Sunday, 17 January 2016

Spring Term 1 - Found at Paddington Station

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to back and happy New Year!

Our topic this term is “Found at Paddington Station” which will link some of the work we will be covering this term: Our Science theme is Animals (including bears!). In Geography we will be looking at the features of Northleach and what Paddington Bear could do here. In art, the children will be using clay to create different animals. In computing, children will be looking at how to use computers safely and improving their skills on laptops. In RE, we will be finding out why we celebrate special times, with a particular focus on Christianity and Judaism. The children are always encouraged to bring in relevant items of interest, books or information they have found to support the topic. Please ensure that any items brought in are named.

We will be using the story of Paddington as a basis for some of our English work. We will be looking at the characters and the setting of the story, and will be using this to create our own version. In addition to this, we will be looking at performance poetry.

Please continue to read daily with your child and comment on their reading in their communication books. Regular practice ensures that the children make good progress. The children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book every day. However, if they have not had an opportunity to read it or if you would like them to have it for more than one night, then please keep it.

The children will bring home a half-termly spelling list to be tested on at the beginning and end of each term. It would be really beneficial to their learning if they could practise these at home. In addition they will also bring home a weekly spelling pattern to support the sounds we are learning in class. These will be tested each Friday.

The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term including adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers, simple algebra, weight and shape. At home it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting in twos and tens and to help them in the recognition and reading of numbers around them, ideally numbers larger than 20.

Maths Games
The children have been issued with a new maths pack for the duration of Key Stage One. This follows a different format to Reception so please see your pack for more information.

Our focus in P.E this term will be dance and children will learn how to move to music safely and creating a short dance. Although our P.E. days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, it would be useful if the children could have their PE kits in school every day. You may wish to provide your child with a pair of tracksuit bottoms to wear when the weather gets a little chillier and it would be useful for girls who wear tights to have a pair of socks in their kit too. Please can you ensure that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. Thank you.  

Show and Tell:
We will restrict Show and Tell to Tuesday afternoons. As far as possible please can this be related to our Topic.

Water bottles:
Can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day? Thank you.

Thank you for your support,

Lilly Baker and Jane Rowe

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Some unexpected guests...

Today in Year 1 we have had some unexpected guests! 

Paddington and Aunt Lucy have come from Darkest Peru to come and say 'hello'! 

We have been sure to look after them, after all, they've come an awfully long way!