Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we have been unable to deliver the transition parents' meetings and sessions within school that we would normally have. To help the children's transition from Reception to Year 1 in September, teaching staff have made a selection of information slides to explain routines and procedures in Year 1.
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 the following Monday 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! 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.
We will be sending purple homework books out this term, we hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.
Our PE sessions
Year 1 - Monday and Friday
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.
A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
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.
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
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