Welcome to Wrens
Welcome to our class page.
We hope that you had a lovely restful Christmas break and hope that the children are ready to get stuck into some of the exciting learning opportunities that we have planned.
This term we will be exploring the topics:
Spring 1 - 'Heading South for the Winter' and 'The Great Fire of London'.
Spring 2 - 'Secret Garden'.
We really appreciate the support you give your children at home. Homework will be set this week 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.
Dance lessons this term will be on a Monday and PE will be on Tuesdays. Please could we ask you to make sure that your child has their P.E kit 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 (PE and uniform) are named as it will help us identify who it belongs to.
Please remember to keep your PE kit on your peg EVERY DAY - sometimes PE days change around and we want everyone to be able to participate fully.
Remember your PE kit should include: school t-shirt, shorts, long trousers, plimsolls and trainers.
The children will come into class at 9 am and the register will be taken.
The children then go to their Phonics groups for approximately 20 minutes.
For the rest of the morning the children will engage with Maths and English lessons with a playtime and assembly in between.
Lunch is just after 12 pm and then they go out to play on the main playground until 1.15 pm.
We then have the afternoon registration, followed by a Guided Reading session.
The children will then have a variety of other learning opportunities that vary day to day and include: Topic based learning, PSHE, RE, Music, Science, ICT or PE.
In Year 1, the children will have lots of opportunities to learn through play and
to engage with challenges that link to our topic.
Learning through play
Please continue to read with your child as much as possible (we recommend just a few minutes every day). If you read at home - remember to sign the reading diary to say you have done so (with a comment if possible).
They will also get a sticker on their reading cards and when they have filled these will receive a prize from Mrs Lewis in celebration assembly!
In the first part of the term, the children will be writing instructions to make a bird feeder. In our topic lesson they will be making bird feeders for the birds that don't fly South for the Winter and sharing their own version of the instructions for others to have a go at making them.
In the second part of this term we will be learning how to use books to research and find information. The children will be learning about Antarctica and focusing on penguins. They will be writing a fact file to share all they have learnt about penguins.
Sentence writing criteria
The children are taught discrete phonics lessons everyday following the Letters and Sounds program. We teach the children the sounds in order for them to read and write with increasing proficiency. At the end of Year 1 (in June) the children will be completing a Phonics Screening Check which is a legal requirement for each child. They will apply their phonics knowledge to read 40 words, 20 of which are real and 20 which are not (we call these alien words).
The weekly spellings that the children receive are linked to the sounds and words that they learn in their phonics lessons. It is important that these are practiced at home.
There is more information about the Phonics Screening Check here:
Below is a link to the letters and sounds document that we follow to teach phonics:
Below are the sounds that the children will be learning this year. We will be building on their knowledge from EYFS as they previously would been taught Phase 2 and Phase 3. There will be a big focus on children learning Phase 4 and Phase 5 and applying this knowledge to read and write words containing those sounds.
This term there will be a big focus on place value with numbers from 20-50. The children will be taught about tens and ones and how to partition numbers to show this.
There will be lots of counting games and songs so children can learn how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Here are some useful websites for practicing maths at home:
2019 - 2020 Curriculum Outline