Books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays.
At home, please encourage the children to sound out (not guess) the words and ask your child questions to make sure they have understood what they have read. It is very important that you assist your child’s learning at home by allowing them to use their new sounds, increase confidence over time and develop a love of reading! Reading a variety of other books to your children is also important so they can hear how words flow together to form sentences, and develop a greater range of vocabulary. You may also include non-school books in your child’s reading log. If it is a book you are reading together, please write “shared reading” in the reading log.
Please could you also have a spare set of clothes (underwear, tights/leggings/trousers) in your child’s bag in case of any unexpected accidents.
We have been revamping our Year 1 garden and we are looking for:
- Small garden tools (trowels, watering can, bucket)
- Flower pots
- Seeds (wildflower seeds, dwarf sunflowers, cress seeds)
Please email the Year 1 email address regarding any possible donations.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
The Year One Team