Welcome to Year 1
Mrs Ndisi, Mrs Walker, Mrs Good
Happy new year to you all and welcome back to another busy half term of exciting learning in Year One!
Why can't penguins live near the equator?
Our theme this half term is based around the question “Why can't penguins live near the equator?”. During this theme, we will be exploring the north pole, south pole and equator. We will locate these places on a globe and discover more about the environmental conditions of each one. We will learn which animals live in these places and how they’re able to survive the extreme weather conditions around them before investigating how climate and weather affects our own lifestyles and the choices we all make every day.
In Core Skills this half term, the whole school will be focussing on ‘Improving own learning and performance. In Year One we will be trying particularly hard to:
1) Choose from a selection of resources to help us complete a task
2) Identify something we have done well and give reasons to justify this
3) Think of simple ways of improving the way we have done something
Phonics and Spelling
In Phonics and Spelling sessions this half term we will be spending time exploring all of the sounds we have learnt through their sound families. Sound families are different ways of representing the same sound. For example the ‘ai’ family includes ‘ay, ai, a_e, a, eigh and ey’. Children will begin to learn how to spell using the correct representation and will apply this in their independent writing. We will also continue to investigate the number of syllables in words and practise breaking longer words into syllables to read and write them. We will continually revise our Phase 2-5 tricky words and try to spell them correctly in our independent writing.
P.E. and Forest School
These all need to be named and in a named Forest School bag please. This kit only needs to come to school on Thursdays. Forest School kit required includes wellies, spare socks, joggers, a tshirt or long sleeved top, a hooded jacket or jumper, a hat, scarf and a pair of gloves.
Show and Tell
Show and Tell this half term will continue to be on a Friday afternoon and the children will take it in turns each week. I will continue to write which group’s turn it is on the weekly letter every week. Please could I remind everyone that Show and Tell is a speaking and listening exercise and if children choose to bring something in then it needs to be linked to our learning and they should be ready to talk about their item and answer one or two questions about it too. Achievements from outside of school, such as dancing, football, gymnastics awards are always welcome!
Reading books will continue to be changed on Fridays and children will bring 2 books home at a time. Our expectation is that children read at least 3 times a week with an adult and use the reading questions and activity grid to extend their reading experiences.
Reading records will be checked every Friday and those children who have read 3 times will receive a star sticker on their bookmark (stays at school). As the number of star stickers on their bookmarks builds up to 3, children will receive a round sticker and a reading award to come home with. Once they've obtained 3 round stickers and reading awards, they will be rewarded with a special certificate.
Please do jot down any reading that children are doing into their reading records so that we can reward their efforts. We do also ask that children always have their reading books and reading record in their book bags to make the most of all reading opportunities at school.
Thank you for your support