Year 1 Newsletter Autumn Term 2018
Dear Parents / Carers,
Welcome to Year 1. We hope that you have had a good summer break and are ready for the new term.
Our whole school topic is ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at the Library. We have some exciting lessons and experiences planned for the children, which we hope they will enjoy and will really enhance their learning. This letter contains some information about the term ahead and the Year 1 curriculum, which we hope you will find useful.
We are excited to announce that all KS1 children will be given a brand new book bag this term. Please ensure that this is brought to school daily and put into the children’s drawers. Pegs are available for each child to put their PE kit and coats all week, but unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate other bags in this area. We would be grateful if children would also leave pencil cases at home; we have all the equipment they need in the classroom.
Please can you provide your child with a pair of wellies in school, so that they can access our outdoor area without getting their shoes wet!
Continous Provision – We would like to ensure that all of the Year 1 children are prepared with the skills that they need to access the Year 1 curriculum. Therefore this term, we intend to introduce well-planned ‘continuous provision’ so that the children are still able to independently explore and investigate through their play, as they did in Reception, whilst being stretched and challenged. This will prepare them for the more formal approach to learning as the year progresses. Combining a ‘Continuous Provision’ approach to learning in Year 1 with a more formal approach will ensure progression in all areas of the curriculum and support the children as independent learners.
Religious Education – RE will be taught each week through a combination of RE lessons, Collective Worship, Gospel Assemblies and Hymn practice. Gospel Values will continue to link throughout all areas of the children’s learning.
English – English will be taught daily. This will include writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), Guided Reading and Comprehension. Letters and Sounds will be taught daily in addition to this as we prepare all Year 1 children for the Phonics Screening Test in May 2019.
Phonics – We begin learning the new sounds from ‘Phase 5 Letters and Sounds’. Each week, we will also have Phase 3 and 4 Intervention groups where children will consolidate their previous learning. A ‘Phonics’ Parents Information Evening will be held shortly.. More details to follow.
Keywords and Reading Books - Children will also continue to have keywords to practise at home. These will be sent home at each child’s individual pace of learning in a plastic zip file. Please ensure that this is in school every day. Please also continue to support your child with reading their individual reading books at home. We ask that you sign their reading record each time they read and make comments if needed.
Mathematics – Mathematics will be taught daily. This term we will introduce Maths homework on a two week rotation with Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling homework. Some useful resources to help your child continue their Maths learning at home will be provided in a pack. Please keep this safely at home, as this pack will support your child’s Maths homework.
PE/Games – One session of PE will be taught by Up and Under Sports and the other session will be taught by the class teacher. Children will require their full St Mary’s PE kit all week. If you would like an up to date list of our St Mary’s PE kit, please ask in the office. They will need trainers for outdoor PE sessions. Please check that all items of kit are clearly labelled.
Science, History/Geography, Music, PSHE, Computing and Art/DT will be also taught each week – Please can you provide your child with an old shirt or T-shirt for them to use during art lessons this term. In addition, if you have any clean recycling suitable for ‘junk modelling’ please send it into school.
Please do keep an eye on the calendar on the school website, which is always the most up to date source of information. We also publish news and requests in the newsletter from time to time, so please do check the letter each week.
In the mornings, we will greet the children in the KS1 playground at 8:30am and accompany them to class where they will be encouraged to hang up their own coats and put their book bags in their drawers independently.
If you would like to speak to us, we will be outside every day at 3pm. Please do come and say hello!
We are very much looking forward to supporting your children in the next steps of their learning journey at St Mary’s.
Mrs Smith and Mrs Mallinson
Year 1 Teachers – Class 3