We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Easter break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Summer Term. Children have settled back into school well and they are ready for a term full of learning.
The Summer term is always an important time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when writing sentences, as well as using the conjunctions ‘and, so, because, but’ and adjectives (describing words) to make our sentences more interesting. We will also continue to learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and the children will be given the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens up to 100. The children will continue to learn methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We will continue to consolidate the children’s knowledge of number facts – number bonds and doubles and the children will continue to learn about fractions and finding a fraction of a quantity.
In Science, we will move on to learning about plants and trees. Children will identify and name common plants and trees and learn about the structure of a plant. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to investigate and observe and they will even be planting their own beans/seeds! Children will also continue to observe changes across the seasons as we move into Summer.
In Topic, Our theme this term is ‘Paddington’s Trip to Peru’ where children will learn about the surrounding seas of the UK as Paddington starts his journey to Peru. As designers, children will learn to use running stitch to create something exciting and create art in the style of an artist – we cannot wait to get started! Children will learn about animations using a computer where they will be able to plan and make a 2D animation of their own.
Pupils will continue to remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, including phonics. The children will have a weekly spelling test. This will still be on a Friday morning and new spellings will be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath.
Reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building you child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Your child will also bring home phonics books during the year. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping them to read accurately. Children will not be taking a phonic screening test this year but this has been postponed until next year.
Homework will continue to be set on our Education sites every week for the children to complete. You will have a slip to let you know which sites to complete the homework.
Our PE sessions
Class 4 - Tuesday and Friday
Class 5 and 6 - Tuesday and Thursday
Please be aware that these sessions may be flexible, therefore children need a PE kit (consisting of black shorts, a white top and pumps) in school at all times. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days.
It would also be appreciated that all items of uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Spring term and we are aware of how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Summer Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Miss Simmons Mrs James Miss Knowles
(Year 1 Leader)
Please click on the links below for information about Year 1 Phonics Screening.
Great Elston Bake Off
Year 1 wowed us with their amazing entries. Click on the cake to see a selection.
We had a great turn out and children enjoyed showing their parents how they add and subtract using pictures, number tracks, number lines, apparatus and partitioning. Thank you to all of the families involved.
We all need a good friend! Year 1 have been thinking about what makes a good friend as part of anti-bullying week.
Paddington has been visiting different countries in the UK and teaching us about each of them... can you guess which country he had been to this week?
Year 1 were also investigating their sense of touch this week and were describing how different objects feel. They explored the objects in Paddington's suitcase by closing their eyes and touching each object. Alex even said "I hope there isn't a cactus in there!"
Year 1 have been learning about instructions this week and they have had a great time following instructions on how to make a paper plate fish, a bracelet, a pirate hat and a picture puzzle.
Some brilliant creative homework!
Year 1 children loved spending the afternoon with their dad, stepdad, uncle, granddad etc. this afternoon. They played phonics reading games, shared stories, designed front covers for books and even decorated gingerbread men together! Thank you so much to all who attended - the children loved it and it was great to see so many grown ups sharing in their children’s learning!
On Monday and Tuesday we went on our trip to Weston Park as part of our Victorians topic. We had a fantastic day that was filled with activities. First, we made our very own cup and ball that we decorated with bright colours. After that, we went on a walk around the grounds and saw Weston Hall. We saw a stone pineapple at the entrance and learnt that the Victorians often had pineapples around their homes to show people how wealthy they were. Next we played with Victorian toys outside, there were wooden hoops, skipping ropes, croquet, wooden skittles and quoits. Lunchtime came and we all ate our food together in the hall. In the afternoon, we dressed up in Victorian clothes, played with Victorian toys and learnt about Victorian nurseries. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Year 1 children loved dressing up as their favourite characters to celebrate World Book Day.
Look at our amazing homework