General Information

I would like to wish you and your child a very warm welcome to Year 1. I am very excited to be teaching your child over the next academic year.  I also have the assistance of Miss Jackson throughout the week, Miss Whittaker in the mornings, Mrs Tunnacliffe on a Tuesday and Mr Fairfield for PE.

We will be teaching Phonics, Literacy and Maths in the morning, and we will be focusing on the children’s transition back into school in the afternoon.

Every Monday afternoon we will be exploring the local area.   Please ensure that your child has waterproofs and wellies in school.

Every Thursday and Friday afternoons the children will have PE, please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school.  Also kindly ensure that long hair is tied back and that no earrings are worn on these days.

Literacy

The children have been reading Lost and Found and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers.  They are now moving onto non-fiction texts to learn about Emperor Penguins.  They will be segmenting words to spell, learning the correct letter formations, and learning how to write simple sentences that make sense using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Once these skills are concrete, we will then begin to add in skills to build more complex sentences.

To support your child, please practice:

  • writing lower and upper case letters;
  • segmenting words to spell; and
  • writing simple sentences.

Maths

The children’s mathematical development will be furthered through whole class work, focused activities in small groups and through play. The children have been practicing counting up to 100 in class and learning number formations up to 20. They have been working on counting forwards and backwards from different starting points, as well as identifying one more and one less.  They have also been learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s, and identifying odd and even numbers.  Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at measurements (identifying the shortest/tallest or shortest/longest), addition and subtraction facts up to 20, and 2D and 3D shapes.

To support your child, please practice:

  • counting from 1 to 100;
  • counting forwards/backwards from different points;
  • finding one more and one less from 1 to 20 initially, and then further as their confidence grows;
  • writing numbers up to 20 initially, and again further as their confidence grows; and
  • counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Reading

Reading is of great importance. During the afternoons, the children will participate both in guided reading and individual reading to adults.

The children now also have access to Active Learn Bug Club. Please encourage your child to read on a regular basis and discuss their books with them at home. Please ensure that your child clicks on the Bug Icon and completes the quiz, as this is the only way that your child’s book will be marked as read.  If your child does not complete the quiz, then I will not be notified that your child has read the book; and therefore, I will not be notified that your child requires more books.

To support your child, please:

  • try to read with them every night (little and often is the key).

Homework and Spellings

The children now have access to Seesaw.  Every Friday I will post homework and spellings on Seesaw.  The following Friday the homework will be due and there will be a spelling quiz in school.

The homework will consist of literacy and maths work, and it will be linked to what we have been learning in class.

Please note that the spellings will differ, as they will be linked each child’s phonics phase.

To help your child, please:

  • encourage them to practice their spellings every night, using the look, say, cover, write and check method.

School Dinners

Hot school dinners restart on Monday 5th October 2020.  All children in KS1 are entitled to a universal infant free school meal.

If you have any queries, then please contact me via Dojo, telephone or at the school gates.

Miss Stickland

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