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Class 1 - Miss Blunt


Welcome to Year 1!

I hope you have had a lovely time over the summer, and I am sure you and your child are now ready to start the new school year.

Transition from Reception to Year 1

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from Reception into Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception.

Reading in Year 1

Just as in Reception, we continue to follow the Supersonic Phonic Friends scheme, and reading books will match the sounds that we are learning in school. Two phonically decodable reading books will be sent home each Friday. They will be kept in a plastic wallet which contains their reading books and a reading record. Please make sure that reading is recorded in the reading record every time your child reads their schoolbooks. This folder should be brought to school and will be sent home every day.

On this first week, we will send a reading book home on the Tuesday as I am sure that many of your children would love to get reading as soon as possible.

Home Learning

One phonics and one maths activity will be sent home every Friday to be completed in your child’s homework book. Please ensure that any home learning is returned to school by the following Thursday to be marked.

General Reminders

· P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday. Earrings must be taken out at home as we are unable to help with this and your child will not be able to take part if they are wearing them.

· Please make sure that your child brings a water bottle and a snack with them.

· Please make sure that any items such as bottles, lunchboxes and clothes are clearly labelled to avoid things getting lost.

Our Learning

Our theme this half-term is ‘Animals’. This is one of our science units- Animals including humans. In art, we will be creating our own animal drawings inspired by the illustrations by Roger Hargreaves. We will also learn about different mechanisms – sliders and levers – in design and technology, and the children will create their own moving animal picture.

Show and tell will take place on Friday afternoons, so if your child has any exciting animal related things such as photos of zoo or farm visits, as well as any achievements that they would like to share, we would love to see them! If you have any books about animals (fiction, non-fiction or poetry) please bring them in as we would love to share them with the class during our story time every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Please keep in mind that

this would mean only two books will be chosen each week. We will make sure that this is kept as fair as possible.

Other exciting things we will be learning about this half term include looking at the features of our school and Cressing, developing our computing skills, and learning about the use of senses in religion and belief. In maths we will continue to practise arithmetic skills, place value of numbers within 10, addition and subtraction of numbers within 10, and shape.

Thank you for all your support in advance. I am sure that we will have an exciting and productive year!

Kind regards,

Miss Blunt

This half term are theme is Out and About. This is mainly a geograhical theme so we will be looking at maps and our school environment.

After half term we will have a historical theme based on 'Toys'. We will be comparing and exploring toys from present day with those from the past.

For more information on our work plans, please see the links below:

Long Term Plans

  Homework/Tests Physical Activities
Wednesday   P.E.
Friday Spelling test.
Homework set/due in.

Reading Schemes and phonics

In Year 1, some children may use Renaissance Reading to help develop their reading skills.  The children are assessed periodically to monitor how they are progressing and to make sure they are choosing books that are of appropriate level of difficulty for them.

For more information about KS1 reading schemes and phonics click here

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