This term in Year 1 we will be continuing to develop our love for reading, storytelling and writing through poetry, traditional tales, diaries, writing stories to entertain and making information leaflets. We will be looking specifically at using adjectives, story telling language such as ‘once upon a time’, sequencing events, past tense and the days of the week.
During our maths lessons we will be focusing on place value within 20, using concrete resources such as counters, 10 frames and cubes to count through the teen numbers and identify ’10 and a bit’ to see the structure of the teen numbers. For example, ’10 and 7 makes 17’. We will build on learning by counting on from any given number within 20 and using addition and subtraction to 20. Additionally, we will be looking at different objects and making comparisons based on length, height, mass, and volume. To help your child with this at home you can begin to use the language we will be using at school; the same as, equal to, shorter than, taller than etc.
Our Little Wandle phonics programme and Daily Supported Reading sessions will continue and we will be starting our Maths Mastery sessions 3 x a week to consolidate and extend our maths learning further.
This term in Year 1 our topic is ‘It’s a Wonderful World’. We will be exploring this during our history and geography lessons during which we will be looking at the four UK countries and their capitals as well as looking at changes within living memory; how our homes, school and toys have changed over time. During our science lessons we will be looking at humans and animals and through our R.E lessons we will be exploring the question “What does it mean to belong to a faith community?”.
We will continue visiting the school field each Thursday afternoon. Each week the children are given a different challenge, such as leaf rubbings, making a self portrait out of natural materials and collecting a rainbow of colours.
We welcome contributions for junk modelling (egg cartons, cardboard boxes, bottles, etc) and natural resources for our mud kitchen such as avocado stones, pebbles, conkers and corks.
We would also welcome donations for the woodwork bench such as: plastic bottle lids, offcuts of soft wood, corks, lolly sticks, screws, nails etc.
In Year 1 your child will continue whole class phonics sessions every day. At George Tomlinson, we follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised phonics scheme.
Your child is bringing home two levelled reading book and a library book each week. It is vital that you are able to read with your child every day to help them make good progress in their reading. Please remember to make a note of this in their reading record which we will be checking every morning.
Reading books are changed once a week. Please bring your child’s book bag in every Monday, their books will be changed and returned to you on Tuesday.
Uniform and bookbags
Please ensure that your child wears their full school uniform each day. Please label your children’s clothing with name labels or permanent marker. Please ensure your child brings their books and reading record to school every Monday.
The children will have a PE lesson every Tuesday and Wednesday. Your child should come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day (white t-shirt, navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms and plimsolls).
We go to the field every Thursday. Please bring in a pair of wellies clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please keep an eye on the forecast and make sure your child has clothing appropriate for the weather.