Picture by Bea
"She is smiley"
Main Themes of class work for week beginning: 10th July 2017
Please remember to keep PE kits at school: shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a white or blue T-shirt and trainers.
ALL CLOTHES MUST BE NAMED
I hope you have had a great Easter holiday break and have enjoyed the wonderful weather we’ve had. I am delighted that so many children have been reading over the holiday. It really shows in their fluency and sheer pleasure of reading. Keep up the good work!
This term Miss Brown will continue to work in Year 1 throughout the week and Mrs Christmas will teach on Tuesday afternoons while I have time for planning and preparation.
Curriculum this term
This is a brief outline of our curriculum this term. Again many areas are blended so that quite often two subjects are taught at the same time.
Maths: Number and fractions, addition and subtraction, using knowledge of adding 10 to add 9 and 11, shape and measures, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, using number bonds to 10 to calculate other totals, adding money, time: hours, minutes, seconds, days of the week, months of the year.
English: Traditional tales, poetry, letter writing (1st half term). Fantasy stories, instructions, poetry (2nd half term).
R.E.: Sikhism (this was planned for last term but I decided to continue with our work on Christianity as it led so well into the Story of Easter)
Science: Plants: growing plants from seeds and recording the growth, identifying garden and wild plants, the parts of a flower, different trees and seed dispersal. We’re planting our own beans so if you have a clean glass jar please bring it into school.
Geography: The Isle of Coll (off the West Coast of Scotland) compared to our hometown of Cambridge. What is island life like and how does it differ to living in a bustling city? We’ll be designing a postcard for each place (links with letter writing in English).
The children in Year 1 have made fantastic progress with their reading. Please keep up the daily practice! As your children read more and more I am aware that one book a week is not enough. If your child has finished a book please bring it to school with the reading record and a new one may be chosen to take home.
This term the children in Year 1 have a formal phonics assessment. Keep practising with the phonics charts and once your child is confident with one chart please ask me for another one (there are 5 phases in all). We do phonics work every day in class but the more practice they get the more confident their reading will be…it’s well worth the effort now!
P.E. Kits and Uniform
Our P.E. lessons are on Tuesdays and Fridays. All children must have their own P.E. kit (shorts or track suit bottoms, T-shirt and plimsolls) kept in school. Long
hair needs to be tied back and earrings and other jewellery removed for health and safety reasons.
Please ensure that your child’s name is on every item of clothing.
Homework and Book Bags
Please ensure that your child has a school book bag and that it is brought to school. This term book bags with homework and reading books will go home on
Thursdays and should be returned, completed, by the following Tuesday. I mark the homework on Tuesdays so any homework returned after then will not be
marked and your child may miss out on a reading book.
Parent and Staff Communication
Please give any notes to Miss Brown or myself in the mornings. We must be informed if your child is going home with someone else on a particular day, unless it is a regular arrangement that we are already aware of. We will not allow any child to leave with any other adult unless we have your permission. Please do speak to me if you have any concerns or queries at the end of the day. The mornings are very busy and I need to give the children my full attention and get started with the day. If it requires more than a few minutes please make an appointment so that I can give you the time necessary.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 1st May May Day Holiday
Tuesday 16th May Year 1 Eye Tests
Saturday 20th May Spring Fair
Monday 27th May Half Term Week
Monday 5th June Staff Professional Day (no children at school)
Tuesday 6th June School group photos
Tuesday 11th July KS1 Sports Morning
Friday 21st July Last day of term
It’s difficult to believe that this is the last term of the year. The children have made huge strides ahead in every area of the curriculum and overall maturity. I am looking forward to a productive and fun term ahead, in particular making full use of our garden now that Mr Jackson has covered the remaining part of ‘grass’. If you have any concerns at all that you would like to discuss please feel welcome to come and see me.