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 to 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 to 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:
- Multiplying making connections between arrays, numbers counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
- Tell time by the hour, half past and quarter past.
- Making numbers to 20 with 10
We will begin the term with a narrative unit based on the book ‘The Queen’s Hat’, which ties in with the Jubilee. The children will be exploring the book and writing a range of sentences about it. They will have the chance to explore different writing techniques such as similes and metaphors. We will then move on to a non-fiction unit 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.
- 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 weekly.
- Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labeled envelope.
- PE is every Tuesday and Thursday. Children are to come to school in their P.E kit on these days.
- Forest school is every Monday. 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.”
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.
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. The children will also be taking home 2 books. One book will be based on their reading level to read to you and the other will be a ‘for pleasure’
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
Throughout the term our science topics are ‘Seasonal Plants and ‘Materials’. Children will be exploring what plants grow throughout different seasons and why! 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 exploring Judaism and what they believe. They will have an insight of the different Jewish festivals and how they are celebrated.
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 programs to support our learning.
Music: We are learning about timbre and rhythmic patterns.
PE: This will continue to take place every Tuesday (with Miss Esposito) and Thursday (with Mr Bailey).
Homework expectations for year one will consist of:
- Daily reading – please read with your child daily and sign their reading records.
- 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!
Miss Esposito and the Year One team