Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Welcome to Year 1!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Year 1! I am so pleased with how well the children have settled and have grasped new routines. It is going to be a busy and exciting year!

Our topic this term is ‘The Three Little Pigs’ which will link some of the work we will be covering this term. In our Science lessons, the children will be looking at different materials and their properties and deciding which types of material make the best and sturdiest house for the little pigs. In DT the children will be using textiles to design, create and evaluate their own little pig finger puppet. In Geography we will be looking at the different features of Northleach and what it is like to live and work here. We will be thinking about what the Little Pigs will be able to do here if they decide to move to Northleach. In our RE lessons, we will be finding out about special stories and what makes them special. 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.

This term we are looking in detail at the story of The Three Little Pigs. We will be using this to improve our sentence writing in addition to learning an oral retelling of the story. Phonics and handwriting will be taking place each day.

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 on a Friday to support the sounds we are learning in class. These words will be tested the following Friday.

The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term including counting forward and backwards, ordering and recognising larger numbers.  At home it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting in ones past 20 and help them in the recognition and reading of larger numbers around them. 

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.

Communication books:
Communication books should be brought into school each day and will be checked and signed. Please use these books to record your child’s reading, maths games and to send any important messages to and from school.
Our focus in P.E this term will be gymnastics and children will learn how to control their body when travelling, balancing and copying sequences. 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:
Show and tell will take place on Wednesday 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.

I look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Evening but if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to see me before or after school.

Thank you for your support,

Lilly Baker