Summer Term in Year 1
Hello and welcome back to school. We hope you had a lovely Easter break. The aim of this newsletter is to give you some insight into the learning that will be taking place in the Summer term. All children have settled and began working on their individual target to show their true potential.
We understand that children might have worries or feel anxious about coming back to school, but we work hard to ensure that all the children are happy. Their mental health and well-being is one of our top priorities. If there are any concerns or enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are looking forward to having a fun-filled Summer term!
What does learning look like in Year 1?
During the Summer term our aim is to ensure the children take more ownership of their learning and have a stronger sense of independence in and around the classroom to support their transition into Year 2. However, the year 1 team will always ensure that they have the support that they require.
English, Maths, phonics and handwriting will continue to be taught daily and the remaining curriculum subjects are taught using a topic approach. We aim to plan interesting sessions that involve lots of experience based lessons, which will inspire and motivate the children in their learning.
We will be continuing to work hard to develop children’s confidence in maths. We will also be focusing on:
- Solving one-step problems involving doubling and halving
- Multiplying making connections between arrays, numbers counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
We will begin the term learning about non-fiction texts with a focus on non-chronological reports. Focusing on the key features of these types of text and how this differs from the classical tales and fiction stories that we read. This will help strengthen their thinking and writing skills as they will also be writing their own non-fiction report at the end of the unit. We will then move on to Poetry which will give the children the opportunity to write in a new style building on the skills learnt in previous terms such as, making sure the children are using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Additionally, the children will have the chance to be exposed to new types of text that they may not be used to in every sentence.
We will be teaching phonics for 20 minutes daily. The children will be learning their new sounds whilst also practising their blending and segmenting skills which will support their reading and writing.
The children will continue to bring home weekly spellings related to what the focus is in their group that week. Please ensure that your child is practising these spellings at home as this is crucial in aiding their development within their reading and writing. Reading is an important part of our school day. As well as a daily class reading time the children will be exposed to a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will be given opportunities to read texts as part of a small group during our book talk sessions, these sessions give the children an opportunity to express their views on a piece of text with their peers, helping them understand the text at a deeper level. In addition to this, your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week.
Please ensure that your child brings their reading wallet into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Make sure to encourage your child to read every day at home. You could also have a go at implementing ‘book talk’ within your homes by asking questions about the book such as: Who is the main character in the story? /How do they feel? /What is the setting of the story?
Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading! Please can you sign the reading record when you have read with your child.
- Please make sure your child is wearing the correct uniform and all belongings are clearly named.
- Reading books need to be in school every day and please remember to sign your child’s Reading Record. Books are changed every Monday and Thursday.
- Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labelled envelope.
- E is every Monday and Friday. Children are to come to school in their P.E kit on Friday.
- Forest school is every Wednesday. Children are to bring in wellies and come in outdoor/old clothing.
Our motto is:
Alta Pete – Aim High
“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”
Throughout the term, our science topics are ‘Plants and ‘Materials’. Children will be growing their own plants and observing the changes over time whilst also developing an understanding of how a plant grows and its various forms! After the half term, our focus will be on ‘Materials’ in which the children will develop their understanding of the various types of materials and apply their learning of identifying which objects are made from what type of material. The sessions will be experience heavy, allowing the children to really develop their understanding!
For our topic we will be exploring and comparing different countries from all around the world, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences.
R.E: The children will be learning the religion of Judaism, the life of a Jewish child, the importance of Sabbath to Jewish children.
Art and Design: We will be exploring still life drawing using a variety of drawing techniques.
Computing: We are learning to use the computer independently and access different programmers to support our learning.
Music: We are learning about the pitch in music and adding movement to match the vocals.
PE: This will continue to take place every Monday (with Mr. Bailey) and Friday (with Miss Esposito). Please ensure your child’s PE kit is bought into school on a Monday and they are to come into school with their kit on a Friday with clearly named labels.
Homework expectations for year one will consist of:
- Daily reading – please read with your child daily and sign their reading records.
- Weekly spellings – These will be sent home on Mondays and the children will be tested on the following Monday. Spellings will consolidate the learning which has taken place during phonic lessons that week.
- Maths – Each child will be expected to use Mathletics for at least 3 x 10-minute sessions per week. Your child’s Mathletics log on will be found at the front of their reading record.
- Any other homework will be sent through on Marvelous Me and Google Classroom.
Although it has been a tough school year, it has been a delight to work with your children and support them with their learning. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them all grow and flourish, not only with their learning but within themselves!
The Year 1 team would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your tremendous and continuous support throughout this year, it does not go unnoticed!