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Summer 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,
Welcome back after the holidays. We have a long last term ahead of us, packed with lots of fun and exciting things! Our topic of ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ will be continued throughout this term. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science targets
This term we will be continuing with our science unit ‘humans and animals’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve:

Target
I can name a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
I can classify and name animals by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore).
I can sort animals into categories (including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).
I can sort living and non-living things.
I can name the parts of the human body that I can see.
I can link the correct part of the human body to each sense. 

Phonics
Just a reminder that the phonics screening test will take place this term for year 1 children. It is planned to take place on the week beginning the 12th June. Please ensure children are in school where possible. Any extra phonics work done at home would be beneficial and could make a huge difference. Thank you to the many parents who have already done lots of phonics work at home. 

Genre
This half term we will be going back to looking at a specific genre. Our genre this half term is traditional tales, as always children are welcome to bring in and share any books they may have. We will be linking our literacy work to this genre and be adapting and writing our own traditional tales.
P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and a Wednesday. It is really important that children have their kits on these days. A reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings taken out or taped up.

Passport targets

  • To solve a problem without arguing
  • To not sulk or become angry when they don’t like something.
Homeword
Week 1 Phonics words 
Week 2 ‘I am learning’
Week3 Handwriting

As this is the last newsletter of this year I would just like to take the time to thank you for your support throughout the year, and if you would like to discuss anything or have any further questions, then I am available before and after school on most days.
Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic Web Summer 2: Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

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Ice Cream

This week we have made our own delicious ice cream linked to our seaside topic. We then wrote clear instructions to tell someone else how to make our wonderful ice cream.

Summer 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,
Welcome back after the holidays.  I hope you have had a lovely Easter break! Our new topic is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ which is a long topic and will run up until the summer holidays. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science targets
This term our science unit is ‘humans and animals’. During the unit these are the targets we will be aiming to achieve: 

Science targets

I can name a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptile’s birds and mammals.

I can classify and name animals by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore).

I can sort animals into categories (including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).

I can sort living and non-living things.

I can name the parts of the human body that I can see.

I can link the correct part of the human body to each sense.

These targets will run right through to the summer holidays.

Genre
This half term we will be going back to looking at a specific author. Our author this half term is Ronda and David Armitage, author of the famous ‘light house keepers….’ series.  As always children are welcome to bring in and share any books they may have by this author.

P.E.
P.E will take place on a Monday and Wednesday. It is really important that children have their kits on these days. A reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings taken out or taped up.

Passport statements
This half term we are working on;

  • Saying sorry when they have done something wrong.
  • Solving a problem without arguing.

Homework time table

Week 1

I am learning

Week 2

Phonics

Week 3

Handwriting

Week 4

Maths booklet

Week 5

Literacy piece

Children will be taking their phonics screening test during the summer term, any help and practise that you can do with your child at home will be beneficial to them. An app that a parent has found beneficial is ‘Mr Thornes phonics myths and legends’. If you would like any further information or support regarding the test please don’t hesitate to ask. The screening check will take place on the week commencing 12th June 2017

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic Web Summer 1: Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

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PTA bouncy Castle

Children bounced like little Easter bunnies to raise money for the PTA. Children had a great time and there were smiles all round.

Conisbrough Castle

This week we visited Conisbrough Castle. We learnt lots of new facts about castles but also saw some of the things we had learnt in class with our own eyes! We had a walk around the outside of the castle and thought about why a hill was a great place to build a castle. We then explored the bailey and found out what life would have been like for the different people that lived in the castle. We also had the opportunity to go into the keep and find out about Lady Isabelle and Lord Hamlin and see the views from the top of the castle. 

World Book Day

We had a super day in year 1, the children dressed as their favourite book characters and enjoyed sharing their books with their friends. Me and Mrs Attia also got to join in the fun! Thank you to all of the parents that supplied or took the time to make an outfit, it made it a very special day. 

Spring 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,
Welcome back after the holidays.  Our new topic is ‘King of the castle’ which will include a trip to a real castle in order to look at the history of castles and what castle life would have been like. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Science targets
This half term our science unit is ‘plants’. During the unit these are the targets we will be trying to achieve: 

Science targe

Can I name a variety of common wild and garden plants?

Can I name the petals, stem, leaf and root of a plant?

Can I name the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree?

Do I know the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees?

Spellings
Spellings will continue as normal. Please remember the first test after the holidays is a big test of a selection of words they have had over the half term.

Genre
This half term we will again be looking at a specific genre rather than an author. The genre for this half term will be fairy tales. We will look at a range of different fairy tales and using these to pick out features, adapt and write our own.

P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Wednesday and Thursday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. If children have pierced ears and are unable to remove earrings by themselves please can you ensure that children have plasters/tape to cover them, this is for their own safety. Long hair should also be tied up.

Homework
As always, thank you for supporting your child with their homework. This is the homework schedule for this half term. 

Homework

Week 1

Maths booklet

Week 2

I am learning

Week 3

Phonics

Week 4

Handwriting

Week 5

Maths booklet

Week 6

I am learning

Week 7

Literacy piece

Children will continue to work on passport statements given last half term. We have a parents’ evening this half term, but if you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

I look forward to seeing you all at parents’ evening.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward

Class Teacher

Topic Web Spring 2: King of the Castle

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Winter Wonderland Cars!

This half term as part of our Winter Wonderland topic we created vehicles to transport a penguin egg! We invited parents to nervously watch as we tested our vehicles by pushing them, complete with egg, down the slide. Just about all of the eggs survived! Here are some of the pictures. 

Our Passport targets are:

  • Taking turns in games
  • Comforting others when upset
  • Following the teachers instructions

Spring Term Newsletter 1

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas break! As we return back to school our new topic is ‘Winter Wonderland’ which will fit with the world around us at this time. Please see the attached topic web for a breakdown of what we will be focusing on in each subject.

Targets
This half term our science targets are linked to seasonal changes.

Target

I can observe and comment on changes in the seasons.

I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.

I can explain what I have found out using scientific vocabulary.

We are also continuing to work on joined handwriting. If you would like any information or advice on how to assist your child at home please do feel free to come and see me.

Spellings
Thank you to everyone that has supported their child with spellings last half term. Spellings will continue as normal this half term and are all linked to phonics. A parent has informed me of a really useful spelling app called ‘squeebles’ and after inputting the weekly spellings children can practise them independently. It can also be used for a range of different learning activities at home.

Genre
This half term we will be looking at a specific genre rather than an author. The genre for this half term will be poetry. We will look at a range of different poets and styles of poetry and will work on rhyming.

Homework
Thank you for supporting your child with their homework. Homework does go into children’s homework folders and it would be greatly appreciated if children could use pencil to complete it and to refrain from drawing on it. This will hopefully keep children’s folders neat and something for them to be proud of. I realise from talking to many of you that online homework can be frustrating when it is not working properly. I am trying to monitor this problem the best I can but if you do have any problems please do make me aware.

Homework

Week 1

I am learning

Week 2

Handwriting

Week 3

Maths booklet

Week 4

Phonics

Week 5

I am learning

Week 6

Literacy piece

P.E.
P.E. will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. Children will also need long hair tied up or a bobble in their P.E bag.

If you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,

Miss T Ward,
Class Teacher

Topic Web Spring 1: Winter Wonderland

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Christmas Party

A few pictures from the Christmas party. Even Santa joined the fun!

Christmas Dinner

Children enjoyed Christmas dinner in their festive jumpers followed by the pantomime! Oh yes we did!

Enterprise

Children worked hard to make edible Christmas trees for the children's Christmas fair. We had fun getting messy and had the chance to work on our money skills and raise money for school. Well done year 1!  

Anti-bullying superheroes!

This week has been anti-bullying week and we have done a lot of work around what to do if we are getting bullied or if we see somebody else being bullied. We have learnt the meanings of STOP, START and VIP to help us  to combat bullying. Today we dressed in blue (colour of anti-bullying) or as superheroes to stand up to bullies. We had a great time making our masks and singing our anti-bullying song to parents. 

Gun Powder Plot

This week we started our new topic all about The Gun Powder Plot. As a hook we created our own zooming rockets and had a rocket launching competition! 

Autumn 2 Newsletter

This is always a fantastic time of year in school with the run up to Christmas! This half term we will be doing lots of festive activities as well as our main topic ‘light explosions!’ I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

Science

This half term our target is linked 'Materials'

Can I distinguish between an object and the material it is made from?

Can I explain the materials that an object is made from?

Can I name wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock?

Can I describe the properties of everyday materials?

Can I group objects based on the materials they are made from?

Exceeding -  Can I  explain what happens to certain materials when they are heated or cooled, for example, bread, ice, chocolate, jelly, etc?

Writing
If you do want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on joining our handwriting this half term. Our writing policy suggests that children should be joining their handwriting by Christmas in year 1.  Please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.

Spellings
Thank you to everyone that has supported their child with spellings last half term. It really does make a difference in writing and gives children a huge boost when they get them all correct! This half term spellings will be linked to a phonics sound that they have been working on.

