Year 1 learning newsletters
This term Year 1 focus on looking the structure of poems and will be focusing in particular on rhyming words in poems. We will be creating our own poetry using these skills and will also partake in performing poetry as a class. We will also look at writing a set of instructions later in the term. The main focus for our writing will be practicing our letter formation to sure all our letters are correctly sized and the right way round and also that we are using our phonics skills to help us with our reading.
In the second half term we will be learning about materials in science and looking at the inventor John Boyd Dunlop. We will focus on counting in 1’s 2’s 5’s and 10’s maths, as well as correct number formation and suing the 4 operations symbols.
We will be doing daily reading in small groups and Math’s Mastery sessions which enable the children to deepen the level of their mathematical understanding.
We will be learning to use our art skills by looking at the work of the artists our classes are named after and completing our own work in the style of them. We will look at the work of the artist Kehinde Wiley and strike our best powerful poses to create his style of art work, as well as the work of local artist William Morris.
In Year 1 we invite parents to make a £10 donation each term.
This allows us to buy art supplies for our creative areas. and provide the children with real life experiences like cooking and baking. Thank you so much for this.
We also 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.
Children continue daily phonics sessions this term.
We will be starting supported reading sessions daily for all children, in small groups.
Reading books are changed once a week. Please bring your child’s book in every Monday, so it can be changed. Children should bring in their books every day as they will be asked to read to an adult. Children will take home a book from the library during our weekly visits on Tuesdays.
Please try to read with your child every day, and either sign and date their reading record, or write a comment to share with your child’s teacher. Your child will make more progress if you read with them at home.
If you would like tips on reading with your children, please ask your child’s teacher.
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 day.
The children will have a PE lesson every Friday. Please make sure they have a named PE kit (white t-shirt, navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms and plimsolls) each week.
Continuous provision is the cycle of observation, assessment and planning at George Tomlinson and is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis. Each week in the Autumn Term, approximately 10% of the class will be focus children. Gradually over the year, we support children to prepare for more formal ways of learning so they are ready for Year 2. This includes extending the times of carpet sessions and whole class learning and ensures they are ready for the next stage of their learning.
Learning records and tasks completed by children are recorded in their learning journey books.
By using this cycle on a moment-to-moment basis, the adults are alert to individual children (observation), thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).
When your child is a focus child you will receive notification the week before. We will give you a sheet to complete and ask you to take some pictures over the weekend. After your child has been a focus child, the class teacher will meet with you to discuss your child’s learning. This will replace the traditional parents’ evening.