Year 1 - Class 3

 

Teacher:  Mrs Felicity Lambe
T
eaching Assistants: Mrs Sarah-Jayne Broadfoot and Mrs Chloe Eastman.

                                               


Welcome Back!

We hope you had an enjoyable Easter Holiday and are ready for a fun-filled, action-packed Term 5!

 Inspiring Individuals!

Year One Parent Overview

Summer Term Homework / Spelling Practise Grid

 
We are incredibly excited to be starting Term 5 with a brand new topic: Inspiring Individuals.
Throughout the summer term we will be exploring the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. We will begin by focusing on Neil Armstrong and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon as part of NASA's Apollo 11 mission. 

Our focus text, 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy, joins Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon. All before bath-time!
 

In Maths, we will be continuing to work on our number knowledge and consolidating our understanding of fact families. 
To begin our new learning for Term 5 will be looking at multiplication and division. We will start to count in groups of 2s 5s and 10s, make and add equal groups, make arrays, make doubles and finally grouping and sharing. We will then finish the term by looking at fractions of shapes and amounts, finding halves and quarters. 

We would be grateful if you could take the time to talk with your child about the above themes, and encourage them to research further by questioning friends and relatives or using books/internet.


Key Dates for Term 5
Tuesday 23rd April: Start of Term 5
Friday 26th April:  KS1 Open Afternoon (2.30pm)
Monday 6th May:  Bank Holiday Monday
Friday 17th May: PTA Cake Sale (Year 1)
Week Beginning 20th May: Whole School Art Week
Friday 24th May:  Sports Day
Friday 24th May:  End of Term 5

  (Please Note: We do our best to arrange these activities, but please be aware that they are intended activities and are subject to change)

 

Reading
We are continuing to help your child develop their reading skills at school, hearing them read individually at least twice a week. It would be incredibly beneficial for your child if they are heard to read daily at home.
Please remember to record any home reading, along with any comments in their individual reading records.

To further promote reading at Year 1, every time a child reads at home this term they will be given a raffle ticket.
Tickets will be drawn at the end of each week for a treasure box prize, and again at the end of Term 4 for a book. 
(There will be more than one prize to win!)

DON'T FORGET! If your child has 5 pages completed by the end of term they will receive recognition in our celebration assembly as well as a certificate, badge or bookmark at the end of term!

 Phonics at Year 1

In June, the phonics screening check will be taken individually by all Year 1 pupils.

There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned throughout Foundation Stage and Year 1. 

This term we will be continuing to focus on alternative diagraphs for sounds that we have already learned. 

A couple of useful phonics and reading websites are:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 
(Phase 2-4 Games will consolidate learning from EYFS, Phase 5 games will embed current Year 1 learning.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks 

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk 
(You have to register to access the above site... however it is free and has access to over 250 ebooks which are tablet friendly!)

When supporting your child with reading and phonics, please remember to...

  • Say each sound in the word from left to right.
  • Blend the sounds by pointing to each letter, i.e. /b/ in bat, or letter group, i.e. /igh/ in sigh, as you say the sound, then run your finger under the whole word as you say it.
  • Talk about the meaning if your child does not understand the word they have read.
  • Work at your child’s pace.
  • Always be positive and give lots of praise and encouragement.

 

Mathematics

Maths methods and strategies taught in school today are different from those that many parents learnt when they were at school. This can cause confusion when parents are trying to support their child at home.  In order to help, the document below shows the main methods taught (in specific year groups) for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Each child’s progress is different; however, most children will acquire the listed methods by the end of the school year.

An overview of calculation strategies and methods - Key Stage 1  

Volunteering

 If you are interested in volunteering in school please come in and see us;  we love having helpers in!

 (You will need to be DBS checked, if you haven't already been checked please see Mrs Stephenson in the office.)

With many thanks for your continued support.