Summer 1 in Year 1 Angelfish

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that everyone had a good Easter break and it has been great to see the children back in school and hearing all about their holidays. The school has been a great place to be this week with the beautiful weather and everyone refreshed after their well needed break.

At the end of last term, we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Brackstone our Home School Link Worker and Mrs White who worked closely with Year 2. We wish them well in their future endeavours. Mrs East has taken on Mrs Brackstone’s role and she will be available during school hours, Monday to Friday, to speak to parents ,either face to face or over the phone. However, we are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Messem, Mrs Williams and Miss Birks from maternity leave as well later this term.

It was fantastic to celebrate our colours of inclusion on Rainbow day last term and we raised an amazing £375. Thank you for the many cake donations and it was a hard judging decision to pick a winner! The Class Ambassadors are going to decide how we spend the money although we have already voted to donate some of it to the Downs Syndrome Association.

SATs fever is about to hit the school and I hope that Parents will continue to support their children as they go through this time, lots of early nights and plenty of encouragement.

Keep an eye on the blogs for news of other forthcoming parent events.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Zoë Dudley

Head of School

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We hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break. The children welcomed some visitors to our class on their first day back. For the next week and a half, we will be watching eggs hatch into chicks! We are all very excited! Please ask your child about our visitors.

Our topic this half term will be ‘Our Wonderful World’. We will be learning about the North and South Poles and contrasting them with different continents.

In English we will be reading books by the author Oliver Jeffers and will be focusing on the story ‘Lost and Found’ about a little boy and a penguin. We will write our own versions of the story. We will then read ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett and will write postcards from different locations. We will be focusing on applying what we have learned in phonics,  joining our handwriting and improving and editing our work.

In Maths we will be learning to count in 2s, 5s, and 10s, counting to and across 100, practising reading and writing numbers 0-20 as words, learning about whole, half and quarter turns, describing features of 2D and 3D shapes and use our knowledge of number bonds to add and subtract. We will also be focussing on using what we have learned to solve problems and how to explain our ideas.

In phonics we will be practising applying what we know to read ‘alien’ or nonsense words and real words. We will continue to send home weekly phonics words for the children to read and add sound buttons to. Thank you for supporting your child to complete this homework and return it each week.

In topic we will be learning about the different continents and locating places on  a map. We will learn about different geographical features such as beaches, forests, villages and cities. We will also learn about our local area. We will explore and investigate pushes and pulls in Science. In Art we will learn about the artist Salvador Dali.

Reminders

Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit on these days.

Homework is due in by Wednesday each week.

Please remember to sign your child’s reading diary when they read at home. The children really enjoy moving around our class reading space race when they read at home as they win points and prizes as they move around.

Thank you,

The Year 1 Team

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