Welcome back after what we hope was an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas break! We would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring Term. The children are eager to continue their journey to develop new skills in Year 1 and are excited about their learning.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. Our theme/topic this term is ‘Paddington’s Space Mission’ where children’s learning will take off into outer space and learn about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and their missions into Space. As artists, children will look at the work of Peter Thorne and Vincent van Gogh’s starry night. Children will create art in the style of both artists – 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.
In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’. We will also learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and children will have the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts, including, stories with familiar settings.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will have the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10 and 20. Later on in the term, we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.
Pupils will continue to remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath. Spellings will be set by your child’s phonics teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability).
Reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. Reading Eggs is a great programme we have invested in so please continue to use this to support their reading. 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 your child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the summer term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics-screening test in the spring term. For this reason some children will be invited to join us afterschool for Phonics Club and we look forward to seeing as many invited children as possible. We will also be inviting some parents to join us in a reading workshop to support and help extend the children’s reading at home.
We will continue to out send creative homework that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. 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. We have loved seeing some of the amazing creations the children have brought in so far!
Miss Jones Soccer 2000 teach PE/Dance and children will have it twice a week. Children in Year 1 will have Dance on Tuesday mornings and P.E on Thursday afternoons. However, please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should 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 Autumn term and we are aware 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 Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Year 1 Team
This term in Science Year 1 have been investigating their 5 senses. Here are some pictures of some the investigations we have carried out.
Here we are investigating and describing different smells.
We sorted different objects into different textures.
We had a taste testing session to investigate different types of tastes (sour, bitter, sweet, and salty).
As part of DT sessions Year 1 have been looking at how to make marmalade. We had a fantastic day making our own marmalade for Paddington Bear. We think Paddington really enjoyed eating it and so did we!
On Monday 15th July 2019, Year 1 went on an open top bus ride to Bantock Park. The children enthusiastically explored various playground equipment and enjoyed going on a flower hunt. They had fantastic day and they were superstars on the open top bus. WELL DONE YEAR 1!
On Tuesday 12th March 2019, the children in Year One went on a trip to the Cannock Chase Toy Museum. They learnt about toys from the past and how they have changed. They had lots of fun creating peg dolls, exploring and playing with old fashioned toys. The children enjoyed watching the hilarious Punch and Judy puppet show and performed a toy dance.
On Monday 10th September 2018, Year 1 had a fantastic time on Pirate inspiration day. In the morning we learnt to use directional language to find the pirate treasure and worked together to solve a pirate puzzle! We painted our own class pirate ships and used our phonics to help us to read and spell words with coins. We unlocked the secret pirate code by read capital letters to help us find the golden coins hunt In the afternoon we did pirate PE where we had a we had great fun walking the plank and enjoyed listening to pirate stories with Mrs Flanagan.
Royal Wedding Day Celebrations
Year One had a visit from Zoo2U who brought us some some furry, feathery, and scaly creatures as part of our science topic. They met some tortoises, guinea pigs, a hognose snake, boa constrictor, skunk, kestrel, a white faced owl, a greater tenrec and a very noisy parrot! As well as this we also had lots of fun making animal masks, animal habitats and going on a minibeast hunt. The children were able to learn all about the different habitats they live in, what they eat, and animal classifications. A great day was had by all! Have a look at some of our habitats we made. I’m sure you will agree they look amazing!