Year 1 Summer Newsletter
We are very pleased to be teaching the children this term. Miss Crosby will be teaching Monday – Wednesday and Mrs Tokeley will be teaching on a Thursday and Friday. We want them to enjoy their last term in Year 1 and have lots of exciting lessons and activities planned. We hope the weather will be good and intend to use our outdoor facilities as often as possible. We will have a big focus on mental health and well-being, encouraging the development of independence, resilience, and cooperation. We hope you will find the information in this newsletter helpful but do contact us if you have any queries or concerns.
Reading – Please hear your child read as often as possible. Re-reading a book will help with fluency and enjoyment of the book. Talk about the pictures, the characters and make predictions. Please encourage your child, as we will, to place any finished books in the ‘Finished book’ tray and we will aim to change them as often as possible. Reading books from home is always beneficial. Please encourage the reading of both fiction and non-fiction.
Spellings – we will be sending home differentiated spellings on a Friday, with the children being tested the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to sound out but also use the letter name, where possible. There are lots of ways you can help your child to learn their spellings (little and often is the best method, especially for those who may find writing and spelling challenging). Here are a few ideas:
Look, say, cover, write, check – look at the correctly written spelling. Say the sounds out loud, cover the original spelling, make their own attempt and check the accuracy, repeat 3 times. Do this several times a week, if possible.
Rainbow writing – write each spelling in different colours.
Mnemonics – make up a sentence to help remember the spelling.
Big/small/speed writing – write enormous/tiny/at speed in two minutes.
Chalk spelling – write spellings on a chalkboard/outside on the ground
Water and paintbrush – write your spellings outside using a paintbrush and water (watch it disappear).
Summer Term Plans:
Information texts ‘there’s a Tiger in the garden/Tigress’
|Multiplication and division: Consolidating counting in 2s and 5s, moving onto counting in 10s/ Fractions: Equal, unequal numbers/Measurement: Money and Time/Place value: within 100
|Animals – Identify and name a variety of common animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals;
Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Plants – Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.
|Topic – History/Geography
|In geography we will be learning about Australia and comparing it to where we live. In history we will be learning about different types of castles.
Growing and changing
|The wonderful world around us
Hindu story of creation
|Paul Klee – art appreciation/creating pieces in the style of Paul Klee
DT – Design and make a castle/make biscuits for a Teddy bear’s picnic
|Use your imagination – pulse/Listening and appraising/using percussion instruments to keep to a beat/listening, keep to the beat games.
|PE will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will be learning about team building, net and wall games, athletics and striking and fielding games.
Please make sure correct kit is at school all week and that long hair is tied up.
|We will be using ScratchJr and GarageBand to create patterns of sounds and will look at different data on the theme of pirates.
Forest Schools –
Class 1 will continue to attend Forest school every other Friday morning commencing on Friday 29th April:
If you have a DBS check and can help at any of our forest school sessions, please let the office know as soon as possible which dates you are available for.
As the weather improves, please make sure your child has a water bottle and sun hat. Please apply sun cream in the morning before your child comes to school.
Miss Crosby, Mrs Tokeley and Mrs Elliston