Author
The author that we will be focusing on this half term is David McKee; he has written many popular books such as Mr Ben and the Elmer series. We will be building on our own story telling skills. We are happy to display or read any books children have by our author.

Homework
Thank you for supporting your child with their homework. This terms homework is as follows;

Week 1

I am learning

Week 2

Maths booklet

Week 3

Handwriting

Week 4

I am learning

Week 5

Handwriting

Week 6

Phonics

Week 7

Literacy task

P.E.
P.E will continue to take place on a Monday and Wednesday. It is really important children have their kits on these days as spare kit is limited. Also a reminder that long hair should be tied up and earrings should either be taken out on PE days or taped up for health and safety reasons.

A few further bits of information:

  • Parents’ evenings will take place on the 9th and 17th of November.
  • Miss Holmes will be teaching some lessons in our class this half term, she is a trainee teacher and very excited to work with the children.
  • In the summer term there will be the ‘Phonics screening check’  which is a national test taken by children in year 1. I will speak to you in more detail about this at parents’ evening.

I look forward to seeing you all at parents’ evening but if you have any further questions or concerns before this please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Topic Web Autumn 2

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Halloween

A few pictures from our Halloween themed story session! Beware we may give you a fright!

End of Term Celebration Scottish-style!

For our end of term celebration we made a little performance for parents, sharing some of the things that we have learnt about Scotland. The children did a fantastic job at remembering their parts. We also made some yummy Scottish shortbread as a treat! 

Seasonal Science

In science we have been looking at seasons, including months of the year. We created our own human bar chart to show when our birthdays are. We then thought about the season our birthday falls in.

Highland Games

To kick off our Scotland topic the children took part in their own Highland Games. They had a great time Welly Wanging, Tossing the Caber, tug of war and throwing the shot put. It was a fun afternoon, even staff joined in! Here are a few photographs.

Baking Time!

We have been baking this week! Linked to our Scotland topic, we have followed a recipe to create our own yummy shortbread. Children then wrote their own recipe in English and will have to chance to be TV chefs and film each other in computing.

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to a new school year, I hope you have all had a fantastic summer break! Our topic this term is ‘Barnaby Bear’s Highland Adventure!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. I have created a topic web so that you can see what this topic will be covering.

 Science Targets

I can observe and comment on changes in the seasons.

I can name the seasons and suggest the type of weather in each season.

I can explain what I have found out using scientific vocabulary.

Writing

If you do want to help with your child’s writing at home we are focusing on using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops correctly this half term. We will then move onto using exciting describing words. Every child is also placed in a phonics group to suit their ability in order for them to progress at their level. They will be learning new sounds and spelling patterns each week, ask them to share these with you but please feel free to ask if you need further support or advice.

Spellings
Children will get 5 spellings a week; if they correctly spell all 5 then they will be rewarded with a team point. At first children will receive spellings from the Year 1 list of common words that children are expected to be able to spell in year 1. After the common words children will receive words linked to the phonics sound that they have been working on that week. Children will be tested on a Friday. Any help you can give your children at home is greatly appreciated and makes a big difference in their writing. Please can you ensure that children have their spelling books on a Friday. At the end of half term children will not receive new spellings over the holidays, instead they will be tested on a selection of spellings given the previous half term to see if children are retaining their spellings.

Reading
Our reading target this half term:

To use picture clues to help to read texts.

To read some of the year 1 common exception words on sight.

Author
Our first author that we are going to be focusing on this half term is Colin McNaughton; he is a humorous poet and will be inspiring us to write our own poems. We are happy to display or read in class any books children have by or incorporating our author.

Homework
Children will have the first week to settle into their new surroundings before homework is given. Homework will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Wednesday. We have a homework tray in the classroom where children can return their work. Homework should be done in pencil.

This is the homework schedule for the first half term.

Week 1

No homework – settling in period.

Week 2

Handwriting

Week 3

Maths – online

Week 4

Phonics

Week 5

Maths work booklet

Week 6

Handwriting

Week 7

Literacy task

P.E.
P.E. will take place on a Monday and a Wednesday. Children will require an indoor and outdoor kit. Indoor kits should consist of shorts, t-shirt and plimsolls. Outdoor kit should consist of jogging bottoms, t-shirt, jumper and trainers. As it gets colder children may need gloves and a hat for outdoor PE.

A few further bits of information:

  • Just a reminder that children with pierced ears should have their earrings removed or taped up before school on PE days.

I am really looking forward to the year ahead and if you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to catch me before or after school.

Thank you,
Miss T Ward
Class Teacher

Autumn 1 Topic Web: Barnaby Bears Highland Adventure!

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