Welcome to Year 1!
Hello and welcome to Year 1 where our class teacher is Miss Tomkins.
Our topic for this half term is The Land of the Dinosaurs where we will be learning all about the dinosaurs that lived on Earth millions of years ago.
Read Write Inc
In Year 1 we use Read Write Inc. to learn our phonics. Children are put into a Read Write Inc. group that will help them to learn our sounds in order to read and write. We revise old sounds already learnt and learn new sounds on a daily basis; some children will be on set 1 sounds, others will be on set 2 and 3. As well as learning new sounds we work hard to blend the words together with help from our friend FRED the Frog. The children are also introduced to more Red Tricky Words which are words that cannot be sounded out using our phonics. During June in Year 1 the children will be assessed on their recognition of their sounds from set 1, 2 and 3 and their blending to read words. Some of these words will be real words and some will be made up alien words.
In Maths this term we will be learning the value of coins in money as well as learning how to add coins together to make an amount. We will then go on to recapping addition and subtraction, including some missing number problems, before going on to learning about multiplication and division.
Our PE days are Wednesday (inside) and Friday (outside) in Year 1. Please make sure your child has their kit in school on these days and that the kit is labelled clearly with their name. Now the weather is turning colder please make sure your child has some warm suitable clothes to wear for outdoor PE sessions. We will also be going swimming on a Monday afternoon this term, please make sure your child has suitable swimwear.
Science, History and Geography
This term we will be learning all about the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We will be learning the difference between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores and which dinosaurs fall into each of these categories. We will also begin to look at lifecycles with a focus on the butterfly lifecycle.
In Year 1 we aim to improve our reading and develop a love of reading. This does not just have to be books, it can be magazines, comics, instructions, leaflets, anything that the children come across in their everyday lives. We send home a reading book with every child that is matched to their current ability every day and we ask that children read daily at home for between 10-15 minutes and discuss what they have read. Any comments should be recorded in their yellow reading record. The school week is very busy but we aim to hear the children read at least once a week.
The homework policy has now been revised and the Year 1 homework expectations are clearly outlined below.
All children are expected to read daily at home for at least 10-15 minutes and comments are to be made in their yellow reading diaries. Please clearly write in them when your child has finished their book and need to change it.
Children have got a red homework book which they can use to complete any homework that they choose to do from the homework sheet that will been sent home. This has activities based on our current topic and is changed every 3-4 weeks.
Every Thursday we have our Number Olympics quiz, the children will start on their number bonds to 10 and gain their bronze, silver and gold medals before moving up to the next mental maths challenge, this includes number bonds to 100 and 20 and the times tables. The children will progress through these throughout their time here at Brockhampton with the aim that by Year 6 children will be able to carry out mental maths calculations with ease. Depending on which mental maths challenge your child is on they will have the learning sent home with them to learn at home, when they have then gained their bronze, silver and gold medals in this area they will move onto the next area and so will then be sent home with that learning.
The children will also be sent home spellings from their RWI group teacher based on the sounds learnt that week, these will be sent home on a Friday and be tested the following Friday.
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