Class One Newsletter – Autumn Term
Welcome back to the new school year. We hope you all had a lovely summer break. The children are settling into year one well and have been excellent at welcoming our two new children Taylor and Wilf.
We are encouraging the children’s independence as they get used to the routines in year one. They are already improving their morning routine of putting their things in the correct places ready for the day.
Our topic this half term is about ourselves and where we live, with a focus on our school.
The children will be introduced to the Primary Curriculum, initially through play and small group activities, although the lessons will become more structured as the term progresses.
Our learning will be split into the following subjects;
English: In year one we aim for the children to become confident and independent readers. The children will increase their phonic knowledge to include blends. Blends are not individual letter sounds, but letters which make a new sound when they are together. We will be learning; oo (book) oo (moon), ee, ai, oi, oy, er, ar, ur, or, th, ch, sh, ng, ow, ou, igh, air, ure, ear and ir which we find inside words. ‘Book’ for example, will have 3 sounds.; b-oo-k. The children already know the individual letter sounds so they need to recognise that two ‘o’s make an ‘oo’ sound. The children will be encouraged to use these skills to enable them to write independently. Reading Books will be changed frequently, thank you for using the Reading Journal to let me know how your child has read at home and when they need a book change. It is really important that the children read as much as possible. In class we will spend lots of time reading with an adult and with their Year 4 buddies on a Monday afternoon. If any parents or family members would be able to spare some time to come in and read with children we would be grateful, please do let me know.
Maths: This term we are looking at counting and ordering numbers to twenty and beyond and adding and subtracting small numbers.
Science: We will be looking out ourselves and what makes us different from each other.
Topic (History and Geography): In our topic work we will be thinking about making simple maps and using language to describe the position of objects. We will look at photographs of the school grounds and try to spot things that have changed or stayed the same.
Music: We will be looking at the song Hey You! It is written in an old school Hip Hop style for children to learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch.
Art: In art we will be looking at the artist Klee, particularly ‘Take a Line for a Walk’.
DT: We will begin the year with Food Technology, looking at different fruits and designing and making our own fruit kebab.
PE: I will be taking Cross Country on Fridays, whilst Mr. Snelling will teach the class team games on Wednesday afternoons. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit on those and days. Please also make sure that all uniform is clearly named.
Computing: We will begin the year with a topic on e-safety and progress to learning how to use word processing.
RE: This term we will be thinking about Special People.
PSHE: We will be thinking about Citizenship and making a positive contribution.
Homework: As homework we ask that the children regularly read with a parent or carer. There will also be regular sounds to be learnt at home as a part of the children’s phonics work.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to approach me at the end of the school day.
We look forward to working with you over the coming year.
Miss Hagger, Mrs Lawless and Mrs Martin
If you have internet access at home, these are really useful websites to support your child’s learning;
www.letters-and-sounds.com www.twinkl.co.uk http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/