Year 1 ‘Owls’ Newsletter Term 3 January 2019

Dear Parents / Carers,

Happy New Year! We hope that you have had a relaxing and peaceful Christmas holidays. The children have come back excited and eager to learn and it is lovely to hear all about their Christmas holidays and what everyone has been doing.

We warmly welcome all of our new children from Class 4 into the classroom (as well as a big, warm welcome to the lovely Mrs Essex) and are extremely excited about being together as a year group under the new class name of ‘Owls’. Miss Fletcher will continue to be our class Teaching Assistant. Mrs Morea will also be joining our class every morning and will be supporting the children with their keywords and reading and, as a trained Phonics Teaching Assistant, she will also be supporting us with Phonics booster sessions for those children who need it.

Thank you to you all for ensuring your children have come back ready to learn and arrive on time in the morning. As you know, our morning routine is an important and valuable part of the school day so thank you. Please continue to ensure that your child’s book bag is brought to school daily along wth their reading book, reading record and keywords folder. 

This term, our topic is ‘Space’ and we have lots of exciting activities planned to link this theme across all the curriculum areas.

Snacks - You do not need to provide a snack as the children are given daily fruit at break time. There is always more than one option of fruit or vegetable available. However, if you do send a snack in with your child can we politely remind you that it must be a fruit or vegetable and must be kept in the bookbag ready to go outside with them. The children are not allowed to access their lunch box at break time.

Learning this term will include;

Religious Education – We begin the term reflecting on the Ephipany and then we will continue with our theme of ‘Revelation’ and discuss the many ways that God revealed Himself to people. RE will continue to 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 continue to 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 continue to prepare all Year 1 children for the Phonics Screening Test in May 2019. This term, along with other stories, we will be looking at ‘Whatever Next!’, ‘Man on the Moon’ and other stories related to ‘Space’.

Phonics – This term, we will continue to focus on  Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 3 and 4. We will send out some useful websites to be used at home later in the term.

Keywords and Reading Books – The children have made excellent progress in reading so far this year. Your support has been a vital part of this so thank you. Please continue to sign their reading record each time they read and make comments. Another huge thank you to Mrs Goodman-Slender for coming in to support with reading last term. If you would like to come in, please talk to us at the end of the day to discuss.

Mathematics – This term, we adopt our new Maths scheme – Power Maths - which is a new and exciting ‘can do’ mastery teaching programme for the whole school. Mathematics will continue to be taught daily. We will continue to concentrate on place value, x2, x5, x10 times tables, addition and subtraction, measure as well as lots of reasoning and problem solving.  Maths continues to be taught using as much of a practical approach as possible.

PE/Games – Children will continue to have two lessons of PE each week, one indoor and one outdoor - if the weather allows. Please ensure that children have their full St Mary’s PE kit all week. 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. We will be planning, designing and making rockets, planets and researching facts about the moon. Mrs Essex will be teaching the Science curriculum.

If you would like to speak to us, we will be outside every day at 3pm. Please do come and say hello!

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Essex

Year 1 Teachers – Owls