Welcome to Robins Class
Welcome back to school and we hope you had a relaxing break.
This term we will be exploring the topics:
Spring 1 'Heading South for the Winter', 'The Great Fire of London and 'Materials' in Science.
Spring 2 - 'Secret Garden' and 'Nocturnal Animals'.
As always we really appreciate the support you give your children at home. Homework will continue to be set and we would really appreciate it if you could continue to read with your child every night at home as it make a vast difference to their learning.
P.E lessons this term will continue to be on a Monday and Tuesday. Please could we ask you to make sure that your child has their P.E kits in school. The children will be participating in outdoor P.E lessons whenever possible so you may wish to make sure they have a tracksuit top and bottoms at school. Also it would be really helpful if all items of clothing is named as it will help us identify who it belongs to.
The children will continue to practise phonics on a daily basis, usually first thing in the morning for approximately 20 minutes.
The children will also be listening, reading and writing about Traditional stories and also learning and writing about The Great Fire of London.
The children will continue to learn number bonds to 10 and 20, addition and subtraction, problem solving, shapes and measuring.
Robins class have settled in very well and have adapted well to year 1. Here is a general time table of each day with a few variations!
Children come in at 9am and the register is taken.
The children then go off to their phonics groups for approximately 20 minutes. They then continue the morning with Maths and English with playtime and assembly in between.
They have their lunch just after 12pm and then go out to play. The children then come in to class again at 1.15pm for registration and then do some quiet reading. The children will then complete some Topic work, and either PSHE, RE, Music, Science or PE.
Phonics and English
The above site shows examples of what each letter sound makes.
Phonics are an essential part of the children’s learning which enables them to read and spell accurately. The children bring home some phonics spellings every Friday to help reinforce their learning. Spelling is also an essential part of the curriculum; below are a few common exception words that the children are expected to know by the end of Year 1.
a are ask be by come do friend
full go has he here his house I is love me
my no of once
one our pull push put said says
school she so some the there they to today was
we were where you your
Please try to read with your child each night, they should be bringing home a reading book and also a book that focuses on phonic skills. We try to change their books Monday, Wednesday and Friday as long as they have read the book. Please ensure that if you have listened to your child at home then you sign their books. They will then get a sticker, 10 stickers means that they are awarded a prize out of the Robins goody box. They will also continue with the Reading Challenge and aim to achieve the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards.
The children also have a weekly guided reading session which really helps the children’s comprehension skills.
In English the children have been learning about captions, lists and labels. They have also been learning about poetry and have been reciting several different poems. Over the next few weeks they will also be looking at stories in familiar settings and non-fiction books.
We have been learning about place value using the 'part whole' method, 1 more and 1 less and adding and subtracting. Here are a few pictures that show the children learning about length and money.
Our topic for this half term has so far covered Autumn and All about Me. The children have been completing lots of art work using paint, pastels and sketching. They have also been labelling parts of the body and learning about their senses.
Each Monday of this term the children participate in Dance sessions with Miss Holly and PE with Mr Knight on Tuesdays. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit every day and that it is named. Now the weather is beginning to change please could you ensure that your child has jogging bottoms and a top also as they will continue to complete PE outside for as long as the weather allows.
We continue to use the SEAL theme which is currently New Beginnings. We also follow the Values scheme. During September we looked at Respect and for October we will be looking at Responsibility.
In RE the children are learning about ‘What it means to belong’.
Please find below some useful websites: